Sweet deals: A vendor at Barkhor Square in front of the Potala Palace. BoA Overland

Part of the reason, of course, is Tibet itself, much reviled, much mythologized, yet somehow achingly untouched. The highest region on earth, the Tibetan plateau has some of the world’s tallest mountains and is also the source of some of the world’s most majestic rivers. It is a harsh terrain, the atmosphere is extremely dry, yet this part of the planet remains a coveted destination for adventure junkies. BoA Overland’s own all-terrain vehicle promises to take you where no one else does, in comfort and safety, without compromising on any of the excitement. With a careful eye on acclimatization, the group moves into Tibet only on Day 4 and then goes on to cover Milarepa’s Cave (3,800m), La Lungla (5,000m), Lao Tingri (4,000m), Everest Base Camp (5,150m), Rongbuk Monastery—one of the highest in the world—Lake Manasarovar, Sakya, Shigatse (home to the Tashilhunpo monastery, the seat of the Panchen Lama), Gyantse and Lhasa.

God’s abode: The Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet.

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