11 Days Nepal Tibet Cultural Tour

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Trip Overview

The trek route leads through a magnificent mountain area, past villages of the Thakuri, along rivers and across the Nara Lagna Pass. From the 4580m high pass you can see the vast Tibetan plateau. You will hike to the Nepali/Tibetan border till the village of Sher on the Tibetan side, where a vehicle will pick you up and drive to Taklakot. Geographically you are directly south of Kailash, which Hindus and Buddhists view as the “center of the world”. On your way to the holy mountain you will wander along the western shore of Lake Manosarovar and camp. “There are countless beautiful landscapes in the Himalayas, in the Trans-Himalaya and in there areas of high Asia , Yet the view from Gosul Gompa cross the lake and the surrounding mountains surpasses everything I have seen”, wrote Sven Hedin in “Transhimalaya” (1909). The mighty rock dome of Kailash comes closer. Together with pilgrims from far and wide you follow the trail (Parikrama) across the Dolma La (5600m), which is adorned with countless prayer flags. It takes three days to circumambulate the snow-covered cupola of the 6714m tall mountain. In Tibetan tradition you will conclude this pilgrimage in Tirthapuri -which is one of the most important pilgrim destinations along with Kailash and Lake Manosarovar .

Almost surreal appears the canyon-like valley of the Sutlej . Imbedded lie the ruins of Tsaparang, the capital of the former kingdom of Guge . After visiting the 900 year-old site our drive through the canyon of the Sutlej starts long the north route to Lhasa . The light and shadows of the summer clouds make for a magical atmosphere, dip the barren vastness in tinges of pastel green, yellow deep blue and violet. En route, we visit two of the most sacred temples of Tibet : Tshilunpo in Shigatse and Kumbum in Gyantse. In Lhasa , the spiritual and secular center Tibet ‘s, visited by many pilgrims from allover the country, we will have two days at our disposal.

Itinerary

Day 01Arrive Kathmandu

Arrive Kathmandu.Flower garlands reception at the airport and transfer to hotel.PM:Free for orientation.Overnight.

Day 02:Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour

Sightseeing tour of ‘Kathmandu City’ once called ‘Kantipur’ or ‘City of Glory’ visiting Kasthamandap, Temple of the living Goddess called ‘Kumari’, Hanuman Dhoka, Kal Bhairab-God of Terror, Taleju Temple and ‘Swayambunath’, or ‘The Monkey Temple’. This Buddhist stupa is
majestically set high upon a hill over looking the Kathmandu valley.

Lunch on your own and can be had at one of the many good standard restaurants around town. Our guide will recommend the same.

After lunch we visit Pashupatinath temple and Boudhanath Stupa.Bouddhanath Stupa lies about six km to the east of downtown Kathmandu and is the largest stupa in the Valley. It looms 36 meters high and presents one of the most fascinating specimens of stupa design. Bouddhanath, a World Heritage Site, is also known as Khasti, or dew drops, after an account that builders had to use dew to mix the mortar as Kathmandu was suffering from a severe drought during its construction.

Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most sacred hindu shrines in the world.
The richly-ornamented pagoda houses the sacred linga, or phallic symbol,of Lord Shiva. Chronicles indicate the temple’s existence prior to 400 AD. Devotees can be seen taking ritual dips in the holy Bagmati river flowing beside the temple, also a World Heritage Site.

Day 03 Fly Kathmandu To Lhasa

Morning transfer to the airport for the hour-long flight to Lhasa. The spectacular flight on Air China Boeing 757 crosses the main Himalayan range and the mountain views are magnificent. After arriving at Gonggar Airport in Tibet, it’s a 2-hour drive to Lhasa where we will check in Hotel. It’s advisable to rest and take it easy for the remainder of the day, due to Lhasa’s high altitude.

Day 04 In Lhasa Sightseeing

Today will be spent visiting several of Lhasa’s many monasteries in the company of a guide and interpreter. One of these is the Sera Monastery, one of the best-preserved Buddhist monasteries in Tibet. Several hundred monks live and study within its whitewashed walls and golden roofs.
After lunch we’ll visit the Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, as well as the Jokhang Temple. This temple is possibly the most sacred shrine in Tibet and there is always a procession of devout Tibetans through the complex. Surrounding the Jokhang is the Barkhor – a maze of narrow cobbled streets, which is the central market of Lhasa.

Day 05 Lhasa Sightseeing

This morning we will visit the Potala Palace towering above the city of Lhasa. This spectacular building contains the private quarters of the Dalai Lama as well as numerous grand state rooms and many important chapels. There has been a palace on this site since the 5th or 6th centuries, but the present palace was constructed in the 17th century.
A visit to the Drepung Monastery in the afternoon will complete a truly awe-inspiring day. Founded in the 14th century, this monastery was once the largest in the world, housing around 10,000 monks. Nowadays the figure is down to several hundred, but there is still much here of interest as it was left relatively unscathed during the Cultural

Day 06 Drive Lhasa-Gyantse

Today we start our overland cultural journey to Gyantse and Shigatse. Travelling by jeep along the Friendship Highway we cross the spectacular Khamba La pass (4,794m) from which we’ll get stunning views of the snowy summit of Nazin Kang Sa (7,252m) looking across the waters of the Yamdrok-tso Lake. We then continue westwards over another high pass, the Karo La (5,045m), from which you can see a huge spectacular glacier tumbling down to within a few hundred metres of the road. After passing through beautiful valleys and colourful Tibetan villages we arrive in the town of Gyantse. Our overnight accommodation is at the Gyantse Hotel.

Day 07 Drive Gyantse-Shigatse

Before leaving Gyantse we’ll have time to visit the Gyantse Dzong and Gyantse Kumbum. The Dzong is a fort dating back to the 14th century and it offers amazing views of both Gyantse itself and the surrounding Nyang Chu Valley. The Kumbum is a large gold-domed stupa and its many small chapels house an impressive array of Tibetan Buddhist murals. .
Our Tibet adventure tour then continues to Shigatse, Tibet’s second largest city, which is about 90km away. After exploring the local market we will make a detailed visit to the Tashilhunpo Monastery. This monastery is one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet and there is much to explore within its high surrounding walls. Afterwards we make our way back to Lhasa, where we will check in Hotel.

Day 08 Drive Shigatse-Tsetang

Today we have long drive to Tsetang, the third largest city in central Tibet. Southeast of Tsetang we can see the mountain Gangpo Ri (4,130 metres). It has a special significance for the Tibetans as it is the legendary birthplace of its people.

Day 09 Visit to the Valley of Tombs [Yarlung Valley]

Today our adventure trip will take us to the Yarlung valley, which is also known as the Valley of Tombs. Yarlung is considered the cradle of Tibetan civilisation. Creation myth locates the valley as the origin of the Tibetan people, and it was from Yarlung that the early Tibetan kings unified Tibet in the seventh century. We see the massive burial mounds of these kings in Chongye. Yumbulagang, another major attraction of the area, is perched on a crag like a medieval European castle and is considered the oldest building in Tibet. After a full day’s exploring in the Yarlung valley we return to Tsetang for the night.

Day 10 Fly Lhasa to Kathmandu

Morning drive [96 km.] to the airport for the return flight to Kathmandu Overnight

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Departure

Tour Cost: US$ 1,990.00 per person on twin sharing basis
SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT: US$ 570.00 Per Person
Extra: Tibet/China Visa fee US$ 114.00 per person.
Extra: Tibet/China Visa fee US$ 95.00 per person for American Nationals. (Subject to change)
Extra: Lhasa/Kathmandu one way airfare US$ 489.00 Per Person

Price Includes

  • all hotel accommodations in Nepal and Tibet on bed with breakfast basis
  • all hotel accommodations in Nepal and Tibet on bed with breakfast basis
  • all transportation in Nepal by private Car/Van/Bus
  • all transportations in Tibet by private deluxe 4500 model TOYOTA landcruiser
  • English Speaking Nepali Guide in Nepal and Tibet
  • all entry fees and necessary permits

Price Excludes

  • lunch & dinners in Nepal and Tibet
  • Kathmandu/Lhasa/Kathmandu roundtrip airfare and airport tax
  • China/Tibet visa fee
  • other fees due to nature
  • All items of personal nature,drinks, laundry, tips for guide, porters, driver
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