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13 Days Tibet Nepal Bhutan Culture Tour

Discover The Cutural of Tibet, Nepal And Bhutan
Tibet Tour / 13 Days Tibet Nepal Bhutan Culture Tour

13 Days Tibet Nepal Bhutan Culture Tour

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This 13-day culture journey will bring you to explore three famous place- Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan. You will enjoy the rich Buddhist culture and natural beauty.

Overview: 

This 13-day cultures tour offers you a good way to explore three countries – Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan. You will immerse yourself in the rich geography, ethnic customs, and Buddhist culture. Your journey starts from Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. Here, you will visit cultural and historical temples including the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery. Then, you will go through Gyantse and Shigatse to see the holy Yamdroktso Lake. After seeing the golden sunrise of Mount Everest, you will go across the Tibetan Platea and delve deeply into Nepal. In Kathmandu, you will enjoy the wonderful Buddhist culture tour through visiting Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Pagoda, Pashupatinath Temple, and Boudhanath Stupa. After that, you will fly to Paro from Kathmandu to do a trek in Tiger’s Nest monastery, the birthplace of Bhutanese Buddhism.

Brief Itinerary: 

Day Daily Outline Attractions
Day 1 Arrival in Lhasa (3680m) Pick up and transfer to the hotel.
Day 2 Lhasa sightseeing Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
Day 3 Lhasa sightseeing Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery
Day 4 Lhasa- Gyantse(4040m)- Shigatse(3840m), 360km, Approx. 6hrs. Yamdroktso Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkor Chöde Monastery

 

Day 5 Shigatse -Tingri -Rongbuk- EBC (5100m), 360km, Approx. 6hrs. Rongbuk Monastery, the sunset of golden of Everest peak
Day 6 EBC – Gyirong Border, 370km, Approx. 8hrs Sunrise of Everest Peak, Pekutso Lake, Far view of Mt. Shishapangma
Day 7 Gyirong to Kathmandu Send you off to the Nepal Border and transfer you to Kathmandu City   
Day 8 Kathmandu Sightseeing  Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Pagoda, Patan City
Day 9 Kathmandu Sightseeing

 

Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa

 

Day 10 Fly to Paro from Kathmandu, Transfer to Thimphu (2300m) (2 hrs.’ drive) Kyichu Lhakhang, Paro Rinpung Dzong
Day 11 Trek to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest Monastery) and Drive back to Paro Trek to Tiger’s Nest
Day 12 Fly to Kathmandu from Paro

 

Pick up and transfer to your hotel, have a free day
Day 13 Kathmandu Departure   Send off to Kathmandu airport

 

Detailed Itinerary 

Day 1 Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)

Welcome to Lhasa, the capital of Tibet! Your Tibetan guide and driver will wait for you at Lhasa Airport or the train station and then take you to the hotel. When driving on the road, you could enjoy the Tibetan pure blue sky and white clouds. It takes 1.5 hours from the airport to the center of Lhasa and about 20 minutes from the train station. After arriving at the hotel, you must be very excited and can’t wait to visit Lhasa city. But you are suggested to take a good rest in order to adapt to high altitudes. If you feel good, you could stroll through the city of Lhasa like Potala Square, where you can enjoy the beautiful night view of the Potala Palace.

Good to know:

*For travelers who are the first time to visit high altitude land, you are suggested to have a good rest in your hotel on the first day.

*If you would like to stay in a hotel with oxygen supply, you are suggested to stay at hotels such as Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa (with a luxury oxygen spa) or Shambhala hotel (oxygen is supplied).

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3/4-star

Day 2 Lhasa Sightseeing- Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple

Attractions: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street

Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, is well-known as an international tourism city with mystic Tibetan Buddhist culture and natural plateau scenery. Today, we will arrange you to explore this old and holy city which is already over 1300 years.

In the morning, you will head to visit world-known Potala Palace, which has the highest architecture in the world. It was built by Srongtsen Gampo in the 7th.century and used to be the winter palace of the Dalai Lama. Except for the art of buildings, you could also visit the gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet.

After lunch, you are going to visit another symbolic scenic spot of Tibet-Jokhang Temple. It is considered to be the spiritual center of Tibetan Buddhism. In the temple, there is a golden life-sized statue of 12-year-old Sakyamuni, which was brought by Princess Wencheng from the Tang Dynasty. So, you could see many devout Tibetans do a pilgrimage in front of Jokhang temple. Afterward, you could stroll around the famous Barkhor Street, where you can enjoy a sweet tea, and buy some Tibetan souvenirs.

With the attractions, we will arrange a welcome dinner for you tonight. Hope you can enjoy the relaxing night with your friends and guide.

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3/4-star 

 

Day 3 Lhasa Sightseeing- Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery

Attractions: Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery

Today, you will also discover two other highlights of Lhasa – Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery. In the morning, you are going to visit Drepung Monastery, the largest monastery in Tibet. Before the liberation of Tibet, more than 10,000 monks lived and studied. Therefore, Drepung Monastery is also well-known as the “Mother School of Dalai Lamas”

In the afternoon, you will visit the Sera Monastery. You can enjoy a wonderful Buddhist debate in the monastery, open daily from 3 pm to 5 pm, except on Sundays. You can participate in the daily debate of 80 monks in a closed courtyard. This is more like a question and answers session on Tibetan Buddhism. Through this debate, you can learn more about Tibetan Buddhism culture.

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3/4-star

Day 4 Lhasa- Gyantse(4040m)- Shigatse(3840m), 360km, Approx. 6hrs

Attractions: Yamdroktso Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkor Chöde Monastery

In the morning, you will leave for Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. Today may be a long journey, but you can enjoy many beautiful natural landscapes along the way. First, you will head to turquoise Yamdroktso lake (4400m) via the Gampala Pass (4,790 m). Yamdroktso lake located in the south of the Yarlung Zangbo River and surrounded by snow-capped mountains. You are lucky to take a photo with the lovely Tibetan Mastiffs around the lake. Continue to drive, you will see the magnificent Karola Glacier (5045 meters) on the right side of the road.

Afterward, you will arrive at the historic city of Gyantse city. After lunch, you are going to visit the Pelkor Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum (4040m), which is famous for “One Hundred Thousand Buddhas Pagoda”. You will arrive in Shigatse city in the late afternoon.

Stay overnight in Shigatse, 3/4-star

Day 5 Shigatse - Tingri – Rongbuk - EBC (5100m), 360km, Approx. 6hrs

Attractions: Rongbuk Monastery, the sunset of golden of Everest peak

Today is the most exciting moment of your Tibet trip. from Shigatse, you will head to Everest Base Camp at 5,100 meters above the sea level. After go accessing Tsola Pass(4600M) and Gyatsola Pass(5248M), you will reach to Everest National Nature Reserve, where mark that you have entered Mount Everest region.  At the Gawla Pass (5198 m), You will enjoy a panoramic view of the Himalaya ranges including some famous mountains such as Mt. Makalu (8463 m), Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Everest (8844m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8201m) and Mt. Shishapama(8020m). After that, you will reach Rongbuk Monastery(5,150m), the highest monastery in the world. From there, you get get a clear view of the sunset of the golden Mount Everest. Besides, you can wander around the Rongbuk Monastery (5,150m), the highest monastery in the world.

Stay overnight at Rongbuk guesthouse or EBC dorm tent

Day 6 EBC – Gyirong Border 370km, Approx. 8hrs

Attractions: The sunrise of golden of Everest peak, far view of the Himalayas,

Today, you can get up in the early morning to enjoy the beautiful sunrise of Everest peak. After breakfast, you will head to Gyirong Border via Old Tingri. On the route, you will get a good view of the Himalaya mountains and Pekutso Lake. You will reach to Gyriong town in the late afternoon.

Stay overnight in a guesthouse

Day 7 Gyirong to Kathmandu city

In the morning, your tour guide will send you off to the Nepal Border and help you get across the border to Nepal. For transportation from Gyirong to Kathmandu, we could arrange a jeep or bus for you based on the size of the group.

Stay overnight in Kathmandu

Day 8 Kathmandu Sightseeing

Attractions: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Pagoda, Patan City

Today, you start to visit the main attractions in Kathmandu city, where you can discovery many well-known pilgrimage sites of different religious values. In the morning, you are going to visit Durbar Square. It’s a Royal Palace square, where you can find many ancient buildings from the early 16th Century.

After that, you’ll head to Swayambhunath Pagoda, which is one of the most famous symbols of Nepal. On the golden spire of this 5th-century pagoda, it’s decorated with colorful prayer flags. The grant architecture, exquisite decorations, and the intensity of historical items will lead you to have a better understanding of deep Nepalese culture.

At last, you’re going to Patan city, which is the second largest city in Nepal. From here, you can discover one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Nepal and learn more about Nepalese Buddhist culture.

Stay overnight in Kathmandu

Day 9 Kathmandu Sightseeing

Attractions: Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa

Today, your tour guide will take you to visit two main attractions in Kathmandu city-  Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa. They are two of the seven UNESCO’s world heritage sites in Nepal.

In the morning, you could pay a visit to Pashupatinath Temple, which is the largest temple of Lord Shiva in Nepal and the most sacred temple of Hindus. It was built by Prachanda Dev during Lichchhavi dynasty in the 5th century.

After lunch, you’ll head to Boudhanath Stupa, where you could do a nice meditation. You’re suggested to visit Thanka painting galleries as you could learn more about the concept of Tibetan Buddhism.

Stay overnight in Kathmandu

Day 10 Fly to Paro from Kathmandu, Transfer to Thimphu (2300m) (2 hrs’ drive)

Attractions: Kyichu Lhakhang, Paro Rinpung Dzong

Today, you’ll take a morning flight to Paro from Kathmandu airport. After arriving, you’ll meet our Bhutan tour guide and transfer to your hotel. Then, you’ll head to visit Kyichu Lhakhang and Paro Rinpung Dzong.  

Kyichu Lhakhang is the oldest temple in Bhutan, where you could visit the life-size eight-year-old Buddha statue of Sakyamuni, elaborate paintings, and mystic Buddhist scriptures. Paro Rinpung Dzong serves as the administrative center in Bhutan and a Buddhist school for the monks. At last, you’ll drive to Thimphu (65 Km), the capital of Bhutan.

Stay overnight in Thimphu

Day 11 Trek to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest Monastery) and Drive back to Paro

Attractions: Tiger’s Nest

Today, you’re going to visit Tiger’s Nest Monastery(3120 meters), the most sacred temple in Bhutan. According to legend, Master Padmasambhava had flown here on a tigress and meditated in the cave for three months. So Tiger’s Nest is considered to be the birthplace of Bhutanese Buddhism. If you prefer, you can do a 2~3 hours trekking to Tiger’s Nest Monastery. After finishing the visiting, you’ll drive back to Paro.

Stay overnight in Paro

Day 12 Fly to Kathmandu from Bhutan

Today, you’ll take a morning flight to Kathmandu city from Paro airport. After arriving in Kathmandu, you can have a good rest and explore this old city by yourself.  

Stay overnight in Kathmandu

Day 13 Depart from Kathmandu

The tour ends today. We will pick you up from your Kathmandu hotel, then transfer to airport for your next trip based on your flight schedule.  

Cost and Inquiry

Since it’s a customized Tibet tour of which the price is different depends on the travel season, hotel class, and the number of travelers, etc. Please let us know your tour plan by filling in the following form. Your trip advisor will contact you within 24 hours for a private Tibet tour designed only for you.

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1 Service Information- What is a private Tibet tour?

For private Tibet Tour Packages, we will provide a private local tour guide, a private vehicle and private driver for your own group. So that you don't have to share the vehicle and tour guide with others. Also, your private tour guide will take care of only your group on the tour. With the help of your private tour guide, you will see more Tibet landscapes and cultures in Tibet. What’s more, you will have the flexibility to arrange the group activities as well.
Please feel free to contact us directly for customizing your own Tibet tour. Your trip advisor will contact you within 24 hours and design the tour package according to your interest, schedule, and any other requirement. We promise to provide you with a satisfactory tailor-made Tibet tour.
2 Tibet Travel Permits and China Visa
For foreign tourists who would like to travel to Tibet, you need to get your Tibet Travel Permits as well as China visa. For China visa, you need to apply for it in your home country before the tour starts. For Tibet Travel Permits, we will take care of all necessary Tibet permits after your Tibet tour booked with us. You are suggested to send us your copies of passport and Chinese visa by email at least 12-working days prior to your entry date, so that we can get all your Tibet Permits in time before the tour starts and mail it to your hotel in a Chinese city.
Kindly note: If you enter Tibet from Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, you don’t have to apply for a Chinese visa in your home country. You are required to get a China Group Visa when you arrive in Kathmandu within 3-working days. We have a nepal partner who can help you get it in Nepal. So don’t worry about it! : )
3 High Altitude Sickness Information: How can I prepare for high altitude adjustment?
As Tibet located on a plateau with the average altitude of 3,600 meters, most people who want to travel in Tibet always worry about high Altitude Sickness. Don’t worry too much! Our customers' age range from 20 years old to 70 years old, there is no evidence that suggests that age has anything to do with the occurrence of mountain sickness. Here are some tips for high altitude adjustment as follows,
* Travelers with a severe cold, a high fever, acute or chronic pulmonary diseases, and severe cardiovascular diseases should avoid traveling to regions with a high altitude such as Tibet.
*Nifedipinum, Nuodikang Capsules and Suoluomabao Capsules (known as Hongjingtian Capsules in Chinese) can help some people prevent altitude sickness. You are suggested to take them three days before arriving in Tibet.
*To prevent altitude sickness, you are also suggested to have a proper rest when you arrive in Lhasa for the first day. You can have two days in Lhasa with a lower altitude in order to adapt to high altitude, then travel to Everest Base Camp or other high lands in Tibet. * Our tour guide will take care of you and give some useful tips on how to avoid high altitude sickness on arrival. A bottle of oxygen and first aid kit will be prepared on the vehicle for each person for emergency use. You can drink pretty water every day to prevent altitude sickness. Cigarette shall be forbidden as well as drink alcohol. What’s more, always remember that if you have any problems or feel uncomfortable, please tell your tour guide immediately or contact our travel consultant.
4 Accommodation Information
To be honest, the overall accommodations in Tibet is not good as many other main cities in China such as Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou because Tibet located on a plateau with the average altitude of 3,600 meters. In recent years, with the development of Tibet tourism, the accommodations in Tibet have significant improvement.
Accommodation in Tibet is divided into star hotel, guest houses, and tent. You can enjoy comfortable star hotel in most Tibet areas such as Lhasa, Shigatse, Nyingtri and Tsedang, etc. If your Tibet tour plan includes other remotes areas such as EBC, Mt.Kailash, Trekking in Tibet, there are many simple hotels, guest houses, and a tent for your choice. Usually, the accommodations in Lhasa, Nyingtri, and Shigatse ranging from the cheap guesthouse to the luxury five-star hotel. The highest standard accommodation in Tsedang and other place is a 4-star hotel. In Tingri, Gyirong, the highest standard is 3-star; and other small or remote areas of Ngari, EBC and Namtso Lake,  the guest houses may be your only option unless you would like to stay overnight in the tent.
We hand-picked the hotels in each city in Tibet to ensure you have cozy and comfortable places to stay while traveling in Tibet. Also, All the accommodations we picked have good locations and unique Tibetan features.
5 Meal Information
Breakfast: if you are going to stay in a star hotel, breakfast is usually included. But if you are going to stay in a guest house or a tent, there is no breakfast provided by the hotel.
Lunch and Dinner: Usually, we don’t include lunch and dinner on our tour itinerary. Your tour guide will recommend some good restaurants for your reference. Because according to our many experiences in Tibet tourism, some travelers may have Faith and are vegetarians, they don’t want to eat meat. So we will recommend some good vegetarian restaurants.
We have created a list of our favorite restaurants in Tibet and personally selected some local restaurants to recommend to our customers. In Lhasa, you can choose Chinese food, Western food, Tibetan food, Nepalese food as well as  Indian food. Our tour guide is happy to recommend quality restaurants and take you to the restaurant according to your taste and preferred style.
6 Recommended Tibet Packing List
For the most Important Ones: The passport with all necessary documents such as your passport, Chinese visa, and Tibet travel permits.
For Clothes: In winter, from November to next March, you’re suggested to bring down jackets, warm sweaters, gloves, woolen hats. In summer, you can wear a T-shirt in day time but the Jacket is necessary at the hotel in the morning and evening as it is still cold in the morning and evening. What’s more, if your Tibet tour includes overnight at Everest Base Camp or Namtso Lake, or a several days outdoor trek in the mountain area, to keep warm is very important. The winter clothes are a must.
For Shoes: it’s very important to have a comfortable pair of boots, especially your travel covers the remote area and you have to walk for a long distance.
For bags: A large backpack, a smaller one, plus a waist bag make it perfect. The smaller one can be used for daily activities and can also be put into the big one when necessary. The waist bag is to take some small and important things with you. It’s okay for you to take a big suitcase.
For Skincare products: The skin care products are quite necessary for Tibet as wind and solar radiation are very strong in Tibet. You can bring lip balms, sunblock, and skin creams,sunglasses.
For Cash: you’re suggested to bring some cash such as RMB and prepare enough cash for the days you are out of Lhasa since ATMs are difficult to find in the remote areas of Tibet.
7 Best time to visit Tibet
The best travel in Tibet is from April to October. The weather will get warmer and some shops in remote areas will be reopened.
1)Peak Season: June, July, August, September (June to October 15th )
The weather from July to August gets warm. But the cost of vehicles, food, accommodation and tour guides will be higher because Chinese people have a  long holiday and choose to travel to Tibet during that time.
2) Best value: Traveling in Tibet from April to June and from the end of October to the end of November is recommended because the weather is still good and warm and the tour cost will be greatly reduced. Travel expenses during this time are usually a few hundred dollars cheaper than the peak season.
3)Shoulder season: December, January
From December to January, Tibet will enter winter season and the weather in winter will very cold. But you’re suggested to travel in Lhasa city, which called the city of Sunlight. You can visit famous monasteries in Lhasa such as Potala Palace, Sera Monastery and Jokhang temple, etc.  
Kindly Note: From late February to March, Tibet will be closed for foreign visitors because of Tibet New Year. All travel agency can’t help you get your Tibet Travel Permits.

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