'Adventure holiday in Nepal and Tibet: sightseeing, rafting and jungle safari' is a 17-day trip that provides a mix of exciting adventure in two Himalayan countries, Nepal and Tibet. The trip begins with the exploration of popular landmarks in Kathmandu valley followed by visits to beautiful Tibetan cities and towns- Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, and Rongbuk. On our trip we visit popular Tibetan landmarks like Potala and Norbulingka Palaces, Tibet Museum, Barkhor Bazaar and Gyantse Dzong (fortress). We also visit a number of impressive monasteries like Sera, Drepung, Jokhang, Samye, Tashilhunpo and Phalkot. We visit the sheer north face of Mt. Everest, cross the beautiful Yamdrok Tso Lake along with several high passes also in Tibet. We then pursue an adventure activity of our liking (canyoning or bungee jumping) in Nepalese side of the Nepal-Tibet border. Next, enjoy jungle safari and bird watching in the steamy jungles of Chitwan National Park. Lastly, our trip concludes with a visit to Pokhara. While there, we catch the sun rise from the high Himalayas and enjoy boating in the Fewa Lake. We also visit the lake city’s popular landmarks including Davis Fall, Shiva Cave and International Mountain Museum.
We will be staying at Shanker Hotel in Kathmandu, Kyichu Hotel in Lhasa, Yeti Hotel in Gyantse, Gesar Hotel in Shigatse, Rongbuk Monastery Guest House in Rongbuk, The Last Resort (for adventure activity), Tigerland Safari Resort in Chitwan and Mt. Kailash Resort in Pokhara. All accommodations are on well-graded hotels and resorts but due to remote location, the hotel in Rongbuk is very basic, but it is still the best available one. Also, all of the accommodations are on a twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD 690.
Upon our arrival in the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, we will be greeted by a representative from Himalayan Glacier who will drop us off at our hotel. After checking in, we take a rest or visit Himalayan Glacier’s office. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Himalayan Glacier. During our dinner, we enjoy excellent traditional Nepalese cuisine along with a cultural program. Overnight in Kathmandu. (D)
*B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner
After breakfast, we start our tour to four of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. Kathmandu Durbar Square holds the palaces of the ancient kings who ruled over the then Kathmandu Kingdom. Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites for Hindus all over the world. We also visit popular Buddhist stupas in Kathmandu. Swayambhunath, is located in the heart of the city and is also called Monkey Temple by the tourists owing to the large number of monkeys in the temple area. Bouddhanath is one of the largest stupas in the world, and one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage and tourist destinations in Kathmandu. The area of Boudhnath is also famous for over 50 Tibetan gompas or monasteries. Overnight in Kathmandu. (B)
Today, we pay a visit to two ancient cities of the Kathmandu valley. Patan is one of the ancient settlements in the valley about 5km south-east of Kathmandu. The city has also been nicknamed as "The City of Fine Arts." Patan Durbar Square and the city thoroughfares are full of ancient palaces, temples and shrines, noted for their exquisite carvings. The Patan Durbar Square is also a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site. Patan Museum inside the Durbar Square specializes in bronze statues and religious objects. Bhaktapur, literally meaning "The Town of Devotees" is believed to have existed from the early 9th century AD. Bhaktapur Durbar Square was listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Monument in 1979. The town is believed to have retained some of the charm of the medieval times which is depicted in the lifestyle of the people, the old houses and artworks. Overnight in Kathmandu. (B)
We take an hour-long trans-Himalayan flight to Lhasa, Tibet early in the morning. The flight takes us over Everest (8,848m), Kanchenjunga (8,536m) and other Himalayan peaks and glaciers. Upon our arrival in Lhasa, a representative from Himalayan Glacier will pick us up from the airport for about an hour’s drive to our designated hotel in Lhasa. We are advised to take plenty of rest for the remainder of the day in order to minimize altitude sickness. Overnight in Lhasa. (B)
We begin sightseeing in Lhasa after breakfast. Today is the day we visit the beautiful Potala and Norbulingka Palaces. Built in the 17th century, Potala Palace provides amazing views of the entire city and houses the private quarters of the Dalai Lama, numerous 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, the official museum of Tibet, which has a permanent collection of around 1000 artifacts related to the cultural history of Tibet. Overnight in Lhasa. (B)
After breakfast we visit Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar. Drepung Monastery, which was built in the 14th century, is believed to have sheltered around 10,000 monks in the past but as of now there has been quite a declination resulting in only a few hundred. 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 stroll through Barkhor Bazaar (market). With its open air stalls, shops and crowd of pilgrims, it is the nerve centre of Lhasa. Overnight in Lhasa. (B)
Today, we take a scenic drive to Gyantse. On the way we cross the Khamba La Pass (4,794m) with a brief halt to savor the beauty of the Yamdrok Tso (Turquoise Lake), one of the three largest sacred lakes in Tibet and the beautiful Nazin Kang Sang glacier (7,252m). Soon, we come across another pass, The 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 (Fortress), which is one of the best preserved dzongs in Tibet. Overnight in Gyantse. (B)
Our adventure in Tibet and Nepal comes to an end today! A representative from Himalayan Glacier will take us to the airport approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight.