Chengdu Tibet Nepal Flight Tour

Duration:
13 Days
Route:
Chengdu-Lhasa-Shigatse-EBC-Gyirong-Kathmandu
Season:
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Winter
Tour Type:
Private Tour
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Overview

For this 13-day tour, you will travel from Chengdu to Lhasa, then take an overland trip to Kathmandu. Although it is only a short stay in Chengdu, you will have the opportunity to see with your own eyes what cute giant panda babies look like, and learn about their daily lives. Experience the leisurely life of Sichuan people and Sichuan cuisine on Jinli Street. Apart from the major attractions in Lhasa city, you will visit the places of interests along the way from Lhasa to Kathmandu such as Yamdroktso Lake, Tashilhunpo Monastery, and Everest Base Camp. After getting to Kathmandu, you will also visit the must-see sites in Kathmandu.

Daily Itinerary

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Day 1 Arrive in Chengdu

Upon arrival in Chengdu airport/railway station, you will find your guide/driver holding your name sign at the exit. Then they will transfer you to your hotel in downtown Chengdu. The rest of the day is your free time.

Stay overnight in Chengdu

Day 2 Chengdu sightseeing

You will spend a whole day visiting Chengdu which has a reputation of a land of abundance. In the morning, pay a visit to Chengdu Panda Breeding Center, the home to giant pandas. The Panda Breeding Center is 10km(6 miles) in the north of Chengdu. When you arrive here, you will just catch up with the pandas' feeding time so pandas are at their most active. Then you can visit the panda museum. It takes about 2.5 hours to visit this site. After visiting Panda Breeding Center, we will drive you to Wenshu Monastery, the best-preserved Buddhist temple in Chengdu. It is the home of the Buddhist Association of Sichuan Province and Chengdu City. In Wenshu Monastery, you can visit the cultural relic and taste the delicious vegetarian food for dinner. After dinner, you may enjoy a short walk at the ancient Jinli Street. Then drive to Daci Temple, a tranquil place in Chengdu's bustling downtown areas, a few steps away from the Chunxi Road the largest shopping center in Chengdu. After a whole day's journey, it's high time to have a rest and appreciate the transitional Sichuan Opera, including face-changing performance.

Stay overnight in Chengdu

Panda Breeding Center in Chengdu
Wenshu Temple
Day 3 Flight: Chengdu-Lhasa

Transfer to Chengdu Shuangliu Airport for the flight to Lhasa, which takes about 2.5hrs. Upon your arrival in Lhasa Airport, look for your Tibetan guide who will hold your name sign waiting for you at the exit. Then transfer to your hotel in downtown Lhasa. After arriving in Lhasa, please have a good rest and get acclimatized to high altitude.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 4 Lhasa City

In the morning our guide will meet you at the hotel and first take you to visit the famous Potala Palace, the cardinal landmark of Tibet and the masterpiece of Tibetan architecture. It was first built by the 33rd King - Songtsen Gangpo in the 7th century and rebuilt later by the 5th Dalai Lama in the 17th century. Now it's a museum and world heritage site. 

In the afternoon, we will go to visit Jokhang Temple in the center of the Lhasa old town. Jokhang Temple is one of the most sacred temples all over Tibet and it is always bustling with earnest local pilgrims since the early days. After that, you will take a walk around the Barkhor Street - one of the most devotional circuit as well as a crowded central market of Lhasa. Barkhor Street is a very ancient round street surrounding the Jokhang Temple and the locals are always proud of it. As a symbol of Lhasa, it‘s also a must-see place for visitors.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

A Tibetan granny turning players at Potala Palace Square.
Many pilgrims are worshipping and performing their devotions at the gate of Jokhang.
Day 5 Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse

From Lhasa to Gyantse is about 264km, en route you will pass by Gambala Mountain Pass (4990m), where's the best place to overlook the Yamdroktso lake. Then head to Shigatse via the fertile Nyangchu Valley, a wide agricultural plain where colorfully decorated yaks and horses are used by Tibetan farmers to cultivate this land.

Stay overnight in Shigatse

Yamdroktso Lake is a freshwater lake in Tibet
The white glacier looks spectacular for visitors passing by.
Day 6 Shigatse - Tingri - Rongbuk - EBC

Tibet has a serious rule about speed-limit. Though from Shigatse to Everest region is only abt 350km or so, no-more-than-40km/hr speed limitation, and the many road checks dotted on the way, really slow us down. So be prepared to spend around 8~10hrs on the road including mealtime. The upside is the view along the way is superb. Also please take some snacks with you for the long-time driving.

In the summertime, usually May~Oct, we will stay overnight at Everest Tent Camp; in wintertime, usually Nov~Apr, we will stay at Rongbuk Monastery’s guesthouse. There are dorm beds available in the 2 places. Both places you can see the glorious Everest sunset if the weather is good.

Stay overnight at EBC

Standing on the entrance of Tashilhunpo,visitors can see the grand buildings with golden roofs and white walls
At the site of Rongbuk Monastery, you can view the highest mountain of the world brightly shining and clearly sparkling. The snowy peak seems happily to touch the blue sky.
Day 7 EBC – Gyirong Border 370km, approx. 8hrs

You can get up early and enjoy the sunrise of Everest Peak at the lodging area if the weather is good. After sightseeing, we will drive to Gyirong, the border which connects Tibet & Nepal. On the way, tourists can enjoy the breathtaking vista of Mt. Shishapangma and Pekutso Lake. After passing the Ghungtang Lhamo(5236M), we will arrive in Gyirong in the late afternoon.

Stay overnight at Gyirong Town

Everest Base Camp, the closest place to reach the sky.
Day 8 Gyirong - Kathmandu

Drive to Gyirong Port in the early morning. You are required to walk on your own to cross the border bridge which is about 50m long. Your Nepali driver will greet you at the other side of the bridge and transfer you to Kathmandu. Although the distance between Gyirong Port and Kathmandu is only over 160 kilometers, due to the poor mountain road conditions, it takes 6-7 hours from Gyirong Port to Kathmandu.

Stay overnight in Kathmandu

Gyirong Port
Day 9 Kathmandu sightseeing

Today you will start to explore Kathmandu with our experienced Nepali guide.

Firstly, you will go to Swyambhunath Temple to see the stupa there. Swyambhunath was built 2000 years ago, even older than Kathmandu city! It’s one of the World Cultural Heritages in Nepal. And it’s also called “Monkey Temple” as there are hundreds of wild monkeys live around it. The Swyambhunath Stupa is the second largest stupa in Nepal. The Buddha's eyes were painted on the four sides of the stupa, means Buddha is watching you. The paint makes it so sacred that many pilgrims come to worship.

Then you will go to see the largest stupa in Nepal, as well as in the world. Boudhanath Stupa is located in the eastern of Kathmandu. 90% of Nepalese are Hindu devotees. you can see Lord Shiva everywhere. But here, Boudhanath is a holy place of Tibetan Buddhism as it’s located in the main trading pass between Nepal and Tibet. So, every morning, there are many Tibetan Buddhist doing kora here, which is really an impressive scene.

In the end, we are heading to Pashupatinath Temple, the largest Hindu temple in Nepal. The god of destruction—Shiva is enshrined in it. “Pashu” means “all living creatures”, “Patinath” means “the lord”. This temple is also known as “corpse cremation temple” because it’s the place where Hindu devotees cremate the dead bodies in public.

Stay overnight in Kathmandu

Pashupatinath Temple
BoudhaNath Stupa
Day 10 Kathmandu - Nagarkot

Nagarkot is 32km northeast of Kathmandu on the northern fringe of the Kathmandu Valley. Nagarkot is famous for its Himalayan views- the Himalayan peaks at sunrise are a magnificent sight to behold. Nagarkot is surrounded by thickly forested hills of pine trees which give you an idyllic scene.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Enjoy the panorama of the Himalayas.
Day 11 Nagarkot-Kathmandu, 35km, approx. 1.5hrs

After enjoying the great sunrise of Himalaya in Nagarkot, today we are going to another Durbar Square---Patan Durbar Square. It’s also one of the world's cultural heritages in Nepal. The biggest difference compared with the other two squares is the Newari classical architecture here.

In the afternoon, we are going to the Patan Museum. It may be the best museum in the South Asian Sub-Continent. It’s a complex of modern and ancient architecture art. The specialty seeing is those bronze statues, which are gods of Hindu and Buddhism. There are three showrooms of Hindu while 2 of Buddhism.

We will go back to Kathmandu in the late afternoon.

Stay overnight in Kathmandu

Patan Durbar Square
Patan Museum is one of the main attractions in Kathmandu.
  • Patan Durbar Square
  • Patan Museum
Day 12 Kathmandu sightseeing

Today we will go to visit the last Durbar Square--- the one in Kathmandu.

It seems you witness the history of Nepal when you are in Kathmandu Durbar Square as you can see many ancient buildings, artistic carvings, and mysterious temples. Meanwhile, the whiz of motorcycles, the street vendors, the walking people, the football-playing children, the flying pigeons, and the cows, sheep, dogs, cats, all of these make Kathmandu Durbar Square a big busy market in modern times. You can wander around and enjoy your leisure time with locals. Oh, don’t forget to try the special Nepalese food---Momos, one kind of cheap food with great taste.

Stay overnight in Kathmandu

Kathmandu Durbar Square is a world heritage in Kathmandu.
Day 13 Departure from Kathmandu

Guide and driver will pick you up at you hotel according to your flight schedule to transfer you to Kathmandu Airport for your flight home.

Typically Asked Questions from Our Clients

Kart***

2018-11-11

Nepal & Lhasa - Any Group Tour with flight options and I am living in shanghai

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Cherry

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have the 12 Days  Chengdu Tibet Nepal Overland Flight Tour which is a private tour. As travelers less than five, we often suggest them join our small group tour to keep the cost down. How about dividing this tour into two parts? 7 Days  Lhasa Mt. Everest Kathmandu Overland Group Tour +6 Days Nepal Private Tour. May I know when would you like to do this tour?

Fede***

2018-07-23

August 2019 Chengdu Tibet Nepal Overland Flight Tour Could you help me with fligths roundtrip from italy?

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Cherry

In your inquiry, you mentioned three of you would like to do the 12 Days Chengdu Tibet Nepal Overland Tour which is a private tour.

We can book the domestic flight ticket for you. You would better to book the flight ticket from Italy to mainland China by yourself.  

Nikk***

2018-07-08

I am hoping to do this tour late April 2019 preferably starting April 22. How much will this trip cost?

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Caroline

 

In your inquiry, you mentioned that you are interested in our Chengdu Tibet Nepal Overland Flight Tour, which is a private tour. And you want to have it in April 2019. Frankly speaking, the cost of a private tour for a solo traveler would be a little bit expensive. For people less than five, we usually suggest them join our small group tours to keep the cost down.

 

So, how about we divide this tour into two parts? Tibet (group tour) and Nepal (private tour).

Migu***

2018-01-27

Time

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Caroline

According to the regulation, Tibet is closed for foreigners in March. The earliest travel date to Tibet is from April 5th. Best regards!

Lore***

2017-06-10

Hi Penny. Would you please price this tour for me? It looks appealing to me as I can get Tibet and Nepal in one tour. Thank you.-Lorenzo

penny

Dear Loren, please let me know when you plan to do this tour first and then I can provide you the cost accordingly. Besides, I have to remind you that all the borders between Nepal and Tibet still are closed now. So you have to return to Lhasa and then fly to Kathmandu (Nepal) instead of travelling to Kathmandu directly through the Zhangmu Port after visiting the EBC.

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