Nepal Tibet Tour

23 Days
USD 3.245
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Nepal Tibet tour

This Nepal Tibet tour combinates the 2 neighbouring countries Nepal and Tibet. After arrival at Tribhuvan Airport Kathmandu you start your trip with sightseeing in Kathmandu, before you drive further to the beautiful town Pokhara, which offers great views of the Himalaya. After sightseeing in Pokhara and Dhampus, a view point which offers a fantastic view of the surrounding mountains, you return to the busy city Kathmandu, from where you fly to Lhasa, the capital of Tibet.
The Nepal Tibet tour leads you further through different villages and towns in Tibet. You visit monasteries, cross high passes, get an impression of the Himalaya from the tibetan side as well and visit the famous azure Manasarowar Lake and orbit the holy mountain Mt. Kailash. in a 3 days trek and a route which covers 53km.    
Mt. Kailash is among the most sacred places on earth. It is considered a sacred place in four religions: Boen, Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism. 

The Mt. Kailash Yatra (ritual), is a pilgrimage undertaken by those wishing to purify their soul through peace with themselves and the world around them. Pilgrims will trek around the base of Mt. Kailash, while many take about three days, some devout pilgrims make the journey in one day. Tibetans who make this pilgrimage will leave behind an article of clothing, a lock of hair, or a stone to symbolize leaving behind prejudice and misperceptions of reality.

During the trip you will have great views of the high mountains above 8000m, thereunder also Mt. Everest and you get great views of deep blue lakes in the foreground, for example Manosarovar Lake and the Himalaya in the background. 
No matter where you may come from, this is a journey where you can wash your soul of your anger, anxiety, and ego.

At the and of the Nepal Tibet tour, you return back to Bhaktapur, the ancient kingdom in next to Kathmandu.

 


Tour Overview:
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu (Swayambunath, Pashupatinath, Bodnath)
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara and free time for shopping at the lakeside or boatstrip on Phewa Lake
Day 04: Sightseeing in Pokhara und Drive to Dhampus (Duration 1 1/2hrs) (optional Hike). Dhampus offers great mountain views and  you can experience how honey, cheese and herbage are produced there
Day 05: Back to Pokhara and Sightseeing
Day 06: Flight to Kathmandu and Sightseeing at Durbar Square and Thamel
Day 07: Flight to Lhasa (3650m)
Day 08: Sightseeing in Lhasa (Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple with Barkhor Bazar)
Day 09: Sightseeing in Lhasa (Sera and Ganden Monastery)
Day 10: Lhasa - Gyantse
Day 11: Gyantse - Xigatse and visit of Tashilunpo Monastery
Day 12: Xigatse - Saga
Day 13: Drive from Saga to Manasarowar-Lake (4.560m)
Day 14: Acclimatization day at Manasarowar Lake
Day 15: Drive to Darchen
Day 16: Drive to Tarboche and hike to Dirapuk (5.050m)
Day 17: Cross Drolma La Pass (5.630) and hike to Zutrulphuk (4.750m)
Day 18: End of the trek and drive back to Manasarowar Lake
Day 19: Drive to Saga
Day 20: Drive from Saga to Zhangmu
Day 21: Back to Nepal and drive to Kathmandu
Day 22: Sightseeing in Bhaktapur and Changunarayan
Day 23: Departure


 

Nepal Tibet tour

(Kathmandu, Pokhara, Bhaktapur, Dhampus, Lhasa – with Kailash-Kora)

Tour Details:
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 
Namaste Nepal - Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International airport our representative welcomes you and transfers you to your hotel in Kathmandu. After time to get refreshed the trek leader will meet the group and give you a detailed briefing on the tour, so that you are well prepared for the trip and any last-minute question will be answered. 
Overnight in Kathmandu

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu (Swayambunath, Pashupatinath, Bodnath)
Today we visit the most important sightseeing locations of Kathmandu. After breakfeast we drive first to Swayambunath, the "Monkey Temple" of Kathmandu, a buddhist pilgrimage place with a small stupa. After that we visit Kathmandu Durbar Square with its pagodes, the home of the living goddess Kumari.
Then we drive further to Pashupatinath. It is an important pilgrimage place for Hindus and a lot believers from India come there every week. There are lots of temples and at the shore of the holy Bagmati River, the believers burn there dead relatives. Then we go to the big stupa of Bodnath, which is also known as little Tibet. There we will see many tibetan people who come to pray and circle the stupa.
Overnight in Kathmandu

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara and free time for shopping at the lakeside or boatstrip on Phewa Lake
After breakfast you drive about 7 hours to Pokhara. If you have good weather you have good views of Manaslu, Lamjung and the Annapurna range even from the bus. 
Pokhara is located next to Phewa Lake and offers a great view of the Himalaya. After having lunch you have free time to go shopping at the lakeside with its numerous small shops, or you can make a boatstrip.
Overnight in Pokhara

Day 04: Sightseeing in Pokhara und drive to Dhampus (duration 1 1/2hrs) (optional hike). Dhampus offers great mountain views and  you can experience how honey, cheese and herbage are produced there
You have to wake up early in the morning and drive to the view point Sarangkot by taxi. From there you get an fantastic view of the mountains and enjoy the sunrise.
After breakfast you drive about 1 ½ hours to the small village Dhampus. If you like, you can only drive until Phedi and hike from there about 1 ½ hours to Dhampus.
If you have good weather, you get an haunting panoramic view of Machhaputre, the striking mountain of Pokhara, and the Annapurna range. 
In Dhampus you can also experience, how the local people produce honey, cheese or herbage. 
Overnight in Dhampus: Dhampus Eco Village Lodge

Day 05: Back to Pokhara and Sightseeing
After enjoying the sunrise in the morning and having breakfast, we drive back to Pokhara. If you want you can hike this way. From Pokhara we go to the other side of the lake by boat and hike about 200 meters up to the world peace pagoda. From there we get a great view of Pokhara down and the mountains in front. In the afternoon we visit the Mahendra Cave.
Overnight in Pokhara

Day 06: Flight to Kathmandu and Sightseeing at Durbar Square and Thamel
In the morning you fly with a small prop airliner about half an hour back to Kathmandu. The panoramic flight offers fantastic views of Langtang Ri, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Lamjung, the Annapurna range and green valleys below you. 
After arrival at your hotel and few time to rest, you visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, the home of the living goddess Kumari.
Then you spend time in the touristic quarter Thamel, a great place for shopping because you can get everything there.
Overnight in Kathmandu

Day 07: Flight to Lhasa (3650m)
Tashi Delek and Welcome to the 'Roof of the World'! Our Tour leader picks you up at the hotel and flies with you to Lhasa. The flight from Nepal to Lhasa is considered one of the most beautiful air routes in the world, as it provides sweeping views of Everest (8848m), Kanchenjunga (8536m) and other Himalayan peaks. After arrival you will be transferred to hotel and the guide will give you more information about the hotels, the transportation in the next days and general information regarding the "City of Sunlight". Then you have free time to discover the holy city Lhasa on your own.
Tip: Drink much water to acclimatize faster
Overnight in Lhasa; Flight Time: 3 Hours, Drive: 2 Hours
 
Day 08: Sightseeing in Lhasa (Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple with Barkhor Bazar)
The highlight of the day is the visit of Potala palace – an UNESCO World Heritage celebrated for its priceless treasury of Buddhist artifacts and bejeweled tombs of the past of Dalai Lama. From there you can take great pictures of Lhasa's urban areas, because it is located 3650m above sea level. After that we visit Jokhang temple, which is in walking distance to Potala Palace. It is considered the spiritual center of Tibet. We see many pilgrims worship within or nearby the temple. Enter the first floor of the temple and absorb the religious atmosphere, you will see pilgrims are donating butter oil to keep the lights burning for the Buddha.
We also visit Barkhor Bazaar.
Overnight in Lhasa; Flight Time: 3 Hours, Drive: 2 Hours

Day 09: Sightseeing in Lhasa (Sera and Ganden Monastery)
Today we spend another day in Lhasa. The journey begins with a visit of Sera Monastery. Sera is an exceptional space; its white-washed walls and golden roofs speak of Tibetan Buddhism’s ancient wisdom and tranquility. Then we visit Ganden Monastery. It is located about 35km away from Lhasa on a cliff from where you get breathtaking views of the landscape. It is also the most important shrine of the Gelupka sect. You can recognize the monks because of the yellow or black caps. Overnight in Lhasa

Day 10: Lhasa - Gyantse
We travel along Friendship Highway, passing Khamba La (4794 m), where we get the opportunity to appreciate majestic views of Yamdrok]Tso Lake, a deep blue body of water renowned for its unique beauty. We also see Nazin Kang Sang glacier standing proud at 7252m. Ahead to the west, we come across another Karo La pass at 5045m. In the afternoon we enterthe town of Gyantse, a stunning example of a traditional Tibetan village filled with beautiful stone farmhouses.
Overnight at Hotel in Gyantse, Drive Hours: 7 hours, Distance: 370 km
 
Day 11: Gyantse - Xigatse and visit of Tashilunpo Monastery
Gyantse Dzong and the Kumbum are the jewels of Gyantse. Gyantse Dzong is a historical fort built in the 14th century, and overlooks Gyantse and the surrounding Nyang Chu Valley. The Kumbum rises 35km above the town, and is crowned by a golden dome. The grounds boast a chorten (stupa ), several chapels and a stunning collection of Tibetan Buddhist murals, which inspired the name of the complex. The word ‘Kubum’ means 100,000 images in Tibetan. After exploring Gyantse, we take a 90 km drive to Shigatse. The group will stop at Shalu monastery along the way; the structure embodies the Han, Tibetan and Indian styles of architecture. Following a brief look at Shalu, the journey continues in Shigatse, the second largest city of Tibet. Tashilhunpo Monastery is the highlight of Shigatse, as it is one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet.
Overnight in Shigatse. 92 km. 2 hrs

Day 12: Xigatse - Saga
Today we drive through typical tibetan landscape to Saga (4600m)
Overnight in Saga
 
Day 13: Drive from Saga to Manasarowar-Lake (4.560m)
The drive from Saga to Manasarowar Lake offers beautiful views of the snowy mountains of the Himalaya. We can see for example Gurla Mandata (7.728m), while the street rises on the tibetan plateau. From Gurla La pass (4.590m) we can see the famous holy mountain Mt. Kailash the first time.
Then we arrive at Manasarowar Lake the highest fresh-water lake on earth with 300km².
We will spend the night next to the shore of the Lake.
Overnight at Manasarowar Lake

Day 14: Acclimatization day at Manasarowar Lake
Today we rest for acclimatization. During the day we visit the most beautiful places near Manasarowar Lake.
 
Day 15: Drive to Darchen
Today we drive about 3 hours to Darchen, the start point of our trek around Mt. Kailash. From here we can see even until Nanda Devi, the highest mountain of India. If you want, you can make a short hike to Selung Monastery, which is located little bit above Darchen.

Day 16: Drive to Tarboche and hike to Dirapuk (5.050m)
Today the 3-days hike around Mt. Kailash begins. Mt. Kailash is for 4 religions the most sacred place on earth. A pilgrimage to this mountains is for many believers the biggest goal in life.
After breakfast we drive about 13km to Tarboche, from where we start to hike. The way is not very difficult.

Day 17: Cross Drolma La Pass (5.630) and hike to Zutrulphuk (4.750m)
Today is the most strenuous day of our tour because we have to cross Drolma La Pass which is  5630m high. The prayer flags fluttering in the wind will welcome you. After descending little bit, the way becomes easier.
Overnight in Zutrulphuk

Day 18: End of the trek and drive back to Manasarowar Lake
Today the trek ends and we hike back to Darchen. From there we take the car to Manasarowar Lake where we have time to recover.
Overnight at Manasarowar Lake

Day 19: Drive to Saga
Today we drive about 5/6 hours to Saga
Overnight in Saga

Day 20: Drive from Saga to Zhangmu
Today we drive to the nepalese border. We cross smaller passes with  colourful prayer flags and nice views again and again. Before reaching the main road from Lhasa to Kathmandu, we cross Laling La (5.124m) and Tong La (5.124m)

Day 21: Back to Nepal and Drive to Kathmandu
From Zhangmu we drive via Dhulikhel to Bhaktapur. The change of the landscape is dramatic. From the majestic tibetan plateau down to the gorges of Nepal. Only few hours away from Tibet, it seems like a dream.
Overnight in Bhaktapur

Day 22: Sightseeing in Bhaktapur and Changunarayan
After breakfast you explore the ancient kingdom Bhaktapur together with your guide. The gorgeous temples and artful woodcraft remind us of the past.
You visit the Durbar Square, the Dattatraya temple and some other places.  
Then you drive about 30 minutes to the Changunarayan temple. It is the oldest Hindu temple in Nepal and temple of god Vishnu.
Both Changunarayan and Bhaktapur are listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Overnight in Bhaktapur

 
Day 23: Departure
Depending on your flight time, you can buy last souvenirs in the morning or just relax in your hotel. Then you will be transfered to the airport and fly back home.

 

Tibet tour:

Price per pax in USD:
 
2 Pax $3245
3 Pax $3145
4 Pax §3105
5-7 Pax $2961
8-10 Pax $2860
10-13 Pax $2575
   
single supplement: $440
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Cost Included

 
  • Transfers as described in the program by private transportation
  • land cruisers in Tibet ( 4 Pax in one jeep)
  • Kathmandu to Lasha flight (approx. $415)
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu flight
  • Hotel in Bhaktapur: 2 nights: Sweet Home Bhaktapur
  • Hotel in Dhampus: 1 night: Dhampus Eco Village Lodge (Comfort Lodge)
  • Hotel in Pokhara: 2 nights: Moonlight Resort
  • Hotel in Kathmandu: 3 nights
  • Hotel in Lhasa: 3 nights
  • Other overnight stays: 11 nights
  • meals: breakfast and dinner during the whole tour
  • all meals in Dhampus
  • Necessary permits and necessary entrance fees in tibet
  • entrance fees for sightseeing described in the program
  • Yak or porter during the kora
  • English (on request german) speaking guide during the whole tour
  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • all taxes and government expenses
 
 

Cost Excluded

 
  • Visa for Nepal (EUR 35,- oder USD 40,-)
  • Visa for Tibet (USD 85,-)
  • international flight
  • sightseeing which is not described in the program
  • Personal expenditure: e.g. drinks, souveniers, laundry, snacks, etc.
  • Vaccination and travel insurance
  • Extra payment in case of illness, rescue, changes of the program because of acts of nature beyond control, and additional expenses for overnight accommodations, etc. resulting from this 

Trip's Quick Facts

Duration: 23 Days
Seasons : any time
Type:
Activities : Sightseeing, Trekking
No. of Pax : 2+
Maximum Access :
Starts From : Kathmandu
Ends at : Kathmandu

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Trip Highlight

During this Nepal Tibet tour you will visit the most important places of Kathmandu and also Lhasa and Mt. Kailash in Tibet, one of the most sacred places on earth. Like many believers you will do the 3-day Kailash Circuit, during which you can - as the believers - wash your soul of your anger, anxiety, and ego.
During the trip you will also get great views of the high mountains above 8000m, thereunder also Mt. Everest and you get great views of deep blue lakes in the foreground, for example Manosarovar Lake and the Himalaya in the background. 
 
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