Tibet Adventure trip provides a mix of exciting adventure in two Himalayan countries, Nepal and Tibet. The trip begins with the exploration of heritage sites in Kathmandu valley. We then fly to Lhasa. In Tibet, we visit beautiful towns- Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, and Rongbuk. On our trip we visit popular Tibetan landmarks like Potala and Norbulingka Palaces, Tibet Museum, Barkhor Bazaar and Gyantse Dzong (fortress). We also visit a number of impressive monasteries like Sera, Drepung, Jokhang, Samye, Tashilhunpo and Phalkot. We continue our drive and tour the sheer north face of Mt. Everest, cross the beautiful Yamdrok Tso Lake along with several high passes. We then drive to The Last Resort located in Nepal near the Nepal-Tibet border to pursue an adventure activity like bungee jumping.
Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, you will be received by our representative and transferred to your Hotel. If arrive early mid-day till evening is free to venture around the city close to your hotel.
Get personal and Up-close with the Colorful Market Place in Kathmandu while our office in Kathmandu will have some logistic works for your Tibet trip.
Walking like a local in an old part of the city is an incredible experience. Today we will be visiting the colorful bazaar and the Durbar Square area in the heart of old Kathmandu. This walking tour will start from the streets of Thamel, visiting much of the day to day life of Kathmandu, there we can encounter with a fascinating mixture of people selling fruits, vegetables and spices; potters spinning their wheels to produce small household bowls and containers for temple offerings; we can see lots of temples of different god and goddess on the way, local shopkeepers selling colorful garments, and the ever present sacred cow wandering amongst it all in the streets. In the afternoon we plan to visit the Temple of Pashupatinath on the banks of the Bagmati River, the holiest Hindu shrine in Nepal and also Bodnath, the largest stupa in the country and a destination for Buddhist pilgrims from all over the world.
After breakfast, we will visit the almost perfectly preserved city of Bhaktapur (Bhadgaon in the past), which is situated 14 kilometers east of Kathmandu and covers an area of 4 square miles. Bhaktapur means the city of devotees. A lot of pottery and weaving can be found here, as these are the traditional home industries. The Durbar Square of Bhaktapur holds precious architectural pieces like the Golden Gate, the Palace of 55 windows, and the Lion Gate etc. People and the place still remain traditional. The museum of Bhaktapur contains various old paintings, sculptures, and handicrafts. The residents of this city are highly regarded for their skill in making exquisite woodcarvings and handicraft goods. The third of the medieval city-states in the Kathmandu Valley, Bhaktapur was always described as the best preserved. Tragically, however, the 2015 earthquake caused terrible devastation and loss of life. Nevertheless, only a few temples were destroyed, there is still much to see here, and tourism is vital to the community.
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 Travel House Nepalwill 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.
We begin sightseeing in Lhasa after breakfast. Today is the day we visit the beautiful Potala and Norbulingka Palaces. Built in the 17th century, Potala Palace provides amazing views of the entire city and houses the private quarters of the Dalai Lama, numerous grand state rooms and chapels. Norbulingka Palace is the summer palace of the Dalai Lama and houses what is considered to be the largest man-made garden in Tibet. Next, we visit the Tibet Traditional Hospital which is the center for the treatment, training, research and production of Tibetan medicine. Overnight in Lhasa.
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 as of now there has been quite a declination resulting in only a few hundred. The history, culture, and religious beliefs of the Tibetan people are strongly concentrated and centered in this marvelous 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. Overnight in Lhasa.
Today, we take a scenic drive to Gyantse. On the way we cross the Khamba La Pass (4,794m) with a brief halt to savor 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). Soon, we come across another pass, The Karo La Pass (5,045m). From our vehicle, we can enjoy views of huge glaciers tumbling down into the road 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. Overnight in Gyantse.
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. In 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 remainder of the day free for resting. This will help us with acclimatization and the next day’s long drive. Overnight in Shigatse.
After breakfast, we visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery in Shigatse. It holds both historical and cultural importance for being founded by Gendun Drup, the First Dalai Lama in 1447. Today, we also cross the two high passes, the Gyula and Gyatso La (5,220m). Then, we descend to the plains and reach Sakya. Here, we visit the Sakya Monastery, which is the ancestral temple of Sakyapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. We further move ahead towards Rongbuk, a valley only around 8 km away from the Everest Base Camp (5,250m/17,220ft). On the way, we get brilliant views of Mt. Everest (8,848m/29,029ft), and other high Himalayan peaks over 8000 meters. Upon reaching Rongbuk, we visit Rongbuk Monastery, the highest monastery on earth. Overnight in Rongbuk.
First, we drive to Zhangmu, a major trading hub between Tibet and Nepal. A few kilometers drive from Zhangmu to the Friendship Bridge 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.
We can spend the morning pursuing adventure sports of our choice - canyoning or bungee jumping/swing. (you are required to pay for the activity on your own). While canyoning, we pass through sheer cliffs and slides to pounding waterfalls. Bungee jumping and swing is another adrenaline filled adventure which is a popular adventure activity among the locals and tourists alike. Whether we are leaping off a bridge for the bungee or sliding down glass-smooth rocks while canyoning, we will definitely have an amazing experience. In the mid-afternoon, we drive to Kathmandu
Our adventure in Nepal & Tibet comes to an end today! After Breakfast, Free till departure transfer to the airport to connect with the onward flight. Return home to tell the tale of legendary adventure.