Kingdoms of the Clouds

8 days from $4,536 per person*
  • Get a birds-eye view of Mount Everest as you soar over it in a plane.
  • Explore the palaces and temples of Durbar Square with private guide.
  • Enjoy private guided tours of the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Drepung Monastery, and more.
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Marvel at the peaks of Everest from the window of your light aircraft as your experienced pilot swoops to within 200 meters of the icy cliff faces.

This is the closest you’ll get to the top of the world without decades of experience as a mountaineer, and you’ll score even better photos without risking severe frostbite. Your scenic flight leaves from Nepal’s colorful major city of Kathmandu, where the main Durbar Square serves up a maze of opulent palaces, ancient temples and elaborate statues in a social melting pot. Elsewhere, you’ll visit Tibet’s spiritual and political capital of Lhasa where you’ll explore stunning monasteries and temples, including Potala Palace that was rebuilt by the Fifth Dalai Lama in 1645. And in Beijing you’ll encounter the region’s other great man-made marvels as you tour a mountainous section of the Great Wall, expansive Tiananmen Square and the vast Forbidden City.

This trip leads to some of the most remote and spectacular places on earth, however you’ll never need give up big-city convenience as you rest and recharge in a collection of international hotels. Your experienced local guides are by your side at all times to guarantee your safety while providing a strong sense of the spiritually-significant monuments and breath-taking panoramas you’ll experience throughout this once-in-a-lifetime trip. ... Show More »

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Beijing
    Beijing
    • Airport Meet & Greet
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 2 Beijing
    Beijing
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Great Wall Mutianyu with Lunch - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Tiananmen & Forbidden City with Lunch - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 3 Beijing to Lhasa
    Beijing to Lhasa
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Beijing - Lhasa [(4hrs)] - Economy
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Afternoon Acclimatization
  • Day 4 Lhasa
    Lhasa
    • Tour - Private - Drepung Monastery & Sera Monastery with Lunch - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 5 Lhasa
    Lhasa
    • Tour - Private - Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple & Bhakor Street with Lunch - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 6 Lhasa to Kathmandu
    Lhasa to Kathmandu
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Lhasa - Kathmandu [(1.5hrs)] - Economy
    • Airport Meet & Greet
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Assistant(2)
    • Tour - Private - Half Day City Tour - Vehicle/Guide(2)
    Breakfast
  • Day 7 Kathmandu
    Kathmandu
    • Mount Everest Flight (1 hr) - Vehicle/Driver/Flight/Assistance
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Bhaktapur, Pashupatinath and Budhanath - Vehicle/Driver/Guide(2)
    Breakfast
  • Day 8 Kathmandu
    Kathmandu
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Assistant(2)
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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Day 1: Beijing

For your added comfort, your guide will be waiting for you outside the customs area with a sign with your name on it. Your guide will assist you to co-ordinate meeting up with your private driver and accompany you to your accommodation.

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

Accommodation: Park Plaza Wangfujing (4*)

Park Plaza Beijing Wangfujing showcases the city as a unique reflection of the many changing facets of contemporary Chinese culture, where ancient cultural sites vie for space alongside high-rise buildings and an intricate freeway system. This Beijing lodging is just minutes away from several popular attractions, such as Tiananmen Square, the National Museum of China, and the Forbidden City. The world-renowned services at the Park Plaza Wangfujing Hotel Beijing ensure that guests enjoy a warm and personalized stay. Guest rooms provide visitors with optimum comfort and feature contemporary amenities, including cable TV, high-speed Internet access and work desks. Enjoy the hotels other amenities, including a gymnasium and massage center. The Park Plaza Wangfujing Hotel features three on-site restaurants that offer a range of cuisines. Enjoy Asian dining at Ooodle, international dishes at Bloo Dining, and a menu of light fare at First Lounge Bar.

Beijing
Beijing
Park Plaza Wangfujing
Park Plaza Wangfujing

Day 2: Beijing

Today a private guide will take you to the Great Wall at Mutianyu, located 45 miles northeast of Beijing. This section winds along lofty, cragged mountains for 1.4 miles and holds a prominent place in Chinese military history. Construction started in the Northern Qi Dynasty (550-577) and was restored in the early Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). There is an abundance of natural springs which feed a great variety of verdant plants and ancient trees. Built mainly from granite with 8 meter high walls that are 5 meter wide at the top, this section of the Great Wall is notable for its 22 watchtowers, suggesting a significant military importance. The tour includes lunch at a local restaurant.

You will be picked up from your Beijing hotel and taken on a half day private guided tour of Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City with a deluxe lunch. Tiananmen Square was built in 1417 during the Ming Dynasty and was the front door of the Forbidden City. The present square stretches a vast 440,000 square meters and features Tiananmen Tower, Monument to the People's Heroes, Great Hall of the People, and Mao Zedong Memorial Hall. The Forbidden City is the world's largest palace complex with 9,999 buildings across 74 hectares, surrounded by a six meter deep moat and a ten meter wall, and divided into two parts. The Outer Court was where the emperor exercised his supreme power over the nation. The Inner Court was where he lived with his royal family. Fourteen emperors of the Ming dynasty and ten emperors of the Qing dynasty reigned here until 1924.

Accommodation: Park Plaza Wangfujing (4*)
Great Wall at Mutianyu
Great Wall at Mutianyu
Tiananmen Square
Tiananmen Square

Day 3: Beijing - Lhasa

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

Fly from Beijing to Lhasa. Flight time is approximately 4 hours.

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

Take the afternoon to rest at your hotel to allow your body to acclimatize. Try to minimize physical activity to avoid the effects of altitude sickness.

Accommodation: Intercontinental Lhasa Paradise (4*)

The Intercontinental Lhasa Paradise provides Tibetan styled accommodations and internet access in all rooms. Guests have the convenience of onsite business facilities, a health and fitness center and spa services. Relax by the pool or enjoy the live entertainment. The hotel features luxury guest rooms and suites with stunning views of Lhasa’s river valley and surrounding mountain scenery. Hotel offers an exciting array of specialty dining experiences, including Feast All Day Dining restaurant, Longxue Chinese restaurant, Teppanyaki Japanese restaurant, Cha Lounge, Moonlight Lounge, Altitude Bar, Himalayan Café and Sense Reading Lounge. There's always something special happening at an InterContinental hotel. Whether you are looking for a fun-filled getaway.

Lhasa
Lhasa
Intercontinental Lhasa Paradise
Intercontinental Lhasa Paradise

Day 4: Lhasa

Enjoy a full day private guided tour of Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery. The Drepung Monastery is the most important monastery of the Gelugpa sect in Tibetan Buddhism. Seen from afar, its grand, white construction gives the monastery the appearance of a heap of rice, so it was given the name 'Drepung' which in Tibetan means “collecting rice”. The Sera Monastery at the foot of Tatipu Hill is located in the northern suburb of Lhasa City and was built in 1419 during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The hill behind it was covered with wild roses in bloom when the monastery was built, so it was named Sera which means "wild rose" in Tibetan. Lunch is included.

Accommodation: Intercontinental Lhasa Paradise (4*)
Drepung Monastery
Drepung Monastery

Day 5: Lhasa

Enjoy a full day tour of Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Bhakor Street. Originally built by King Songtsen Gampo in the seventh century, Potala Palace was rebuilt by the Fifth Dalai Lama in 1645, and became the seat of Dalai Lamas and political center of Tibet. Jokhang Temple is located in central Lhasa and is the ultimate pilgrimage destination for Tibetan Pilgrims. Bhakor is the oldest road in Lhasa that pilgrims tramped out around Jokhang Temple through centuries. Buddhist pilgrims walk or progress by body-lengths along the street clockwise every day into the night. The circular road is also a marketplace for printed scriptures, cloth prayer flags, and religious items. Lunch is included.

Accommodation: Intercontinental Lhasa Paradise (4*)
Potala Palace
Potala Palace

Day 6: Lhasa - Kathmandu

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

Fly from Lhasa to Kathmandu. The flight time is approximately 1.5 hours.

For your added comfort, your English Speaking Assistant will be waiting for you outside the customs area with a sign with your name on it. Your assistant will assist you to co-ordinate meeting up with your private driver and accompany you to your accommodation.

Meet your English Speaking Assistant for a transfer between the city center and the airport with a private driver and vehicle. 

This city tour begins at one of the most unique protected UNESCO World Heritage Site. Durbar Square is the religious and social heart of Kathmandu's old city, and is a complex of palaces, temples, shrines, statues and courtyards built between the 12th and 18th centuries by the ancient kings of Nepal. The square is a lavish assortment of the old and the new - elaborately carved architectural features and curving roofs provide shelter for cows, beggars and weary tourists; Brahman priests and painted Sadhus perform rituals and pose for photos, while souvenir sellers and rickshaw drivers compete for attention among the crowds. Stone lions guard the gates to the Old Royal Palace that contains a number of courtyards and several museums. Set into the palace wall is a 17th-century stone inscription written in 15 languages; it is believed that milk will flow from the spout below if anyone deciphers the entire inscription. On the other side of the square, the Kasthamandap temple is an open pavilion topped by a pyramidal tower, said to be created from the wood of a single tree. It is purportedly the valley's oldest building, and the city of Kathmandu derives its name from this ancient temple.

Accommodation: Hyatt Regency (5*)

The impressive, and stunning traditional façade of the Hyatt Regency Kathmandu is set amongst some pleasant gardens, in the old interesting district of Bodhnath. It is within a 10 minutes walk from Kathmandu’s famous Boudhanath Stupa and various souvenir shops and restaurants. The airport is an approximate 10 minutes drive away, while the city centre and Thamel is a 10 kilometers drive away. The hotel provides a free shuttle bus service to the city centre, shopping and tourist areas of Bhatbhateni, Durbar Marg, Thamel and Kantipath. The Hyatt Regency Kathmandu has a good variety of recreational facilities such an outdoor pool, tennis courts, fitness centre and a top class spa. The spacious, wooden floored guestrooms are well appointed with wooden furniture and traditional Tibetan handmade carpets.

Kathmandu Stupa
Kathmandu Stupa
Hyatt Regency
Hyatt Regency

Day 7: Kathmandu

Experience the most cost effective and popular flight for experiencing the Himalayan range to Mount Everest from Kathmandu. This is an hour flight of breath taking views of scenic beauty of the mighty mountains. The Everest flight is a sparkling clear journey across the world’s highest peaks including Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak (8848 meters) and other ranges of Himalayas – Gauri Shankar (7134 meters) Nuptse (7855 meters), Lhotse (8516 meters), Amadablam (6812 meters), Chamlang (7319 meters), Makalu (8463 meters) and Cho Oyu (8201 meters) to name a few including the Roof of the World the Tibetan Plateau.

IMPORTANT: For safety, the flight does not fly at a very close distance to Mount Everest. The flight flies away from 5 nautical miles. This is carried out for all other operating airlines and helicopters. The clarity of Mount Everest depends on the visibility of the flying moment.

Bhaktapur is world renowned for its elegant art, fabulous culture and indigenous lifestyle. The ancient city is 14 km from Kathmandu and is also variously known as the "City of Culture", the "Living Heritage" and "Nepal’s Cultural Gem". Bhaktapur’s Durbar Square is the gem not only of Bhaktapur, but also of the entire nation. The most fascinating structure here are the world-renowned 55 Window Palace, Golden Gate, Big Bell, Siddhi Laxmi Temple, Shiva Temple. Pashupatinath literally means ‘the god of all animals’ and is one of the Avatars of Lord Shiva. Pashupatinath is not only the holiest Hindu pilgrimage in Nepal but also one of the holiest destinations in the entire world. Situated 5 km east of Kathmandu on the banks of sacred Bagmati River, lies the temple of Lord Shiva Pashupati Nath, with its two tiered golden roof and silver doors. The stupa of Budhanath lies 8 KM east of Kathmandu. On this colossal and ancient stupa, one of the biggest in the world, are the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. It is built on an octagonal base inset with prayer wheels.

Accommodation: Hyatt Regency (5*)
Mt. Everest
Mt. Everest
Pashupatinath
Pashupatinath

Day 8: Kathmandu

Meet your English Speaking Assistant for a transfer between the city center and the airport with a private driver and vehicle. 

Accommodation:
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Park Plaza Wangfujing (4*): Beijing

Park Plaza Beijing Wangfujing showcases the city as a unique reflection of the many changing facets of contemporary Chinese culture, where ancient cultural sites vie for space alongside high-rise buildings and an intricate freeway system. This Beijing lodging is just minutes away from several popular attractions, such as Tiananmen Square, the National Museum of China, and the Forbidden City. The world-renowned services at the Park Plaza Wangfujing Hotel Beijing ensure that guests enjoy a warm and personalized stay. Guest rooms provide visitors with optimum comfort and feature contemporary amenities, including cable TV, high-speed Internet access and work desks. Enjoy the hotels other amenities, including a gymnasium and massage center. The Park Plaza Wangfujing Hotel features three on-site restaurants that offer a range of cuisines. Enjoy Asian dining at Ooodle, international dishes at Bloo Dining, and a menu of light fare at First Lounge Bar.

Park Plaza Wangfujing
Park Plaza Wangfujing
Lobby
Lobby

Intercontinental Lhasa Paradise (4*): Lhasa

The Intercontinental Lhasa Paradise provides Tibetan styled accommodations and internet access in all rooms. Guests have the convenience of onsite business facilities, a health and fitness center and spa services. Relax by the pool or enjoy the live entertainment. The hotel features luxury guest rooms and suites with stunning views of Lhasa’s river valley and surrounding mountain scenery. Hotel offers an exciting array of specialty dining experiences, including Feast All Day Dining restaurant, Longxue Chinese restaurant, Teppanyaki Japanese restaurant, Cha Lounge, Moonlight Lounge, Altitude Bar, Himalayan Café and Sense Reading Lounge. There's always something special happening at an InterContinental hotel. Whether you are looking for a fun-filled getaway.

Intercontinental Lhasa Paradise
Intercontinental Lhasa Paradise
Atrium
Atrium

Hyatt Regency (5*): Kathmandu

The impressive, and stunning traditional façade of the Hyatt Regency Kathmandu is set amongst some pleasant gardens, in the old interesting district of Bodhnath. It is within a 10 minutes walk from Kathmandu’s famous Boudhanath Stupa and various souvenir shops and restaurants. The airport is an approximate 10 minutes drive away, while the city centre and Thamel is a 10 kilometers drive away. The hotel provides a free shuttle bus service to the city centre, shopping and tourist areas of Bhatbhateni, Durbar Marg, Thamel and Kantipath. The Hyatt Regency Kathmandu has a good variety of recreational facilities such an outdoor pool, tennis courts, fitness centre and a top class spa. The spacious, wooden floored guestrooms are well appointed with wooden furniture and traditional Tibetan handmade carpets.

Hyatt Regency
Hyatt Regency
Hyatt Regency Kathmandu Room
Hyatt Regency Kathmandu Room
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
  • Steven T. — June 15, 2016 — Asia

    We found Kensington of great assistance in helping us extend our recent trip to Japan with days on private tour to Nagasaki, Hiroshima and Miyajima. Astrid Di Paolo was our Kensington travel designer and was a delight to work with - very conscientious and attentive to every detail of our trip.

  • Sydney L. — June 08, 2016 — Asia

    This trip was unforgettable. I start medical school in July and wanted to do one last family trip before starting school (and no longer having summers). China and Tibet were unbelievable. The Holy Lake and Great Wall pictures alone were worth the money spent on the trip. My father loved the monasteries in Tibet as well. He is a history nerd and loved hearing the stories from 600 AD and witnessing the great stupas. Nepal was amazing as well, although I would have loved to have seen the sites before the earthquakes. All of our guides were friendly, knowledgeable and took the time to make sure we had enough water and were safe. Would recommend Kensington Tours to all of my friends and will definitely book again using them!

  • Ma. Cecilia J — June 01, 2016 — Asia

    Everything was great!

  • Loretta H. — May 19, 2016 — Asia

    Very enjoyable trip. We had a private guide and driver. All very knowledgeable. Always met us at the airport and even waited for us when our flight was delayed. The price was well worth the money spent. Thank you Kensington Tours!

  • Marnie T. — May 19, 2016 — Asia

    The local guides were very sweet, knowledgeable and accommodating to our itinerary desires.

  • Diana S. — May 19, 2016 — Asia

    The local guides in Japan were all so pleasant and very knowledgeable of the areas we visited. They often shared personal stories which further enhanced our enjoyment of the tours.

  • Byron M. — May 19, 2016 — Asia

    That was the single greatest experience of my life.

  • James G. — May 19, 2016 — Asia

    We were very impressed by the quality of the tour. Everything worked as planned - our guides met us on time every time, the hotels were well selected and met our needs precisely, the itinerary was well chosen. We would like to call out the expertise and friendliness of our guides. They added immensely to the success of the trip. All of the guides were great but we want to especially express appreciation for the guides in Ho Chi Minh City and Angkor Wat. They helped make us feel like we were speaking with friends about the countries and places they lived in.

  • Jessica A. — May 19, 2016 — Asia

    My guide, Michi, was an absolute doll! She was so helpful and so accommodating when I wanted to alter the itinerary. She went above and beyond to ensure I had a great experience. Jessica Clements is a saint. I don't know how she deals with me and my 1,000,000 questions and tendency to change my mind every other day. Rock on.

  • Ann S. — May 18, 2016 — Asia

    Fabulous Japan tour! Loved our stays in Tokyo, Hakone and Kyoto. Superior hotels! Top-notch guides! Exciting sites! Thank you to our outstanding agent, Sunita Singh, for this extraordinary experience! We've already booked out next Kensington Tours trip.

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Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

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