Travel through Silk Route to Exotic Nepal

608: 18 Days Urumqi - Turpan - Dunhuang - Xian - Lhasa - Gyangtse - Shigatse - Dingri - Everest Base Camp - Dingri - Zhangmu - Katmandu
Tour Type: Private Tour, any parts of the itinerary can be customized
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver with an air-conditioned vehicle
Meals: 17 breakfasts, 13 lunches
Tour Highlights:
  • Visit the 2,200-year-old Terracotta Warriors and Horses, the eighth wonder of the world
  • Explore destinations along the ancient Silk Road and learn about the culture and history
  • Follow us on a Buddhist pilgrimage to Tibet & experience more of the pure land
  • Appreciate the artistic carvings and statues of the historic spots in Kathmandu, Nepal
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Day 1 Arrival in Urumqi
Our guide will meet you outside the customs at Urumqi Airport, holding a welcome sign on which your name is written, and then escort you to the hotel. The rest of the day is on your own to explore the city.

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Day 2 Urumqi - Turpan
Ruins of Jiaohe City, Turpan
You will journey to Tupan today and check in the hotel once arriving. For the remainder of the day, you will explore the Ancient City of Jiaohe, the Sugong Pagoda, the Baizikeli Thousand Buddha Caves and the Flaming Mountain. In the ruins of the Ancient City of Jiaohe, you could see the remained earth constructions of 2,000 years ago, such as residences, temples and government mansions. The Sugong Pagoda is a cone-shaped brick pagoda as well as the largest pagoda in Xinjiang. On the surface of the pagoda, there are 15 kinds of patterns reflecting the Muslim architecture style. The Baizikeli Thousand Buddha Caves is a famous Buddhism cave in Xinjiang. Among the 83 caves, 57 have been preserved while 40 of them are still decorated by colorful and delicate murals. The Flaming Mountain is named so because the red mountain looks like burning in the hot sun.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 3 Turpan - Dunhuang
Karez Well. High speed train to Dunhuang. Railway station-hotel transfer. (B)
Today, the attraction sites you are going to explore is the Karez System. The Karez is a kind of irrigation system in desert regions. As the water evaporates easily in desert, the ancient people created this 'underground canal' to bring in water from highlands for irrigation and living. Then you will take a high speed train to extend your Silk Road tour to Dunhuang. Our local guide will pick you up at the railway station and transfer you to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 4 Dunhuang
Mogao Grottoes, Dunhuang Museum. (B+L)
Our travel consultant Kina and her clients
In the morning, you will explore the Mogao Grottoes, the world-famous art gallery in desert. The large quantities of frescoes and painted sculptures preserved here are some of the best artistic creations of ancient China. The last travel destination today is Dunhuang Museum. It houses lots of precious historical relics like silk, brocade and yarn which provide solid evidences for the 'Silk Road'.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 Dunhuang - Xian
Echoing-Sand Dune (camel-riding) and Crescent Lake. Lake. Fly to Xian. Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
After breakfast, you will go to ride a camel along the Echoing-Sand Dune to reach the Crescent Lake. The lake is a wonder of the desert for it has lied there for hundreds of thousands of years without being covered by the sand dunes encircling and keeps the shape of a crescent. Afterwards, you are going to Xian by air. Our guide will be waiting for you at Xian Airport and escort you to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 6 Xian
Terracotta Army Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, City Wall. (B)
Pit of the terracotta warriors, Xian
The first destination in your private Xian tour will be the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, the well-known 'Eighth World Wonder'. Thousands of vivid statues are great discovery in the mausoleum of the first Emperor Qin Shihuang. 

In the afternoon, you will visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the City Wall. At the foot of the square City wall, there is an encircling garden built to protect the wall as well as offer a place for entertainment and recreation of the local people. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 7 Xian - Lhasa
Fly to Lhasa. Airport-hotel transfer. (B)
Today, you will head for the 3,650 meters high Lhasa by flight. Upon your arrival, our guide will greet you at Lhasa Airport and escort you to the hotel. The rest of the day is for you to acclimatize to the high altitude.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 8 Lhasa
Tibet Museum, Sera Monastery, Norbulingka Park. (B+L)
Today begins with a visit to Tibet Museum, which houses lots of precious collections displaying the charming culture and long history of Tibet. After lunch, you will go ahead to explore the Sera Monastery and the Norbulingka Park. The Sera Monastery is one of the three most renowned monasteries in Lhasa. There is a Buddha Basking Platform in its northeast part, from where you can overlook the whole monastery. Reputed as the 'Summer Palace of Lhasa', the Norbulingka was the summer resort of Dalai Lamas where they handled political affairs.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 9 Lhasa
Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, A Nunnery. (B+L)
Golden roof of the Potala Palace, Lhasa
This morning, you will see the magnificent Potala Palace, an integration of palace, castle and monastery mingled with Chinese and Tibetan styles. In the afternoon, you will visit the Jokhang Temple, the thriving bazaar of the Barkhor Street and a Nunnery. Constructed during the splendid Tubo Period about 1,300 years ago, the Jokhang Temple has created a distinct architectural style. The Barkhor Street is an annular street surrounding the Jokhang Temple. It functions both as a shopping paradise for Tibetan handicrafts and an annular road for praying. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 10 Lhasa - Gyangtse
Lhasa-Gyangtse transfer, Yamdrok Yumtso Lake, Palkhor Monastery, Old Street. (B+L)
Today, we will drive you to Gyangtse and en route stop off at the Yamdrok Yumtso Lake, one of the three sacred lakes in Tibet which attracts both pilgrims and tourists to walk along its lakefront for praying or sightseeing. Once arriving in Gyangtse, you will check in the hotel. Visit the Palkhor Monastery. The highlight of the monastery is the nine-storey Palkhor Pagoda. After that, you will have a stroll on Gyangtse Old Street to experience the native Tibet.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 11 Gyangtse - Shigatse
Gyangtse-Shigatse transfer, Tashilunpo Monastery, New Palace of Panchen. (B+L)
Tibetan people
Continue your private trip to Shigatse. After checking in the hotel, you will head to visit the Tashilunpo Monastery and the New Palace of Panchen. Tashilunpo Monastery is the largest monastery in Shigatse and the seat of Panchens. The grandest buildings here are the Maitreya Chapel where the world's biggest bronze sitting Buddha is worshipped and the Stupa-tombs of successive Panchen Lamas. The New Palace of Panchen is a summer palace built by the 10th Panchen in 1954. It is a splendid and quiet place for escaping from summer heat.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 12 Shigatse - Dingri
Shigatse-Dingri transfer, Lhatse city, Sakya Monastery. (B+L)
Today you are scheduled to head towards southwest to Dingri. On the way we will stopover at the Sakya Monastery and Lhatse County. Sakya Monastery is a magnificent Buddhist temple with more than 900 years history. Upon your arrival in Dingri, you will check in the best local hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 13 Dingri - Everest Base Camp - Dingri
Everest Base Camp, Rongbuk Monastery. (B+L)
You may get excited as we continue driving to the Everest Base Camp. The best time to have a clear view of the beautiful Mt. Everest is from April to June. You will transfer to a carriage at the foot of the mountain and start your adventure at the Everest Base Camp. Then you will also have a chance to visit the highest monastery in the world, Rongbuk Monastery. It is the sacred threshold of Mt. Everest with the most fabulous view in the world. After that you will return to the hotel in Dingri.

Meals: Buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 14 Dingri - Zhangmu
Dingri-Zhangmu transfer. (B+L)
Tashilunpo Monastery, Shigatse
You will experience a long and tough transfer today. Please keep your physical energy and catch the last minute chance to view the vista on the way. After about 5 hours, you will arrive at the small border town with charming scenery, Zhangmu. Stay over in the best local hotel tonight.

Meals: Buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 15 Zhangmu - Katmandu
Zhangmu to China-Nepal border transfer & border to Katmandu hotel transfer. (B+L)
Today your China tour ends as you will go through the Kodari (Friendship Bridge) on China-Nepal border. Our Katmandu guide will pick you up in Kodari on Nepal side and transfer you to the hotel.

Meals: Buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 16 Katmandu
Pashupatinath Temple, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Golden Temple. (B+L)
Our clients at the Everest Base Camp
Photo by our clients Melinda & Edward Ruggiero
After breakfast, you will start your private Nepal tour at the Pashupatinath Temple, one of the most important temples of Hinduism. The next stop is the Bhaktapur Burbar Square. Bhaktapur means “City of Pilgrim”. It is considered as the cradle of Nepal's architecture and art in Middle Ages. Then we will transfer you to another Burbar Suqare in Patan, which is the oldest city in Nepal. In the square, you will be attracted by the various ancient Nepalese buildings. The characteristic Nepalese architecture is the most distinctive mark of the city. Today's visit will end as you visit the Golden Temple. It is amazing that the surface of the huge temple was copperized.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 17 Katmandu
Katmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Pagoda, Buddhanikantha Temple, Bouddhanath Stupa. (B+L)
Today's first stop is Katmandu Burbar Square, where you can find more than 50 temples and palaces, so it is the best place to view the unique Nepalese architecture. Then proceed to the Swayambhunath Temple. As it is located on the top of the hill, visitors can enjoy the panoramic view of Katmandu Valley. Then we will transfer you to visit the Buddhanikantha Temple. Your last stop in Nepal is Bouddhanath Stupa, which is fascinating not only for its grand white pagoda, but also for its numerous pilgrims circumnavigating it in a clockwise way.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 18 Departure from Katmandu
Hotel-airport transfer & see you off. A pleasant trip home! (B)
The 18 days China tour draws to a close today. Our guide will transfer you to the airport for your homeward flight. Have a pleasant trip home!

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
DestinationsLuxury HotelsStandard Hotels
UrumqiSheraton Urumqi Hotel Excemon Xinjiang Yilite Hotel
TurpanHuozhou Hotel Huozhou Hotel
DunhuangDunhuang Hotel - Building No. 8Dunhuang Hotel - Building No. 8
XianWyndham Grand Xian South Holiday Inn Xian Big Goose Pagoda
LhasaXinding Hotel Tashipozhang Hotel
GyangtseGyangtse Hotel Gyangtse Hotel
ShigatseGasar Hotel - VIP BuildingGasar Hotel - VIP Building
DingriEverest Hotel Everest Hotel
ZhangmuZhangmu Hotel Zhangmu Hotel
KathmanduYak and Yeti or Annapurna or Radisson Manaslu Hotel or Manang
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Questions & Answers
Asked by Mr.Vokins | Mar. 03, 2011 02:29Reply
I am arriving at T3 at 12.40 and possibly departing at 13.45 for Bangkok, both flights are with Air China. Is this feasible?


Answers (1)
Answered by Ms.Stella | Mar. 03, 2011 19:19

Mr.Vokins, you’d better check with the airline company, if you do not need to go through the customs and deliver your luggage, which means Beijing is just the stopover of your flight, 1 hour is ok. Otherwise, if you change the flight, more than 3 hours will be needed.
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