This trip is an overland trip run in an overland truck. In addition to paying for your trip, you're require to make a separate payment to your tour leader at the start of the trip, usually in USD. Kitties are flexible and change as prices are updated. Therefore you should check the latest kitty amount on this website before you depart.
A kitty is a group fund which covers all accommodation, meals while camping (not in hotels) and activities listed as included. It's a system unique to overlanding to provide the maximum flexibility and best value on the road (you get everything at cost price!). The kitty is your money, not ours, so any amount left over is divided among the group as a refund.Close
|Trip Code||Start Date||End Date||Currency||Kitty|
|HTC||Thursday 14 May 2015||Saturday 13 Jun 2015||USD||1060.00|
|HTC||Saturday 13 Jun 2015||Monday 13 Jul 2015||USD||1050.00|
|HTC||Thursday 25 Jun 2015||Saturday 25 Jul 2015||USD||1060.00|
|HTC||Saturday 25 Jul 2015||Monday 24 Aug 2015||USD||1050.00|
|HTC||Sunday 01 May 2016||Tuesday 31 May 2016||USD||1060.00|
|HTC||Thursday 02 Jun 2016||Saturday 02 Jul 2016||USD||1060.00|
|HTC||Saturday 02 Jul 2016||Monday 01 Aug 2016||USD||1050.00|
|HTC||Tuesday 09 Aug 2016||Thursday 08 Sep 2016||USD||1050.00|
Journeys of freedom & discovery. Travelling in purpose-built trucks or 4x4s you’ll see all the highlights but also get far off the beaten track. Led by a professional crew or driver, groups help with the cooking & setting up camp, enjoying a real hands on experience.
Our Basic tours offer superb value and are ideal for those who are happy to forgo some creature comforts in favour of an authentic and fun experience. Under the leadership of a fully trained tour leader, you will enjoy all the highlights and freedom of independent travel with the convenience, security and companionship of a small group.
This is a journey across the ‘Roof of the World’, where you’ll cross high mountain passes – up to 5000m, the highest plateau in the world, encounter an area infused with Tibetan culture before ending in China ‘proper’, with the Terracotta Warriors of Xi’an. Starting in Kathmandu en route for Tibet, you’ll thread your way through the Himalayas. Truly, is there any better scenery on earth, we wonder? You’ll see prayer flags snapping in the wind, visit monasteries with burgundy robed monks and witness a way of life unchanged for centuries. After arriving in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, you’ll see the Potala Palace and have plenty of free time to explore this magical city before heading out on a superb overland route, across the almost lunar landscape of the Tibetan Plateau and arriving in Golmud. The journey continues on to Qinghai Lake and the giant Buddha at Bingling Si before ending this rigorous and challenging trip with a luxurious hotel in Xi’an. Definitely a trip for landscape and culture lovers!
Border Information: if joining in Kathmandu, you will most likely enter Nepal at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport. Please note that our trips between Kathmandu and Xi'an travel through extreme environments and these itineraries WILL NOT NECESSARILY RUN AS PUBLISHED. We will adjust trip itineraries depending on weather, altitude effects, group make up and road conditions. This day by day itinerary is provided as a rough guide only. Please also note that the Chinese government have on occasion changed their visa rules without any notice, which provides a level of uncertainty for how our northbound Tibetan trips can run. Sometimes we may need to change the ending of our trip to allow more time in Xi'an to get our group visa split there rather than in Lanzhou. While there is always a way around these kind of these problems, and can be looked at as being all part of the fun of travelling through such areas (and can retrospectively be a great story to tell!), please note that with any visa-splitting issues we may need to hire a local agent which will incur extra charges - your understanding and co-operation with such procedures will be absolutely essential and much appreciated. Today we have a group meeting at 10:00am in our hotel in Kathmandu - please look for a note from your tour leader when you arrive at the hotel giving more details about this important meeting. We will need to arrange all the paperwork for the Chinese/Tibetan group visa at this meeting for submission at the Chinese Consulate tomorrow, so please bring along your passport. The rest of the day is free to explore this fascinating city, staying overnight in our comfortable hotel located in the district of Thamel.
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