Western China & Tibetan Discoverer

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  • Cultural, religious and historic sites
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  • duration 57 days
  • tour type Group
  • minimum participants 2
  • age requirement 18+ years old
  • max group size 20
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
  • Ends Kathmandu, Nepal
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Explore Kashgar's traditional Sunday market and Animal market
  • Cross the Taklamakan Desert
  • Exploration of the oasis and the Jiaohe ruins at Turpan
  • Guided tour of the Mogao caves, Dunhuang
The tour Western China & Tibetan Discoverer starts in Bishkek and ends in Kathmandu. This is a cultural, religious and historic sites trip that takes 57 days. You will travel through Nepal, china and Kyrgyzstan and visit Kochkor, Heavenly Lake, Pokhara and 27 other destinations. This is a guided small group tour that includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

Follow the Silk Route across western China – the same route used by ancient traders and armies on their journey between West and East. We cross the Taklamakan Desert, China’s largest, driest and highest desert, to the western end of the Great Wall of China and then on to the holy city of Xiahe, with its remarkable Tibetan Buddhist temples and architecture. We see several remarkable monuments, such as the giant Buddha of Bingling Si, the Jiaohe ruins at Turpan and, of course, the archaeological marvel of the Terracotta Army near Xi’an.

Then journey across the Tibetan Plateau, through some of the most remote and spectacular scenery on earth and through an ancient culture that is still as powerful today as it was a thousand years ago. We pass over immense passes, past beautiful lakes and arrive at the holy city of Lhasa. South of Lhasa we climb high up the Friendship Highway to the wonderful towns of Gyantse and Shigatse to soak up yet more Tibetan culture. Then it's on to the highlight of the expedition, a visit and a hike to the Ronkbuk monasteries, which nestle under the towering face of Mt. Everest. Then we descend through gorges and passes to the foothills of the Himalayas and the lands of Nepal.

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  • Day 1: Bishkek
  • Day 2: Kochkor
  • Day 3: Tash Rabat
  • Day 4: Kashgar
  • Day 5: Kashgar
  • Day 6: Kashgar
  • Day 7: Kashgar
  • Day 8: Kashgar
  • Day 9: Aksu
  • Day 10: Korle
  • Day 11: Urumqi
  • Day 12: Urumqi
  • Day 13: Turpan
  • Day 14: Turpan
  • Day 15: Dunhuang
  • Day 16: Dunhuang
  • Day 17: Jiayuguan
  • Day 18: Zhangye
  • Day 19: Liujiaxia
  • Day 20: Xiahe
  • Day 21: Xiahe
  • Day 22: Xiahe
  • Day 23: Lanzhou
  • Day 24: Pingliang
  • Day 25: Pingliang
  • Day 26: Xi'an
  • Day 27: Xi'an
  • Day 28: Pingliang
  • Day 29: Pingliang
  • Day 30: Lanzhou
  • Day 31: Xiahe
  • Day 32: Xiahe
  • Day 33: Xiahe
  • Day 34: Liujiaxia
  • Day 35: Qinghai Hu
  • Day 36: Qinghai Hu
  • Day 37: Golmud
  • Day 38: Amdo
  • Day 39: Amdo
  • Day 40: Amdo
  • Day 41: Lhasa
  • Day 42: Lhasa
  • Day 43: Lhasa
  • Day 44: Lhasa
  • Day 45: Gyantse
  • Day 46: Shigatse
  • Day 47: New Tingri
  • Day 48: Rongbuk
  • Day 49: New Tingri
  • Day 50: Friendship Highway
  • Day 51: Nuwakot
  • Day 52: Nuwakot
  • Day 53: Pokhara
  • Day 54: Pokhara
  • Day 55: Khatauti Khola
  • Day 56: Kathmandu
  • Day 57: Kathmandu
  • Overland Expedition Vehicle, Local Bus, Boat
  • Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary, One Local Crew Member, Local Crew Member in certain areas
  • Comfortable Hotel 7 nights
  • Homestay 1 night
  • Yurt Camp 1 night
  • Basic Hotel 31 nights
  • Camping without facilities 5 nights
  • Guesthouse 9 nights
  • Multishare Hostel 1 night
  • 50 Breakfasts
  • 14 Lunches
  • 16 Dinners
  • Any international flights to Bishkek and from Kathmandu are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Western China & Tibetan Discoverer tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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GOOD TO KNOW Download trip notes

No additional cancellation fees apply for this Western China & Tibetan Discoverer tour. You can cancel the tour up to 56 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 55 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 14 August 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 14 August 2021, a deposit is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 55 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Western China & Tibetan Discoverer tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Western China & Tibetan Discoverer tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

Local Payment The local payment is a group fund, paid separately from the trip price on the first day of the tour. It covers everything that the group does together on the ground. This is primarily hotel accommodation and campsite fees, meals whilst camping (but not while eating in restaurants), and included activities and puts money directly back to the local community. The local payment, or kitty system, is unique to overlanding tours and provides maximum flexibility and best value on the road - you can see exactly what is being paid for, you get everything at cost price, it keeps costs competitive by leveraging group expenses and saves on administrative costs. The fund is run by the tour guide, and any excess left over at the end is returned equally to the group. Local prices are estimated in USD when we print the brochure then reviewed monthly as local costs and exchange rates vary throughout the year. It's therefore important once you book your trip to check the website regularly and just before departure for any changes to the amount.

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