Multi-destination

Mountains & Monasteries 18 days

This 18-day journey from Tibet to Nepal is a road trip like no other! There’s no denying there are long journeys involved and overnight accommodation is simple and un-glamorous. However, the spectacular scenery (and it is genuinely awesome) makes it all worthwhile and there will be plenty of opportunity to get out into the mountains and stretch your legs.

Your journey begins in Lhasa, Tibet’s spiritual and political capital, where there will be time to acclimatise to the high altitude, and finishes in the charmingly chaotic capital of Nepal, Kathmandu.

You’ll travel through a diverse, changing landscape that ranges from stark plains to dense, green forests, with the mighty mountains an ever-present backdrop. En-route you’ll visit some of the world’s largest Buddhist monasteries and important sacred temples, get a close up view of the mighty Mount Everest from Base Camp and meet some of the friendliest, welcoming people.

Highlights

  • Visit some of the most important Buddhist monasteries in the world.
  • Witness monks debating Buddhist philosophy
  • Stand at the foot of the mighty Mount Everest in Tibet.
  • Trek amongst the Annapurna Mountains.
  • Join pilgrims on their daily kora around the ancient Boudhanath Stupa.
  • Marvel at the diverse natural scenery & awesome Himalayan vistas.

Our tailor-made service costs you no extra

This itinerary is designed to work straight off the peg, but we'll happily tailor it until it's a perfect fit for you, to ensure we’re making the absolute best of your time and funds. All you need to do is ask...

Your own private guides & drivers

You'll typically have your own private guides & drivers throughout your trip. When you will be sharing a service (eg a boat cruise) with others, we'll always let you know. 

Where to begin?

When we put pen to paper to design this itinerary, we started the journey with the unique train ride from Beijing into Lhasa, which both Kate and Nick from Selective Asia HQ have experienced first-hand. The train journey takes 40 hours (& 26 minutes to be precise) through a landscape of stark plains, expansive lakes and snow-topped mountains, reaching an altitude of 5072 metres at its highest point (which is why oxygen is piped into the train carriages)!

Whilst travelling on the highest train line in the world is an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience, we appreciate that it won’t appeal to everyone and have consequently left the beginning of this journey open for discussion. As an alternative you could fly into Lhasa from Beijing, or from Kathmandu which avoids the expense of obtaining a Chinese visa. These options may require a tweak in the order of events, and your Destination Specialist will happily assist in working out the best choice for you.

We only provide privately guided holidays - meaning that you will not be expected to share guides or transport for the duration of your visit. You can also start on any day you choose.

Please click on the hotel category buttons below to view hotel details. These are recommended properties only - we have many alternative options for you to choose from if you would prefer. You can mix hotel categories throughout your holiday.

Hotel Class

Price per person (based on total # travelling)

 2 3 - 45 - 6
First Class£3,779£3,149£2,742

Yak Hotel

A central location and real sense of place make the Yak Hotel a sociable and relaxed base for exploring Lhasa…
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Jianzang Hotel

The Jianzang Hotel is the best priced hotel in Gyantse. The 80 rooms are simply furnished, but clean and comfortable with an en-suite bathroom.


Yuanfu Hotel

A simple lodging in Sakya, providing a comfortable and convenient overnight base for visiting the Sakya Monastery.


Rongbuk Monastery Guesthouse

High in Tibet’s Himalayan foothills, with unparalleled views of Mt Everest, the Rongbuk Monastery Guesthouse offers a down-to-earth, vibrant and visceral taste of this extraordinary part of the world…
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Saisi Hotel

A simple lodging in Kyrong, providing a convenient overnight base for crossing the nearby Tibet-Nepali border.


Hotel Water Tower

The Hotel Water Tower enjoys a peaceful setting on the outskirts of Trishuli, close to the Trishuli River. The 30 rooms are spacious and well equipped. It provides a comfortable, convenient overnight stay for those travelling overland across the Nepal / Tibet border. 


The Old Inn Bandipur

On a quiet square in the heart of peaceful Bandipur, the Old Inn offers homely accommodation, traditional charm and the chance to step out of time for a while and enjoy the mountain views…
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Glacier Hotel

With a relaxed, Mediterranean-style design that suits its position on the shore of Phewa Lake, the Glacier Hotel is ideal for taking time out in Pokhara’s fashionable lakeside district.…
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Sanctuary Lodge

Sitting at 1,150 metres with super views of Nepal’s sacred Fishtail Mountain, the hand-built Sanctuary Lodge lives up to its name by offering a cosy welcome...


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Gurung & Mala Lodges

With its incredible mountain views and high altitude location, Gurung Lodge offers a breath of fresh air with its comfortable accommodation and excellent trekking all around...


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Basanta Lodge

Perched high on a forested hillside, with the snow-covered Annapurna peaks in the background, Basanta Lodge offers unbeatable views over the Phedi and Mardi Valleys...


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Nepali Ghar

The Nepali Ghar seamlessly blends two hotel styles into one, maintaining the warm, hand-crafted feel of traditional Newa architecture and infusing it with an elegant and efficient contemporary chic...
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Superior£3,921£3,303£2,880

Yabshi Phunkhang

Behind the modest façade of a traditional courtyard house in Lhasa’s Chengguan district, the Yabshi Phunkhang hotel provides cosy, laid-back accommodation ideal for exploring the temples and markets of Tibet’s principal city…
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Gyantse Hotel

Location, location, location! You can’t get more central and convenient than the well-established Gyantse Hotel. The imposing Gyantse Dzong, one of the best preserved dzongs in Tibet, is within walking distance...
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Yuanfu Hotel

A simple lodging in Sakya, providing a comfortable and convenient overnight base for visiting the Sakya Monastery.


Rongbuk Monastery Guesthouse

High in Tibet’s Himalayan foothills, with unparalleled views of Mt Everest, the Rongbuk Monastery Guesthouse offers a down-to-earth, vibrant and visceral taste of this extraordinary part of the world…
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Kyrong Hotel

A simple lodging in Kyrong, providing a convenient overnight base for crossing the nearby Tibet-Nepali border.


Hotel Water Tower

The Hotel Water Tower enjoys a peaceful setting on the outskirts of Trishuli, close to the Trishuli River. The 30 rooms are spacious and well equipped. It provides a comfortable, convenient overnight stay for those travelling overland across the Nepal / Tibet border. 


The Old Inn Bandipur

On a quiet square in the heart of peaceful Bandipur, the Old Inn offers homely accommodation, traditional charm and the chance to step out of time for a while and enjoy the mountain views…
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Temple Tree Resort & Spa

Tucked away off the main road at the southern end of Fewa Lake, the Temple Tree Resort & Spa in Pokhara offers high quality service alongside excellent facilities, with a focus on rest, health and relaxation…
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Sanctuary Lodge

Sitting at 1,150 metres with super views of Nepal’s sacred Fishtail Mountain, the hand-built Sanctuary Lodge lives up to its name by offering a cosy welcome...


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Gurung & Mala Lodges

With its incredible mountain views and high altitude location, Gurung Lodge offers a breath of fresh air with its comfortable accommodation and excellent trekking all around...


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Basanta Lodge

Perched high on a forested hillside, with the snow-covered Annapurna peaks in the background, Basanta Lodge offers unbeatable views over the Phedi and Mardi Valleys...


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Hotel Mulberry

Overlooking the bustling markets and green spaces of Kathmandu’s Thamel district, Hotel Mulberry offers chic, city style accommodation with high quality facilities and comfort…
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Solo travellers are always welcome - please contact us for a tailored quote.

These prices are shown in GBP.
Selective Asia is a UK-registered company, but our client-base spans the globe, so we bank in both GBP and USD and can therefore provide a fixed price in either currency.
We also have payment facilities in Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the EU, and can typically offer better-than-bank exchange rates on the date of payment in these currencies (against a booking priced in GBP).

At Selective Asia we specialise in creating unique, tailor-made experiences. The holiday itineraries provided on this website are intended to help you visualise what is achievable in your destinations of choice, over a given period of time and at an intended budget.
Whilst many clients are happy with one of our recommended itineraries in the current form (and at the price quoted), there are those that wish to personalise their holiday in some way, whether it be a change of hotel, an additional destination or even start from scratch. This is when our tailor-made specialists come into their own; with many years of experience both living and working in the region they are ideally equipped to advise on alternatives and to facilitate any necessary changes.
Please note: During high season periods hotels often levy a surcharge and these are not included in the above prices. Your consultant will be happy to advise you of these.

Inclusive:

  • English speaking, local guide
  • All accommodation listed
  • Land transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Any domestic flights listed (unless marked otherwise)
  • Tibet Entry Permit
  • All admission fees at attractions, temples and activities as mentioned in the itinerary and relevant permits
  • All meals listed
  • International flight reconfirmation.

Exclusive:

  • Flights to/from Asia. We are an ATOL bonded operator and can arrange flights from the UK
  • Tibetan Group Tourist Visa/Chinese entry visa
  • Nepal entry visa
  • International airport departure taxes
  • Any meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Drinks, other than water on activity days
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
  • Travel insurance
  • All other services not listed in 'inclusive'

Please note

All prices are correct at the time of publishing. They are liable to change and can only be confirmed upon submitting an enquiry.

Flights

We will arrange all internal flights used within our holiday itineraries. We can also arrange discounted flights from all UK airports to Asia and we are a fully bonded ATOL operator. If you would like a quote for your international flights then please complete the required section on the enquiry form.

Visa

You will require a visa to enter Tibet and Nepal.

Passport

Please ensure that you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity remaining after your return date. You will also need at least one blank page for each of the countries you are visiting.

Insurance

You will require a comprehensive travel insurance that covers you for medical costs associated with hospitalisation, emergency travel and repatriation back to your home country. We offer our customers a specially discounted insurance policy, ideally suited to the needs that a trip such as this creates. Tick the insurance box in the enquiry form and we will send you a quote to suit your needs.

Vaccinations and Malaria Prevention

You will undoubtedly require vaccinations for your visit to Asia. Please consult your doctor or a vaccination clinic for the most up-to-date advice. They will also be able to advise you of the most suitable anti-malarial medication if required. It is important that you do this well in advance of your departure date.

Booking Procedure

Only once you are completely happy with any holiday itinerary we create for you will we ask for a payment. In order that we can secure availability for your booking we would typically require a deposit of 20%.

Travelling Responsibly

We care about the places and the communities that you will travel through. It is important to us that we travel as responsibly as possible throughout Asia and that we are giving something back to the regions and the people that make these journeys so special. Full details on our approach to responsible travel can be found on a dedicated section of this website.

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