China Mongolia Tibet by Intrepid Travel

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tibet mountains monasteries original 28 days beijing to kathmandu departs every mon may to sep selected mon oct to apr itinerary days 1-3 beijing discover the forbidden city tiananmen square and the great wall days 4-5 xi an the imperial centre of china for 2,000 years xi an is famous for the plus local payment us$400 physical culture shock nearby terracotta warriors days 6-7 xiahe join the pilgrims as they complete a prayer circle around labrang monastery day 8 langmusi relax and acclimatise in this rural tibetan town days 9-10 homestay/tibetan grasslands experience tibetan life in a local home on the banks of the yellow river day 11 chengdu pass through stunning sichuan scenery en route to chengdu days 12-16 lhasa a short flight takes us to lhasa and the striking potala palace day 17 samye spend the night in the shadow of tibet s oldest monastery day 18 gyantse high passes glaciers and the turquoise lake make for a spectacular drive to gyantse days 19-21 shigatse/sakya explore the monasteries and bazaars in these towns days 22-23 everest national park from rongphu monastery trek or drive the 8 km to tibet s own everest base camp day 24 zhangmu watch the mountain landscape transform into green valleys on the descent to cliff-hugging zhangmu days 25-26 dhulikhel settle back and enjoy panoramic views of the himalayas days 27-28 kathmandu our journey ends in kathmandu above photography competition 2006 khala potala palace lhasa kate gutherie below photography competition 2006 natural mirror tibet scott edwards accommodation hotels 17 nts basic guesthouses 6 nts basic monastery accommodation with limited facilities 2 nts overnight trains 2 nts transport train public bus chartered minibus 4wd plane walking group size max 12 meals no meals included budget allow us$300 for meals not included departs every mon may to sep selected mon oct to apr traveller rating 4.78 out of 5 trip code · join the pilgrims at labrang monastery · admire the majestic potala palace · stand in the shadow of everest fsn tibet unplugged basix 15 days ex kathmandu departs every sun selected thu apr to oct itinerary days 1-2 kathmandu in nepal s colourful capital the constant stream of traffic includes holy men monks goats and sacred cows explore the markets or sit back with a plus local payment us$300 physical culture shock chai at a rooftop restaurant days 3-7 lhasa visit the potala palace join tibetan pilgrims as they prostrate themselves along the holy barkhor circuit and shop for prayer wheels and carpets at the market outside the jokhang temple day 8 gyantse located in the green farmland of the nyang-chu valley gyantse s imposing dzong fortress dominates the town visit the amazing gyantse kumbum which is decorated with 10,000 murals over four floors days 9-10 shigatse/sakya home to tibet s best-preserved monastery shigatse is the seat of the panchen lama the reincarnation of the buddha of infinite light day 11 everest base camp travel to rongphu monastery on an exhilarating drive through the mountains for the energetic there is a two hour hike to everest base camp day 12 lao tingri get a feel for rural tibetan life in lao tingri look beyond the colourful prayer flags and vast landscapes to mt everest towering over it all day 13 zhangmu clinging precariously to the cliff face the border town of zhangmu enjoys warm humid weather and a lush green landscape a startling change from the barren tibetan plateau days 14-15 kathmandu return to kathmandu via dramatic 5,000m 16,000ft passes accommodation guesthouses 9 nts very basic monasteries/guesthouses with limited facilities 5 nts transport local bus chartered minibus 4wd walking plane group size max 15 meals no meals included budget allow us$200 for meals not included departs every sun selected thu apr to oct traveller rating 4.66 out of 5 trip code above photography competition 2006 tibetan himalayas lara foster below photography competition 2006 tsurphu monks kate gutherie · explore colourful kathmandu · join the pilgrims in lhasa · experience spiritual shigatse · admire everest from tibet s base camp fre 71