18 days in Nepal, China & Mongolia Itinerary

18 days in Nepal, China & Mongolia Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Brussels, Belgium
Fly + Drive:  22 h 15 min
1
Pokhara, Nepal
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Lhasa, China
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h
3
Lijiang, China
— 1 night
Fly:  7 h 45 min
4
Suzhou, China
— 1 night
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. Explore hidden gems such as Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Bindhya Basini Temple. The adventure continues: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, stop by Women's Skills Development Organization, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Pokhara trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Brussels, Belgium to Pokhara is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Brussels to Pokhara, you'll lose 4.8 hours due to the time zone difference. In July, Pokhara is somewhat warmer than Brussels - with highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in Pokhara

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 21 — 23:
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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.
Get some cultural insight at Ganden Monastery and Ani Tsankhung Nunnery. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Jampey Lhakhang. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Tibet Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Drak Yerpa, and get a new perspective on nature at Yak Museum of Tibet.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Lhasa travel route planning website.

Traveling by flight from Pokhara to Lhasa takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. You'll lose 2.2 hours traveling from Pokhara to Lhasa due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Pokhara in July, with highs in Lhasa at 26°C and lows at 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Beiyue Temple of Lijiang, make a trip to Yuhe Square, and then explore the galleries of Rhizome - Lijiang art center.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Lijiang trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Lhasa to Lijiang takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Lhasa in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Lijiang, with lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Suzhou.

Things to do in Lijiang

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Find places to stay Jul 26 — 27:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): take in panoramic vistas at Ruiguang Tower, thenget engrossed in the history at Six Arts Museum, and then get to know the fascinating history of Zhouzhuang Boat. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Zhuangyuan Culture Museum, thenexamine the collection at Suzhou Garden Museum, and then examine the collection at China Kunqu Museum.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Suzhou trip site.

You can fly from Lijiang to Suzhou in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Suzhou when traveling from Lijiang in July, with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Suzhou

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Zhouzhuang Boat
Find places to stay Jul 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
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, thendon't miss a visit to Yongxing Fang, and then take an in-depth tour of Hanyangling Museum. On the 31st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Shanxi Art Museum, thenlet your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Guangren Temple.

Find out how to plan Xi'an trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by flight from Suzhou to Xi'an takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Suzhou, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Xi'an, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Dunhuang.

Things to do in Xi'an

Museums Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hanyangling Museum
Find places to stay Jul 29 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Hanyangling Museum ©
Hanyangling Museum
Shanxi Art Museum ©
Shanxi Art Museum
Food Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Library Cave Heritage Museum, thensee the interesting displays at DunHuang ShiKu WenWu BaoHu YanJiu ChenLie ZhongXin, thenget engrossed in the history at Dunhuang Folk Museum, and finally stroll the grounds of Xijin Tomb.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Dunhuang sightseeing site.

You can fly from Xi'an to Dunhuang in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; 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
Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 1:
Highlights from your plan
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): appreciate the views at Orkhon Valley. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Erdene Zuu Monastery and then get engrossed in the history at Kharakhorum Museum.

To find out how to plan a trip to Kharkhorin, use our trip itinerary maker.

Explore your travel options from Dunhuang to Kharkhorin with the Route module. 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

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Orkhon Valley
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Erdene Zuu Monastery
Erdene Zuu Monastery
Kharakhorum Museum ©
Kharakhorum Museum
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): examine the collection at Steam Locomotive Museum, examine the collection at The Central Museum of Mongolian Dinosaurs, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dashchoilin Monastery, view the masterpieces at 976 Art Gallery, thensee the interesting displays at Mongol Costumes Museum, and finally stroll around Bogd Khan Uul National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Khorloogin Choibalsan Statue, appreciate the history behind Beatles Square, take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, stroll around Buddha Park, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aryabal Meditation Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chenresig Temple.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Ulaanbaatar tour planner.

Drive from Kharkhorin to Ulaanbaatar in 5.5 hours. August in Ulaanbaatar sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 12°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Ulaanbaatar

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Find places to stay Aug 3 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Dashchoilin Monastery ©
Dashchoilin Monastery
The Central Museum of Mongolian Dinosaurs ©
G.K Zhukov house Museum ©
G.K Zhukov house Museum

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