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TIBET

TIBET - 4 DAYS - STARTING AT $629 PER PERSON, LAND ONLY

Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival and transfer to Lhasa Gangyan Hotel (3 star) or similar
Day 2: Visit Potala Palace, Johkang Temple, & Barkor Street.
Welcome dinner. (B, D)
Day 3: Visit Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery (B)
Day 4: Morning  on your own.  Afternoon transfer to airport (B)

All tours and transfers are seat-in-coach. Max. group size: 12

Single Occupancy: $739

Price valid from June 26-Oct 15, 2018. Lower prices from Jan 1-Jun 25, and Oct 16-Nov 15, 2018

Hotel Upgrades:

Hotel
Double Occupancy Single Occupancy
Four Points Sheraton, Lhasa $689 $1,069
Shangri-La, Lhasa $829 $1,669

Rates include:

  • Land transfers, transportation and sightseeing as listed
  • Twin shared room and meals as listed.
  • Local English speaking guide, entrance fees to monasteries/temples and Tibet Travel permits.

Rates do not include:

  • Travel insurance,
  • China visa
  • Tips and other expenses.

WARNING: The majority of Tibet, including Lhasa, is located at a very high altitude. (Lhasa sits at nearly 12,000 ft.) Before considering travel to Tibet, please consult a doctor to make sure it will be safe for you to travel to high altitude locations

TIBET HIGHLIGHTS – 6 DAYS - $919 PER PERSON, DOUBLE, LAND ONLY

Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival and transfer to Lhasa Gangyan Hotel (3 star) or similar
Day 2: Visit Potala Palace, Johkang Temple, and Barkor Street. Welcome dinner. (B, D)
Day 3: Visit Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery (B)
Day 4: Drive to to Shigatse via Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier, Gyangtse Kubum and Pelkor monastery. Overnight at Hotel Manasarovar (3 star) (B)
Day 5: Morning visit Tashilhunpo Monastery, after lunch drive back to Lhasa . Overnight at Lhasa Gangyan Hotel (3 star) or similar (B)
Day 6: Morning  on your own.  Afternoon transfer to airport  (B)

All tours and transfers are seat-in-coach. Max. group size: 12

Single Occupancy: $1,099

Price valid from June 26-Oct 15, 2018. Lower prices from Jan 1-Jun 25, and Oct 16-Nov 15, 2018

Hotel Upgrades:

Hotel
Double Occupancy Single Occupancy
Four Points Sheraton, Lhasa
Gesar Hotel, Shigatse
$999 $1,579
Shangri-La, Lhasa
Qiaomulang Zong Hotel, Shigatse
$1,239 $2,469

Rates include:

  • Land transfers, transportation and sightseeing as listed
  • Twin shared room and meals as listed.
  • Local English speaking guide, entrance fees to monasteries/temples and Tibet Travel permits.

Rates do not include:

  • Travel insurance
  • China visa
  • Tips and other personal expenses

WARNING: The majority of Tibet, including Lhasa, is located at a very high altitude. (Lhasa sits at nearly 12,000 ft.) Before considering travel to Tibet, please consult a doctor to make sure it will be safe for you to travel to high altitude locations.

NEPAL & TIBET - 6 nights

ITINERARY IN NEPAL AND TIBET

NEPAL & TIBET

3 nights in Kathmandu, 3 nights in Lhasa
Day Activities Note Accommodation
1 Arrive in Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. 1300 m Hotel Himalaya
2 Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city, Swayambhunath and Patan city   Hotel Himalaya
3 Fly Kathmandu to Lhasa. Transfer to hotel. Rest of the day is free or at leisure 3658 m Hotel Kyichu/Yak
4 In Lhasa. Full day sightseeing tour of Potala, Jokhang and Barkhor   Hotel Kyichu/Yak
5 In Lhasa. Full day sightseeing tour of Sera and Drepung   Hotel Kyichu/Yak
6 Fly back to Kathmandu. PM: half day sightseeing tour of Bhaktapur city   Hotel Himalaya
7 Depart Kathmandu  

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
Arrive in Kathmandu International airport. Transfer to hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight at Hotel Himalaya [-/-/-]

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Morning pick up for your full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu City, Swayambhunath and Patan city.

Kathmandu City: Visit the temple of the Living Goddess, who acknowledges the greetings of the devotees from the balcony of her temple residence. Kasthamandap – the source of the name Kathmandu. It is supposed to be made from the timber of a single tree. See Durbar Square with it’s array of temples overlooking by the Hanuman Dhoka Palace, the ancient residence of Nepalese Royalty.

Swayambhunath: Located approximately 4 km/2.5 miles from the city, this Buddhist Stupa is said to be 2000 years old. The Stupa, which forms the main structure, is composed of a solid hemisphere of brick and earth supporting a lofty conical spire capped by a pinnacle of copper gilt. Painted on the four-sided base of the spire are the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. This hill is a mosaic of small Chaityas and Pagoda temples.

Patan: It is 5 km / 3 miles away from Kathmandu city. Patan, also known as Lalitpur, is the city of fine arts, enclosed within 4 stupas said to be built in 3rd century AD, by Emperor Ashoka. You will see Durbar Square, the Patan Durbar which houses a bronze collection, the Krishna Temple built by King Siddhi Narsingh Malla, Hiranya Varna Mahavihar and Mahaboudha Temple. A trip to The Tibetan Refugee Camp and the Handicraft Center will also be included while visiting Patan, where you will witness the hand weaving of Tibetan carpets and molding of metal statues.

Overnight at Hotel Himalaya [B/-/-]

Day 03: Fly Kathmandu to Lhasa
Transfer to the airport for the flight to Lhasa. Meet and assist at the airport by our representative. Check in to the hotel and adjust to the high altitude for most of day.

Lhasa: Lhasa, the heart and soul of Tibet, is a city of wonders. The visits to Potala Palace, Barkhor Market, Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery and Jokhang Temple are an awesome experience.

Overnight at Hotel Kyichu or similar [B/-/-]

Day 04: In Lhasa. Sightseeing tour in Lhasa

Potala Palace: Potala Palace has been the focus of travelers for centuries. It is the cardinal landmark and a structure of massive proportions. This symbol of Tibet, an architectural gem built in the colossal monastic style of Central Tibet by Gyelwa Ngapa, the fifth Dalai Lama, in the 17th century, stands 300m above the valley atop Marpo Ri hill. The thousand rooms in Potala date from 1645 when the fifth Dalai Lama began erecting a palace that would serve as a sacred and administrative center. It served many succeeding Dalai Lamas and as one of Tibet’s most impressive and enduring monument, the Chinese Army of Red Guards protected it during the Cultural Revolution. As a result many of its chapels and treasures are intact, virtually unchanged since the 17th century.

Jokhang Temple: The oldest and the most revered religious structure in Tibet dates back to 639 to 647. Construction was initiated by King Songtsen Gampo to house a Buddha image Akshobhya brought to Tibet by his Nepalese wife. But now, the main statue in this temple is of the Sakyamuni, which was a gift from his Chinese wife Won Cheng in 641 A.D to King Songtsen Gampo. The statue of Akshobhya was switched to Romoche. Pilgrims from all over Tibet come to worship here and prostrate themselves in full length in front of the main doors of' the temple. It is truly a moving and unrivalled experience to witness such a sight and more so to actually join them in their pilgrimage around the temple.

Barkhor Market: The word Barkhor refers to the middle of the three concentric holy circuits around the Jokhang. The Barkhor Circuit runs through the heart of the old city where life has changed little down the centuries. It gives you a curious sensation of having slipped through time into a medieval carnival. It is an area unrivalled in Tibet for its fascinating combination of deep religiosity and market economics. This is both the spiritual heart of the holy city and the main commercial district being the center of Tibetan capital's trade for centuries.

Overnight at Hotel Kyichu or similar [B/-/-]

Day 05: In Lhasa. Sightseeing in Lhasa

Drepung Monastery: About 8km to the west of central Lhasa is Drepung, one of the world’s largest monasteries, built in 1416 by Jamyang Choje a pupil of Tshong Khapa, the founder of the Gelugpa Sect. Drepung literally means “heaps of rice. The fertility of its fields supported a monastic community that before 1959, ranked as Tibet’s largest monastery with 7,770 monks. For over 500 years Drepung served as the major pillar of the theocratic state, serving as the main political headquarters for the Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. It also served as the residence of the Dalai Lamas until the Potala Palace was constructed in 1645. Suffering only minor damage during the Cultural Revolution Drepung has plenty of historical relics, Buddhist scriptures and arts.

Sera Monastery: 5km North of Lhasa, in one of the prettiest settings in Lhasa, hugging the ridge that forms the Northern wall of the Kyi Chu Valley. Founded in 1419 by Sakya Yeshe, a disciple of Tsongkhapa, belonging to the Gelugpa sect it is one of the three great monasteries of Tibet, the other two being Drepung & Ganden. In its heyday, Sera hosted a huge monastic population and five colleges. Like Drepung, the colleges in Sera specialized in: Sera Me in fundamental precepts of Buddhism, Sera Je in instruction of itinerant monks and Sera Ngagpa in Tantric studies.

Overnight at Hotel Kyichu or similar [B/-/-]

Day 06: Fly Lhasa to Kathmandu. PM: Sightseeing tour:

After breakfast, drive to airport for your flight back to Kathmandu. PM: Sightseeing tour of Bhaktapur city.

Bhaktapur: Bhaktapur is the third major city in the Kathmandu Valley. Visit its Durbar Square, which, although larger than Katmandu’s has fewer temples due to an earthquake in 1934. Also visit the Nyatapola Temple, which at 98ff. height, is not only the highest temple in the valley but also one of the best examples of traditional Nepali architecture. A major German funded project brought pavements and sewers, but Bhaktapur is still the most distinctly medieval of the three cities. The main occupations are weaving, pottery and fanning, and the houses are traditionally of brick with intricate wood carving for decoration.

Evening: Farewell dinner at one of Nepal’s finest Nepali restaurant with Nepali cultural dance show.

Overnight at Hotel Himalaya [B/-/D]

Day 07: Departure from Kathmandu [B]
Transfer to International airport to connect onward journey.

Note: You can extend your Nepal stay by adding more sightseeing, a trip to Chitwan National Park for animal viewing, trekking in the Himalayas.

[B = Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner]

End of the Journey

City Hotel Number of nights Web sites
Nepal
Kathmandu Himalaya 3 Nights www.himalayahotel.com.np
Tibet
Lhasa Kyichu 3 Nights www.hotelkyichu.com

AIRFARE TO TIBET - Extra Cost [Subject to change, if revised]:
Economy class/Kathmandu-Lhasa-Kathmandu: US$ $460 to $715 per person [Subject to availability]
Chinese Visa Fees: US$ 175.00 per person for US nationals and
US$ 85.00 per person for other nationals

The above cost includes:

Nepal Portion:

  • Meet at the airport by our representative and transfer to the hotel.
  • 3 night’s hotel accommodation at the Hotel Himalaya - Kathmandu in a twin sharing room, with breakfast.
  • One full day and one half day sightseeing of Kathmandu city, Swayambhunath, Patan and Bhaktapur city with local English speaking guide by private vehicle.
  • 1 farewell dinner at one of Nepal’s finest Nepali restaurant with Nepali cultural program.
  • All the entrance and monument fees as indicated in the program.

Tibet Portion:

  • Meet at the airport by our representative and transfer to the hotel
  • 3 night’s hotel accommodation at the Hotel Kyichu or similar – Lhasa, in a twin sharing room on bed and breakfast plan.

· Local English speaking Tibetan Guide.

· Transportation as per the itinerary by vehicle.

· Monastery entrance fee.

· Tibet Travel permits.

· Emergency mineral water in the vehicle.

· Emergency portable oxygen cylinder in the vehicle.

· Trip briefing by Tibet expert.

· Trip Information pack.

· Gift pack (prayer flag or string of flag & paper prayer Lungta).

Please Note: Offer Prayer flag or Lungta (string of prayer flag) in high passes, temple for good fortune or long life.

The above cost does not include:

  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Chinese Visa Fee.
  • International airfare.
  • Airfare for the sector Kathmandu-Lhasa-Kathmandu.
  • Lunch and dinner in Nepal and Tibet [except 1 farewell dinner in Nepal]
  • Refreshments, bottled drinks.
  • Tipping.
  • Insurance and rescue of any form.
  • Cost arising out of flight cancellation/road blockades/landslides/riots and events beyond our control, including China closing Tibet to visitors.
  • Expenses of a personal nature and any other expenses not mentioned in the above cost.
  • Photography charges in the monasteries and monuments.
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary.

Tibet Visa Rule when entering from Nepal to Tibet

China visas issued in the passport by other Chinese embassies are not valid for entry to Tibet from Nepal. The Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu must issue the Chinese visa for Tibet, which will be in a piece of paper, commonly known as a Group visa. The group visa can be issued for one person onwards and will be valid for the duration of the tour only. The rule of having a minimum of 5 persons in a group to visit Tibet is NOT applicable anymore.

The process of issuing China visa for Tibet entry is: Our local contact in Lhasa processes the permits of the individual/groups and sends it to us in Kathmandu and we take this to the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu along with the group’s passports, group visa application and visa fees in US Dollars cash (not traveler’s cheques) from 9.30 am to 11 am.

The visas are processed the same day and we collect them next day in the evening between 5.30 pm-6.30 pm. The Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu is open for visa application on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only. If visa fees increase during the time of application, the extra cost will have to be paid by the clients.

LHASA TO KATHMANDU – 7 DAYS - $1,229 PER PERSON, DOUBLE, LAND ONLY

Itinerary:

Day 1 – Arrival and transfer to Lhasa Gangyan Hotel (3 star) or similar
Day 2 - Visit Potala Palace, Johkang Temple, and Barkor Street. Welcome dinner. (B, D)
Day 3 - Visit Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery (B)
Day 4 - Drive to Shigatse via Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier, Simila Pass, Manla Reservoir, Gyangtse Kubum, Pelkor monastery, and Tashilunpo Monastery. Overnight at Hotel Manasarovar (3 star) or similar. (B)
Day 5 - Drive to Lhatse for lunch. Drive to Shegar to view Mt. Everest and the Himalaya mountain range. Visit Rongbuk Monastery near Everest Base Camp. Overnight in dormitory or large tent camp. (B)
Day 6 - Sunrise over Mt. Everest (dependent on weather.) Visit to Everest Base Camp. Drive through Tongla Pass to Kyilong. Overnight at 2 star hotel in Kyilong. (B)
Day 7 - Drive to the Chinese-Nepalese border. Assistance with border crossing into Nepal. (Land arrangements in Nepal must be booked separately.) (B)

All tours and transfers are seat-in-coach. Max. group size: 12

Single Occupancy: $1,459

Price valid from June 26-Oct 15, 2018. Lower prices from Jan 1-Jun 25, and Oct 16-Nov 15, 2018

Hotel Upgrades:

Hotel
Double Occupancy Single Occupancy
Four Points Sheraton, Lhasa
Gesar Hotel, Shigatse
$1,299 $1,799
Shangri-La, Lhasa
Qiaomulang Zong Hotel, Shigatse
$1,479 $2,499

Upgrades not available in Everest Base Camp and Kyilong.

Rates include:

  • Land transfers, transportation and sightseeing as listed
  • Twin shared room and meals as listed.
  • Local English speaking guide, entrance fees to monasteries/temples and Tibet Travel permits.

Rates do not include:

  • Travel insurance
  • China visa
  • Tips and other personal expenses

WARNING: The majority of Tibet, including Lhasa, is located at a very high altitude. (Lhasa sits at nearly 12,000 ft.) Before considering travel to Tibet, please consult a doctor to make sure it will be safe for you to travel to high altitude locations.

TIBET IN DEPTH – 10 DAYS - $1,399 PER PERSON, DOUBLE, LAND ONLY

Lhasa-Gyantse-Shigatse-Everest Base Camp- Namsto Lake - Lhasa

Itinerary:

Day 1 – Arrival and transfer to Lhasa Gangyan Hotel (3 star) or similar (D)
Day 2 - Visit Potala Palace, Johkang Temple, and Barkor Street. Welcome dinner. (B, D)
Day 3 - Visit Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery (B)
Day 4 - Drive to Shigatse via Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier, Simila Pass, Manla Reservoir, Gyangtse Kubum, Pelkor monastery, and Tashilunpo Monastery. Overnight at Hotel Manasarovar (3 star) or similar. (B)
Day 5 - Drive to Lhatse for lunch. Drive to Shegar to view Mt. Everest and the Himalaya mountain range. Visit Rongbuk Monastery near Everest Base Camp. Overnight in dormitory or large tent camp. (basic accommodation).(B)
Day 6 - Sunrise over Mt. Everest (dependent on weather.) Visit to Everest Base Camp. Drive to Shigatse. Overnight at Hotel Manasarovar (3 star) or similar. (B)
Day 7 - Visit the Tashilunpo Monastery. Drive back to Lhasa. Overnight at the Lhasa Gangyan Hotel (3 star) or similar. (B)
Day 8- Drive to Lake Namtso, the heavenly lake (also a salt lake.) Take a relaxed trek around the lakeside and nearby DumgXiong Grassland. Overnight at a Lake Shore Guest House (basic accommodations). (B)
Day 9- Morning free to explore the lake area or visit the Tashi Dor Island meditation caves. In the afternoon, drive to Dumxung for lunch, then visit the Yangpachen Hot Springs (optional). Return to Lhasa. Overnight at the Lhasa Gangyan Hotel (3 star) or similar. (B)
Day 10- Transfer to airport or train station. (B)

All tours and transfers are seat-in-coach. Max. group size: 12

Single Occupancy: $1,669

Price valid from June 26-Oct 15, 2018. Lower prices from Jan 1-Jun 25, and Oct 16-Nov 15, 2018

Hotel Upgrades:

Hotel
Double Occupancy Single Occupancy
Four Points Sheraton, Lhasa
Gesar Hotel, Shigatse
$1,519 $2,289
Shangri-La, Lhasa
Qiaomulang Zong Hotel, Shigatse
$1,789 $3,469

Upgrades not available in Everest Base Camp and Lake Namtso area.

Rates include:

  • Land transfers, transportation and sightseeing as listed
  • Twin shared room and meals as listed.
  • Local English speaking guide, entrance fees to monasteries/temples and Tibet Travel permits.

Rates do not include:

  • Travel insurance
  • China visa
  • Tips and other personal expenses

WARNING: The majority of Tibet, including Lhasa, is located at a very high altitude. (Lhasa sits at nearly 12,000 ft.) Before considering travel to Tibet, please consult a doctor to make sure it will be safe for you to travel to high altitude locations.

 
 
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