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Welcome to Nepal and the start of your exclusive journey. Arrive Kathmandu airport and you are met by our friendly local team for transfer to the hotel.
Kathmandu is a fascinating blend of old and new, the largest and most cosmopolitan city in Nepal and yet in places, seemingly unchanged since the middle-ages with temples, shrines and living gods. We spend the day exploring the Kathmandu Valley; highlights include the Buddhist Swayambhunath Pagoda and the colossal Bodhnath. We also visit Patan Durbar square, which is brimming with temples and unique architecture.
This morning head to the skies for the fantastic scenic flight to Tibet - the ‘Roof of the World’. Rising more than 2 miles above sea level the Tibetan plateau is a mystical realm of breathtaking mountain scenery, spectacular Buddhist architecture and fascinating culture. Upon arrival transfer to Lhasa, where the rest of the day is free to relax and acclimatise. (FLIGHTS ARE ONLY ON TUE/THUR/SAT)
We travel to the Potala Palace - an enduring symbol of Lhasa and the winter home of the Dalai Lama. Our sightseeing also includes the monastery of Drepung; once the largest monastery in the world, home to 10,000 monks, but tragically torn asunder during the Cultural Revolution and still rebuilding its walls and status today. We’ll also explore the fascinating Jokhang temple which is the holiest shrine in Tibet and houses a solid gold shrine of the enlightened Buddha, around which, in varying degrees of exertion, all Tibetans prostrate themselves at some point in their lifetime.
Departing Lhasa, we head off along the Friendship Highway to the attractive city of Gyantse. The journey is incredibly scenic, crossing two mountain passes, the Kambala pass (4794m) and Karola (5010m) pass via the beautiful lake Yamdrok Tso we stop at all passes and take in the scenery, time permitting you can walk in the vicinity. Gyantse is 3rd largest town in Tibet but most influenced by Chinese attractions.
Gyantse‘s main highlight is the Kumbum, constructed in 1440, it is an eight storey building and the best preserved example of unique Tibetan architecture. Kumbum means “a hundred thousand images” and this fabulous building is lavishly decorated, with paintings smothering the walls and topped with a gold dome. After sightseeing at the Kumbum stupa and Phalor Monastery in Gyantse we continue our journey to Shigatse, Tibet’s second largest city. Upon arrival we visit the free Tibetan market and the Tashilunpo Monastery; a huge monastic compound of golden roofed buildings and cobbled lanes, founded by the first Dalai Lama in 1447.
Be prepared for a bumpy ride driving through the spellbinding Everest Region to Xegar which was once the Capital of the Tingri region. Here we visit the impressive Xegar Dzong (fortress).
This morning drive the Pangla pass to the Rongbuk; at 4930metres above sea level, it is the world’s highest monastery and the spectacular views of Everest’s north face are well worth the arduous journey. The mighty Mount Everest has the world’s tallest peak and today we visit base camp; the starting point of many intrepid expeditions to reach its lofty summit. We spend a few hours exploring the area before taking a short drive south to the town of Old Tingri (via the stunning Lamna pass), where we spend the night.
Today begin the journey back to Nepal, driving up to the steep Lalung La Pass, where we’ll be treated to some amazing views of the Himalayas and Everest, before our sharp decent along narrow windy roads, through lush forested mountainsides and deep gorges. Continue to the Tibet-Nepal border town of Zangmu. Crossing the border back into Nepal we stop at a border resort for the night where bungee jumping and rafting are available to book locally if you’re feeling adventurous!
Today we drive to Katmandhu Airport which is around 2 hours away or so. From here, we fly to Pokhara, arriving here you will be transferred to your hotel down by the lake. (OVERNIGHT BEGNAS LAKE RESORT)
Enjoy a day to reflect from your journey at leisure the hotel offers Yoga Classes so as part of your day relaxing take part and perhaps also book an ayurvedic treatment at there Spa. (OVERNIGHT BEGNAS LAKE RESORT)
Dhampus (1,770m)- day hike - 6/7 hours. A very scenic drive of about 30 minutes takes you past Pokhara to where you start your day hikei. You ascend through beautiful farmland as you make your way to the village of Dhampus. There are absolutely stunning views of Machapuchare, snowpeaks, made all the more beautiful by the rural scene in front of fields of corn and wheat, small villages and women in brightly coloured saris. Trek further to Kande which is about one and half hour where transport willbe waiting, transfer to hotel at Pokhara. (OVERNIGHT BEGNAS LAKE RESORT)
This morning we take a flight to Katmandhu. Arriving here, drive to Nagarkot Hill (2175m). It takes one hour (32 kilometers) driving from Kathmandu. Here, take in the majestic panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges from Dhaulagiri in the west and Mt. Everest in the east. We will have lunch in Hotel view point after that we hike down to the historic and cultural town at Chagunarayan temple along the pass through the pine forests, terraces and the typical Villages. (around 3-4 walking) When complete we head to our hotel.
Sadly your journey has come to an end, we will transfer you to the airport in time for your flight home.
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