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Roof of the world: Kathmandu. Tibet. West China

Roof of the world: Kathmandu. Tibet. West China

Roof of the world: Kathmandu. Tibet. West China

Roof of the world: Kathmandu. Tibet. West China

Price
$1700
+ flight to Kathmandu and from Almaty back home
Duration
21 days
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Unique Buddhist holy sites of Nepal, Tibet and China, cozy mountain villages and stunning Himalaya - the roof of the world. This is how the trip will go. Having visited the ancient Kathmandu valley, we will explore the most interesting sites of Tibet, visit magically beautiful mountain passes of more than 5000 meters above sea level and will ride train on the highest railway in the world. Leaving mountains behind, we will descend to the oases of China, famous towns along the ancient Silk Route, visit the ancient Mogao caves and other holy sites on the way and will proceed to Kazakhstan city of Almaty, having traveled about 6000 km.
  • Day 1
    Arrival in Kathmandu, check into a hotel in the center.
  • Day 2-4
    In the morning we take a walk to the 5th century Swayambhu complex - symbol of Nepali capital. Then we proceed to the ancient towns of Patan, Bouddhanath and Bhaktapur on the outskirts of the city, where we will visit ancient temples and marvel at architecture. We will also visit old market of fabrics, Mahabuddha Stupa and Kathmandu Durbar square - the oldest architecture structure in Kathmandu valley.
  • Day 5-8
    Departure to Lhasa on a specially rented vehicle. Our 1000 km long way goes through Nyalam, Lhatse, Shigatse and Gyantse and will take approximately 3 days. On the way we will visit major spiritual centers of Central Tibet: Tashilhunpo monastery in Shigatse, Khumbum Stupa in Gyantse and sacred Yamdrok Tso lake. We will be spending nights in simple guest houses on the way. We also need this 3 days to gradually adapt to the altitude of up to 5200 m above sea level.
  • Day 9-14
    Arrival in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet Autonomous Region, checking into a hotel. Here we will visit the grand Potala Palace - the residence of Dalai Lamas (see the picture above), Sera Monastery, Jokhang Monastery and enjoy city walks. After two days, we will take a train to Golmud in Qinghai province, riding the highest railway in the world with the highest elevation of 5,069 m. (16,627 ft). This journey will take around 15 hours, which we will spend resting and enjoying breathtaking views of Tibetan plateau. In Golmud we will check into a local hotel and take town walks visiting local attractions. In Golmud we will receive our permit to proceed further and take a night (or a day) bus to Dunhuang, Gansu province (8 hours on the way).
  • Day 15-16
    Morning arrival in Dunhuang, one of the main cities on the ancient Silk Road, check into a local hotel. Here we will visit the world famous Моgао Caves, the largest cave temple complex in China, boasting unique 2000 years old Buddhist murals, statues and paintings. We will also take a short trip to marvelous Mingsha sand dunes outside town. At the end of our stay we take a night train or bus to Turpan in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
  • Day 17-19
    Arrival in Turpan, the legendary oasis on the northern branch of the Silk Road, and the hottest town in China. Check into a local hotel. We will take a trip to a nearby Tuyoq, a real Uyghur village with a mausoleum of the first Uyghur muslim. We will also visit ancient Buddhist cities and Emin Minaret nearby and enjoy local speciality - large and delicious raisins.
  • Day 20-21
    Transfer to Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang-Uygur Autonomous Region by bus (3 hours). Check into a local hotel. We will take some walks, visiting oriental bazaars and restaurants, and might visit a local museum with rare relicts from the Gobi desert, including mummies. Departure from Urumqi back home is possible. Those willing to continue to Kazakhstan take a comfortable night train with the guide and the rest of the group, switch to bus in the morning and proceed to Kazakh capital, Almaty. The train+bus trip takes approx. 19 hours and includes marvelous Kazakh landscapes with mountain views.
  • Day 22
    Arrival in Almaty. Those who have time before their flight back home can explore the city with the guide and the rest of the group. Those interested can stay in Almaty longer on their own. Flight back home.
Roof of the world: Kathmandu. Tibet. West China Roof of the world: Kathmandu. Tibet. West China
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At a Glance
Highest railway in the world, Mogao caves, Dalai Lama's Potala residence, 5th century Swayambhu complex, Oases of ancient Silk road, Mingsha sand dunes, Ancint Uyghur village Tuyoq
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Group size 15 persons.
Unique Buddhist holy sites of Nepal, Tibet and China, cozy mountain villages and stunning Himalaya - the roof of the world. This is how the trip will go. Having visited the ancient Kathmandu valley, we will explore the most interesting sites of Tibet, visit magically beautiful mountain passes of more than 5000 meters above sea level and will ride train on the highest railway in the world. Leaving mountains behind, we will descend to the oases of China, famous towns along the ancient Silk Route, visit the ancient Mogao caves and other holy sites on the way and will proceed to Kazakhstan city of Almaty, having traveled about 6000 km.

Is this trip for you?

The trip is dynamic, of medium difficulty. It includes long walks in cities and towns, and several night trips in comfortable trains and buses. A 19 hours long trip by the train and bus at the very end of our journey is optional. One part of the journey involves riding a bus at high altitudes of up to 5200 meters above sea level. Accommodation will be provided in double/twin (sometimes triple and more) rooms of simple hotels and guesthouses, most of them will have hot water, some - wifi internet.

Price of the trip includes:

  • Entry permit to Tibet;
  • All accommodation in budget hotels and guesthouses during the trip;
  • All transportation including buses, trains, rented vehicles and public transportation;
  • Professional guiding services.

To be paid separately:

  • Flight to Kathmandu and from Urumqi or Almaty back home;
  • Visa to Nepal ($25);
  • Medical insurance (mandatory);
  • Entrance fees to museums, palaces and other attractions ($200);
  • Food (in Nepal $5-10 per person per day, in China $6-13).
At a Glance
Highest railway in the world, Mogao caves, Dalai Lama's Potala residence, 5th century Swayambhu complex, Oases of ancient Silk road, Mingsha sand dunes, Ancint Uyghur village Tuyoq
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Unique Buddhist holy sites of Nepal, Tibet and China, cozy mountain villages and stunning Himalaya - the roof of the world. This is how the trip will go. Having visited the ancient Kathmandu valley, we will explore the most interesting sites of Tibet, visit magically beautiful mountain passes of more than 5000 meters above sea level and will ride train on the highest railway in the world. Leaving mountains behind, we will descend to the oases of China, famous towns along the ancient Silk Route, visit the ancient Mogao caves and other holy sites on the way and will proceed to Kazakhstan city of Almaty, having traveled about 6000 km.
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Citizens of most countries need a visa to enter Nepal. Visa is issued on arrival and costs $25 for 15 days.

Chinese visa and permit to enter Tibet is arranged by the guide for the entire trip in Kathmandu. 

Citizens of many countries need a visa to enter Kazakhstan. It should be applied for in Kazakh embassy in the country of residence prior to the trip.

We provide free visa consulting for our clients.

At a Glance
Highest railway in the world, Mogao caves, Dalai Lama's Potala residence, 5th century Swayambhu complex, Oases of ancient Silk road, Mingsha sand dunes, Ancint Uyghur village Tuyoq
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Last year I traveled twice in a group led by Yevgeniy Ikhelzon - to Nepal-Tibet and India. This year I went to Hong Kong, Brunei, Singapore with him. All three tours were excellently planned. City walks, museums, temples of different religions are well combined with visiting parks, sanctuaries and jungle. There is also enough free time so one can add whatever else is interesting to an already very rich program. Next year I hope to join a trip to Iran, that Yevgeniy promised to organize and, of course, to Papua New Guinea. After Papua I would also love to visit Australia and New Zealand in a combined trip.
Petro Hrushko Petro Hrushko
With I love Asia I have been to Nepal, India and China (Tibet + Uyghur region). Aside from the fact that those trips were just wonderful, I consider them priceless in terms of learning about travel planning and organisation in general and in Asia in particular. You can make a lot of mistakes trying to do it on your own, or learn from experienced people who travel for a living. Of course pleasures from I love Asia’s rich itineraries in exotic counties are immense and unavoidable in any trips with Yevgeniy and his guys. So this year's trip with them was definitely not the last one for me ;)))
Vic Gotsulenko Vic Gotsulenko
At a Glance
Highest railway in the world, Mogao caves, Dalai Lama's Potala residence, 5th century Swayambhu complex, Oases of ancient Silk road, Mingsha sand dunes, Ancint Uyghur village Tuyoq
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At a Glance
Highest railway in the world, Mogao caves, Dalai Lama's Potala residence, 5th century Swayambhu complex, Oases of ancient Silk road, Mingsha sand dunes, Ancint Uyghur village Tuyoq
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