. Orientation and acclimatization. Subject to time, city tour including Bamboo Temple, Western Hills, Golden Temple.
Fly to Lijiang, ancestoral home of the Naxi people. Be introduced to the Naxi's Dongba culture, explore this beautiful World Heritage Listed town, enjoy local food, dancing and music. Stroll in the back streets and see how people live. Relax in Black Dragon Pool Park, one of the most beautiful in China and cable car to the top of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.
2 nights in Lijiang.
Drive to Shangri-la via Tiger Leaping Gorge, 2 hours, 90km, and Bai Shui Tai, 80km, 2 hours, through some of the most stunning scenery in the world to the Tibetan town, formerly known as Zhongdian, 110km, 3 hours. Explore Zhongdian old town.
Fly (1hour 45 minutes) to Lhasa. It is important to rest on the first day. Then 2 full days sight seeing in this unique city known as the 'Roof of the World'. See Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, the intriguing Barkhor street bazaar, the famous Buddhist monasteries of Drepung and Sera and the former Dalai Lama's summer palace.
Lhasa to Shigatse - 8 hours including stopping, 380km by old road. Set off on our journey of discovery of Tibet. Drive to the famous Tibetan city of Gyantse which is nestled in the rich Nyangchu Valley, pass Yamdrok-Tso Lake, one of the biggest holy lakes in Tibet and visit the amazing Kumbum Chorten with its 10,000 murals. Also visit Gyangtse Dzong Fortress, site of conflict between invading British forces and Tibetans in 1904. Then to Shigatse and visit the awesome Tashilhunpo Monastery. Built in 1447, it is the seat of the Panchen Lama and once was home to 4000 monks. 2 nights Shigatse. Visit to Tashilhunpo Monastery on return visit for non Nepal option.
Day 9 SHIGATSE–MT. EVEREST BASE CAMP-BAIBA 6-7hours
Today's drive takes us further south and to the highest mountains on earth in and around the Everest National Park and on to the base camp.
O/N basic accommodation in the small settlement of Baiba.
Day 10 BAIBA TO KATHMANDU – 240km, 5 hours.
Through the Himalayan Ranges and into the lushness of Nepal
Chill out in atmospheric Kathmandu, enjoy the cafes and restaurants and look back over your incredible journey.