Tibet Adventure

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Day 1: Arrive Beijing
Arrive at anytime during the day and make your way to the hotel. An evening group meeting is planned followed by dinner.
· Group Meeting and Beijing Duck Dinner

Day 2: Beijing
Spend the day exploring the impressive Great Wall.
· Mutianyu Great Wall Excursion

Day 3: Beijing / Trans Tibetan Train
Spend the morning visiting central Beijing's sites with free time in the afternoon until boarding the Trans Tibetan Railway to Lhasa.
· Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City

Day 4: Trans Tibetan Train
Spend the day watching the scenery change as the train travels west and up the arid Tibetan plateau.

Day 5: Lhasa
Arrive in the late afternoon into the mystical Tibetan city of Lhasa just in time to for an evening stroll around the colourful Barkhor Square.
· Walking Tour of Barkhor Market

Day 6: Lhasa
Spend the day exploring the splendour of the Jokhang and Sera Monastery.
· Jokhang Temple and Sera Monastery

Day 7: Lhasa
Today we will visit Potala Palace.
· Potala Palace

Day 8: Lhasa
The day is free to wander the markets and lesser known temples that spring up when wandering the old part of the city.

Day 9: Gyantse
Drive to Gyantse stopping for photos at the mountain passes of Khamba La and Karo La and skirt the turquoise lake of Yamdrok Tso.
· Gyanste Walking Tour of Dzong Fort and Pelkor Choede Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum

Day 10: Shigatse
A short drive to Shigatse brings you to the home of the Panchen Lama and the renowned Tashilumpo Monastery.
· Shigatse Walking Tour of Tashilumpo Monastery

Day 11: Sakya / Xegar
Drive to Xegar and stop along the way to visit the Sakya Monastery know for its Mongolian style architecture.
· Sakya Monastery

Day 12: Rombuk (Everest Base Camp)
Continue driving along the Friendship highway and until the turn off that takes turn travellers up to Everest Base camp. Spend the night in the local guesthouse next to Rongphu Monastery with views of Mt Everest from the windows.
· Rongphu Monastery, Everest Base Camp Trek

Day 13: Kerung (China/Nepal Border)
Drive down back to the Friendship highway and drive west down to the China/Nepal border and overnight in the colourful and noisy town of Kerung.
 
Day 14: Kathmandu
Leave the Tibetan Plateau and cross the border into Nepal where you immediately notice the sub tropical landscape. Drive to Kathmandu and end the tour in the bustling crowed Thamel area located close to the Royal Palace.

Day 15: Depart
You are free to depart anytime during the day

Day 1 Beijing (D)
Nihao! Welcome to Beijing, the Capital of China. Upon arrival at the airport, you will meet for your private transfer to your hotel located in the city center. You will have a 6 pm group meeting at your hotel, and there will be more information about the meeting when you arrive at the hotel. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask at reception. Your group meeting will include details about your trip, followed by an orientation walk and included dinner at a local restaurant. 

Accommodation:
• Hotel (1 night) 

Included activities:
• Private airport transfer
• Group meeting 

Meals Included:
• Peking Duck dinner

Day 2 Beijing (B)
This morning we'll take a private bus to visit Great Wall - Mutianyu Section (approx. 2hrs), one of the best-preserved parts of the Great Wall with 22 towers winding along the mountain ridges. Spend quality time exploring and learning the history of Great Wall of China as well as enjoy the view at Huairou county the suburban area of Beijing. The great idea is to bring a picnic lunch with you to enjoy at the top the wall during a rest break. We will back to downtown Beijing in the late afternoon. You will enjoy a fantastic acrobatic show in the evening.

Accommodation:
• Hotel (1 night)

Included activities:  
• Mutianyu Great Wall Excursion

Meals Included:
• Breakfast

Day 3 Beijing (B)/Tibetan Train
Today we'll explore famous sights in Beijing. There will be a lot of walking today as well as using public the subway to get around. After breakfast, we will take the metro to Tiananmen Square, one of the world's largest public squares, home to the Monument of the People's Heroes and the Great hall of the People. Then enter the Forbidden City, built from 1406 to 1420, a ceremonial and political center of the Chinese government for more than 500 years. It was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987 and is listed by UNESCO as the most extensive collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world. 

This evening transfer to the Beijing West railway station to board the train to Lhasa (approximately 45 hours). This first night you'll pass through provincial towns, through Xi'an, and then directly into the mountains, sometimes through tunnels that can last for minutes at a time!

Accommodation:
• Hard sleeper overnight train

Included Activities:
• Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City

Meals Included:
• Breakfast

Day 4: Train to the Roof of the World
The train to Lhasa is one of China's greatest engineering feats. It’s the highest railway in the world, traversing some incredibly mountainous and remote terrain. Today the journey takes you Stop briefly in Lanzhou, the crossroads of routes along the Silk Road and the Tibet-Qinghai plateau, and head on past the city of Xining. On this second night, you’ll climb in altitude, and your breath with likely be taken away by the landscape outside the windows – snow-dappled black cliffs and mountain peaks illuminated by the moonlight.

Accommodation:
• Hard sleeper overnight train

Included Activities:
• None

Meals Included:
• There are no meals included on this day

Day 5: Lhasa (D)
The train will travel through a wide brown grassland complemented by terracotta foothills, with a speckling of grazing yaks, sheep and goats and the occasional punctuation of lakes and streams. This same landscape, only sparsely populated by clusters of brick village houses, treeless and vast, will accompany you nearly all the way to Lhasa, where you’ll arrive sometime after lunch. Lhasa’s elevation is 3,940 meters. We have four days here to allow for appropriate acclimatization.

Upon arrival private transfer along the Lhasa river to the city center. After checking in the hotel and refresh yourself, we will go for an orientation walk to Barkhor square.

Accommodation:
• Hotel (1 night)

Included transfer and activities:   
• Private bus transfer
• Lhasa Barkhor Street

Meals Included:
• Dinner

Day 6: Lhasa (B)
Today we will enjoy a tour of Jokhang Temple and Sera Monastery.

Jokhang temple which has been called the spiritual heart of Tibet. Watch prostrating pilgrims circle the temple day and night, some of them traversing the extremes of the Tibetan landscape by foot to come here and celebrate their faith. Make a kora ("revolution" in Tibetan) of the Barkhor, the holiest devotional circuit, which surrounds the Jokhang and houses a market bazaar where people bargain for Buddha images, yak skulls with ruby eyes, woodcarvings, carpets, prayer wheels, and the odd goat's head. 

An excursion just outside the city boundaries to witness monks practice philosophical debates at Sera Monastery and listen to the ritual chanting in the assembly halls of Drepung Monastery. Sera Monastery, a complex of structures with the Great Assembly Hall and three colleges, was founded in 1419. Walk around the massive complex and learn about its architectural features and history of teaching generations of scholars. Witness the monks engaged in Buddhist philosophical debate in the courtyard, an event that occurs daily in the afternoons (except Sundays).

Accommodation:
• Hotel (1 night)

Included activities:   
• Jokhang Temple and Sera Monastery

Meals Included:
• Breakfast

Day 7: Lhasa (B)
Today we will visit Potala Palace. It is a magnificent structure and true architectural wonder built in the 1600s and steeped in history. It is where the Dalai Lamas would meditate, handle affairs of state, and eventually where their burial stupas remain. Check out the golden statues, three-dimensional mandalas, ancient scriptures, and the devoted pilgrims who circle the palace day and night. It is indeed a remarkable place.

Accommodation:
• Hotel (1 night)

Included activities:   
• Potala Palace

Meals Included:
• Breakfast

Day 8: Lhasa (B)
Free day to explore Lhasa. Your tour leader can arrange the optional activity to Ganden Monastery or Drepung Monastery.

The Ganden Monastery was built in the early 15th century. Upon the Tibetan New Year in 1409, Zongkapa, founder of Gelug or Yellow Sect of Tibetan Buddhism, gathered over 8,000 Lamas to hold a Grand Summons Ceremony at the Jokhang Temple of Lhasa to commemorate Sakyamuni. The Kora around the Ganden Monastery is amazing. 

Drepung Monastery locates on western outskirts of Lhasa. Drepung, in Tibetan, means “prosperity.” Since its establishment, Drepung Monastery has always been one of the most important Buddhist monasteries in Tibet. In its heyday, there were more than 10,000 monks lived and studied in the monastery. Throughout its history, many important and famous Tibetan leaders used to study here, especially the Dalai Lamas. So Drepung Monastery is also respectfully known as the “Mother School of Dalai Lamas.” 

Accommodation:
• Hotel (1 night)

Included activities:  
• None

Optional activities:
• Ganden Monastery
• Drepung Monastery

Meals Included:
• Breakfast

Day 9: Gyantse (B)
Today’s drive to Gyantse is spectacular, offering unforgettable views around every bend.  We will pass several beautiful passes as you twist through dramatic mountains and peaks that tower over the road. Take in the incredible views of Yamdrok Lake, mystically mirroring the sky above in near perfection, climb Khamba La Pass and see yaks plodding along the mountainside. The drive should take around 6-7 hours.

Accommodation:
• Hotel (1 night)

Meals Included:
• Breakfast

Day 10: Gyantse/Shigatse (B)
This morning you’ll spend the time we will visit Pelkor Chode Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum. Pelkor Chode Monastery was founded in 1418 and regarded as the center of Gyantse. Gyantse Kumbum (meaning 100,000 images) is an eight-story structure containing a seemingly endless series of tiny chapels full of Buddhist images – Buddhas, demons, protectors, and saints. Then we will travel to Shigatse about 1.5 hours. After lunch we will check in hotel then visit Tashilumpo Monastery. You can also do a kora around the Tashilumpo Monastery after the guided tour or visit the local market.

Tashi Lhunpo Monastery founded in 1447 by the 1st Dalai Lama. It is a historical and culturally significant monastery in Shigatse, the second-largest city in Tibet. 

Accommodation:
Hotel (1 night)

Included Activities:
Gyantse - Pelkor Chode Monastery & Kumbum
Shigatse - Tashilumpo Monastery

Meals Included:
• Breakfast

Day 11: Shigatse/Xegar (B)
Today we will drive to this beautiful Tibetan town Skaya. Sakya school is one of four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism, the others being the Nyingma, Kagyu, and Gelug. It is one of the Red Hat Orders along with the Nyingma and Kagyu. We will visit famous Sakya Monastery. It is often known as the “second Dunhuang”, for its huge collection of over 40,000 books. The SakyaKloster is the home of thousands of volumes of sacred Buddhist scripts, and just one single, long bookshelf holds around 10,000 ancient scriptures. After guided Monastery tour, we can go for an optional hike and visit one of the only Noneery of this trip on top of the hill.

Accommodation:
• Hotel (1 night)

Included activities:
• Sakya Monastery

Meals Included:
• Breakfast 

Day 12: Rombuk (Everest Base Camp - North)
A long drive along the Friendship highway up to Everest Base Camp today. Upon arrival, we will check in the Rongphu guest house, refresh yourself; then we will visit the Everest Base Camp.
Rongbuk Monastery is the highest monastery in the world. It was first built in 1902 by the Nyingma Lama and formerly housed more than 500 monks. Today, only about 50 monks and nuns remain, sharing the same prayer hall but maintaining separate residences. The Nuns here are great fun and will be delighted to have you join their evening prayers.

Accommodation:
• Hotel (1 night)

Included activities:   
• Rongphu Monastery
• Everest Base Camp - North

Meals Included:
• There are no meals included today

Day 13: Rombuk - Kerung border (D)
A long drive from Rombuk to border town Kerung. Kerung is a customs town and port of entry on the Nepal-China border.

Accommodation:
• Hotel (1 night)

Meals Included:
• Dinner

Day 14: Kathmandu (B)
This morning after breakfast, we will cross the border from China to Nepal. Namaste! Welcome to Nepal. 

Explore this alluring city on a walking tour with your local leader. Check out the Newari architecture at Durbar Square, the vast plaza opposite the old Royal Palaces.

Accommodation:
• Hotel (1 night)

Meals Included:
• There are no meals included today

Day 15: Depart Kathmandu (B)
Your adventure comes to an end today. There are no activities planned for the final day, and you can depart the accommodation at any time.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

Before You Leave

Visas - A visa is required for entry into China for all nationalities except Japan, Singapore and Brunei who are allowed visa free stays under 14 days. Travellers holding APEC cards are allowed entrance visa free if their card has already been approved for China.

Under the current guidelines to get a visa you will need to provide the following:

- Letter of Invitation from a Chinese agency

- Copy of Flight tickets

- Hotel booking confirmation

- Travel Insurance (some embassies ask for this document)

In some cases, you may be required to provide further information or documentation and if this is the case we will notify you as soon as possible.

 

Booking a Single Room - On this particular tour we are pleased to be able to offer travellers the option of pre-booking a guaranteed single room. Due to the variety of accommodation used on this tour, single rooms are available for a majority of the nightstops, however it would still mean sharing on any overnight trains. All of our tours are planned and operated on a twin-share basis, meaning that the standard cost is based either on individual travellers sharing accommodation with another group member of the same sex, or people who book together sharing accommodation.

 

Vaccinations and Your Health - We recommend that you contact your primary care physician or a travel doctor for advice on vaccinations and travel health and we advise that you check to see if your tetanus-diphtheria booster is still valid every 10 years.

 

Insurance - Travel insurance is compulsory for all our customers. At the start of the trip you must provide us with: the name of your insurance company, your policy number, a 24 hour medical emergency contact number, and the expiry date of the policy. You should ensure that your policy covers you for medical expenses and repatriation. If you are unable to provide all this information at the start of the trip you will not be allowed to join the trip. You can purchase insurance easily online by checking our Travel Insurance page.

 

Luggage - One main piece of lockable baggage and a shoulder bag. Total allowance: 44lbs/20kgs. Remember, you are expected to carry your own baggage – so don’t overload yourself. It is essential that your baggage is lockable; the airline/train authorities insist on this. Please be aware, before boarding a flight in China that the Chinese authorities will only allow bottles onto aircraft if they have been checked in as main luggage. Any bottles in the hand luggage may be confiscated.

 

What to Expect on Tour

Itinerary Disclaimer – The information in this trip details has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience.

 

Accommodation - Your accommodation is selected for convenience of location, comfort or character, and can range from a business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. In more remote areas, accommodation may be of a lower standard and may not have all western amenities. Hotels are generally rated as local three to four star standard, but please note that there is no international classification system for hotels and differences in facilities and quality do exist between the US and China. Rest assure that all hotels used by China Adventure Tours are regularly inspected by our staff to ensure that standards meet your needs.

 

In other cities and large towns the standard is similar although on a lesser scale. In small towns or villages where tourism is less prevalent, the hotels we use are smaller and facilities are more limited, though we generally stay in the best place in town. Rooms will still be en suite but rooms can be basic. Plumbing and electricity supplies can be somewhat erratic and although the welcome is warm, service levels may be less efficient than you may be used to.

 

Aboard the overnight sleeper train, berths are usually in 1st class ‘soft sleeper’ lockable compartments for 4 which have 2 sets of bunks with clean bedding provided. WC and washbasins are provided for shared use at the end of each carriage. Hot meals and snacks are sold to your berth on all overnight journeys. In times of large demand we may have to travel in 2nd class ‘hard sleeper’ which consists of sectioned off compartments for 6,leading off an open plan carriage.

 

Tipping - If you're happy with the services provided then a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. Tipping is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across China and other Asian countries. We recommend that any tips are given to the intended recipient by a member of your group, rather than collected and passed on by the group leader.

The following amounts are based on local considerations and feedback from our past travellers:

Restaurants: Tipping is not common practice at restaurants in China or Tibet.

Local guides: Throughout your trip you may at times have a local guide in addition to your leader. We suggest CNY10-15 per person per day for local guides.

Porters: In some hotels a porter may offer to carry your bag to your room. We suggest CNY5 per bag for porters.

Drivers: You may have a range of drivers on your trip. Some may be with you for a short journey while others may be with you for several days. We would suggest that you tip only those more involved with the group (for example those that help you with your bags etc). CNY5-10 per person per day is generally appropriate.

Your Group Leader: You may also consider tipping your leader for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference; however as a guideline US$3-5 per person, per day can be used. Of course you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip.

 

Optional Extras - Our standard tours are planned to be as fully inclusive as possible.  However, from time-to-time your Tour Leader or Local Guide may suggest optional tours/sightseeing in addition to the standard sightseeing planned for that city. Such options are at an additional cost, with prices ranging from 20-200 CNY per person. If you do not wish to take part in any optional extras, you will have the option of enjoying some free time at leisure or to return to the hotel.

 

Personal Expenses - You will need to take some extra money to cover drinks, laundry and souvenirs, plus any additional sightseeing that may be offered to you. Based on the advice of previous customers an approximate amount of $250 per week should be sufficient; however for those that can’t resist a bargain, consider allocating a higher amount.

 

Electricity Supply & Plugs – For China operates on a 220V and uses a combination of US/European and Chinese style plugs in most hotel rooms.

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