Mountains and Monasteries

Trip code: CHMN

  • Adventure 5 out of 5
  • Relaxation 2 out of 5
  • Culture 5 out of 5
Mountains and MonasteriesMountains and MonasteriesMountains and Monasteries

Trip Highlights

  • Hike the Great Wall
  • Take the world's highest railway to the roof of the world
  • Travel through the stunning landscapes of mountainous Tibet
  • Soak up the spiritual atmosphere of Lhasa
  • Shop in bustling bazaars
  • Mingle with pilgrims at holy sites
  • Stay at Tibet's oldest monastery
  • Visit an organic farm in Shigatse
  • Spend a night near Everest Base Camp
  • Discover Nepali culture in Kathmandu 

Trip Summary

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Satisfy your sense of adventure and spiritual curiosity on this overland journey. From the great capital of China, travel across the vast Tibetan Plateau, through remote villages and into the mountain kingdom of Nepal.

 

Ride the world's highest railway all the way to Lhasa and witness the intense spirituality of the Tibetan people in their remote monasteries, high mountain passes, traditional homes and colourful marketplaces. Sample yak cheese and fresh bread at an organic farm in Shigatse and immerse yourself in the atmospheric monastic rituals along the way. Complete the journey with a view of Mt Everest for an extraordinary real life experience.


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  • Days 1 to 7 (7 Days)

  • Days 8 and 9 (2 Days)

  • Days 10 to 12 (3 Days)

  • Days 13 to 15 (3 Days)

  • Days 16 to 18 (3 Days)

Days 1 to 7: 7 Days

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Destination info

The country we know today as China actually derives from a long line of smaller civilisations dating back six millennia. China’s influence on modern life is nothing short of remarkable having given the world a huge array of inventions such as paper, the compass, gunpowder, even pasta. The country is steeped in traditions and ancient practices and it is all just waiting to be rediscovered by you.  

  • Location: Beijing to Lhasa

Days 1-2 Beijing
Welcome to bustling Beijing! Discover the awe-inspiring wonder of the iconic Great Wall on a trip to this impressive feat of engineering.

 

Day 3 Train to the Roof of the World
Take one of the world's great train journeys and soak up stunning landscapes on the climb to reach the Tibetan plateau.

 

Days 4-8 Lhasa/ Nam Tso Lake
Arrive in Lhasa, a place of beauty and mysticism. Enjoy a cooking class and visit Potala Palace - the former residence of the Dalai Lama, which contains more than 1,000 rooms. Stop by Jokhang Temple - Tibet's spiritual epicentre which is constantly awash with pilgrims. Enjoy a peaceful boat trip on the Nam Tso Lake, a reminder of the simple beauty of nature.

Days 8 and 9: 2 Days

Next Leg

Destination info

The country we know today as China actually derives from a long line of smaller civilisations dating back six millennia. China’s influence on modern life is nothing short of remarkable having given the world a huge array of inventions such as paper, the compass, gunpowder, even pasta. The country is steeped in traditions and ancient practices and it is all just waiting to be rediscovered by you.  

  • Location: Samye to Gyantse

Day 9 Samye
Spend the night in the atmospheric shadow of Tibet's oldest monastery.

 

Day 10 Gyantse
Listen to the monks' morning prayers before taking a spectacular drive across the Kamba-La Pass. Make the pilgrim circuit at Pelkor Chode Monastery and see the imposing hill fortress of Gyantse Dzong. A visit to Kumbum Chorten is an unforgettable experience - its five storeys represent the five steps to enlightenment and the pilgrim route through the mandala is a visual feast of technicolour Buddhist images.

Days 10 to 12: 3 Days

Next Leg

Destination info

The country we know today as China actually derives from a long line of smaller civilisations dating back six millennia. China’s influence on modern life is nothing short of remarkable having given the world a huge array of inventions such as paper, the compass, gunpowder, even pasta. The country is steeped in traditions and ancient practices and it is all just waiting to be rediscovered by you.  

  • Location: Shigatse to Sakya

Days 11-12 Shigatse
Experience one of Tibet's most spiritually important towns and explore the Tashilhunpo Monastery. Browse curios and produce at the Shigatse bazaar; from slabs of yak butter and fur hats to prayer wheels and rosaries, it's shopping heaven. Meet locals on a visit to a rural community project that improves the lives of visually impaired Tibetans.

 

Day 13 Sakya
Travel to the remote township of Sakya which boasts a unique medieval monastery filled with rare artwork.

Days 13 to 15: 3 Days

Next Leg

Destination info

The country we know today as China actually derives from a long line of smaller civilisations dating back six millennia. China’s influence on modern life is nothing short of remarkable having given the world a huge array of inventions such as paper, the compass, gunpowder, even pasta. The country is steeped in traditions and ancient practices and it is all just waiting to be rediscovered by you.  

  • Location: Everest National Park to Zhangmu

Day 14 Everest National Park
Discover the world's highest monastery, Rongphu. Get higher again, trekking up to Everest Base Camp - the view is out of this world.

 

Day 15 Zhangmu
Rise early and hit the road for a drive across the Tibetan Plateau. On the way, stop at the meditation cave of the famous mystic, Milarepa. As the journey continues to Zhangmu, the harsh landscape gives way to lush green valleys.

Days 16 to 18: 3 Days

Destination info

Nepal is a country of superlatives. It’s in the Himalayas and the country has eight of the world’s 10 tallest mountains and 240 peaks over 20,000 feet. And, of course, it is home to Mount Everest, the highest point on earth (let’s give it its Nepalese name: Sagarmatha). 

  • Location: Dhulikhel to Kathmandu

Day 16 Dhulikhel
Cross the Nepalese border, trek to nearby villages or simply relax and enjoy the panoramic views.

 

Days 17-18 Kathmandu
The journey ends in the narrow streets of Kathmandu, with its great food and memorable sights. Recline in a cafe with a hot chai, shop for souvenirs or rise early to climb to Swayambhunath.

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What's included?

  • All activities stated in the itinerary
  • Entrance to Everest National Park
  • Pre-departure information
  • 24 hour support
  • Accommodation
  • 1 Lunch

What's not included?

  • All flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • All other meals
  • Airport transfers
  • Drinks
  • Optional excursions
  • Items of a personal nature including spending money
  • Tips and gratuities

Additional Information & FAQs

Minimum age

The minimum age is 18 years old. These trips can and do attract a variety of ages and customers will be of different nationalities too. It's all about having a passion for travel which is age-less!

 

Accommodation

Overnight trains (2 nts), Hotels/Guesthouses (14 nts), Basic hotel or tent camp (seasonal - 1 nt)

 

Meals

While travelling with us you will experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Your group leader will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. On our camping trips we often cook the region's specialties so you don't miss out. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. For this trip there is 1 lunch included.


Allow USD $300 for meals not included.

 

Travelling at Altitude

Parts of this trip go above 2800 metres / 9200 feet where it is common for travellers to experience some adverse effects on your health due to the altitude. Please see further information on Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE) and High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE).

 

Tour Operator

This tour is operated by Intrepid Travel.

 

Advice & Safety

Throughout your programmes you will have the support and guidance of the programme co-ordinator and team. You will be provided with competent assistance and help with any questions or advice you may need during your stay.

You will be assigned a personal travel advisor who will co-ordinate your programme with you. Feel free to contact them at any time before you go, or when you are on your travels.

 

In addition, you will have access to a 24 hour emergency contact number so you can contact one of our UK staff at any time should you need to.

 

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