18 days in Nepal, China & Mongolia Itinerary

18 days in Nepal, China & Mongolia Itinerary

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18 days in Nepal, China & Mongolia Itinerary

Start: Brussels, Belgium
Fly + Drive:  22 h 15 min
1
Pokhara, Nepal
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Lhasa, China
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  6 h
3
Lijiang, China
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  7 h 45 min
4
Suzhou, China
— 1 night
+3
Train + Subway + Foot + Fly:  5 h 45 min
5
Xi'an, China
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
6
Dunhuang, China
— 1 night
Drive:  16 h
7
Kharkhorin, Mongolia
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 30 min
8
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
— 3 nights
Fly:  13 h 15 min
End: Brussels, Belgium

2
nights
Pokhara, Nepal

Pokhara, the second largest city in the country, attracts visitors with its superlative natural wonders and easygoing atmosphere.
Get a sense of the local culture at Gurkha Memorial Museum and Barahi temple. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bindhya Basini Temple and Gupteswar Gupha. The adventure continues: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, look for gifts at Women's Skills Development Organization, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Pokhara trip site.

Brussels, Belgium to Pokhara is an approximately 22.5- hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Brussels to Pokhara due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Brussels in July; daily highs in Pokhara reach 35°C and lows reach 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in Pokhara

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
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River Rafting & Tubing
Gurkha Memorial Museum ©
Gurkha Memorial Museum
Bindhya Basini Temple ©
Bindhya Basini Temple

3
nights
Lhasa, China

Lhasa ©
The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Tibet Museum and Yak Museum of Tibet will appeal to museum buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Ganden Monastery and Drak Yerpa. There's much more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jampey Lhakhang, and admire the striking features of Ani Tsankhung Nunnery.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Lhasa online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Pokhara to Lhasa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Nepal Time (NPT) to China Standard Time (CST) is 2 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Pokhara in July: high temperatures in Lhasa hover around 26°C and lows are around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
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Ganden Monastery ©
Ganden Monastery
Tibet Museum ©
Tibet Museum
Yak Museum of Tibet ©
Yak Museum of Tibet

1
night
Lijiang, China

Lijiang
The cultural capital of the Naxi people, one of the 55 minority ethnic groups in the country, Lijang traces its history back over 800 years, with the city developing from a trading post on the ancient Southern Silk Road.
On the 27th (Tue), admire the landmark architecture of Beiyue Temple of Lijiang, make a trip to Yuhe Square, and then take in the exciting artwork at Rhizome - Lijiang art center.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Lijiang trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Lhasa to Lijiang takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Lhasa in July since evenings lows in Lijiang dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Suzhou.

Things to do in Lijiang

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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1
night
Suzhou, China

Suzhou ©
One of the oldest settlements in the Yangtze basin, Suzhou remains a complex, labyrinthine set of old canal districts, World Heritage gardens, and sprawling modern developments.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): make a trip to Ruiguang Tower, explore the world behind art at Six Arts Museum, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Zhouzhuang Boat. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Zhuangyuan Culture Museum, then examine the collection at Suzhou Garden Museum, and then examine the collection at China Kunqu Museum.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Suzhou trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Lijiang to Suzhou takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from Lijiang in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Suzhou, with lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Suzhou

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Zhouzhuang Boat
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Suzhou Garden Museum ©
Suzhou Garden Museum
Zhuangyuan Culture Museum ©
Zhuangyuan Culture Museum
Ruiguang Tower ©
Ruiguang Tower

2
nights
Xi'an, China

Xi'an ©
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
On the 30th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Xi'an China Calligraphy Art Museum, make a trip to Yongxing Fang, and then take an in-depth tour of Hanyangling Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Shanxi Art Museum, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Guangren Temple.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Xi'an online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Suzhou to Xi'an by combination of train and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Suzhou in July, expect nights in Xi'an to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 39°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Dunhuang.

Things to do in Xi'an

Museums Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hanyangling Museum
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Hanyangling Museum ©
Hanyangling Museum
Shanxi Art Museum ©
Shanxi Art Museum
Yongxing Fang ©
Yongxing Fang

1
night
Dunhuang, China

Dunhuang ©
Once a vital stop-off on the Silk Road trade route, Dunhuang today offers travelers of all persuasions a place to rest in the middle of the desert.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Library Cave Heritage Museum, examine the collection at DunHuang ShiKu WenWu BaoHu YanJiu ChenLie ZhongXin, then see the interesting displays at Dunhuang Folk Museum, and finally explore the ancient world of Xijin Tomb.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Dunhuang trip planning website.

Getting from Xi'an to Dunhuang by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kharkhorin.

Things to do in Dunhuang

Museums Historic Sites
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Library Cave Heritage Museum ©
Library Cave Heritage Museum
Dunhuang Folk Museum ©
Dunhuang Folk Museum

1
night
Kharkhorin, Mongolia

Kharkhorin ©
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): admire the verdant scenery at Orkhon Valley. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Erdene Zuu Monastery and then get engrossed in the history at Kharakhorum Museum.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kharkhorin online tour planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Dunhuang to Kharkhorin. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Ulaanbaatar.

Things to do in Kharkhorin

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Orkhon Valley
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Kharakhorum Museum ©
Kharakhorum Museum
Erdene Zuu Monastery
Erdene Zuu Monastery
Orkhon Valley
Orkhon Valley

3
nights
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar ©
The capital and largest city in the country, Ulaanbaatar stands as Mongolia's transport, cultural, and commercial hub.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Steam Locomotive Museum, see the interesting displays at The Central Museum of Mongolian Dinosaurs, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dashchoilin Monastery, then shop like a local with 976 Art Gallery, then examine the collection at Mongol Costumes Museum, and finally walk around Bogd Khan Uul National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind Khorloogin Choibalsan Statue, pause for some photo ops at Beatles Square, take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, then walk around Buddha Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Aryabal Meditation Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chenresig Temple.

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You can drive from Kharkhorin to Ulaanbaatar in 5.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Ulaanbaatar are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Ulaanbaatar

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Dashchoilin Monastery ©
Dashchoilin Monastery
G.K Zhukov house Museum ©
G.K Zhukov house Museum

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