What you get
Iconic sights of Tibet
The most mystical place of our planet. The most incredible mountain scenery. We will see grand palaces and small mountain monasteries, where famous Buddhist teachers lived. Traveling to these places changes people!
- Walk around the main stupas of Nepal - Svayambhu and Budhanath along with pilgrims from around the world
- Visit the palace of the living goddess Kumari in Kathmandu. This girl is worshiped here as a deity.
- See the amazing treasures of Potala - the residence of the Dalai Lama
- Walk along the shores of the incredible lake Yamdro. This water is considered sacred
- Watch Buddhist ceremonies and unusual debates between monks and teachers
The price of the trip includes:
- Flight from Lhasa to Kathmandu;
- All transportation, including buses and transfers from and to airports;
- Accommodation in double/twin rooms during the entire trip;
- Permission to enter Tiber;
- Professional guiding services.
What is NOT included:
- Flight to Kathmandu and back home (Let us know if you need help finding the best deals);
- Insurance (mandatory);
- Visa to Nepal ($25);
- Food (in Nepal $10 per person per day, in China $15-25 per person per day);
- Entry to attractions in Tibet ($120).
Day 1 - 3
We arrive in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, and check into a guesthouse in the old town. This city is more than 2 thousand years old, and at every step there is either an ancient palace, or a stupa, which is thousands of years old, or old colorful houses. We will walk through the entire old center - Kathmandu Durbar Square with the royal palace, the house of the living goddess Kumari, the Swayambhu stupa on the mountain and the 6th century Buddhanath stupa.
But the soul of the city is not only the shrines famous all over the world. It is in cozy narrow streets between the stupas, where children are chasing pigeons. In smiling faces of people selling the most delicious momo and masters of milk tea. In the aromatic shops of Tibetan doctors selling famous herbal remedies. In colored robes of monks and groups of pilgrims who spread on the ground in unusual prayers. And, of course, the bazaar of fabrics!
Another day we will spend in the neighboring ancient cities - Patan and Bhaktapur. These capitals of ancient kingdoms have preserved unique ancient temples and palaces
Day 4 - 6
In the morning we leave for Lhasa on a specially rented transport. In 4 days we will travel for about 1000 kilometers to gradually acclimatize to altitudes of 4000-5200 meters above sea level. Get ready for incredible views of the mountains, blue lakes, and the Tibetan desert, and stops at the main spiritual centers of Tibet. We will be spending nights in hotels.
First night we will spend in Rasu Vaghadi. Second night in Nyalam. Then we arrive in Shigatse, where we will visit the 15th century Tashilhunpo monastery. This palace is also called little Potala. And if Potala is the residence of the Dalai Lama, then the second most important person in Tibet lives here - the Panchen Lama. More then a thousand monks share it with him. This monastery boasts huge stupas of gold and precious stones, each holding a body of lama from the past. Also, this monastery is home to the largest statue of Buddha-Maitreya in Tibet. 280 kilograms of gold, the same amount of silver, 40 diamonds and a thousand large pearls were used for this work of art 26 meters tall. Impressive!
Day 7 - 8
We arrive in Gyantse - a small town in the valley at an altitude of 4100 meters above sea level. There are less than 10 thousand people living here, but this town is considered to be the third most important in Tibet. All because of the unusual Kumbum stupa - one of the few multi-storied stupas in the world. All its halls and numerous niches hold hundreds of ancient Buddha statues. Pilgrims from all over Nepal and other countries come here to roll the prayer wheels and bring offerings to local monks. We will watch unusual rituals and prayers-prostrations on the ground.
Next stop - Yamdrok lake. This is one of the four sacred lakes of Tibet. The water here is clean, like crystal - after all, the lake feeds on melt water from the mountains, which flows down here in streams. It is as blue as the sky on a sunny day. The blue in the frame of the mountain peaks - beautiful! Lazy yaks graze on the shores - indispensable attributes of any Tibetan landscape. Sit down and enjoy the scenery and intoxicating mountain air.
In the evening of the last day, we arrive in Lhasa, the capital of the Tibetan Autonomous Region, and check into a hotel
In the morning we go for a walk in the old town of Lhasa. Here, many Tibetans still live in traditional square houses, and share an open wood kitchen in the yard. We walk to the central square, where the Jokhang monastery, built in 652 by the famous Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo, is located. He is honored as the ruler who brought Buddhism to Tibet. Tibetans believe that the two wives of the king, the Chinese princess Wencheng and the Nepalese princess Bhrikuti, played a key role in this. As a dowry, in addition to gold, cattle and other riches, women brought Buddha statues and sacred writings - sutras. It is for these holy objects that the king, who adopted Buddhism, built a monastery.
Pilgrims from many countries make kora (ritual walk) around Jokhang, which is considered the main monastery of all of Tibet. Let us disagree! After all, little can be compared in grandeur with Potala, the famous residence of the Dalai Lamas. This palace was built around a cave in which, according to legend, King Songtsen Gampo, already known to us, meditated. Unfortunately, photography is prohibited here. And to convey in words the immense treasures that we will see is very difficult! Imagine hundreds of kilograms of gold, silver, pieces of lapis lazuli, amber, agate and carnelian. We will be very impressed!
Day 10 - 11
In the morning we go to Sera monastery of 15th century, which is famous for its daily debates between monks on various aspects of Buddhist teachings. We will not be able to understand the meaning of these conversations, which are being conducted in Tibetan, but will completely immerse into the spirit of the event, where teachers are trying to confuse the responsible students in every way.
Next day we go to the Ganden Monastery, which is 80 kilometers from Lhasa. Tsongkhapa, the founder of the largest Gelugpa ("yellow hats") Buddhist school in Tibet, lived here in the 14th century. The current Dalai Lama belongs to this school of Tibetan Buddhism. Tsongkhapa is also considered the best Tibetan poet. Not surprisingly, Buddhists from many countries come to this monastery to worship the body of the saint, which rests inside a huge stupa on the territory of the monastery.
We say goodbye to Tibet, fly to Kathmandu, and there we transfer to a flight back home.
Is this trip for you?
Citizens of most countries need a visa to enter Nepal. Visa is issued on arrival and costs $25 (for 15 days).
Chinese visa and permit to enter Tibet is arranged by the guide for the entire trip in Kathmandu.
We provide free visa consulting for our clients.
3g mobile internet in China
Price: + $30
Prepaid local sim card (no international calls) with 2GB internet package
3G mobile internet in Nepal
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Prepaid local sim card with 2GB internet package
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