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 the world's highest mountain pass 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.

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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…

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Itinerary Summary

  1. 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

  2. Day 5 - Hike the Great Wall of China

  3. Day 6 - Summer Palace, Art District & Fly to Xining

    Day 7 - Overnight scenic train to Lhasa

  4. Day 8 - Transfer to Tibet & Summer Palace tour

    Day 9 - Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple & Sera Monastery

  5. Day 10 - Sacred lake & Gyantse's Dzong architecture

    Day 11 - Tashilhunpo Monastery & Everest Base Camp

  6. Day 12 - Everest Base Camp & Sakya Monastery

  7. Day 13 - Fly to Chengdu & time at leisure

    Day 14 - Baby & Giant Pandas up close

  8. Day 15 - Come face-to-face with the 71m Giant Buddha

  9. Day 16 - Return to Beijing

    Day 17 - Return flight to UK


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