Tibet has never been the easiest place to visit but the opening of a new rail link between Beijing and Lhasa a couple of years back removed at least one obstacle that often confronted travellers.
It has, however, remained something of a challenge in terms of logistics and cost for those wanting to visit the mystical Buddhist kingdom – something which has led Trans-Siberian railway specialists The Russia Experience to create a new trip, utilising the Sky Train to Tibet but simplifying the logistics and wrapping it all up with an affordable price tag.
The nine-day tour, which launches on April 2, will feature regular departures through to mid-November and is a trip designed to take the traveller from the grand scale of the Chinese capital to the heart of Tibet via a 45-hour rail journey across spectacular landscapes of snow-capped mountains and rugged terrain and across the “roof of the world” on the highest passenger railway line on the planet (16,000 ft above sea level).
The itinerary includes three nights each in Beijing and Lhasa in a three- or four-star hotel on a bed and breakfast basis, the two-day/two-night rail journey in a four-berth cabin (upgrades available) and excursion programmes in both cities with the services of local, English-speaking guides.
The trip costs £1330 per person based on two people travelling. It does not include flights or visas. Group departures operate weekly from April 2 to November 19.
For further details call The Russia Experience on 0845 521 2910 or download a full trip dossier here.