Himalayan Adventure
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Himalayan Adventure

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Embark on a journey of extremes, striking across the starkly beautiful landscapes of Tibet, on the roof of the world, before descending into the verdant and chaotic valleys of Nepal under the ever watchful gaze of the mighty Himalayas.

tour duration 21 Days from
tour price 4,190pp
tour type Group Tour

Places Visited

UK - Chengdu (2N) - Lhasa (4N) - Shigatse (1N) - New Tingri (2N) - Gyantse (1N) - Dhulikhel (1N) - Bhaktapur (1N) - Pokhara (2N) - Chitwan National Park (2N) - Kathmandu (3N) - UK

Tour Highlights

Visit the world famous Panda Conservation Centre in Chengdu
Explore the rooms of the colossal Potala Palace and discover Tibet's epic history
Immerse yourself in the mysticality of Jokhang Temple
Stare the breathtaking Mount Everest in the face at the North Base Camp
Safari through Chitwan National Park in search of the One Horned Rhino
Jump into a riot of colours, chaos and culture in Nepal's capital Kathmandu

Days 1-2 Fly to Chengdu
Fly overnight to Chengdu.
Days 1-2 Fly to Chengdu
Day 3 Chengdu, Pandas & Buddha
Visit the famous Panda Conservation Centre to see these charismatic animals before wandering Jinli Old Street and visiting Wuhou Temple.
Day 3 Chengdu, Pandas & Buddha
Day 4 Fly to Lhasa
Fly to Lhasa, the afternoon is at leisure to help you to acclimatise to the higher altitude.
Day 4 Fly to Lhasa
Day 5 Jokhang Temple & Bazaar
Sightseeing today includes a stroll around the Barkhor circuit where traditional dress, market stalls selling religious trinkets and the sound of chanted prayers create the atmosphere of a medieval carnival. We also visit the 7th Century Jokhang Temple, which is the most sacred in Tibet and the Sera Monastery, with about 600 monks in residence.
Day 5 Jokhang Temple & Bazaar
Day 6 Potala Palace
Explore the crown jewel of Tibet, the Potala Palace. The palace is an architectural wonder that towers over the city with thousands of rooms filled with treasures such as intricate shrines and beautiful frescoes.
Day 6 Potala Palace
Days 7-8 Gyantse & Shigatse
Travel to Shigatse and visit a local market. The next day visit Tashilhunpo Monastery, the traditional residence of the Panchen Lama, second only to the Dalai Lama, before continuing to New Tingri.
Days 7-8 Gyantse & Shigatse
Day 9 Mount Everest Base Camp
Drive to Mount Everest, and visit Base Camp to admire the stunning north face of the worlds tallest mountain peak at 8,848m. Visit Rongbuk Monastery and stay overnight in New Tingri.
Day 9 Mount Everest Base Camp
Days 10-11 Gyantse and Karuola Glacier
Drive around 7 hours from New Tingri to Gyantse and visit Gyantse Kumbum. Travel back to Lhasa, visting Karuola Glacier and Yamdrok Lake on the way.
Days 10-11 Gyantse and Karuola Glacier
Days 12-13 Fly to Nepal and explore Bhaktapur
Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to Dhulikhel. Visit the traditional Nuwari houses and a local market. Travel to Bhaktapur and visit the the UNESCO listed Changu Narayan Temple before a short hike to Telkot admiring the stunning scenery. This afternoon wander Bhaktapur’s cobblestone streets stopping at the Golden Gate, the Palace of 55 Windows on Durbur Square, Taumadhi Tole Square and Potter's Square.
Days 12-13 Fly to Nepal and explore Bhaktapur
Days 14-15 Pokhara
Drive to Pokhara and take a walking tour of the city. The next day, visit Pokhara's mountain museum, devoted to the mountains of Nepal.
Days 14-15 Pokhara
Days 16-17 Chitwan National Park
Travel to Chitwan National Park, one of the last refuges of the One-Horned Rhino, for elephant bathing, safaris, jungle walks and bird watching.
Days 16-17 Chitwan National Park
Day 18 Discover Kathmandu
Travel to exciting Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, busy with historic temples, palaces and shrines, stopping in Daman for lunch along the way.
Day 18 Discover Kathmandu
Day 19 Explore Patan
Visit nearby Patan, the second largest city in Nepal with a rich artistic heritage, to explore the UNESCO listed Royal Palace and Patans Durbar Square. Return to Kathmandu and tour the Bodhnath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple.
Day 19 Explore Patan
Day 20 Thamel Market
Sightseeing around Kathmandu including Swayambhunath Temple, Kumari Temple, bustling Thamel Market and Kathmandus Durbar Square.
Day 20 Thamel Market
Day 21 Fly Kathmandu to UK
Fly to the UK arriving the following day.
Day 21 Fly Kathmandu to UK

Also Available

Private Departures for this tour

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 Departure would be more ideal. Based on exactly the same itinerary as the group tour, our Private Departures give you the freedom to choose your own departure date and simply enjoy your holiday with your family, your partner, or your friends. On Private Departures your tour will be led by an English speaking local guides in each destination

Tailor Your Tour

If you like most of the itinerary which we have suggested but you'd like to change the route and the accommodation, speak to our specialist Tailormade team, who can build your perfect itinerary based around where you would like to go, what you would like to see and how much you'd like to spend. Just call us on 0800 9884 888 and we'll help plan your dream holiday.

18-Apr > 08-May - £4,190 BOOK NOW
09-May > 29-May - £4,190 BOOK NOW
05-Sep > 25-Sep - £4,290 BOOK NOW
03-Oct > 23-Oct - £4,290 BOOK NOW

Additional Price Information:

Prices are fully inclusive from the UK and based on London Heathrow departures
Regional departures available
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £3,690pp (Chengdu - Kathmandu)
Single room option from £690 (none if willing to share)
Tipping paid locally US$80 (China) & US$127 (Nepal)

17-Apr > 07-May - £4,490 BOOK NOW
08-May > 28-May - £4,490 BOOK NOW
04-Sep > 24-Sep - £4,590 BOOK NOW
02-Oct > 22-Oct - £4,590 BOOK NOW

Additional Price Information:

Prices are fully inclusive from the UK and based on London Heathrow departures
Regional departures available
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £3,690pp (Chengdu - Kathmandu)
Single room option from £690 (none if willing to share)
Tipping paid locally US$80 (China) & US$127 (Nepal)

Wendy Wu Tours, inspect all of our hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service which we require for our guests. If the hotels details below for your tour are not available, hotels of a similar standard will be used.

Chengdu Tianfu Sunshine Hotel
Chengdu Tianfu Sunshine Hotel - Chengdu (2 Nights)
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The Chengdu Tianfu Sunshine Hotel is located a ten minute walk from the centre of Chengdu. All of its air conditioned, en-suite rooms have a safety deposit box, tea making facilities and a flat screen satellite television. There are also complimentary toiletries. The hotel also boasts a swimming pool, a fitness centre and an onsite restaurant featuring Chinese and Korean cuisine.



Tibet Hotel
Tibet Hotel - Lhasa (3 Nights)
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Located a short distance from the renowned Potala Palace, the Tibet Hotel Lhasa has comfortable en-suite rooms with modern amenities, including air conditioning, tea making facilities, a minibar, satellite television and a safety deposit box. The hotel features a restaurant serving Cantonese and Tibetan cuisine, a lobby bar and a fitness room with sauna.



Shigatse Hotel
Shigatse Hotel - Shigatse, Tibet (1 Nights)
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The Shigatse Hotel, located less than 1km from the Tashilumpo Monastery, has traditionally adorned en-suite rooms with modern amenities, including tea making facilities and complimentary toiletries. The hotel’s onsite restaurant serves local Tibetan, Chinese and Western flavours. There is also a fitness centre onsite.



Everest Hotel
Everest Hotel - No.6 Everest East Road, Shegar, Tingri County, China (2 Nights)
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Mt. Everest Hotel is located in Tingri County at the foot of Mt. Everest. The hotel is 510 km to Lhasa, 240 km to Shigatse and 100 km to the prominent Mount Everest, ,making Mt. Everest Hotel the tourists' choice during their stay in Tibet. The Hotel has 51 comfortable en-suite rooms, all with modern amenities, and a restaurant with magnificent views of the Himalayas.



Zhangmu Hotel
Zhangmu Hotel - Shigatse, Tibet (1 Nights)
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The Zhangmu Hotel, located in the city centre of Zhangmu, has traditionally adorned en-suite rooms with modern amenities, including air conditioning and a personal safety box. The onsite restaurant serves Chinese, Tibetan and Nepalese cuisine. Other facilities include room service, laundry and a coffee house.



Hotel Heritage
Hotel Heritage - Bhaktapur (2 Nights)
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Located a short 7-minute walk from Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Hotel Heritage is a boutique hotel which successfully blends the traditional Nepali look and feel with modern amenities. The hotel features luxurious large en-suite rooms all with free Wi-Fi, and a superb restaurant serving delicious Nepali and continental food.



Mount Kailash
Mount Kailash - Pokhara (2 Nights)
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Located in Pokhara the second largest city in Nepal, Mount Kailash Hotel provides guests with elegant views of the city’s landscape. The hotel boasts 51 beautiful en-suite rooms fitted with modern amenities and magnificent views of mountain ranges. Other superb facilities include two dining spaces, a swimming pool, a beautiful garden and spa.



Tigerland Safari Resort
Tigerland Safari Resort - Chitwan (2 Nights)
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The Tigerland Safari Resort lies on the edge of Chitwan National Park, just across the Rapti River that forms its boundaries. The comfortable en-suite rooms are built on stilts off the ground, replicating the local Tharu culture and dwellings, and are well equipped with modern facilities including air-conditioning and heating. The restaurant also boasts superb local cuisine.



Everest Panorama
Everest Panorama - Daman (1 Nights)
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Perched on the side of a mountain, the Everest Panorama hotel prides itself on expansive views over the Himalayas and its heartfelt service from staff. Located close to the hotel are Pashupatinath Temple and the Kathmandu Durbar Square. The hotel has comfortable en-suite rooms with free Wi-Fi and TV. Other fantastic facilities include a library, spa, sauna and superb restaurant.



Radisson Hotel
Radisson Hotel - Kathmandu (3 Nights)
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Perfectly situated near Thamel in Lazimpat, the heart of the city, the Radisson Hotel is an unbeatable accommodation choice for future vacations to Nepal. The hotel boasts 5* en-suite rooms fitted with modern amenities to ensure your stay is pleasurable. The hotel also features an impressive array of world-class amenities, including complimentary high-speed internet access, a health club, a rooftop swimming pool, a deluxe spa and numerous on-site dining options.



A visa is required by all nationalities. A visa should be arranged in advance of travel.
Unlike many other tour operators, we include your entry visas in the price of our tour. We handle the entire visa process – all you need to do is fill out the form and send your passport to us. We are always on hand to help you with any questions or queries you might have when completing the form. 

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. Calls may cost £1 per minute to the UK, plus a 10% service charge, but will vary by location. To call the UK the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 44, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number. To call Wendy Wu Tours it is 00 44 207 403 7860. Emergency 24 hour telephone (out of office hours) is 00 44 7984 041 625.
 
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are quite popular in China and you will find high quality coverage. China has active roaming agreements with all phone carriers; however SMS and call rates can be expensive. We recommend that you contact your mobile supplier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated costs before you leave the UK.
 
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have wifi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. Many websites, including most Google Products, Facebook and Twitter are banned in China and therefore inaccessible. If you need to access your email via Gmail whilst in China, please use an alternative email account whilst in the country.

Tipping while on holiday is common in most parts of the world and China is no exception. However, it is not always clear who it is appropriate to tip and how much. Furthermore, travellers may not have the right amounts of cash available at the right time. In order to avoid any inconvenience Wendy Wu Tours operates a tipping policy where a stated amount is given to your national escort at the beginning of your tour and tips are distributed to local guides and drivers throughout your tour. The amount is designed to be at a reasonable level for travellers while being fair to the local people and includes a gratuity for the national escort. If you are travelling in a smaller group with local guides only, then tipping is paid in each destination.  To be fair to the guides we ask for slightly higher amounts per traveller with small groups. Yangtze cruise companies operate a service charge policy and this is paid separately when boarding the vessel.
 
For independent passengers, or group passengers with pre or post tour arrangements, you should allow 65 RMB per person per day for the guides and 35 RMB per person per day for the drivers.
 
We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.

Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure, and China has a vast array of shopping opportunities for those who love to seek out a bargain. From hand carved jade to local silk products or pearls from the South China Sea – the variety and choice can seem endless.
 
In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs.
 
We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, great-value souvenir; but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the local economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we endeavour to ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity – we do our best to ensure that you don’t get ripped off. 

The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost.
 
Breakfast is served in the hotel and usually includes western dishes. As is traditional in China, lunch and dinner consists of small dishes of local cuisine which is then placed on a ‘Lazy Susan’ so you can experience the variety of speciality dishes. In China all the dishes are served in various styles and brought out to the table for everyone to share. The amount served is more than ample for the whole group. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste.
 
Each individual place setting will consist of a bowl of fan (rice), a pair of chopsticks (you may request western cutlery if you prefer), a flat bottomed soup spoon and a saucer. Chinese food is usually served in courses where a typical meal will consist of rice, one to four meat or fish dishes, two vegetable dishes, and one soup dish. Almost all food is cut into bite sized pieces. The centre of the meal is the fan or rice. The meats and vegetables that we think of as the focus of the meal are known as ts’ai, which roughly translates as ‘side dishes’. Fish is not always available, particularly outside of the bigger cities.
 
The Chinese are also not big on desserts with meals normally complemented with fruit to clean and refresh the palate.
 
Sichuan cuisine is distinguished by its use of ginger, chilli and the ‘Sichuan peppercorn’ called the fagara. Each meal will usually have some mild dishes but many of the local speciality dishes will be hot. If your group find there are not enough mild dishes served, please inform your National Escort/Local Guide so that they may resolve the problem for the next meal.
 
If you would like to drink beer, soft drink or bottled water with your meals, payment is to be made directly to the restaurant staff. Beer is traditionally consumed in small glasses; not the larger pints glasses that you may be used to.
 
Green tea is sometimes provided complimentary. All other drinks will be at your own expense.
If you have booked a tour that does not include all meals, your local guides will be able to recommend a variety of restaurants to meet your taste and budget.
 
It is possible to buy snacks in supermarkets within major towns or cities. Alternatively, you may also like to bring comforts like cereal, biscuits, muesli bars, and tea/coffee from home.
 
Any food/diet requests MUST be specified at the time of booking and you should mention it again to the National Escort/ Local Guides when you meet them – they will do their utmost to cater for any special requests, such as vegetarian meals or food to be avoided in case of allergies.

Hotels in China are bound by Government laws which mean that air conditioning is switched on nationally in May and the central heating in November (this may vary slightly depending on the region).

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What's Included

all international airfares
all domestic transportation, departure taxes and current fuel surcharges
all accommodation
all meals
entrance fees, guides and daily tours
visa fees for UK passport holders

Why Book This Tour?

This tour is suitable for those with a reasonable amount of time. This tour is for those who are looking for a more active tour which includes more walking, outdoor activity and times in high altitude. This tour will showcase the main highlights of both Tibet and Nepal.

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