NEPAL & TIBET
The 18-Days Kathmandu valley, Safari, Pokhara and Tibet cultural tour programme
Our trip to Nepal and Tibet starts with a direct flight arrival in Kathmandu, the capital city of the Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal. In Nepal, we’ll take sightseeing tours in Kathmandu, in its world-famous medieval villages with the largest assemblages of historical monuments and shrines ever built. We then drive to its southern part for a safari in Chitwan National Park, one of the best wildlife reserves of Asia and drive to Pokhara to sight the beautiful panorama of Annapurna and return to Kathmandu with a short domestic flight. These tours are also essential for obtaining Visa to Tibet.
We then take a flight to Lhasa or else drive in via Kyirong and visit Lhasa at the end of the tour. Some days will be spent in Lhasa visiting the main sacred places such as Jokhang Temple, Potala Palace, and some of the great monasteries such as Drepung, Sera, and Ganden. On the way to Kathmandu or else to Lhasa, we stop at major towns of Tibet, the Shigatse, and Gyantse, and visit the most important monasteries such as Sakya, Tashilhunpo and Kubum Chorten. The tour also takes us to the north face of Everest Base Camp, one of the most famous mountain bases in the Himalayas! We reach near to the basecamp of the Third-Pole and admire its grandeur, taking essential photographs of lifetime memory. Finally, we head back to Kathmandu via road or flight back, where we will give an end to our fabulous tour!
- Visit the medieval villages of Kathmandu, one of the largest art museums in the open air.
- Visit the most significant sites of Buddhism and Hinduism.
- Experience a safari in Chitwan National Park, one of the best wildlife reserves of Asia.
- Visit the Pokhara, one of the most beautiful cities of Nepal for its natural setting.
- See the beauties of the first eight-thousand, the Annapurna I, to have been climbed by the human in the earth planet.
- Experience the Nepali and Tibetan cultures.
- See and admire the great monasteries and Palaces full of history and art.
- Visit the north-face Everest basecamp for a lifetime memory, and enjoy its grandeur.
- The total length of the trip: 15 days from arrival to the day of departure
- Number of the night in Nepal: 5-nights / visit UNESCO World Heritage sites
- Number of the night in Tibet: 9-nights / visit UNESCO sites
- Tour grade: easy, involving leisurely walk and some stair climbing and descending while visiting monasteries in Tibet.
- Ground transport: A comfortable vehicle fully airconditioned
- Flight: Kathmandu to Lhasa
- Highest elevation: 5,200 metres Everest Basecamp
- People/Culture: Newar is the main native ethnic group of Kathmandu but being capital city all ethnic groups lives. The part of Chitwan is home of Tharus practising Hinduism with their language and costume. Pokhara is a new city, and it is home to multi-ethnicity. Tibet part is mostly Tibetans practising different sects fo Tibetan Buddhism with Tibetan Muslims in major towns such as Shigatse and Lhasa.
- Accommodation: Hotel with breakfast for entire tour, and full board in Chitwan while in Safari.
- Best season to trek: First week of March to mid-November. The best month are from first week of June to first week of October.
DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU 1,350m.
DAY 02: VISIT SWAYAMBHUNATH STUPA / PATAN / BASANTAPUR / ASHON
DAY 03: DRIVE TO CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK
DAY 04: FULL DAY SAFARI PROGRAM IN CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK
DAY 05: DRIVE CHITWAN TO POKHARA
DAY 06: SARANGKOT VIEWPOINT, POKHARA & FLY TO KATHMANDU
DAY 07: KATHMANDU / LHASA (BY FLIGHT) / DRIVE TO LHASA (90 kilometres)
DAY 08: IN LHASA
DAY 09: IN LHASA
DAY 10: LHASA / YAMDROK 4,488m. / SAMDING / GYANTSE.(265 kilometres)
DAY 11: GYANTSE / SHIGATSE
DAY 12: SHIGATSE / SHAKYA / NEW DINGRI
DAY 13: OLD DINGRI / RONGBUK
DAY 14: RONGBUK / C.B. EVEREST (5.200m.) / RONGBUK / LO DINGRI
DAY 15: DRIVE TO KYIRONG
DAY 16: KYIRONG / KATHMANDU
DAY 17: VISIT PASUPATINATH TEMPLE / BHAKTAPUR CITY
DAY 18: DEPARTURE
DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU 1,350m.Our personnel will be waiting at the Kathmandu international airport to receive you with a traditional welcome. After checking into the hotel and refreshment, your guide of the circuit will inform you about necessary formalities and the upcoming program. Depending on arrival time, you will have the choice of visiting nearby shrines or resting.
DAY 02: VISIT SWAYAMBHUNATH STUPA / PATAN / BASANTAPUR / ASHONAfter breakfast, we'll drive to Swayambhunath. Located on a lovely little hill, Swayambhunath Stupa is one of the fascinating architectural jewels of the country. This Buddhist shrine is said to build around 250 b.c. The white dome, the main feature of the Stupa, is identified with the spotless, pure jewel of Nirvana, and is crowned by a thirteen-tiered golden spire of conical shape. On the cube at the base of the spire is a pair of the Buddha's all-seeing eyes, painted on all four sides. The Stupa stands on a typically stylized lotus mandala base, believed to have surfaced (self-originated) years ago from the lake that initially filled the Kathmandu Valley. From the hilltop one can enjoy a panorama of Kathmandu and the rest of the Valley. A long stairway reaches the Stupa up the wooded hillside and past statues of the Buddha. But watch out for the monkeys! At the top, you'll see devotees making rounds of the Stupa, spinning the praying wheels as they go around and around. Other significant things to be seen here is a magnificent two-tiered golden temple of Harati, the grandmother deity of children and smallpox, believed being an Ogress until later converted into Buddhist and to be a great caretaker of the children. Next to the temple is the Dewa Dharma Monastery, noted for a bronze icon of Buddha and traditional Tibetan paintings, destroyed by the 2015 earthquake and reconstructed. The huge gold-plated Vajra, set on the Dharmadhatu mandala at the side of the Stupa, the priestly symbol of Vajrayana Buddhism, is worth a close look. Then we'll head on to Patan. Patan, located at a distance of 7-kilometres, was once an independent Buddhist city-state, and a rival of Kathmandu, from which it separated by the Bagmati River. It is also called Lalitpur, literally the City of the Arts. The old centre has been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Patan boasts a multitude of temples and wonders of art in and around its Durbar Square (Palace square). We'll visit the Royal Palace, which occupies one side of the square, where works of art in every piece of wood, stone, and metal are in the exhibit in the open air. We also visit the temple of Krishna, the temple of Jagat Narayan, the Golden Temple and the Temple of Thousands Buddha, among other sites. At around the end of the tour, we'll also visit the Museum of Patan, located inside the medieval Palace, is a must for anyone interested in Asian Art, history of Nepal, curatorial science, or religion. It is a world-class museum that displays the traditional sacred art of Nepal in an illustrious architectural setting. Its home is an old residential part of Patan Durbar, one of the royal palaces of Malla kings of the Kathmandu Valley. The gilded door and window face one of the most beautiful squares in the country. The museum also exhibits a long span of Nepal's cultural history and some rare objects. Buddhism and Hinduism are explained in detail in extensive labels within the living traditions and context. In the evening we'll visit Basantapur, Kathmandu Durbar Square, the old palace complex exhibits the multitude of temples and palaces. The main attractions are the Gaddi Baithak Durbar, a Palace constructed in the Rana style in 1908, Basantapur Durbar, the main building of the old Royal Palace, Kumari Chowk, the residence of the Living Goddess and Kumari Bahal, where the family of Kumari resides. Some two hundred years ago, a Western visitor wrote that there were as many temples as there were houses and many idols as there were people, in the city. Indeed, Kathmandu boasts one of the largest assemblages of magnificent historical monuments and shrines ever built. Duly recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Kathmandu Durbar Square lies in the heart of the city. Locally, it is also called Hanuman Dhoka Palace Square. The fascinating part of this Palace complex is the towering Nine Storey Palace, overlooking the beautiful cityscape and the vast Basantapur Square. In the 1768 A.D., King Prithivi Narayan Shah build a mansion to commemorate his conquest of the Valley is known for intricately carved wooden doors, roof struts and massive lattice windows full of mythical figures. Finalize the tour and exit through Ason Bazaar an old city centre and market, where one can see and experience a bit of what the Nepalese use in their daily life. The walk takes us until the hotel.
DAY 03: DRIVE TO CHITWAN NATIONAL PARKFrom Kathmandu, we set off for Chitwan. The first phase of the drive takes us out of Kathmandu valley which crosses the busiest section of Thankot, the only entry and exit toward the south. Then we enjoy a thrilling high way drive to Chitwan. The trip will last approximately 4 hours. Upon arrival, a welcome drink will get served, followed by lunch. In the afternoon, the naturalist guide takes us for an Elephant Back Safari to explore jungle and wildlife including the one-horned rhinoceros, several types of deer, monkeys, wild boars, bison, sloth bear, leopard and, if lucky, the royal Bengal tiger. This exciting ride lasts for 2-3 hours. 7:00 p.m.: Slide Presentation: One of our jungle experts will introduce background data and history of the Royal Chitwan National Park as well as some other topics relating to wildlife. OR. Tharu Stick Dance: farmers of the nearby village will show some of their traditional skills and dances. At around 8:00 p.m. dinner in the central dining hall.
DAY 04: FULL DAY SAFARI PROGRAM IN CHITWAN NATIONAL PARKYou will be given a wake-up call early in the morning. After a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits, you can start the day with a short nature walk. Breakfast will get served at around 8:30 a.m. Then the tour guide will take you for an Elephant briefing program: Learn more about these fascinating animals during a visit to elephant stable. Then return to the resort for a hearty lunch. After lunch, the guide will take you for on a Jeep Safari/canoe trip. Drive to Kasara, the headquarter of The Royal Chitwan National Park, to see the Gharial (Alligator) hatchery project, founded by Frankfurt Zoological Society. After a short briefing about the project, drive to the oxbow lakes (Laxmi Tal and Tamar Tal) by Land Rover through dense sal forest to encounter various plants and other wildlife. And brief walk to the canoeing put-in point. Start canoeing in a traditional dug-out canoe which takes you on a silent trip down the Rapti River to view aquatic birds, crocodiles and the animals of the river bank.
DAY 05: DRIVE CHITWAN TO POKHARAYou will be given a wake-up call early in the morning. After a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits, you can start a walk to the village, our naturalist will brief you about the social and cultural aspects of the villagers and will show you their lifestyle. Return to hotel for breakfast. At around 9:30 a.m. prepare the suitcases and drive Pokhara. The 200-kilometres are covered in about 5-hour drive enjoying a thrilling high way drive to Pokhara. We'll make several stops at different points to visit, to make photographs and for lunch. The sceneries on the way to Pokhara are vast valleys, cultivated land, villages scattered over the green hills and giant mountains and rivers. The city of Pokhara is renowned for its setting rather than its historical or cultural endowments. It has many beautiful lakes and on the far horizon a panorama featuring Annapurna, Fishtail and Lamjung. Arrive in Pokhara, checking into the hotel, and rest of the time remains free.
DAY 06: SARANGKOT VIEWPOINT, POKHARA & FLY TO KATHMANDUToday we will visit the Sarangkot View Point, International Mountain Museum of Pokhara, David’s fall, Tibetan Refugee Camp and the Barahi Temple. Early in the morning drive to Sharangkot hill tower, to enjoy the sunrise view. Sharangkot is one of the most beautiful viewpoints of Pokhara for its exceptional panorama of Annapurna I, II, III, Mt. Lamjung, Mt. Dhaulagiri, and Mt. Fishtail etc. After visiting Sharangkot, drive back to Pokhara for breakfast. After breakfast we Then we will visit the International Mountain Museum, which is devoted to the mountains of Nepal and the mountaineers who climbed them. Inside you can see original gear from many of the first Himalayan ascents, as well as displays on the history, culture, geology and flora and fauna of the Himalaya. Then we continue to David's fall, the point from where all the water from the lake Fewa goes underground forming a big waterfall. The name given to this waterfall is given after when a person called David became a victim falling in the drainage. Then we also visit the Tibetan refugee camp and the Tibetan art centre, where one can visit the monastery of the Tibetan refugees, their Carpet knitting centre and other handicrafts for sale. After visiting all the interesting points of this small town drive to the lakeside to enjoy a hearty lunch. After lunch, we drive to the airport to board a 40 minutes short domestic flight to Kathmandu. Arrive at our hotel in Kathmandu, checking into the rooms, and the rest of the time remains free.
DAY 07: KATHMANDU / LHASA (BY FLIGHT) / DRIVE TO LHASA (90 kilometres)Transfer to the airport for the flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa on China Southwest Airlines. This one-hour trans-Himalayan flight will allow you to have an aerial view of the Mt. Everest and other Himalaya peaks. We'll arrive at Gonggar airport at around 1.30 p.m., local time. After clearing immigration and customs, it will be a one hour drive to cover the 90 Kilometres to Lhasa. Arrive at Lhasa and check into your hotel. The rest of the time is to Lhasa, the capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, is located between 290 36'N and 190 06'E at the north bank of Kyichu river a tributary of the Yarlung Tsangpo river, at an altitude of 3650 meters above the sea level. The Lhasa has a history of more than 1300 years and has been the centre of politics, economy, culture and religion in Tibet since ancient times. "Lhasa" in Tibetan means "the land of Gods". In Lhasa, there is a plentiful of scenic spots and historical attractions, among which Potala Palace, a thirteen-story, 1000 room Palace of the Dalai Lama, Norbulingka, the summer Palace of the Dalai Lama, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Jokhang Temple, the holiest shrine of Tibet, and the famous Ramoche temple.
DAY 08: IN LHASAVisit Jokhang, Potala Palace and Barkhor Square. Breakfast and pay a visit to the Jokhang Temple, situated in the centre of the old section of Lhasa called Barkhor, was built in the mid-7th century AD. It was extended later by successive rulers and has now become a gigantic architecture complex. Located in the east, and facing the west, Jokhang is a four-storeyed temple with splendid golden roofs. Its architecture features art from the Tang Dynasty but also assimilated many features from both Nepalese and Indian Buddhist temples. The murals in the temple depict the life stories of historical and religious characters. The temple houses many ancient relics, including statues of King Shrongtsen Gompo, Princess Wencheng, Princess Brikuti Devi (Nepalese). Princess willow (a tree), and the Uncle–nephew Alliance Tablet. Jokhang is Tibet's spiritual centre and the holiest destination for Tibetan Buddhist pilgrims. It contained a sitting statue of Sakyamuni when he was 12 years old. We then continue to Potala Palace, one of the most famous architectural works of the Tibetan World, sits on top of the red hills in Lhasa. It was built in the 7th century after the Tibetan King Shrongtsen Gampo married with Princess Wencheng of the Tang court. The Palace was built to provide a court with a place of worship and meditation. In the mid 17th century, it was rebuilt by the 5th Dalai Lama to its present size and became the winter Palace of the Dalai Lamas. The construction took fifty years from beginning to completion. The Potala Palace is divided into two sections, namely, the red Palace and White Palace. The total height of the Potala is 117 meters spanning thirteen storeys. The length of the Palace from east to west is 400 meters, and the breadth from south to north is 350 meters. The building was constructed with stone and timber with golden roofs. It is a majestic architectural masterpiece. In the evening we visit Barkhor Street, the holiest pilgrimage site in Lhasa, with innumerable shops, and wayside peddlers intermingle with devotees walking clockwise around the Jokhang. There are four huge prayer flags in each corner of Bhakor square, known respectively as Gadhen Dharchen in the northeast, Juyak Dharchen in the west, Kelsang Dharchen in the southwest and Shar Kyaring Dharchen in the southeast. An evening walk (Kora) around the Jokhang Temple, together with the Tibetan pilgrims is a lifetime experience.
DAY 09: IN LHASAToday we visit the Drepung Monastery, situated on the slope of Wuze Hill, five kilometres northwest of Lhasa. It was built in 1416 and is the largest of the monasteries of the Gelugpa sect. It covers an area of 250,000 square meters. In its heyday, it had more than 10,000 monks. After Dru[ung we visit the Sera monastery, founded in 1419, was the second Gelug monastery of Lhasa and once had 7,000 monks. Its main statue is of Hayagriva, the Horse-headed (protector of the Dharma). In the afternoon visit the Lhasa museum, which houses a rich collection of cultural relics including handwritten Tibetan classics, colourful thangkas, music and ritual instruments, unique handicrafts and pottery. Visitors can gain a feel for Tibet’s history and profound culture and art.
DAY 10: LHASA / YAMDROK 4,488m. / SAMDING / GYANTSE.(265 kilometres)Today we'll drive to Gyantse 280-kilometres. On the way, we'll see the Yamdrok holy lake, Samding Monastery, Nyochen Kansang and its glaciers. Yamdroke Lake is one of the biggest and beautiful lakes in Tibet. We pass by this lake with about 2 hours’ drive along its bank. Yamadrok means turquoise in blue during the good weather days. This freshwater lake, unlike other Tibetan lakes, is sweet and non-saline, extending for 624 sq.km., in the shape of two pincers of a large scorpion. You can have a short stop on its bank and enjoy photography here. After a short drive, we reach to Nagartse, out lunch place. Before lunch, we extend our visit to the Samding monastery, which sits on a ridge above the shores of Yamdrok Lake. This convent was headed by a female incarnate lama, Dorje Phagmo (Diamond Sow). Her name comes from the fact that when the Mongolian army invaded Samding in 1716, Dorje Phagmo changed her nuns into pigs (phagpa) to save them. After visiting the monastery and lunch in Nagartse town, we will continue our drive toward Gyantse, a small Tibetan town between a monastery and fort and rich in agricultural and famous for its wool, carpets and its Kubum stupa monastery. Arrival at Gyantse and check into the rooms. The hotel is located right in the heart of the city, allowing us to stroll in and around.
DAY 11: GYANTSE / SHIGATSEIn the morning we'll visit the Kubum Stupa and Palchoe monastery. Phalkor Choide Chorten with a unique structure, built in 1414, in collaboration with Newari artists from Nepal & Tibetan artists, with nine storeys, 108 doors and 77 chapels containing clay sculptures and various murals. The pagoda is said to have 100,000 images, either sculptured or painted, the reason for its name "100,000 Image Pagoda". It is topped by thirteen rings, which symbolize the stages of advancement towards Buddhahood. There are 108 halls inside, each with frescoes and Buddha Shrines. Just to the next the Phalkor Monastery founded by Kedup Je of the Gelugpa sect and Rabten Kunsang of Sakyapa sect in 1418, the Phalkor Monastery has a special influence over Tibet's Buddhism owing to its unification of three different sects, the Gelugpa, the Sakyapa and Bhuton sects, in a single monastery. Finalize the visit, and then we'll continue the drive to Shigatse, Tibet's second-largest city, located 320 km west of Lhasa and 92 kilometres from Gyantse. On the way to Shigatse, one may visit a monastery called Shalu. Shalu Monastery which was built in around 10th century by Chetsun Sherab Jungnay, for centuries it was renowned as a centre of scholarly learning, and psychic training and its mural paintings are the most ancient and beautiful in Tibet. Shalu was the first of the major monasteries to be built by noble families of the Tsang Dynasty during Tibet's great revival of Buddhism and was an important centre of the Sakya tradition. Visit Salu monastery and continue the drive to Shigatse. This town situated, between 290 02 'N and 880 08'E, in the southwest of the Tibet Autonomous Region where Nyangchu river joins the Yarlung Tsangpo river. Shigatse is the second biggest town in Tibet, and it is the centre of transportation and distribution of agriculture and husbandry products from the southeast part of Tibet. Shigatse in Tibet means the "Estate that fulfils one's wishes". Arrive at Shigatse and check into the hotel. In the evening we will pay a visit to its famous Tashilungpo Monastery. This monastery is the biggest Gelugpa monastery in the Tsang region of Tibet. It is located in the town of Shigatse and was founded by Gedun Drup, a disciple of Tsongkapa, the founder of the Gelugpa sect. Gedun Drup is recognized as the first Dalai Lama. It was first built in 1447 and continuously expanded by the successive Panchen Lamas. The most amazing image in this monastery is the statue of the giant Maitreya (Future Buddha) erected by the 9th Panchen Lama in 1914. It took four years to build this monumental statue which stands twenty-six meters high and is composed of 275 kg of solid gold, and a great number of precious things such as pearls, turquoise, coral and amber. The 4th Panchen Lama's funeral Stupa was built in 1662, and it stands eleven meters high and is covered in solid gold and silver.
DAY 12: SHIGATSE / SHAKYA / NEW DINGRIBreakfast and start the journey of the day. Today we will visit one of the most valuable monasteries of Tibet, the Sakya Monastery. This monastery is located in Sakya County to the southwest of Shigatse, Sakya Monastery is the principal monastery of the Sakyapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Originally, Sakya Monastery comprised both the Northern and Southern Monasteries. In 1073, Khon Konchog Gyalpo, the founder of Sakyapa sect, built a white palace on a grey clay hill near the northern bank of the Chun Qu River. The locals named the Palace Sakya, which means 'grey soil'. This was the Northern Monastery, but today only its ruins remain. The Southern Monastery was built as a fortress and surrounded by a moat. Construction of the monastery began in 1268 and was led by Benqen Sagya Sangpo under the charge of Choygal Phakpa, the fifth in the line of descent of the Sakyapa sect. The walls of this monastery were painted in red, white and grey, the colours represent respectively, of Manjusri, Avalokiteshvara and Vajradhara. Sakya Monastery is famed as the 'second Dunhuang' due to its huge collection of Tibetan Buddhist scriptures, murals and thangkas. According to statistics, about 40,000 volumes of scripture housed there. A wooden bookcase which is about 57 meters (187 feet) long, 11 meters (36 feet) high and one meter wide (three feet) has 464 compartments. More than ten thousand texts are in the preserve in the case. Among them, the most precious is Burde Gyaimalung, a record of Tibetan religion, history, philosophy, literature, agriculture and animal husbandry. It is 1.8 meters long, 1.3 meters wide and 0.67 meters thick, and boasts of being the largest scripture in the World. The monastery also houses 21 volumes of Buddhist scriptures written on palm leaves in Sanskrit. Each contains one hundred to two hundred pages and illustrations in four-colour. These are the most precious sutras in the World. Sakya Monastery has many murals and thangkas. Most of the paintings are from the Yuan dynasty (1271-1368). Among them, the most outstanding are the murals which depict the former Sakya ancestors, Phakpa's meeting with Kublai Khan, the founder of the Yuan dynasty, and mandalas. There are over 3,000 thangkas. The 360 from the Song (960-1279), Yuan and Ming (1368-1644) dynasties are the most precious. The Main Chanting Hall of the monastery (called Lhakhang Chenpo in Tibetan) is a must-see for all visitors. Covering an area of about 5,800 square meters, the Lhakhang Chenpo can hold about ten thousand monks when they gather to chant sutras together. In the hall are enshrined three Buddhas, the Dipamkara, Sakyamuni and Maitreya and five Sakyapa ancestors. Forty huge vermilion pillars are supporting the ceiling, four of which are about one meter (three feet) in diameter. Each of the four pillars has its own story. The Kublai Khan bestowed Gyina Sequin Garwa. Chongbo Garwa, Dabo Garwa and Nabo Chaza Garwa were carried to the monastery by a wild yak (dhong), a tiger and the God of the Sea. On the second floor of the hall, there are 63 murals of mandalas, the best preserved in the monastery. The monastery also houses some historical relics, such as seals, Buddhist figures, porcelain ware and embroidery from the Song and Yuan dynasties. A black wooden casket which contains a white whelk clarion is the most precious, which was also presented by Kublai Khan. After visiting the monastery, we continue to New Dingri, an old Tibetan settlement with typical clustered Tibetan styled housing at the foot of the small hillock. A short exploration in the village can expose you a typical remote Tibetan lifestyle. Right from the roadside of Dingri, you can see the Mt. Everest toward the southern direction. Today we'll also visit the Shegar village and dzong: a new Chinese commune built at the foot of the ruins of Shegar Dzong, 7 km. from the main road. With a population of 3000, it is the centre of this vast and remote area and a base from which expedition to Mt. Everest and other peaks get launched.
DAY 13: OLD DINGRI / RONGBUKShortly after the departure, turn off the Friendship Highway by the Pang La 5150m pass with incredible views stretching uninterrupted from Makalu to Shishapangma. Below the pass, Everest remains hidden from view, but as we reach to the corner of Rongbuk Valley, it reappears with a more impressive than ever. Overnight will be spent here in a basic hotel. Rombuk Monastery: At 5000 meters above sea level is the only monastery located in such an altitude in the World. It is built on the foot of Chomolungma, better known as Mount Everest. A small community of monks and nuns live here compared to other monasteries in Tibet.
DAY 14: RONGBUK / C.B. EVEREST (5.200m.) / RONGBUK / LO DINGRIThis morning we will have the opportunity to explore the Everest Base Camp 5200m. The 10 Kilometre away from the monastery are covered in about 2-hours 45-minutes by foot or horse cart. On the path crosses a barren sandy plain, but on arrival, we will enjoy wonderful views of the north face of Mount Everest. Finalize the visit and return to our hotel for lunch. After lunch, we'll drive down to Lo Dingri.
DAY 15: DRIVE TO KYIRONGToday you will drive to Kyirong, which is a newly opened border. The old border was closed due to the earthquake of April 2015. The entire trail is scenic with views of snow-capped mountains including Shishakpangma, which is the only one 8 thousand meter located into China / Tibet. The highest pass that we come over is Gongtang-la 5000m. Stay overnight at Kyirong hotel.
DAY 16: KYIRONG / KATHMANDUWe'll leave Kyirong in the morning and head to the Nepalese border. Your guide and driver will help you to pass out from China custom and immigration. On arrival at border meet our Nepali Guide and get assistance to fulfil Nepalese immigration formalities and change the cars. From Kyirong we'll enjoy driving through the beautiful Nepalese countryside. Arrive and check into the hotel. In the evening, well come dinner at Kathmandu.
DAY 17: VISIT PASUPATINATH TEMPLE / BHAKTAPUR CITYAfter breakfast we'll set off to Pashupatinath temple, considered one of the holiest of Hindu shrines. Pasupati has remained the presiding deity of all Hindu Nepalese royalty. The precinct occupies an area of 281 hectares. The main temple, displaying a golden tiled roof is off-limits to non-Hindus. To view the main temple and one of its few main gates you'll have to cross the river and climb steps to the terrace lying opposite. Along the way, you may come across Hindu sadhus and Santas there on a pilgrimage. This ghats (cremation group) along the Bagmati River are where the bodies of recently deceased Hindus of the Valley cremated. The trip takes us on to Bhaktapur. Bhaktapur, located about 15-kilometres east of Kathmandu, is the third major city of the Valley. Bhaktapur or Bhadgaon, literally "the City of Devotees", is truly a living museum. There is the 55-windowed Royal Palace, the temple of Taleju, the Palace of the Kumari, the temple of Pasupati, the main square of Tanmadhi Tole, Nyatapola (the temple of the Five Pagoda Roofs, the tallest such in all of Nepal), the temple of Akash Bhairab (the second most important temple of Badhgaon). We will also visit the square of Dha Hateya and the Square of the Potters. The UNESCO recognizes Bhaktapur as a World Heritage Site. Finalize the tour and drive back to Kathmandu.
DAY 18: DEPARTUREBreakfast and free time till the time limit. In the indicated time, our office representative and vehicle arrive at your hotel to serve you till the airport. Drive to Kathmandu international airport, see off formalities and departure. Continue the rest of the distance on your own.
|COSTS PER PERSON|
|NUMBER IN GROUP||Nepal 3* Tibet 3*||Nepal 4* Tibet 3*|
|6 - 7 Persons||3,127$||3,246$|
|8 - 9 Persons||2,920$||3,036$|
|Single room supplement||680$||790$|
|Supl of Nepali Guide for Tibet||1,340$|
|Promotion||100% FREE for one person in a group of 15+ paying persons|
|HOTELS / ACCOMMODATIONS|
|CITIES||Nepal 3* Tibet 3*||Nepal 4* Tibet 3*|
|KATHMANDU||Marshyangdi or similar||Hotel Shanke or Malla|
|CHITWAN||Safari Narayani||Barahi Jungle|
|POKHARA||The Lakeside resort||Temple Tree|
|TSETANG||Yarlung River||Yarlung River|
|LHASA||Snow Heaven/Doodh Gu||Four point by Sheraton|
|GYANTSE||Yuthok hotel||Gyangtse Hotel|
|XIGATSE||Mansarover Hotel||Xigatse Hotel|
|NEW DINGRI||Qomolangma Hotel||Qomolangma Hotel|
|RONGBUK||Everest View hotel||Everest View hotel|
|KYIRONG||Phuntsok Rebsal hotel||Phuntsok Rebsal hotel|
What is included
- Airport Pick up and departure service.
- 5-Night Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with Breakfast.
- 1 Night Hotel accommodation in Nagarkot with Breakfast.
- Language guide for Kathmandu valley tour.
- City and monument entry fees (Nepal and Tibet).
- Tibet visa and visa fee.
- Kathmandu to Lhasa Airfare. Airport pickup service in Lhasa.
- Hotel accommodation into Tibet, with breakfast (Category 3 star).
- All regional permits and monastery entrance fees. Guided sightseeing of Tibet as per itinerary (English Speaking Tibetan guide).
- Transportation into Tibet by a 4x4 vehicle. Kodari to Kathmandu transportation by 4 x4 drive.
What is not included
- Travel insurance.
- Lunch and dinners.
- Tips and those, not mentioned in above price include section.
The best weather season for Nepal is from mid-September to the end of January or from mid-February to the end of May while the best weather season for Tibet falls from May to mid-October. In Nepal side July and August are rainy months while for Tibet it is the best time to tour with lovely weather, temperature, greeneries everywhere with full of life in the hills, markets and the fields. The temperature in Nepal starts dropping from the first week of November and in Tibet from the first week of October. But, each season has its richness making the visits always beautiful. During the rainy months, the jungles will be lush to the rain forest, and the rivers will swell, the lowlands or the fields of the hills will be full of rice and other crops, both in Nepal and Tibet.
The rainy season for Nepal is taken as low season for tourist while for Tibet it is the high season and tourist flocks to visit Lhasa, Trekking in the Kharta Valley and for Mount Kailash Kora tour and treks. This season is also a perfect time to trekking in some particular regions of Nepal such as Upper Dolpo, Upper Mustang, and Limi Valley. During these month the high Himalayan dunes turn into the green with multi-coloured flowers one may rarely get to see in the lifetime. The beauties of such sceneries are indescribable, and even if one does, you will find them more beautiful than in words!
Where do we sleep?
In Kathmandu and Pokhara we stay in comfortable 3-star hotels with private en-suite bathrooms. While on trek we stay at Nepalese lodges which offer welcoming but straightforward accommodation and wonderful traditional hospitality. Lodges typically have one large communal room where you can sit and take meals, and there is an adjoining kitchen where you can order your food and drinks. Bedrooms are twin bedded with or without private bathroom, and dormitories with shared bathrooms.
What Equipment do I need?
You will need to bring appropriate warm outdoor clothing and a good pair of walking boots. A complete equipment list gets supplied when you sign up. Many of the necessary items can be purchased or rented in Kathmandu so don’t worry if you can’t buy everything where you live. The guides will check your equipment and clothing before departing from Kathmandu, so if anything is missing, there will be time to obtain anything necessary.
Can I arrive early or extend my stay?
Yes, you can! All you need to do is to tell us what your flight details are and how many extra nights you need and we will book your hotel accordingly. Additionally, if you would like to arrange a program of activities either before or perhaps after the trek, there are a range of options to choose from including the jungle safari at Chitwan national park, or perhaps white water rafting on one of Nepal’s spectacular rivers such as the Sun Kosi. The Kathmandu has several not to miss UNESCO World heritage sites and to visit all of them with time require at least 3-5 days.
Can I have a single room?
Yes, you can! There is a single room occupancy supplement indicated in the price list.
What about insurance?
It is a condition of joining the trek that you have insurance in place which will cover you for the costs of medical treatment, cancellations, emergency rescue and repatriation to your home country. You must ensure that it provides cover for trekking to altitudes above 4000 metres and includes helicopter rescue. We do not sell insurance scheme so requires to manage on your own.
Do I need a visa?
Yes, you do. Everyone needs to get a visa for Nepal, but you can obtain it on arrival at Kathmandu airport. You will need to bring two passport photos and the appropriate visa fee, which is the US $30 for 15 days, US $50 for up to 30 days, and the US $125 for 90 days. Your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry to Nepal.
How fit do I need to be?
Anyone who is in reasonable shape and good health can accomplish this trek. Some days will be harder than others, but none require much more than 5 or 6 hours of walking each day, with a leisurely lunch stop to break up the day. There is no rush or need to ‘keep up’, and you are free to walk at your own pace. We would recommend that you undertake some form of simple training in advance of the trek, such as a 30-minute walk each evening for a few weeks before the start of the trek. Another exercise, such as swimming, bicycling and playing tennis, is also ideal.
Do I have to carry my pack?
We use porters to carry the majority of our equipment so daily you need only take a very light day pack which should contain no more than the camera, water-bottle, a selection of snacks and a warm or waterproof jacket. Everything else needs to pack into a large duffle bag which will be given to a porter each morning. The kitbag will be carried by the porter each day and delivered to your lodge room each afternoon. You need to make sure you have everything you need for the day before giving your bag to the porter as it can be difficult to access while trekking.
Will I be affected by altitude?
Most of the trek takes place at lower altitudes where you are unlikely to notice anything other than mild shortness of breath at the beginning of the trek. As the days go by, you will gain acclimatisation and feel more adjusted to the higher altitudes. At a height above 4300 metres, one may experience a headache caused by the thin air and lack of oxygen, but these symptoms usually pass quickly. If you experience symptoms of altitude that does not go away, you will be accompanied by one of our Sherpas to a lower elevation, where you should quickly recover.
Do I need vaccinations to travel Nepal?
No vaccination are required to travel Nepal, but we suggest to consult with your doctor before travelling. You can get vaccination in Kathmandu/Pokhara but it is more comfortable if you get them before you travel.
How do I sign up?
All bookings need to be made through Annapurna Treks & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. and to secure your place we will require a non-refundable deposit of minimum US $200 or as indicated in the booking and payment conditions section.
1. Bank Transfer -this is our preferred method. Payments in US Dollars should be sent to the following account:
Account Name: Annapurna Treks & Expedition
Bank Name: Nepal Investment Bank
Bank Address: Durbar Marg, Kathmandu, Nepal, PO. Box 3412
Account number: 001 611710T
Swift Code No.: NIBLNPKT
2. Payment by a Card - payments can only be processed in Nepalese rupees (NPR), so if you wish to pay by card, we will convert the dollar amount to a Nepalese Rupees equivalent at the prevailing exchange rate. Card payment is accepted only on your arrival into the country. There will be a 3.5% service fee on top.
Booking Payment Conditions
Booking and payment conditions
As soon as we have your Booking, with a specific program and more or less number in the group, we will release an invoice for a confirmation deposit as per following.
(A) 200$ per person for trekking and tours
(B) 400$ per person for trekking peak climbing and trekking in restricted areas
(C) 600$ per person for mountaineering expeditions ranging 6,600m to below 8000 metres
(D) 3,000$ per person for all mountaineering expeditions above 8,000m. meter into Nepal
(E) 4,000$ per person for mountaineering expeditions above 8,000m mountain into Tibet.
1. The final confirmation will require at least three months in advance of the tours commence with 50% of the tour payment.
2. The final and total payment will require at least 25-days before the program commences.
3. The banking transaction charges of each time payment will be needed to be borne by the sender, and a net amount of the total amount will require deposited in the company account.
- To compensate the administrative charges, and other expenses in dealing with the booking process, the following cancellation fees will be charged:Cancellation after the confirmation - loss of the deposit
- Cancellation 45-days before trip commences - 20% of the total cost
- Cancellation 25-days before trip commences - 50% of the total cost
- Cancellation less than 21-days before the trip commences - 70% of the total cost
- Cancellation after arrival or during the trip - 100% of the total cost
We, Annapurna Treks & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd., accept responsibility for ensuring that the services booked with us are as close as possible to the itinerary outfitted in our mutual understanding. You agree and understand that it may be necessary to adjust the program due to unforeseen factors. In such a case, the group leader and sirdar/guide, in the team, will make the final decision.