17 Days Scenic Tour of Tibet and Nepal
(TNT007) Lhasa - Namtso Lake - Everest Base Camp - Gyirong Port - Nagarkot - Chitwan - Pokhara
Escorted by private guide and vehicle; leave 365 days a year!
Easy - suitable for all levels 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 itinerary takes tourists to explore one of the most spectacular natural scenery of Tibet, including sacred Namtso Lake and Everest Base Camp, and moves to famous resort Nagarkot and Pokhara in Nepal to appreciate Mt. Himalaya. Besides, tourists can enjoy wildlife in Chitwan, a well-known jungle in Nepal.
While travelling from Tibet to Nepal via Sino-Nepal highway, you will enjoy the three cultural and historical cities: Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, where the essence of Tibetan religion, monasteries and palaces can be seen.
At a GlanceDay 1
Arrive in Lhasa by Train or by FlightDay 2
Lhasa sightseeing - Potala Palace/Tibet Museum/Jokhang Temple/BarkhorDay 3
Lhasa Sightseeing - Drepung Monastery/Sera MonasteryDay 4
Lhasa to Namtso Lake and drive back to Damxung (B)Day 5
Damxung to Lhasa via Chimelong Nunnery and Tsurphu Monastery (B)Day 6
Lhasa/Yamdrotso lake/Gyangtse/ShigatseDay 7
Shigatse/Lhatse/Tingri (Shegar)/Tingri/Rongphu MonasteryDay 8
Rongbuk - GyirongDay 9
Nagarkot –Bhaktapur City- Kathmandu (230 kms, 6 hours drive)Day 11
Kathmandu Day Tour - Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and Swayambhunath StupaDay 12
Kathmandu to ChitwanDay 13
Jungle Activities in ChitwanDay 14
Chitwan to PokharaDay 15
Pokhara Day TourDay 16
Pokhara to KathmanduDay 17
Departure from Kathmandu
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive in Lhasa by Train or by Flight
Upon your arrival, your local tour guide will pick you up at the airport/railway station and escort you to your hotel in Lhasa. The rest of the day is for you to take a good rest so as to adapt yourself to the high altitude of Lhasa.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
Day 2: Lhasa sightseeing - Potala Palace/Tibet Museum/Jokhang Temple/Barkhor
In the morning, we visit the famous Potala palace and explore the grandest of this myriad chapel, and 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, as a free Museum in Lhasa, you couldn’t afford to 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 (the religious circling around Barkhor street)
Stay overnight in Lhasa
Day 3: Lhasa Sightseeing - Drepung Monastery/Sera Monastery
Today, you will visit two important monasteries in Lhasa, the Drepung and the Sera.
Drepung monastery, founded by Jamyang Choeje in 1416, is situated at the foothill of a mountain. It was once home to10000 monks and Ganden podrang in Drepung was famous for its vital political role during the fifth dalai lama and later was moved to the famous potala palace during the fifth dalai lama.
After lunch, we continue to visit the Sera Monastery founded in 1419 by Tsongkapa's disciple Jamchen Choeje. The most dramatic scene is its Buddhist Scriptures debate held in the debating courtyard mostly around 6:00 - 7:30 in the afternoon.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
Day 4: Lhasa to Namtso Lake and drive back to Damxung (B)
In the morning, drive from Lhasa to Lake Namtso, one of the four holy lakes of Tibet and also the highest saline lake in the world. On the way, you can see snow-capped Nyenchen Thanglha Mountain Ranges and lots of nomads and their tent with grazing yak and sheep densely-populated on the flourishing grassland (in summer). Besides, you can enjoy the view of the Sky-Road Railway with snow mountain background; while standing at the famous Lagenla Pass(5190m), you can view the stunning vista of holy Namtso Lake.
Then we can enjoy our time doing a leisurely trek around Tashi Dor Island and along the lakeshore.
Drive back to Damxung. (For environment protection, the Lakeshore guesthouses were close by the government.)
Stay overnight in Damxung.
Day 5: Damxung to Lhasa via Chimelong Nunnery and Tsurphu Monastery (B)
After breakfast, we will first visit Chimelong Nunnery (Phyirmil Lung Nunnery). Roam over the peaceful small nunnery and get an idea of different Buddhist studies in Tibet, you may also spot a sky burial site (Tibet funeral site) in the distance.
Then, we can go to Tsurphu Monastery, the seat of the Karmapa branch of the Kagyupa order of Tibetan Buddhism. Here, you can learn more about the ‘Black Hats', the Karma Kagyupa school of Tibetan Buddhism. In the summertime (June to September), we can also go for a ‘ Linka outing’ (Tibetan-style picnic) in the small village at the foot of the hill of Tsurphu Monastery.
Finally, we will drive back to Lhasa.
Stay overnight in Lhasa.
Today’s Cultural Tips: Sky burial is a funeral practice commonly seen in Tibet. The corpse will be disposed of and later devoured by vultures. In Tibetan Buddhism, sky burial is believed to represent their wishes to go to heaven. Only family members of the dead can attend the funeral.
Day 6: Lhasa/Yamdrotso lake/Gyangtse/Shigatse
Passing by the green farmland of Nyangchu Valley, Holy Yamdro-tso lake, Grand Karo-la glacier roadside at 4960m, we move westwards to the second biggest city Shigatse, an Area spiritually hosted by Pamchan Lama.
Today's highlights are Yamdro-tso Lake and Kubum monastery in Gyantse. Yamdro-tso Lake is shaped like coiling scorpion with deep blue in colour and 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 Shigatse
Day 7: Shigatse/Lhatse/Tingri (Shegar)/Tingri/Rongphu Monastery
Drive westwards the Friendship way to Tingri. There is about 90km bumpy road from Tingri to Rongpuk. From Tingri to E.B.C tourists will experience bumpy road, pass the wild grassland, cross the rapids river and high mountains.
If the weather is fine, you can have a glimpse of four mountains which are 8000m high or more, that is, Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Everes (8848m), Mt. Qowowuyag (8201m), Mt Mayalu (8463m).
Stay overnight at Rongphu Monastery (Tent or Guest House)
Day 8: Rongbuk - Gyirong
We get up early in the morning to see the sunrise from Rongphu, then move to view Mt. Everest. After that, we go down from Rongbuk to Shegar. Then you will go west to Gyirong with our tour guide.
We'll 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 Port clings to the mountainside with the highway crisscrossing between homes and storefronts.
Stay overnight in Gyirong
Day 9: Gyirong-Rasuwagadhi-Nagarkot
Our guide will drop you off at next morning at the border bridge. You are kindly required to walk on your own to cross the border bridge which is 50m long, then check in 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 cross the border bridge to China side which is 50m long to meet you, and then you follow the Nepal tour guide to check in Nepal side, and then drive you to your hotel in Nagarkot.
Stay overnight in Nagarkot
Day 10: Nagarkot –Bhaktapur City- Kathmandu (230 kms, 6 hours drive)
Nagarkot: is situated about 35 km east of Kathmandu city, it is the nearest panoramic view point and from here one can see the beautiful view of the Himalayan peaks. Have breakfast at Hotel and see the sunrise and spectacular view of Snow Mountains and drive from Nagarkot straight to Kathmandu via Bhaktapur.
Bhaktapur City is one of three ancient cities of Kathmandu Valley; 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.
Day 11: Kathmandu Day Tour - Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and Swayambhunath Stupa
In the morning, first drive to Pashupatinath temple which is situated 5 kilometers east of Kathmandu City and one of the holiest temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Then continue driving to Boudhanath Stupa, 8 kilometers east of Kathmandu City. Boudhanath Stupa is one of the biggest of its kind in the world.
After lunch, drive to Swayambhunath Stupa, located approximately 4 kilometers west of Kathmandu city. This Buddhist Stupa is said to be 2000 years old.
Stay overnight in Kathmandu
Day 12: Kathmandu to Chitwan
We get up early in the morning to catch tourist coach to Chitwan. If you take flight, it only takes 35 minutes. While the driving takes 6 hours. As soon as you arrive in Chitwan the trip briefing will be given with welcome drink. You will be doing Elephant safari, Jungle walk and at evening Tharu cultural show in Chitwan.
Stay overnight in Chitwan
Day 13: Jungle Activities in Chitwan
Day 14: Chitwan to Pokhara
Drive from Chitwan to Pokhara.
Day 15: Pokhara Day Tour
After breakfast we proceed to Pokhara valley sightseeing by private vehicle including: Devi's fall, Mahendra cave, Vindhyabashini temple, White river (Seti Gorge), Regional Museum.
Stay overnight in Pokhara
Day 16: Pokhara to Kathmandu
Drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara.
Day 17: Departure from Kathmandu
You will be transferred to Kathmandu airport for your 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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