15 Days Tibet and Nepal Culture Tour
(TNT005) Lhasa -Tsedang- Gyangtse -Shigatse- Sakya -Gyirong Port- Kodari -Kathmandu- Nagarkot -Pokhara
Escorted by private guide and vehicle; leave 365 days a year!
Easy - suitable for all level of fitness, family with kids and senior groups.
Trip Level Guide:
- Easy - suitable for all level of fitness, family with kids and senior groups.
- Moderate - suitable for ones with average level fitness, family with kids bigger than 12 yrs.
- Moderate to Strenous - suitable for ones physically fit; have experiences of high altitude trek.
- Strenuous: suitable for adventures and individual with physically fit and healthy.
This tour combines Tibet with Nepal. Starting from Lhasa, the political, economic, cultural center of Tibet, you will head to Tsetang, the cradle of Tibetan civilization, to visit the first monastery, the first palace, the first farmland and the first village in Tibet.
Then we will drive to Shigatse, which has a reputation of the most important city in Shigatse area, the second biggest city in Tibet, and the residence of Panchen Lama via Gyantse, and visit Sakya monastery, known for its fresco and the second Dunhuang.
Finally, traverse majestic Himalayas to overlook Mt. Everest and Mt. Shisha pangma, and arrive in the city of temples - Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal via Gyirong Port. You can visit tourist sites in Pokhara and Nagarkot. The tour ends.
At a GlanceDay 1
Arrive in Lhasa & AcclimationDay 2
Lhasa Sightseeing - Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and BarkhorDay 3
Lhasa Sightseeing - Drepung Monastery/Sera MonasteryDay 4
Lhasa to Tsedang (3500m)Day 5
Tsedang Sightseeing - Yambulakhang Palace, Trundruk MonasteryDay 6
Tsedang to GyantseDay 7
Sakya - Gyirong PortDay 9
Kathmandu SightseeingDay 11
Kathmandu SightseeingDay 12
Nagarkot – Pokhara (230 kms, 6 hours drive)Day 13
Pokhara Day TourDay 14
Pokhara to Kathmandu (200 kms, 5 hours drive)Day 15
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive in Lhasa & Acclimation
Transfer to your hotel after arriving in Lhasa airport or train station. From airport to Lhasa city, it only takes half an hour of driving along the Lhasa-airport highway. You will be amazed by the spectacular plateau scenery along the Brahmaputra river.
Normally you will arrive in the late afternoon or evening by train. And 20 minutes of driving will take you to your hotel in Lhasa city. Check in at hotel, and have a good rest to acclimatize the high altitude.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
Day 2: Lhasa Sightseeing - Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor
In the morning, visit the famous Potala palace and explore the grandest of this myriad chapel. You will appreciate its audience halls, the jeweled and Golden burial chortens (stupa Tombs) of past Dalai Lamas, and tremendous number of Buddhist frescoes, thangkas, combinations of mandala, etc.
Tibet Museum is an important window to introduce the glorious culture of Tibet, and as a free Museum in Lhasa, you should not miss it.
In the afternoon, pay a visit to the holist temple in Tibet, the Johkang Temple, built during Songtsen Gonpo's reign by princess Wencheng of Tang Dynasty, 647 A.D, and its famous Barkor Kora.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
Day 3: Lhasa Sightseeing - Drepung Monastery/Sera Monastery
Visit two important monasteries in Lhasa, the Drepung and the Sera.
Drepung monastery is situated at the foothill of a mountain and was founded by Jamyang Choeje in 1416. It was once the home to 10000 monks and Ganden podrang in Drepung is famous as it was the government centre and later moved to the famous potala palace during the fifth dalai lama.
After having lunch, continue to visit the Sera Monastery, which was founded in 1419 by Tsongkapa's disciple Jamchen Choeje. The most attractive is its Buddhist Scriptures debating held in the courtyard mostly around 3:00 - 5:00 in the afternoon.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
Day 4: Lhasa to Tsedang (3500m)
Drive about 4 hours to Tsedang in the morning, which is known as the capital of the ancient Yarlung Kingdom. Take a ferry to cross Yarlung Zangpo River and visit Samye Monastery en-route.
The Samye Monastery is the first temple to be built in Tibet and the first contains three Buddhist jewels of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. With these unique features, this splendid temple has become an attraction for visitors from near and far. Then continue to visit Tsedang.
Stay overnight in Tsedang
Day 5: Tsedang Sightseeing - Yambulakhang Palace, Trundruk Monastery
Drive 7kms to visit Yambulakhang Palace, the first building of Tibet which is built in the 2nd century for Tibetan Kings. It situates on a summit of a small hill on the east bank of the Yarlung River.
Then drive to explore the burial tombs of Tibetan Kings. We will also visit Trundruk Monastery in the afternoon.
Stay overnight in Tsedang
Day 6: Tsedang to Gyantse
Drive about 300km to Gyantse. Passing by the green farmland of Nyangchu Valley, Yamdrok lake, Karo-la glacier roadside at 4960m, we move westwards to the traditional Tibet town, Gyantse.
The most important attraction for today is Yamdro-tso Lake and Kubum monastery in Gyantse. From the top of the pass Kangpa-la at 4700m high, you can see the fabulous shade of deep turquoise Yamdrok Lake if the weather is clear. Kubum monastery has a 35m-high chorten (stupa) with its white layers trimmed with decorative stripes and its crown-like golden dome.
Stay overnight in Gyantse
Day 7: Gyantse-Shigatse-Sakya
In the morning, we drive towards Shigatse. In Shigatse, you will visit the famous Tashilhunpo monastery where you can see the well-preserved largest statue of Jampa (future Buddha) in the world. This monastery is the seat of Tibet's second highest incarnation, the Panchen Lama.
In the afternoon, we drive to the Sakya county where tourists can visit the famous Sakya monastery. It was founded in 1073 and was the principal monastery of the Sakya sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Sakya monastery consists of two parts, northern and southern monastery. The Northern monastery is only visible as a ruin while Southern monastery was built like a fortress, surrounded by a moat.
Stay overnight in Sakya
Day 8: Sakya - Gyirong Port
Drive to Gyirong Port. Pass Mount Shishapangma (26,286 feet) on the way and cross two major passes - the Lalung La (16,811 feet) and the Nyalam Ton La, also known as the "pass to hell” at 17,060 feet. Below Nyalam, the road descends steeply into the river valley of the Bhote Kosi. The flourishing border town of Gyirong clings to the mountainside with the highway crisscrossing between homes and storefronts.
Stay overnight in Gyirong
Day 9: Gyirong-Rasuwagadhi-Kathmandu
Our Guide will drop you off at the border bridge next morning. Walk to cross the border bridge, which is 50m long. Then check in at Nepal side. You can get the Nepal visa upon arrival with 30USD, please prepare one photo at passport size to get Nepal Visa.
The next step, the Nepal tour guide will go across the border bridge to China side which is 50m long to meet you, then you should follow the Nepal tour guide to check in at Nepal side, and drive to your hotel in Kathmandu.
Stay overnight in Kathmandu
Day 10: Kathmandu Sightseeing
Visit Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath in the morning and Patan City in the afternoon.
Kathmandu’s Durbar Square: one of three durbar (royal palace) squares in the Kathmandu Valley. It is the site of the Hanuman Dhoka Palace Complex, which was the royal Nepalese residence until the 19th century and when important ceremonies, such as the coronation of the Nepalese monarch, still take place today.
Swayambhunath: the golden spire of the 5th-century Swayambhu stupa is adorned with a colorful fluttering of prayer flags; it crowns a hill overlooking the Kathmandu Valley and offers fantastic views over the city of Kathmandu. Swayambhunath is one of the most recognizable symbols in Nepal and the painted eyes of Buddha watch all who ascend the worn stone steps. It is a World Heritage Site and one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal, and is at the source of the Valley’s mythical beginning.
Patan City: Patan is 15 minutes driving from Kathmandu. Lalitpur, the city of beauty is separated from Kathmandu only by the Bagmati River and is the second largest town in the valley. Lalitpur is fragmented from other cities due to its substantive architectural ancient masterpieces. Patan's central -Durbar Square, is absolutely packed with temples: It’s an architectural center point with a far greater concentration of temples per sq. meter than in Kathamandu or Bhaktapur.
Stay overnight in Kathmandu
Day 11: Kathmandu Sightseeing
Visit Pashupatinath and Bodhnath City after breakfast and Bhaktapur City in the afternoon. After that, drive to Nagarkot.
Pashupatinath: Pashupatinath is not only the most important Hindu temple in Nepal, but also one of the most important Shiva temples on the subcontinent and draws numerous devotees from all over India each year. Pashupati is considered to have a special concern for the kingdom of Nepal. Pashupatinath, an ancient plinth, on the banks of the holy Bagmati River, stands the 16th century of Pashupatinath - Shiva, as Lord of all Creatures.
Bouddhanath: It is among the largest stupas in South Asia, and has become the focal point of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. The white mound looms are thirty-six meters overhead. The stupa is located on the ancient trade route to Tibet, and Tibetan merchants rested and offered prayers for many centuries. It is also the best place in the Valley to observe Tibetan lifestyle.
Bhaktapur City: Bhaktapur Durbar Square is a conglomeration of pagoda and shikhara style temples grouped around a fifty-five window palace of brick and wood. The square is one of the most charming architectural showpieces of the Valley as it highlights the ancient arts of Nepal. The golden effigies of kings perched on the top of stone monoliths, the guardian deities looking out from their sanctuaries, the wood carvings in every place-strut, lintels, uprights, tympanums, gateways and windows, all seem to form a well orchestrated symphony.
Stay overnight in Nagarkot
Day 12: Nagarkot – Pokhara (230 kms, 6 hours drive)
Have breakfast at Hotel. Appreciate the sunrise and spectacular view of snow-capped mountains and drive from Nagarkot straight to Pokhara by private car and stay overnight in Pokhara.
Nagarkot: Situated about 35 km east of Kathmandu city, Nagarkot is the nearest panoramic view point and from here one can see the beautiful view of the Himalayan peaks. Nagarkot is located between Kathmandu valley in the west and Indrawati in the east. The top of Nagarkot commands accelerating views in all directions. The altitude of Nagarkot is 2229-m/7133m above sea level. Eve: Walk around Nagarkot for 1-2 hours. Sunset view over the Himalayas – if the weather permits.
Stay overnight in Pokhara
Day 13: Pokhara Day Tour
Appreciate Pokhara’s sunrise in the early morning and City tour (Sarangkot for sunrise, Devi's Falls, Caves, Tibetan Refugee Camp, Old Pokhara Bazaar, view of Mt. Annapurna Himal, Barahi Temple and Seti River) and return to hotel in Pokhara.
Pokhara is a beautiful valley which is situated at a height of 2950 ft. with its rare combination of snow clad peaks among the highest in the world, crystal-clear lakes, stream and gorges, picturesque villages inhabited by friendly smiling Gurungs, Magars and other ethnic tribes.
The scenery is breathtaking with excellent views of an overwhelmingly beautiful mountain range which includes the Dhaulagiri, The Annapurna I, II & III, Machha Puchhre or “Fish Tail”, Lamjung Himal, Manaslu & Himalchuli. In Pokhara’s immediate neighborhood are Tibetan villages.
Legend has it that there was once a beautiful city in the valley now filled by the lake. One of the most popular excursions is to paddle out the little island offshore from lakeside. On this island there is a small temple. You will also visit Local Market, Bindebasini Temple, Mahendra cave, Phewa lake, Tibetan refugee Camp, and Davis fall.
Stay overnight in Pokhara
Day 14: Pokhara to Kathmandu (200 kms, 5 hours drive)
Drive back to Kathmandu after breakfast. Transfer to hotel and stay overnight.
Day 15: Kathmandu Departure
You will be transferred to the International airport to connect onward flight.
- Tibet travel permit and all other necessary permits to Tibet;
- All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary;
- Personal knowledgeable English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide;
- Personal comfortable, clean and safe vehicle with reliable Tibetan local driver; vehicle ranging from 4WD land cruiser to minibus depending on your group size;
- All lodging listed in the itinerary; it’s your decision about the accommodation class: luxury 5-star international hotel, comfortable 4-star hotel, economic 3-star hotel or budget hostel, guesthouse or tent. Please tell us your accommodation preference when submitting the enquiry; we will arrange the best-value hotels for you.
- Domestic flight/train tickets listed in the itinerary;
- All meals listed in the above itinerary;
- Tourist accident/casualty insurance;
- First aid kit;
- International flight to and out of China;
- Chinese visa (Note: we could help you with the Chinese visa application, like providing the invitation letter, presenting the hotel or domestic flight reservation copies, etc that you may need. )
- Domestic flight/train not listed in the itinerary. (We can provide you the domestic flight/train ticket booking service at the BEST discount price; please contact us our travel experts for the details.)
- Meals not specified in the itinerary; usually it costs about USD3-15 per person for one meal in TAR (Tibet Autonomous Region).
- Tips and gratitude to tour guide and driver;
- Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks (please do the best to avoid the alcoholic beverages during your Tibet trip), optional tour activities, etc.
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