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Overland across the roof of the world

China, Tibet, Nepal overland  |  22 days

This grand tour takes you on an extraordinary journey from the densely populated cities of China, westwards along the old Silk Route, before turning south into the rarefied air of Tibet, one of the most sparsely populated locations on earth. You will be richly rewarded for the long overland drive — not only by your first glimpse of the magnificent 1,000-roomed Potala Palace which dominates old-town Lhasa, but much later, having crossed the 5,000m passes of the Central Tibetan Plateau, by a grand photographic view of Mount Everest with stupas (dome-shaped shrines) and the mani walls (made from inscribed stone tablets) in the foreground.


Day 1: Fly to Beijing

Days 2&3: Beijing’s 15th Century Forbidden City and The Great Wall

Day 4: Fly to Dunhuang

Days 5&6: Explore Dunhuang

Day 7: Drive to Golmud

Day 8: Drive to Tuotuohe

Day 9: Drive to Naqchu

Day 10: Drive to Lhasa

Days 11&12: Lhasa

Day 13: Gyantse

Day 14: Shigatse

Day 15: Tingri

Day 16: Drive to Rongbuk

Day 17: Trek to Everest Base Camp at 5200m

Day 18: Drive to Nyalam

Day 19: Cross border, drive Dhulikhel

Day 20: Drive to Kathmandu

Day 21: Kathmandu

Day 22: Fly to London


guide price £5,495 per person



Fiona’s travel tips

TOP TIP: For those looking for something akin to the Trans Siberian train but without time for the long journey, take the 31 hour journey from Beijing into Mongolia. 

TAKE WITH YOU: Patience. Travelling in China can be frustrating due to the language barrier.

DID YOU KNOW: The Great Wall has a total length of around 8,852km (5,500 miles) and comprises sections of actual wall, trenches and natural defensive barriers such as hills and rivers. The Terracotta Army of warriors and horses dates from 210 BC and was discovered in 1974 by local farmers near Xi’an, Shaanxi province.

BEST TIME TO GO: The best times to visit are spring and autumn.

JOURNEY TIME: 10 hours (direct)

Clients’ comments

“A very big thank you for the unforgettable adventure. To call it simply a holiday does not convey the awe, drama and remoteness of the amazing places we travelled through and visited. And with the worry taken out, because of the detailed arrangements you made and the brilliant guides and drivers who supported us every inch of the way.”   

Mick and Trish Penny, South Korea, China, Tibet, Nepal, May 2019

All in all China was very interesting with beautiful sites and lovely people. I always felt extremely safe. Angkor Wat is of course amazing, I’m so glad I went.”   

Mr and Mrs Gene Howard, China and Cambodia, June 2018

“We had an amazing and fascinating time, life-changing really! I have nearly 1,000 photos to edit!"

Roger and Fiona Hennah, China and Vietnam, May 2016

“Everything was extremely well-organised both pre-departure – with helpful visa advice – and at the China end. All our guides were excellent at their jobs, very friendly and welcoming and made the whole experience very enjoyable and really interesting. The wide area of China we visited gave us a good insight into the country.  
Ashok and Carole Jethwa,

“We had a very enjoyable and interesting time thanks, good guide, good services, very interesting things to see. The ethnic side (food, music etc.) was great and the sights were wonderful. The only very minor downside was that the beds at our otherwise fine hotel were harder than any I have ever experienced anywhere else, I think, but we more or less cured that by asking for extra duvets and sleeping on top of some and under others. Also, the agents in Kashgar/Urumqi/Beijing were very helpful in getting us back to Beijing in the face of bad weather, flight delays and cancellations”. 

and Mrs George Goulding, Long weekend in Kashgar, China