Tibet, the 'Roof of the World' and the mystical Buddhist 'Kingdom of the Snows', has for centuries evoked images of a lost Shangri La. To this day, its stunning Himalayan views, high plateau, beautiful Buddhist monasteries and extraordinary people offer one of the world's great travel experiences.
Little is known of the beginnings of the Tibetan people. They originated from the nomadic, warlike tribes known as the Qiang. Chinese records of these tribes date back as far as the 2nd century BC. However, the people of Tibet were not to emerge as a politically united force until the 7th century AD.
The Main Attractions
TSEDANG, YUMBULAKHANG, THANDRUK MONASTERY, SAMYE MONASTERY, LHASA(POTALA PALACE, JOKHANG TEMPLE & BARKHOR BAZAAR, DREPUNG MONASTERY, SERRA MONASTERY & NORBULINKA, TIBETAN NUNNERY, TIBETAN MEDICINE CENTRE), TSURPU MONASTERY, GANDEN MONASTERY, YAMADROKE LAKE (Turquoise Lake), SHALU MONASTERY, PANCHEN LAMA'S TASHILHUMPU MONASTERY and many more.
Ideally this tour has been design to experince people amd culture, monks and monasteries, land and palace of Tibet.
Day 01: Kathmandu
Upon our arrival in Kathmandu (1000m/3280ft), Himalayan Glacier will officially greet us at Tribhuvan International Airport and thereby we will be escorted to Hotel Shanker or similar rating hotel in kathmandu.
Day 02: Kathmandu Tour
In kathmandu, we will have half day guided city tours which include Basantapur Durbar Square, Syambunath Stupa, Pashupati Nath Temple - Hindu Temple and Buddha Nath - the biggest Buddha Stupa in ancent Katmandu. At afternoon, we will engage on pre-trip discussion for next day trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Kathmandu (1300m) - Tsedang (3650m) to Lhasa - 1 hr Flight
After having brief excursion within kathmandu valley, we cross the highest Himalayan ranges of the world to be at Lhasa. At our flight, we will have magnatic views of Himalayas. Prior to Lhasa, we will be drive around two hours for Tsedang along the scenic Brahmaputra river. At Tsedang, we will rest for acclimatization.
Day 04: Tsedang
In Tsedang, we will have mild walk around temples and Thandruk Monastery. At noon, we test the uniqueness of Tibetan bazaar which is full of traditional cultural milieu. Overnight at Tsedang hotel.
Day 05: Tsedang - Samye - Lhasa
From Tsedang, we enjoy driving around 250 km to Samye. Upon arrival at Samye we explore Samye Monastery, the oldest pristine monastery in Tibet. Having sparks of spiritual touch at Samye Monastery, we further continue our drive around 5-6 hours within the heights of 3650m to Lhasa. We capitalize the beautiful moments of our journey at such heights while heading to Lhasa. Overnight at Lhasa.
Day 06: Lhasa
At the dawn in Lhasa, we visit at spiritually inspiring Potala Palace which is the metaphor of creative epitome situated at untouched holy land. We further traverse into the Buddhist's creative excellences like Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar, a cultural showcase of Tibet. Again, overnight in Lhasa.
Day 07: Lhasa - Drepung and Sera Monastries
Today at the dawn, we visit at Drepung Monastery. Drepung Monastery, founded in 1416 is the largest of all Tibetan monasteries located on the Gambo Utse mountain which is just 5 km away from Lhasa. At the day time, we make our trip for Sera Monastery. Sera Monastery is one of the great three Gelupa university monasteries in Tibet located just 1.25 miles north of Lhasa. The original monastery founded in 1419 is famous for its complex architectural construction which is nearly 5 km away from Kokang and responsible for some 19 hermitagges and four nunneries. Overnight at Lhasa.
Day 08: Lhasa - Norbulingka and Tibetan Nunnery
A short excursion within Lhasa also covers few more Buddhist pilgrimage sites. Our first arrival at Norbulingka serves the purpose of exploring long standing history of this site. Norbulingka is a palace built in 1755 serves as the traditional summer residence of the successive Dalai Lamas. Norbulingka palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site represents unique Tibetan architectural presentation. Further Norbulingka, we also make our trip to Tibetan Nunnery. Tibetan Nunneries date back to 8th century but well establish since 12th century used to school nearly 28,000 nuns untill the Chinese invasion in its sacred soil.
Day 09: Lhasa - Tibetan Medicine Center
Today, we engage in indepnedent activities and moreover it will be better to be at Tibetan Medicine Center. Throughout the day, we aim to attend maximum the knowledge about the way of Tibetan traditional system of medical practices and its intriguing famous success stories. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day 10: Lhasa - Tsurphu - Lhasa
Upon our round excursion we fully engage at Tsurphu, 70 km away from Lhasa. At Tsurphu, we visit at Tsurphu Monastery. The Tibetan Buddhist monastery is located in Tibetan autonomus regions of China above 4300m sea level. Since its foundation in 1159, the monastery ramained a sacred place for holy monks. But, the spiritual site suffered massive destruction due to Chinese Cultural Revolution and restored in 1980. After having excursion, we return to Lhasa. Overnight at Lhasa.
Day 11: Lhasa - Ganden - Lhasa
Today upon our arrival at Genden from Lhasa, we make our inquisitive trip around Ganden Monastery. Ganden Monastery is among great three univeristy monastries in Tibet situated 36 km away from Potala Palace. Ganden refers to Joyful in Buddhist terminology. It was the original monastery of the Geluk order, founded in 1409. Having visited at historic monastery, we have retreat back to Lhasa at the evening for overnight stay.
Day 12: Lhasa - Gyantse : 3,950m, 261 KM
The journey from Lhasa to Gyantse is full of scenic gift of nature. The 261 km route passes through Yamadroke Lake over crossing two high passes named Karola (5,010m) and Kambala (4,794m). Upon arrival at our todays' destination, Gyantse we will have knowledge about Tibet's third largest city along with its natural habitate at such altitude.
Day 13: Gyantse
Gyantse offers architecturally intriguing Kumbum Stupa and the view of Phalkor Monastery. Then after we visit for Gyantse Dzong, a historical site in Gyantse. Gyantse Dzong or Gyantse Fortress is one of the best preserved dzongs in Tibet and was constructed in 1390. It has historical significance in the sense that the Chinese face British invasion during 1903 and 1904 at this fort where Tibetan heroicly fight against such invasion. After having historical trip in Gyantse, we reterun back to Lhasa to have overnight stay.
Day 14: Gyantse - Xigatse : 3,900M, 90 km
Gyantse to xigastse will be a scenic drive with a short visit to Shalu Monastery. Further the drive touches uniqueness of the Tibetan village. Our arrival at Xigatse will be full of inspirations. At first sight, we will be at Tashilhunpo Monastery, the traditional seat of the Panchen Lamas constructed in 1447. Overhere, we furtehr roam around gift market in old town and Xigatse Fortress.
Day 15: Xigatse
Today, we further deep down into Tibetan monastic practices through visiting or making inquiries with Panchen Lamas. In our another quest, we find ourselves engagement with Tashilhunpo Monastery where Panchen Lamas practice their sacred religious duties.
Shigatse (12,600 ft.) is most famous for its Tashilhunpo Monastery - the seat of the Panchen Lama. Places of interest within this monastery include the relics sakyamuni, the hall of maitreya and mind-boggling collection of thankas. There is also bustling "free" market at the foot of the ruins of the xigaze fortress and one can buy local handicrafts embedded with coral and torquoise, Chinese porcelain and yak butter etc. The highlight of Shigatse is surprisingly high snow capped peaks. Most of the highest peaks in Tibet, including Mt. Everest, lie around Shigatse. The other wonderful monastery near Shigatse is the Sakya Monastery and Shalu Monastery. Overnight at Xigatse.
Day 16: Xigatse - Xegar : 4350m, 244 KM
We make a picturesque drive to Xegar by crossing Gytso La (5220M) high pass. Around 13,800 ft. above sea level, Xegar is a new Chinese commune built at a the foot of the ruins of Xegar Dzong, and is 7 kms from the main road. It is the centre of this large and remote country and also a base from where expeditions to Mt. Everest and other peaks are launched. The total distance form Xegar to Everest Base Camp is about 110 km in a vehicle. It is about seven hours from Xegar to Rongbuk. By foot it is about three days of hiking from west of Xegar onto rongbuk. After having such first hand experience we stay in night at Xegar.
Day 17: Xegar - Zhangmu : 2300M, 244 KM
With scenic drive via Nyalamu PASS (4800M), capitalizing the opportunity to see Mt. Shishapagma, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Everest we continue downhill drive to Zhangmu. Also known as Khasa, Zhangmu perches on a mountainside 10km inland from the Friendship Bridge across the Bhotekoshi River. The small town has become the major trading post between Tibet and Nepal.The subtropical oceanic climate endows the small town a warm, and humid weather and beautiful scenery throughout the year. The city attracts merchants from inland China, Tibet and Nepal running for business. Nepalese even run Nepalese restaurants in the small town, serving Nepalese dishes. Since, Xegar offers multicultural touch to the visitor like us. Upon roamming around this uniquue mountain city, we do not miss the rare taste of night at Xegar.
Day 18: Zhangmu - Kathmandu : 1300m, 130 KM
Finally, after necessary border formalities we continue our drive to Kathmandu through the scenic Nepalese countryside. Upon arrival in Kathmandu we will be escorted at our hotel.
Where is Nepal ?
Nepal is landlocked country located in southern Asia couched between two Asian giants India and China. Nepal is geographically, culturally and linguistically diverse. The capital city of the country is Kathmandu, commonly known as ‘city of temples’ where we can explore traditional artistic beauty. Draped along the greatest heights of the Himalaya, Nepal is where the ice-cold of the mountains meets the steamy heat of the Indian plains. Moreover, it's a land of yaks and yetis, stupas and Sherpas and some of the best trekking on earth. The Himalaya's most sophisticated urban cultures took shape here, in the three great mini kingdoms of the Kathmandu valley- Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur - home to a world-class artistic and architectural heritage.
What is Nepal known for?
Nepal is Known for Mt. Everest, highest peak in the world and Lord Buddha, who was the pioneer of Buddhist religion. Besides, among 14 eight thousand meters cross mountains in the world, eight are located in this naturally beautiful country. Nepal has been the focus of outstanding achievements in the world of peak climbing expeditions with the identification of more than one thousand peaks above 6,000 meters .Trekking through the Everest region offers astounding mountain views, an opportunity to take a glimpse into the life of world heritage sites, discovering variety of Himalayan flora and faunas, and an opportunity to explore the highest Buddhist monasteries in the world. Overall, Nepal is known for its hospitality and the local people believes in the mantra ‘Atithi Deba Bhaba’ (Guest are god).
Can I get Nepal visa on arrival?
Yes! Nepal visa is easily available up on arrival in the entry places. Make the process easier by downloading & completing the application form, having the correct USD cash and two passport photographs.
Visa Facility Duration Fee
Multiple entry 15 days US$ 25 or equivalent Nepali currency
Multiple entry 30 days US$ 40 or equivalent Nepali currency
Multiple entry 90 days US$ 100 or equivalent Nepali currency
Is the country politically safe and stable?
Nepal is one of the new democratic countries in the world with many active political parties, ideas, ideologies and leaders. As such there might be some disturbances in some parts of the country. But it does not and will not affect the daily life of the residents in the other parts. Life moves on as usual, unperturbed.
How to enter Nepal?
Nepal can be enter by two ways,
By air: Some of the major international airlines operating schedule services to Nepal are Royal Nepal Airlines, British Airways, Biman Bangladesh, China South West Airlines, Druk Air, Gulf Air, India Air, Thai Airways, Qatar, Pakistan Air, Jet Air and Singapore Airlines. By air, you will arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport (only one international airport) located in the heart of Kathmandu City.
By Road: There are several entry points by land route mainly from Nepal / Indian borders;
Scheduled public as well as tourist buses run to and from Kathmandu. Traveling by bus is recommended if you can cope with 10 to 12 hours of long drive in return for a fascinating mountainous views and snail tail roads that meet above the clouds.
Do you have Airport pickup facilities?
Definitely! We do have airport pick up facilities for our customers who have booked for our any packages. We don't charge any money. As the time you booked your trip, you have to inform us.
What is the best time to visit Nepal?
September and April are warm with the temperature ranging between 80-90 degrees Fahrenheit. In October, November, late February and March it is typically 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit. In December and January it is much cooler, between 45-70 degrees Fahrenheit, and you may experience foggy conditions as well. As there is an ideal time to visit Nepal. Nepal can be visited the whole year round. Light weight clothing is recommended from May to October. Warm garments are required from October to March. An umbrella or a raincoat is a must for the rainy season.
How can I make the payment?
There are various payment options by which you can make payment to Glory Nepal team. You can make payment by cash, bank transfer, online credit card payment and Travelers checks. If you wish to use another option of payment suitable to you, then Glory Nepal will assist you for that.
Why should I book the tour through Glory Nepal?
Glory Nepal team is a recognized Holiday Planner and service provider related with the Nepal Tourism Sector. The Team of Glory Nepal is able to work on your any kind of travel requirements as it is associated with a team of Tour Escorts, Guides who are well trained, fluent in different languages and with long experience in related sectors. We do offer verities of Nepal Tour, Trek, Jungle Safari, Adventure packages but beside that we are best in organizing special tailor made itineraries in any areas of Nepal. As our motto is "Guest's Satisfaction is our Achievements" we are always here to assist you for your holiday to Nepal.
What does grading (Easy, Moderate, Difficult, Strenuous) means?
"Grading" is a term used for rating treks based on difficulty. According to Himalayan Glacier standards and experience, we have divided the trekking into four types, namely Easy, Moderate, Difficult and Strenuous- the challenge in terms of both technicality and geography increases as we move higher in that order. Thus, Easy Treks could be suitable for all while Strenuous and Difficult Treks are meant only for those who have certain experience and capability.
This can help you choose a trek or climb especially in the Himalayan Region that best suits your fitness level and experience. Please keep in mind that this is a general guide only. A variety of factors, including weather, may add to the challenge.
No previous trek experience and any physical preparation are required to attempt this trek. An interest in walking will be enough to take up such treks. Such treks usually vary from 2 days hike to 5 days trekking and can reach up to an altitude of 3000 m. Treks usually on well maintained paths and passes through ridges and involve walking up to 5 hours a day.
Moderate Treks will require at least 6-7 hours of walking every day, crossing 4000 m above high altitude passes, and long and exhausting walks through often rough trails, rocks and boulders. Therefore, you will require physical and mental fitness, positive attitude and interests and previous hiking or camping experience is preferred. You should prepare to face high altitude.
Previous trekking experience and technical knowledge is essential in Difficult Treks. Besides walking through rough trails for 6-7 hours and crossing high passes as high as 5000 m, you will also be glacier crossings on snow/ice. You will be facing high altitude air with low level of oxygen and continuous walking over huge stretch of Himalayan valleys. Positive attitude and perseverance is required.
Strenuous Treks involve long days, long hours of challenging walks, high altitude passes above 5000 m, difficult terrains and glacier and snow walking. No doubt you need to be mentally and physically fit and in excellent health condition. As part of technical requirements, you will require to have rock and ice climbing experience with the knowledge of use of ice axe and crampons. You should consider joining one of the rock climbing and glacier walking classes prior to heading for Trek.
Are there ATM facilities in Nepal?
There are many ATM machines in the Kathmandu and Pokhara Valley. ATM machines are slowly being introduced to other cities like Bhuwtal and Dharan.
What types of cards are accepted? Debit or Credit? Visas or Masters or Discovers or Dinners?
Most popular cards accepted in Nepal are VISA, MASTERCARD and American Express. Both Debit and Credit Cards are accepted here. American Travelers Cheques are also accepted in most Banks, Hotels, and Travel companies.
Are there any tourist police in Nepal?
Of course there is tourist police located near the Nepal Tourism Development Board's Office. Also, there are complaint counters at the airport and Basantapur Durbar Square. Tourist police are specially trained in English and have detailed local knowledge to assist tourists. For security and travel related assistance, you can reach any of the officers from telephone 4-247041, 4-4268969 during 11 a.m to 5 p.m
Is Nepal safe? Is a woman traveling alone safe with your company?
Absolutely Nepal is safe for traveler. Firstly, Nepal is considered as one of the peaceful countries in the world (chances are it's safer here than your home-country). Secondly, while you're on one of our trips, we take personal responsibility for your well-being, a responsibility we commit very seriously.
• All the entrance fees while sightseeing in the city.
• Guided Katmandu sightseeing tour by Car.
• All accommodation on B/B basis.
• 13% government tax where applicable.
• International flights, visa and departure taxes
• Airport pick up and drop.
• Personal expenses such as drinks, postage, laundry
• All the expenses in except mention in the include section
Domestic Airport Tax
• Domestic airport tax
Costs from unforeseen events
• Costs arising from unforeseen events outside our control
All the entrance feels for sight seeing in the city
International flights, visa and departure taxes
Tips for gratuities
Drink, Posatage, Laundry for Personal Expenses
Domestic Airport Tax