Nepal and Tibet tour (11 days)

  • Potala Palace Tibet
  • Patan Durbar Square
  • Yak Tibet
  • Mt Everest Tibet
  • Monkey Temple

Fly to the heart of Tibet, then drive back to Kathmandu over the highest mountain range in the world. Explore the holy city of Lhasa.  Visit beautiful Tibetan cities and towns such as Gyantse, Shigatse, Sakya, Rongbuk and Zhangmu.  Reach the base camp of the world’s highest peak, Mt Everest.  Explore the mystical Yamdrok Tso Lake and conquer a few high passes.  See popular Tibetan landmarks like the Dalai Lama’s Potala and Norbulingka Palaces, Tibet Museum, Barkhor Bazaar and Gyantse Dzong.  We also visit quite a number of spectacular Tibetan monasteries including but not limited to Sera, Drepung, Phalkot, Shalu, Tashilhunpo, Sakya and Rongbuk, the world’s highest monastery.

Wander the mystical streets of Kathmandu with an experienced guide by your side. Discover ancient courtyards, temples and bustling markets. Gain a taste of the remarkable cultural heritage of this unique and varied land. 

Trip Overview

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Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1345meters).

Your tour starts as you arrive at the airport in Kathmandu.  Upon your arrival we will greet you with a traditional garland (floral wreath worn around your neck). This is our way of saying welcome to Nepal.  You will then be transferred by private car to your hotel to settle in.  You might choose to go for a walk around after some rest and later in the evening we will organize a welcome dinner at an excellent traditional Nepalese Restaurant.

Hotel in Kathmandu- B

Day 02: Kathmandu guided city tour

In the morning after having breakfast you will drive to Bodhnath. Bodhnath is the largest stupa of Nepal. Around the octagonal base of stupa there are 108 images of Buddha where prayer ceremonies of Buddhist Lamas are taking place since over 2000 years. Then you will proceed to visit the temple of Pashupatinath which is Nepal’s most important Hindu pilgrim site on the banks of the Bagmati River. The temple of Pashupatinath is dedicated to god Shiva. In the afternoon proceed for a half day sightseeing tour of Patan city. Patan was the second largest town in the valley but it has been absorbed into Kathmandu. After visiting Patan you will proceed to visit the Swayambhunath. The stupa at Swayambhunath is the most important and oldest site of Buddhist worship in Nepal. Swayambhunath Stupa is famous for the eyes of Buddha which seem to be observing the world from all 4 directions.

Hotel in Kathmandu- B

Day 03:  Kathmandu to Lhasa

After breakfast it’s time to fly to Tibet.  You will be driven to Kathmandu airport to catch your flight.  It’s a one hour flight over the highest mountain range in the world.  Your guide and driver will meet you at the airport with a warm Tibetan style welcome ceremony by presenting you Khata (scarf) and will escort you to Lhasa.  On the 2-hour drive, you’ll enjoy the heart-stopping views along the Yarlong Tsangpo River.  After checking into your hotel, we highly recommend you have a rest to acclimatize yourself to this high altitude city.  If you’re feeling up to it, take a visit to the Tibet Museum, which is not only a source of information and inspiration for Tibetans themselves, but also educates visitors from the world on the unique culture.  If not you will see this place tomorrow.

Hotel in Lhasa- B

Day 04:  Lhasa sightseeing: Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace and Tibet Museum: 5-6 hours

We begin our sightseeing of Lhasa today.  The overwhelming Potala Palace is your first stop.  As the symbol of Tibet, it was built in 641 AD and was the winter palace of the Dalai Lama.  Impressive Tibetan architecture, huge golden Buddha statues, red-robed lamas and devoted pilgrims all make it a must-visit.  The Norbulingka Palace is the summer palace of the Dalai Lama and also our next stop.  This incredible building 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 artefacts related to the cultural history of Tibet.

Hotel in Lhasa- B

Day 05:  Lhasa Sightseeing: Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar: 5-6 hours

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 now only houses a few hundred.  The history, culture, and religious beliefs of the Tibetan people are strongly concentrated and centred in this marvellous 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.

Hotel in Lhasa- B

Day 06:  Lhasa to Gyantse (3,950m/12,956ft) via Karo La Pass and Yamdrok Tso Lake: 325km, 5-6 hours

Today, we take a scenic drive to Gyantse.  On the way we cross the Khamba La Pass (4,794m) with a brief halt to savour 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).  Next we arrive at The Karo La Pass (5,045m).  From our vehicle, we can enjoy views of huge glaciers 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.

Hotel in Gyantse- B

Day 07:  Gyantse to Shigatse (3,900m/12,795ft) via Shalu Monastery: 95km, 2 hours

After 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 to Shigatse.  We visit the popular Tashilhunpo Monastery which holds both historical and cultural importance for being founded by Gendun Drup, the First Dalai Lama in 1447.  After sightseeing in Shigatse we will have the rest of the day free for resting, which will help us with acclimatization and the next day’s long drive.

Hotel in Shigatse- B

Day 08:  Shigatse to Rongbuk (5,000m/16,400ft) via Sakya Monastery: 355km, 8-9 hours

We leave Shigatse this morning on our journey to Rongbuk.  On the way, we visit the Sakya Monastery which is the ancestral temple of the Sakyapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. We continue driving towards Rongbuk.  We visit the Rongbuk Monastery, which is located at the foot of the mighty Mt Everest and is the highest monastery in the world.  While here, we also enjoy the stunning mountainous scenery all around us. Overnight in Rongbuk.

Hotel in Rongbuk- B

Day 09:  Rongbuk to Zhangmu (2,300m/7,544ft) via Everest Base Camp: 257km, 5-6 hours

We leave Rongbuk in the morning to visit Everest Base Camp (5,250m/17,220ft).  On our way, we enjoy spectacular views of high mountains like Cho Oyu (8,201m/26,906ft), Shishapangma (8,013m/26,289ft) and, of course, the mighty Everest (8,848m/29,028ft) also known as Mt. Chomolongma in the Tibetan side.  Today, we accomplish one of the major highlights of our trip, reaching the base camp of Mt. Everest.  It’s a 16km round trip to Everest Base Camp.  The base camp itself is dry and barren, but the view of Everest is spectacular.  After spending some quality time at the base of Mt. Everest we make Zhangmu our next destination.  On the way, we cross the Lalung La Pass (5,124m/16,068ft), Shung La Pass (5,200m/17,056ft) and Nyalam Pass (3,800m/12,464ft), all of which offer enchanting views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks.  We further drive downwards towards the fertile vegetation of Zhangmu on the Nepalese border.

Hotel in Zhangmu- B

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.

Day 10:  Zhangmu to Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft): 153km, 4-5 hours

A few kilometres drive from Zhangmu, is Friendship Bridge.  This bridge links Nepal and Tibet over the Bhote Koshi River and brings us to Immigration Control in Kodari.   Here we are expected to complete some custom formalities.  Your Tibetan guide will leave you here.  It’s a short walk across the bridge in Nepal where a Third Eye Adventure representative will be waiting for you.  After around 4 hours of driving through deep valleys, we reach your hotel in Kathmandu.  Join us for a farewell dinner tonight and to celebrate your trip.

Hotel in Kathmandu- B

Day 11: Farewell from Nepal as you fly back home.

Our agency’s representative will greet you at your hotel with private car and offer you a Khada (scarf).  Wearing a Khada means good luck and protection.  Afterwards they will drop you to the airport. Farewell from Nepal.

Note of above Itinerary:

B = Breakfast

L = Lunch 

D = Dinner

Above itinerary can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. Please let us know whether you would like to make a shorter or longer. We will follow accordingly.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1345meters)

Day 02: Kathmandu guided city tour

Day 03:  Kathmandu to Lhasa 1 hour flight

Day 04:  Lhasa sightseeing: Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace and Tibet Museum

Day 05:  Lhasa Sightseeing: Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Bazaar

Day 06:  Lhasa – Gyantse (3,950m/12,956ft) Karo La Pass and Yamdrok Tso Lake: 325km, 5-6 hours

Day 07:  Gyantse to Shigatse (3,900m/12,795ft) via Shalu Monastery: 95km, 2 hours

Day 08:  Shigatse to Rongbuk (5,000m/16,400ft) via Sakya Monastery: 355km, 8-9 hours

Day 09:  Rongbuk to Zhangmu (2,300m/7,544ft) via Everest Base Camp: 257km, 5-6 hours

Day 10:  Zhangmu to Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft): 153km, 4-5 hours

Day 11:  Farewell from Nepal as you fly home

 

Trip Start Dates

We will organise this trip on the dates requested by you. Please contact us today for a customised departure date.

 

Whats Included/Excluded

Cost Includes

  • All accommodation where available
  • Airport Pickup/Drop off
  • Domestic flights
  • International one way flight to Lhasa, Tibet
  • All ground transportation
  • Private guide with insurance
  • Entrance fees to all sights
  • First Aid Kit
  • All government and local taxes
  • Meals as per the Itinerary

Cost Excludes

  • International flights, except those listed above
  • Entry Visa fees – at present $25 for 15 day, US$ 40 for 30 day, and US$ 100 for three month visa on entry into Nepal.
  • Insurance which covers, medical, emergency evacuation, lost, theft expenses.
  • Personal gear and expenses
  • Alcoholic and soda drinks.
  • Tips and gratitude for guide/porter

 

Pricing Per Person

Tibet has a strict policy of minimum two persons for entry visa. If you are a solo traveller, let us know and we an attempt to find someone to share the visa.   The more people joining your trip the cheaper it becomes, so why not grab a few friends and bring them along.

  • 2-4 – $2090
  • 5+ – $1890

 

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 at [email protected] or If you want to talk to us directly feel free to call us at: +977-9851175534
Trip Summary
Price From $2090

Duration: 11 Days

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast in Nepal & Tibet

Transportation: Jeep, Plane

Best Time: Apr – Nov 

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