To travel from Nepal to Tibet, you are going to need China Group Visa(not the same thing as China visa, of which is of no use here) to be applied in Kathmandu at the spot upon your arrival & Tibet Permit to be applied in Lhasa in advance. If you book this 12-Day Nepal-Tibet-Nepal Flight Tour with us, Tibet4Fun will take care both formalities, allowing you a worry-free journey in both Nepal and Tibet.
|D1||Arrival in Kathmandu||Transfer from Kathmandu Airport|
|D2||Kathmandu||Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swaymbhunath(Monkey Temple), Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple|
|D3||Kathmandu > Nagarkot (30km/1.5hrs)||Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Nagarkot Village|
|D4||Nagarkot > Kathmandu (30km/1.5hrs)||Patan Durbar Square, Patan Museum|
|D5||Flight: Kathmandu-Lhasa||Transfer to Kathmandu Airport;
Transfer from Lhasa Airport;
|D6||Lhasa||Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery|
|D7||Lhasa||Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street|
|D8||Lhasa > Gyantse > Shigatse (360km/7hrs)||Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkor Chöde Monastery with Gyantse Kumbum|
|D9||Shigatse > Tingri > Rongbuk > EBC (360km/7hrs)||Rongbuk Monastery|
|D10||EBC > Tingri > Shigatse (360km/7hrs)||Everest Base Camp|
|D11||Shigatse > Lhasa (280km/5hrs)||Tashihunpo Monastery|
|D12||Flight: Lhasa-Kathmandu||Transfer to Lhasa Airport|
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu Airport, look for your Nepali guide who ll be there holding your name board. Then transfer to your hotel in downtown Kathmandu. The rest of the day will at leisure for you to explore the ancient city by yourself.
Day 02: Katmandu
Activities: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swaymbhunath(Monkey Temple), Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple
Kathmandu Durbar Square: It is historic seat of royalty. It is here that kings of Nepal are crowned and their coronations celebrated. Kathmandu’s most impressive sight, Durbar Square, is crowded with ancient temples and palaces reflecting the religious and cultural life of the people. It is also home to Kathmandu’s Kumari, or ‘living goddess’, a young girl believed to be a reincarnation of the goddess Durga. It was listed in the UNESCO world Heritage Monument list is 1979. An early morning walk here through the maze-like alleys of the medieval old town is one of Kathmandu’s highlights.
Swyambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple): This is one of the world’s most famous Buddhist Chaityas. The 2000-year-old Chaityas is commonly known as the ‘monkey temple’ because of its resident population of monkey. This spectacular Buddhist Stupa, from which the Buddha’s eyes gaze serenely down, lies on a hilltop only 2km from the center of Kathmandu. The views of Kathmandu and the surrounding valley are superb from here. It was listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Monument list in 1979.
Bodhnath Stupa: It is the largest stupa in Nepal and the holiest Tibetan Buddhist temple outside Tibet. It is the center of Tibetan culture in Kathmandu and rich in Buddhist symbolism. The stupa is located in the town of Boudha, on the eastern outskirts of Kathmandu. Bodnath was probably built in the 14th century after the Mughal invasions; various interesting legends are told regarding the reasons for its construction. After the arrival of thousands of Tibetans following the 1959 Chinese invasion, the temple has become one of the most important centers of Tibetan Buddhism. Today it remains an important place of pilgrimage and meditation for Tibetan Buddhists and local Nepalis, as well as a popular tourist site.
Pashupatinath Temple: Situated 5km east of Kathmandu, the temple of lord Shiva, Pashupatinath, with two tiered golden roof and silver door is considered one of the holiest shrines for Hindus. Only Hindus are allowed inside the temple. Other religion people can see it from out of the temple premises. The temple was listed in the UNESCO world Heritage Monument in 1997.
Day 03: Kathmandu > Nagarkot (30km/1.5hrs)
Activities: Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Nagarkot Village
Bhaktapur Durbar Square: is the plaza in front of the royal palace of the old Bhaktapur Kingdom, 1400m above sea level. It is one of three Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.The Bhaktapur Durbar Square is located in the current town of Bhaktapur, also known as Bhadgoan, which lies 13km east of Kathmandu. While the complex consists of at least four distinct squares (Durbar Square, Taumadhi Square, Dattatreya Square and Pottery Square), the whole area is informally known as the Bhakapur Durbar Square and is a highly visited site in the Kathmandu Valley.
Nagarkot Village: Nagarkot is an ancient village, east of Kathmandu and from here we can see Mt.Everest and other peaks of the Himalayas. The top of the Nagarkot commands accelerating views in all directions. The altitude of Nagarkot is 2229m from the sea level. It is 32km away from Kathmandu.
Day 04: Nagarkot > Kathmandu (30km/1.5hrs)
Activities: Patan Durbar Square, Patan Museum
Patan Durbar Square & Patan Museum: the nearby city of Patan(really a suburb of Kathmandu) has its own Burbar Square, which has equally impressive architecture, as well as the wonderful Patan Museum, with an outstanding collection of Hindu and Buddhist art. Patan Durbar square is full of ancient palaces, temples and shrines, noted for their exquisite carvings. The Sundari Chowk holds in its center a masterpiece of stone architecture, the Royal Bath called Tushahity. It was listed in the UNESCO world Heritage Monument List in 1979.
Day 05: Flight: Kathmandu-Lhasa
Morning transfer to Kathmandu Airport to catch the flight to Lhasa. Our local Tibetan guide will wait you at Lhasa airport holding your name sign. You will be greeted with a warm Tashidelek(meaning hello with blissing), and be presented with a white Hada(traditional Tibetan ceremonial by give you a white scarf). Then transfer to hotel in Lhasa city.
Day 06: Lhasa
Activities: Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery
Drepung Monastery: situated at the foot of Mt Gambo Utse, 5km from the western suburb of Lhasa, Drepung Monastery is known as the most important monastery of Gelugpa in Tibetan Buddhism. Covering an area of 250,000 sq meters, Drepung Monastery is the largest-scale monastery among its kind. Seen from afar, its grand white construction gives the appearance of a heap of rice. Thus the name was given, Drepung literarily means collecting rice in Tibetan.
Sera Monastery: located at the foot of Tatipu Hill in the northern suburb of Lhasa, Sera Monastery is dedicated to the Gelugpa or Yellow Hat Sect, a branch of Tibetan Buddhism, and built it in 1419 during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Sera literarily means wild rose in the Tibetan. When the monastery was built, the hill behind it was covered with wild roses in bloom, the name was thus decided. Between 3pm~5pm from Monday to Friday, debating is held in the monastery’s debating courtyard, which is a sight so extraordinary and enchanting even you don’t understand a word they’re saying.
Day 07: Lhasa
Activities: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
Potala Palace: it is the landmark of Lhasa, and one of the great wonders of world architecture. Potala Palace, winter palace of the Dalai Lama since the 7th century, symbolizes Tibetan Buddhism and its central role in the traditional administration of Tibet. The complex, comprising the White and Red Palaces with their ancillary buildings, is built on Red Mountain in the centre of Lhasa Valley, at an altitude of 3,700m.
Jokang Temple: included on UNESCO’s World Heritage list in 2000 as part of the Potala Palace , the Jokhang Temple is located in central Lhasa. With an area of 25,100 square meters (about six acres), it is the ultimate pilgrimage destination for Tibetan Pilgrims. In front of the entrance to Jokhang is a forecourt that is perpetually crowded with pilgrims polishing the flagstones with their prostrations.
Barkhor Street: located in the old town of Lhasa, Barkhor Street is a very ancient round street surrounding Jokhang Temple. It’s said that in 647, the first Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo (617-650) built Jokhang Temple. Due to its magnificence, it quickly attracted thousands of Buddhist pilgrims. As a result, a trodden path appeared. It was paved by hand-polished stone boards. Though it is not broad, it accommodates thousands of pilgrims and tourists every day. Varied shops stand on its both sides and thousands of floating stands are on every corner.
Day 08: Lhasa > Gyantse > Shigatse (360km/7hrs)
Activities: Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkor Chöde Monastery with Gyantse Kumbum
Yamdrotso Lake: dazzling Yamdro-tso (elev 4441m) is normally first seen from the summit of the Kamba-la(4700m). The lake lies several hundred meters below the road, and in clear weather is fabulous shade of deep turquoise. Far in the distance is the huge massif of Mt. Nojin Kangtsang (7191m). Yamdrotso Lake is 130km long from east to west and 70km wide from north to south with a total perimeter of 250km and the surface area of 638 sq km, average depth of 20-40 meters. It is the largest lake at the north foot of the Himalayas.
Karola Glacier: Mt Nojin Kangsang stands tall with an elevation of 7,191 m (23,592 ft) between Gyantze County and Nagarzê County, with several snow-capped mountains over 6,000 m (19,685 ft) surrounding it. Mount Nojin Kangsang is the most accessible glacier site on the Tibetan Plateau. The famous Kharola Glacier (elevation 5,560 m or 18,241 ft) is below the south ridge of Nojin Kangsang.
Pelkor Chöde Monastery with Gyantse Kumbum: the sprawling compound in the far north of town houses Pelkor Chöde Monastery and the monumental Gyantse Kumbum, a chörten filled with fine paintings and statues. Both are deservedly top of the list on most travellers’ must-sees. Palkhor lies at the foot of Dzong Hill. It is well-known for its Kumbum, which has 108 chapels in its four floors. The multi-storied Kumbum Stupa was crowned with a golden dome and umbrella, surrounded with more chapels filled with unique religious statues and murals.
Day 09: Shigatse > Tingri > Rongbuk > EBC (360km/7hrs)
Activities: Rongbuk Monastery
Rongphu Monastery: Rongphu(elev 4900m) is the main Buddhist centre in Everest region and once coordinated the activities of around a dozen smaller religious institutions, all of which are now ruined. It was established in 1902 by a Nyingmapa lama. While not of great antiquity, Rongbu can at least lay claim to being the highest monastery in Tibet and thus the world. Some of the interior murals of Rongphu are superb. Rongphu and its large chörten makes a great photograph with Everest thrusting its head skyward in the background.
Overnight: dorm bed at Nomad tent of EBC
Day 10: EBC > Tingri > Shigatse (360km/7hrs)
Activities: Everest Base Camp
Everest Base Camp: Mt Everest, aka. Mt Qomolangma(elev 8844m), is the highest peak in the world. In Tibetan Qomolangma means the third Goddess of mountain. If you have no plan to actually climb Mt Everest, Everest Base Camp(elev 5150m) is as far as you can reach. Endowed with springs, Everest Base Camp has a couple of permanent structures and a small army base. It’s not possible to go all the way to Everest Base Camp by travel vehicle. All vehicles must stop at the nomad tent camp, abt 4km away from the sightseeing point. From here you can take the environment-friendly shuttle bus, or trek to the final sightseeing point. The way up is gentle and the altitude gain is less than 200m: most people can cover the distance in less than an hour by foot. Along the way you pass scree slopes, jagged ridges, and broad glacier valleys flowing with muddy water. Clamber up the small hill festooned with prayer flags of the final sightseeing point for great views of the star attraction, Mt. Everest.
Day 11: Shigatse > Lhasa (280km/5hrs)
Activities: Tashihunpo Monastery
Tashilhunpo Monastery: it is a real pleasure to explore the busy cobble lanes twisting around the aged buildings. Covering 70,000 sq meters, Tashilunpo is essentially a walled town in its own right. from the entrance to the monastery, visitors get a grand view. Above the white monastic quarters is a crowed of ochre buildings topped with gold—the tombs of the past Panchen Lamas. To the right, and higher still, is the festival Thangka Wall that is hung with massive, colourful thangkas during festivals.
Day 12: Flight: Lhasa-Kathmandu
The last day of your tour in Tibet. According to your flight time, our guide and driver will come over to your hotel to pick you up then transfer to Lhasa Airport to catch the flight back to Kathmandu.
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