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What’s included

  • Local, English-speaking leaders in Nepal and Tibet
  • Flight between Kathmandu and Lhasa and domestic airport transfers.
  • Good standard hotel accommodation Kathmandu - twin share, bed and breakfast basis
  • Hotel/lodge accommodation for 9 nights in Tibet
  • Full service camping for 5 nights in Tibet
  • Costs of all porterage and their insurance
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Fees for Tibet permit
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • Single, timed group airport transfers for international flights
  • The opportunity to attend a pre-trip meet in the Cotswolds
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms kit bag

Ancient Kingdoms of Tibet Adventure Special

Walking & Trekking

Tibet | Walking & Trekking

New for 2020
Ancient Kingdoms of Tibet
Moderate

Suitable for anyone who enjoys hill walking.

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Grade: Moderate ? Moderate
Duration:  22 days from the UK


Land only from £5,265

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A moderate graded trek to explore the ancient cave dwelling kingdoms of far west Tibet.

Highlights

  • Take a three day acclimatisation trek in the Himalayan foothills of Nepal
  • Tour the fascinating sights of Lhasa and visit the cave hermitage of Drak Yerpa
  • Fly 800 miles across Tibet and past Mount Kailash to land at the airport of Ali, giving easy access to the ancient kingdoms west of Ali
  • Explore the mysterious kingdoms of Guge and Shangshung
  • Enjoy walks to visit cave dwellings, remote monasteries and ruined castles and visit the holy hot springs at Tirthapuri
  • Drive west to east across just part of the great Tibetan plateau, using the new road to Kathmandu from Tibet driving past Kailaish and through Kyirong and part of Langtang

Reviews

In 1996 I made my first journey to Mount Kailash in western Tibet, and a group of us completed a full outer kora of the holiest mountain in the Himalaya. We had all sorts of adventures and the gods themselves intervened to allow us to cross the highest pass, the Dolma La, and complete our kora!! In those early days I had heard stories of two ancient kingdoms in the far west - the kingdoms of...
Steve Berry, MD, Mountain Kingdoms

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Beyond the holy mountain of Kailash in the far western corner of remotest Tibet, are a handful of amazing and mysterious kingdoms. Many of them existed long before the days of the Dalai Lamas, including the almost mythical kingdom of Shangshung, which was the centre of the animalistic religion of the Bonpo. Around the 9th century AD, after the assassination of the Tibetan anti-Buddhist King Langdarma, part of the Tibetan royal family fled to the western end of Tibet and set up another larger kingdom called Guge, which had its capital at an extraordinary place called Tsaparang. 

Our trip starts with a pretty three day trek in the Nepalese Himalayan foothills for acclimatisation, followed by an in-depth exploration of the best sights in Lhasa. We then fly west to the small Tibetan town of Ali and start our trek, exploring Shangshung and Guge,  long-abandoned kingdoms with crumbling castles and temples, before finally driving out past Mount Kailash back to Kathmandu.

To create this incredible journey our Managing Director, Steve Berry, followed in footsteps of the Tibetan explorer Peter Van Ham, and this fabulous trek, unique to Mountain Kingdoms, is the result of his summer 2019 reconnaissance.


At a glance

Grade: Moderate
Moderate

Duration:  22 days from the UK

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 6 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Kathmandu

Accommodation types: Hotels, Camping

Itinerary overview
Day Activity
1-2
Fly to Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel in Bhaktapur.
3-5
Circular trek from Bhaktapur via Namo Buddha Ridge, Balthalli Village and Panauti Bazaar.
6
Fly from Kathmandu to Gonggar in Tibet. Drive to Lhasa.
7
Sightseeing in Lhasa including visits to the Potala Palace, Barkhor Market and Sera Monastery.
8-9
Visit Drak Yerpa and Ganden. Return to Lhasa. Day at leisure.
10-11
Fly to Ali. Drive to Tholing. Full day at Tsarparang with walk. Return to Tholing.
12-13
Drive to Xapuk and explore caves. Drive to Dunhang and view monastery. Trek to Chiwang.
14
Visit Shaye Ko Castle and rock formations at Shangze. Return to Tholing.
15
Drive to view Dawa Dzong. Continue to Khyunglung.
16
Explore the Kingdom of Shangshung and walk up the Red Canyon.
17
Drive to Tirthapuri Hot Springs via Guru Gem and walk to ancient hill fort.
18-19
Drive to Drongpa past Mount Kailash, then to Saga and Kyirong.
20-22
Drive to Kathmandu. Overnight flight to London.
Leader: Local leader, Tibet
Local leader, Tibet

Our treks in Tibet have an English speaking Nepalese trekking leader appointed by our agents in Kathmandu. Your leader will be experienced in Tibet and will travel with the group from Kathmandu back to Kathmandu. Their job is primarily to look after the group, liaise with the local crew, handle hotel and airport and check-ins, and in fact do all the little jobs that will help make your holiday trouble free.


Ancient Kingdoms of Tibet Itinerary


2020

Dates Availability Land Only Flight Inclusive from
Sat 8 Aug - Sat 29 Aug 2020 Available£5265 BookContact us

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Optional supplements
  • Single tent
    From £85
  • Single Room Supplement
    From £415
Insurance
  • Cover starts from £139
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Flight inclusive holidays

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We will be able to advise on fares with alternative airlines, upgrades to Business Class, and the options for flights from regional UK airports, please contact us for more details.

What’s included

  • Local, English-speaking leaders in Nepal and Tibet
  • Flight between Kathmandu and Lhasa and domestic airport transfers.
  • Good standard hotel accommodation Kathmandu - twin share, bed and breakfast basis
  • Hotel/lodge accommodation for 9 nights in Tibet
  • Full service camping for 5 nights in Tibet
  • Costs of all porterage and their insurance
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Fees for Tibet permit
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • Single, timed group airport transfers for international flights
  • The opportunity to attend a pre-trip meet in the Cotswolds
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms kit bag

What’s not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Nepal visa fees
  • Tips
  • Airport departure taxes, except UK


Extend your holiday

Dwarika’s Hotel Kathmandu, Nepal

Dwarika’s Hotel Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Relax in a tranquil haven with indulgent facilities and first rate service
  • Discover a heritage property that echoes Kathmandu's Newari history and culture
  • Enjoy superb dining in the renowned Krishparnan restaurant
  • Indulge yourself in Dwarika's Aururvedic spa and pool

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Dwarika’s hotel in Kathmandu is based on a vision that embraces the region’s great history and artisan craftsmanship in order to create an environment ‘with a sensation of the original’. This vision has been realised in the materials, style and artifacts that make Dwarika’s such a unique property and reflect Nepal’s ancient Newari heritage.

Dwarika’s though is so much more than a living museum. Large, luxurious rooms come complete with every comfort and the hotel has a library, fitness centre, Ayurvedic spa and free Wi-Fi throughout. Outside, it has a delightful courtyard and an enticing swimming pool that offers a haven from the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu. Dwarika’s has several bars and dining options including the renowned Krishparnan restaurant. Here you can enjoy a true feast of traditional Newari cuisine made from the finest and freshest ingredients.


Kathmandu Valley sightseeing, Nepal

Kathmandu Valley sightseeing, Nepal
  • 8203;Visit the ancient cities of Bhaktapur, Patan, Kathmandu and Timi with their stunning art and architecture
  • Observe traditional crafts such as pottery, woodcarving and thangka painting
  • Choose from a selection of full and half day guided tours
  • Travel in a private car with a driver and an English-speaking guide

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The Kathmandu Valley has a long and rich history and a vibrant culture and there is much that is worthwhile to see there - crowded bazaars, ancient temples, Buddhist stupas, crumbling shrines and picturesque palaces. The Malla kings who ruled in the valley created three major cities in the valley, Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan and each of these cities has buildings that are showpieces for the art and architecture of local Newari craftsmen. We offer a selection of half day trips and full day trips to these sites the valley.


Dwarika’s Resort Dhulikhel, Nepal
  • Relax in luxuriously furnished accommodation with stunning Himalayan views
  • Relax and rejuvenate in the top of the range spa
  • Take a dip in the refreshing infinity pool
  • Enjoy locally sourced organic food at the resort's restaurant

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Dwarika’s Resort is a charming hotel located just an hour’s drive from Kathmandu city and set on a ridge above the town of Dhulikhel. At an altitude of 1,700m/5,600ft and enjoying panoramic views of the mountains, Dwarika’s Resort is the perfect way to relax and feel revitalised and rejuvenated. The resort promises ‘a Himalayan approach to well-being in rustic luxury.’

Built in Dwarika’s own inimitable style the resort offers a relaxing atmosphere of complete harmony in the tradition of ancient Buddhist and Hindu beliefs. The rooms are spacious and luxurious and are set in lovely gardens with inspiring mountain views. Facilities include an infinity pool overlooking beautiful countryside, top of the range spa facilities, a fitness centre, a Chakra sound therapy centre and a Himalayan salt room and meditation room all inspired by a blend of Vedic Philosophy and Buddhist Medicine.

The resort offers an impressive range of ayurvedic treatments as well as yoga and meditation and classes. Its wonderful restaurants offer delicious food, sourced locally and from Dwarika’s own organic farm, with delicious menus carefully created to complement Dwarika’s philosophy and treatments. Other activities include lovely walks to visit their farm or to explore the surrounding area and visit traditional villages such as the legendary Namobuddha Monastery or the Newari village of Panauti, to experience the simple joys of Nepalese rural life.


Everest Flight - extension

Everest Flight - extension
  • Fly within five nautical miles of Everest
  • As well as Everest, see views of other 8,000m giants; Makalu, Kanchenjunga, Cho Oyu and Lhotse
  • Flights operate in the early morning, when weather conditions are at their best.

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While in Kathmandu, why not experience the spectacular sight of Mount Everest? Instead of trekking into the region to gain a good view of this must-see landmark you could see it in under an hour! We fly with either Buddha Air or Mountain Air who both operate modern Raytheon Beechcraft 1900 aircraft. These hold between 16 and 18 people and as the seating is only two abreast everyone is guaranteed a window seat. The excursion includes hotel transfers, a celebratory glass of bubbly and a certificate signed by your captain after you land.


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