15 Days, Beijing - Tibet - Kathmandu
Day 1 Beijing
Arrive at any time.
There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.
Day 2 Beijing
Visit the Great Wall of China with time in the late afternoon to explore Beijing
Set out early for the Great Wall at Mutianyu. Spend the day wandering from tower to tower
along this magnificent feat of construction. Opt to see a Shaolin Monk Kung Fu Show, the Beijing Opera, or the Beijing Acrobats.
Day 3–4 Beijing/Lhasa
Take a guided tour of the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square before boarding the Trans-Tibetan Railway to Lhasa.
Enjoy learning about Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City before using some free time to explore more of the capital. In the evening, depart on a 48-hr train journey to Lhasa. Enjoy watching the scenery completely change as you climb onto the Tibetan Plateau.
Day 5 Lhasa
Arrive in Lhasa in the evening. Take an orientation walk around and start acclimatizing to the altitude.
Days 6–8 Lhasa
Over three days, explore all Lhasa and the surrounding areas have to offer. Visit Barkhor Square, the Jokhang Temple, the Potala Palace, and either Sera or Drepung Monastery. With free time, opt to visit the local markets or find a teahouse to spend a few hours relaxing with a warm cup of chai.
Day 9 Lhasa/Gyantse
Drive to Gyantse along beautiful Yamdrok Tso lake.
The drive to Gyantse is a spectacular one, crossing three passes over 5,000m (16,404 ft) and skirting the shores of the beautiful turquoise lake, Yamdrok Tso.
Day 10 Gyantse/Shigatse
Visit the Pelkor Chode Monastery, Gyantse Kumbum, and Tashilunpo Monastery.
Take a short drive to Shigatse, Tibet's second-largest town and the seat of the Panchen Lama, who ranks second in importance to the Dalai Lama. Visit the Shigatse Bazaar. Stalls selling everything from slabs of yak butter to yak wool, prayer wheels, and rosaries line the streets and Tibetans vie with each other to win a sale. Opt to join the pilgrims on their evening kora (Tibetan for "revolution") around the perimeter of the monastery.
Day 11 Shigatse/Sakya
Travel to Sakya and visit the Sakya Gompa.
It is a 4-5 hr trip to Sakya, the base of the once politically powerful Sakya sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Its huge fortified walls are testament to the turbulent past of the region. There is time in the late afternoon or early morning to explore the monastery and the ruins of north Sakya across the river.
Day 12 Sakya/Rongpu Si
Visit Rongbuk, the highest monastery in the world.
Take an exhilarating drive to reach Rongbuk — 5,000m (16,404 ft) and a mere 7km (4.4 mi) below Everest Base Camp. The view from here is utterly spectacular.
Day 13 Rongpu Si/Zham
Hike (or drive) to Everest Base Camp for a closer view of this magnificent mountain. Continue driving through the spectacular mountain passes, topped with prayer flags and wind-driven prayer wheels.
Start early and drive to Everest Base Camp. If you're keen and the altitude hasn't gotten to you, make the 7km (4.4 mi) hike to Base Camp for a closer view of this magnificent mountain. For the rest of the group, take the bus to reach this fascinating location. Continue down to the highway towards Zhangmu.
Day 14 Zham/Kathmandu
Cross the border and travel to Kathmandu. Enjoy some free time to get to know the city.
Day 15 Kathmandu
Depart at any time.