Some 2-week tour enables you to see the both sides of Himalayas. Not only is there the difference beween dryness and wetness, Buddhism and Hinduism, but also highness and lowness and heart-beating and breath-taking. The experience to cross Himalayas overland can be anything but normal.
Itinerary Details Day 1:Chengdu - Lhasa
Depart from Chengdu, meet at a designated location (06:00AM), and transfer to Chengdu Shuangliu airport. Arrive at Lhasa Gonggar airport which is at an elevation of 3000 meters, drive to Lhasa urban, en route visit Brahmaputra valley, Buddha Sculpture made in 11th century and Tibetan village etc. during the drive to Lhasa, then check in the Hotel, free and have a rest in the afternoon.Dinner by yourself. (No tour guide service whole day except the Tibetan guide will pick you up at Lhasa airport, avoid extreme physical activities.)
Day 2:Lhasa urban full day sightseeing.
Visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple , Barkhor Street. Overnight in Lhasa.
Potala: The massive castle was the center of old Tibet Authorities with inestimable values of art, culture and religion.
Jorkhang: The city-start construction is the final destination of all pilgrims from all sects of Tibetan Buddhism.
Drive from Lhasa to Yangparchen, it is about 5 hours driving totally.Visit Yangparchen geothermal power plant, enjoy a hot spring(30-50RMB/person). After that, drive back to Lhasa and overnight in Lhasa.
Day 4:Lhasa - Yamdrok Yumtso Lake-Shigatse (approximately 380km, with 200km bad road )
Morning, drive to Shigatse along the south approach, en route visit Mt. Gangbala, Yamdrok Yumtso Lake, and Shigatse plain, then drive to Shigatse urban, visit the ettlement of Panchen Lama - Tashilhunpo Monastery or take a photo outside of the monastery. There is a Tibetan picnic called lingka nearby, overnight in Shigatse.
Day 5:Shigatse - Lhatse - Dhingri (Xiegeer Town)
After breakfast, drive to Xiegeer Town by TOYOTA 4WD vehicle by the way of Lhatse, cross the Gyamtso La pass of 5200m, arrive Xiegeer Town at about evening, overnight in local hotel.
Note: The meal, accommodation and road are not good, only 4WD vehicle available
Day 6: (Dhingri)Xiegeer Town - Mt. Everest Nature Reserve (Rhongbuk monastery)
Drive to Mt. Everest Nature Reserve from Xiegeer Town, visit the Rongbuk Monastery located at the north face of Mt. Everest, and at an elevation of 5100m. it is the highest monastery in the world, only 20kms to the summit. See the spectacular view of Mt. Everest, visit the Base Camp, overnight in Rongbuk Monastery hostel. (multi-people room, no in-room water closet, sleeping bag is recommended)
Note: The meal, accommodation and road are not good, only 4WD vehicle or trekking can do.
Day 7: Rongbuk Monastery - Dhingri -Zhangmu-Kathmandu
Another high pass gives a last, spectacular view of the Himalaya before we leave the Tibetan Plateau, descending to Zhangmu – on the China-Nepal border and after the immigration formalities we proceed to Kathmandu.
Day 8: Kathmandu- Chitawan(Jungle Safari)
Early morning breakfast & drive to Chitawan National park for exclusive jungle safari. It is 156 km and takes 5-6 hour. Upon arrival meet by the naturalist and transfer to the resort. The manager will brief the guests about the activities. In the late afternoon, the guests will be taken for a jungle safari on elephant back so that they can penetrate deep into the jungle for viewing and photographing wildlife or a jungle walk is organized to experience the abundant bird life and the flora & founa for the park. If you are lucky, you may see the elusive Royal Bengal tiger both on nature walk as well as on elephant safari. A hearty meal of continental or Nepalese cuisine will be served in the evening around the campfire. O/N at resort.
Early morning guests will be mounted on Elephant back and taken for a Jungle foa a 2-3 hours penetrating through dense grassland to view wildlife. This grass commonly known as Elephant grass is dense and grows to a height od 18-20 ft.. It is the favoriote habitat of the rhinoceros and other mammals. After breakfast , the guests are taken to our elephant stables where the senior naturalists will give a talk about the habitates of the elephant. Here one may witness the rare scene of the elephant at bath.Afternoon free to relax. Evening dinner served around the camp fire followed by Tharu stick dance. O/N at Jungle lodge.
Day 10 : Jungle Safari-Pokhara
After breakfast, drive to Pokhara-one of the most picturesque valley in Nepal, 150 km from Chitawan and under the shadow of the Annapurna Himalayan range. A rare combination of snow-clad mountains, crystal clear lakes, streams, villages inhabited by friendly ethnic tribes. Over night at Hotel in Pokhara.
Day 11: Pokhara-Hike to Sarangkot
After breakfast, packed lunch can carry (Optional as you can find good restaurant at Sarangkot) and start the pleasant drive & hike 20 minute to arangkot- the popular hilltop offering the superb panoramic view of the Himalayas. It"s a hike to places within the rim of the Pokhara valley and walks to the surrounding villages offer captivating glimpses of rural life. Back to hotel and city sightseeing of 3-4 hour. Pokhara. O/N at Hotel.
Day 12: Pokhara-Kathmandu
Drive to Kathmandu , 6-7 hour,200km. the mountain scenery on the way . Evening dinner followed by Nepali cultural program. O/N at Hotel.
Day 13 : Breakfast & final departure transfer. End the trip
(1.)Pay cash to our tour guide upon your hotel pickup in the morning. Both Chinese RMB and USD are acceptable.
(2.)Transfer the money to tour bank account at least 2 weeks beofore your tour date.
(3.)Pay by Credit Card through Paypal. We will send you the Paypal Invoice. You just need to follow the instructions step by step .
1. three meals a day, eat-out or eat-in according to the situation
2. 2-bed room basis at 3-star hotel or dormitry bed at guesthouse
3 One English guide
5 Permits of Tibet Tourism Bureau and Public Security
6 Entries to attractions listed in the itinerary
7 Service Charge & Government Taxes.
8 Return air fare for Land+Air tour from Beijing to Lhasa
Return rail fare for Land+train tour from Beijing to Lhasa
One-way air ticket plus one way rail ticket for Land+Air+Train tour
1.In the route information below, we outline the rough waypoints, you may contact us and discuss the scenery spots you hope to visit, and we quote you according to your demand, as a tourist, thus you are enabled the most flexibility and making you route comfortable.
2.Minor program changes sometimes are necessary, depending on road conditions, weather and availability of room.
3.Health consultation from your doctor before you come to highland(Over than 3000M).
6.As we travel in Tibet area where the economy is much more backward than other places, the food alternative is limited,so we suggest you take some solid food.
7.Prices listed above are valid excluding the periods of Chinese and Tibetan New Year, May day holiday, China National Day holiday ,Tibetan Shoton Festival and other important Festival in Tibet which cause the big tour price change, an enquiry would be necessary for the exact tour price if you happened to travel during these periods...