Tibet Explorer

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  • Safari
  • Wildlife
  • Explorer
  • Cultural, religious and historic sites
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  • duration 31 days
  • tour type Group
  • minimum participants 2
  • age requirement 18+ yrs
  • max group size 24
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Xian, China
  • Ends Kathmandu, Nepal
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Exploring the Sagke or Ganjia Grasslands of the lower Tibetan Plateau
  • Staying in the Forbidden City of Lhasa
  • Everest Base Camp from the Tibetan Side
  • Wild Camping on the Tibetan Plateau
The Tibet Explorer tour starts in Xian and ends in Kathmandu. The Tibet Explorer is a safari tour that takes 31 days taking you from Xian to Kathmandu and through other destinations in Asia.

This is a journey across the roof of the world, the Tibetan Plateau and down its southern slopes and into Nepal and Kathmandu. It is a journey through some of the remotest and most spectacular scenery on earth and through an ancient culture that is still as powerful today as it was a thousand years ago. We start in the heart of China, Xi'an and the home of the Terracotta Army and spend the first week doing all things Chinese, before climbing slowly into the wilderness of the Tibetan Plateau. 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. We are now travelling through the most sensational landscapes, climbing over passes over 5000 metres high, before descending through gorges and passes to the foothills of the Himalayas and the lands of Nepal.
5 - Excellent
Based on 3 reviews
  • Katrina M
  • On Jun 04 2015
5 - Excellent
“Truck and all equipment was well maintained.”
  • Peter M
  • On Jun 04 2015
5 - Excellent
“Comfortable and spacious, tents were easy to erect and dismantle.”
  • Joseph C
  • On Jun 04 2015
5 - Excellent
“Both Gino and Jim were enthusiastic and friendly and willing to help with whatever was needed.”
  • Day 1: Xi'an
  • Day 2: Pingliang
  • Day 3: Pingliang
  • Day 4: Lanzhou
  • Day 5: Xiahe
  • Day 6: Xiahe
  • Day 7: Xiahe
  • Day 8: Liujiaxia
  • Day 9: Qinghai Hu
  • Day 10: Qinghai Hu
  • Day 11: Golmud
  • Day 12: Amdo
  • Day 13: Amdo
  • Day 14: Amdo
  • Day 15: Lhasa
  • Day 16: Lhasa
  • Day 17: Lhasa
  • Day 18: Lhasa
  • Day 19: Gyantse
  • Day 20: Shigatse
  • Day 21: New Tingri
  • Day 22: Rongbuk
  • Day 23: New Tingri
  • Day 24: Friendship Highway
  • Day 25: Nuwakot
  • Day 26: Nuwakot
  • Day 27: Pokhara
  • Day 28: Pokhara
  • Day 29: Khatauti Khola
  • Day 30: Kathmandu
  • Day 31: Kathmandu
  • Comfortable Hotel 4 nights
  • Basic Hotel 15 nights
  • Guesthouse 6 nights
  • Multishare Hostel 1 night
  • Camping without facilities 3 nights
  • 14 Breakfasts
  • 4 Lunches
  • 4 Dinner
  • Overland Expedition Vehicle
  • Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary, Local Crew Member in certain areas
  • Any international flights to Xian 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 Tibet Explorer 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 Tibet Explorer tour. You can cancel the tour up to 61 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 60 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 13 August 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 13 August 2021, a deposit is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 60 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Tibet Explorer 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 Tibet Explorer 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.

If you have any question about this tour or need help with planning a trip, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We're ready to help.
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