The mountainous grandeur and rich religious history is explored on this tour of the country that inspires the traveller perhaps more than anywhere else on earth. Tibet – the roof of the world!
Tibet Experience 13 Days
- Itinerary and Tour Map
Day 1 – Australia to Shanghai
Fly with Singapore Airlines to Shanghai and transfer to your hotel. See the city lights on an evening Huangpu River Cruise.
Stay two nights at the Grand Mercure Central Hotel.
Day 2 – Shanghai
Start the day with a panoramic view over the city from the top of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower. Learn about Shanghai’s development from a small village to the present metropolis at the History Museum at the base of the tower. Visit the classical Yu Garden and the adjoining bazaar. In the evening attend an acrobatic show. (B,L,D)
Day 3 – Shanghai to Lanzhou
Take a guided stroll along the Bund and former French Concession. Transfer to airport for the flight to Lanzhou.
Stay one night at the Jinjiang Sunshine Hotel. (B,L)
Day 4 – Depart Lanzhou
Visit White Pagoda Hill Park then transfer to rail station to board the train to Lhasa, departing at midday. Begin your journey on the world’s highest and longest plateau railroad, much of it at an altitude of between 4,000 and 5,000 metres above sea level. Accommodation is in soft class, four-share compartments. No meals are included, but can be purchased on the train. Oxygen enrichment systems operate to combat altitude sickness.
Stay one night on the train. (B,L)
Day 5 – Arrive Lhasa
Relax and enjoy the spectacular scenery. Arrive Lhasa at 3.40pm when you will be met and transferred to your hotel where a quiet evening is recommended to acclimatize to the high altitude.
Stay four nights at the Gang Gyen Hotel.
Day 6 – Lhasa
Your sightseeing begins with a visit to the imposing Potala Palace, once the home of the Dalai Lama. Chapels and galleries within the palace are open to visitors. Visit Jokhang Monastery, home of the most precious Buddha image in Tibet. Pilgrims holding prayer wheels can be seen walking in a clockwise direction around the monastery. Browse through the Barkhor Bazaar where a wide variety of Tibetan handicrafts are on display. Visit the Tibet Museum with exhibitions of Tibet’s past and hopes for the future. (B,L)
Day 7 – Lhasa
Travel to Drepung Monastery, a Yellow Hat Sect where the Dalai Lamas were trained, and on to Norbulingka Park, former summer palace of the 7th Dalai Lama. Also visit Sera Monastery where the monks can be seen in red robes and curved yellow hats. (B,L)
Day 8 – Lhasa
Drive to Namtso Lake to see the grasslands and nomads of North Tibet. (B,L)
Day 9 – Lhasa to Gyantse
Drive to Gyantse crossing the Khamba La (4790 metres) from where you can see one of the four Sacred Lakes and huge mountain ranges. Visit the Baichoil Monastery.
Stay one night at Ye Ti Hotel. (B,L,D)
Day 10 – Gyantse to Shigatse
Drive to Shigatse and visit Tashilhunpo Monastery, founded in the 15th century, where the monks still practice the art of making mandalas with coloured sands.
Stay one night at the Shigatse Hotel. (B,L,D)
Day 11- Shigatse to Lhasa
Drive back to Lhasa along the river road, with spectacular mountain views at every turn.
Stay one night at the Gang Gyen Hotel. (B,L)
Day 12 – Lhasa to Chengdu
Fly to Chengdu and connect with international flights home. (B)
Day 13 – Arrive Australia
BASE CAMP & NEPAL OPTION
Instead of travelling back to Lhasa and Chengdu, add on a visit to Everest Base Camp and entry to Nepal.
Day 1 – 10 – As per the Tibet Experience tour.
Day 11 – Shigatse to Shegar
Drive to Shegar visiting Sakya Monastery en route. Stay two nights at the Tingri Everest Hotel. (B,L,D)
Day 12 – Everest Base Camp excursion
Although it’s just 100km from Shegar to Everest Base Camp (5200m), it takes about 4 hours as the winding roads demand much caution. The views are stupendous on a clear day, and feature a huge sweep of the Himalaya range. Catch your first sight of the mighty Everest at Base Camp. (B,L,D)
Day 13 – Shegar to Zhangmu
Drive to Zhangmu, staying one night at the Zhangmu Hotel. (B,L,D)
Day 14 – Zhangmu to Nepal
Your guide will escort you to the Tibet-Nepal border where the tour ends. Ask InterAsia about tours in Nepal. (B)
|Seasons||Twin share ex Aust||Twin share Land Only||Single supp.|
|Apr – Nov 2017||$6833||$6476||$1092|
|Apr – Nov 2018||Register now – prices tba|
|Tibet Experience with Base Camp & Nepal Option|
|Apr – Nov 2017||–||$7356||$1224|
|Apr – Nov 2018||Register now – prices tba|
Prices are per person, in Australian dollars. Please confirm prices when booking.
- International air travel with Singapore Airlines, economy class, ex Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth (based on N class fare)
- 10 nights in first class hotels, or best available in remote areas
- 1 night overnight train in soft class, four share sleeping compartment
- 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 3 dinners, plus a glass of local beer, tea or bottled water with lunch and dinner
- All transfers, sightseeing, entrance fees, evening entertainment
- Flights Shanghai-Lanzhou, Lhasa-Chengdu and airport and airline taxes and fuel surcharges
- InterAsia China guidebook
- International air taxes and fuel surcharges of approximately $790 and subject to change – actual amount at time of ticket issue will apply.
- Visa fees
The train from Lanzhou to Lhasa operates every second day. Check with us for the schedule to fit with your travel plans.
In Tibet, travellers need to be prepared to encounter altitude sickness, low grade hotels in remote areas, and poor road conditions. Travel to Tibet is not recommended in the winter months of November to March due to the extreme cold.
Tour prices are based on a minimum of 2 people travelling together. Other hotels available on request.