Nepal & Tibet Tour

Nepal & Tibet Tour

From north of the Himalaya Tibet beckons.Originally Tibet was called Bod-yul, Ti-both and finally Tebet. After this came the modern name Tibet. Even now Tibetans call the country Po, both, and Chang-thang, although there is a different province called Chang-thang in Tibet. Tibet is the loftiest tableland in the world ranging from 3600 m. & above from the sea-level with snowy mountains with eternal snow & desertic lands. The maior part of the country is mountain, bleak and barren except some valleys. There are many salt-water lakes like Koko Nor and Lob Nor which are the biggest lakes in Tibet. Also there are some fresh water lakes like Manasarovar, Rakchhesh, Tso Mavang and Langak Tso and many most famous & biggest rivers as well.The capital city of Tibet is Lhasa, situated on the right bank of the Kyi Chhu. Lhasa, the forbidden city truly epitomized the ultimate travel destination. Tibet's immense, stark, grand plateau, its warm cheerful people and its unique cheerful Buddhist tradition, imbued with mysticism, appeared to many through the embodiment of the mythical Shangri-La. Travel to early Tibet requires a good deal of courage and luck, and for those hardy, intrepid explorers and adventurers Lhasa, the forbidden city, truly epitomizes the ultimate travel destination. Tibet's remoteness, its hunting magical beauty, continues to captivate the imagination of travelers.

Destination: Kathmandu- Patan-Bhaktapur-Nagarkot- Lhasa and Tsetang.

Trip Details

  • Itinerary
  • Trip Info
  • Useful Info

Day 01: Kathmandu: Arrive Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Welcome and assistance on arrival at Airport. Transfer to Hotel. Hotel check in. Overnight stay at Hotel Hyatt Regency or Dwarika's Kathmandu or Similar.

Day 02: Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu - (B): After Breakfast at Hotel. Full day sightseeing including Visit 2000 years old Buddhist shrine Swyambhunath, situated on the top of the hill west of the city the most popular and instantly recognizable symbols of Nepal. The temple is colloquially known as the "Monkey Temple". There are many small buildings and shrines down the hillside behind Swayambhunath. Explore the colorful Kathmandu Durbar Square - The Old Royal Palace of Kathmandu, Temple of living goddess Kumari, the Jagannath temple, 17th century temple known for colorfully painted erotic carvings, Kasthmandap temple a three story temple built from a single tree in 12th century. Afternoon Sightseeing tour around Patan is often referred to as Lalitpur, which means "city of beauty". Patan has a long Buddhist History and the four corners of the city are marked by Stupas erected by the great Buddhist emperor Ashoka around 250 BC.

Visit Patan City second largest city of valley including Royal Palace, Bhimsen temple, Manga Hiti, King Yogaendra Malla's Statue, Krishna temple, Taleju temple 15th century Golden Temple and Mahaboudha Temple known as temple of 10,000 Buddha, Kumbeshwar Temple. Bishwakarma Temple, Uma Maheshwar Temple.Overnight stay at Hotel Hyatt Regency or Dwarika's Kathmandu or Similar.

Day 03: Kathmandu - Nagarkot - (B): After Breakfast at Hotel we Visit Pashupatinath temple one of the most sacred Hindu shrine in the World. The holy river Bagmati and the burning ghats and also visit one of the oldest and biggest stupa of Boudhanath. Afternoon Sightseeing tour around

After lunch transfer to Nagarkot that lies 35 km east of the Kathmandu city located at the elevation of 7200 ft., which offers 200 miles panorama of the Himalayas of Mt. Everest in the east to Dhaulagiri in the west, Arrive Nagarkot, Hotel Check in. Watch the Sunset and Himalayan views. Overnight stay at Hotel Mystic Mountain/Club Himalaya or Similar.

Day 04: Nagarkot - Kathmandu - (B): Morning wake up call for sunrise and Himalayan views in Nagarkot. After Breakfast transfer to Kathmandu on the way back to Kathmandu visit Bhaktapur also known as city of Devotees and center of medieval art and architecture founded by King Anand Dev in 889 AD visit Nyatapola temple, the most beautiful temple of Nepal, the 15th century palace of 55 windows, Golden gate and other place of Interest.Overnight stay at Hotel Hyatt Regency or Dwarika's Kathmandu or Similar.

Day 05: Kathmandu-Lhasa - (B): Fly with China South West airlines (Depart KTM at 0950 hours). Arrive Gongar airport at 1340 hours and drive to Lhasa (96km). Check in hotel and free time for acclimatization. Over night at Hotel St. Regis/Shangrila or Similar

Day 06: Lhasa - (B): AM visit Potala Palace, PM visit Sera Monastery and Norbulinka. Over night at Hotel Hotel St. Regis/Shangrila or Similar

Day 07: Lhasa - (B): AM visit Drepung Monastery, PM visit Jorkhang Temple & Barkhor street Over night at Hotel St. Regis/Shangrila or Similar

Day 08: Lhasa-Tsetang - (B): Morning drive to Tsetang and visit Samye Monastery en route, afternoon visit Yumbulakhang Palace & Trandduk Monastery in Tsetang, Over night at Hotel Tsedang Yarlung or Similar

Day 09: Lhasa-Kathmandu - (B): Early morning transfer to Gonggar airport and fly to Kathmandu.Overnight stay at Hotel Hyatt Regency or Dwarika's Kathmandu or Similar.

Day 10: Departure- (B):Trip ends ! fly back home, taking with you the memory of a life time.

 

Cost Inclusive:

  • All private transport..
  • All Sight seeing in Nepal and Tibet with entrance fee.
  • All Hotels in Nepal and Tibet with Breakfast.
  • An English Speaking Guide.
  • Tibet Visa / Permit fee. (If American and Canadian Passport Holder extra US$ 90.00 Per person).
  • Kathmandu-Lhasa-Kathmandu Flight ticket.

Cost Exclusive:

  • Your Travel Insurance
  • International Airport Tax (If any).
  • International Airfare (Country to Nepal).
  • Items of a personal nature like postage and laundry
  • Tips.
  • Meals except breakfast.
  • All expenses of personal nature,
  • Nepal visa fee, Charge for photography.
  • Air ticket reconfirmation fee, Insurance, Emergency evacuation.
  • Other fees due to nature.

By the law of the People’s Republic of China, in addition to China visa, foreigners also need Tibet Travel Permit (Tibet Travel bureau) to be able to board a train or plane to Lhasa. For this, you need to pre-arrange an itinerary through a legal travel agency in Lhasa before arriving in Tibet.

You need travel permits to travel outside Lhasa Prefecture, eg. Alien's Travel Permit & Military Permit and you can currently only get these by hiring transportation and a guide as part of your itinerary.

If you plan to enter Tibet from Nepal, besides all the Tibet Permits, you will have to travel on China Group Visa which can only be obtained through the joined effect of travel agencies in Lhasa and Kathmandu.

Here at Adventure Treks Nepal, a Kathmandu based local travel and trekking agency, with all the advantage of a local company, we provide you with a worry-free Tibet travel experience by taking care of all these permits applications.

What We Need to Apply TTB

We need the following documents & information from each and every traveler to obtain Tibet Travel Permit (Tibet Travel bureau). The time needed to apply for it changes irregularly. But we usually need at least 16 days prior to file the application with these documents &. Information. Tibet Tourism Bureau will issue TTB permit about 7 days or so prior tour starting date.

* Colour-scan/photo of valid passport photo page
* Colour-scan/photo of valid China visa page
(Except L Visa, tourist visa, any other types of China Visa need additional stamped paper in Mandarin from your school/company in China, in which your name, passport No., position, company add should be stated.)
*From which city of China you plan to enter Tibet;

Of which city of China you plan to depart to after your Tibet tour

(please be aware, entering/departing city will be print on your permit, once issued it would be the only city you be able to enter/depart. takes extra time & fee if later you want to change it).
* Job occupation. If currently unemployed or retired, pls let us know your former job.
(journalists, government officers, and professional film/photography team, etc. won't be able to travel Tibet through travel agency).

Tibet Travel Permit (TTB)

A Tibet Travel bureau permit is currently required to get into Tibet. Without one, you will not be able to board a flight or train to Tibet and will not be able to secure the other permits you need to continue traveling throughout Tibet.

Nowadays you can only get a TTB permit through a tour agency in Tibet (agencies outside Tibet can arrange trips, but ultimately they subcontract to travel agencies in Lhasa, such as Great Tibet Tour). You can no longer travel to Lhasa, meet up with some travelers and organize a tour there. Everything must now be arranged beforehand, including any trekking itinerary you have planned.

To get a permit you need to:

* Work out an itinerary detailing exactly where you want to go in Tibet
* Agree with a price and send a deposit
* Send us documents & info we needed to apply for TTB permit
* Arrange an address in your entering city before Tibet (eg. hotel), to receive your posted TTB permit, if flying to Lhasa

You can book your own train or air ticket to Lhasa or have Adventure Treks Nepal or (Our agents in Lhasa) arrange this for you.

You need to have the original TTB permit in your hands in order to board a flight to Lhasa. Mostly we arrange TTB permit to post to your hotel of your entry city in China by S.F Express, usually, takes about 2-3 days.

A photocopy or scan of an original TTB permit is currently all that is required to board a train to Tibet.

Notes:

* Chinese resident of Hong Kong & Macau does not require a TTB permit to enter Tibet.
* Taiwanese need to consult us case-by-case since the rules change often.
* Foreigners visitor on business/study/resident visa in China need additional docs to apply for TTB permit
* Journalists and embassy staff won't be able to get a TTB permit as a tourist

What TTB Looks Like

TTB Permit usually combined with two pages.

On Page 01, it states your tour details, such as your travel agency’s name, your tour number, when you first arrive in Tibet, when you depart entry and departing city, etc. but above all, check the Permit No. on the upper right corner which is printed in red by Tibet Tourism Bureau.

On Page 02, you will see your name (printed in Chinese way, family name + given name)/ nationality/ gender / passport No. / Profession / date of birth.

Other Permits: Alien's Travel Permit & Military Permit

With TTB permit you will be able to enter Tibet and travel Lhasa and around. But if you were to go further to the regional capital, eg. Mt Everest, etc., you will have to budget an hour or so in Shigatse for your guide to process the Alien Travel Permit, which is issued by the Public Security Bureau PSB). Usually, you can apply for it once you arrive at Lhasa. Sensitive border areas – such as Mt Kailash, the road to Kashgar and the Nyingtri region of eastern Tibet - also require a Military Permit.

You should give your agency 20-day or so to arrange all you permit 30-day if Military Permit. The authorities generally won't issue permits more than 15-day in advance and certain areas can close without warning, so you’ll need certain flexibility if headed off the beaten track

Alien's Travel Permit

In addition to TTB permit, if you were to visit certain areas, Alien's Travel Permit will be required. Unlike TTB permit which will be applied in advance without your original passport, Alien's Travel Permit will be applied after your arrival in Tibet with your original passport.

Areas require Alien's Travel Permit:

Tsetang: All the places you will visit such as Samye, Yumbulhagang, Trundruk etc.
Shigates: Sakya, Mt. Everest, Rongbuk Monastery
Gyantse: Pelkhor Chode Monastery, Kubum Stupa
Ngari: All the places you will visit such as Mt. Kailash, Lake Manasorovar etc.
Nyingtri: All the places you will visit such as Draksumtso, Pomi etc.
Chamdo: All the places you will visit such as Chamdo, Riwoche etc.

Military Permit

Military Permission is required if you want to visit the border areas such as Mt Kailash, eastern Tibet, or overland tour to Tibet from Sichuan, Yunnan, Xinjiang and Qinghai.
Areas require Military Permit:

Ngari: All the places you will visit such as Mt. Kailash, Lake Manasorovar etc.
Nyingtri: All the places you will visit such as Pomi etc.
Chamdo: All the places you will visit such as Chamdo, Riwoche etc.
Overland from/to Sichuan, Yunnan, Xinjiang or Qinghai.


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