A jewel in the Himalayas and one of several thorns in the side of China's rulers, Tibet is massive, exotic, and culturally under siege. Source of no lesser rivers than the Yangtze, Yellow, Mekong, Indus and Ganges - to name but a few - and surrounded by the jagged peaks of the highest mountains in the world, Tibet's landscape makes you weak in the knees. In the shadow of Everest the Tibetan people have developed a gentle, mysterious culture, and visitors find a country lined with stupas and adorned with fluttering prayer flags. Everywhere the influence of Tibetan Buddhism can be seen, from old Tibetans spinning prayer wheels to 1300 year-old Lhasa and its otherworldly Potala Palace, home to Dalai Lamas past. The capital's name means, literally, "Holy Land," and it certainly is.
Tibet Encompassed (ACKA)
From China's modern capital of Beijing travel back in time across the grasslands of central China to Tibet and ‘the roof of the world’. Witness the splendour of the Potala Palace, the backdrop of Everest, and the majesty of remote monasteries before arriving for a hike at Asia's most sacred mountain, Mt Kailash. This comprehensive Tibetan tour features small 4x4 vehicles to get off the beaten track, local guides and an expert CEO to lead the way. So make sure your camera’s charged and be prepared to have your breath taken away by mesmerizing Tibet.
Highlights: Visiting incredible monuments and ancient places, hiking the holy Kailash kora deep in the Himalayas, seeing spectacular landscapes adorned with prayer flags, exploring bustling Beijing, listening to monks debating at a monastery, experiencing the thrill of Everest Base Camp
Lhasa to Kathmandu Cycle (ANKL)
Spectacular scenery, challenging riding (six 5000m plus passes!) and encounters with one of the world’s most fascinating cultures make this a truly incredible experience. A unique opportunity to travel downhill, all the way from Lhasa to Kathmandu by bike on one of the world's toughest bike rides. Start in the historic centre of Tibet where you watch in awe at the Jokhang and Potala Palace. After some exploratory bike rides to get used to the atmosphere, it's off across to Nepal. Stop on the way to visit Everest Base Camp and enjoy stunning Himalayan scenery all the way. As you cross the border along the Freedom Highway to Nepal and ride into Kathmandu, you have descended 4000m on this astonishing ride.
Highlights: Experiencing the home of Tibetan Buddhism, witnessing monks in debate and prayer, crossing 5,000m mountain passes by bike, stopping off at rural villages and lunar landscapes, cycling to Everest Base Camp.