Journey to Tibet
Join other solo travellers as you embark upon one of our most adventurous travelling excursions yet; our Journey to Tibet tour. This once in a lifetime experience to the ‘roof of the world’ is not to be missed. Expect stunning landscapes, awe-inspiring mountain scenery, magical monasteries and friendly locals to rival anywhere you’ve ever been before. Begin your journey in Chinese Chengdu, the home of the panda, where you’ll take a breath-taking train ride to Lhasa, the Tibetan capital. Whilst in Lhasa you’ll visit the stunning Sera and Jokhang Monasteries, as well as the UNESCO world heritage Potala Palace, complete with dreamy mountain backdrop. Continue your journey to Shigatse, Tibet’s second largest city, stopping on the way to admire the views of the piercingly blue Yamdrok Lake. The following day you’ll enjoy a stunning sunrise over Mount Everest, an undoubted highlight of this trip. Your last days in Tibet will be spent at the beautiful Namtso Lake, the largest salt lake in the region, and known in Mongolian as ‘heaven lake’… you’ll see why when you get there! Finish up your 13-day tour in Chengdu with a visit to the Giant Panda Breeding centre, a must for all animal lovers.
Visit the Giant Panda Breeding Centre in Chengdu
Discover Tibet’s most important monasteries
Watch the most incredible sunrise over Mount Everest
Admire the stunning Namtso & Yamdrok Lakes
Day 1 – Arrive Chengdu (D)
Upon arrival in Chengdu, make your way to your hotel for check-in. Today is an arrival day so there are no planned activities. Dinner will be arranged for the first night of your Tibet tour. Overnight in Chengdu.
Day 2 – Chengdu (B,L,D)
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Chengdu’s ‘Wide and Narrow alleys’, Kuan Alley, Zhai Alley and Jing Alley, a collection of restored ancient streets where you can relax and enjoy the typical lifestyle of Old Chengdu. Afterwards, you’ll head to the People’s Park, and then onto a tea house in the city centre to experience local life. The afternoon will be spent at your leisure. Overnight in Chengdu.
Day 3 – Chengdu / Xining / Lhasa (B,L,D)
This morning you will be taking a flight to Xining, capital of the Qinghai province. The city is mainly inhabited with Tibetan’s but is also home to Uygur, Kazak and Hui minorities. When you arrive, you’ll be transferred to Kumbum Monastery, one of the grandest and most important monasteries in the Tibetan area. In the afternoon, you’ll be transferred to the train station to catch your train along the world’s highest railway to Lhasa. Although it will take a full day to reach Lhasa, you will witness breath-taking mountain scenery, the largest Salt Lake in China, and pass through Golmud and Nagqu with opportunities for wildlife spotting, such as the rare Tibetan Antelope. Overnight onboard.
Day 4 – Lhasa (D)
In the early evening you will arrive in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. From the train station you will be transferred to your hotel. You will now be in high altitudes (3650m) so it’s important to drink lots of water to help with your acclimatisation. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day 5 – Lhasa (B,L,D)
After breakfast you will begin a full day’s tour of Lhasa, starting with a visit to Potala Palace. This magnificent structure was originally constructed in 1645 by the fifth Dalai Lama, atop an earlier fortress that was constructed by Songtsen Gampo in 637. In the afternoon you’ll visit Jokhang Monastery, the centre of Tibetan Buddhism where thousands of pilgrims come for worship every day. Afterwards, take a walk around Barkhor Street that surrounds Jokhang, full of stalls selling local specialities. From here, you’ll visit the Sera Monastery which was created in 1419 and remains one of Tibet’s most important Buddhist monasteries. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day 6 – Lhasa / Gyantse / Shigatse (B,L,D)
After breakfast, you’ll be driven to Gyantse via the Kamba La, a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4852m above sea level. You’ll stop at the top for incredible views of the holy Yamdrok Lake. Next, you’ll visit the Karuola Glacier which lies close to Mount Naiqing Kangsang (7191m), one of the four highest mountains in Tibet. On arriving, visit the Pelkor Monastery as well as the splendid Kumbum Stupa, both of which were built in the 15th century and are situated in the north-western edge of Gyantse. Later, you’ll make the final drive to Shigatse, Tibet’s second largest city with over 40,000 inhabitants and the traditional capital of the Tsang.
Day 7 – Shigatse / Shegar / Rongbuk (B,L,D)
After breakfast, you’ll visit the Tashilunpo Monastery of Gelug Sect, one the of the six grand monasteries in Tibet. The monastery houses a giant statue of the Maitreya Buddha. Afterwards, you’ll be driving to Everest, passing by Shegar and stopping at Pang La (5150m) for magnificent views of Makalu, Lhotse, Everest, Nuptse and Cho Oyu. In the afternoon you’ll reach the Rongbuk Monastery, at an altitude of 5154m above sea level, it is the highest temple in the world. Overnight in Rongbuk.
Day 8 – Rongbuk / Shegar / Shigatse (B,L,D)
In the morning, experience a stunning sunrise in the mountains before you drive to Base Camp. Afterwards, you’ll drive back to Shigatse, where you will spend the night.
Day 9 – Shigatse / Namtso Lake (B,L,D)
After breakfast, you’ll be driving along the Brahmaputra River until you reach Dazhuaka, where you will drive through stretches of sandy hills. On the way you’ll see villages, highland meadows, snow peaks and even some rare wild animals. Continue the drive along the Qinghai-Tibet highway until you finally reach the stunning Namtso Lake, known in Mongolian as ‘heaven lake’ – you’ll see why when you get there! Overnight in Namtso.
Day 10 – Namtso / Lhasa (B,L,D)
Today, you’ll further explore the Namtso Lake. It is the biggest salt lake in Tibet at 70km long and 30km wide, covering an area of 1920 square kilometres, and all at an altitude of 4700m! Take a walk along the holy hill and the cliffs that have eroded over the centuries. Visit the nomads in yak hair tents who live on the pastures between the holy Namtso and Nyenchentangla. In the afternoon, you’ll drive back to Lhasa and spend the night.
Day 11 – Lahsa / Chengdu (B,L,D)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport to catch your flight back to Chengdu. In the afternoon, you’ll visit the Daoist temple Qingyang Gong, one of the most famous temples in China. The temple was originally built in the Tang Dynasty (618-907), a period when Taoism was flourishing. Wandering through the temple you will see many locals eating, drinking and playing Mahjong at the temple’s teahouse – a popular pastime for the people of Chengdu. Overnight in Chengdu.
Day 12 – Chengdu / Giant Panda Base (B,L,D)
This morning, you’ll be driven to Chengdu’s Giant Panda Base of Breeding & Research. Founded in 1985, there are now 50 adorable giant pandas living here. After the visit, we’ll drive to the Jinsha Ruins Museum which shows the sacrificial centre of the 3000-year-old Shu Kingdom. Overnight in Chengdu.
Day 13 – Depart Chengdu (B)
Depending on your flight schedule you may have some free time for further exploring before heading to the airport for international flights home.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE TIBET TOUR
- Sharing a twin room at 3 & 4-star hotels and simple guesthouses
- 2x Flight tickets between Chengdu & Xining / Lhasa & Chengdu
- 1x Train ticket between Xining & Lhasa
- All transportation and overland tours
- Entrance fees for sightseeing
- English speaking guides in Chengdu & Xining + Tibetan English-speaking guide in Tibet
- Permits for Tibet tour
- Meals as mentioned in itinerary (B,L,D)
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED IN THE TIBET TOUR
- Sleeping bag (necessary for simple guesthouse accommodation)
- Visa fee for China
- Meals not mentioned
- Tips for guides and drivers
- Personal expenses
- Up to six weeks before departure, a place can be reserved on the Journey to Tibet Tour on payment of a deposit of £250.00, after this date it would be the full amount of the trip.
- Click the book now button and fill in the details and tick the box confirming you accept booking conditions.
- The outstanding balance is due 6 weeks before travel.
- Please ensure you have checked visa requirements. Get in touch if you are unsure.
- Ensure you have purchased travel insurance, as this is mandatory for all trips.
- International flights are not included and will need to be organised separately. Please do not book flights until we give the go-ahead. If you would like flight suggestions or help with booking, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Trip Type Cultural
Group Size Between 5 – 12
Physical Rating Moderate
Currency & Spending Money Chinese Yuan / Spending £20 and upwards per day
Hosts One of our local guides will be your main point of contact throughout this trip.
Clothing Most of this trip will be spent at high altitudes so you will need to ensure you take strong sun protection with you, as well as factored lip-balm, good quality sunglasses and a hat to protect your head. Because you will be at such high altitudes, you will need to take warm clothing that can be easily removed if you get too hot. You can find a list of necessary items in our blog post for this trip.
Health Always seek medical advice from your doctor or travel nurse before you travel and make sure your vaccinations are up-to-date, especially when travelling to Asia. Remember that your travel insurance may not cover you if you do not have up-to-date vaccinations. Please note that the air quality in Chinese cities can be extremely polluted, if you suffer from asthma it’s worth speaking to your doctor about potential implications before you travel.
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Travel Advice We highly recommend that you read the foreign travel advice for China before your departure date.
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