Tibet Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China remains one of the most interesting, mystical and spiritual region of the world. Tibet is situated at an average elevation of 16,000 ft. above sea level. Opened to the outsiders recently, facilities for tourists are gradually improving. A trip to Tibet is not for the faint hearted persons because travelling can be hard, adventurous and often unpredictable, since the region has rugged and high elevated landscape. So for those with high altitude problems and those with a history of heart, lung or anemia problems should consult a doctor and inform the travel agent in Nepal before considering a visit.
Visitors should also understand before venturing into this t rip that Tibet was only opened to tourism since the mid-eighties.
The tour starts from the colorful city of Lhasa, also known as the Forbidden City, and the next stop being Everest base camp. Crossing through traditional Tibetan villages, the people here offer high level of hospitability to the trekkers. It also includes exploring the city of Lhasa, observing the Tibetan culture and mangling with the locals.
Hotel / Resort
Breakfast in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Tibet & full board in Chitwan.
Private Vehicle / Tourist Bus / Flight
Upon arrival at the international airport in Kathmandu (1300M) you will be received by our representative at the arrival gate and will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight at hotel.
The second morning after your breakfast, we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual places in Kathmandu valley. The tour covers UNESCO World Heritage Sites including historical Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath (Buddhist Shrine, also called monkey temple), Boudhanath (the Largest Stupa in the World), and Pashupatinath (Hindu’s holiest pilgrimage site).
Patan, is one of the major cities of Nepal and is best known for its rich cultural heritage, in particular its tradition of arts and crafts. After heritage sightseeing, you will meet your trekking guide for briefing to help for final preparation of the trek. Overnight at hotel.
Commencing our Tibet tour, we take an-hour-long trans-Himalayan flight to Lhasa from Kathmandu International Airport, The morning flight takes us over Mt. Everest (8,848m), the highest peak in the world, Kanchanjunga (8,536m) and other Himalayan peaks. Upon arrival in Lhasa, a representative from Rainbow Adventures will pick us up from airport and drives us for an hour drive to the designated hotel in Lhasa. We are advised to take plenty of rest for the remainder of the day in order to acclimatization which will minimize altitude sickness. Overnight stay in Lhasa.
In the morning after breakfast, we begin sightseeing tour in Lhasa. We make a visit to the beautiful Potala Palace and Norbulingka Palace. Build in the 17th century, Potala Palace offers amazing views of the entire city. The Potala Palace houses the private quarters of the Dalai Lama, a number of grand state rooms and chapels. Norbulingka Palace is the summer palace of the Dalai Lama and houses what is considered to be the largest man-made garden in Tibet. Next, we visit the Tibet Museum which has a permanent collection of around 1,000 artifacts related to the cultural history of Tibet. Overnight stay in Lhasa.
Today is also allocated for Lhasa sightseeing. We start in the morning and visit Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazar. Drepung Monastery was built in the 14th century and is believed to have sheltered around 10,000 monks in the past. The history, culture and religious beliefs of the Tibetan people are strongly concentrated and centered in this marvelous monastery. Sera Monastery is a preserved monastery of white-washed walls and golden roofs. Jokhang Temple is another important sacred site which unravels more deep seated mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism. We further explore through Barkhor Bazar. With its open air stalls, shops and crowd of pilgrims, it is the nerve center of Lhasa. Overnight stay in Lhasa.
Starting in the morning from Lhasa, we take a scenic drive to Gyantse. On the way we cross the Khampa La pass (4,794m) with a brief halt to enjoy the beauty of Yamdrom Tso, one of the three largest sacred lakes in Tibet and the beautiful Nazin Kang Sang glacier (7,252m). Thereafter we come across Karo La Pass (5,045m). From our vehicle, we can enjoy views of huge glaciers tumbling down into the road before reaching Gyantse. In Gyantse, we visit the Khumbum Stupa, Phalkot Monastery and Gyantse Dzong, Dzong is one of the best preserved dzongs in Tibet. Overnight stay in Gyantse.
Followed by our breakfast, we drive towards Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. On the way, we visit Shalu Monastery. Founded in 1040, Shalu monastery is known for its beautiful and ancient mural paintings. Next, we continue towards Shigatste. Upon arrival we make a visit to Tashihunpo Monastery which holds both historical and cultural importance for being founded by Gendun Drup, the first Dalai Lama in 1447. We now take a rest for acclimatization at high altitude and prepare for the next day’s long drive. Overnight stay in Shigatse.
Starting in the morning, we drive towards Ronghuk. Two high passes come on our way, namely, the Gyu La and Gyatso La (5,220m). After crossing the passes, we descend to the plains and reach Sakya. Here, we visit the Sakya monastery, which is the ancestral temple of Sakyapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Further driving will take us to Rongbuk, a valley only around 8 km from the Everest Base Camp. On the way, we get brilliant views of Mt. Everest and other high Himalayan peaks over 8,000 m. Overnight stay in Rongbuk.
First we drive to Zhangmu, a major trading hub between Tibet and Nepal. A few kilometers drive from Zhangmu to the Friendship Bridge over the Bhote Koshi River brings us to immigration control in Kodari where we have to go through custom formalities. Entering into Nepali territory, we drive for slightly more than 100 kilometers to reach Kathmandu, Overnight stay in Kathmandu.
Spend the day in Kathmandu resting or exploring around as per your interest. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.
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The day is designated for enjoying white water rafting in Trishuli River. White water rafting is one of the most popular adventure sports in Nepal. Battling these river rapids will be fun mixed with thrill. We mostly raft through calm sections of the Trishuli River with occasional rapids. Enjoying the nature around, we raft for around 3 hours. Lunch will be served by the riverside in between rafting. Getting out of the river, we continue our drive to Chitwan, a home to Chitwan National Park (CNP). The park is listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site. Overnight stay in Chitwan.
Early in the morning, we will be mounted on elephants for a jungle safari through thick grasslands to witness wildlife in their natural habitat. Breakfast with be followed by a visit to elephant stables. During afternoon we can drive through the jungles followed by a canoe ride down the Rapti River. While canoeing, we may get a close look at the Gharial and Mugger crocodiles along with fresh water dolphins, otters and varieties of aquatic birds. Or, we may even go for bird watching or nature walks and come closer to a variety of wild flora and fauna found in the park. Overnight stay in Chitwan.
After breakfast, we leave Chitwan for Pokhara. Pokhara is also known as the Lake City owning to a number of lakes in the area. On the way, we see hills, small settlements and terraced farms. Upon our arrival in Pokhara, we are rewarded with magnificent views of the Himalayan peaks including Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre, the five peaks of Annapurna and others. We check in to our hotel and take a rest. We may also stroll in the streets of Pokhara and just enjoy being in one of the most beautiful cities of Nepal. Overnight stay in Pokhara.
Early in the morning we leave for Sarangkot, a hill that overlooks the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges in the north and Pokhara city in the south. From here, we catch amazing views of the sun as it rises amid the mighty Himalayan peaks. We then head back to Pokhara and continue touring the city’s landmarks: Davis Falls is a unique waterfall that flows directly into a narrow and deep canon. The Shiva Cave a Hindu shrine where Nepalis worship Lord Shiva. We also do some boating in Phewa Lake, the largest lake in Pokhara and visit Bindyabasini Temple located at the center of the Lake. We visit the famous International Mountain Museum that records documents and chronicles of mountaineering activities of the Himalayas. We also tour the Tibetan refugee camps and witness how the refugees keep themselves busy by producing and trading woolen carpets and other handicraft items. Overnight stay in Pokhara.
Drive to Kathmandu or extend your trip by adding optional activities. Overnight at Kathmandu.
You have option today to extend your programme. Three are many fun & exciting adventures, like white water rafting, wildlife safari in Chitwan national park, Pokhara excursion & paragliding or Transfer from hotel to international airport to board onward journey flight.