Himalayan adventure


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

Members from: $8,799 P.PNon-members from: $8,980 P.P

  • Type

    Escorted Touring

  • Destination

    Asia

  • Supplier

    Wendy Wu

  • Booking Code

    WWHA22

  • Departs

    Multiple departures available. Enquire for more details.


Includes


  • International flights and current taxes

  • Domestic transportation

  • All meals (20 breakfasts, 19 lunches and 20 dinners)

  • Accommodation

  • Touring with English speaking guides and entrance fees

  • Visa fees for Australian passport holders


Itinerary


Day 1: Australia to Chengdu

On arrival in Chengdu Airport, be met in the arrival hall by your local guide and/or National Escort from Wendy Wu Tours. Together with all other group members who may be arriving at a similar time, you will transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 2: Giant pandas

A visit to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding allows you to see China’s celebrated bears up close in surroundings that mirror their natural habitat. Stroll through People's Park, see Matchmaker's Corner, and visit a traditional tea house.

Day 3: Fly to Lhasa

Fly to Lhasa. The remainder of the day is free at leisure to allow you to acclimatise to the high altitude and prepare for your explorations at the Roof of the World.

Day 4: Debating monks

Lhasa is a modern city but among the old streets, at its core, you’ll feel a million miles from the modern world. Venture inside Jokhang Temple where queues of people worship in the flickering light of yak butter candles. Wander around the Barkhor with traditionally dressed locals and prostrating pilgrims. There will also be a visit to Sera Monastery to witness the debating monks. This evening, try yak burgers for dinner.

Day 5: Potala Palace

The Potala Palace is an architectural wonder towering over the city. The winter palace of the Dalai Lama, it houses thousands of rooms filled with old treasures. This evening enjoy a Tibetan dance performance during dinner.

Day 6: Gyantse

Travel to Gyantse, once an integral stop on the historic trade route between India and Tibet. En-route, make a stop to admire the colossal Karuola Glacier, stretching down the side of Mount Simila towards the road. Also stop to admire the breathtaking turquoise-blue waters of the sacred Yamdrok Lake, backed by the snowy peaks of the Himalayas.

Day 7: Tashilhunpo Monastery

Located inside the Pelkor Monastery, visit the Gyantse Kumbum which is home to the largest chörten in Tibet and houses exquisite sculptures and paintings. Next, 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. Visit Tashilhunpo Monastery, the hilltop complex that is the monastic seat of the Panchen Lama.

Day 8: New Tingri

Begin the day with a stroll through the local market and browse the wares on sale. From here, drive to New Tingri, also known as Shegar. When crossing the Gyatso-la Pass, admire small Tibetan villages and ruins of ancient dzongs along the way.

Day 9: Mount Everest

Drive to Rongbuk, a monastic village festooned in colourful prayer flags. With Mount Everest dominating the horizon, stop at the world’s highest post office and make the short walk 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).

Day 10: Shigtase

Rise early to cross the Gue-La Pass and enjoy the panoramic views of the eastern Himalayas. Observe daily life whilst driving past small remote villages and continue to Shigatse to stay overnight.

Day 11: Chengdu

Fly to Chengdu and enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

Day 12: Arrive Into Nepal

Fly to Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. The tiny Kingdom of Nepal sits atop the Himalayas wedged between India, Tibet and China. Upon arrival, meet your Nepalese guide and transfer to Dhulikhel to see the traditional Nuwari houses and browse the local market.

Day 13: Bhaktapur

Visit Changu Narayan Temple before taking a hike to Telkot through the forest landscapes, admiring the stunning Himalayan scenery. Drive to Bhaktapur and see the old houses and meet a local Newari family before enjoying a traditional Nepalese lunch. This afternoon, wander Bhaktapur’s cobblestone streets where you will stumble across many old courtyards, temples and artisans busy at their craft. Visit the Golden Gate and the Palace of 55 Windows.

Day 14: Pokhara

Rise early and drive to Pokhara. The town sits on the verdant banks of Phewa Lake with virtually uninterrupted views of the majestic Annapurna and Manaslu ranges. Take a walking tour, admiring the views.

Day 15: Pokhara

Begin at the colourful Old Baazar. Stop to admire the Bindyabasini Temple, one of Pokhara’s most important Shrines. Next drive out of the town to visit Gupteshwor Cave and Devi’s Fall before continuing to the International Mountain Museum. At Gupteshwor Cave you will walk 50m through the cave to see the Manadeva statue.

Day 16-17: Chitwan National Park

Rise early to visit a Hindu temple before departing for Chitwan National Park. The next day, take an early morning nature walk and visit the elephant stables. Later, enjoy a serene boat trip down the Rapti River to view the animals on the river banks. Observe an elephant bath and this evening enjoy a traditional Tharu stick dance performed by local farmers.

Day 18: Daman

Drive to Daman which has one of the most spectacular outlooks over the Himalayan range anywhere in Nepal. Continue to Kathmandu.

Days 19: Lama blessing

Essentially a suburb of Kathmandu, Patan was once the capital of an independent kingdom, something that is noticeable in its distinctiveness. See the UNESCO World Heritage Royal Palace and the sights of Patan’s Durbar Square. Returning to Kathmandu, visit the Boudhanath Stupa and Monastery for a very special Lama blessing. Continue to Pashupatinath Temple.

Day 20: Swayambhunath

Explore Kathmandu, a city of many layers. A modern day assault on the senses, it is a hub of cultural and artistic heritage and a monument to the medieval era. Today’s visits include Swayambhunath Temple, Durbar Square, the Kumari Temple and Thamel Market.

Days 21-22: Depart Kathmandu

This morning is at leisure. After check-out you will be transferred to Kathmandu airport to board your onward flight home, arriving today or the following day. Any time before your flight is at leisure.


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Disclaimer


Advertised price is for May and October 2020 departures.
Prices and services are subject to availability of tour, airline and specific economy airfare class. Prices may differ once airfare is sold out. Please forward a deposit of $300 per person to Wendy Wu Tours or your travel agent to arrive within three days of receiving confirmation that the company is holding space for you. A progress payment of $1,000 per person is payable within three weeks of initial deposit to hold flights. Once deposit and progress payment are made, airline tickets will be issued, and bookings are not transferrable. Wendy Wu Tours reserves the right to release specials which are applicable to new bookings only. Depending on airline terms and conditions or Wendy Wu Tours’ booking terms, an extra deposit amount or earlier payment may be required. This will be advised at the time of quotation. A requote will be required if payments are not received by Wendy Wu Tours on or before the due date. Passenger names must be provided exactly as per passport, including middle names, at the time of booking, as well as a valid passport copy. If you have booked a land only option, you will be required to email a copy of your flight schedule and passport copy at time of final payment so we can arrange transfers and visas. Any spelling corrections made after a deposit is paid must be sent in writing and will incur additional fees, including any ticket reissue fees. Wendy Wu Tours reserves the right to correct any errors in rates quoted or calculated, or any omissions made at any time during your booking. Any verbal quote given is an indication only of the final price and is subject to confirmation in writing.