Tibet Cultural Tour – 8 days
This is a cultural tour to the heartland of Tibet’s ancient civilization rarely visited by many tourist who come to Lhasa. Normal sightseeing place like Potala Palace and monasteries around Lhasa are included in the program. You can see insight of this mystery land.Overview
Arrive Kathmandu. On the next day take a full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu and Patan Durbar square. On third day we fly to Lhasa. Upon arrival we take you to a wonderful and fascinating journey into the cultural heartland of Tibet - Yarlung Valley, Samye gompa, and Lhasa. Yarlung valley is the cradle of Tibetan culture and burial place of first Tibetan king. The valleys are full of legends and myths. The most impressive is regarding Yumbu Lhakhang. It is reputed to be the oldest building in Tibet. Legend has it that this impressive tapering structure was built as a tribute to the first king of Tibet, Nyentri Tsenpo, who is believed to have descended from heaven. These valleys are also known as birthplace of the Tibetan people. The legendary monkey’s cave is way up on a hill called Gangpo Ri known as the ‘Valley of Tombs.’ En-route to Lhasa we travel to Samey, the oldest monastery founded in 779 AD. While in Lhasa we will wander around the Barkor bazaar, its narrow streets and neighborhoods that has rich traditional Tibetan life. Here you have chance to discover Old Tibet. You would be amazed to see the sight of pilgrims prostrating themselves in front of Jhokang temple. Tibetans from remote parts of the country makes their pilgrimage of a life time to Lhasa to prostrate around the temple. In this city center you would encounter tall Khampas with red braids in their hair, Chinese tourists, and traders selling goods that you cannot imagine. We visit photogenic Potala palace, Drepung and Sera monastery. This is a wonderful tour to experience and see insight of Tibetan life, their philosophy and religion. Fly back to Kathmandu, stay overnight and leave Kathmandu next day.
Potala palace was built in 1645 and completed in 1693. It dominates the landscape in Lhasa. The palace is the former winter residence of the Dalai Lama. It used to be the official residence of 13 Dalai Lamas. The magnificent building has over 1000 rooms. Inside there are many chambers; you can see brilliant frescoes paintings and great view of Lhasa. Jokhang temple has valuable relics of Buddha and magnificent statues related to Tibet Buddhism. Often you come across devotees, who have come from far flung of Tibet, prostrating in and around. The sight of pilgrims prostrating themselves in front of Jhokang must be seen to be comprehended. This is something you can never see elsewhere. Jokhan temple in Lhasa is the spiritual center of Tibet where in the summer nomads meet other pilgrims on their way to the high pasture.
Sera monastery is one of the three important monasteries. It was built in 15th century. Once upon a time it used to have 5000 monks. It belongs to Gelugpa order known as Yellow Hat. The other important monastery around Lhasa is Drepung monastery. It used to have 8000 monks. They are thought in the tradition of Vajrayana, Tantra and Sutra.
Visit to the historical place of Zedang involve a long drive. It is 190km to the east of Lhasa in the Yarlung valley which is linked with the birth of Tibet's history. It would be very interesting to visit Samye monastery which is one of the oldest monastery in Tibet. The monastery is simply breathtaking and inspiring.
The flight over the Himalayas makes spectacular crossing rarely seen anywhere in the world. The lush green color in Nepal slowly fades away and arid and dull gray plateau appears which in turn turns into blue sky as you land at Lhasa. The highest mountain in the world, Mt.Everest, and another 8000-meter peak of Mt.Makalu dominates the breathtaking view.
Note: The above itinerary and schedule is a guideline only. It is subject to change due to logistic, local, technical, weather and other condition beyond our control. Best to book 45 days before departure or earlier due to space in the flight. Allow at least 3 nights in Kathmandu before departure. We can customize the tour to suit your requirements.
COST- Private Trip
2 person US$ 1145 per person
3 to 5 person US$ 1125 per person
6 to 9 person US$ 965 per person
10 to 15 person US$ 850 per person
Single Room Supplement US$680
* Departure: Anytime as per your choice of date
- All airport transfer
- Airport transfers and city sightseeing with English speaking tour guide.
- Ground transportation using mini van or coach in Tibet and Nepal
- In Kathmandu and Lhasa accommodation are on bed and breakfast (BB) based on double occupancy using a comfortable hotel
- Tibet Travel Permit and entrance fee are included.
- Visa fees, Airfare
- Personal clothing, sleeping bag
- Personal insurance, medical box, emergency rescue evacuation, oxygen. etc
- Expenses of personal nature like, alcoholic and bottled beverage, laundry, tips, portage (In case of landslide or border crossing)
- Expenses due to flight delay, road disruption, flood, sickness and other contingencies
- Meals (lunch and dinner) in Kathmandu and Tibet are not included.
- Any other services and expenses that are not specifically mentioned are not covered in the cost.
Bhote Chaur Nature Camping – 2 days
Eastern rim of Kathmandu valley provides easy and a quick escape to the mountain
Pikey Lower Solukhumbu Trek – 8 days
This region is totally raw and fascinating. Unlike in the regular trail which is
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- Grade : Moderate
- Max Altitude : 3650 meter at Lhasa
- Best Time : Spring (March-May) Autumn (Oct-Nov)
- Mode of Trip : Hotel
- Trip Days : 8