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Tibetan Wonders

  • Duration
    23 days
  • Tour Type
    Group Tour
  • Tour Style
    Go Beyond
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Journey through the diverse landscapes of Yunnan Province up to 'the roof of the world' where you will experience the many wonders of Tibet. Admire ancient monasteries and Himalayan vistas before taking in the ultimate view of Everest.

  • Fully Inclusive
    Touring with Guides and entrance fees
  • Included Meals
    Breakfasts: 21 , Lunches: 18 , Dinners: 15
  • Flights
    International flights and current taxes
  • Accommodation
    21 nights in 3/4 star accommodation
  • Visa Included
    Visa fees for UK passport holders
  • Physical Rating 4Learn More
    X A good level of fitness is required as you can expect to be walking, or taking part in a physical activity like cycling, for longer periods of time on several days throughout the tour, and may be required to tackle some more challenging terrain. Download the detailed tour dossier for details of your chosen tour. Learn More
    Extended walking. Physical activities on challenging terrain.
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Tour Highlights

Our Tibetan Wonders tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine.

Authentic Experiences

Our Tibetan Wonders Tour has been thoughtfully designed and thoroughly researched to bring you a range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, many of which are entirely exclusive to us.

Tour Itinerary

This tour is ideal for those with an extensive period of time who wish for a comprehensive visit to Yunnan Province and Tibet. This tour visits the main destinations and sights of these two areas. This is an active tour with scenic driving, long periods of walking and high altitudes – remember, Tibet is known as ‘the roof of the world’

  • Days 1-2
    Fly overnight to Kunming
    Days 1-2: Fly overnight to Kunming

    Fly overnight to the relaxed city of Kunming, also known as the 'City of Eternal Spring'. This evening a tour introduction will be held in the hotel, along with a welcome dinner. Please note soft drinks and wine will not be served at this meeting.

    • Dinner
  • Day 3
    Discover the Stone Forest
    Day 3: Discover the Stone Forest

    This morning, meander through the formations of the UNESCO-listed Stone Forest. Visit Dianchi Lake and the Western Hills. Return to Kunming and tuck into local delicacy ‘Across the Bridge’ noodles for dinner. (B,L,D)

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 4
    Travel to Dali
    Day 4: Travel to Dali

    Drive to Dali, a charming town that offers a peek into bygone China. Wander the ancient quarter and see the magnificent Three Pagodas. (B,L)

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
  • Day 5
    Taoist Mountain Meditation
    Day 5: Taoist Mountain Meditation

    Weibaoshan is one of the Taoist religion’s most sacred mountains and has twenty temples dotted on its forested slopes. Take a scenic walk and discover a handful of these temples and meet with a Taoist priest who will introduce you to Taoist meditation techniques. (B,L)

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
  • Day 6
    Shaxi Ancient Town
    Day 6: Shaxi Ancient Town

    Drive to Shaxi ancient town, nestled deep in the Himalayan foothills. Learn about the fascinating minority people who live in the area and enjoy a local lunch. Continue to Lijiang and spend the evening wandering the old town. (B,L)

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
  • Day 7
    Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
    Day 7: Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

    A magnificent mountain, the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain soars to 5,500 metres. Taking a chairlift, explore one of the stunning high meadows and enjoy the amazing vistas. Admire the fascinating Ming Dynasty frescoes at Baisha and see the intricate creations of the embroidery school. Next, meet a Shaman who will teach you to write the forgotten language of Dongba Pictograms. (B,L,D)

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 8
    Tiger Leaping Gorge
    Day 8: Tiger Leaping Gorge

    Visit Black Dragon Pool Park for magnificent views of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Journey to the 3,000-metre-deep Tiger Leaping Gorge. With its backdrop of snow-capped mountains, it is one of China's most extraordinary sights. Continue to the Tibetan monastery town of Zhongdian, also known as Shangri-La. Visit Dafo Temple and spend some free time exploring the old town. (B,L)

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
  • Day 9
    Rural Shangri-La
    Day 9: Rural Shangri-La

    Visit Songzanlin Monastery before hiking 2-3 hours to Napa Hai. Here you are surrounded by towering mountains and lush grasslands brimming with flora and fauna. Next, visit a rural Tibetan-style village where you will learn about the villagers’ way of life, make butter tea and taste home-cooked dishes. (B,L,D)

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 10
    Mystical Lhasa
    Day 10: Mystical Lhasa

    Fly to Lhasa, the heart and soul of Tibet. The afternoon is free to relax and acclimatise to the altitude. (B,D)

    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
  • Day 11
    Jokhang Temple & Barkhor Circuit
    Day 11: Jokhang Temple & Barkhor Circuit

    Wander around the Barkhor Circuit to see traditionally dressed locals, stalls of religious trinkets and prostrating pilgrims. Inside the Jokhang Temple, the devotion is palpable as queues of people worship in the flickering light of yak butter candles. There will also be a visit to Sera Monastery, one of the three great monasteries of Tibet, to witness the debating monks. Tonight, enjoy a Tibetan dinner and dance. (B,L,D)

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 12
    Potala Palace
    Day 12: Potala Palace

    The Potala Palace is an architectural wonder, towering over the city. The former winter palace of the Dalai Lama, it houses thousands of rooms filled with old treasures. Next, explore Norbulingka, the summer residence of the Dalai Lama, set in parkland just outside the city. (B,L,D)

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 13
    Shigatse
    Day 13: Shigatse

    Travel across Tibet’s stark plains to Shigatse. Dominated by a fort reminiscent of the Potala, Shigatse is Tibet’s second city and the traditional seat of the Panchen Lama. Enjoy some free time to explore the local markets. (B,L,D)

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 14
    New Tingri
    Day 14: New Tingri

    Continue by road to New Tingri, admiring the awe-inspiring views of the mighty Himalayas as you go. (B,L,D)

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 15
    Mount Everest
    Day 15: Mount Everest

    Rise early to make the final assault across the Gue-La Pass to Rongbuk, a monastic village festooned in colourful prayer flags. With Mount Everest dominating the horizon, stop by the world’s highest post office, then continue to Everest Base Camp Boundary Monument. Situated under the gaze of Everest’s north face, the views of the world’s highest peak are unsurpassed (weather permitting). A total of 1–2 hours will be spent on foot today. (B,L,D)

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 16
    Everest Sunshine
    Day 16: Everest Sunshine

    Rise early to see a glorious sunrise over Everest (weather permitting) before returning to New Tingri. (B,L,D)

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Days 17-18
    Shigatse & Gyantse
    Days 17-18: Shigatse & Gyantse

    Return to Shigatse. The next day, visit Tashilhunpo Monastery and join the pilgrims on their evening ‘kora’ of the monastery. Continue to the pleasant town of Gyantse to visit the Gyantse Kumbum located inside the Pelkor Monastery. Visit a traditional folk house for some home brewed 'chang’. (B,L,D)

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 19
    Tsedang
    Day 19: Tsedang

    Travel along the Brahmaputra River to Tsedang. Visit Gangpo Ri, the ‘birthplace of the Tibetan people'. (B,L,D)

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 20
    Yumbulhakang Palace
    Day 20: Yumbulhakang Palace

    Perched on a hill over the Yarlung River, legend says that the ancient Yumbulhakang Palace was the first building in Tibet and the palace of the first Tibetan king. Continue to the Chang Chun Monastery and the King’s Tombs before returning to Lhasa. (B,L)

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
  • Day 21
    Chengdu
    Day 21: Chengdu

    Fly to Chengdu in Sichuan Province. (B)

    • Breakfast
  • Day 22
    Chengdu Panda Reserve
    Day 22: Chengdu Panda Reserve

    Visit Chengdu’s famous Panda Conservation Centre, stroll around People’s Park, see Matchmaker’s Corner and stop by a traditional teahouse. In the evening, enjoy Sichuanese cuisine followed by an option to see a ‘facechanging’ show. (B,L,D)

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 23
    Fly Chengdu to UK
    Day 23: Fly Chengdu to UK

    Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day. (B)

    • Breakfast

We draw from a wide range of hotels on our holidays, each one is chosen to suit the tour you are travelling on meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. Here are some examples of the type of hotel you can expect to find on this tour.

  • Nights 2
    Jinjiang Hotel
    Jinjiang Hotel
    JinJiang Hotel is located close to Kunming's main attractions. Each of its air conditioned, modern en-suite rooms include satellite television, a minibar, complimentary toiletries and tea making facilities. The hotel is home to one revolving restaurant as well as 6 dining options and a bar. The onsite fitness centre and spa is a highlight.
  • Nights 2
    Landscape Hotel
    No. 96 Yuer Road, Dali Ancient Town, Yunnan, China
    Landscape Hotel
    Landscape Hotel is a 3-star hotel situated inside the Dali Ancient Town, close to Dali railway station and Dali airport. The simplistic style of the rooms keeps the focus on how the hotel seamlessly blends the traditional courtyard style with local influences. Each room offers guests Wi-Fi and Chinese cuisine is served at breakfast.
  • Nights 2
    Lijiang Wangfu Hotel
    No.9, Yigu Lane, Nanmen Street, Gucheng District, Lijiang
    Lijiang Wangfu Hotel
    Ideally located in South Gate Square within the ancient city of Lijiang, the Lijiang Wangfu Hotel offers guests comfortable 4-star accommodation. Featuring ornate doorways and lanterns, and peaceful courtyards, you will feel truly immersed in your local surroundings. Each room features air-conditioning and Wi-Fi for your comfort and convenience.
  • Nights 2
    Shangri-laMao Yuan Hotel
    No.2, Binhe Nan Lu, Xiangbala Avenue, Shangri-La City, Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture
    Shangri-laMao Yuan Hotel
    Located in the heart of the mountainous Shangri La county, and due to its close proximity to the local attractions of Guishan Park and Natural Bridge of Xianggelila, the 3-star Shangrila MaoYuan Hotel makes for a great choice of hotel. The rooms are clean and comfortable, with the hotel offering Wi-Fi and buffet breakfast.
  • Nights 3
    Metropolo Hotels
    No.46 Beijing Middle Road, Chengguan District, Lhasa, Tibet, 850000, China
    Metropolo Hotels
    The 4-star Metropolo Hotels (Potala Palace store, Lhasa) offers a relaxing haven for travelers in Lhasa, integrating Chinese and Western elements. Conveniently situated, it is just 7km from Lhasa Railway Station and in close proximity to attractions like Potala Palace and Tibet Museum, adding to its appeal. Featuring a fitness area, restaurant, Wi-Fi and good quality toiletries, this is the perfect hotel to stay in Lhasa.
    • Wi-Fi
    • Restaurant
  • Night 1
    Shiga Yangcha Grand Hotel
    No.2 Xueqiang Road, Sangzhu District, shigatse, Tibet, 850000, China
    Shiga Yangcha Grand Hotel
    Formerly known as Tashi Choe Ta Hotel, this 4-star gem in Shigatse seamlessly blends Tibetan tradition with contemporary style. Enjoy a clean and comfortable stay in the spacious, air-conditioned rooms adorned in authentic Tibetan decor.
  • Nights 2
    Everest Hotel
    No.6 Zhufeng East Road, Dingri County Town, Tibet, 850000, China
    Everest Hotel
    Experience the awe-inspiring sunrise views of Mt. Everest by staying in the basic, shared multi-room Tibetan Tent or guesthouse (weather dependent) near Everest Base Camp. Though lacking amenities like hot water and Wi-Fi, the focus here is on the unique and immersive experience of being close to the world's highest peak. The simplicity of the accommodation enhances the adventure, allowing you to fully appreciate the natural beauty of your surroundings.
  • Night 1
    Tibetan Tent or Guesthouse
    Zaxizong village, Dingri county town, Tibet, 850000, China
    Tibetan Tent or Guesthouse
    Experience the awe-inspiring sunrise views of Mt. Everest by staying in the basic, shared multi-room Tibetan Tent or guesthouse (weather dependent) near Everest Base Camp. Though lacking amenities like hot water and Wi-Fi, the focus here is on the unique and immersive experience of being close to the world's highest peak. The simplicity of the accommodation enhances the adventure, allowing you to fully appreciate the natural beauty of your surroundings.
  • Night 1
    Zhangmu Hotel
    Nyalam County, Shigatse, Tibet
    Zhangmu Hotel
    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.
  • Night 1
    Yeti Hotel
    No.11 Weiguo Road, Gyantse County Town, Tibet, 850000, China
    Yeti Hotel
    The charming 3-star Yeti Hotel ensures a comfortable and enjoyable experience in the heart of Gyantse County. The hotel offers air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi, room service, and breakfast.
  • Night 1
    Xiangqu Garden Hotel
    No. 5 Hubei Avenue, Naidong Distric, Shannon, Tibet, PRC
    Xiangqu Garden Hotel
    The 3-star Xiangqu Garden Hotel has distinctive Tibetan interiors, with each room offering a clean and comfortable stay. In the hotel restaurant you can dine on traditional Tibetan dishes, while the ornately decorated bar makes for a great spot to enjoy a drink.
  • Night 1
    Metropolo Hotels
    No.46 Beijing Middle Road, Chengguan District, Lhasa, Tibet, 850000, China
    Metropolo Hotels
    The 4-star Metropolo Hotels (Potala Palace store, Lhasa) offers a relaxing haven for travelers in Lhasa, integrating Chinese and Western elements. Conveniently situated, it is just 7km from Lhasa Railway Station and in close proximity to attractions like Potala Palace and Tibet Museum, adding to its appeal. Featuring a fitness area, restaurant, Wi-Fi and good quality toiletries, this is the perfect hotel to stay in Lhasa.
    • Wi-Fi
    • Restaurant
  • Nights 2
    Xin Liang Hotel
    No.246, Shangdong St., Chengdu·Sichuan
    Xin Liang Hotel
    The 4-star Xin Liang Hotel is centrally located in the Chunxi Road Business District, adjacent to Tianfu Square, making it an ideal starting point for exploring Chengdu. The hotel draws inspiration from Bashu culture, seamlessly blending elegant and modern elements, providing a tranquil oasis in the bustling city. Featuring Wi-Fi and a continental breakfast, the property also provides rooms with soundproof windows, a work desk, refrigerator, and a flat-screen TV featuring satellite channels.
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chengdu
  • 6°c
  • 8mm
  • Dali
  • 8°c
  • 14mm
  • Kunming
  • 9°c
  • 16mm
  • Lhasa
  • -1°c
  • 1mm
  • Lijiang
  • 6°c
  • 2mm
  • New Tingri
  • -6°c
  • 0mm
  • Shigatse
  • -3°c
  • 0mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chengdu
  • 8°c
  • 12mm
  • Dali
  • 9°c
  • 23mm
  • Kunming
  • 10°c
  • 16mm
  • Lhasa
  • 2°c
  • 1mm
  • Lijiang
  • 8°c
  • 6mm
  • New Tingri
  • -3°c
  • 0mm
  • Shigatse
  • 0°c
  • 0mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chengdu
  • 12°c
  • 20mm
  • Dali
  • 12°c
  • 28mm
  • Kunming
  • 14°c
  • 20mm
  • Lhasa
  • 5°c
  • 3mm
  • Lijiang
  • 10°c
  • 17mm
  • New Tingri
  • 0°c
  • 0mm
  • Shigatse
  • 4°c
  • 1mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chengdu
  • 17°c
  • 44mm
  • Dali
  • 14°c
  • 24mm
  • Kunming
  • 17°c
  • 24mm
  • Lhasa
  • 9°c
  • 6mm
  • Lijiang
  • 13°c
  • 21mm
  • New Tingri
  • 3°c
  • 1mm
  • Shigatse
  • 8°c
  • 2mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chengdu
  • 22°c
  • 78mm
  • Dali
  • 18°c
  • 66mm
  • Kunming
  • 19°c
  • 97mm
  • Lhasa
  • 13°c
  • 28mm
  • Lijiang
  • 17°c
  • 56mm
  • New Tingri
  • 7°c
  • 10mm
  • Shigatse
  • 11°c
  • 19mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chengdu
  • 24°c
  • 107mm
  • Dali
  • 20°c
  • 178mm
  • Kunming
  • 20°c
  • 181mm
  • Lhasa
  • 16°c
  • 71mm
  • Lijiang
  • 18°c
  • 167mm
  • New Tingri
  • 12°c
  • 17mm
  • Shigatse
  • 14°c
  • 64mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chengdu
  • 26°c
  • 224mm
  • Dali
  • 20°c
  • 186mm
  • Kunming
  • 20°c
  • 202mm
  • Lhasa
  • 16°c
  • 117mm
  • Lijiang
  • 18°c
  • 242mm
  • New Tingri
  • 12°c
  • 109mm
  • Shigatse
  • 14°c
  • 130mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chengdu
  • 26°c
  • 201mm
  • Dali
  • 19°c
  • 219mm
  • Kunming
  • 20°c
  • 204mm
  • Lhasa
  • 16°c
  • 121mm
  • Lijiang
  • 17°c
  • 207mm
  • New Tingri
  • 11°c
  • 110mm
  • Shigatse
  • 13°c
  • 152mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chengdu
  • 22°c
  • 119mm
  • Dali
  • 18°c
  • 158mm
  • Kunming
  • 19°c
  • 119mm
  • Lhasa
  • 14°c
  • 68mm
  • Lijiang
  • 16°c
  • 161mm
  • New Tingri
  • 10°c
  • 25mm
  • Shigatse
  • 12°c
  • 56mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chengdu
  • 18°c
  • 35mm
  • Dali
  • 15°c
  • 104mm
  • Kunming
  • 16°c
  • 79mm
  • Lhasa
  • 10°c
  • 9mm
  • Lijiang
  • 13°c
  • 70mm
  • New Tingri
  • 3°c
  • 2mm
  • Shigatse
  • 7°c
  • 5mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chengdu
  • 13°c
  • 16mm
  • Dali
  • 11°c
  • 33mm
  • Kunming
  • 12°c
  • 42mm
  • Lhasa
  • 4°c
  • 1mm
  • Lijiang
  • 9°c
  • 16mm
  • New Tingri
  • -1°c
  • 0mm
  • Shigatse
  • 1°c
  • 1mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chengdu
  • 8°c
  • 5mm
  • Dali
  • 8°c
  • 15mm
  • Kunming
  • 9°c
  • 11mm
  • Lhasa
  • 0°c
  • 1mm
  • Lijiang
  • 6°c
  • 4mm
  • New Tingri
  • -4°c
  • 0mm
  • Shigatse
  • -3°c
  • 0mm
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Tibetan Wonders map

Places Visited: UK - Kunming (2N) - Dali (2N) - Lijiang (2N) - Zhongdian (2N) - Lhasa (3N) - Shigatse (1N) - New Tingri (2N) - Rongbuk (1N) - Shigatse (1N) - Gyantse (1N) - Tsedang (1N) - Lhasa (1N) - Chengdu (2N) - UK

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