JOURNEY TO THE ROOF OF THE WORLD (AN ESCAPE FROM SIBERIA QUEST FROM BEIJING TO KATHMANDU)
Price - US $2880 $2304(after 20% discount)
Tour Length - 18 days
Starting Point - Beijing
Ending Point - Kathmandu
Departure Date** - 4/22/2013, 6/17/2013, 7/29/2013, 9/09/2013
Highlights - Beijing Great Wall hike between Jinshanling and Simatai Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square Terracotta Warriors Camel ride and camping amid Gobi sand dunes Mogao Buddhist Grottoes Tibet train Lhasa's Potala Palace and Drepung and Jokhang monasteries Panchen Lama's Tashilumpu monastery Hike to Everest Base Camp Kathmandu
**specific dates can be arranged upon request
Beijing and Great Wall: Take a 10km (6 mile) hike between two picturesque but less frequented sections of the Great Wall. In Beijing visit Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City and go out for a Beijing duck dinner or watch acrobats.
Xian: Xian is the home of the amazing Terracotta Warriors. We also have the opportunity to explore the Muslim quarter and it's Chinese-Arabesque mosque (Great Mosque), climb Tang Dynasty pagodas or ride a bike along the wall of the enclosed city.
Chinese Desert: In Dunhuang we take a camel ride out to camp among the dunes. We also visit the Mogao Grottoes, home to the greatest and earliest examples of Buddhist painting in the Far East. We will also have an opportunity to surf dunes and shop in Silk Road markets.
Tibet: Ascend to the 'roof of the world' on China's controversial but spectacular engineering marvel, the new Tibetan railway. In Lhasa, Tibet's capital we visit the Potala Palace, the Dalai Lama's former winter home, the Drepung and Jokhong monasteries, and the old quarter. Then we head out across the Tibetan countryside by jeep tour to visit Tashilumpu, the Panchen Lama's monastery, and take a hike near Everest Base Camp.
Kathmandu, Nepal: Explore Kathmandu's ancient buildings and cobbled alleyways. In our free time we can visit the Monkey Temple, Durbur Square and Freak Street, the burning ghats of Pashupatinath, and the Patan royal residence and museum.
|| train, plane, bus, jeep
||Xian to Dunhuang
||by tour leader
||hike on Great Wall, camel ride in Dunhuang, Everest Base Camp hike
||15 nights hotels, 1 nights train, 1 night camping
||only included for camel ride in Dunhuang; otherwise, allow average of $10/day
||Lhasa is 3700m (12140ft) while most of our tour across Tibet is 4000-5000m (13120-16400ft). Our night near Everest Base Camp will be 5100m (16730ft).
||September: 15°C (60°F) to 25°C (77°F) but 5°C (40°F) Tibet nighttime temperature, colder at Everest
||entrance fees, airfare to Beijing and from Kathmandu