Tibet Culture Tour

TRIP OVERVIEW

Trip Information

Trip Introduction This is a circular route tour from Kathmandu to Lhasa in the heart of Tibet, offers some of the most amazing landscapes on the Earth. This trip is perfect for you if you have limited resources in terms of time and money.

 

The friendship highway is one of the most important trade routes between Nepal and Tibet. This has also become a popular tourist route now-a-days. This highway offers a very enchanting view to the tourists and People travelling en-route. Various monasteries like Tashilungpo at shigaste, the Kumbum Stupa at Gyantse etc. are visited that provide a good inshight of the tibetian culture and Buddhism.

The natural Turquoise Lake is a please to watch. This path is a combination offering you both Tibetan and Nepali culture. Roaming Herdsmen and Small Tibetan Settlements are the ones that can offer pleasure times pass and quality trips as well. Come, Join with Ganesh Himal Hiking Team for exploring the glorious Tibetan Culture.

ITINARARY

Day 1 - Arrival in Kathmandu

Altitude: 1350m/4428ft

Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying an Ganesh Himal Hiking Team signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transffered to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle. Overnight at Hotel.
(No meals included).

Day 2 - Pre-trip Meeting and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley

Altitude: 1350m/4428ft

In the morning, after breakfast, At around 8am, we host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce your trek leader/guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your trek. Please make sure you bring 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 inform us in advance if you will be arriving late and therefore are unable to attend the pre-trip meeting.

After the Pre-Trip meeting and breakfast, your sightseeing trip will start at 9.45 AM in the morning. We provide a private vehicle and professional tour guide. We visit Boudhnath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the monasteries surrounding the stupa. After Boudhnath Stupa we visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here we see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. We also visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square, which is a collection of pagoda and shikhara – style temples grouped around a fifty-five-window palace of brick and wood. The attraction of the Bhaktapur Durbar Square are the the Lion gate, the Golden gate, the Palace of fifty five windows, art galleries, the Statue of King Bhupatindra Malla.

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 Travelling permit. Overnight at Hotel.
(Breakfast included)

Day 3 - Drive from Kathmandu to Zhangmu and onto Nyalam (3,750m) - 147km/6hr

Today, we wake up little early morning and take pack breakfast from hotel then prepare to move border. We begin our jeep ride towards Kodari border today covering distance about 115 km. The undulating drive from Kathmandu to border are splendid due to wonderful views of Himalayan ranges from Dhulikhel, driving through different local villages, picturesque views of greenery hilly region and extreme flow of white water in Bhotekoshi river. We will make tea break in zero kilo small town (40 km) and drive further straight to Kodari. Reach border and go through immigration formalities in Nepal side, walk through the friendship bridge for Chinese Immigration & take further one & half hours switch-back drive uphill to Nyalam (3750 m.). Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 4 - Drive from Nylam to Lhatse (4,350m)- 210 km/5 hrs

Morning: after breakfast we will start easy ride up, there is the main checkpost to enter further up at Nyalam. We will be visiting Milarepa's cave enroute lies at 10 km drive from Nyalam, that is belongs to the famous Tibetan saint Milareppa, who was known as a famous Tibetan tantric and poet too. Further continuing a couple of hours drive will take us to Lablung-La (5100 m) from where you can see the magnificent view of the Himalayan range including Mt. Shisapangma, the highest mountain in Tibet. We treat this trip as a pleasant journey passing through Tingri offering the great views of the Himalayas in the South including Mt. Everest & Choyu on clear weather days. Similarly, you will be crossing a 5220 meters high pass called "Gyatso La" today via passing through new town – New Tingri (Xegar) and continuing riding down to the fertile valley of Lhatze for overnight stay. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast Included).

Day 5 - Drive to Xigatse (3,900m) via sakya monastery, 205 km/4 hrs.

A typical day riding between the villages to Shigatse, the second largest city of Tibet. The ride today is across Yulung La (4950 meters). On the way, we will also visit Sakya Monastery which is one of the largest Monastery in Tibet for Sakya sect of Buddhism, where you can see the largest book in the world in the great library which is written entirely in gold. Sakya situated 21 km off the friendship highway. Also we visit to Natang Monastery after getting close to Shigatse town (12 km ahead). After reaching Shigatse, we will transfer you in a better hotel and relax. If interested, you can visit the "Tashilunpo Monastery", the residence or official throne of Pancen Lama built in 1447. This is a vast monastery with its own streets, housing sectors, plazas, back alleys and complex of temples and halls. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast Included)

Day 6 - Drive to Gyantse (3,900m)- 95km/2hrs

After visiting Tashilunpo, your drive on to Gyantse takes us through intensely agricultural, cultivated areas. Much of the gravel road is lined with poplar trees, which are a distinctly Tibetan feature. The drive on this day is just 95 km with enroute visiting Shalu Monastery. Gyantse is a stunning example of a traditional Tibetan village filled with beautiful stone farmhouses. Gyantse consist its amazing sites - Khumbum, Palkor Chode Monastery and Gyantse Dzong. Gyantse Dzong and the Khumbum 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. This excursion will also take you to an old castle, Kumbum and Palkhor Chode monastery. The hotel in Gyantse has good facilities, like the one in Shigatse. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast Included)

Day 7 - Drive to Lhasa (3,650m) via the yamdrok Tso - 305 km/6 hrs

Enhance your journey with much interesting towards the turquoise Lake "Yamdruk Tso". You will be crossing the high pass of "Karo La" at 5050m & the Kamba- La (4794 m) and the Yarlung River (Brahmaputra), the journey ends in Lhasa. 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. On arriving in Lhasa you may feel as though we have left Tibet and entered China, for the Chinese influence - signs, people on the street, development - is ever more pervasive. And upon reaching Lhasa itself, you will see the picture of old Tibet by the new layers of Chinese infrastructure. Lhasa is a sprawling, modern Chinese city but we will stay there for two full days to acclimatize and take in the awe-inspiring Potala and other parts of this World heritage site Elevation - 3650 metres. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast Included)

Day 8 - Guided Tour in Lhasa

The journey begins with a visit to Potala palace – a UNESCO World Heritage celebrated for its priceless treasury of Buddhist artifacts and bejeweled tombs of past Dalai Lamas. 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.
(Breakfast Included)

Day 9 - Guided Tour in Lhasa

We continue our city tour with Sera Monastery, accompanied with our experienced tour guide. Sera is an exceptional space; its white-washed walls and golden roofs speak of Tibetan Buddhism’s ancient wisdom and tranquility. 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. Overnight in Lhasa. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast Included)

Day 10 - Flight from Lhasa to Kathmandu

Early morning drive to Gongar airport for departure flight to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
(Breakfast Included)

Day 11 - Leisure day in Kathmandu

You have the option to extend your trip to continue onto Chitwan jungle safari, rafting adventure, Kathmandu valley shopping tour, scenic Everest flight, mountain biking and other activities. 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.
(Breakfast Included)

INCLUDES & EXCLUDES

Accommodation

Accomodations

Hotels in Tibet are categorized as category “A”, Category “B” and category “C”. You will be provided with accommodations in one of the categories “A”, “B” hotels in main cities of Tibet and during the days in the remote areas of Tibet, you will spend the night in the tented camps. All accommodations are in twin sharing basis and you will be charged extra if you want a single supplement.

Meals

All meals (full Board) will be provided during the trip. A variety of meals are available in most of the Hotels in Bhutan. Non-vegetarian dishes are generally available in most parts of Bhutan - pork, beef, chicken, and fish. The best way to get a good meal is to request hotels and restaurants for the best and freshest meal available.

 

Best Season

The best seasons to join this trip are Spring (March to June) and in the Autumn (September to November). The weather is clear and views are breathtaking.

 

Additional information

You can seek any additional information by directly contacting us.

TRIP INFO

Accomodations

Hotels in Tibet are categorized as category “A”, Category “B” and category “C”. You will be provided with accommodations in one of the categories “A”, “B” hotels in main cities of Tibet and during the days in the remote areas of Tibet, you will spend the night in the tented camps. All accommodations are in twin sharing basis and you will be charged extra if you want a single supplement.

Meals

All meals (full Board) will be provided during the trip. A variety of meals are available in most of the Hotels in Bhutan. Non-vegetarian dishes are generally available in most parts of tibet - pork, beef, chicken, and fish. The best way to get a good meal is to request hotels and restaurants for the best and freshest meal available.

Best Season

The best seasons to join this trip are Spring (March to June) and in the Autumn (September to November). The weather is clear and views are breathtaking.

Luggage/Backpack:

You have to carry your own small baggage containing your own water bottle, towel, tissue or toilet paper, camera or any other stuff which you usually carry and this small baggage should be carried by yourself. Some of the gears and clothes which are not needed during your trip can be left in the hotel safe deposit box carefully locking it properly and for the deposit there will be no charges so, you can freely keep your belongings which are not needed..  

Guide:

We the company Ganesh Himal hiking team will be providing you the well expert trained/experienced guide who will be handling all your trip issue. Like if you are in a huge group tour like more than 10 people than we will be providing you an extra guide which will be divided into two groups or more than three according to the number of people in the group. 

Personal Expenses:

Your personal expenses should be deposited by yourself like if you addicted to alcohol and all the alcohol you consume during your trip should be paid by yourself that goes to snacks or any other additional meals. Though the cost of accommodation and meals are included in package but such additional meals and drinks- alcohol and non-alcohol beverage, snacks, tips for guide and porters, hot shower- accessible only in some hotel, entrance fee etc It is up to you whether you like to give tips to the guide and porter, if you are satisfied with their services then you can tip them.

Our Greetings at Airport:

We suggest you that when you are confirmed for this trip we advise you to give us your international flight schedule so, we the team can easily get to you and pick you up from the airport on time. As soon as you finish processing the customs formalities and come out from there and there you can find our representative carrying a signboard of Ganesh Himal Hiking Team and the team will greet you and take you to the hotel in private vehicle. Like if you have already booked the hotel by your own then we advise informing the hotel that you are staying so it will be easy for our representative to drop you at the hotel.

Itinerary and Possible Changes on it:

Our usual itinerary is main customary and pragmatic which has also included your arrival day, departure day. If you like to adjust the itinerary we can set it for you as per your desire so, before that let us know before booking the trip and then we will arrange the itinerary and the cost. Like if you like to extend more days then we will even manage it for you as in our package we have kept extra day because we don’t know the situation of Himalaya weather it suddenly changes and faces problems like delayed flights or cancellation of flight.

Booking and Payment:

For booking any trip, first you have to deposit 20% in advance if you are confirmed for the trip you have to send even your flight detail schedule, a passport photocopy and if you cancel the booking then this 20% is not -refundable.  The remaining 80% can be paid when you reach Kathmandu and if you want to pay in advance you can deposit it by transferring through a bank, credit card, even throughout Pay pal account lets us know then we will be sending you the detail for payment.

Customer Reviews

Rating:


An amazing trip with Ganesh Himal Hiking to Kathmandu, Mt. Everest BC, Pokhara and Chitwas

hil32015 | Spokane, Washington | October 26 , 2014

Rating: 5 - Excellent

We received outstanding personal service from Binod and his team at Ganesh Himal Hiking Team. It was an exceptional experience in every way. We were met at the airport, he gave us personal transportation along with many great tours to cultural sites in Kathmandu, he took us to some wonderful restaurants and he set us up in a very nice hotel in Thammel. Binod really knows how to take great care of his clients with a personal touch. We also loved meeting his mother, father and his family which added greatly to our cultural experience in Nepal.

Additionally, Binod's brother Bishnu, was our guide on our trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp. Bishnu took excellent care of my trekking partner and me throughout the trek to Everest Base Camp and back. Our trek was also an amazing cultural experience as well as a remarkable trekking experience! We loved the Nepalese people and, of course, we loved seeing the incredible scenery. Also, Binod personally guided us on a trip to Pokhara, Nepal where he arranged for us a guided rafting trip, a paragliding trip and a trip to Chitwan National Park where we did a tour on the back of an elephant spotting wildlife and we were able to attend a nice cultural program. The accommodations in Pokhara and the food were fantastic. I highly recommend Binod and his Ganesh Himal Hiking Team to anyone who is interested in receiving the best service and the best trekking and cultural experience in Nepal.

Visited October 2015

Price from USD 2,300 p/p
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Duration: 12 Days

Difficulty: Easy

Activities: Sightseeing & Cultural visit

Departure City: Kathmandu

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Trip style: Luxury

Country: Nepal

Region: Tibet

Price: USD 2,300

Group size: Minimum 1

Best Season: Any Season

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