Tibet Tours

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For centuries Tibet has fascinated mankind. This land beyond the mighty Himals on the highest plateau in the world was almost inaccessible to the outside world until recently. This the “Land of Mysteries”, “Forbidden Land” has appealed to explorers, scholars, pilgrims and adventurers hoping to find a “Shangri La”. Lhasa, the capital, is the center of Tib tibetan culture, religion and Lama theology. The Tibetans, Monpas, Lhopas and Muslims who inhabit the plateau have their own distinctive. Loshar, the Tibetan new year, is the largest and the longest festival. Sky burials, water burials, stupa burials and cremations are of great interest. Technology, medicine, Buddhist  philosophy, astrology, drama and debating form the basis of Tibetan science and culture.

The Road to Lhasa

Travel between Kathmandu and Lhasa or Kailash is an incredible journey where you can see the world’s highest mountains, drive on the world’s highest plains, meet nomadic Tibetan pilgrims and chanting Tibetan monks. Tibet has avoided the influence from the western world and has developed its own unique culture and traditions. The infrastructure of the tourist industry is still very basic in this remote region. So, it is advised not to expect high standards as you are accustomed to in the West with regards to accommodation and amenities.

Heli Tour to Mt. Kailash

Helicopter journeys are for those devout pilgrims who have limited time to visit or cannot undertake a long drive due to age or other physical problems. This tour will be much more comfortable for those people who have lung or heart problems. This tour will start from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj by flight, then Nepalgunj toHilsa by helicopter on to Kailash. The journey will take around one week and back by helicopter from Hilsa (Nepal/Tibet border). The views of the Himalayas are spectacular.

Climate

Tibet’s climate is extreme continental. There is a vast difference between the day and night temperatures any time of the year. The average temperature ranges from 3 to 12 degrees centigrade. While traveling in Tibet one can feel some discomfort like breathlessness and headaches before becoming acclimatized. Many hotels keep bottled oxygen for emergencies.

Clothing

Casual wear and comfortable walking shoes are essential for any Tibet tours. Warm clothes are a must as the nights and the mornings are quite chilly. November to April: Down jacket, thermal underwear, warm trousers, warm sweaters, woolen shirts, gloves, warm hat and scarves, light leather boots in case of snow. May to October: Rain coats, or wind breakers, jackets, sweaters, sunhat cotton or woolen shirts, comfortable shoes.

Altitude Sickness

As you have to pass through high terrain, you are likely to experience minor symptoms and discomfort of altitude sickness until your body gets adjusted to the altitude. It is advisable to drink large quantities non-alcoholic drinks to avoid dehydration. We also recommend to take a strip of Diamox tablets. A small first aid kit is essential.

Kailash Tours

Tibet remains one of the most interesting, remote and undeveloped parts of the world, situated at an average elevation of 5,000(16,000ft) above sea level. Its limited facilities for tourists are only now approaching a reasonable standard.

A trip to Tibet is not for the faint hearted; the traveling can be hard, adventurous and often unpredictable. Due to Tibet’s high altitude travelers with a history of heart, lung or anemia problems should consult a doctor before even thinking about a visit.

Visitors should also understand before taking this trip that Tibet was only opened to tourism 19 years ago. The infrastructure of the tourist industry is still very basic in this remote country. Please do not expect the standards you are accustomed to in the West. However, every effort will be made under the circumstances to ensure a smooth and pleasant trip.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and check-in to Hotel

The representatives from World Sight Journeys will welcome you at Tribhuvan International Airport upon your arrival. We then transfer you to the hotel for the overnight stay.

Day 02: Full Day Sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu Valley

Today, we spend the whole for the sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Valley. You will have the full day guided sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley covering the major cultural attractions which have also been cited as The World Heritage Cultural Sites. After having breakfast in the morning, we visit Pashupatinath, which is considered the holiest temple of Lord Shiva. We then head to Bauddhanath, which is also known as Little Tibet and also is one of the oldest and largest Buddhist Monastery in the world.Following the Bauddhanath Monastery, we visit Swayambhunath, the Monkey Temple, which is equally revered by Hindus and Buddhists. Swayambhunath is an ancient religious complex atop a hill in the west of Kathmandu. After exploring the Swayambhunath  Stupa, we drive to Kathmandu (Basantpur) Durbar Square. If time allows, you can explore the city. Finally, you will have dinner at hotel and stay there overnight.

Day-03 :                Drive KATHMANDU (1300m) – NYALAM (3750)(6-7 HRS) – Overnight Hotel/Camp

Day-04 :                Drive ZHANGMU/NYALAM – PAIKO TSO (4350m)(6-7 HRS) – Overnight hotel/Camp

Day-05 :                Drive PAIKO TSO- ZHONGBA (4700m)(6-7 HRS) – Overnight hotel/Camp

Day-06 :                Drive ZHONGBA – MAYUM LA (5200m)(6-7 HRS)) – Overnight hotel/Camp

Day-07 :                Drive MAYUM LA – LAKE MANASAROVAR (4,550 m)(5-6 HRS) – Overnight hotel/Camp

Day-08 :                Explore LAKE MANASAROVAR – Drive to DARCHEN (4560 m)(1 HR) Overnight hotel/Camp

Day-09 :                Rest day for acclimatization and “Puja”

Day-10 :                Start trek (Circum balance around MT. KAILASH) from DARCHEN – DIRPHUK (4890m)(6-7 HRS) Overnight hotel/Camp

Day-11 :                Trek DIRAPHUK – ZUTUL PUK (4790m)(6-7 HRS) – Overnight hotel/Camp

Day-12 :                Trek ZUTUL PUK – DARCHEN ( HRS) – Overnight hotel/Camp

Day-13 :                Drive NYOGZE – PARYANG (4450m)(5-6 HRS) – CAMP

Day-14: Drive PARYANG – SAGA (4400m)(6-7 HRS) – CAMP

Day-15: Drive SAGA – UPPER NYALAM (3750m)(7-8 HRS) – CAMP/HTL

Day-16 :                Drive NYALAM – ZHANGMU (2300m) – KATHMANDU (6-7 HRS) – Transfer to your hotel

Day 11: Final Departure Today, you take the returning flight to your hometown. Our representatives will assist you to reach the airport. You return to your home with an unforgettable travel experience in Nepal.

Cost includes:

Kathmandu, tour

All the visa and entry fees (for Tibet), Indian passport holders do not need visa for Nepal and for others they can have 3 days transit visa on each visit (free of cost) which is good enough.

Meals (Good Breakfast cities) and 3 meals on the entire trip.

Accommodations twin sharing room in cities and group sharing rooms on the entire trip. Tented camp will be using for accommodation only in case of any emergency and overflow of people.

Guided tour for all trip

Sleeping bag and jackets

Guide, supporting staff.

New Model (4500) jeep with 4 plus driver one

Lhasa and Kailash Tour

Tibet remains one of the most interesting, remote and undeveloped parts of the world, situated at an average elevation of 5,000(16,000ft) above sea level. Its limited facilities for tourists are only now approaching a reasonable standard.

A trip to Tibet is not for the faint hearted; the traveling can be hard, adventurous and often unpredictable. Due to Tibet’s high altitude travelers with a history of heart, lung or anemia problems should consult a doctor before even thinking about a visit.

Visitors should also understand before taking this trip that Tibet was only opened to tourism 19 years ago. The infrastructure of the tourist industry is still very basic in this remote country. Please do not expect the standards you are accustomed to in the West. However, every effort will be made under the circumstances to ensure a smooth and pleasant trip.

Day to Day Itinerary>

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and check-in to Hotel

The representatives from World Sight Journeys will welcome you at Tribhuvan International Airport upon your arrival. We then transfer you to the hotel for the overnight stay.

Day 02: Full Day Sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu Valley

Today, we spend the whole for the sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Valley. You will have the full day guided sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley covering the major cultural attractions which have also been cited as The World Heritage Cultural Sites. After having breakfast in the morning, we visit Pashupatinath, which is considered the holiest temple of Lord Shiva. We then head to Bauddhanath, which is also known as Little Tibet and also is one of the oldest and largest Buddhist Monastery in the world.Following the Bauddhanath Monastery, we visit Swayambhunath, the Monkey Temple, which is equally revered by Hindus and Buddhists. Swayambhunath is an ancient religious complex atop a hill in the west of Kathmandu. After exploring the Swayambhunath  Stupa, we drive to Kathmandu (Basantpur) Durbar Square. If time allows, you can explore the city. Finally, you will have dinner at hotel and stay there overnight.

Day-03: Kathmandu- Lhasa:In the morning after breakfast, transfer to airport. Departure of flight for Lhasa would be approx. 9:35.am and it arrives in Gungar airport/ Lhasa (China Standard Time) at 1300 hrs. Flight to Lhasa lasts for about an hour. During the flight you will see the following: Yarlung Tsangpo river, Lake Yamdrok, Mt. Kanchenjunga (8586m) and Mt. Makalu (8463m) and Mt. Everest (8848m). Weather permitting). It takes almost 2 hours to be in city from Airport. The rest of the day will be with our program.

Day 04, 05:  In Lhasa (3650m): These days you will be engrossed with sightseeing and excursions of the Potala Palace, the Jokhang temple, surrounding Barkhor market, Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery. Overnight in hotel.

Day-06: Lhasa- Gyantse (3950m)-261 kms. 08-hrs drive takes you to Gantse from Lhasa with crossing Kambala Pass (4794m) and the Karo La Pass (5010m) and The Karo La climbs between two lofty mountains, Nozing Khang Sa (7223m) and Ralung (6236). While driving you will see the Yamdrok Tso (Turquoise Lake) which takes approx. 1 hour to cross around.

Day-07: Gyantse- Xigatse (3900m)-90kms

Gyantse is small busting town steeped in history. It lies 264 kms. Southwest of Lhasa on the northern bank of Nyang  Chu river. In the 15th century it served as the capital of a small Kingdom. Visit Kumbum Chorten which was built around 1400 AD. It later became the main center for trade with British India. Around noon we will drive to Xigatse.

Day-08: Xigatse- Lhatse- (4050m: After visiting TashiLumpo Monastery in the morning including the Bazaar of Xigatse. Drive to Lhatse and on the way we will visit Shakya Monastery as well if time permits.

Day-09: Lhatse – Sang Sang 140km

Day-10: S ang Sang – Saga where you will be meeting your Tour crews from Nepal (4450m), 180km: On the first long driving day over the sandy and rocky land of Tibet, other things like lake, nomads chasing thousands of yaks and sheep keep you busy.

Day-11 :  Saga (4450m) Paryang (4600m) 185 km 7-8 hrs. Jeeps and trucks roll on the wide valley following rivers and grazing land of yaks and sheep. Far south you can see snow covered peaks and near by you, lots of rocky peaks and sand duns give you an ideal world. Depends on season, nomads and other mobile shopkeepers dressed by beautiful traditional costume will be waiting your arrival with hot tea and other supplies with big smile. Ruined villages can be seen in some parts of the valley such as Dongba. Night will be spend in the lodge, if you are fresh you can enjoy the Tibetan life style here visiting their dinning rooms and kitchens.

Day-12:  Drive Paryang to Manasarover. (4558m) 277km 8 hours: The longest driving day starts with full of beauty and excitement, by the late afternoon you can view and do dharsan to Holy Kailash Parbat and Manasarovara.

Driving through some of the most spectacular central Tibetan Terrain including salt and turquoise lakes such as Ngogze, crossing rivers including Paryang, you can not imagine how beautiful the land is. You will have first view of Holy Manasarover and Mt. Kailash on the way to Hore. Hore, a small village near by Lake Manasarover, we will spend night here.

Day-13: Holy-Manasarovara: At 14950-ft/ 4558m it is the highest lake of fresh water in the world. The lake is full of fishes and swans. The lake has turquoise complexion. On the right side of the lake you will see the reflection of holy Kailash Parbat and the left side Mt. Guru-Mandala. On the east valley lake Rashekshi is lying. The region is reach for gold and other mines, hot springs and hundreds of wild living creatures. We will drive around 30 Km from Hore to Chu Gumba where all Pooja takes place. It is a part of Manasarovara Parikrama and way back from Kailash you will complete the whole circuit of the lake. Overnight in camp or lodge at Chu Gumba.

Day-14: Drive Manasarovara to Tarchen (14975ft) 40km 1 hour: Early morning, on the western part of lake (near Chu) holy bath and Pooja will be done. Then water and pebbles are collected to take back home. Manasarovara is the lake of compassion, tranquility and bliss. After completing the memorable morning Puja we will be heading towards Tarchen. It is considered as a base camp for the Holy Kailash Parikrama. Stay overnight at Guest House/Camp.

Day-15: A day Tour to tirthapuri (Hotspring)

Day-16: Austaparbat & Valley of Gods/ hiking: Depend on the itinerary, we will go part of inner Parikrama to view Austaparbat. It is more an easy day, night at Tarchen again.

Day-17: Tour to Dehara Puk/5000m: Today is your first day of Parikrama. Long but easier walk. you have to walk almost 15km. Keep drinking lots of water since dehydration is major problem on the trip. On the both side of the valley of gods beautiful rocky cliffs, water falls with some clouds in the clear blue sky makes you feeling that Great God Shiva is every where with tons of blessing to you. Time to time the face of Kailash Parbat will be keep appearing including Nandi Pahad and monasteries. Over night at camp/lodge.

Day-18: Hardest day of your pilgrimage Tour with Dolma-La (pass) of 18600ft between two valleys: Just concentrate on your goal, keep drinking and taking a long breath with a few seconds rest on time to time. As your steps go closer to the pass, shape of Ice Lingas on the north face of the Kailash can be seen including Stone-Lingas every where. Passing Shiva-sthal, Yamasthal (Yama-point), is good place to offer your belongings (like hair, clothing etc.) which makes Yamaraj (God of death) busy and gives you enough time to reach to the top of pass where soul of God Shiva meets you. Once you are on the top, just do the holiest offering what ever you have and sit down for a while on a meditation to forget yourself. Keep promising that all the things you do afterwards are for the shake of all living and nonliving creatures as represent of God Bhramha (shiva). Over night at lodge/camp.

Day-19:  End of Kailash Parikrama and drive to Manasarovara: After walking 3 hours, all the driving crew will be waiting your arrival. By the late afternoon you will be at your lodge/camp.

Day- 20:  Drive to Paryang (277km) 7-8 hr.

Day- 21: Drive to Saga (185km) 7-8 hrs

Day- 22:  Drive to Nylam (296km) 6-7 hrs.

Day- 23:  Drive to Zhangmu and back to Kathmandu (163 km) 9-10 hr.

Day 24: Final Departure

Today, you take the returning flight to your hometown. Our representatives will assist you to reach the airport. You return to your home with an unforgettable travel experience in Nepal.