Mountains & Monasteries

About this Adventure


 

 

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Duration: 18 Days
Price: £1860 GPD

 

 

 

This exciting adventure tour begins in Beijing, where you can discover the awe-inspiring wonder of the iconic Great Wall on a trip to this impressive feat of engineering.

Next up you’ll take a Train to the Roof of the World, when you embark on one of the world’s great train journeys and soak up stunning landscapes on the climb to reach the Tibetan plateau.
Days 4-8 will be spent in Lhasa/ Nam Tso Lake, two places of beauty and mysticism. Enjoy a cooking class and visit Potala Palace – the former residence of the Dalai Lama, which contains more than 1,000 rooms. Stop by Jokhang Temple – Tibet’s spiritual epicentre which is constantly awash with pilgrims. Enjoy a peaceful boat trip on the Nam Tso Lake, a reminder of the simple beauty of nature.
In Samye spend the night in the atmospheric shadow of Tibet’s oldest monastery.
A real highlight is the time you spend in Gyantse. Listen to the monks’ morning prayers before taking a spectacular drive across the Kamba-La Pass. Make the pilgrim circuit at Pelkor Chode Monastery and see the imposing hill fortress of Gyantse Dzong. A visit to Kumbum Chorten is an unforgettable experience – its five storeys represent the five steps to enlightenment and the pilgrim route through the mandala is a visual feast of technicolour Buddhist images.

Next up experience one of Tibet’s most spiritually important towns and explore the Tashilhunpo Monastery in Shigatse. Browse curios and produce at the Shigatse bazaar; from slabs of yak butter and fur hats to prayer wheels and rosaries, it’s shopping heaven. Meet locals on a visit to a rural community project that improves the lives of visually impaired Tibetans.
On unlucky day number 13 you’ll be in Sakya. Travel to the remote township of Sakya which boasts a unique medieval monastery filled with rare artwork.
Next head to Everest National ParkDiscover the world’s highest monastery, Rongphu. Get higher again, trekking up to Everest Base Camp – the view is out of this world.
Hit Zhangmu early and hit the road for a drive across the Tibetan Plateau. On the way, stop at the meditation cave of the famous mystic, Milarepa. As the journey continues to Zhangmu, the harsh landscape gives way to lush green valleys.
In Dhulikhel you’ll cross the Nepalese border, trek to nearby villages or simply relax and enjoy the panoramic views.
Your last couple of days are spent in Kathmandu, where the journey ends in the narrow streets of Kathmandu, with its great food and memorable sights. Recline in a cafe with a hot chai, shop for souvenirs or rise early to climb to Swayambhunath.

The amazing adventure is brought to you by Intrepid Travel. Visit their website for information on this and other trips. Happy travelling.


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