Holidays to Tibet - the complete guide
Discover the best places to visit in Tibet and find out about the logistical and moral implications of travel here.Read More
Evocatively known as 'The Roof of the World', Tibet is one of the most mysterious, exotic and charming places on the planet. Surrounded by the world's highest mountains and for so long off-limits to visitors, the resulting isolation kept Tibet largely hidden from the world and shrouded in mystery and intrigue.
Venture out of the capital Lhasa, en-route to Mount Everest Base Camp, and you will follow winding mountain roads to the shimmering turquoise waters of the sacred Yamdrok Lake, stopping to appreciate its beauty from above and on its shores. Dramatic mountain passes are adorned with colourful prayer flags fluttering in the wind and backed by glorious snow-capped peaks and glaciers. Herds of yaks, sheep, goats, cows and horses graze the open pastures as locals tend to their crops and gather for late-afternoon picnics by the side of the flourishing Yarlung Tsangpo River.
Shigatse is Tibet's second largest city. It sits on a high plain at the confluence of two rivers, at around 3,800 metres above sea level, creating some of the most fertile land in the region and attracting a rich mixture of ethnic groups. The star attraction here is the huge 600 year old Tashilhunpo Monastery, seat of the controversial Panchen Lama.
At the small city of Gyantse you can admire the magnificent dzong fortress architecture and climb the unique circular stupa, sticking your head into the many small chapels of its outer shell and enjoying find views across to the fort and the old town.
Turn off the Friendship Highway that runs to Nepal and you will enter the Mount Everest National Park. The roads winds its way over and across one of the world's highest mountain passes and back down again, arriving at the Rongbuk Monastery Guest House or Everest Base Camp tents, where you will stay the night. Rise early the next day and you'll hopefully enjoy stunning views of the north face of the world's biggest and most fabled mountain.
14 Nights from £3,891 €3,769 $4,058
Venture into Tibet by train to admire historic monasteries and visit Mount Everest Base Camp. Along the way discover how this holy land is adapting to life in modern China.
Day 1 - Fly to Beijing
Day 2 - Welcome to Beijing
Day 3 - Special tour - Beijing's past & present
Day 4 - At leisure or optional tours
Day 5 - Hike the Great Wall of China
Day 6 - Summer Palace, Art District & Fly to Xining
Day 7 - Overnight scenic train to Lhasa
Day 8 - Transfer to Tibet & Summer Palace tour
Day 9 - Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple & Sera Monastery
Day 10 - Sacred lake, glacier & Pelkhor Monastery
Day 11 - Tashilhunpo Monastery & Everest Base Camp
Day 12 - Everest Base Camp & Sakya Monastery
Day 13 - Fly to Chengdu & time at leisure
Day 14 - Baby & Giant Pandas up close
Day 15 - Come face-to-face with the 71m Giant Buddha
Day 16 - Return flight to the UK
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