Itinerary details for the 8 day tour B = breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner O/N = overnight Day 1: Leave for Tibet tour (Kathmandu - Zhangmu / Naylam). (This must be Saturday or Tuesday) Early morning drive to Kodari, we will have breakfast on the way at Dhulikhel, complete immigration and custom formalities in both border Nepal and Tibet. Stay in Naylam / Zhangmu . This is a group join tour, there will be at least 7 or more people in the trip. Please remember the guest houses in Tibet are quite simple, specially until Xegar ( B)
Day 2 : Zhangmu - Xegar (4300m) / Lhatse: Early morning drive to Xegar. There are a couple of attractions such as ruins of dzongs on the way and you will see beautiful mountains including Mount Everest. We have to go through a very high pass about 5200 ( Nayalu -La), please drink at least 3 liter of water each day while you are in Tibet. The road is a bit rough, the views are great. O / N in Xegar / Lhatse (B)
Day 3 : Xegar / Lhatse to -Xigatse(3900m): Xigatse city the house of the Famous Tashi Lhunpo Monastery with its golden roof, the seat of the Panchen Lama until his death in 1989. O / N in Shigatse (B)
Day 4 : Xigatse-Gyantse (3950m):Morning sight seeing to the Tashilhumpu Monastery (seat of Panchen Lama), It has three big Temples with golden Pagoda. One of them have statue of forthcoming Buddha 13th wide and 26th ft. in height. An ample example of the rich Tibetan architectural and cultural heritage with hundreds of monks walking around chanting Om Mane Padme Hum for the world peace. Drive to Gyantse and visit to the Kumbum Stupa (the temple which has 3 styles of architecture (Nepali, Chinese and Tibetan) with 108 rooms decorating 108 different deities statue. The Gyntse Dzong have a British war museum decorated with many old weapons and statues with their great stories. O/ N in Hotel (B)
Day 5: Gyantse - Lhasa (3650m): A scenic drive through the Karo La Pass and Kamba La Pass with a very good view of the Yamdrok Tso Lake. Then you cross the mighty Brahmmaputra River to arrive in Lhasa.O / N in Lhasa (B)
Days 6 and 7 : (Two full days sight seeing tour in Lhasa: In the mystical capital of Lhasa, there is ample time to explore the former home of the Dalai Lama, Potala Palace, Tibet's world famous resplendent landmark with over 1,000 rooms and 10,000 shrines. That has over 3500KG gold with its golden roof. There is also Jokhang, Tibet's holiest temple with its priceless statues and frescoes, and the Norbulinka, or Summer Place, from which the present Dalai Lama fled in 1959. Jokhag is the oldest temple that has the statue of 11 years old Buddha which was given to Tsrongchang Gompo on the 7th century by the family of her Chinese queen. We will take you to Sera and Derphung monasteries around Lhasa. Shoppers mustn't miss theBarkhor, the bustling bazaar of old Lhasa, which is right on the pilgrim's circumambulating route around Jokhang. Laden with souvenirs and memories of Tibet. (B)
Day 8: You fly back to Kathmandu for a free day on your own or Optional sightseeing (B)
Day 9: Airport drive for flights to home (B)
Cost: $1195 USD per person Using 3 star hotel in Kathmandu and simple Lodge in Tibet (in Tibet first 2 night are basic)
Very Important: This trip leaves only on Tuesday or Saturday (You will be joining a group of between 6-15 people on this overland tour) Private tours are also available for an extra charge. Contact us for details
Please note: This trip involves very high altitudes and must be undertaken at your own risk. Bohemian Tours takes all necessary precautions in this matter but can not be held responsible for altitude related health troubles.
Cost includes: All accommodation in Tibet and in Nepal on BB plan All major entrance fees, Tibet and nice car for sightseeing in Kathmandu
Airport pick up and transfers, border transfers, Airfare LXA - KTM ($ 369 one way) Sightseeing, hotels and all airports transfer in Tibet with English speaking guide in a group join basis tour Tibet travel permit, Visa fees ( $ 112, when you have to pay urgent fee) and other major monasteries entrance fees in Tibet (except photography and special Potala fees)
Cost excludes: Personal travel insurance and all items of a personal nature Tips and gratuities, Major meals in cities in Kathmandu, Tibet (where not mentioned) Mountain, Road rescue or any other emergency evacuation charges if necessary Expenses incurred as a result of illness, landslide, political disturbance and of any other unforeseen situation and events which is not under our control, int'l airfare and airport tax Any kind of table drinks, telephone bills, laundry, postage etc
Note: This itinerary may change a bit at the time of operation according to local condition. For Americans the visa fee is $180 more. I would like to request you one thing that Tibet is vary remote part of the world and please don't expect very luxury service like in US or Europe, although our efforts will be there. The guesthouse is quite basic and simple at the beginning part of the trip. Please read some information's about Nepal and Tibet. We will try to our best make your trip as smooth as possible and of course we will try our best to make everything in order. However some times because of the communication problems, because of dust and rough road the car may break down (don't worry Tibetan drivers are very skillful and they fix it immediately). We may not reach in the camps in time, you may fell bit difficulties because of dust, high altitude etc. All trips arranged by us went well till today so far, Traveling in Tibet is an experience of a life time, it is very beautiful but of course a bit tough and you have to travel in your own risk as it lies in the altitude of 3700+m. always.
- The Potala Palace: It is located north of the middle section of Beijing Road. Actually Lhasa is not a big city. It is sandwiched by two mountains from north side and south side. The Lhasa river rides over the city. So most part of the city is located on the flat land between the mountains. The Potala Palace is built on the high land uplifting of the flat land. The palace climbing was a tough job! The palace is 115.703 meters high. People have to walked step by step to the top. The Potala Palace was built at the time of Songtsan Ganmpo in the 7th century. In the 17th century the 5th Dalai Lama extended the palace to its present size. At this time, it became Dalai Lama's living and working place. He first combined the Religion and the politics, unifying the Tibet to its greatest extent. The main construction is divided into two parts: red and white palaces. It include living quarters, temples, funerals supas and monk dormotories. The countless cultural relics in the palace are of priceless value.
- The Jokhang Temple: To people's surprise, there are always a great number of local Tibetan people around it there. They either pray with hands and knees touching the ground or walking around the Jokhang Temple. Walking around the Jokhang Temple is said that it can bring prosperity and peace to one's whole life. Most of them come from the remote villages or mountainous areas. They come here once a year.
The Jokhang Temple was first built by King Songtsem Gampo (617 – 650). He was the 33rd king of Tibet. He was the leader of the Tubo (or Tibetan) Kingdom. He actively promoted Buddhism in Tibet. During his reign, Tibet achieved great progress in social innovation and realized the integration of Tibet for the first time. Before he built the Jokhang Temple, he had built the Little Jokhang Temple for one of his two wives -- Princess Wen Cheng who came from the Tang Dynasty. His another wife was Princess Bhrikuti of Nepal. Jealous of her, Princess Burikuti asked Gampo to construct a Jokhang for her as well. Therefore, in 647 the big temple was built. Later it was repaired and expanded many times in Ming ande Qing dynasties. After visiting the Jokhang Temple, people usually also walk around the temple along the famous Barkgor Street. - Barkhor Street: The Barkhor is the oldest street in Lhasa as well as the center of old Lhasa and remains very traditional. It is a place where Tibetan culture, economy, religion and arts are assembled. Walking around the Jokhang Temple is said that it can bring prosperity and peace to one's whole life. The street is lined with huge numbers of shops selling various kinds of tourist stuff with Tibetan style - skybeads and much more.
- Sera Monastery: It is built on the slope of the Tatipu Mountain. It was named "Sera" due to the fact that lot of roses were once found on the mountains. "Sera" in Tibetan Language means"rose". It has an assembley hall. three collegea. Sera is most famous for lamas debating activity each afternoon from 3:000pm. The Sera Monastery is dedicated to the Gelugpa or Yellow Hat Sect, a branch of Tibetan Buddhism, founded by Tsong Khapa. Jamchen Chojey, one of Tsong Khapa's disciples built the monastery in 1419 during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The Gelugpa or Yellow Hat Sect of Tibetan Buddhism studies Buddhist doctrines by using a slow but systemic process. As a part of their study, lamas must take part in debates to further their learning and get to more advanced levels of study. The debating traditions in the Sera Monastery are unique among the three famous monasteries in Lhasa. Debates are practised by the lamas in the monastery every day from 3.a.m. In a battle of words, they further their efforts by using a variety of gestures including clapping their hands, pushing their partners for an answer and more gestures.