Nepal and Tibet Tour - 14 Days

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Explore Nepal and Tibet by road and enjoy canyoning, rafting and jungle safari in an ultimate adventure
Destination: Nepal,Tibet Trip Cost: $3390 USD
Group size: 2-12 people Max-Altitude: 5,250m/17,220ft
Arrival on: Kathmandu, Nepal Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal
Meals: Breakfast in the cities and all meals during rafting and in Chitwan
Accommodation: Standard hotels and resorts

Trip Introduction

Nepal and Tibet Tour combines sightseeing with adventure and wildlife activities. This 14-day journey begins in Kathmandu with visits to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the valley. Next, fly to Lhasa and tour the Potala Palace, several dzongs (fortresses) and impressive monasteries. Drive to several Tibetan towns like Shigatse, Shegar and Rongbuk and continue sightseeing activities. Visit the Everest base camp and admire the grandeur of the mighty Everest, the tallest mountain on Earth. Drive back to Rongbuk and visit the world’s highest monastery. Enjoy and overland trip to The Last Resort in Nepal and take part in canyoning followed by rafting in the raging Bhotekoshi River. Continue drive to Chitwan National Park and conclude the Nepal and Tibet Tour with a jungle safari in the steamy jungles of the national park.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
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. For dinner, you will be served excellent authentic Nepalese cuisine which will introduce you to the country's food culture.
Included meals:D
Day 02: Kathmandu valley: sightseeing in Patan and Bhaktapur
In Patan, nicknamed "The City of Fine Arts" we visit Patan Durbar Square which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The durbar square is full of ancient palaces, temples and shrines, noted for their exquisite carvings. Today we also visit Bhaktapur, a city that has still retained its ancient charm. Bhaktapur Durbar Square is also another World Heritage Site. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Included meals:B
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa (3,650m/11,972ft): 1 hour 15 mins
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.
Included meals:B
Day 04: Sightseeing in Lhasa: Potala Palace, Sera Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar: 5-6 hours
Today is the day we visit the beautiful Palace which was built in the 17th century. The palace provides amazing views of the entire city and houses the private quarters of the Dalai Lama, numerous grand state rooms and chapels. 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.
Included meals:B
Day 05: Lhasa to Shigatse (3,840m/12,590ft) via Gyantse: 367km, 8 - 9 hours
After breakfast, we drive towards Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. We drive past Khamba La Pass (4,794m) and savor the views of Yomdrok-Tso (Turquoise Lake), one of the holiest lakes in Tibet and the spectacular Mt. Nazin Kang Sa (7,252m). Further to the west, we come across another pass, Karo La (5045m) from where we get great views of the majestic glaciers. Upon reaching Gyantse, we visit the Khumbum Stupa, phalkot Monastery and Gyantse Dzong (fortress), which is one of the best preserved dzongs in Tibet. From Gyantse, we continue to Shigatse enjoying captivating mountain landscape along the way. Overnight in Shigatse.
Included meals:B
Day 06: Shigatse to Shegar (4,190m/13,746ft) via Sakya Monastery: 274 km, 8-10 hours
After breakfast, we visit the most popular landmark of Shigatse, the Tashilhunpo Monastery, which holds both historical and cultural importance for being founded by Gendun Drup, the first Dalai Lama in 1447. Then, we drive to Shegar via Sakya. In Sakya, we visit the Sakya Monastery, which is the ancestral temple of Sakyapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Today, we also cross Tso La (4,500/14,763ft) and Gyatso La (5,220m/17,125ft) passes. We reach Shegar, a small town around evening and spend the night there.
Included meals:B
Day 07: Shegar to Rongbuk (5,000m/16,400ft) and visit Everest Base Camp (5,250m/17,220ft): 85km, 2-3 hours
From Shegar we head for the Everest Base Camp, which is also one of the highlights of the trip. Reaching the base of the world’s highest mountain is an achievement in its own right. So, we spend some time taking pictures and enjoy the amazing Himalayan vista with the world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest, soaring above us.  We then drive back to Rongbuk and visit the Rongbuk Monastery, the highest monastery on earth. Overnight in Rongbuk.

Note that on rare occasions due to bad weather or political riots the local government may close down the road to the Everest base camp for safety reasons and without prior notice.

Included meals:B
Day 08: Rongbuk to The Last Resort: 281 km, 6-7 hours
First, we drive to Zhangmu, a major trading hub between Tibet and Nepal. A few kilometers drive from Zhangmu over the Bhote Koshi River brings us to immigration control in Kodari where we are expected to complete some custom formalities. Then, we drive a little further to our ultimate destination, The Last Resort for pursuing adventure activity of our choice the next day. Upon reaching The Last Resort we take a rest in order to better prepare ourselves for the next day’s activities. Overnight in The Last Resort.

* If ‘The Last Resort’ is not available for booking, the adventure activities will be carried out by ‘Borderlands Resort’ 

Included meals:B
Day 09: Canyoning
Today we spend time abseiling, sliding, jumping, climbing and swimming. These are all important aspects of canyoning, our ultimate quest for today. While canyoning, we pass through sheer cliffs and slides to pounding waterfalls. Feeling the adrenalin buzz while leaping off waterfalls and sliding down glass-smooth rocks will be an amazing experience for any adventure enthusiast and nature lover. Overnight at The Last Resort.
Included meals:B
Day 10: Rafting in Bhotekoshi River then drive to Kathmandu
This day is set aside for white water rafting, one of the most popular adventure sports in Nepal. While rafting, we come across all kinds of rapids not too far from one another. Battling these rapids will be a challenge. However, we also occasionally raft through calm sections of the river. During this time we admire the natural beauty of the surrounding areas. The green vegetation, curious villagers and the river banks are ours to marvel at. After completing our rafting journey, we head back to Kathmandu around evening and spend the night there.
Included meals:B
Day 11: Drive from Kathmandu to Chitwan (815m/2,674ft): 175km, 5-6hours
After early breakfast, we drive to Chitwan, a city located at the foot of the Churia range and famous for housing Chitwan National park (CNP), the first national park in Nepal, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Upon reaching Chitwan, we either take a jungle safari or a nature walk depending on the time of our arrival in Chitwan. During the safari, we go deep into the jungle and spot deer, the endangered one-horn rhinoceros, and other wild animal. If we are lucky, we may even spot the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger. During nature walks, we enjoy the company of a wide variety of flora and fauna and spend some time bird watching. Overnight in Chitwan.
Included meals:B
Day 12: Chitwan National Park
Today, we excite the animal lover inside us. Early in the morning, we will be mounted on elephant backs for a jungle safari through dense grasslands to witness wildlife in their natural habitat. After breakfast, we visit the elephant stables and even enjoy bathing the elephants. During the afternoon we can either 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 water birds. Or, we may even engage ourselves in bird-watching or nature walk and come closer to a variety of wild flora and fauna found in the park. In the evening (if one wishes to take part) there will be a presentation on the wide range of flora and fauna of CNP. Overnight in Chitwan.
Included meals:B
Day 13: Drive from Chitwan to Kathmandu: 127km, 4-5 hours
Early in the morning, we engage ourselves in bird watching as Chitwan National Park is also home to a large variety of resident and migratory birds. We then have breakfast and drive towards Kathmandu. Our journey will be on the Terai plains while in and near Chitwan and gradually move to a more winding road as we come closer to Kathmandu. Along the way, we can enjoy the beautiful hilly terrains and small houses and reach Kathmandu in the evening. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening.
Included meals:BD
Day 14: Final Departure
Our ultimate adventure in Nepal and Tibet comes to an end today! A Himalayan Glacier representative will escort us to the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight. On our way home, we have plenty of time to plan our next adventure.
Included meals:B

Important Note

Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Himalayan Glacier. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

Included in the Cost

  • Pickups and drops from airport and hotels
  • Comfortable private vehicle(s) for transportation
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Twin-shared accommodation on standard hotels as per the itinerary
  • All sightseeing, adventure sports jungle activities as per the itinerary
  • Assistance in acquiring Chinese visa and Tibet Travel permit
  • English speaking, trained and experience tour guide
  • Company services and all applicable taxes and service charges when required

Not Included in the Cost

  • All international airfare(s) except from Kathmandu to Lhasa as per the itinerary
  • Nepalese visa fee
  • Chinese visa fee {US$ 175 for the US nationals and US$ 85 for other nationals (visa fee is subject to change without prior notice}
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu (except welcome and farewell dinners) and Tibet and any meal not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, bar bills & extra porters
  • Tips for guide(s) and driver(s)

Travel Insurance

It is a condition upon joining any of Himalayan Glacier's trips that all clients be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please note that we don't arrange or sell insurance.

Accommodations

We will be staying at Shankar Hotel in Kathmandu, Kyichu Hotel in Lhasa, Gesar Hotel in Shigatse, Rongbuk Monastery Guest House in Rongbuk, The Last Resort (for adventure activities) and Tigerland Safari Resort in Chitwan. All accommodations are on well-graded hotels and resorts but due to remote location, the hotel in Rongbuk is very vasic, 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 750. 

Meals

Breakfast will be served in Kathmandu and Tibet. We recommend our guest(s) to budget USD 15 to 20 for lunch and dinner every day. All meals will be served by 'The Last Resort' (while pursuing adventure activities) and in Chitwan. Breakfast will be taken in the same place we stay for the night. Similar arrangements can also be made for dinner. Lunch will be taken en route to the next destination. There will also be a welcome and farewell dinners for guests on behalf of Himalayan Glacier.

Visa & Entry Procedure

Traveling to Tibet is a dream of many. Since Himalayan Glacier would like to assist us in making our Tibet tour an adventure of a lifetime. Therefore, presented below is a list of rules and Tibet entry procedures we should know about before traveling to Tibet. Read More

Best Time to Travel

April to June and September to November are the best time for this trans-Himalayan journey.

Equipments & Packing List

The following basic equipment check list should help you with your packing. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

Documents
  • The documents provided below are a must and should be with you at all times.
  • Valid Passport (at least 6 months of validity)
  • Medical Insurance card(s)
  • Address book
  • Airline tickets, e-tickets, etc.
  • Passport size photographs (minimum 4)
  • Travel permits (will be arranged by Himalayan Glacier)

We recommend that you make copies of your passport, visas, permits, airline tickets/schedule, travelers cheque numbers, etc. Leave a copy with someone at home and put another copy in a separate place in your luggage.

Clothing

In Tibet, the weather is cool during summer (with cold winds) and excruciatingly cold in winter. Since you will not be staying in one place for long, consider carrying warm, lightweight, hand-washable and quick-drying clothes.

  • Sweater, jacket, windbreaker
  • A pair of shorts, mid-thigh or longer
  • Long pants (zip-off pants are very useful)
  • T-shirts and long-sleeved shirts
  • Undergarments (optimum supply)
  • Sport bras for women (roads can be bumpy)
  • Rain jackets and pants
  • A warm cap and a sun hat with brim and chin strap
  • Bandanna or scarf
  • Belt
  • Pajamas
  • Decent swim suit
  • Comfortable and sturdy shoes (if possible waterproof)
  • Tennis shoes or sandals
  • Comfortable, breathable socks ("Smart wool" or "Thorlos" are both excellent)
Toiletries
  • Soap, shampoo (2-in-1 shampoo with conditioner is preferable instead of carrying a separate conditioner bottle)
  • Shaving items
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste
  • Hairbrush, comb, mirror, nail clippers
  • Wet-wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Sun-block lotion (at least SPF 15)
  • Facial tissue
  • Lip balm with sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Small towel
  • Toilet paper
  • Q-tips
  • Tampons and sanitary napkins
  • Sewing kit
  • Baggage
  • Duffel bag or a suitcase
  • Day pack bag for daily activities and easy access
  • Waterproof plastic bags/ or zip lock bags (Plastic garbage bags are useful to protect sleeping bags, etc. from wet weather, 'zip-lock' bags are useful for storage in dusty/wet environments)
  • Electronics
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Camera, lenses, filters, memory disks (you will not be able to download)
  • Video camera, tapes
  • Tripod
  • Batteries (extra batteries are always a good idea)
  • GPS
  • Alarm clock
  • iPod, MP3 player
  • Calculator (for currency conversion) or  calculator app
  • Battery chargers, plugs

Note: It’s always a good idea to keep electronics warm and dry, so storing them in sealed water-proof bags is recommended. Also, note that the electrical current in Tibet is 220v, AC 50 Hz. There are numerous different plug types used in Tibet, so it might be easier to purchase an adapter once you get there.

Medical supplies/ First Aid

Take an adequate supply of any prescription medication(s) you use regularly and consult your doctor before the trip. Most over-the-counter medicines are available in Lhasa but are more difficult to obtain outside of urban areas.

  • Ibuprofen or aspirin
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Iron supplements (for women)
  • Disinfectant, antiseptic cream, antibiotic ointment
  • Band-Aids/plasters
  • Gauze bandages and tape
  • Throat lozenges
  • Vitamin supplements (available in Lhasa but of lower quality and dosage)
  • Anti-histamines
  • Ace bandage
  • Malaria pills (consult your doctor)
  • Anti-biotics (consult your doctor)
  • Water-purification tablets
  • Bottled mineral water and thermoses of boiled water are available for purchase everywhere throughout Tibet.  However, water-purification tablets can be useful during excursions.
  • Steripen
  • Water filter
  • Iodine or chlorine dioxide purification tablets
  • Miscellaneous Items
  • Good UV protection sunglasses with straps (this is very important against strong high-altitude sun)
  • Eyeglasses or contacts and plenty of cleaning solution (carrying extra eyeglasses is recommended)
  • Binoculars
  • Swiss knife
  • Notebook (small size recommended), pencil and pen
  • Playing cards, games, books, frisbee, football, kite
  • Energy bars, hard candy, snacks, and comfort foods
  • Cash, travelers checks, credit cards ($500 or more in cash and/or travelers checks, including some small U.S., Euros, or local currency)
  • Money belt (waterproof is best)
  • Maps, guidebooks
  • Umbrella, particularly useful in the rainy season
  • Salt, pepper for bland food, flavoring for coffee or water
  • Water bottles and Camelback (useful on bumpy roads)

Additional Information

Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip or your suitability for it please contact us by email. If you want to talk to us directly feel free to call us at: 00977-98510-55684

Source:www.himalayanglacier.com