LHASA FROM KATHMANDU TOUR 7 DAYS

Trip Facts

  •  Trip Duration:  7 Days
  •  Activities:  Tour
  •  Country:  Nepal/Tibet
  •  Grade:  A
  •  Group Size:  2 minimum
  •  Price:  1200 US $
  •  Trip Style:  Hotel
  •  Diffculty:  Easy
  •  Best Season:  Jan - Dec
  •  Transport:  Flight/Private vehicle

Overview

Fly in and fly out tour from Kathmandu to Lhasa offers fun-filled adventurous journey around cultural heritages and historical places of Nepal and Tibet. Lhasa, most popularly known as ‘Sunlight City’, is regarded as the heart and soul of Tibet.

What You’ll Do

1. Guided city tour in Kathmandu valley.

2. Lhasa Guided sightseeing tours of cultural and historical hearts of Tibet

3. Scenic flights from Kathmandu – Lhasa – Kathmandu

 

Full Itinerary

  • Day 01

    Arrival in Kathmandu

    Welcome to the Himalayan country of Nepal! Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport one of Community Trek representatives will be there to welcome you before taking you to your hotel in Kathmandu.

    (Pick up from Airport and drop to your Hotel) (1300 Meters ) (Hotel)
  • Day 02

    Kathmandu to Lhassa

    From Kathmandu International Airport you will take a 1 hour and 10 minute Trans Himalayan Flight to Gonggar Airport, considered one of the most beautiful flights in the world over Mount Everest (8848m) and Kanchenjunga (8536m). Those who wish to join in Lhasa can arrive on the date mentioned and meet the Tibetan guide at the airport. You will take a 1.5-hour drive along the road leading to Lhasa, where you can relax for the rest of the day.

    (1 hour 30 min) (Breakfast) (Hotel)
  • Day 03

    Sightseeing in Lhassa

    The tour begins with a visit to the Sera Monastery, where an experienced tour guide will escort you round this preserved monastery of white-washed walls and golden roofs. You will then move on to see Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, and the Jokhang Temple, an important sacred site of Tibetan Buddhism. You will also visit Barkhor Markets and roam around the city, where you will see stall sellers and experience the Tibetan culture, customs, and traditions. The tour concludes as you return to the comfort of your hotel.

    (Breakfast) (Hotel)
  • Day 04

    Sightseeing in Lhassa

    You will visit the 17th century Potala Palace, where you can enjoy the awesome views of the entire city, visit the private quarters of the Dalai Lama, the numerous grand state rooms, and chapels. You will also visit Drepung Monastery, which was built in the 14th century for 10,000 monks. Here you will experience a place that is important for Tibetans’ respect and beliefs.

    (Breakfast) (Hotel)
  • Day 05

    Ganden Monastery and Drayer Pa Cave

    You will be driven to Ganden Monastery where you can admire the extremely delicate and fine murals and sculptures, as well as a decorated armor of Emperor Qianlong. In the afternoon you will drive to Drayer Pa Cave to visit local Lama in the caves. You will spend 1.5 hours visiting some of the 30 caves and enjoying the beautiful views from the valley. In the evening you will head back to Lhasa.

    (Breakfast) (Hotel)
  • Day 06

    Lhassa to Kathmandu

    You will take a last memorable look at the Potala Palace before being transported to the airport for the flight back to Kathmandu. There will be a farewell dinner in the evening to celebrate the successful completion of our journey.

    (1 hours and 30 minutes flight to Kathmandu ) (Breakfast) (1300 Meters ) (Hotel)
  • Day 07

    Trip End

    On the final day you will fly back home or extend your holiday in Nepal.

    (Breakfast)
  • Note

    Customize your trip

    ALL ITINERARIES CAN BE CUSTOMIZED AT YOUR REQUEST. CHECK OUT “EXTENSION” FOR SOME SUGGESTIONS.

Cost and Services

Included in the Cost

  • All necessary Tibet travel permits
  • Pickups and drops from airport and hotel
  • 2 night Kathmandu Hotel on twin- sharing basis
  • Private vehicles for transportation
  • Accommodation in Lhasa on twin- sharing basis with breakfast
  • English- speaking, trained and experienced Tibetan guide
  • All fees for sightseeing and visits to monasteries as outlined in the itinerary
  • All applicable taxes and service charges

Not Included in the Cost

  • Chinese visa fee
  • International flight(s)
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals other than breakfast in Tibet
  • Tips for guides and driver
  • Nepal visa

Accommodations

We will be staying at Kyichu Hotel which is a 3-star, centrally-located hotel in Lhasa. It is also possible to upgrade to a better-graded hotel by paying an additional cost. All accommodations are on a twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost 330 USD.

Meals

Only breakfasts are included in this trip. We are expected to pay for lunches and dinners on our own. Breakfast will be taken in the same place we stay for the night. Similar arrangements can also be made for dinner. Lunch will be taken en route to the next destination(s). We recommend our guest(s) to budget Yuan 60 to Yuan 100(US$10 to US$16) for lunch and dinner every day. Our food will include Tibetan bread, dal (lentil soup), Bhat (rice), tsampa porridge and other simple local foods.

Responsible

Responsible tourism is something which our company takes very seriously. This is why we recommend you to read the following lines and learn about responsible tourism before your trip.

Environment:

  • It is advisable to eat as the locals do: eat the rice, the lentils, the fresh fruit and vegetables.
  • Tourists tend to bring with them plastic water bottles, packets of crisps and chocolate bars for energy, so without thinking, they are adding to the rubbish problem. It’s fine to eat foods like that, but take your rubbish with you back to Kathmandu and throw in the bin there because up in the Himalaya, they bury it in the ground, or they burn it and that’s no good.
  • Respect any animals and wildlife you might encounter. Do not feed any animals unless you are specifically given permission, avoid picking flowers no matter how beautiful they may be, do not touch or move fossils, and importantly, don’t stroke dogs – they can be aggressive towards strangers and stray dogs in Nepal may carry rabies.

 

 

Culture:

  • Before you buy souvenirs. Beautiful shahtoosh shawls are woven in the Himalayas from the wool of the Tibetan Antelope, or chiru. The chiru is now endangered as a result of hunting for its precious wool – avoid buying anything made from it.
  • Food & Taboos – once you’ve touched something to your lips, it’s considered polluted for everyone else. If you take a sip from your own, or someone else’s water bottle, try not to let it touch your lips and don’t eat from someone else’s plate or offer anyone food you’ve taken a bite of.
  • Right or Left? Mmm… Right! The left hand is reserved for washing after defecating. You can use it to hold a drink or cutlery while you eat, but don’t wipe your mouth, or pass food with it.
  • Right hand & Manners. To show respect, offer money, food or gifts with both hands, or with the right hand while the left touches the wrist.
  • Keep Calm. The Nepalese are a very calm and contemplative people. You may find yourself in social situations that are completely out of your western comfort zone, but it is important to remember that the locals exercise discretion in expressing their feelings, anger and affection towards each other. If you don’t understand something, ask quietly and be patient.
  • Think before you take pictures. It’s easy to get snap-happy when presented with Nepal’s incredible landscape and lifestyle. Remember, this may be your trip of a lifetime, but it’s their reality, so introduce yourself and ask permission. Whenever possible, it is good idea to ask for a postal address and follow through by sending photographs back to local families.
  • A conservative country. Women should have their legs and shoulders covered and men should wear full-length trousers and tops with long sleeves. The forehead is regarded as the most sacred part of the body and it’s impolite to touch an adult Nepali’s head. Do not stretch your legs in public or point your feet at anyone as feet are considered the lowest and dirtiest part of the body.
  • Girls in Kathmandu and Pokhara do wear shorts or short skirts, but this is new to Nepal and you run the risk of being seen as sexually available if you do the same.
  • Spitting is normal in Nepal and you will see men, women, and children spitting on the street. The same goes for littering. Don’t pull a local up for these behaviours, but don’t join in either.
  • Avoid showing affection in public. Although some younger couples hold hands in public, this is relatively new and it is still frowned upon.
  • Ancient and sacred sites: there are a few protocol that are handy to know and easy to follow: don’t climb on ruins, avoid touching any religious object, and when you walk around monuments and temples, do so in a clockwise direction, that is – keep the monument on your right. It is generally not a problem to enter temples, but take your shoes off when you do and don’t take photos while you’re in there
  • When visiting temples, respect both the place and the people that pray there. Do not throw anything into the fire as it considered sacred and, if for some reason – time of day, particular prayer time – you are not permitted to enter, accept this graciously and ask your guide to ask when might be a better time to come back.
  • Some Hindu temples and their innermost sanctums are usually out of bounds for nonbelievers, who pose the threat of ritual pollution. If you are allowed in, be respectful, take your shoes off before entering and don’t take photos unless you’ve asked permission.
  • Though no one will ever ask, a small donation to temple that you’re visiting will be much appreciated. Donations support the operations of the day. Place your donation on the altar, or if you want to make a specific donation look for a donation box.
  • If you’re granted an audience with a lama at a Buddhist temple or monastery, it’s traditional to present him with a kata: a ceremonial white scarf (usually sold nearby).
  • If you are invited into a private home for a meal, you can bring fruit or sweets, but don’t expect thanks – it is considered offensive to make a fuss in these situations. Take your shoes off when entering, unless shown otherwise. When the food is served you may be expected to eat first, so you won’t be able to follow your host’s lead. Take less than you can eat – asking for seconds is the best compliment you can give. The meal is typically served at the end of a gathering and when the food is finished, everyone leaves.
  • Don’t give pens, money, or sweets to the local people you encounter on visits to villages and it can encourage begging and may be seen to establish a non-equal relationship between tourist and local with tourists being seen as simply ‘givers’ giving to ‘the poor’. Instead, buy local handicrafts directly from villagers and show an interest in their skills. Sweets may seem like an ideal gift for children, but access to dentists is extremely limited to rural dwellers and the last thing you want to give them is tooth decay!
  • Hassle by touts is on the rise in Nepal and it’s likely you’ll get accosted at the airport and in Kathmandu and offered drugs, treks and sex. They’re not as aggressive as in India – ignore them and they’re likely to ignore you. If they don’t, ask politely if they’ll leave you alone – do not be rude, as they’ll take it personally.
  • Dealing with beggars is par for the course in Nepal. Adjust to the pathos quickly – few beggars are bona fide and helping those that are will only encourage those that aren’t. Do not give away medicines either; instead donate them to the destitute at Kathmandu’s Bir Hospital, or at the Himalayan Buddhist Meditation Centre in Kathmandu.
  • The litter problem in Nepal is growing and has increased with the wider availability of pre-packaged goods. Keep your waste to a minimum – avoid accepting plastic bags from shops and reuse the ones you have, buy additional food from local markets to avoid packaging, take an empty plastic bag with you on treks, so you can pick up any additional litter you might spot and take particularly harmful waste, such as batteries, back to Kathmandu with you.
  • Marijuana and other ‘recreational’ drugs are widely available in Nepal although totally illegal. If caught in possession, drugs carry huge fines and up to 20 years imprisonment.

Culture:

  • Surprising for their conservative nature, the Chinese are pretty open-minded when it comes to revealing clothing and vests and short skirts are common sight.
  • When visiting temples and monuments, it is advised that both men and women wear long-sleeves and trousers.
  • The Chinese are big on appearance, so never confuse casual with scruffy – messy hair and creased clothing will do you no good in restaurants and hotel check-ins.
  • If you are invited to visit someone in their home always take a gift – premium alcohol is widely appreciated – but do not expect an open acknowledgement.
  • Chinese people spit – everywhere. It’s just the way it is.
  • Chinese people, particularly men, also love to smoke. Handing out cigarettes is considered a respectful gesture and non-smokers should decline politely.
  • Privacy is almost non-existent in China; don’t expect much space to quietly contemplate at sights and don’t be surprised if someone strikes up a conversation while you’re sat on the loo.
  • The locals’ penchant for obvious curiosity can get a little frustrating, you will be stared at, pointed at and said ‘hello’ too numerous times. Just try and adapt to it quickly as it’s not meant to cause any offence.
  • The Chinese love a business card and they’re handed out to everyone at every opportunity. Wherever possible have your own business card to hand back, but, most importantly, make sure you study their card with intent before putting it away and never put it in your back pocket.
  • In southern China particularly there is a growing concern about gangs of child beggars being organised by adults to make money from innocent tourists – they may tug on your heartstrings, but ignore their pleas and move calmly on; giving in will only make it worse.
  • Ladies – don’t be offended if you’re with a man and are ignored: the Chinese will assume that any man in a pairing will be the one wearing the trousers.
  • The Chinese have a relatively relaxed approach to homosexuality, but it’s advisable to act with caution regarding open displays of affection.

 

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