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Tibet & Nepal

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Tibet & Nepal

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Spread all over Kathmandu you'll find many temples with lingams that are covered with offerings for the god Shiva. |Nepal



Chisopani is a vibrant town on a hill.



The tour to Nagarkot leads through a forest area, over hills, along rice fields and small villages.



Discover this old Newari- town with a couple of beautiful temples, the Indreshwar Mahadev being the most famous of them.|Nepal



Bhaktapur is the most picturesque of the three royal cities of Nepal. This is the place to buy wooden carvings and Nepalese puppets. |Nepal



To visit a Tibetan monastery is a unique experience. Visit the Sera and Drepung monastery in Lhasa. |Tibet



Samye is a very isolated place and away from any traffic. It is the perfect place to enjoy the monastery and village life. |Tibet



Climb the top of the Gyantse Dzong. You'll be rewarded with a fantastic view. |Tibet



Visit the Tashi Lunpho monastery. The monastery consists of the most beautiful halls of prayer and great statues.



Visit the Sakya monastery that lays central as a massive Mongolian fort. |Tibet



During your visit of Rongbuk you'll enjoy the view of Mount Everest. Early in the morning, you've got the best chance of getting an intriguing view. |Tibet


Day to Day description

Transport Route Overnight stay
1 Kathmandu Kathmandu
2 Kathmandu Kathmandu
3 Bus, Walk Kathmandu - Sundarijal - Chisopani Chisopani
4 Walk Chisopani - Nagarkot Nagarkot
5 Bus, Walk Nagarkot - Dhulikel - Panauti Panauti (homestay)
6 Bus Panauti - Bhaktapur Bhaktapur
7 Bus, Plane Bhaktapur - Lhasa Lhasa
8 Lhasa Lhasa
9 Lhasa Lhasa
10 Lhasa Lhasa
11 Lhasa Lhasa
12 Bus Lhasa - Samye Samye
13 Samye Samye
14 Bus Samye - Yamdrok Tso - Gyantse Gyantse
15 Bus Gyantse - Shigatse Shigatse
16 Bus Shigatse - Sakya Sakya
17 Bus Sakya - Rongbuk (Everest Base Camp) Rongbuk
18 Bus Rongbuk - Kyirong Kyirong
19 Bus Kyirong - Trishuli Trishuli
20 Bus Trishuli - Kathmandu Kathmandu
21 Kathmandu Kathmandu
22 Kathmandu End of tour


Day 1: Kathmandu

Welcome to Nepal!

Your tour commences in Kathmandu. Your hotel room will be available at around noon. You will also meet your tour leader at this time, in the hotel lobby.

Few cities capture the imagination like Kathmandu. The Kathmandu Valley is the heart of Nepal and combines a beautiful natural setting with an abundance of temples, monasteries and other beautifully crafted buildings. Amid the immensely fertile rice fields surrounded on all sides by mountains, are the three royal cities, Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur, once the capitals of as many principalities.

As you fly over the valley, you see how remote it actually is but this small area houses the vast majority of Nepal's cultural attractions, enough to keep you occupied for days and days.

Day 2: Kathmandu

Today you are free to explore Kathmandu.

It is possible to go rafting, our agent can arrange that as an optional trip for you. This sport has been increasing during the years in popularity. That in itself is not surprising because a trip on a rubber raft on a wild river between the mountains is a breathtaking experience, without training or much technique required. Rafting in Nepal is mainly held on the Trisuli, Sun Kosi and Kali Gandaki. For first timers, these rivers are a great challenge, with plenty of sporting obstacles in a varied region. For the high season months, there are no special measures to take against the cold since both the water and air are warm. However, a rain jacket can be handy for sections with constant water splashing. It is obviously important to bring swimwear. In the winter, rafting is unpleasantly cold.

Day 3: Kathmandu - Sundarijal - Chisopani

Continue your trip through Nepal to the town Sundarijal. This is your starting point for a nice 3-day trek through the Kathmandu Valley. You will carry your own daypack. There is an experienced mountain guide with you and you will stay in small, simple hotels/guesthouses. Today you walk a beautiful route in approximately 4 hours to Chisopani. This beautiful village consists of several guesthouses and restaurants.

Note: Those who would rather skip the walk, can take a taxi instead, at their own expense.

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Day 4: Chisopani - Nagarkot

Today you walk from Chisopani to Nargarkot, taking approximately 6-7 hours. Again you leave early in the morning from your hotel, taking water and a packed lunch for the road. The tour leads through the woods, over hills, past rice fields and small villages. (Those who prefer to skip the walk can take the local bus or taxi at their own expense).

At the end of the afternoon you arrive in Nargarkot. From the hotel you have, if weather permits, a fantastic view of the Kathmandu valley and the white snow-capped Drojee Lakpa, Langtang and Ganesh Himal.

Day 5: Nagarkot - Dhulikel - Panauti

The hike today (approximately 5 hours) takes you on a path with beautiful views and lovely Tamang villages to Dhulikel. From Dhulikel you drive to Panauti. In the afternoon you can look around this old Newari town with its temples.

In Panauti you stay 2 persons per family in a homestay with dinner and breakfast included.

Note: If you do not want to walk, you can take a taxi from Nagarkot to Panauti. The cost for this must be settled yourself (excluded).

Day 6: Panauti - Bhaktapur

You drive today to Bhaktapur, the smallest of the three royal cities in the Kathmandu Valley. Bhaktapur exudes a medieval atmosphere. This is due to the absence of modern commodities like electricity and motorized transport. The brick houses, charming squares and winding streets add to this. The inhabitants of Bhaktapur include skilled potters, and the doll makers are known for their ornate carvings. This is a good location for a nice souvenir. Bargaining is commonplace here. The entrance fee for Bhaktapur is included in the fare.

Day 7: Bhaktapur - Lhasa

Today you'll travel to Kathmandu and then by plane to Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. During the flight you have a phenomenal view of the Tibetan highlands and the snowy peaks of the Himalayas. Immediately after landing you will notice the increased altitude. Tibet on average, is about 4000 meters in altitude and the thin air is something to be reckoned with. Along the broad Brahmaputra river you will travel by bus to the holy city of Lhasa which is situated at 3600 meters. Along the way you will enjoy the beautiful panorama: from the barren, rugged mountains to the small villages awash with fluttering prayer flags. Enthusiasts can set off at lunchtime to already start to explore the city. A nice way to begin would be by looking at the Barkor square where the Jokhang temple is situated.

Day 8: Lhasa

We can take it easy for a few days to get used to the altitude and the impressive capital. Lhasa has experienced reasonable growth rates in recent years, especially by the Chinese construction on the outskirts of the city. Lhasa is dominated by the huge Potala palace of the Dalai Lama which is located on the Marpo Ri (Red Hill). The palace is coloured in white and red and consists of a temporal part, an administrative part and a religious part. In total the complex covers more than a thousand rooms. Many of them are closed, but some former private residences of the Dalai Lama and some beautiful religious halls are available for visiting. The religious halls give a nice impression of the wealth of the palace: the gold shines everywhere and the walls are brightly coloured with tangka's, banners with sacred Buddhist paintings. The several stupas where former Dalai Lamas are buried are also impressive and the view from the roof of the giant complex, situated on a rocky outcrop, is incredible. *A voucher for Potala is included however please note that you will still need to purchase the entrance ticket.

Day 9: Lhasa

You have a free day. Jokhang Temple forms the center of Lhasa, the famous pilgrimage site in Tibet. From all over the country Tibetans of all minorities journey to Lhasa to make sacrifices and to pray. That makes Lhasa eminently fascinating. The colourful mix of pilgrims gather en masse at the Barkhor Bazar, the square in front of the temple. Here they run around the temple. The really seasoned believers not only run, but lie down, move forward a bit, stand up again and then repeat. Inside the temple there is a special religious atmosphere. Hundreds of yak butter lamps shine brightly through the semi-darkness and there are many Buddha statues and other religious images. Prayer wheels adorn the space. These wooden tubes are filled with scriptures like 'Om Mani Padme Hum "(Jewel in the Lotus), a familiar mantra. Each time a prayer wheel rotates about its' axis, the prayers (according to the Lamaist interpretations) are sent forth into the world.

Day 10: Lhasa

You have a free day once more. Lhasa and its' surrounding area has so much more to visit: the summer palace of the Dalai Lama (Norbulingka), many temples, the ancient Tibetan town and the Sera and Drepung monasteries, just outside the city. Thousands of monks once lived together in large village communities. Even now several hundred monks live in the Drepung Monastery. The lama monks are easily recognizable by their dark shawls, and often they wear a yellow cap. They are a friendly and spontaneous people and it is impressive to see them debating in the central square.

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Day 11: Lhasa

Free day. The tour leader can organize on one of the free days in Lhasa, an optional excursion to Ganden. The Ganden monastery was founded in 1409 by Zongkapa and it is one of the most spectacular places of Tibet. It lies at 4500 meters in altitude and is 63 kilometers east of Lhasa. The Ganden monastery is the birthplace of the Gelugpa sect and was almost entirely destroyed at the beginning of the Cultural Revolution. Currently it is undergoing intensive restoration. In Ganden printing house you can visit the place where Tibetan prayer books are hand-printed. It is a good idea to follow a group of pilgrims and walk the pilgrims tour (Korla) with them because the Kyichu Valley and the distant snow capped mountains are very special.

Day 12: Lhasa - Samye

After captivating Lhasa you continue your journey through the magnificent Himalayas, over high passes and through small villages, glaciers and tranquil lakes.

Next to the holy Yarlung River (also known as Brahmaputra) is the almost magical Samye Monastery, the first monastery of Tibet.

The accommodation in Samye is simple. You spend the night in a double room with shared facilities. In the courtyard is a handpump as the rooms have no running water. There is however a thermos with hot water available.

Day 13: Samye

You are free to discover Samye. The Samye Monastery was founded in 779 by Tritsong Detsen, the Second Religious King, aided by two Buddhist teachers from India: Shantaraksita and Padmasambhava. Besides a tour of this special monastery and experiencing a prayer service, you can also take a look at the village. A wonderful but challenging hike can be made to the top of the Hepori hill. From this holy hill, the view of the monastery and the surrounding environment is very dramatic.

Day 14: Samye - Yamdrok Tso - Gyantse

You travel onwards to Gyantse, where you overnight. From the Kamba Pass (4794 meters) there is a tremendous view of the holy, heavenly blue Yamdrok Tso Lake.

Gyantse is quite a typical Tibetan city with traditional houses and a pleasant atmosphere. It is wonderfully situated: on the central plateau the Dzong is situated on a high rock, an imposing fortress, and open to the public for those active enough and with spectacular panoramic views from the higher reaches.

Gyantse is best known for the giant Kumbum, the largest chorten in Tibet. A Chorten is a stupa or type of pagoda. Inside are sacred objects such as Buddha statues and books. Among the 9 floors are 108 chapels which contain many Buddha images (Kumbum means '100,000 images of the Buddha') The Tibetan guide will tell you all you need to know about the area.

Day 15: Gyantse - Shigatse

We leave Gyantse and continue through some important agricultural areas of Tibet until we reach the second city and the capital of the Tsang province: Shigatse. The total journey time today is two hours (90 miles).

Shigatse used to be an important trading town. Later it became known for the Tashilhunpo monastery, the seat of the Panchen Lama (after the Dalai Lama, the most important spiritual leader of Tibet). The Tashilhunpo Monastery is a huge complex, restored in recent years. See the mighty golden statue of Maitreya (26 meters), one of the manifestations of the Buddha and the Great Hall, a prayer room in which four hundred monks can gather at once. Typical of cities in Tibet, Shigatse has an old Tibetan part and a newer Chinese area.

You are free to explore. Perhaps make the 8 km kora walk along the huge thanka wall and the ruins of the citadel. Or maybe just relax with a quiet beer on one of the terraces overlooking the fort.

Day 16: Shigatse - Sakya

Taking about half a day, you drive to Sakya, southwest of Shigatse. You’ll traverse another high pass in the ''Tso-la'' (4950 meters). After the pass, you take the exit to Sakya, to visit this beautiful village. You follow the river, a route that during the summer may not be possible. A monolithic structure, which initially seems like a fortress, comes into view. This is the Sakya Monastery. The monastery of the formerly powerful Sakyapa sect was largely spared the destruction that other sites had suffered in the sixties and seventies. The monastery houses a unique library (usually closed to the public) and original frescoes.

Day 17: Sakya - Rongbuk (Everest Base Camp)

Today you have a long, bumpy, but fantastically beautiful drive ahead to the monastery of Rongbuk and Mount Everest. You leave Lhatse, pass the exit to Western Tibet and finally reach the 5220-meter high mountain pass of Gyatso. From here, you get to see the first panoramic view of the north side of the world's highest mountains.

You continue the journey to the Qomolangma Nature Preserve, the park where Mount Everest is. Our driver takes you to a viewpoint from where you see the mountain giants for the first time; Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu. You continue driving through valleys, past villages and enjoy the stunning scenery.

Day 18: Rongbuk - Kyirong

There will be enough time for those who want, to make the 8-km walk to Everest Base Camp this morning. It is not a difficult walk but because of the altitude and cold wind, it is still a tough trip.

The bus then takes you to the Chinese border at Kyirong.

NB: Along the route between Rongbuk and the border and in Nepal, there are often landslides that can cause delays. In this situation, or if the road is damaged by excessive rainfall, you may well have to walk a lot. In that case, there are often porters who are willing to carry your luggage for a fee so make sure you have some cash (Dollars) in your pocket.

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Day 19: Kyirong - Trishuli

There are sometimes many trucks waiting for the border, which can mean that it is not possible for our bus to drive right up to the border point. In that case, we walk the last part. You say goodbye to your Tibetan driver and guide. The border formalities are generally handled quite quickly and the bus is ready to take you to Trishuli in Nepal.

Day 20: Trishuli - Kathmandu

The road between the border and Kathmandu is not in a very good condition. Part of the day is spent travelling. After arrival in Kathmandu, you can explore the city further. On a hill, about 2 km outside the city center, is Swayambunath. The legend goes that in the place where the temple now stands was once a lake. On the lake floated a lone lotus flower. When the bodhisattva Manjusri emptied the lake with a slash of his sword, the lotus flower settled on top of the hill and transformed itself into the stupa. Hence the name Swayambhu (self-made) Stupa. The entrance is full of monkeys. The climb is well worth the effort as from the top you have an amazing view over the city!

Day 21: Kathmandu

Free day in Kathmandu. You may like to make a walk to Pashupatinath, a famous Shiva temple. The temple is located on the holy Bagmati River, which flows into the Ganges. Along the banks you will find many morning rituals taking place, such as purification and pre-cremation rituals. Half-naked Sadhu's are sitting here meditating and believing Indians and Nepalese wash their sins away.

You can also visit the royal city of Patan. As impossible as it may seem, there are even more temples per square mile than in the capital of the country. It's a lot quieter, which after some time in bustling Kathmandu can also be nice.

Day 22: Kathmandu

The last day of your tour. The tour will end in Kathmandu, usually at 12 noon. The group will normally fly back later today. We wish you a comfortable journey home and are sure you will take with you some wonderful memories of Tibet and Nepal.

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When booking your tour, please check to see whether you need any post-tour nights, bearing in mind that accommodation for the night of the final day of the tour (day 22) is not included.

At least 6 weeks before departure, we need your correct passport data for the reservations of train tickets. These are reserved by our agent according to your official name as it appears in your passport (for example, this may be the maiden name for married women). If your data is not filled in correctly, this may cause problems on the spot as the tickets are non-changeable and often cannot be booked again.

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