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Kathmandu and Lhasa Tour – 7 Days

This tour is a combination of the best of two majestic and magical Himalayan cities-Kathmandu in Nepal and Lhasa in Tibet (China).

OVERVIEW OF THE TRIP

Trip:
Tour Type: Sightseeing and Cultural Tour
Trip Duration: 7 Days
Max Altitude: 3,660 m /12004.8 ft
Trip Starts From: Kathmandu
Trip Ends At: Kathmandu
Trip Region: Nepal, Tibet
Best Season: 
March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
Trip Level: Easy
Just about anyone can participate in one of these holidays. Minimum walking time is 2 hours and maximum walking time is approximately 5 hours a day. By the time you walk around a number of historical sites you’ll be surprised at how quickly the time passes. You do have the chance to take your time and there are plenty of places where you can rest if needed.
Trip Route: Kathmandu-Lhasa-Potala Palace-Kathmandu

Trip Information

Flight to and from Kathmandu and Lhasa offers a fun-filled adventurous journey around cultural heritages and historical places of Nepal and Tibet. Lhasa, also known as ‘Sunlight City’, is regarded as the heart and soul of Tibet and hence is the number one tourist destination in Tibet. Visits to white and ochre fortress of Potala Palace and Jokhang temple can be a quite spiritually rejuvenating experience. Potala Palace is a UNESCO world heritage and features an overwhelming array of intricate murals, temples, stupas, tombs of eight past Dalai Lamas, exquisite Tibetan Mandalas and other relics of Tibetan history. If you wish to glimpse into Tibetan culture, what could be more insightful than exploring Barkhor markets! As you wander around the markets, you witness Tibetan arts, culture, custom and tradition. With so much to see and explore in Lhasa, this will truly be an unforgettable experience.


    ITINERARY

  • Day  01 – Arrival at the Tribuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (1,345m). Overnight at a hotel.

  • Day  02 – Pre-trip meeting and sightseeing around the Kathmandu valley. Overnight at a hotel.

  • Day 03 – Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa (3,660m) . Overnight at a hotel.

  • Day 04 – Guided sightseeing in Lhasa. Overnight at a hotel.

  • Day 05 – Second day of guided sightseeing in Lhasa. Overnight at a hotel.

  • Day 06 – Fly from Lhasa to Kathmandu. Overnight at a hotel.

  • Day 07 – Transfer to the airport for your final flight departure.


    TRIP DETAILS

  • Day 01- Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345meters).

    Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying an Aarohi Holiday signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transffered to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle. Overnight at Hotel.
    (No meals included)

  • Day 02- Pre-trip Meeting and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.

    In the morning, after breakfast, At around 8am, we host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce your trek leader/guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your trek. We will also supply you with our trek Duffel Bag, T-shirt and a Cap. For the meeting, please make sure you bring passport, three copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer. Please inform us in advance if you will be arriving late and therefore are unable to attend the pre-trip meeting.

    After the Pre-Trip meeting and breakfast, your sightseeing trip will start at 9.45 AM in the morning. We provide a private vehicle and professional tour guide. We visit Boudhnath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the monasteries surrounding the stupa. After Boudhnath Stupa we visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here we see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. We also visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square, which is a collection of pagoda and shikhara – style temples grouped around a fifty-five-window palace of brick and wood. The attraction of the Bhaktapur Durbar Square are the the Lion gate, the Golden gate, the Palace of fifty five windows, art galleries, the Statue of King Bhupatindra Malla.

    The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel area near by your hotel. Later we will collect Tibet Visa and Travelling Permit. Overnight at Hotel. 
    (Breakfast Included)

  • Day 03 - Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa (3,660m)

    Early morning transfer to the international airport for the hour-long flight to Lhasa. This stunning flight, on a China Southwest Airlines Boeing 757, takes us right across the main Himalayan range and provides us with magnificent mountain views. After landing at Gongar Airport and meeting our Tibetan guide, it is a further 2-hour drive by Land cruiser to Lhasa. It’s advisable to rest and take it easy for the remainder of the day due to Lhasa’s altitude. Overnight at hotel.
    (Breakfast Included)

  • Day 04 - Guided sightseeing in Lhasa

    We spend this day visiting several of Lhasa’s many monasteries in the company of a guide and interpreter. One of these is the Sera Monastery, one of the best-preserved monasteries in Tibet, within its whitewashed walls and golden roofs, several hundred monks live and study. After lunch we’ll visit the Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, as well as the Jokhang Temple. This temple is possibly the most sacred shrine in Tibet and there is always a procession of devout Tibetans through the complex. Surrounding the Jokhang is the Barkor – a maze of narrow cobbled streets that is the central market of Lhasa. Overnight at a hotel.
    (Breakfast Included)

  • Day 05 - Second day of guided sightseeing in Lhasa

    In the morning, we visit the Potala Palace which is the crown jewel of Lhasa. It is a spectacular ancient building, containing private quarters of the Dalai Lama as well as numerous grand state rooms and many important chapels. There has been a Palace on this site since the 5th or 6th century, but the present Palace was constructed in the 17th century. After lunch, we visit the Drepung Monastery, which was founded in the 14th century and was once the largest in the world, with a population of around 10,000 monks. These days that figure is down to several hundred, but there is still much here of interest as it was left relatively unscathed during the Cultural Revolution. Overnight at a hotel.
    (Breakfast Included)

  • Day 06 - Fly from Lhasa to Kathmandu

    Transfer to Gongar Airport for your return flight to Kathmandu. You have the option to extend your trip to continue onto Chitwan jungle safari, rafting adventure, Kathmandu valley shopping tour, scenic Everest flight, mountain biking and other activities. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. Your guide(s) and an office staff will accompany you. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
    (Breakfast and Farewell Dinner Included)

  • Day 07 - Transfer to the airport for your final flight departure

    The trip concludes – our airport representative will drop you to Kathmandu’s Tribhuwan International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.
    (Breakfast Included)


    COST INCLUDES

  • Pick up from and drop off at the hotel and the airport on a private tourist vehicle.

  • Twin sharing accommodation in a three star hotel in Kathmandu. (3 nights)

  • Twin sharing accomodation in two-star hotel in Lhasa.

  • Kathmandu - Lhasa - Kathmandu airfare and airport departure tax.

  • Ground transportation on private tourist vehicle.

  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu on a private vehicle.

  • Sightseeing/monument entrance fees in Kathmandu (on Day 02).

  • Government-licensed English-speaking Tibetan tour guide in Tibet.

  • The required number of ground staff for the tour like helpers and drivers.

  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for our ground staff.

  • A down jacket and a sleeping bag provided Aarohi Holiday (to be returned after the trek).

  • Free Aarohi Holiday duffel/kit bag, sunhat and t-shirt (yours to keep).

  • Tibet entry permission, Chinese visa and monastery entry fees.

  • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show on second last day

  • All government taxes and official expenses.

  • USD 360 per person for entire trip to upgrade the four to five star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and in Lhasa.


    COST DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • International airfare and airport departure tax.

  • Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation. (See the travel insurance page)

  • Nepal entry visa – you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying US $ 25 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying US $40 and $ 100 respectively. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).

  • Internet and telephone calls.

  • Lunch and dinner for entire trip – about USD 15 to 20 per person per day.

  • Item of Personal nature like alcohol, hot & cold drinks and laundry.

  • Personal clothing and equipment.(See the equipment tab for detail information)

  • Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected)

  • Others expenses not mentioned in the Price Includes section.


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