Across the Himalaya
Tour description: Explore Tibet & Nepal and discover its hidden soul. Extreme beauty, remote lands, stunning Himalayan scenery and rich Buddhist & Nepali culture make it for an incredible travel experience.
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Day 1 Arrive in Beijing
Upon your arrival in Beijing, the local guide will meet you at the Beijing International Airport and escort you to the hotel. The rest day is at your leisure to explore the beauty of Beijing.
Day 2 Beijing
Take a full-day tour of Beijing. Visit Tian'anmen Square, the world’s largest public square, and the Forbidden City, home to emperors during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Then proceed to the Summer Palace, the largest and most complete imperial garden in China. Enjoy the famous Peking duck dinner in the evening.
Day 3 Beijing
Today’s highlight is to visit the Great Wall - the most magnificent defense works in the world. The Wall rises and falls with the contours of the mountains westward extending more than 5000 kilometers from its origin at the seaside in Shanhaiguan to Jiayuguan of west part of China. Then, take sightseeing for the Sacred Way, a 7-kilometer-long sacred way flanked by 18 pairs of giant stone statues of men and animals as important decorations of the grounds, in which the ancients believed the spirits of the royal dead to walk on. The Ming Tombs, where 13 emperors of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) were buried.
Day 4 Beijing/Lhasa
Take a morning flight from Beijing to Lhasa - the capital city of Tibet and transfer to the hotel. The rest day is at your leisure to acclimatize to the high elevation.
Day 5 Lhasa
Visit the Potala Palace, Norbu Lingka and Tibet Museum. The Potala Palace is perched on Red Hill and overlooks the town. This massive structure dominates the landscape with grace and dignity and is a true wonder of the architectural world. Norbu Lingka means “treasure garden” and was used as the Dalai Lama’s summer palace. The Tibet Museum, the final stop, exhibits the elaborate works and artifacts of Tibetan culture. In the evening, enjoy Tibetan food and dance.
Day 6 Lhasa
Visit the Dreprung Monastery and Jokhang Temple & Barkhor Street. The Dreprung Monastery was once home to over 15,000 monks. Later, visit the Jokhang Temple which is the spiritual heart of Tibet. Every day and night, prostrating pilgrims circle the temple. Some of these pilgrims have been traversing the extremes of the country by foot, to celebrate their beliefs. In the evening, enjoy debate sessions with the monks – a must-see experience. The Barkhor (the holiest devotional circuit) surrounds the Jokhang and houses a market bazaar. Here, one can bargain for Buddha images, yak skulls with ruby eyes, woodcarvings, carpets, prayer wheels and odd goat heads.
Day 7 Lhasa /Gyantse
As you head to Yamdrok Yumtso (turquoise lake), one of the three sacred lakes of Tibet, you will witness chains of snow-clad peaks and breathtaking scenery. Visit the unique Pelkor Monastery. It is a complex comprised of sixteen monasteries of three different Buddhist sects.
Day 8 Gyantse/ Shigatse
On the drive to Shigatse, visit the Shalu Monastery. The Shalu Monastery is a rare and unique work of art that mixes Tibetan and Han Chinese features and enshrines various relics. Upon arrival in Shigatse, Tibet's second largest town, you will check into the hotel. In the afternoon, visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery, the biggest Gelugpa monastery in the Tsang region of Tibet as well as the official seat of the Panchen Lama.
Day 9 Shigatse/Zhangmu
Drive along the friendship highway and head south towards the Tibet-Nepal border town of Zhangmu. The town itself sits on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau. You go from the frozen, barren, desolate Tibetan Plateau to the sub-tropics of Nepal border in a very short time. It is quite amazing and can't be fully explained unless you see it for yourself. As you get closer to Zhangmu, the scenery changes drastically. Forests and dense vegetation appear as do numerous waterfalls that form from melting snow from the nearby Himalaya Mountains. The scenery changes quickly from harsh and mountainous landscapes to green jungle-like forests in narrow valleys.
Day 10 Zhnagmu/ Kathmandu
Crossing the China border at Zhangmu, drive further down into Kathmandu – the capital city of Nepal. Kathmandu is a fascinating mixture of legend and modern development, with its rich artistic and cultural heritage. After check in a hotel, the local guide will take you around the local old market where you will get an opportunity to feel lifestyle of diverse range of Kathmandu.
Day 11 Swayambhunath and Patan
Visit Kathmandu’s Durbar Square – the site of the Hanuman Dhoka Palace Complex which was the royal Nepalese residence until the 19th century, the Swayambhunath –one of the most recognizable symbols in Nepal and one of the holiest Buddhist sites as well as a World Heritage Site in Nepal. Then, visit Patan’s central Durbar Square which is absolutely packed with temples, and Krishna Mandir – one of the grandeur of the square was built in 1637 by the king Siddhinarsingh Malla.
Day 12 Kathmandu
Visit Pashupatinath – the most important Hindu temple in Nepal, Bouddhanath – one of the largest stupas in South Asia and the focal point of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. Then, visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square – one of the most charming architectural showpieces of the Kathmandu Valley as it highlights the ancient arts of Nepal.
Day 13 Departure
After breakfast, transfer to the international airport and fly to your next destination.
Price: from US$2180/per person
1. All domestic airfare (Beijing/Chengdu, Chengdu/Lhasa) airport taxes and charges.
2. All ground transportation and airport transfers with private van/bus
3. 5-star luxury hotel or the best local hotel accommodation with double occupancy
4. Western style breakfast in the hotels and Chinese/Tibetan/Nepali lunch & dinner at fine local restaurant specializing in regional cuisines.
5. All sightseeing, entertainment, and cultural activities listed in the itinerary
6. Oxygen bag is provided on the journey
7. Professional English speaking tour guides service
1. Expenses of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, and phone calls etc.
2. Gratuities for guides and drivers
Note: Prices and programs are subject to change without notice. All prices quoted in US dollars.
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