Mountains & Monasteries 2013-2014
18 days with Intrepid Travel Rating:
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Days 1-2 Beijing
Beijing has a long and colourful history and this rapidly modernising city is an amazing whirl of ancient sites, modern buildings, bicycles, people, shops and eateries. Snaking over the landscape for 8,851 km, the building of China's Great Wall started in the 5th century BC with the aim of protecting China's northern borders from invading Mongolian hordes.
Day 3 Train to the Roof of the World
The Train to the Roof of the World connects China's cities to Lhasa in Tibet and is the highest train in the world. Stretching nearly 2,000km, the views are phenomenal.
Days 4-8 Lhasa
Colourful, historic and with a deeply fascinating culture, the holy city of Lhasa is situated in a small valley high on the Tibetan Plateau.
Day 9 Samye
Samye is famed for having the oldest Buddhist monastery in Tibet, which was built in the shape of a mandala and is full of Tibetan relics and art.
Day 10 Gyantse
Gyantse is a small agricultural town set in the Nyang-chu Valley, famed for its wool carpets and the Pelkhor Chode Temple complex.
Days 11-12 Shigatse
Sitting at the confluence of two rivers, Shigatse is a bustling, dusty city home to some fantastic monasteries, fortresses and palaces.
Day 13 Sakya
Sakya, located in a valley off the Friendship Highway, is a small town with unique architecture and a beautiful monastery.
Day 14 Everest National Park
As one of the world's big challenges, Mount Everest evokes visions of beauty, danger, awe and triumph. Standing close to this mountain is certain to leave you breathless.
Day 15 Zhangmu
Clinging perilously to the sheer mountainside, Zhangmu separates Tibet from Nepal by a cascading river that spans the famous Friendship Bridge.
Day 16 Dhulikhel
Peaceful Dhulikhel has been an important trading route between Nepal and Tibet for centuries and has staggering views of the surrounding mountain peaks.
Days 17-18 Kathmandu
Kathmandu is like an alluring whirlwind of sights, sounds, smells and colours. Almost overwhelming, its charm and history peaks out from the most unexpected places rendering most visitors enamoured.
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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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Guesthouse (6 nts)
Hotel (8 nts)
Overnight sleeper train (2 nts)
Permanent tented camp (1 nt)
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