From $6,553 - 24 Days, fully inclusive from selected Australian cities
IN 2000, WENDY WU TOURS PROUDLY TOOK THE FIRST GROUP TOUR IN THE WORLD TO LHASA BY THE SCENIC OVERLAND ROUTE, KNOWN AS THE ‘TEA HORSE ROAD’.
After many years of successfully running the Tibetan Dreams group tour along the ‘Tea Horse Road’, civil unrest in that region has meant that Wendy Wu Tours has suspended the programme. We are excited to bring you Tibetan Wonders; a group tour that explores the exciting regions of Yunnan Province, Tibet and Sichuan Province.
Explore the beginnings of the important ‘Tea Horse Road’ trading route, from Kunming to Zhongdian, before flying to Tibet where you will see breathtaking scenery, temples, stupas and palaces. A highlight for most will be a visit to Mt. Everest Base Camp and an overnight stay in the world’s highest monastery. Your tour will finish in Chengdu where you will see the beloved Giant Pandas at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.
Days 1-2: AUSTRALIA TO KUNMING
Fly overnight with Cathay Pacific Airways to Kunming for a two night stay.
Day 3: KUNMING
Visit the picturesque Stone Forest where massive limestone columns form a vast forest of surreal shapes and images. This afternoon visit Dianchi Lake and the Western Hills, often referred to as ‘Sleeping Beauty Hills’. This evening sample Across the Bridge Noodles, a specialty of the region.
Day 4: KUNMING TO DALI
Fly to the ancient city of Dali. Explore the fascinating Ancient Quarter, absorbing the lively atmosphere of the market stalls.
Day 5: DALI
Visit the charming Song Dynasty’s Three Pagodas, which dominate the skyline above Dali’s ancient city walls and enjoy a cruise on Erhai Lake.
Day 6: DALI TO LIJIANG
Drive to the ‘living museum’ city of Lijiang, which sits at the foothills of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Visit the picturesque Black Dragon Pool and wander the Old Quarter and markets filled with Naxi women wearing traditional costumes.
Day 7: LIJIANG
Take a gondola to one of the meadows on Jade Dragon Snow Mountain where you can enjoy spectacular views. Next, visit the famous Baisha Frescoes and a village along with the Mu Family Embroidery School.
Day 8: LIJIANG TO ZHONGDIAN
Drive to Zhongdian, located at the point where Tibet, Sichuan and Yunnan all meet. Visit one of the most dramatic gorges in the world, Tiger Leaping Gorge, en route. Legend has it that it’s so narrow in places that a tiger escaped capture by leaping across. Arrive in Zhongdian and enjoy the afternoon free to acclimatise to the higher altitude.
Day 9: ZHONGDIAN
See the Baishui Terrace where spring water cascades over white limestone pools creating many perfect photographic moments.
Day 10: ZHONGDIAN
Visit the Songshanlin Monastery, which was built by the fifth Dalai Lama over 300 years ago. Explore the Old Town in Zhongdian as well as a Tibetan village and Dafo Temple.
Day 11: ZHONGDIAN TO LHASA
Leave Zhongdian and fly to Lhasa, the capital city and spiritual home of Tibet. This afternoon is free at your leisure to help you acclimatise to the higher altitude.
Day 12: LHASA
Visit the Jokhang Temple, the most sacred and spiritual temple in Tibet. Wander among the pilgrims at the colourful Barkhor Markets and explore the Sera Monastery.
Day 13: LHASA
Explore the Potala Palace, the ‘Crown Jewel of Tibet’. The palace is an architectural wonder, which towers over the entire city. Later, visit Norbulingka, the former summer palace of the Dalai Lama, before enjoying a performance of traditional Tibetan dance.
Day 14: LHASA TO SHIGATSE
Drive to Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet and wander through the traditional cobblestone lanes.
Day 15: SHIGATSE TO NEW TINGRI
Leave Shigatse and travel to New Tingri for an overnight stay.
Day 16: NEW TINGRI TO RONGBUK
Travel to Mt. Everest Base Camp and gaze at the stunning north face of the world’s tallest mountain peak at 8,848m (weather permitting). Drive a short distance to Rongbuk Monastery, the highest monastery in the world, and stay overnight in the guesthouse operated by the monastery.
Day 17: RONGBUKTO OLD TINGRI
Rise early for a once-in-a-lifetime experience to see the sun rise over Mt. Everest (weather permitting) before continuing to Old Tingri for an overnight stay.
Day 18:OLD TINGRI TO SHIGATSE
Leave Old Tingri and travel back to Shigatse.
Day 19: SHIGATSE TO GYANTSE
Visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery, the traditional residence of the Panchen Lama, and then drive to Gyantse and visit the unique Pelkor Monastery.
Day 20: GYANTSE TO TSEDANG
See the Gyantse Kumbum before continuing the journey to Tsedang, said to be the ‘cradle of Tibetan civilisation’.
Day 21: TSEDANG TO LHASA
Explore Yumbulhakang Palace, one of the oldest buildings in Tibet, Changchun Monastery and the King’s Tomb. This afternoon return to Lhasa for your final night in Tibet.
Day 22: LHASA TO CHENGDU
Fly to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province. Visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to see these beloved and endangered animals in an environment similar to their natural habitat. The base also includes a protective wilderness, breeding area, museum and research facility. Tour the Shu Brocade and Embroidery Museum and this evening, enjoy sumptuous Sichuan cuisine for your farewell dinner.
Day 23: DEPART CHENGDU
This morning is free at your leisure before you are transferred to Chengdu airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.
Day 24: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA
Arrive home today.
Dates & Prices
Cathay Pacific Airways - Above prices include fuel surcharges and tipping of $197. Please note the Tipping amount of USD98 (AUD107) is payable on arrival in Tibet.
Though status is regularly updated, availability above is indicative only, not live and hence does not guarantee that space is available on your selected tour when you or your agent calls Wendy Wu Tours to book. Booking early is the only way to ensure availability of your selected departure date.