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Nepal and Tibet Tour
14 Days
Nepal and Tibet Tour

This program will help you to discover the serene beauty of the two authentic cities, Kathmandu and Lhasa. The ancient culture of Kathmandu is where the Hinduism and Buddhism are practiced by its highly religious people. Visiting monuments, temples, museums and old towns will give you an insight of the rich tradition and unique customs of Nepal.

Lhasa fascinates everyone in countless ways by its pristine beauty. Apart from the religious architecture of Potala Palace, Jokhang and Tashilumpo, it also offers the exceptional beauty of its high plateau and mountains. Travelling through one of the most beautiful and fascinating part of the world will be surely an unforgettable experience. The routes may be challenging at times but it only makes this journey more adventurous.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

At your arrival at Tribuvan International Airport of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, you will be welcome by our representative. A short drive by car will bring you to your hotel where the guide will present you all the previous information necessary for your tour in Nepal and Tibet.

Accommodation: Hotel Manang (bed and breakfast)

Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Today the tour will start in Patan, also known as Lalitpur, which means “city of fine arts”. Patan lies 5 km south of Kathmandu. The whole complex of Durbar Square – its old town - consists of different sections of medieval palaces. Patan is also very famous for its artisans.

From Patan we move to Swayambhunath. This 2500-year old stupa is situated on a hill and over-looking Katmandu valley. The painted eyes on four sides represent the all-seeing eyes of Buddha and are watching constantly both: wrong and good doers. This is a place of a high religious value for the Buddhists.

The last visit of today it will be in Kathmandu Durbar Square, the temple of the Living Goddess and the old Royal Palace. Finally, visit Kasthamandup, a temple built from a single tree from which the Kathmandu derives its name. And then transfer to Hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel Manang (bed and breakfast)

Day 3: Sightseeing in Kathmandu

After your breakfast in the hotel, our guide will take you for the whole day excursion. You will be visiting three important sites today, three UNESCO World Heritage Sites:

Pashupatinath, the most sacred of the Hindu temples in Nepal dedicaed to lord Shiva, first established in 5th century. The holiest Hindu pilgrimage place in Nepal pashupati has received the attention of worshippers for at least fifteen hundred years. Dedicated to shiva the lord of Destruction the temple is situated on the banks of the Bagmati River.

After, you will visit Boudhanath Stupa, one of the principal Buddhist religion sanctuaries surrounded by numerous monasteries and Tibetan boutiques.

And in the afternoon you will be transferred to Bhaktapur, this city is known for its rich and unique culture, sophisticated art and craft, architecture, monuments, colorful festivals, and its own lifestyle. The city, in its majority, is inhabited by the Newar ethnic group famous for handicraft and trade skills.

Accommodation: Hotel Manang (bed and breakfast)

Day 4: Flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa

At your arrival in Tibet you will be welcome by the Tibetan guide and driver and accompany you to the holy city of Lhasa along with the view of Bharmaputra, known as Yarlung Tsangpo in Tibetan and a giant stone carved Buddha with more than a thousand years history. In the afternoon you will have a free time to rest in hotel or do short walk around Lhasa to get acclimatized to the altitude.

Accommodation: Tibet heritage hotel (bed and breakfast)

Day 5: Lhasa: Potala Palace,  Jokang temple and Bharkor Bazar.

After breakfast, the car and the guide will be waiting for you in the hotel to start a sightseeing tour in Lhasa. You will visit Potala Palace which is considered one of the great wonders of the world. It is held sacred by Tibetans as the former residence of successive Dalai Lamas, and is one of Tibet's most holy pilgrimage sites. A palace was originally built in the 7 th century by King Songtsen Gampo, and was believed to have been nine stories high, but around the 9th century it is believed to have been destroyed by a big fire. In the afternoon you will visit Jokang temple, the Tibet’s most sacred temple and the main point of pilgrims from the entire Tibetan plateau. Located at the heart of the ancient town of Lhasa, it was built in the 7 th century by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo’s queen Bhrikuti on a site identified by Queen Wencheng according to her geomantic calculation. And the last visit of today will be the Ancient Bharkor street,  the most sacred pilgrimage site in Lhasa and it is full of pilgrims from down till dusk, also is the most active market in all Tibet and it is possible to purchase traditional Tibetan artifacts, religious implements, antiques, modern goods, books, music, clothing, spices, fresh meat and vegetable.

Accommodation: Tibet heritage hotel or similar (bed and breakfast)

Day 6: Drepung, Norbu Lingka and Sera monasteries

After breakfast, drive to Drepung monastery which will take you 15 minutes drive from your hotel. First we will visit Deprung Monastery which  is the largest monastery in Tibet, built in the 15th century by Jamyang Choeje who is one of Tsongkapa’s foremost disciple. The monastery is beautifully located up in a hill at the distance of 7 Km from the old section of the city and it is the biggest monastery in Tibetan Buddhism.  Afternoon, you will visit Sera and Norbu Lingka.

Sera monastery is the second largest monastery of Tibet. The most attraction to visit this monastery is to see the monks debating which hold from 3-5Pm everyday apart from Sunday. And Norbu Lingka is the first summer Palace which was founded by the seventh Dalai Lama in 18th century. Nowadays there are some monks who are taking care of the Palace.

Accommodation: Tibet heritage hotel or similar (bed and breakfast)

Day 7: From Lhasa to Gyangtse

 You will start your tour at around 9Am from your hotel and then drive towards Gyangtse through 3 big mountain passes, Kampa La, Karo La, Simi La respectively. Karo La is the highest pass among them which is over 5000Mts with it's most beautiful glaciers, beautiful Yamdrok lake emerged as coral color from the top of Kampala pass. You will have your lunch at Nakartse country which is just between the Yamdrok lake and Karo La glaciers.

Accommodation: Yeti Hotel or similar (bed and breakfast)

Day 8: From Gyangtse to Shigatse

You will start your tour at around 9am from your hotel and then drive towards Palchoe monastery for a few minutes. You will visit Palchoe monastery and Kubum Pagoda stupa. After the sightseeing, you will have some time to rest and have your lunch. After this break continue your journey to Shigatse by passing one of the biggest farming land in Tibet where people grow barley, wheat, different kinds of vegetables. In the afternoon you will visit Tashilumpo monastery, famous for the majestic Buda statue of 26m high, and the old market of Shigatse, with a wonderful view of the monastery.

Accommodation: Hotel Mansarovar or similar (bed and breakfast)

Day 9: Drive from Shigatse to new Dingri via Sakya monastery, known as Shegar

You will start your tour at around 8.30Am from your hotel and drive through two big mountain passes, Tso La 4500Mts and Gyatso La 5220Mts and some beautiful villages and the first view of Mount Everest from the foot of Gyatso La pass. After the sightseeing in Sakya Monastery you will have you lunch.

Accommodation: Hotel Everest or similar (bed and breakfast)

Day 10: Drive from Shegar to Rongbuk monastery and excursion to the Everest Base Camp

 You will start your tour at 9Am and drive to Old Dingri through Pang La pass 5000Mts.

Reach Rongbuk monastery and explore Everest Base Camp by taking a bus to the Everest base camp or by walk. If you walk to Everet base camp, it will take you to two hrs to get there. On the way you can visit a miraculous cave of Mila Repa. After two hours trek, you get to the Everest base camp. It is the best point of enjoying the world's highest mountain and taking photos of it. You can have a basic lunch at Everest Base camp since there are many local tented tea houses where they sell instant noodles or bread etc.

Late afternoon, drive back to Old Dingri. Old Dingri is one of the popular places to stop at night because is a perfect point to enjoy the night view of the Himalayan with the Everest as a main figure. Do not forget your camera!

Accommodation: Hotel Kanggar or similar (bed and breakfast)

Day 11: Drive from Old Dingri to Dzangmu

After breakfast, relaxing and enjoy the view of Mt. Everest and Joyu, by around 11.AM, you will start your journey and drive through Lalung La pass and Thong La pass which are over 5000Mts. From the top of those places, you will say final good bye to the beautiful Himalayan range including Shisha Panga mountain which is also over 8000Mts and popular to the mountain climbers.

 Accommodation: Hotel Dzangmu or similar (bed and breakfast)

 

Day 12: Drive to Friendship bridge and continue to Kathmandu

Drive down to friendship bridge at the distance of 8Km. You will walk across Friendship Bridge, and in the other side you will meet by our representative from Nepal who will help you with the immigration procedure and then drive back to Kathmandu.  After 5 hours driving through beatifull villages and green landscape you will reach your hotel in Kathmandu.

Accommodation: Hotel Manang or similar (bed and breakfast)

Day 13: Free day

Free day: Take your time walking around Durbar Marg, a fancy avenue that leads to the Narayanhiti Palace Museum. You can also purchase some local souvenirs in Thamel, the most popular touristic area in Kathmandu, where you can find all kinds of facilities and lots of cafes, bars and restaurants.

Otherwise, you can opt for a mountain flight which takes place early in the morning and during one hour offers you a spectacular view of the Himalayas.

Accommodation: Hotel Manang (bed and breakfast)

Day 14: International departure

 You will be transferred to the International Airport three hours prior to departure time of the flight back to your home country

Budget

Price includes

 All hotel and airport transfers as per the program

Transport during the cultural visits

Airfare (Kathmandu-Lhasa) with airport taxes

Accommodation in Hotel Manang in Kathmandu, five nights, B&B (bed and breakfast), in double room

Accommodation in hotels in (Lhasa/Gyantse/Shigatse/Shegar/Old Dingri/Zhangmu), eight nights in Tibet B&B (bed and breakfast), in double room

English-speaking guide during two days of cultural visits in Kathmandu Valley

English-speaking guide during your entire visit in Tibet

Entrance fees to monasteries and monuments during your visit in Kathmandu and Tibet and Tibet Road permits for Tibet

Tibet Visa fee

The farewell dinner in Kathmandu (except the drinks)

 

Price excludes

Travel insurance (cancellation of the trip/ baggage loss, emergency evacuation cost)

International airfare to and from Kathmandu (except the flight to Lhasa)

Nepal multiple visa fee

All the lunches and dinners (except the farewell dinner) in Kathmandu and Tibet

Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, etc.)

All other personal expenses

Tips

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