17 Days Scenic Tour of Tibet and Nepal with Namtso

Lhasa - Namtso Lake - Yamdrok Lake - Gyantse - Shigatse - Everest Base Camp - Gyirong Port - Nagarkot - Kathmandu - Chitwan - Pokhara - Kathmandu

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This tour presents you with the most spectacular natural scenery on both sides of the Himalayas, from Namtso Lake and Everest Base Camp in Tibet to Pokhara and Chitwan in Nepal. After 2-day sightseeing and acclimatization in Lhasa, you will visit the sacred Namtso Lake shimmering against the backdrop of snow-capped mountains. Then, head for EBC via Gyantse and visit Yamdrok Lake, Kumbum Stupa, and Tashilunpo Monastery along the way. You can also stay overnight at EBC to appreciate the stunning sunset and sunrise over the peak of Mt. Everest.

After passing Gyirong Port, you will meet your Nepali guide and start your wonderful journey in Nepal. Besides visiting Nagarkot, Bhaktapur, and iconic attractions in Kathmandu like Swayambhunath and Pashupatinath, you will explore the amazing Chitwan National Park and the scenic Pokhara before heading back to Kathmandu.

Itinerary Day by Day

Day 1: Arrive in Lhasa (3650m)

Upon your arrival in Lhasa, your tour guide will hold a board with your name on it at the exit and greet you with auspicious white Khata/Hada. A private car will take you to the reserved hotel, and the guide will give a brief introduction of the itinerary as well as dos and don'ts in Tibet. Then, you can take a good rest at hotel to acclimatize to Tibetan plateau environment.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 2: Lhasa Tour: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Street (B)

Today, you’ll pay a visit to the famous Potala Palace, the world culture heritage and the winter palace of Dalai Lama. You can explore its audience halls, the jeweled and golden burial chortens (stupa tombs) of past Dalai Lamas, meditation cave of the 33rd Great King of Tibet, and tremendous number of Buddhist frescoes, thangkas, combinations of mandala, etc.

Then you will head to the holiest temple in Tibet, the Jokhang Temple, built during Songtsen Ganpo's reign by Princess Wencheng of Tang dynasty, 647 A.D. Here you can observe sincere pilgrims making prostration in front of Jokhang Temple. While entering inside the temple, you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of twelve. On the top of Jokhang Temple, you can enjoy the panorama of old Lhasa City and great vista of Potala Palace.

Then you can do the kora with pilgrims and locals by circling the Barkhor Street around the temple, buy some souvenirs, and taste sweet tea and local snacks in local tea house. Later, you can take your family to explore farm products like yak butter in Tromzikhang, the famous farm produce market.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Tips: Please follow your guide’s guidance when visiting Potala Palace especially during peak season, and dress properly when visiting Buddhist sites. Please kindly note that taking photo is not allowed inside the Buddhist hall.

Day 3: Lhasa tour: Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery (B)

Today, you will visit two important monasteries in Lhasa, the Drepung and the Sera. Drepung Monastery, the largest monastery in Tibet, was founded by Jamyang Choeje in 1416 and used to be home to more than 10,000 monks. Hiking along the mountain steps, you can see Buddhist painting on the rock face. During Shoton Festival, locals and pilgrims swarm to Drepung Monastery to celebrate the gigantic Thangka Buddha unveiling ceremony on the Gambo Utse Mountain. Then you will stop by the nearby carpet factory to appreciate the Tibetan artisans make traditional carpets with great skills.

After having lunch, you will visit Sera Monastery, which was founded in 1419 by Tsongkapa's disciple Jamchen Choeje. The most interesting thing is to see monks debating in the courtyard at around 3-5 in the afternoon. By yelling at each other, slapping hands and rolling mala, two monks make a pair to debate on philosophical issues. You can also appreciate the delicately-made Mandala, sanding paintings, and massive Buddhist scriptures inside Sera Monastery.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 4: Lhasa to Namtso Lake (350km, B)

Take the car ride in the morning to Lake Namtso (4718m), one of the three holy lakes in Tibet as well as the world’s highest saline lake. On the way, you can see Nyenchen Tangula Mountain Range, enchanting villages around Lhasa Valley, and lots of nomads with yaks and sheep grazing in the flourishing grassland (in summer). In addition, you can appreciate the view of Qinghai-Tibet Railway with snow mountain background. Driving over Lagenla Pass (5190m), you can far view Namtso Lake shinning under the sun.

Then you can take a leisurely trek around Tashi Island and enjoy the stunning Namtso Lake against the snow-capped Mt. Nyenchen Thanglha. Finally, you will head to Damxung or Yampachen and spend the night there. The lower altitude at Damxung and Yampachen shall bring you a sound sleep.

Stay overnight in Dumxung or Yampachen.

Tips: The wind at Namtso Lake is chilly even in summer. So please bring warm jacket, as well as sun protection gears like sunscreen, sunglasses, and lip balm for a comfortable trip.

Day 5: Journey back to Lhasa (approx. 90-120km)

The trip back to Lhasa is relaxing both to body and soul. You will make a stopover at Yampachen, where the famous mineral-rich Yampachen Hot Spring will remove your tiredness and get your refreshed. Having enjoyed the joyful time at the outdoor hot spring, you again hit the road to Lhasa. The final leg of the road trip takes you to visit Chimelong Nunnery (Phyirmil Lung Nunnery) and you may have a far view of a sky burial site nearby.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Cultural Tips: Tibetan Buddhists believe that the corpse is nothing but a discarded shell, and offering their bodies to vultures is an offering of generosity back to the earth that gave them life. The master of the sky burial ceremony will perform rituals over the body, summon vultures by burning incense and tsampa, and dispose of the body into pieces. Sky burial is a private and sacred matter, it is not recommended to go to sky burial sites or take pictures.

Day 6: Lhasa to Shigatse (3900m) via Gyangtse (B)

At first, you will pass over the Gampala Pass (4790m) and have a far view of Yamdrok-tso (4400m) at the viewing platform there. Then at the lake, you can see many snow-capped mountains surrounding it and and have spectacular far view of the holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar (7191m), the highest mountain near Lhasa. Later, you will stop by the Karola Glacier on the roadside. When arriving at Simila Mountain Pass, you can hang auspicious prayer flags on the mountain pass and view Manak Dam Lake.

Then you’ll go to the heritage Gyantse, Tibet's third largest city after Lhasa and Shigatse. In Gyantse, you can visit Pelkor Monastery and Nepali-style Kumbum Stupa, with nine floors and unique chapels in each tier, this stupa is considered the largest one in Tibet. After about 1.5 hours’ car ride, you will arrive in Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet after Lhasa.

Stay overnight in Shigatse.

Day 7: Shigatse to Everest Base Camp (5200m) (340km)

In the morning, you will go to the home of Panchen Lama - Tashilunpo Monastery, and visit the golden statue of Future Buddha and assembly hall there. After getting your Alien’s Travel Permit, you will head for Lhatse and have lunch there.

Afterwards, you will pass Tsola Pass (4,600m) and Gyatsola Pass (5,248m). Shortly after entering Mt. Everest National Nature Reserve, you can appreciate the panoramic view of Himalaya at Gawula Pass (5,180m). Keep marching along the new zigzag road to Everest Base Camp, you can get closer view of Mt. Everest peak. You can also enjoy the sunset of golden Everest peak at the lodging area if time and weather permits .

Stay overnight at tent or Rongbuk Monastery Guesthouse.

Day 8: EBC to Gyirong Border (370km)

In the morning, you can admire the stunning sunrise of Everest peak if weather permits. After having a full view of the magnificent Mt. Everest, you will visit Rongbuk Monastery, the highest monastery in the world as well as the unique Nyingma Sect monastery where nuns and monks live together.

After that, set off from EBC to Gyirong Border. On the way, you can enjoy breathtaking vista of Mt. Shishapangma and the Pekutso Lake. After passing the Ghungtang Lhamo (5236m), you will arrive at Gyirong Town in late afternoon.

Stay overnight in Gyirong Town.

Day 9: Gyirong Border to Nagarkot

After passing through Gyirong Port with the assistance of you guide, you will meet you Nepali guide on the other side of the border and enjoy the jeep transfer service to your hotel in Nagarkot.

Stay overnight in Nagarkot.

Day 10: Nagarkot to Kathmandu via Bhaktapur City (230km)

Located between Kathmandu Valley in the west and Indrawati in the east, Nagarkot, which is about 35km east of Kathmandu City, is the nearest panoramic view point of the Himalayan peaks. The altitude of Nagarkot is from 2229 to 7133 meters above sea level.  Today, you can appreciate the sunrise and spectacular view of snow-capped mountains. After having breakfast in hotel, you will take car ride from Nagarkot to Kathmandu via Bhaktapur.

Bhaktapur City is one of the three ancient cities of Kathmandu Valley. Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the royal palace of the old Bhaktapur Kingdom as well as one of the most charming architectural showpieces of the valley, highlights the ancient arts of Nepal with its conglomeration of pagoda and shikhara-style temples surrounding a 55-window palace of brick and wood. 

Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 11: Kathmandu Day Tour: Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, and Swayambhunath Stupa

You will also get to go further afield in Nepal, to visit the ancient Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, and Boudhanath. Set on the banks of the Baghmati River, Pashupatinath is one of Nepal’s famous UNESCO sites, and the sunset over the temple roofs is spectacular. Boudhanath, located on the ancient trade route, is a place of meditation and part of the spiritual journey around Kathmandu. With one of the largest stupas in the world, it has been the site of many Tibetan prayers over the centuries. 

You then continue the tour with a visit to the Swayambhunath Pagoda, which is one of the oldest Buddhist sites in Nepal. Swayambhunath is a huge golden stupa festooned with prayer flags that flutter in the breeze, on a hill that overlooks the entire city.

Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 12: Kathmandu to Chitwan

After breakfast, we keep moving to Royal Chitwan National Park, which takes around 5-6 hours. Royal Chitwan National Park is widely known as the heart of the jungle and belongs to the former royal Hunter land. In the evening. We can go for a stroll around the hotel.

Stay overnight in Chitwan.

Day 13: Jungle Activities in Chitwan

After breakfast, we proceed to enjoy jungle activities, including Elephant Safari to see one horned Rhino and many more dangers and endangers animals and birds. If you are lucky enough, you will see many amazing creatures such as royal Bengal tigers, leopards, monkeys, many types of deer and reptiles. Make sure you bring the right camera gears, preferably with a telephoto lens and you will not miss any shots.

Stay overnight in Chitwan.

Day 14: Chitwan to Pokhara

Take the car ride from Chitwan to Pokhara.

Stay overnight in Pokhara.

Day 15: Pokhara Day Tour

After breakfast, you can start your full-day Pokhara Valley trip. You will visit Devi's Fall, Mahendra Cave, Vindhyabashini Temple, White River (Seti Gorge), and Regional Museum.

Stay overnight in Pokhara.

Day 16: Pokhara to Kathmandu

Today, you will take a car ride back to Kathmandu from Pokhara.

Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 17: Depart from Kathmandu

Your guide will pick you up from your hotel in a private car, take you to Tribhuvan Airport, and help you with your luggage and checking in for your flight from Nepal.

Service Inclusion

  1. Tibet Travel Permit and all other necessary permit to Tibet
  2. Domestic train/flight tickets as indicated in the itinerary
  3. All lodging listed in the itinerary
  4. Meals listed in itinerary
  5. Entrance fees of all tourist sites listed in the itinerary
  6. Local Tour Transfers according to group size
  7. Excellent local English-Speaking Tour Guide
  8. Government tax and travel agency service

Service Exclusion

  1. Nepal visa
  2. International flight out of Nepal
  3. Domestic flight/train not listed in the itinerary
  4. Meals not specified the itinerary
  5. Tips and gratitude to tour guide and drive
  6. Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks, optional tour activities, etc.

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