New Tingri (1N)Shigatse (2N)Gyantse (1N)Lhasa (3N)BEIJING (1N)Urumqi (1N)Kashgar (4N)Yecheng (1N)Overland (3N)Shiquanhe (1N)Mt Everest (1N)Zanda (2N)Mt Kailash (2N)Parayang (1N)Saga (1N)Old Tingri (1N)Inbound (1N)Outbound (1N)Chengdu (1N)Day 8: Kashgar - Yecheng Travel to Yecheng and pass through the townsof Yengisar, where the traditional Uyghurdagger is made and Yarkand, a name that stillresonates with Silk Road romance. Arrive inYecheng and visit the markets around the JamaMosque, which dates back to the 15th century. Days 9-11: Tibet Highway Spend the next three days travelling to AliCounty by four-wheel-drive as we begin ourascent of the Xinjiang-Tibet Highway, thehighest road in the world. You may even seeK2 across the border in Pakistan! This regionis known as the Aksai Chin Plateau, a starklybeautiful land rarely visited by tourists. Fromhere until we reach New Tingri, basic accomm-odation in truck stop lodgings to simplehostels with primitive facilities will be used. Day 12: Shiquanhe (Ali County)Arrive in the town of Shiquanhe. Days 13-14: Shiquanhe - Zanda Travel to Zanda. The next day, explore GugeKingdom, which thrived between the 9th-17th centuries and explore the ruins ofTsaparang and the old monastery of Tholing. Days 15-16: Zanda - Mt KailashWe journey along a river valley scattered withprayer flags, where we can view the holymountain of Kailash, Tibet's 'Jewel in theSnow'. We explore this magnificent mountainand Lake Manasarovar - two of the world'smost remote and revered places for travellersand pilgrims alike. 5630 days from £4,690ppFully Inclusive from the UKThis is a true high-altitudeadventure that is not for thefaint-hearted. Travel overland in four-wheel drive vehiclesacross starkly beautiful butinhospitable terrain. Stay inbasic accommodation withprimitive facilities. But most of all enjoy the huge reward of crossing remote lands rarely visited by others.This tour spends 20 days above 3,500mwith a maximum altitude of 5,400m.Days 1-2: UK - Beijing Fly overnight to Beijing, China's capital city. Day 3: Beijing - Urumqi Fly to Urumqi, capital of XinjiangAutonomous Region. Day 4: Urumqi - Kashgar Fly to Kashgar, an ancient market town andonce the flourishing centre of the Silk Road. Days 5-6: Kashgar Visit Abakh Hoja Tomb, Id Kah Mosque and IdKah Square. The next day, enjoy an excursionto Lake Karakul. Day 7: KashgarExplore the world's largest Sunday Bazaar andvisit a livestock market, where large crowds ofpeople and animals gather to haggle and trade. Epic DreamsVenture through some of the world's remotest regions AirCoach4WD"Together wediscover the mothernature which so farremains unspoiledand untouched byman on thesemystical lands."National Escort Arion Liu's tour highlights
57Departure Dates & PricesFully Inclusive price includes:Tour departs Monday and returns Tuesday Prices are fully inclusive from the UK (see page 8)Based on London Heathrow departuresRegional departures available.Flight upgrades available on request.Land only from £4,090 (Beijing - Chengdu).Single room option from £420 (see page 9).Tipping payable locally US$109 (see page 10).Active Paced TourAdventurous TourEpic DreamsDepart UKArrive UKPrice30 Apr 201229 May 2012£4,69020 Aug18 Sep£4,990??International flights and current taxes??Domestic transportation??Accommodation??All meals??Touring with guides and entrance fees??Visa fees for UK passport holdersDay 17: ParayangEnjoy a scenic drive to Parayang with views of the mountains and yak herders' camps. Day 18: Parayang -SagaTravel to the town of Saga via the old villageof Zhongba.Day 19: Saga - Old Tingri We start our journey to the roof of the worldto see the magnificent Everest region,passing the picturesque Baiku Co Lake to thetownship of Old Tingri. Day 20: Old Tingri - Mt EverestWe arrive at one of the greatest and mostmemorable highlights of the tour - MountEverest Base Camp and gaze at the stunningnorth face of the world's tallest peak, MtEverest (8,848m). Take a photo at the basecamp marker, mingle with climbers makingan attempt to the summit, send a postcardfrom the world's highest post-box or walk tothe Rhongpu Glacier.Day 21: Mt Everest - New TingriVisit Rongbuk Monastery before continuingto New Tingri for an overnight stay. Day 22: New Tingri -ShigatseTravel to Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet.Day 23: ShigatseVisit the Tashilhunpo Monastery, thetraditional residence of the Panchen Lama.Day 24:Shigatse - Gyantse Travel to the smaller town of Gyantse andvisit the unique Pelkor Monastery and thefamous Gyantse Kumbum, which is thelargest shrine in Tibet. We also visit themagnificent ruins of the Old Fort.Days 25-27: Gyantse - LhasaTravel to Lhasa where we will explore the'crown jewel' of Tibet - the Potala Palace. Thepalace is an architectural wonder that towersover the city with thousands of rooms filledwith treasures such as intricate shrines andbeautiful frescoes. We stroll around theBarkhor circuit where traditional dress,market stalls selling religious trinkets andthe sound of chanted prayers create theatmosphere of a medieval carnival. We alsovisit the 7th century Jokhang Temple,which is the most sacred in Tibet. Otherhighlights include the Drepung Monastery,the Sera Monastery, which has about 600monks in residence and Norbulingka, theformer summer palace of the Dalai Lama,containing several palaces and chapels. Day 28: Lhasa - Chengdu Fly to Chengdu, the capital of SichuanProvince. Visit the famous Panda Reserveto see these adorable animals beingreared in wooded surroundings remini-scent of their natural habitat and enjoy adelicious Sichuan meal in the evening. Days 29-30: Chengdu - UK Fly overnight to the UK via Hong Kong,arriving home the following day.Book now on 0844 499 3899visit www.wendywutours.co.ukor see your preferred travel agentHong Kong ExtensionDay 29: Chengdu - Hong KongFly from Chengdu to Hong Kong andtransfer to your hotel.Day 30: Hong KongEnjoy a half day island tour visitingVictoria Peak, Stanley Market andAberdeen Fishing Village. Theafternoon is at leisure. (B)Day 31: Hong KongEnjoy the day at leisure to furtherexplore Hong Kong. (B)Days 32-33: Hong Kong - UKTransfer to Hong Kong Airport and flyovernight to the UK. (B)Tour Extensions??Hong Kong from £260pp(above)??Hong Kong & Macau from £380pp(page 79)??Hong Kong & Lantau from £360pp(page 79)Drepung Monastery, LhasaA truly exhilarating tour thatventures into some of theremotest parts of China. Seelands that are almost nevervisited, but for those that do,the rewards are immeasurable. Wendy Wu, March 2011""