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A Tibetan Odyssey
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* A mesmerizing dramatic journey on the Trans-Himalayan highway, dramatic landscapes
* Rich Buddhist culture, isolated rolling valleys, traditional villages, crossing of thrilling pass
* Enriched with flora and fauna amidst the towering peaks and breathe-taking views and turquoise large lakes

Introduction:
An adventurous journey which covers most of the best parts of Tibet, truly a fabulous tour which offers awesomely beautiful picturesque landscape, colourful people and their culture, tranquil lakes, numerous high passes with stunning views of the mountains. Enriched by the ancient most lavishly decorated monasteries and temples with chanting saffron colored monks, ever smiling faces of people and their typical lifestyle all contributes to this trip a memory of your lifetime. A land so rich in culture, tradition and steeped in religion with its unique landscape, casts an enchanted spell that holds you in thrill and excitement.

Outline Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: A half day tour in Kathmandu at places of interest.
Day 03: Fly to Lhasa and transfer to respective Hotels.
Day 04-05: Tour of Lhasa famed monasteries and Barkor market.
Day 06: Drive to Ganden Monastery & Eastern Lhasa Valley.
Day 07-08: Drive to Namtsho and to Tashi do.
Day 09: Drive to back to Lhasa.
Day 10: Drive to Gyantse 5-6 hrs.
Day 11: Drive to Shigatse. 2-3 hrs rides.
Day 12: Drive to Rongbuk Monastery & Everest BC via Sakya Monastery.
Day 13: Drive to Zhangmu 5-6 hrs.
Day 14: Drive back to Kathmandu 5-6 hrs.
Day 15: Free day at leisure with tour in Kathmandu.
Day 16: Transfer to Airport for the International departure.
 Departure Dates  Availability
 13 Apr-28 Apr  Available
 11 May-26 May  Available
 15 Jun-30 Jun  Available
 21 Sep-06 Oct  Available
 12 Oct-27 Oct  Available
Day 01:

Arrive KATHMANDU and transfer to Hotel.

  On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport you will be received by our staff and transfer you to respective Hotels, where our guide will give you a brief orientation of the Hotel, Kathmandu and Tibet portion, do's and don't and other related information that you might require while in Nepal-Tibet.
   
Day 02:

In KATHMANDU with half day tour.

  After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for your half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest.
   
Day 03: Fly from KATHMANDU to LHASA (3,650M)
  Approximately 1 hr 10 minutes scenic flight over the high Himalayan range, After breakfast early morning drive for the flight to Tibet at Gonggar Airport with an hour scenic flight from Kathmandu by Air China over the majestic Himalayan range offers the spectacular view of Everest and some of its adjoining peaks. Upon arrival at Gongar Airport near Lhasa, meet our Tibetan representative with 2 hrs drive to Lhasa. Afternoon visit the Barkhor Market near the Jorkhang Temple premises the hub of Lhasa.
   
Day 04-05:

In LHASA.

 

Guided tour in Lhasa in Lhasa. You will be engrossed with sightseeing and excursions of the Potala Palace, Norbulinkha Palace, Sera Monastery & Drepung Monastery. Tour the fabled City of Lhasa, a completely forbidden City until very recent times, Lhasa was Holy Grail for many central Asian explorers of past generations. The City has of course been altered by the Chinese occupation and the impact of foreign visitors. However much of the original character remains and whilst jostling through the Potala with crowds of ethnic Tibetans, it is hard not to be captivated by this magnificent civilization.

Visit of the great monasteries of Sera and Drepung, both of which were extensively destroyed in the Cultural Revolution but are now being rebuilt.Visit the Jokhang and of course the Potala Palace. Lhasa is at 3,600m/12,000ft and provides an ideal acclimation for the first few days.

   
Day 06:

Drive to Ganden Monastery & Eastern Lhasa Valley.

 

Morning drive to Ganden Monastery. Ganden is about 45 k.m. east of Lhasa along the road that follows the south bank of the Kyi Chu to Medro Gongkar.

From Lhasa drive leads east past Tibet University, across the Lhasa east bridge, on the main Tibet-Sichuan highway then coming to a place called Dechen Xian, which is 39 km from Lhasa, the drive from this village turnoffs at a junction the main road leads all the way to Ganden Valley. The monastery is 18 km more up a winding road, near the top of the sacred ridge of Wangku Ri.  Ganden is the foremost monastery of the Gelugpa (Yellow Hat) sect. Of all the Great Six monasteries (Ganden, Sera, Drepung, Tashilumpo, Labrang, Kumbum) of the Yellow Sect, none suffered as disastrously as Ganden, the ruins here, a result of the Cultural Revolution when artillery and vast quantities of dynamite where deployed, are the most extensive in Tibet. Over the last decade, Herculean efforts have gone into rebuilding. Before the ruins, over 2,000 monks lived here; now there are hardly 300.

   
Day 07-08:

Drive to Namtsho and to Tashi do.

 

The drive passes the Lhasa River and the Lhasa-Golmud highway turning north through the rough road passing by Baka-ara and coming to a junction at Largaan Do, the drive continues towards the Largaen-La at 5,180m is a half an hour climb from the last bridge Namtso lies to the north of Lagan-la, looking like a deep blue iceberg. Although only its eastern most tip is visible through the rounded hills and ridges, it is still impressively huge body of water. The town of Nam Tsho Qu is on the plains to the right east of the lake. The caravan route skirts this end of the lake, entering the low hills beyond for the journey across the northern plateau. There are two way to approach Tashiy Dorje. Both choices take about the same amount of time.

On reaching Tashiy Dorje which flat and arid at the shore of lake Namtsho, next day one can do the holy circuit around the Tashiy Dorje, Chhungchhung which is about two hour lakeside walk under the sculpted limestone cliffs. The climb to the summit 4,720m takes less than 30 minutes and is best approached from the east side near the mani wall. Piles of carved prayer stones decorate the summit and the views outstanding in all directions. Nam-Tsho's 113 k.m length can now be appreciated, although the far end is still lost from sight. Nam Tsho is considered a salt lake.

   
Day 09:

Drive back to Lhasa.

  After a wonderful time and exploration at Nam-Tsho morning drives leads back on the road to Lhasa
   
Day 10:

Drive to Gyantse 5-6 hrs journeys.

  From Lhasa continue overland journey towards the City of Gyantse, travel for about five to six hours. During this day we cross two high passes, including the Karo La (5,200m). We pass the exquisite lake of Yamdrok Tso and when in Gyantse visit the Kumbum stupa. This was built in the early 15th century and contains thousands of frescoes. The hotel in Gyantse is a step down from the hotel in Lhasa but still not too bad by Tibetan standards.
   
Day 11:

Drive to Shigatse. 2-3 hrs ride.

  This is about three hours driving, and when in Shigatse we visit the very large complex of Tashilumpo monastery. This is the traditional residence of the Panchen Lama and contains a 27m high gold plated Buddha known as Matria (the future Buddha). The hotel in Shigtase is quite large and comfortable.
   
Day 12:

Drive to Rongbuk Monastery & Everest BC via Sakya Monastery.

  From Shigatse drive leads to the Nepal / China Friendship highway, on leaving the city suburb the ride passes through farm lands, villages and small town after 3 hours of good drive coming to the junction that leads to Sakya Monastery, our route heading north to Sakya Monastery, at present the road dirt is well maintained after few hours driving reaching at Sakya, the first monastery of the Sakyapa sect founded during the Second Diffusion of Buddhism by Guru Kon Chogyal Pho around 1034-1102 A.D. After an hour in the monastery the drive continues to join at the main Kathmandu - Lhasa Highway from here few minutes drives brings you to the town of Larze, after Larze drive leads to the highest pass Gyatsho-la at 5220m, descending towards Shegar or New Tingri from here again our route leads towards the off trail to Rongbuk Monastery after 5-6 hours of drive reaching at Rongbuk Monastery for the overnight. From here the view of Everest North Face is really mind blowing. Depending upon the time, one can reach Everest Base Camp on a horse cart within half an hour, as the motor car is not allowed within this limit, except for very elderly people and kids.
   
Day 13:

Drive to Zhangmu 5-6 hrs.

  After a great time at Rongbuk with a visit to the Everest Base Camp, drive continues to join the main highway at Old Tingri, from this wind blown town the road is good and well maintained another four hours drives brings you back to the tree line and lush vegetation after leaving the high Tibetan plateau behind at the last town of Nylam. Before reaching Nylam, a panoramic view of Shisapangma, Dorji Lakpa, Gauri Shanker and Langtang mountain range can be seen on a clear day. On reaching Zhangmu check into the Hotel. Zhangmu at 2,100m is a hill town with a mixture of Chinese, Nepali and Tibetan people.
   
Day 14:

Drive to Kathmandu.

  Early morning at 9 a.m. Beijing standard time which is 2 hrs 15 minutes ahead than Nepali Standard Time, going through the immigration and custom formalities at Zhangmu, continue a short drive to the Friendship Bridge. From here a few minutes walk leads to the Nepal Border at Kodari. Here again with the Immigration formalities 4-5 hours of good scenic drive brings you at Kathmandu.
   
Day 15:

Free day at leisure.

  A day in Kathmandu with tour of the famed interesting spots in and around Kathmandu Valley.
   
Day 16:

Transfer to Airport for the International departure.

  Today as per your international flight time, keep your confirmed air ticket, and your passport handy. Our staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from this amazing country, Nepal.
Price includes following services:
 1.  Accommodation sharing twin at Hotel in Kathmandu for 4 nights on Bed & Breakfast basis.
 2.  Accommodation sharing twin at Hotel in Tibet for 4 nights on Bed & Breakfast basis.
 3.  Airport transfers in Kathmandu & Lhasa.
 4.  Guided sightseeing tours of Kathmandu & Tibet as per itinerary with applicable entrance fees.
 5.  Internal flight Kathmandu / Lhasa / Kathmandu.
 6.  Transportation as per itinerary by private vehicle.
 7.  All applicable Travel Permit and Entry fees in Tibet.
 
Our price does not include followings:
 1.  International flights to / from Kathmandu.
 2.  Nepal & Tibet entry visa fees.
 3.  Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu & Tibet Hotels.
 4.  Travel, Medical and Personal insurance.
 5.  Expenses of personal nature, i.e. tipping, laundry, bottled drinks, bar bills etc.
 6.  Any expense for early returning member due sickness, injury or any other reason. No refund will be entertained for any unused service.
 7.  Extra expense occurred due to unexpected circumstances like cancellation of internal flights, floods, strike etc
Extensions

If you are not tied up with time limitations, or have more time before or after your main trip with us, you can join / take following extension trips to make your holiday even interesting. According to extra time you have, you can choose a visit to National Parks for jungle safari viewing rare animals, migrant birds and exotic reptiles or enjoy the whitewater rafting or take a cultural tour of Kathmandu, Pokhara, Nagarkot or even make a quick visit to neighboring countries of Tibet – Roof of the world, India – The country of wonders, Bhutan – The Dragon Kingdom. We can add these extensions before or after your holiday according to the flights that you have booked / can book. Beside these, if you even want just stay in Kathmandu for relax or any independent activities, we can book extra nights at the Hotel. You can book these extensions together with your main trip booking.


Chitwan National Park:

It is one of the oldest and popular National Parks in Nepal recognized by UNESCO as a World Natural Site. More than 500 Asian one-horned rhinoceros and some 100 nocturnal Royal Bengal Tigers have made their home in this dense forest. There are an estimated 50 species of mammals, over 526 species of birds, 49 amphibians and reptiles and 150 species of butterflies. ...(More)

 

Bardia National Park:

The far west Nepal is one of the least explored regions of the Himalayas. Within this region is a seldom visited National Park, which still offers challenging adventure. Bardia National Park is the largest park in the lowland Terai covering an area of 968 sq kms and remains a very much untouched wilderness which appeals to the nature lovers. The park situated in Nepal’s Western Terai was established to protect representative ecosystems ...(More)

 

Kathmandu:

It is a treasure trove of ancient art and architecture that lie hidden in the labyrinth of manmade structures. The ancient pagoda temples and Buddhist stupas stand majestically above the rest of the landmarks. The Palace squares fascinate visitors with its exquisite woodwork and carving. You can extend your holiday from 1-3 days visiting these sites. ...(More)

 

Pokhara:
Pokhara is most popular tourist destination after Kathmandu, not because of its easy accessibility but because of its scenic beauty and proximity to many Himalayas. Rarely does a tourist miss a trip to this beautiful valley of lakes and mountain views. Ekai Kawaguchi who was the earliest visitor of this district, was awed by its beauty. The Annapurna range of the Himalayas dominates the landscape around Pokhara and many of treks and ...(More)

 

Nagarkot:

Nagarkot is one of the most popular hill resorts on the fringe of the Kathmandu valley. With an elevation of 2,195m, is 32 kms away from Kathmandu offers a panoramic view of the valley and is described by the visitors as a place whose beauty endures year round. The extraordinary view of the Himalayan peaks from Dhaulagiri to Kanchenjunga is stupendous. Sunrise view from here is truly magnificent. ...(More)

 

Tibet:

Encircled within Himalayan fortress, the image of Tibet has portrayed as “Shangr-la” in the western world. A ‘Land of Snows’ and the ‘Roof of the World’ is mysterious in a way that few other places are. Following virtual closure after the Chinese annexation of the Buddhist Kingdom, Tibet was opened to foreign tourism in 1984. Tibet has become dream adventure destination for the people living in the most sophisticated silicon cities. ...(More)

 

India:
The country of wonders, the lively bazaars, ornate architecture and the something puzzling customs of Indians make any visit a refreshing from the western life. Endowed with a backdrop of that can be anything from snow capped mountain to palm-lined beach, Indian rarely fails to delight adventurous travelers. India is considered to be the rich cultural melting pot with its colorful festivals of all the religion and people, blending well with magnificent landscape  ...(More)

 

Bhutan:

The Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, commonly known as ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’ is regarded as the last paradise on earth is slowly emerging from centuries of self-imposed isolation. Closed for the outside world until early seventies, Bhutan has adopted the regulated tourism policy for its visitors in this tiny Himalayan Kingdom by allowing to enter limited numbers of tourists every year. Bhutan has retained its religious and cultural values ...(More)

 

River Rafting:

Rafting is undoubtedly the best way to explore the Arcadian Nepal. It involves excitement, scenic views and challenge. Nepal has numerous fine rivers for rafting, kayaking or canoeing. The most prominent white water rafting regions are the eastern, the mid and the western rivers. Of all these regions, river Trisuli and the Bhotekoshi are the main popular rafting rivers for short trips. The rivers sometimes offer hair raising roller coaster rides. ...(More)

 

Mount Everest Flight:
Mountain flight is truly a memorable experience that one should not miss out in Nepal. If you feel you have not seen enough mountains, the mountain flight is the right choice to rejoice with spectacular panoramic mountains’ views. The bird’s eye view of the 6 mighty mountains above 8,000m out of the 14 from a close range is simply unbelievable. The one hour magic flight will make it possible for you to view uninterruptedly all the enchanting beauty ...(More)

 

Bungy Jumping:

(Jumping beyond imagination): Just imagination of jumping down from a bridge of 160m above a tropical gorge with the Bhote Koshi, one of the Nepal’s wildest rivers raging below is enough to make your heartbeat run faster. It is the thrill of Bungy jumping as it there is no fun for real adventure lover if challenge is not so hard and difficult. It is located within a reach of 4 hours outside Kathmandu and just 19 kms away from the Tibet Border. ...(More)

 

Paragliding:

(Flying like a bird): Paragliding is relatively new adventure sports in Nepal. Paragliding in this Himalayan country can be a truly wonderful and fulfilling experience for the adventure seekers. You can experience unparalleled scenic grandeur as you share airspace with Himalayan griffin vultures, eagles, kites while floating over the villages, monasteries, temples, lakes and the jungle with a fantastic view of the majestic Himalayas. ...(More)

 

Ultralight Flight:

Ultralight aircraft is being operated from Pokhara. It has an unique blend of both mountain and plateau area. While flying over the Pokhara valley, you will not miss the scenic beauty of both the Himalayas and the most famous lake of Nepal, Phewa Tal. The flight will be a journey through nature. Don’t miss this truly unique experience. ...(More)

 

Hotels:

We have allowed our packages with just right number of nights of hotel accommodations which enables you to spend nights with quick visits of local market or monuments in the area. However if you have some extra days before or after your main package holiday, you can spend extra nights in Kathmandu or nearby destinations so that you can cover the interesting sights or just relax while you are here. ...(More)

 

Hotel Yak & Yeti:

The Hotel Yak & Yeti with the historic character, suitable for both short or long stay, is fashioned as the fusion of modern design and the noblesse of original heritage interiors. This exceptional city centre hotel is located minutes away from both domestic and international airport. It continues to be the city's leading luxury hotel for business and leisure. ...(More)

 

Hotel Shanker:

Shanker Hotel is housed in a palace built at the turn of the 19th century by a Rana Maharajah with a penchant for French architecture, international cuisine and Eastern hospitality. It was converted into a hotel in 1964. The façade and traditions were kept intact but the interior was redesigned to give travelers the kind of comfort they would expect of a world class hotel. You will live in palace when you live at Hotel Shanker. ...(More)

 

Hotel Malla:
Superbly located between the Royal Palace and Kathmandu's fashionable tourist district, Thamel, in the heart of the city. The Malla Hotel is only a 20 minutes drive from Kathmandu's International airport. Besides excellent accommodation and Central location the Malla Hotel is Offering a well equipped business center, extensive meeting and conference facilities, a health club with the latest work out equipment, sauna, massage, steambath and jacuzzi. ...(More)

 

Hotel Marshyangdi:

Hotel Marshyangdi situated in the heart of Thamel is the best choice for those who want to be in the main tourist hub of Kathmandu. Because of its friendly & professional staff, home like atmosphere, Marshyangdi has been a popular name and home away from home for most of the repeated visitors. The hotel now has 50 deluxe and 5 mini suite rooms besides the regular standard rooms. ...(More)

Trip Facts
  • Trip Name : A Tibetan Odyssey
  • Trip Duration : 16 Days
  • Trip Grade : Moderate
  • Trip Date :
  • Activity : Cultural Tour
  • Highest Altitude : 5220 m
  • Month : Apr-Nov