Tibets Berge & Klöster China · Tibet · Nepal

Tibets Berge & Klöster

  • Chinesische Mauer bei Mutianyu
  • Mit dem Himmelszug (Tibetbahn) zum Dach der Welt nach Lhasa
  • Besichtigung des berühmten Potala-Palastes in Lhasa
  • Peking - Stadt der Superlative
  • Samye - das älteste Kloster Tibets
  • Besichtigungen der bedeutenden Klöster in Gyantse, Shigatse & Sakya
  • Rongphu - das höchst gelegene Kloster der Welt vor dem spektakulären Panorama des Mount Everest
  • Wanderung zum Everest Base Camp
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  • Reiseverlauf
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Diese Überlandreise durch China, Tibet und Nepal führt Sie von den antiken kulturellen Schätzen Chinas, über die ausgedehnte tibetische Hochebene, bis in das Bergkönigreich Nepal. Die intensive Spiritualität der Tibeter ist immer anwesend, ob in den entlegenen Klöstern, den hohen Gebirgspässen oder auf den farbenprächtigen Märkten. Nach dem Besuch der grandiosen Chinesischen Mauer bei Mutianyu, fahren Sie mit entlang der höchsten Bahnstrecke der Welt nach Lhasa. Nachdem Sie die Höhepunkte der tibetischen Hauptstadt, den Potala-Palast, den Jokhang Tempel und das Kloster Sera erkundet haben, geht es weiter nach Samye und dem ältesten Kloster Tibets. Gyantse, Sakya und Shigatse empfangen Sie mit einigen der bedeutendsten Klöstern des Landes, bevor Sie Ihre Reise weiter zum Everest Nationalpark und hinauf zum Everest Base Camp führt. Anschließend reisen Sie über Dhulikhel nach Kathmandu, wo Sie die zahlreichen Tempeln und weitere kulturelle Schätze auf eigene Faust besichtigen können.

1.-2. Tag: Peking
Spaziere über den Platz des Himmlischen Friedens und besuche die Verbotene Stadt. Ausflug zum atemberaubenden Meisterwerk der Großen Mauer.

3. Tag: Tibet-Bahn
Wir fahren mit der Tibet-Bahn auf der am höchsten gelegenen Bahnstrecke der Welt. Zunächst führt die Route durch die Ebenen Zentralchinas, bevor es ins das tibetische Hochland geht. Sie werden dabei in den Genuss unvergleichbarer Ausblicke in einer Höhe von bis zu 5.068 m kommen. Die Strecke führt mehr als 2.000 km über Permafrostböden, die im Sommer künstlich unter 0° Celsius gehalten werden, damit das Gleisbett nicht abrutscht. Bereits heute hat die erst 2006 fertiggestellte Trasse den Status eines historischen Bauwerks. Dies ist nur eins der spektakulären technischen Details dieser einzigartigen Reiseroute. Vor dem Fenster ziehen Tibet und seine faszinierende Landschaft vorbei.

4.-8. Tag: Lhasa
Ankunft in Lhasa, einem Ort der Schönheit und Mystik. Zum Kennenlernen genießen wir einen Kochkurs sowie kleinen Sprachkurs. Besichtigung des imposanten Potala-Palastes, die ehemalige Residenz des Dalai Lama, die mehr als 1.000 Zimmer beherbergt und die Stadt überragt. Als nächstes sehen wir den Jokhang-Tempel, der ein weiteres spirituelles Zentrum in Tibet ist. Sinnbildlich dafür sind die tibetisch-buddhistischen Pilger, die den Tempel täglich ehrfürchtig erreichen. Der Tempel steht im Altstadtviertel Barkhor, dem Mittelpunkt des tibetischen Lebens. Ein Tagesausflug führt uns zum Nam Tso See, der sich auf rund 4.700 m Höhe befindet und von schneebedeckten Bergen umgeben ist. Bei einer ruhigen Bootstour können wir die Schönheit der Natur aufsaugen.

9. Tag: Samye
Heute starten wir unsere Überlandreise von Lhasa nach Kathmandu. In Samye befindet sich das älteste buddhistische Kloster Tibets. Wir verbringen in diesem Kloster die Nacht.

10. Tag: Gyantse
Lausche dem Morgengebet der Mönche, bevor uns eine spektakuläre Fahrt über den Kamba-La-Pass führt. Grandiose Ausblicke zum türkisfarben Yamdrok-See. Drehe mit den Pilgern eine Runde am Pelkor Chöde Kloster und staune über die imposante Festung Gyantse Dzong. Ein Besuch des Kumbum Chörten ist ein unvergessliches Erlebnis - seine fünf Stockwerke stehen für die fünf Schritte zur Erleuchtung.

11.-12. Tag: Shigatse
Das gut erhaltene Kloster Tashilhunpo ist der Sitz des Panchen Lama, dem zweithöchsten geistlichen Oberhaupt der Tibeter. Auf dem Basar werden sowohl Pilger als auch Touristen fündig.

13. Tag: Sakya
Die entlegene Klosterfestung Sakya beherbergt neben einer Klosterschule zahlreiche seltenen Kunstwerke und antike Gegenstände. Spaziere entlang der Mauern des mittelalterlichen Klosters.

14. Tag: Everest Nationalpark
Entdecke das höchstgelegene Kloster der Welt, Rongphu. Wanderung bis zum Everest Basislager - die Aussicht ist nicht von dieser Welt. Auf fast 5.000 m Höhe befindet sich das höchstgelegen Kloster der Welt – Rongphu. Von hier aus können Aktive in etwa zwei Stunden zum nordseitigen Everest Basislager wandern.

15. Tag: Zhangmu
Die staubige Piste führt vom Tibetischen Hochland in das subtropische Klima der Grenzstadt Zhangmu.

16. Tag Dhulikhel
Wir überqueren die Grenze nach Nepal. Umgeben von einer atemberaubenden Landschaft mit Blick auf den Himalaya bietet Dhulihel einen perfekten Platz um zu entspannen. Geführte Wanderung zu den umliegenden Dörfern.

17.-18. Tag: Kathmandu
Die Reise endet in den engen Straßen von Kathmandu mit den unvergesslichen Sehenswürdigkeiten. Entspanne dich in einem Café bei einem heißen Chai, bevor du die Stadt auf eigene Faust erkundest.

Leistungen enthalten

China & Tibet Rundreise wie angegeben, Transport, Unterkunft und Mahlzeiten laut Programm, Englischsprachige Reiseleitung, Sehenswürdigkeiten, Aktivitäten und Ausflüge wie im Tourverlauf beschrieben:
  • Peking: Chinesische Mauer bei Mutianyu
  • Lhasa: Johkang Tempel, Potala Palast, Kloster Sera, Tibetisch Sprachstunde, Tagesausflug Nam-Tso/Himmelssee, Kochkurs
  • Samye Kloster
  • Pelkor Chode Kloster und Kloster Tashilhunpo
  • Sakya Kloster
  • Rongphu Kloster & Wanderung zum Everest Basecamp
  • Dhulikel - Geführter Dorfrundgang

Leistungen nicht enthalten

Internationale Flüge (gerne über uns buchbar), Visum, nicht genannte Mahlzeiten und Getränke, Reiseversicherung, persönliche Ausgaben, Trinkgeld, Vor- / Nachübernachtungen zur Tour, Flughafentransfers, optionale Ausflüge/Aktivitäten

Unterbringung

14x Hotels
2x Nachtzug (6er- Abteil)
1x Tented Camp

Die Unterbringung erfolgt in Doppelzimmern und Mehrbettunterkünften. Alleinreisende teilen sich das Zimmer mit Mitreisenden gleichen Geschlechts. Eine Unterbringung im Einzelzimmer ist bei dieser Tour nicht möglich.

Verpflegung

1x Mittagessen

Bitte planen Sie ca. 400 Euro für zusätzliche Mahlzeiten ein.

Tourbegleitung

Englischsprachige Reiseleitung, lokale Guides

Hinter jeder Reise steht ein großartiger Reiseleiter. Der Enthusiasmus und das fast unschlagbare Wissen unserer einheimischen und englischsprachigen Reiseleiter werden deine Reise unvergesslich machen. Mit Rat und Tat stehen sie den Reisenden zur Seite. Vom Anfang bis zum Ende der Tour sind sie vor Ort für die Gruppe da, wissen nicht nur, in welchen Restaurants man gut isst und wo die besten Shops zu finden sind, sondern zeigen den Reisenden mit Kompetenz und voller Begeisterung ihre Heimat.

Transportarten

Bahn, Öffentliche / gemietete Busse, Taxi

Zusätzliche Übernachtungen

Bitt kontaktieren Sie uns - wir beraten Sie gerne.

Flughafentransfer

Bitt kontaktieren Sie uns - wir beraten Sie gerne.

Optionale Ausflüge / Zusatzleistungen

PEKING:
Verbotene Stadt CNY60
Beijing by Bike Urban Adventure CNY480
Beijing Art & Architecture Urban Adventure CNY590
Real Beijing Gourmet Urban Adventure CNY360
Kung Fu Show CNY180
Lama Tempel CNY30
Sommerpalast CNY40
Himmelstempel CNY40

LHASA:
Drepung Kloster CNY60.00
Ganden Kloster CNY145.00
Norbulingka (Sommerpalast) CNY60.00
Massage CNY120.00

GYANTSE:
Besuch einer tibetischen Familie CNY10.00

KATHMANDU:
Path to a Hidden Monastery Urban Adventure USD83
Rickshaw Night Explorer Urban Adventure USD68
Kathmandu Valley's Other Kingdoms Urban Adventure USD124
Kathmandu by Bike Urban Adventure USD89
Kathmandu Living Urban Adventure USD80

Bitte beachten Sie, dass die angegebenen Preise nur der Orientierung dienen und sich jederzeit ändern können.
Days 1-2 Beijing
Nimen Hao! Welcome to China.
Your adventure begins with a Welcome Meeting at 6pm on Day 1.

Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.

The capital of the most populous country on earth, Beijing is quickly shedding its historical face in favour of modernity. However, there are still plenty of places to go that will give you a great insight into the nation's ancient past as well as sights that showcase China's contemporary culture.

We take an early morning trip to the Mutianyu Great Wall (approx 2 hrs drive from Beijing). An incredible piece of engineering, it stretches 6,000 km westwards from the mountain ridges north of Beijing. It was originally constructed to protect Chinese empires from the 'barbarians' of the north and even though it failed in this purpose, it is still without a doubt one of the country's most remarkable achievements, and an iconic destination. It's a 30 minute climb up some steep steps to the wall itself but well worth the effort! There is also the option of taking a chair lift or cable car to the top and back if you are after a more leisurely experience and great views. We'll have a few hours to explore the winding wall before heading back to the city for the afternoon. Please note that the wall is quite steep in places so make sure you have some appropriate footwear for this activity.

We suggest arriving a few days early to enjoy more of what Beijing has to offer such as:

Marvel at Tiananmen Square - apparently the largest down town square in the world. Framed by the Gate of Heavenly Peace with its Mao portrait, Mao's Mausoleum, the Great Hall of the People and the National Museum it's a place of pilgrimage for Chinese tourists who consider it the heart of their nation.

Enter the imposing Forbidden City, former home to China's imperial rulers and filled with palaces, gardens and seemingly never-ending grand courtyards.

The Temple of Heaven Park is one of the most popular in Beijing and at any time of the day is full of people of all ages taking part in traditional pastimes such as tai chi, fan dancing, diablo, kite flying, water calligraphy and more.

A trip to the 798 Art District on a Beijing Art and Architecture tour will give you a taste of where art is heading in today's China as you wander the multitude of galleries housed in this old factory complex.

A metro ride can take you to the Summer Palace, once an imperial residence and the largest and best-preserved imperial garden in China.

The fantastic "The Legend of Kung Fu" is said to be a must-see production in Beijing for Kung Fu lovers.

Visit beautiful Yonghegong, or Lama Temple, which was built in 1694 and is the largest and best-preserved Tibetan style monastery building in Beijing.

Take taxis to the Beijing West railway station, one of the biggest and busiest in the world, to board our train to Lhasa (approx 45 hrs) on day 2.

Included Activities
Informal Chinese language lesson
Great Wall - Mutianyu section

Optional Activities
Beijing - Forbidden City - CNY60
Beijing by Bike Urban Adventure - CNY510
Kung Fu show - CNY180
Lama Temple - CNY30
Summer Palace - CNY40
Real Beijing Gourmet Urban Adventure - CNY360
Temple of Heaven - CNY40

Accommodation
King Parkview or similar (1 nt), Overnight Sleeper Train (1 nt)

Day 3 Train to the Roof of the World
The train to Lhasa is truly one of China's greatest engineering feats in recent years. It's the highest railway in the world, traversing some incredibly mountainous and remote terrain. Our journey takes us through the major cities of Xi'an, Lanzhou and Xining, and across the Qinghai Plateau before arriving in Lhasa.

WARNING:
This trip includes one or more overnight stays over 3500 metres/11500ft, where there is a genuine risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). If left untreated AMS can be life-threatening. We would expect the majority of a group to notice the effects of being at high altitude, and while most will only feel discomfort, it is not uncommon for a small number of people to need extra care which will be provided by our leaders and local staff. All our trips that spend time at High Altitude follow our standard altitude safety measures. A number of medical conditions or medications can also reduce your body's ability to acclimatise, and thus will affect your performance at altitude and make you more susceptible to AMS. If you are worried about any pre-existing condition (e.g. heart problems), or unsure of your physical ability, you must seek medical advice prior to booking. You may also wish to discuss medication such as Diamox that may help aid acclimatisation. Please note that while we endeavour to assist all our clients in achieving their goals, there may be times your leader makes the decision to either delay or stop your ascent based on your medical conditions and AMS symptoms.

Much of the train journey takes place at high altitude, including the Tanggula Pass (5072m), Fenghuahan tunnel (4095m). Altogether over 80% of the section between Golmud to Lhasa is at elevations of over 4000m. Compartments have oxygen supply for each passenger and there is a doctor on board each train in case medical assistance is required.

Train travel in China/Tibet may not be entirely luxurious but it's certainly one of the best ways to come face to face with the country and its people as it's a major form of transport for locals. The Beijing - Lhasa train is one of the newest and best in China. We use hard sleeper class trains for our overnight train journeys. These are not as rough as they sound - compartments are open-plan, clean, with padded three-tiered berths (6 to a compartment). Sheets, pillows and a blanket are provided. We recommend bringing your own sleeping sheet as the quality/cleanliness of sheets may not be what you are used to. Safe hot drinking water is always available for making coffee, tea or instant meals. We recommend bringing a mug, spoon, knife and fork if you will be preparing your own hot drinks or food on the train (as these are not provided in cabins). The train has a dining car although meals are of better quality on the first day as by the second day we are travelling at altitude which makes cooking difficult! You may wish to purchase extra snacks of your choice before the journey to supplement food available on the train. Basic bathroom facilities are situated at the end of each carriage with toilets and washbasins. As toilet paper isn't always available it's advised to carry some of your own, keep in mind general train cleanliness may not be to the same standards you are accustomed to.

While we always try to have our groups staying together, there may be times where due to ticket availability the group will be staying in different compartments and carriages, and possibly sharing with passengers who are not part of the group. On rare occasions it may be possible to upgrade to a different carriage class once on the train itself for an additional cost paid to the train conductor but this can not be guaranteed and and should not be relied on as an option.

Accommodation
Overnight Sleeper Train (1 nt)

Days 4-8 Lhasa
Elevation: 3940m
Colourful and historic, the holy city of Lhasa is situated in a small valley. For many years it was a mysterious place, virtually unknown to the outside world with even the most adventurous and hardy of explorers rarely reaching the city without being turned away, either by the treacherous terrain or the fierce warrior monks that protected Tibetan territory from intruders. While now welcoming tourists and much modernized, Lhasa remains an intriguing city with deeply fascinating culture, sights and stories. Due to Chinese government regulations, all foreign tour groups in Tibet must be accompanied by an official licensed Tibetan guide. Depending on the departure, you will either have a Tibetan Intrepid leader from Beijing to the Chinese border and a Nepalese Intrepid leader after making the crossing (as Tibetans are not permitted to travel outside of China) or a Chinese Intrepid leader for the duration of the trip and be accompanied by a local Tibetan guide during your time in Tibet. In this case, while we try to request experienced guides with a good level of English, please note that we often have no control over which guides are assigned to our groups and some may be very new to guiding or have limited English communication skills. We've allowed five days here to allow for appropriate acclimatisation.

We have plenty of time to enjoy Lhasa. While here the included experiences are:
Take part in a Tibetan lesson to learn some basic greetings, numbers and phrases. Learn how to make momos (steamed dumplings), one of the staples of Tibetan cuisine, in a cooking class. Tour the incredible Potala Palace, former home of the Dalai Lama. Although we're not free to explore the Potala Palace on our own and must stick to a strict schedule of viewing the exhibits and buildings with our guide, this in no way lessens the impact of seeing what is truly a wonder of the architectural world. Please note this is the most popular attraction in Lhasa, especially among Chinese tour groups, so it can be very crowded and tickets are for a limited time period only. Visit the Sera Monastery where the monks hold dramatic daily debating sessions. Explore Jokhang Temple, which is often regarded as the spiritual heart of Tibet and one of the region's most active religious sites.
Please note that inside many of Tibet's monasteries and temples, including the Potala Palace, photography is not permitted. In buildings where it is permitted, often this requires the purchase of a photo permit. Your guide can obtain this photo permit for you for an additional fee.

In your free time you may like to:
Shuffle along with the throngs of pilgrims around the Barkhor pilgrim circuit, stopping to shop for souvenirs at some of the many market stalls. Explore Lhasa's quaint backstreet craft workshops, bakeries, tea shops and tiny alley ways as you wander the Old Town. Relax with a traditional Tibetan massage. Walk the pilgrim path around the Potala Palace or take photos of the busy scene from the main square. Deepen your perspective of Lhasa's holy sites with a trip to Ganden or Drepung Monasteries. Alternatively, visit the Norbulingka, the Summer Palace of Dalai Lamas.

As the majority of the cultural and historical sites in Tibet are temples and monasteries we advise choosing carefully which activities you do in your free time and pacing yourself in order to enjoy the sites we visit as a group as much as possible. Tibetan Buddhism is certainly a fascinating part of the region's culture, however some travellers find that they get 'templed out' quickly as there's just so much information to take in. Take your time, ask our local guide about what interests you most and if you would rather have time on your own instead of joining the group to explore a monastery or temple please let your leader know.

Head out of Lhasa for a day trip to one of the most stunning natural sights in Tibet - Nam Tso Lake. The soaring Tangula Range with its peaks of over 7000m dominates the south shore of the lake which turns a magnificent turquoise shade in spring. Along the way we'll see nomadic tent camps and sweeping grasslands, as well as devoted pilgrims making the trek to Tashi Do Monastery on foot. While here, you can walk the kora and hike to the top of the surrounding hills for intoxicating views. In the evening we drive back to Lhasa. This is a long day - the drive will take us to over 5190m and the road is far from smooth. The lake itself is at over 4700m. For those who would rather take it easy or are feeling the affects of the altitude there is the option of staying in Lhasa for the day.

Please be aware that during the months of October through April the road to Nam-Tso can be inaccessible due to snow. We will arrange alternative activities in or around Lhasa for those departures not able to visit the lake.

Included Activities
Lhasa - Tibetan language lesson
Lhasa - Jokhang Temple
Lhasa - Sera Monastery
Lhasa - Cooking class
Lhasa - Potala Palace
Lhasa - Nam-Tso Lake day trip

Optional Activities
Norbulingka - CNY60
Ganden Monastery - CNY145
Drepung Monastery - CNY60
Tibetan Massage - CNY120

Accommodation
Mandala Hotel or similar (5 nts)

Day 9 Samye
Elevation: 3700m
Today we begin our overland journey which will take us all the way from Lhasa to Kathmandu. For the Tibetan part of the tour we must be accompanied by a local guide according to the local laws. As foreigners are not permitted to travel by public transport in this region, we will have a private van and driver for the journey. Driving times will vary and any times listed here are approximate only. While much of the infrastructure in Tibet has been improved in recent years it still lacks regular maintenance and travel time will rely heavily on weather and road conditions. The distances that we travel are immense, police speed checks have been implemented to ensure safety of tourist vehicles and most days are long travel days. As we have our own vehicle it may be possible to make some stops along the way for photos, meals or to chat with locals however we need to aim to complete our drives before nightfall for safety reasons.
Our journey to Samye will take at least 5 hours. Samye sits at over 3600m and is home to the oldest and one of the most enchanting monasteries in Tibet. This is where Buddhism was established and the monastery has withstood centuries of invasion and other threats to remain standing, imposing and immense beside the river. Explore the magical structures that make up the Samye Monastery with our local guide giving some explanations about the complicated religious symbolism and rituals. Go through the assembly hall with its statues and the Jowo Khang inner chapel. Some of the murals here are amazingly vivid and detailed, although you'll need to purchase a permit to take photos. The entire Samye complex is huge so we'll have some time to explore here on our own or you can continue to walk with our guide. In the afternoon we can make the 30 minute climb to the top of Hepo Ri Hill with prayer flags and a spectacular view. Stay in the monastery guesthouse within the complex walls. The rooms are simple, with shared bathroom facilities. Sometimes hot showers are not available and be prepared for occasional 'romantic candle nights' in the case of a blackout. Accommodation in Tibet outside of Lhasa can be of a very basic standard and with limited options. The region is still hurting from the riots in 2008 which lead to tourism practically being halted for over a year and many hotels and other businesses are still struggling with the financial loss and unable to pay for regular maintenance or sufficient staff to keep things in good condition. Hot water, when available, can be sporadic and in some destinations hot water and showers are not available at all. Many hotels have shared bathroom facilities and unreliable plumbing. Most places we stay will have twin-share rooms although on occasion we'll stay in multishare rooms on a same gender basis.

Included Activities
Samye - Samye Monastery

Accommodation
Samye Hotel or similar (1 nt)

Day 10 Gyantse
Elevation: 3980m
The long drive to Gyantse today is spectacular, with unforgettable views of the turquoise coloured Yamdrok Tso Lake from the top of the soaring Kambala Pass (4794m). The road takes us along the lake shore, stopping at the town of Nangartse for lunch before climbing again for more views of glaciers and peaks, including crossing the Karola Pass (4960m). We aim to arrive in Gyantse by late afternoon. Gyantse is a small agricultural town set at 3950m above sea level, famed for its wool carpets. It has a very traditional feel to it and everyday Tibetan rural life continues here much as it has done for centuries. There are a number of interesting buildings in the town, including the Pelkhor Chode Temple complex, a unique structure built in 1414, with five stories representing the five steps to enlightenment. As well as many religious sites, Gyantse is a great place to see contemporary Tibetan life in the backstreets where pilgrims, pop music, cows, "cowboys" on motorbikes, kids and monks all mingle in a lively mix of cultures.

Optional Activities
Tibetan Family Visit - CNY10

Accommodation
Jian Zang Hotel or similar (1 nt)

Days 11-12 Shigatse
Elevation: 3850m
Spend time in the unique Gyantse Kumbum, a layered stupa designed as a kind of 3 dimensional mandala and model of the Buddhist universe, each storey representing a step to enlightenment. If you have a head for heights you can wind your way up the pilgrim circuit, the passages steadily getting narrower as you get higher and the air becoming more and more intoxicating with incense and smoke from yak butter lamps. Drive to Tibet's second-largest city, Shigatse (90 km, at least 2 hrs). Shigatse is a busy, buzzing and dusty city that's rapidly modernising. Visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery, one of the few in Tibet to have come out virtually unscathed from the Cultural Revolution. With its expansive territory inside thick stone walls it's almost like a town in itself. We visit with our local guide, but if you're feeling a little overwhelmed by the myriad monastic buildings each with their own intricate decorations, legends and religious imagery, ask for directions to the tranquil Chapel of Jampa and meditate on the world's largest gilded statue. The courtyard outside of the Kelsang Chapel is one of the best places to observe the pilgrims and monks prepare for ceremonies. In the evening we can join the pilgrims on their kora (prayer circuit), spinning prayer wheels as we walk around the perimeter of the monastery and taking in the great views and atmosphere. The walk takes around 1 hour to complete.

Included Activities
Gyantse - Pelkor Chode Monastery
Shigatse - Tashilhunpo Monastery

Accommodation
Gang Gyan Orchid Hotel or similar (2 nts)

Day 13 Sakya
Elevation: 4280m
Continuing our journey along the Friendship Highway, drive to the small town of Sakya (at least 4 hrs). Sakya's monastery and town buildings are quite unique. The monastery is built in medieval 'Mongolian' style and rather than whitewashed, the secular buildings are painted in red and while stripes. With its high imposing walls, the monastery is sometimes nicknamed the "Great Wall of Tibet". Explore inside the monastery with our local guide. At first the halls may seem similar to other monasteries we've visited, but spend some time here and soak in the atmosphere and you'll soon realise that Sakya has a subtle ancient beauty that is unlike any other. After the monastery tour you can choose to climb the hill through the Tibetan Village to see what's left of the original monastery complex. Make sure you pick your way through the ruins and remaining buildings in a clockwise direction as this is a kora route. You can also hike a little further to visit the friendly nuns at the Nunnery high on the hill overlooking the town. Tonight for dinner, why not try some spicy food at one of the little restaurants run by Sichuanese immigrants. Stay the night in a basic guesthouse. Please note that there's usually not hot running water available here.

Included Activities
Sakya - Sakya Monastery

Accommodation
Sakya Hotel or similar (1 nt)

Day 14 Everest National Park
Elevation: 5150m
Another early start and an exhilarating drive (at least 8-9 hrs) along what at times seems little more than a yak track brings us to Rongphu Monastery. We'll cross the spectacular 5050m Pangla Pass on the way from where on a clear day we have giddy views of the Everest range. Rongphu Monastery is the highest in the world. On a clear day you may even get a photo of the monastery's chorten against the backdrop of mighty Everest, or Qomolangma as it is called in Tibetan. A relatively modern monastery by Tibetan standards, Rongphu was built in the early 1900s and originally housed more than 500 monks. Today around 50 monks and nuns remain. Unusually, they share the same prayer hall although they have separate residences. We are received very warmly by the monks and nuns here and it's often possible to join them for their evening prayers. Stretch our legs and our lungs on the gentle two hour return hike up to Everest Base Camp. Follow the prayer flags up the slope, hope for a clear sunny sky for amazing photos and even text a friend back home when you reach the camp. Yes, there's mobile reception even here! In the summer months we stay nearby Rongphu in the Tent City that is sent up along the road that leads to Everest Base Camp. Accommodation here is in nomad-style tents. Tents sleep up to seven people with basic mattresses and bedding provided but we recommend using a sleep sheet and preparing some warm clothes as it can get quite cool in the evenings. There are basic pit toilets nearby. For heating there is a yak dung stove in the central open area of each tent. At such close proximity to the tallest mountains in the world the surroundings more than make up for the basic sleeping conditions. In colder months when the Tent City is not operational we stay in the monastery guesthouse or in a nearby town. Rooms here are quad-share with very simple, shared facilities. Please note Everest Base Camp can close without any prior notice because of Political issues and/or bad weather. We will always try and give our passengers prior notice where possible, but please prepare yourself that this can happen without any notice. In these cases passengers will stay in Old Tingri where passengers will still get a view of Everest on a clear day.

Included Activities
Everest NP - Rongphu Monastery
Everest NP - Base Camp visit

Accommodation
Rongphu Tent Camp or similar (1 nt)

Day 15 Zhangmu
Elevation: 2250m
Today we head for our final stop in Tibet - the town of Zhangmu on the border between China and Nepal. We see the landscape change quite abruptly, from barren plateau to green valleys. We may take the route through Old Tingri (4250m) and the highest point along the way is the Tong La Pass (4950m). As the altitude drops the humidity increases. Depending on the recent rainfall we might even see some amazing waterfalls cascading down the gorges. In the summer, driving time may be longer as with the road often submerged in clouds and fog we may need to take it extra slow. Landslides are also common in this part of Tibet which is why we leave a whole day to get to Zhangmu and stay the night there so that delays do not disrupt our schedule in Nepal. Zhangmu has the restless feel typical of border towns with a congested city centre, plenty of shops and traders about and many restaurants.

Accommodation
Sherpa Guesthouse or similar (1 nt)

Day 16 Dhulikhel
Say goodbye to our Tibetan guide and driver at the Chinese border and go through the immigration procedures. As immigration is often closed in the middle of the day we cross once it opens at 9.30am in order to maximize our short stay in Dhulikhel, our first destination in Nepal. We get a lift across 8 km of no man's land and then walk across the Friendship Bridge to the Nepali border town of Kodari. After going through Nepalese immigration we meet our transfer and drive the mountain passes to Dhulikel with a stop for lunch on the way (at least 3-4hours). Arriving in Dhulikhel, we have a chance to walk around the village streets, enjoy the beautiful lush surroundings and the immense views from our guesthouse perched high on the hillside.

Included Activities
Dhulikel - Guided village walk

Accommodation
Dhulikhel High View Hotel or similar (1 nt)

Days 17-18 Kathmandu
Continue on to Kathmandu by bus. Kathmandu is a mixture of ancient architecture and modern development and, with its rich artistic and cultural heritage, it remains the legendary destination it has been for decades. Crowded markets and bazaars are the centre of Nepali life and the narrow streets are home to holy men, monks, bicycles, incense, goats and sacred cows.

As there's not much free time in Kathmandu on this trip we highly recommend you stay a few extra days to explore. Some great ways to spend your time here include:
Check out Durbar Square, the vast plaza opposite the old Royal Palaces chock full of Newari architecture. See the ancient Swayambhunath Stupa (known to tourists as the Monkey Temple) - Kathmandu's most important Buddhist shrine. The sleepy, all-seeing Buddha eyes that stare out from the top have become the quintessential symbol of Nepal. Join the pilgrims at Bodhnath Stupa - the largest stupa in Nepal and the holiest Tibetan Buddhist temple outside Tibet. It's the centre of Tibetan culture in Kathmandu and rich in Buddhist symbolism. Head to Pashupatinath - a Hindu temple on the banks of the Bagmati River in Deopatan, a village 3 km north-west of Kathmandu. It's dedicated to a manifestation of Shiva called Pashupati (Lord of Animals). There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time.

Optional Activities
Path to a Hidden Monastery Urban Adventure - USD83
Rickshaw Night Explorer Urban Adventure - USD68
Kathmandu Valley's Other Kingdoms Urban Adventure - USD124
Kathmandu by Bike Urban Adventure - USD89
Kathmandu Living Urban Adventure - USD80

Accommodation
Hotel Marshyangdi or similar (1 nt)
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WICHTIGE REISEHINWEISE
Es ist eine anstrengende Überlandreise, die erfahrenden Reisenden mit einer guten körperlichen Fitness empfohlen wird. Die Auswirkungen der Höhe, langen Tagestouren über teilweise schlechte Straßen, die Unterbringung in Mehrbettunterkünften unterschiedlicher Qualität und die Möglichkeit von schlagartigem Wetterwechsel bedeutet, dass diese Reise definitiv keine Komforttour ist. Seien Sie darauf vorbereitet, dass es möglicherweise mehrere Tage keine Dusche gibt (sondern nur fließend Wasser). Sollten Straßen aufgrund von Erdrutschen gesperrt sein, wird Flexibilität von den Reiseteilnehmern erwartet.
Je fitter Sie sind, umso mehr werden Sie diese Reise in vollen Zügen genießen!

TIBET
Die Gruppe reist mit einem Gruppenvisum nach Tibet ein. Es ist nicht möglich die Gruppe in Tibet zu verlassen und auf eigene Faust weiter durch Tibet zu reisen. Sie müssen gemeinsam nach Tibet ein- und auch wieder gemeinsam ausreisen.

TOURSTIL
Für alle, die die Welt so entdecken möchten, wie sie wirklich ist. Sie wollen Land und Leute richtig kennen lernen und jeden Tag spannende neue Erfahrungen machen. Sie unternehmen viele Aktivitäten in der Gruppe, haben aber auch individuellen Freiraum für eigene Erkundungen. Individuelle Freiheit wird mit der Sicherheit und dem gemeinschaftlichen Erlebnis einer kleinen Gruppe kombiniert. Mahlzeiten sind teilweise inbegriffen. Die Unterbringung reicht von landestypischen Mittelklassehotels (2-3 Sterne) bis hin zur Unterbringung bei einheimischen Gastfamilien. Auch die Transportmittel variieren. Das authentische Erleben der Region, Kultur und Menschen vor Ort steht im Vordergrund.