Day 1: Arrival day in Kathmandu
Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transffered to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle. Overnight at Hotel.
Note: If you happen to arrive after 4pm you would be briefed by our airport representative/guide about tomorrow’s (Day 02) sightseeing activities on the way to your hotel and then the pre trip meeting will be after the sightseeing tour next day. But if you happen to arrive earlier than 4PM your pre trip meeting will be on that very day either at our office or at your hotel. During your pre trip meeting we will introduce you to your leader/guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your trip. For the meeting, please make sure that you bring the passport, three copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer.
"Please provide us your 2 color photos and your original passport to our guide for the process of collecting your Tibet permit as required by the Chinese embassy in Kathmandu". Overnight at Hotel. (No meals included).
Day 2: Pre-trip Meeting and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley
Places we visit: Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath, Swayambhunath & Kathmandu Durbar Square
After a hearty breakfast, at 8.30 am your sightseeing trip will start. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. Today we will visit some heritages listed below:
Pashupatinath: Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most significant Hindu temples of Lord Shiva in the world, located on the banks of the Bagmati River.Though you are not allowed to go inside the temple as it is strictly for Hindus only, you can clearly see the temple and the activities from the eastern bank of the Bagmati River.It is a square two tiered pagoda temple built on a single tier pinth which is famous all over the world.
Boudhanath: Boudhananath is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Kathmandu.It was built in 5th century with four pairs of eyes of Lord Buddha in four cardinal directions keeping an eternal watch over the people and their doings.You will find Buddhist pilgrims from Tibet going round the stupa spinning the prayer wheels.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square: Visit the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the Royal Residential Quarter of Bhupatindra Malla,famous five-storied temple of Nyatapola in Pagoda style Batsala temple,Bhairavnath temple,Duttatraya temple,Pujari Muth and Palace of 55 windows.
The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel area near by your hotel. Later we will collect Tibet Visa and Traveling permit. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa (3,660m)
The adventure begins in Lhasa. The flight from Nepal to Lhasa is considered one of the most beautiful air routes in the world, as it provides sweeping views of Everest (8848m), Kanchenjunga (8536m) and other Himalayan peaks. If traveling via mainland China, there are a wide variety of flights in addition to the world’s highest train route to reach Lhasa. Upon arrival, you will be received by our Tibetan guide at the airport/train station. After approximately 1.5 hours of driving, you will reach Lhasa. It's advisable to rest and take it easy for the remainder of the day due to Lhasa's altitude. Overnight at hotel in Lhasa.
NOTE: Please let us know if you wish to arrive Lhasa via mainland China. We will arrange and send the flight and travelling permit for you.
Day 4: Guided sightseeing in Lhasa (3650 m)
The journey begins with a visit to Sera Monastery, accompanied by an experienced tour guide (who is also a translator). Sera is an exceptional space; its white-washed walls and golden roofs speak of Tibetan Buddhism’s ancient wisdom and tranquility. Equally breathtaking are the gardens and sacred spaces of the Norbulingka, the Dalai Lama’s summer residence. We will also visit the Jokhang Temple followed by Barkhor Markets – a bustling road lined with vendors where you can sample the smells and sounds of Tibet, or browse through the Thankas, masks, prayer beads and countless other treasures inherent to Tibetan custom and tradition. Overnight at a hotel.
Day 5: Second day of guided sightseeing in Lhasa
The highlight of the day is the visit to Potala palace – a UNESCO World Heritage celebrated for its priceless treasury of Buddhist artifacts and bejeweled tombs of past Dalai Lamas. The Potala was also the tallest building in the world for 200 years following its construction in 1645. The group will then move to Drepung Monastery, which was built in 14th century and was home to over 10,000 monks. Drepung was also the educational center for the lineage of Dalai Lamas, and is famed for attracting tens of thousands of pilgrims for its Thanka festival. Drepung has a poignant presence in the spiritual life of Tibetans, and is the most cherished of all Tibet’s monasteries.
In the afternoon, we visit Tibet Museum, officially inaugurated in October of 1999, the museum houses a rich collection of prehistoric cultural relics, including ornate Buddha statues in different postures, imperial jade seals, gifts granted by emperors, colorful Thankas, and various printed Sanskrit and Tibetan scriptures. It is also possible to see variety of folk art such as handicrafts, costumes, jewelry, and pottery. Beyond the collections, the museum building itself is a work of art with its ornamented beams, pillars, lintels, banners and wall hangings in the traditional Tibetan style. Overnight at a hotel.
Day 6: Drive Lhasa to Gyantse (3,950m) - 305 km/ 6 hrs
The group will travel along Friendship Highway, passing Khamba La (4794 m), where there will be the opportunity to appreciate majestic views of Yamdrok?Tso Lake, a deep blue body of water renowned for its unique beauty. The group will also see Nazin Kang Sang glacier standing proud at 7252m. Ahead to the west, we will come across another Karo La pass at 5045m. Following a 261 km drive, we will enter the town of Gyantse, a stunning example of a traditional Tibetan village filled with beautiful stone farmhouses. Overnight at a hotel.
Day 7: Drive to Shigatse (3,900m) - 95 km/ 2 hrs
Gyantse Dzong and the Kumbum are the jewels of Gyantse. Gyantse Dzong is a historical fort built in the 14th century, and overlooks Gyantse and the surrounding Nyang Chu Valley. The Kumbum rises 35km above the town, and is crowned by a golden dome. The grounds boast a chorten (stupa), several chapels and a stunning collection of Tibetan Buddhist murals, which inspired the name of the complex. The word ‘Kubum’ means 100,000 images in Tibetan. After exploring Gyantse, we will take a 90 km drive to Shigatse. The group will stop at Shalu monastery along the way; the structure embodies the Han, Tibetan and Indian styles of architecture. Following a brief look at Shalu, the journey continues in Shigatse, the second largest city of Tibet. Tashilhunpo Monastery is the highlight of Shigatse, as it is one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet. Overnight at hotel in Shigatse.
Day 8: Drive to Shegar or New Tingri (4,150m) via Sakya- 290 km/ 5 hrs
The drive to Shegar is defined by the picturesque landscape – we will pass the small towns of Lhatse and Gyamtso La pass at 5220m. You will have the opportunity to see Natang Monastery (12 kms from Xigatse), then Sakya Monastery, where you can see the largest book in the world in the great library. The book is written entirely in gold. In the evening we reach in Shegar. As the landscape opens into vast plains, many monasteries and camps of nomadic herders become visible in the distance. Overnight at a basic Guesthouse.
Day 9: Drive to Ronguk (5,000m), North Everest Base Camp (5050m) - 115 km/4 hrs
From Shegar, we drive to the south crossing of Pang La pass at 5150m/16890. The trail after leaving highway will be off road. Along the drive, we will bask in the splendor of Makalu and Shishapangma. After driving for 85 km, we will reach Rongbuk, where Mt. Everest is visible. The day will be filled by an exploration of Everest Base Camp. It is now being feasible to drive upto EBC from Rongbuk, we easily reach base camp by our Jeep. The group will also visit Rongbuk Monastery, a Buddhist pilgrimage site founded in 1902 by a Nyingmapa Lama. The cluster of meditation huts has been used by monks and hermits for over 400 years. In addition to the huts, hermits retreated to the many caves that dot the cliff walls around the monastery and valley below. We will walk the very paths used by hermits – ancient trails lined with hundreds of carved stones that embody sacred syllables and prayers. Overnight at a Basic Guesthouse.
Day 10: Drive from Rongbuk to Zhangmu (2300m) - 255 km/5 hrs
At first light we will explore Base Camp and watch sunrise on Mt. Everest. It is a truly awe-inspiring place - the absolute north face of the highest mountain in the world soaring above you. The tour will continue on to Zhangmu through off road & roacky trail upto Lo-Tingri. Driving past Tingri, we will cross Lalung La pass at (5124 m/ 16068 ft) and Shung La pass at (5200 m/ 17056 ft), Nalyam Pass (3800m/12464 ft) which offer enchanting views of Shishapangma, Cho Oyu, Menlungtse and Gauri Shanker. We then descend gradually from the dry Tibetan Plateau. After several hours, you will find yourself amidst the verdant and fertile vegetation of Zhangmu at 2300 meter in the Nepalese border. Overnight at a Basic Guesthouse.
Day 11: Cross the Border and Drive to Kathmandu - 125km (4 to 5 hrs)
A few kilometers drive from Zhangmu to the Friendship Bridge over the Bhote Koshi River brings you to Immigration Control in Kodari, where you will depart with your Tibetan guide and driver, and walk across the river to meet Nepalese guide to drive to Kathmandu. After 4 hours of driving through deep valleys, you arrive in Kathmandu.
In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. Your guide(s) and an office staff will accompany you. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
(Breakfast and Farewell Dinner Included)
Day 12: Transfer to the airport for your final flight departure
The trip concludes – our airport representative will drop you to Kathmandu’s Tribhuwan International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.