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Tibet Nepal Nature Scenery Tour

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

This 13-day Tibet Nepal Nature Scenery Tour takes you to the best natural sceneries of both Tibet and Nepal, showing you the amazing landscape of Himalayas, turquoise lakes, vast grassland dotted with sheep and yaks, magnificent mountains, primeval forest, grand valleys. Ever-changing sights make a wonderful experience for you.
DayRouteAttractions & Activities
1 Arrival in Lhasa (3650m) Pick up and transfer to the hotel.
2 Lhasa City Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
3 Lhasa Suburb Norbulingka, Drepung Monastery
4 Lhasa - Namtso - Lhasa Namtso Lake - Ideal Place for a Spiritual Journey
5 Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse Yamdroktso Lake , Karola Glacier, Pelkor Chode Monastery
6 Shigatse - Tingri - Rongbuk - EBC Tashilhunpo Monastery, Rongbuk Monastery
7 EBC – Gyirong Border 370km, approx. 8hrs Everest Base Camp
8 Gyirong - Kathmandu Transfer to Kathmandu via Gyirong Border
9 Kathmandu sightseeing Swyambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple
10 Kathmandu - Chitwan Elephant safari, Jungle walk, Tharu Cultural Show
11 Enjoying the Beauty of Chitwan Chitwan National Park
12 Chitwan - Kathmandu Bhaktapur Durbar Square
13 Departure from Kathmandu Send off to the airport

Daily Itinerary

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This is the first day in Tibet. Your guide will greet you at Lhasa Gonggar Airport/Railway Station and transfer you to your hotel. It usually takes around 1.5 hours to drive from Lhasa Airport to downtown Lhasa and takes about 20mins from Lhasa Railway Station. Tourists could have a look at the Yarlung Tsangpo River, the largest and longest river in Tibet on their way to the hotel. After check-in, you can have a good rest first. And if you feel like going out, you can wander around the city. But just remember that don't take too much stuff, try to go with a light pack. Meanwhile, drink some more water, do not move strenuously. It’s really useful to get acclimatized to the high altitude.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

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.

In the morning, we will go to visit Norbulingka. Norbulingka park is considered the premier park of all such horticultural parks in similar ethnic settings in Tibet. During the summer and autumn months, the parks in Tibet including the Norbulingka, become hubs of entertainment with dancing, singing, music, and festivities. The park is where the annual Sho Dun or 'Yoghurt Festival' is held.

In the afternoon, you are heading to Drepung Monastery, which means Monastery of Rice Heap in the Tibetan language. The entire monastery is large in scale and the white buildings cluster and covers the hillsides. They look like huge rice heaps in the distance, so it is called Drepung. Drepung monastery is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery, also the highest-ranking monastery in the Gelug Sect.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Tyokyil Potrang is a pavilion in the midst of a lake and known for the top scenic spot in Norbulingka
Drepung Monastery is also a Buddhist education base. It is the best place to learn and impart Buddhism.

On the way to Namtso, you will have a far view of Nyenchen Thanglha Snow Mountain. Enjoy the view of the vast grassland and spectacular natural scenery. You'll arrive at Namtso Lake after pass Nagela Pass(5150m).

Namtso lake

From Lhasa to Gyantse is about 264km, en route you will pass by Gambala Mountain Pass (4790m), 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.

Tibet has a serious rule about speed-limit. Though from Shigatse to Everest region is only about 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. In 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.

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.

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

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

About 148km south-west of Kathmandu, Chitwan National Park is one of Nepal's popular tourist destination and also also a World Heritage Site. 

There, you'll see an array of wildlife that you will never see in other parts of the world. There, you will see wild Rhinos and tigers as you take a ride on the back of huge lumbering elephants. So, prepare your cameras for pics of the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger and the famous one-horned rhino. After an enjoyable safari adventure, you will stay overnight in Chitwan.

Fun to see animals at close range in the jungle.
Some tourists prefer to walk through the jungle in Chitwan National Park.
  • Attraction:
  • Elephant safari
  • Jungle walk
  • Tharu Cultural Show

After resting overnight and replenishing your strength, you will have another great day of adventure in Chitwan National Park. You will visit the local Tharu villages to come up close to elephants while they bath, ride an elephant to walk in the jungle and start your jungle safari. Walk through a section of the primitive forest path, and you will see the natural environment of wildlife. If you are audacious enough, you can engage in a guided tour into the jungle. In this jungle, you will see leopards, clouded leopard, sloth bears, smooth-coated otters, Bengal foxes, spotted linsangs, striped hyenas, golden jackals, jungle cats, small Indian civets, and many more.

Canoeing on the Rapti River is also a good chance to see various water birds playing on the water, crocodiles from a distance and alligators resting by the lakeside.

In the afternoon, you will go to the gharial breeding center, which is a government-built crocodile breeding program. You can observe the marsh mugger and gharial up close. This project aims to protect the endangered species and release them back into the wild. You will again stay overnight at Chitwan after a hectic day of adventure.

Chitwan National Park
  • Attraction:
  • Chitwan National Park

Drive back to Kathmandu today, which is about 5hrs on the road.

Once back at Kathmandu, you can take a rest at your hotel to regain your strength. You can also spend the rest of the day strolling along with the UNESCO Heritage Sites of the city. You will stay overnight in Kathmandu for tomorrow's departure.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square monument

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.

Our Service
INCLUSIONS
  • Tibet Tourism Bureau Permit (TTB) and all other necessary permits to Tibet;
  • All entrance tickets fee for tourist attractions listed in the itinerary;
  • Experienced local English-speaking tour guide;
  • Travel-licensed vehicle according to group size & season as itinerary needed including gas and parking fee;
  • All lodging listed in the itinerary; it’s your decision about the accommodation class: luxury 5-star international hotel, comfortable 4-star hotel, economic 3-star hotel, or guesthouse. Please tell us your preference;
  • All meals listed in the above itinerary;
  • Pick-up & Drop-off service from Airport/railway station;
  • Travel Agency Liability insurance;
  • Government tax;
  • Express delivery fee of Permit (eg. SF. Express);
  • Food & lodgings for guide & driver;
  • Oxygen tank for emergency use;
  • Free use of sleeping bag;
  • Two bottles of mineral water per person per day.
EXCLUSIONS
  • International flight to and out of China;
  • Chinese Visa/China Group Visa; (Note: we could help you by providing the hotel or domestic flight reservation copies for your Chinese Visa or the invitation letter for your China Group Visa)
  • Domestic flight/train to and out of Lhasa; (We can help you book the domestic flight/train ticket at the BEST price. Please contact us for details.)
  • Meals are not included but we will recommend some good ones for you according to your requirements. Usually, it takes 3-10 USD per person for each meal.
  • While the gratuity for guide and driver is NOT mandatory, it is expected. Based on their service, you can tip them on the last day of the tour. Each of you is suggested to tip them 5-10 USD/day in total;
  • All the commission and tax charged by PayPal, Bank, and government when making payment. (e.g. PayPal --- 4.2%. Wire transfer --- 2%);
  • Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks, optional tour activities, etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in the Inclusions.

Typically Asked Questions from Our Clients

Asked by Brid***
2020-12-27

Hello, I would like to book the Tibet Nepal Nature Scenery Tour. Please advise. Thank you!

Catherine
Answered by Catherine 2020-12-27

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have 13 Days Tibet Nepal Nature Scenery Tour which is a private tour. We can arrange the tour for you in July 2021. For solo travelers, We usually suggest them joining our small group tour in Tibet to keep the cost down.  You can choose to join in 7 Days Lhasa Mt. Everest Kathmandu Overland Group Tour first and have your private Nepal tour as schedule. You can still visit Namtso Lake privately before the group tour starts.

Asked by Robe***
2020-02-02

I live in HK and would like to come do some walking and sightseeing in August with my 16 year old son. I would like to take the train from Chengdu to Lhasa, have one or two days sight seeing then go to Nepal and have one or two days sight seeing. I would also like to do a three/four day trek. should we do this in Tibet or Nepal? Should we overland or fly between the two countries. Can we then fly direct back to HK? Do you think this is possible Many thanks

Catherine
Answered by Catherine 2020-02-02

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have a Tibet & Nepal tour. I recommend 9 Days Tsurphu to Yangpachen Tibet Trekking Tour. And we can organize another 2 days sightseeing in Kathmandu for you. August is the rainy season in Nepal, I suggest you fly to Kathmandu from Lhasa because the overland road condition from the Gyirong border to Kathmandu is dangerous during that period. After the tour ends, you can fly back to HK from Kathmandu directly.

Asked by Prev***
2019-10-07

Hi Good Day. I would like to enquire on the above package , cost for 01 pax. I'm looking into second week of Nov 19 to travel. Please advise Thank you

Catherine
Answered by Catherine 2019-10-07

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have 13 Days Tibet Nepal Nature Scenery Tour which is a private tour. I suggest you join our 8 Days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt. Everest Group Tour with the departure date on Nov.11th then fly to Kathmandu to have a private tour. 

Asked by ARIS***
2019-09-21

Please I need informations about this trip I want to travel to Tibet on September of 2020 from London for 14 days.Please let me know about the flights.Thank you very much!!!

beatrice
Answered by Beatrice 2019-09-21

Dear ARISTOTELIS CHATZIKAPETAN,

Thank you for sending us an inquiry!

Here is the flight info,

From London Heathrow International Airport to China.

Non-stop flights from London Heathrow International Airport to China

London --- Beijing, China Airline, Virgin Atlantic Airways, 9-10 hours, USD285-420 for economy class.

London --- Shanghai, China Airline, Virgin Atlantic Airways, China Eastern Airlines, British Airways, 11-12 hours, USD550-1100 for economy class.

London --- Guangzhou, China Southern Airlines, 11-12 hours, USD1100-1250

London --- Hong Kong, Virgin Atlantic Airways, British Airways, 11-12 hours, USD700-750

There are also many airlines such as KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Aeroflot-Russian Airlines, Tianjin Airlines, West Air Co. Ltd. Etc. offer transit flights to Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou via Moscow, Warsaw, Amsterdam. The price is relatively lower than direct lines while it takes 18-30 hours.

From London Gatwick Airport to China.

The only non-stop flight from London Gatwick Airport to China, as well as the best and cheapest plan from the UK to Tibet, is flying to Chongqing.

London Gatwick Airport – Chongqing, Tianjin Airlines, 11-12 hours, USD430-620

Chongqing – Lhasa, Air China, Sichuan Airlines, 2-3 hours, USD300-350

Aeroflot-Russian Airlines, Capital Airlines, China Airlines, China Eastern Airlines offers transit flights from London Gatwick Airport to Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Hong Kong via Moscow, Chongqing, Taipei, etc.

Best regards,

Bea

Asked by Nanc***
2019-07-26

This tour sounds interesting. How long are we in the bus each day and do we have stops along the way? I wish to travel around April of 2020. Please send me information. Thanks, Nancy

Catherine
Answered by Catherine 2019-07-26

This tour is a private tour, we can arrange it for you in April 2020.
You drive 5-8 hours from Day 4 through Day 8, and other days about 2-3 hours.

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