With breath-taking sceneries, destinations and sights that expand Nepal and Tibet, the Kathmandu and Lhasa Tour offers one of the best sightseeing journeys in a relatively short amount of time. The second most populated city in the Tibetan Plateau, Lhasa is one of the highest located cities in the world lying at an altitude of 3,490 meters. A religious capital of Tibet since the mid-17th century, the city contains culturally significant Tibetan Buddhist sites like the Potala Palace, the Jokhang Temple and the Norbulingka Palace. The Kathmandu and Lhasa Tour encompasses highlighted destinations of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Patan and Lhasa into a neat little package suitable for everyone!
Starting off the tour from Kathmandu, excursions to sites that are listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site List commences the journey. Visiting marvelous religious and historical destinations like the Kathmandu Durbar Square, the Swayambhunath Temple, the holy temple of Pashupatinath and the Bouddhanath Stupa- Kathmandu valley offers an intricate presentation of Nepali art, monarchial palaces, statues of Gods and deities and refined Nepali architecture. Taking an absolutely beautiful and scenic flight to Lhasa, views of Mount Everest and Kanchenjunga emerge in the distance. Visits to Sera Monastery in Lhasa is amazing; adorned with the monastery’s white washed walls and golden roofs, it provides a spiritual ambiance to the journey. The Norbulingka Palace has a beautiful architecture of golden quarters and a serene atmosphere. You would also be visiting one of the most sacred and important temples in Tibet- the Jokhang temple. Other destinations include the beautiful Potala Palace and the Drepung Monastery.
Continuing the tour in Nepal, you would also be having sightseeing tours in Bhaktapur and Patan as well. Rich with intricate carvings, sculptures and palaces- Bhaktapur, Patan and Kathmandu are three main old cities of Nepal brimming with the reminiscence of the country’s medieval and monarchial life. You can also choose an alternate package for Tibet tours with our Lhasa to Kathmandu Everest Base Camp Tours as well. So come join us in this amazing journey that spans two wonderful destinations with our Kathmandu and Lhasa Tour!
- Day 01 : Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu
- Day 02 : Obtaining Chinese Visa and Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour
- Day 03 : Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa
- Day 04 : Sightseeing Tour in Lhasa
- Day 05 : Second Day Sightseeing Tour in Lhasa
- Day 06 : Lhasa to Kathmandu
- Day 07 : Bhaktapur and Patan Sightseeing Tour
- Day 08 : Farewell
- All ground transportation by private vehicle including airport transfers
- Four nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3 star category hotel in Kathmandu
- Three nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3 star category hotel in Lhasa
- Tibet travel permits and Chinese Visa fees
- Round trip airfare Kathmandu to Lhasa and Lhasa to Kathmandu in economic class
- Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB) approved Tibetan guide including his salary, foods, accommodation, insurance etc.
- All activities as per itinerary including attraction, tour guide and entry fees
- All applicable taxes and service charges
- Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary”
- Travel insurance
- Nepal entry or re- entry visa
- Personal shopping and laundry
- Tips for tour guides and drivers
Day 01 : Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu
Your arrival at the airport marks the first day of the journey. You will be greeted by one of Neal Hiking Team’s representatives who will proceed to explain the program further to you. Transferred to your hotel with no further planned activities for the day, you may relax for the remainder of the time. Overnight stay at the hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 02 : Obtaining Chinese Visa and Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour
You would be touring various sites in Kathmandu Valley Today. All of the destinations are included on the UNESCO World Heritage Site List. Starting off the day, you would first visit the Kathmandu Durbar Square. Here, you can have a look at old monarchial palaces of Nepal that date back to medieval times and see temples and statues of various Gods and deities. The durbar square surrounds quadrangles, raveling old courtyards and temples. It is also known as the Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square because of the statue of Hanuman, the monkey devotee of Lord Ram at the entrance of the palace. Next, you would be visiting the Swayambhunath Stupa. It is an ancient religious architectural place of worship atop a hill in Kathmandu. For Tibetans and followers of Tibetan Buddhism, the Swayambhunath Stupa is second only to Bouddhanath. It is also known as “The Monkey temple” as well because of its abundance of monkeys around the site. Moving on, the next destination is the Bouddhanath Stupa with its massive mandala which makes it one of the largest spherical structures in Nepal. The stupa also dominated the skyline and is one of the largest in the world. The influx of large population of refugee from Tibet has seen the construction of the most popular tourist site in the Kathmandu area. And lastly, you would be visiting the holy temple of Pashupatinath. It is a sacred religious site for Hindu people and you can sometimes see the cremation ceremony being performed on the banks of the Bagmati River beside the temple as well. You would also be obtaining your Chinese Visa today. Overnight stay at the Hotel in Kathmandu. Breakfast included.
Day 03 : Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa
Today, a flight will be taken from Kathmandu to Lhasa (3660m/12004ft). This flight to Tibet is considered one of the most beautiful air routes in the world because of the sweeping views of Everest, Kanchenjunga and other high peaks from the plane. If you are travelling via mainland China, there are a wide variety of flights in addition to the world’s highest train route to reach Lhasa. Upon your arrival there, you would be received by our Tibetan guide at the airport/train station. After approximately an hour of driving, you will be reaching Lhasa. It is advised to rest and take it easy for the remainder of the day due to Lhasa’s altitude. Overnight stay at the Hotel in Lhasa, Breakfast included.
Day 04 : Sightseeing Tour in Lhasa
You will spend the day visiting several monasteries in Lhasa today with the company of our guide and an interpreter. One of the monasteries you will visit is the Sera Monastery, a well-preserves monastery in Tibet that has white-washed walls and golden roofs. The Sera Monastery is also called the monastery of wild roses. The origin of its name is attributed to a fact that the site where the monastery was built was surrounded by wild roses in bloom. After lunch, you will have a visit to the Norbulingka Palace, a summer palace of the Dalai Lama. Also called the “Jeweled Park”, Norbulingka Palace has 374 rooms and is located 3 kilometers west of the Potala Palace. Excursing to the Jokhang Temple, you would be looking at the most sacred shrine in Tibet. Surrounding the Jokhang temple is the Barkhor- a maze of narrow cobbled streets that is the central market of Lhasa. Overnight stay at the Hotel. Breakfast included.
Day 05 : Second Day Sightseeing Tour in Lhasa
You will have a visit to the Potala Palace in the morning today. It is a palace that dominates the city of Lhasa. It is a spectacular building containing private quarters of the Dalai Lama as well as numerous grand state rooms and many important chapels. There has always been a palace since the 5<sup>th</sup> or the 6<sup>th</sup> century here, but the present palace was constructed in the 17<sup>th</sup> century. After lunch, you shall visit the Drepung Monastery founded in the 14<sup>th</sup> century. It used to be one of the largest monasteries in the world with a population of 10,000 monks. These days, the number has fallen down to a hundred. Overnight stay at the hotel. Breakfast included.
Day 06 : Lhasa to Kathmandu
The tour of Lhasa ends today. A representative from Tibet will take you to the airport for your flight back to Kathmandu. Overnight stay at the Hotel in Kathmandu. Breakfast included.
Day 07 : Bhaktapur and Patan Sightseeing Tour
You will have a tour of Bhaktapur and Patan today. “Bhaktapur” literally translated to “Place of Devotees” in Nepali. It has one of the best preserved palace courtyards and an old city centre. Listed on the World Heritage Site list by UNESCO, Bhaktapur is rich in culture, temples, wood, metal and stone carvings and artwork. The Durbar Square at Bhaktapur, the Nyatapol temple, the Bhairav Nath Temple, the Dattatreya Temple, Changu Narayan, Siddha Pokhari and the Kailashnath Mahadev statue are some of the major highlights of the tour. Moving on to Patan, you would be looking at traditional arts and crafts that decorate the third largest city of Nepal. Patan is also called “the city of festival and feasts”. Also called Lalitpur, Patan is brimming with water conduits, stone spouts, Jaladroni (water tanks), artistic gateways, Hindu temples and Buddhist Bihars. The Patan Durbar Square has intricate carvings on the wooden doors and windows and exquisite icons enhance the cultural beauty of the place. Terracotta and ivory art pieces are also found here. These artistic excellence and craftsmanship of the city makes the whole place look like an open museum. The fifty five window palace, the Golden Gate, The Taleju temple and the National Art Gallery also makes the tour more enriching and exciting. After the tour, you will return back to the Hotel. Overnight stay at the Hotel. Breakfast included
Day 08 : Farewell
Approximately one hour before your scheduled flight, one of Nepal Hiking Team’s representatives will drop you off at the airport from where you will depart, hopefully with beautiful and fond memories of the tour.
If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.