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Embark on a journey of extremes, striking across the starkly beautiful landscapes of Tibet, on the roof of the world. Then discover the verdant and chaotic valleys of Nepal under the ever watchful gaze of the mighty Himalayas.
Visit the world famous Panda Conservation Centre in Chengdu
Immerse yourself in the mysticality of Jokhang Temple
Stand in awe as the sun rises over Earth's highest mountain
Jump into a riot of colours, chaos and culture in Nepal's capital
Our Himalayan Adventure itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
On arrival in Chengdu Airport, be met in the arrival hall by your local guide and/or National Escort from Wendy Wu Tours. Together with all other group members who may be arriving at a similar time, you will transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.
A visit to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding allows you to see China’s celebrated bears up close in surroundings that mirror their natural habitat. Stroll through People's Park, see Matchmaker's Corner, and visit a traditional tea house.
Fly to Lhasa. The remainder of the day is free at leisure to allow you to acclimatise to the high altitude and prepare for your explorations at the Roof of the World.
Lhasa is a modern city but among the old streets, at its core, you’ll feel a million miles from the modern world. Venture inside Jokhang Temple where queues of people worship in the flickering light of yak butter candles. Wander around the Barkhor with traditionally dressed locals and prostrating pilgrims. There will also be a visit to Sera Monastery to witness the debating monks. This evening, try yak burgers for dinner.
The Potala Palace is an architectural wonder towering over the city. The winter palace of the Dalai Lama, it houses thousands of rooms filled with old treasures. This evening enjoy a Tibetan dance performance during dinner.
Travel to Gyantse, once an integral stop on the historic trade route between India and Tibet. En-route, make a stop to admire the colossal Karuola Glacier, stretching down the side of Mount Simila towards the road. Also stop to admire the breathtaking turquoise-blue waters of the sacred Yamdrok Lake, backed by the snowy peaks of the Himalayas.
Located inside the Pelkor Monastery, visit the Gyantse Kumbum which is home to the largest chörten in Tibet and houses exquisite sculptures and paintings. Next, travel across Tibet’s stark plains to Shigatse. Dominated by a fort reminiscent of the Potala, Shigatse is Tibet’s second city and the traditional seat of the Panchen Lama. Visit Tashilhunpo Monastery, the hilltop complex that is the monastic seat of the Panchen Lama.
Begin the day with a stroll through the local market and browse the wares on sale. From here, drive to New Tingri, also known as Shegar. When crossing the Gyatso-la Pass, admire small Tibetan villages and ruins of ancient dzongs along the way.
Drive to Rongbuk, a monastic village festooned in colourful prayer flags. With Mount Everest dominating the horizon, stop at the world’s highest post office and make the short walk to Everest Base Camp Boundary Monument. Situated under the gaze of Everest’s north face, the views of the world’s highest peak are unsurpassed (weather permitting).
Rise early to cross the Gue-La Pass and enjoy the panoramic views of the eastern Himalayas. Observe daily life whilst driving past small remote villages and continue to Shigatse to stay overnight.
Fly to Chengdu and enjoy the afternoon at leisure.
Fly to Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. The tiny Kingdom of Nepal sits atop the Himalayas wedged between India, Tibet and China. Upon arrival, meet your Nepalese guide and transfer to Dhulikhel to see the traditional Nuwari houses and browse the local market.
Visit Changu Narayan Temple before taking a hike to Telkot through the forest landscapes, admiring the stunning Himalayan scenery. Drive to Bhaktapur and see the old houses and meet a local Newari family before enjoying a traditional Nepalese lunch. This afternoon, wander Bhaktapur’s cobblestone streets where you will stumble across many old courtyards, temples and artisans busy at their craft. Visit the Golden Gate and the Palace of 55 Windows.
Rise early and drive to Pokhara. The town sits on the verdant banks of Phewa Lake with virtually uninterrupted views of the majestic Annapurna and Manaslu ranges. Take a walking tour, admiring the views.
Begin at the colourful Old Baazar. Stop to admire the Bindyabasini Temple, one of Pokhara’s most important Shrines. Next drive out of the town to visit Gupteshwor Cave and Devi’s Fall before continuing to the International Mountain Museum. At Gupteshwor Cave you will walk 50m through the cave to see the Manadeva statue.
Rise early to visit a Hindu temple before departing for Chitwan National Park. The next day, take an early morning nature walk and visit the elephant stables. Later, enjoy a serene boat trip down the Rapti River to view the animals on the river banks. Observe an elephant bath and this evening enjoy a traditional Tharu stick dance performed by local farmers.
Drive to Daman which has one of the most spectacular outlooks over the Himalayan range anywhere in Nepal. Continue to Kathmandu.
Essentially a suburb of Kathmandu, Patan was once the capital of an independent kingdom, something that is noticeable in its distinctiveness. See the UNESCO World Heritage Royal Palace and the sights of Patan’s Durbar Square. Returning to Kathmandu, visit the Boudhanath Stupa and Monastery for a very special Lama blessing. Continue to Pashupatinath Temple.
Explore Kathmandu, a city of many layers. A modern day assault on the senses, it is a hub of cultural and artistic heritage and a monument to the medieval era. Today’s visits include Swayambhunath Temple, Durbar Square, the Kumari Temple and Thamel Market.
This morning is at leisure. After check-out you will be transferred to Kathmandu airport to board your onward flight home, arriving today or the following day. Any time before your flight is at leisure.
All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. Our tour prices are from prices based on per person, twin share and are subject to the availability of specific economy class fare levels. If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Tour would be more ideal.
Wendy Wu Tours inspects all hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service, which we require for our guests. We pick the right hotel for the specific destination, meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family-run guesthouse in a smaller town. Chosen hotels are also chosen for ease of navigation around tourist sights. View Hotels Here
Breakfast at your hotel usually includes a selection of local and western dishes. In remote areas, we suggest trying some of the local specialities. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or too unusual in taste.
Please ensure you specify any dietary requirements at the time of booking. We suggest also mentioning it to the National Escort/Local Guides on arrival. They will do their utmost to cater to any special requests, such as vegetarian meals or foods to avoid in the case of allergies.
Drinks such as beer, soft drinks or bottled water are at your own expense locally.
Shopping is a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure. In keeping with most people’s interests while on holiday, your tour includes a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs. Included are visits to establishments that provide locally produced goods, unique to your destination. Witness the creation of these products, and see first-hand how their production supports the local economy. As most travellers like to take home souvenirs, we ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity.
Tipping is not commonplace in Australia. In Asia however, it is anticipated that a tip be given to reward good service. With that in mind, we have a tipping system for our group tours.
The total tipping amount for this tour will be divided up – one portion for China and Tibet and one portion for Nepal. Each passenger ‘tips’ a set amount to the National Escort in China and then Nepal on arrival in each country. They then distribute this as appropriate. We confirm the tipping amounts in your final documentation.
While travelling overseas, the Wendy Wu Tours contact number during business hours is +61 2 9224 8888.
Emergency Assistance (24-hours) is 0044 1888 288 288.
You will find mobile phone coverage to be quite high throughout Asia. We recommend contacting your mobile carrier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated call and data costs before you leave Australia. Some hotels may have Wi-Fi, which usually comes at a cost.
All nationalities require a visa when travelling to China and Nepal. A permit is required for Tibet, which our ground partners arrange. Travellers should arrange visas well in advance of departure. Unlike many other tour operators, we include your China and Nepal visas in the price of your tour. We handle the entire application process – all you need to do is complete the paperwork and send your passport to us eight weeks prior to departure. We are always on hand to help you with any queries you may have while completing the application form.
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