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Tibet is the bleak and the beautiful highland of the Himalayas, which has managed to retain its identity, its language, its culture and its traditions all through the years. Inhabited by the Tibetan people as well as the Monpa, Qiang, and Lhoba people, Tibet is a perfect amalgamation of culture and extremely variant topographical beauty. Tibet is situated close to Nepal, and the Tibet Tour is a perfect way to explore this piece of heaven from the starting point as Nepal.
The Tibet Tour especially focuses on the esoteric Tantric aspects of Tibetan Buddhism. The cultural centers of Tibet like Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatseetc are worth exploring. We will also be able to explore the vicinity of the highest peak in the world, Mt. Everest. It is a perfect opportunity to discover the people of Tibet, their curious way of life, and explore it all in one of the most beautiful canvases of the Himalayas, on the Tibetan Plateau. Come explore the mixture of cultural and geographical diversity and explore what makes Tibet one of the most sought-after destinations for travelers all around the world.
Today, from your respective locations, you will arrive at the beautiful country of Nepal. Upon arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be transferred to the hotel. TIA is the only international airport in Nepal. All of the check-in procedures will be completed by our representative. You have the option to either relish the unique cuisine that Nepal is so famous for or you also have the chance to intermingle with the throbbing people of the beautiful capital of the mountainous country of Nepal.
Kathmandu is home to extremely beautiful architectural miracles worth exploring. Today, the destinations allocated for sightseeing include the Kathmandu Durbar Square in all its glory and the Patan Durbar Square with its handmade architectural designs.
Kathmandu Durbar Square is an epitome of cultural and religious diversity that can be beautifully observed in a country like Nepal and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With its old temples, architecturally rich encryptions and some renovated areas, Kathmandu Durbar Square surely releases an ambiance of a place that used to be ruled by ancient kings. The special attractions are the Hanuman Dhoka Museum, Taleju Temple, Kalbhairav, Kumari Temple( Temple of the Living Goddess) and the Basantapur Durbar.
Patan Durbar Square another UNESCO World Heritage Site is the center of the Patan City and is another architecturally rich Durbar Square. It is a specimen of ancient Newari architecture and is furthermore attractive because of the three courtyards named the MulChowk, SundariChowk, and the Keshav Narayan Chowk. There are numerous types of temples in numerous shapes and sizes, all around the vicinity of the Patan Durbar Square. The attractions include the Golden Temple of Hiranya Varna, Bhimsen Temple, Krishna Mandir and the scenes from Mahabharata and Ramayana (Hindu holy books) adorn the entire region of the Durbar Square.
There will also be a briefing about the upcoming tour and it will be made sure that everyone is properly equipped for the tour to start the following day. It is absolutely important to take care of acclimatization while in Lhasa. Lhasa is situated at an altitude of 3000 m and hence requires some acclimatization. Go for a walk, drink more water and fruits and avoid strenuous activities.
It is an hour long Trans-Himalayan flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa. Fly to Lhasa on a scenic flight offering up-close views of the Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, and Kanchenjunga. After arrival in Gonggar airport, drive to YarlungTsangpo valley to witness the views of the oldest building of Tibet, the YumbuLakhang. YumbuLakhang is an ancient structure in the seat of the Lhoka Prefecture and is known to have been the first building in Tibet. It is situated in a hill on the eastern bank of the Yarlung River. After this, we will move on to visit the town of Tsedang where we will spend the night.
Tsedang is the fourth largest city in Tibet, located in the Yarlung Valley. There are a number of locations like the GandenChokhorling, Ngamcho, Gelugpa Sang-ngagZimche nunnery etc. worth visiting in Tsedang.
Visit Samye monastery in the morning and follow the Tsangpo River to Samye, the first monastery of Tibet and a perfect example of Tibetan religious architecture. Samye monastery was built under the patronage of King TrisongDetsen who sought to revitalize Buddhism. It was supposedly modeled on the design of Odantapuri. It is known for its pivotal history and unique mandala design. After witnessing the maintained architecture and beauty of this temple, we will drive to the capital Lhasa. Approximately 3-4 hours of drive.
Visit the symbol of Tibet, the Potala Palace. Potala Palace is a landmark regarded to be one of the most beautiful architectural buildings in the world. Climb the palace along the zigzag stone paths, adorned with white and red walls. Appreciate the exotic Tibetan style architecture. As it is perched on a Red Hill, it showcases the views of the views of Lhasa’s urban areas. Walk into the inner space of Potala Palace, in order to explore the stately chapels.
We will now visit the holy statue of JowoShakyamuni. This statue is known to be the most sacred statue in Tibet and is situated inside the Jokhang Temple. Jokhang Tempe is known to be the spiritual heart of Tibetan Buddhism. Thousands of pilgrims come to visit this location every day and worship Buddha. We will later move on to visit the Sera monastery. It is one of the great three Gelug university monasteries of Tibet. It is responsible for 19 hermitages including four nunneries. The Lhasa plateau is a location alluring to ambitious travelers who love the contrast of the blue sky and the brown, arid lands. Move around in the colorful Barkhor market. Barkhor market is a circular, wide street that encircles the Jokhang temple. A wide variety of traditional Tibetan goods are sold here.
This is yet another day to explore the beauty of Lhasa. Only a limited number of tickets are spared to visit the Potala Palace. Visit the palace if that has not been possible on the previous day. Explore other sightseeing locations that have been missed out on the previous day. The stunningly beautiful landscapes of Lhasa will keep you occupied all day long.
We will start off by paying a visit to the beautiful Norbulingka monastery. It used to be the summer palace of Dalai Lamas. Filled with grandiose Tibetan architecture style its beauty is worth capturing in a canvas. We can also pay a visit to Drepung monastery, named after prosperity. It is home to the study place of important Tibetan leaders. In the afternoon, use can use the time to sample the delectable Tibetan cuisine.
Today, leaving Lhasa behind, we will drive for 8 hours to Shigatse. It is the second largest city in Tibet. Cross the YarlungTsangpo and cross the Kamba La pass to witness the views of the YarlungTsangpo, the longest river in Asia behind us and the azure blue lake of YamdrokTso in front of us. We will firstly stop by to view the Yamdrik Lake which is a holy location. It is the largest fresh lake in the Himalayas and spreads about 675 square meters. From a distance, the views of the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas and the fertile pastures of yak and sheep appear extremely beautiful. We will drive on to obtain views of the imposing KarolaGalicer towering aloft towards our right. Descend down two more passes to reach Gyantse, an attractive town dominated by a great forest. Gyangste is hone to three important sectors of Buddhism, namely the Sakyapa, Zhalupa, and Gelukpa. While in Gyantse, we can take the chance to explore the Palcho monastery, where these three sects of Buddhism coexist in beautiful harmony. The Kumbum of the monastery is the largest such structure in Tibet.
While in Gyantse, we can take the chance to explore the Palcho monastery, where these three sects of Buddhism coexist in beautiful harmony. The Kumbum of the monastery is the largest such structure in Tibet. We will next drive through a landscape of low hill and fields to Tibet’s second largest town Shigatse. Explore mud brick Tibetan houses in contrast to modern Chinese buildings, before moving on to visit Tashillunpo monastery and the golden statue of Maitreya Buddha.
The Tashillunpo monastery is the official seat of Panchen Lama and is one of the largest temples in Tibet. It has over 57b halls and 3600 rooms in total. The sprawling architecture of Tibetan monastic style makes this structure even more imposing and beautiful. There are precipitous steps that connect the halls. The striking exterior and the contrasting interiors make this structure something spectacular to look at. We will then move on to visit the giant statue of Maitreya Buddha, called the Future Buddha. It is the largest such structure on earth and is decorated with precious pearls, corals, ambers, and turquoises.
Climb steadily to the Tso La pass, and drop down to Lhatse, another climb to Gyatso La, followed by the descent to the town of Shegar, now called New Tingri. Tingri is a location used as a base for people wishing to ascent Cho OyuMountain or the Mount Everest. It has the Gelug monastery, which is known for offering mind-boggling views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu and Makalu. It is also an important trading post where Sherpas from Nepal exchanged good with people from Tibet. The beautiful vast scenery of Tingri and the extensive meadows, as well as herds of sheep and goats, will offer a perfect chance to take beautiful pictures here.
This is the most important day in the Tibet tour as you will get a chance to be at the base of the highest peak on earth, Everest Base Camp. We start off early and leave for Rongbuk in the morning. On the way, we will cross the Pang La Thang as well as the Nam La Pass. The flat plain of Tibet allows a gradual elevation. Upon climbing up the valley, the views of Everest will be unobstructed.
Ronbuk is a valley which is also 8 kilometers away from the Everest Base Camp. You will be greeted by a magnificent panorama of Cho-Ou, Everest, Gyachung Kang, Makalu, and Lhotse. Drive halfway to the Everest Base Camp for closer views of the North face of Everest before returning to Rongbuk for the night. The chance to be so close to the highest peak in the earth is in itself a feat to be accomplished. Spending this night in Rongbuk.
Drive via the Pang La or Old Tingri, back to Shigatse depending on the road conditions. The road back can be used to take further more beautiful picture to take to people back home. You can also stop on the road to explore locations missed out on the way to the Everest Base Camp. Everest recedes from view on the way back. Once in Shigatse, you have the afternoon free for yourself. You can use this day to get more insights on the beautiful Shigatse, or explore the history of this region.
Drive through a more direct Highway road to Lhasa. Lhasa is a location that has a lot to offer to tourists. You can use this day to visit the beautiful Norbulingka to explore the grandiose of Tibetan architecture. You can also use this chance to explore the warm and welcoming nature of locals living here. use your last day in Lhasa pretty well, and take in enough memories to carry back home. Just in time to indulge in some souvenir shopping or last-minute sightseeing to locations missed out in the earlier days.
From Gonggar, take a flight back to Kathmandu. The afternoon is free for exploration of the beautiful and buzzing nightlife of Kathmandu city. Kathmandu is known for its buzzing nightlife, featuring musical delights ranging from Western music to Nepali music. You can also use this time to explore the ambiance of Thamel and its surrounding regions.
For those of you, who cannot get enough of the capital, an optional sightseeing tour will be organized. An early morning drive to Pashupatinath Temple is both alluring and spiritual.
Pashupatinath is a UNESCO World Heritage site and probably one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world. Ornamented with pagoda houses, its focal point of attraction is the sacred linga of Lord Shiva. The temple is said to have existed prior to 400 A.D. the roaring Bagmati River, considered as a sacred river for the Hindus, consists of devotees dipping in its waters to purify them.
Another UNESCO World Heritage site and the focal point of attraction of Buddhist populations, called Boudhanath is our second destination. Called as Little Tibet, this stupa is one of the largest in South Asia. It looms thirty-six meters overhead and is located on the ancient trade route to China.
In the afternoon, we will be visiting the Bhaktapur Durbar Square. An epitome of ancient architecture and ethnicity, the Durbar Square is a living heritage. Countless temples, architectural showpieces and stone figures adorn the entire region. Major attractions are the Batsala Temple, 55 Windows Palace, golden gate, picture gallery, the statue of BhupatindraMalla, among many others.
It is safe to state that Tibetan is the roof of the world both in terms of architecture, religion, and beauty, the dry arid lands contrast perfectly with the pieces of beautiful architecture, creating something truly unforgettable. After a wonderful experience of exploring the depths of the Tibetan plateau and the cultural diversity exuded by the region, it is finally time to bid goodbye to Nepal and Tibet, only with a promise to return back for more.
All transfers will be conducted on a private vehicle
A visa for Nepal can be obtained on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and at border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki on the Nepal-India border and Kodari on the Nepal-China border.
Outside of Nepal, A visa can also be obtained at the nearest Nepal Embassy or Diplomatic Mission. To renew a Visa you can go to the Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Kathmandu.
Your passport must be valid for at least six months and you will need a blank page on your passport for visa.
Visa Facility Duration Fee
Multiple entry 15 days US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 30 days US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 90 days US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency
Single entry for 1 month
All nationalities require a permit to enter Tibet, China. We will manage the Visa for you in advance. You will, however, have to provide us a clear color scanned copy of your passport and auto size photograph with the confirmation of your occupation. On arrival in Kathmandu, you will have to present two passport sized photographs, your passport. The information you present must be 100% correct.
There are two ways to deal with modification in travel plans. First is you can cancel the trip completely and second is you can postpone the date. But for any of these change to take effect we need to be informed 6 weeks before your booked trip date before cancelling or postponing the trip.
Important note: In case of natural disasters and national political issues our hands are tied so we cannot undertake any kind of activities which we will take full responsibility of and make sure our clients get the flexibility of making decisions to either postpone or cancel the trip they initially advocated for. There will be no extra fees or cost for rescheduling but if you decide to cancel the trip volunterily our cancellation fees apply which is listed and described below.
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So, we request our respectful guests to inform us about any kind of modification plans (postpone or cancellations) at least before 43 days of travel date. This will help us to refund your designated deposit and also maintain financial status of every worker and organization involved.
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