Hidden Tibet

Explore the real Shangri-La, from James Hilton's novel Lost Horizon.  Our 10 night Beyond The Clouds Hidden Tibet Journey takes you on a once in a lifetime journey to Kham, Eastern Tibet, where the three parallel rivers of the Yangtze, Mekong and Salween flow. This is an extraordinary corner of the world, a paradise high on the Tibetan plateau where the culture and scenery remain a well kept secret. 

This tour is designed for travellers who want to explore off the beaten track, whilst having the comfort of luxury boutique Tibetan lodges each night.  Once we reach the Tibetan plateau, our hand-picked hotels are Tibetan owned and managed, totally unique, and reflect the community around them.  All the hotels give back to the local Tibetan and other minority communities and provide employment and training opportunities for young Tibetans. Beyond The Clouds is delighted to work with these Tibetan businesses. You will be accompanied by an experienced English speaking Tibetan guide who will really look after you throughout your journey, and play a special part in your Shangrila Tibetan experience. 

Where is the paradise of Shangri-La? Hidden in Tibet, waiting for you. 


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US$3,435*

10 night journey
DEPARTS: lijang, china

Maximum elevation: 4,290 m (maximum sleeping elevation is 3,600 m)

Availability: Late April/May/June & September/October

Minimum group size:  2 people

This trip can run as an 8-night trip.  Contact us for information.

* Price is per person, based on a group of four (twin share). Single room supplement available on request.

Find out approximate trip price in your own currency here


TRIP EXCLUSIONS

  • International airfare to Lijang, China and return from Chengdu, Tibet. (This can be arranged for you.  Please contact us for details)
  • China Visa
  • Comprehensive travel insurance.  Click here for an insurance quote.
  • Additional activities not included in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic or soft drinks
  • Laundry
  • Tips for guide & driver

Trip Inclusions

  • Private vehicle and driver
  • All breakfasts, four lunches, three dinners,  complimentary bottled water
  • All accommodation, based on twin share
  • All entrance fees and activities as included in itinerary
  • Excellent English speaking Tibetan guide
  • Use of a cell phone with local number for duration of the trip

 

TRIP OVERVIEW

Your journey begins in the city of Lijang which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The people here belong to the Nashi ethnic minority, famed as traders on the Tea and Horse Caravans. Lijiang is the perfect place to acclimatise before traveling to the Tibetan plateau. Explore Lijang’s fascinating old town before travelling to the fabled Shangri La, stopping at Tiger Leaping Gorge on the way. Explore the old town of Shangri La and Songzanlin Monastery built by the 5th Dalai Lama, modelled on the Potala Palace in Lhasa. Leaving Shangri La, we explore Napa Lake and Nixi Pottery village before arriving at Benzilan, an important stop on the ancient Tea and Horse Trade linking Tibet with India.

Our beautiful hotel here offers a tranquil retreat.  Relax in the garden or library before dinner.  We visit the ancient Dongzhulin Monastery before ascending to the village of Meili, which looks out on the Holy mountain, one of eight sacred mountains in Tibet. An important pilgrimage site for Tibetans, the Meili peaks tower at over 6000 metres. Wake up to sunrise over one of the world’s most beautiful mountain views. We return to Shangri La after visiting Shusong Nunnery. Fly to the city of Chengdu and visit China’s famous Panda Breeding Centre and Wushu Monastery before departure. Alternatively add on a trip to Lhasa with regular flights from Shangri La to Lhasa.

ITINERARY

 

DAY 1

Lijang:   Arrive in Lijang and meet your guide. Transfer to your hotel.                       Driving time: 45 mins                                                                                                       Altitude: 2,400 m                                                                                                           Overnight: Lijang                                                                                                                       No meals included

DAY 2

Lijang:  Explore Lijang’s old town and Jade Mountain.                                                         Altitude: 2,400 m                                                                                                           Overnight: Lijang                                                                                                                       Buffet breakfast included      

DAY 3

Shangri-La:  Depart Lijang for Shangri La stopping at Tiger Leaping Gorge, one of the world’s deepest canyons. Check into your hotel and relax to acclimatise to the higher altitude                                                                                                                                Driving time: 3 hrs                                                                                                             Altitude: 3,300 m                                                                                                               Overnight: Shangri-La                                                                                                                   Buffet breakfast included

DAY 4 

Shangri-La:   Visit Songzalin monastery and explore the old town in the afternoon. Later join a community dance.                                                                                                    Altitude: 3,300 m                                                                                                                           Overnight: Shangri-La                                                                                                                   Buffet breakfast included

DAY 5 

Benzalin:  Visit Napa Lake and Nixi pottery village before reaching the Tea and Horse Trail town of Benzalin.  Our hotel for the night is located in a peaceful village just outside the town, looking out on a temple.                                                                    Driving time: 1 hr, 30 mins                                                                                                    Altitude: 1,900 m                                                                                                                     Overnight: Benzalin                                                                                                                       All meals included

DAY 6

Meili:  Visit Dongzhulin Monastery before ascending to the village of Meili.                        Driving time: 2 hrs                                                                                                           Altitude: 3,600 m                                                                                                               Overnight: Meili                                                                                                                             All meals included

DAY 7

Meili: Visit Kawa Gabo mountain                                                                                         Driving time: 1 hr 30 mins                                                                                                           Altitude: 3,600 m                                                                                                               Overnight: Meili                                                                                                                             All meals included

DAY 8

Shangri-La:  Watch the sunrise over the mountains and travel back to Shangri La via Shusong Nunnery.                                                                                                              Driving time: 3 hrs  30 mins                                                                                              Altitude: 3,300 m                                                                                                               Overnight: Shangri-La                                                                                                                   Buffet breakfast and lunch included

day 9

Chengdu:  Enjoy a last day in Shangri La before catching your flight from the roof of the world. Arrive Chengdu in the evening and transfer to your hotel.                          Flight time:  1 hr, 20 mins                                                                                                 Altitude: 485 m                                                                                                               Overnight: Chengdu                                                                                                           Buffet breakfast included

day 10

Chengdu: Visit the Panda Breeding centre and Wenshu Monastery. Enjoy a vegetarian dinner at the monastery restaurant.                                                                             Altitude: 485 m                                                                                                             Overnight: Chengdu                                                                                                           Buffet breakfast included

day 11

Drive to the airport for your departure.                                                                                     Buffet breakfast included


 

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