Himalayan Adventure

WENDY WU TOURS ‘HIMALAYAN ADVENTURE’ – 21 Days

All inclusive cost inc airfares, taxes, accommodation, all meals, sightseeing, visa fees and entrance fees is $8980 per person.

Only two departures in 2020 are left – 6 May and 7 Oct.

DAY 1: AUSTRALIA TO CHENGDU
Fly to Chengdu. (D)

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. (B,L,D)

DAY 3: FLY TO LHASA
Fly to Lhasa and have some time at leisure to acclimatise to the high altitude. (B,L,D)

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. (B,L,D)

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. (B,L,D)

DAY 6: SHIGATSE
Travel across Tibet’s stark plains to Shigatse, Tibet’s second city and the traditional home of the Panchen Lama. (B,L,D)

DAY 7: TASHILHUNPO MONASTERY
Visit Tashilhunpo Monastery, the hilltop complex that is the monastic seat of the Panchen Lama. From here drive to New Tingri, admiring awe-inspiring Himalayan views. (B,L,D)

DAY 8: EVEREST BASE CAMP BOUNDARY MONUMENT
Rise early to make the final assault across the Gue La to Pasum and Rongbuk, a monastic village festooned in colourful prayer flags. See the world’s highest post office, with the Himalayas dominating the horizon, before reaching the Everest Base Camp Boundary Monument. Here, situated under the gaze of Everest’s north face, the views of the world’s highest peak are unsurpassed (weather permitting). (B,L,D)

DAY 9: NEW TINGRI TO GYANTSE
Drive to the pleasant town of Gyantse and visit the famous Kumbum Monastery. (B,L,D)

DAY 10: GYANTSE TO LHASA
Return to Lhasa, stopping en route at Karuola Glacier and Yamdrok Lake. Stay overnight in Lhasa. (B,L,D)

DAY 11: INTO NEPAL
Fly to Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. Meet your Nepalese guide and transfer to Dhulikhel to see the traditional Newari houses and browse the local market. (B,L,D)

DAY 12: BHAKTAPUR
Take a visit to Changu Narayan Temple before hiking to Telkot through the forest landscapes, admiring the stunning Himalaya scenery. Drive to Bhaktapur and visit the Old Houses before enjoying a traditional Nepalese lunch. This afternoon wander Bhaktapur’s cobblestone streets where you’ll stumble across many old courtyards, temples and artisans busy at their craft. Visit the Golden Gate and the Palace of 55 Windows on Durbar Square. (B,L,D)

DAYS 13-14: POKHARA
Travel 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. (B,L,D) The next day, explore Pokhara’s traditional bazaar, Bindyabasini Temple, Gupteshwor Cave and Devi’s Fall. Spend the afternoon wandering the Mountain Museum. (B,L,D)

DAYS 15-16: CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK
Admire the sunrise and the serenity of a Hindu temple before departing for Chitwan National Park. A jungle safari delivers you to the plains of Terai. (B,L,D) Tomorrow, take an early morning nature walk, and visit the elephants. Later, take a serene trip down the Rapti River to search for wildlife along the river banks. Observe an elephant bath and this evening take in the fun of a traditional Tharu Stick dance performed by local farmers. (B,L,D)

DAY 17: DAMAN
Drive to Daman which has one of the most spectacular outlooks over the Himalayan range of anywhere in Nepal. Continue to Kathmandu. (B,L,D)

DAY 18: 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 Patan’s Durbar Square. Returning to Kathmandu, visit the Boudhanath Stupa and Monastery for a very special Lama blessing. Continue to Pashupatinath Temple. (B,L,D)

DAY 19: KATHMANDU
Kathmandu is a city of many layers – a modern day assault on the senses, a hub of cultural and artistic heritage and a monument to the medieval era. Explore Swayambhunath Temple, Durbar Square, the Kumari Temple and Thamel Market. (B,L,D)

DAYS 20-21: KATHMANDU TO AUSTRALIA
This morning is at your leisure before you are transferred to Kathmandu airport to board your flight to Australia, arriving home the same or following day. (B)

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