36 days Small Group Tours 27th Aug - 1st Oct 2017Register for 2018 via our enquiry form Tailor make this journey and make it yours

Price

$13,047 AUD per person

Single supplement – On request

 

Inclusions

  • Meet and greet service on arrival in Kathmandu
  • 35 nights accommodation (2 to 3 star hotels in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Lumbini,
  • Lhasa and Chitwan. Guest Houses in Shree Nagar, Bhaktapur, Syame, Namcho
  • Lake and Rongbuk. Resort in Kurintar.)
  • 35 Breakfasts, 18 Lunches, 18 Dinners
  • English speaking local guides
  • Equipment porter for trekking
  • All activities as per itinerary
  • Private transportation
  • Domestic flights Pokhara/Jomson/Pokhara – Kathmandu/Lhasa
  • Entrance fees, park fees and permits for Kathmandu, Chitwan and Lumbini
  • Special trekking permit for Mustang – ACAP permit and TIMS permit
  • Scrubba Wash Bag

Exclusions

  • International flights
  • Visas
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • All services, meals other than those indicated above
  • Personal porters
  • Any changes to the proposed and confirmed program.
  • All items of a personal nature e.g. drinks, laundry, telephone calls, tips etc

The elemental beauty of the Himalayas and Nepal conjure images of glittering turquoise lakes, jagged snow-capped peaks. Quaint and humble teahouses and shaggy yaks alongside smiling toothless grins. The whir of prayer wheels, maroon robed monks shuffling silently through the streets.

The remote Kingdom of Mustang, a region so closely preserved that it only allows a select number of trekkers each year to experience its traditional Tibetan Buddhist culture. Discover whitewashed villages and crumbling remote hermitages. White chortens and nomadic tents scattered throughout barely fields, vivid prayer flags flapping over mountain passes. Simple monasteries clinging desperately to rocky cliffs. The landscape changing dramatically from piercing snowy peaks to lush meadows. From sapphire lakes to arid plains and rocky shelves.

Explore the roof of the world showcasing Tibet’s breathtaking views of the world’s highest mountains. Home to some of the warmest people in the world, and the jaw dropping north face of Mount Everest. Join us on our Epic Himalayan adventure for unforgettable journey of mind blowing experiences and memories.

Day 1 - Arrive Kathmandu

Welcome to the buzzing city of Kathmandu! Stepping off the plane is an adrenaline rush in itself for many people. Your eyes darting from left to right, not wanting o miss any of the action, your ears ringing with the whirring sounds of Himalayan mountain life and the aromas assaulting your senses. You will be met upon arrival at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is yours at leisure to trundle through narrow winding streets or hop in a rickshaw and explore. This evening, a pre tour meeting will take place where you will meet your fellow travellers and receive a briefing on your tour. Documents will be collected this evening, so please ensure you have a copy of your passports, travel insurance and at least four passport photos.

Overnight Kathmandu

Day 2 – Kathmandu

Following breakfast this morning, you will be met before commencing your city tour of the enchanting city of Kathmandu. Kathmandu for many is exhilarating, intoxicating and exhausting. Exploring the main highlights including a visit to Bauddhanath Stupa which is one of the largest stupas in the world. Discover Pashupatinath, the holiest temple of Lord Shiva, the Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) and Durbar Square. Many travellers are surprised by the sheer number of temples surrounding the square, and the two adjoining squares, some dating back to the 12th century. (B)

Overnight Kathmandu

Day 3 – Pokhara

This morning after breakfast, you travel by private vehicle to Pokhara. If the weather is clear, the scenery through the country side will not disappoint. Showcasing you with some of the most beautiful Himalayan landscapes, this drive will get you excited for the beauty that is to come.

Upon arrival, you will head to Fewa Lake, the second largest lake in Nepal, where you will spend the afternoon on a boating excursion. As the sun starts to dip, head back to the lakeside for a magical evening. (B)

Overnight Pokhara

Day 4 – Pokhara to Jomsom - Trek to Kagbeni

An early start this morning as you fly from Pokhara to Jomson. This flight will provide spectacular scenery if the weather is clear as you fly between Annapurna (8,055m) and Dhaulagiri (8,146m). Upon arrival in Jomsom, you will meet your porters and begin your hike to the beautiful village of Kagbeni. This hike is just over 2.5hrs. Upon arrival, you will visit the traditional house of the monastery on the banks of the Kaligandari. (B,L,D)

Overnight Kaligandari

Day 5 – Enter Mustang - Trek via Chhuksang Village to Chele

Today, you will enter the restricted area of Upper Mustang. Trek through the river valley using a combination of the high trail and the riverbank pathways. The trail widens significantly revealing an endless stretch of sand on the west bank of the river. Chhuksang village (2,980m) is a beautiful place with white washed houses and agriculture fields with little rain but fertile soil. Your trek continues on as you reach a huge red chunk of conglomerate that has fallen from the cliffs above, forming a tunnel through which the river flows. The trail then leaves the valley and climbs steeply up to the village of Chele where you will overnight. (B,L,D)

Overnight Chele

Day 6 – Trek Chele to Shyangmochen

This morning after a good night’s rest, you start ascending to Samar as the trail climbs up to the Bhena La (3,840m) before reaching another pass, Yamdo La (4,010m). From here, spectacular views of Tilicho Peak, Yakawa Kang, Nilgiri and Damodar Danda can be seen. You then descend steeply following along a ridge to the small village Shyangmochen.  (B,L,D)

Overnight Shyangmochen

Day 7 – Trek Shyangmochen via Nyi La Pass to Ghame

Today is a short walking day to Ghame. You start gently ascending to Yamda la (3,850m) and reach Gheling which is home to Tibetan influenced houses, before dipping into the lap of Nyi La hill. There are also Buddhist chortens and a monastery to explore. Continue your climb to the Nyi La pass from where you can see a magnificent landscape of the blue, grey and red colours of the surrounding mountains and Himalayan views of Tilicho, Annapurna,  Nilgiri. In the background, you can see Bhrikuti Peak peering through. Your descent will bring you into the large village of Ghame. (B,L,D)

Overnight Ghame

Day 8 – Trek Ghame to Charang - Visit Red Gompa

As you start your days hiking, you will cross the Ghame khola, located along the side of the longest Mani wall (a secret stone wall in Buddhism) in Mustang. As you ascend through the scenic landscape, you will reach Choya La (3,850m). A gentle descent will bring you into another significant village, Tsharang. Visit the Red Gompa which is one of the most famous gompas in Mustang where you can observe collections of statues, painting and thankas. (B,L,D)

Overnight Charang

Day 9 – Trek Charang via Lola Top to Lo Manthang

This is going to be an amazing day as you reach Lo-Manthang. Ascend gently through the rocky trail and to Tholung Valley.  Continue climbing before you reach Lola Top (3,860m) from where you can see the walled city of Lo Manthang and the spectacular view of the landscape with the far hill being the Tibetan boarder. (B,L,D)

Overnight Lo Manthang

Day 10 – Lo Manthang

Following breakfast this morning, explore the amazing sites of Lo Manthang which will include the Raja’s Palace, the Red Thubchen Gompa, and the Jampa Lhakhang, Choprang gompa and Chodey gompa. (B,L,D)

Overnight Lo Manthang

Day 11 –Trek to Northwest Valley to Namgyal Gompa, Tingkhar Village

Start todays hiking after breakfast. If you are feeling tired or would simply like an alternative to trekking, today it is also possible to hire a horse to ride instead. Explore Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar village located in the northwest of Lo Mangthang.  Namgyal Gompa is highly respected by the local Buddhist communities. Located in the mini hillock, this gompa offers fantastic views of the surrounding valley and villages. Continue hiking to Tingkhar village which is the last large village on the northwest side of Lo Mangthang. Spend time discovering these beautiful villages and watching the slow paced life of the locals before returning to Lo Manthang. (B,L,D)

Overnight Lo Manthang

Day 12 – Trek Lo Manthang to Ghami via Chogo La

Today you ascend through the high route as you continue exploring and hiking the remote trails of Mustang. The trail climbs a ridge at 4,070m, crossing alpine meadows and continues ascending to the Chogo La (4,325m) which is also a highest point on your tour. Descend to Ghar Gomba Monastery via Lo-Geker to reach Ghami where you will overnight. (B,L,D)

Overnight Ghami

Day 13 – Trek Ghami to Samar

Returning back through the trail you ascended, you will enjoy hiking through the remote villages with Tibetan style houses, across open plateaus, and natural vegetation. Pass mani walls, chortens, prayer flags and with the mighty Nilgiri Mountain in the background. (B,L,D)

Overnight Samar

Day 14 – Trek Samar to Kagbeni

A bit of a steep hike today as you start descending towards the Kaligandaki Valley. Here the path can become windy as you make your way into Kagbeni. (B,L,D)

Overnight Kagbeni

Day 15 – Trek Kagbeni to Jomsom

Trek back to Jomsom today where you will have your last night on the mountain. Celebrate your achievement of hiking through the Kingdom of Mustang with your crew. (B,L,D)

Overnight Jomsom

Day 16 – Pokhara

This morning following breakfast, you will fly from Jomsom to Pokhara. Spend the day hiking to the World Peace Stupa, Shiva Cave and David Falls. For those of you keen on mountaineering, be sure to leave time to explore the International Mountaineering Museum. (B)

Overnight Pokhara

Day 17 – Shree Nagar

Following breakfast, you begin your four hour drive through the beautiful countryside to Palpa, an ancient traditional village rich in heritage and culture. Continue driving to Shree Nagar Hill Station. From here you can see far off to the horizon backed by views of the snow-capped Himalayan peaks. (B,L,D)

Overnight Shree Nagar

Day 18 – Shree Nagar

Spend the day exploring the quaint villages around Palpa and Shree Nagar. Today is a great opportunity to really mix with the locals and see how they live life in the mountains. (B,L,D)

Overnight Shree Nagar

Day 19 – Lumbini

Today, you drive to Lumbini, the birth place of Lord Buddha. The drive is an hour and half and upon arrival, you will visit the monastery and the Lumbini Gardens where the Lord Buddha was born. (B,L,D)

Overnight Lumbini

Day 20 – Chitwan National Park

After breakfast, you will make your way to Chitwan National Park. Upon arrival, enjoy some refreshments, before having lunch and learning of the activities on offer here. After lunch, you will visit Tharu village and the National Park’s visitor’s centre. Enjoy the sunset view from the riverbank. This evening, enjoy a traditional tharu dancing (native people) program or spend time watching a slide show on wildlife you may spot here in the park. (B,L,D)

Overnight Chitwan National Park

Day 21 – Chitwan National Park

Following breakfast, enjoy a dugout canoe trip followed by a nature walk or visit the Elephant Breeding farm. Before lunch, participate in bathing the elephants. After lunch, spend your afternoon on an elephant back safari. (B,L,D)

Overnight Chitwan National Park

Day 22 – Chitwan National Park

Today is a day of park based activities including a 4X4 jeep safari. Keep your eyes peeled for tigers, leopards and other elusive wildlife. (B,L,D)

Overnight Chitwan National Park

Day 23 – Kurintar

This morning you drive for an hour and half to Kurintar Spring Resort. Enjoy soaking in the spring water pools and taking in the unique surrounding environment. If you are interested, why not visit the village nearby. (B)

Overnight Kurintar

Day 24 – Bhaktapur

A beautiful scenic drive today as you take the highway to Bhaktapur. Spend the night in Bhaktapur Durbar Squire which is great place to witness local works of art, architecture, a rich unique local culture and traditional heritage. (B)

Overnight in Bhaktapur

Day 25 – Syame

This morning, you will be met and transferred to Kathmandu airport for the spectacular hour long flight to Tibet. Fly over the magnificent Himalayan ranges providing you with dramatic mountain views the entire way. Upon arrival into Tibet, you will be met and transferred to Syame. (B)

Overnight Syame

Day 26 – Lhasa

Following breakfast, spend your morning exploring the stunning city of Syame in the morning including a visit to Syame Monastery which is located on the north bank of the Yarlung Tsangpo River. Sitting amongst open farmlands, this monastery was founded in 770AD by Guru Rimpoche. After this you visit the Chim Phu Caves, which is just above the monastery. These caves were used as retreats for meditation. Continuing on, you visit the beautiful Yambulakhang Palace and Yarlung River Valley. Later in the day, you drive onto Lhasa. (B)

Overnight Lhasa

Day 27 – Lhasa

Today your local guide will lead you through several of Lhasa’s many monasteries. The first one you will visit is Sera Monastery, a fifteenth century sprawl of golden roofs and whitewashed walls. This well preserved monastery is located just a few miles north of Lhasa and is home to several hundred monks. In the afternoon, you will visit the Summer Palace of the Dalai Lama, Norbulingka, as well as the Jokhang Temple. This temple is the most revered shrine in all of Tibet and is constantly bustling with devout worshippers. You will also be given the opportunity to shop in Barkor, the crowded central market of Lhasa. (B)

Overnight Lhasa

Day 28 – Lhasa

A trip to Tibet would not be complete without experiencing the Potala Palace. This palace is Lhasa’s cardinal landmark and is a wonder of eastern architecture. Your first sight of this massive structure will be a magical moment remembered for years to come. It has been a palace since the fifth or sixth century and was once home to the Dalai Lama. This truly amazing day will end with a visit to the Drepung Monastery. Once the world’s largest monastery, housing 10,000 monks, Drepung Monastery lies hidden in rocky ridges just beyond the city. Surprisingly much of the building was left untouched throughout the Cultural Revolution. (B)

Overnight Lhasa

Day 29 – Namtso Lake

After breakfast  this morning, you will start your four hour drive to Namtso Lake. Situated at the height of 4,718m, this is a world’s highest salt water lake. The views from here are simply spectacular as you take in the surround panoramic beauty of the lake and great surrounding Himalayan ranges. (B)

Overnight Namtso Lake

Day 30 – Gyantse

The breathtaking views and truly amazing scenery continue as you head southwest, weaving through many magnificent valleys and exquisite Tibetan villages bursting with traditional untouched mountain life. The day will finish in the town of Gyantse. You will spend the night in a hotel in this historical city. (B)

Overnight Gyantse

Day 31 – Xigatse

First thing in the morning you will visit Gyantse Dzong. This fort dates back to the fourteenth century and offers some of the most amazing views of Gyantse and the surrounding valley. Before leaving you will also visit the famed Gyantse Kumbum. This magnificent tiered structure is the largest stupa in all of Tibet. If the exquisite gold dome is not enough, this stupa is packed with Tibetan sculptures and paintings.

The drive today is only 90km and takes us to the second largest city in Tibet. Shigatse is a laid back city that provides an excellent opportunity for both relaxation and exploration. As a group we will explore the local market and the Tahilhumpo Monastery. Tahilhumpo Monastery is one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet and was able to last through the Cultural Revolution nearly unscathed. It is a great pleasure to spend some time exploring the busy cobbled lanes twisting around these ancient buildings. (B)

Overnight Xigatse

Day 32 – Shegar

The views of this desert plateau provide for wondrous entertainment as you travel along the Friendship Highway. This stretch is some of the most spectacular landscape in Tibet. After passing through the small town of Lhatse we will cross Gyatmso La, the highest pass on our journey. The land quickly descends to plains after Gyatmso La. Whilst traveling through the plains, you will see many nomadic herders, quiet countryside life and secluded monasteries.  (B)

Overnight Shegar

Day 33 – Rongbuk (Everest Base Camp Excursion)

After leaving Shegar you will travel only a short distance before turning off the Friendship Highway. Your four wheel drive vehicles will take you south towards the main Himalayan range while passing over Pang La. The view from the top of Pang La is truly stunning. One is able to see all the way from Makalu to Shishapangma. In the afternoon you will descend into the Rongbuk Valley and Everest will jump quickly into view. This is your first chance to catch a glimpse of this awe-inspiring mountain.

Everest Base Camp Excursion (5090m) – If you would like to trek instead of drive you can trek for two hours to Rongbuk Monastery. This will lead you to the base of the highest peak on earth – The North Face Of Mount Everest (8848m.) Or Mount Quomolangma in Tibetan. Explore the Base Camp and catch sight of the Rongbuk glacier. (B)

Overnight Rongbuk

Day 34 –Zhangmu

Today you drive back from Tingri and cross Lalung La and Shung La, two more incredible passes. The views from these passes are breathtaking once again. While standing on these passes one is surrounded by grandiose mountains such as Shishpangma, Cho Oyu, Gauri Shankar, and more.  In the afternoon, drive downhill to Nyalam.  You begin descending from the arid Tibetan plateau to the small town of Zhangmu. (B)

Overnight Zhangmu

Day 35 – Kodari to Kathmandu

Following breakfast, the drive continues downhill from Zhangmu to The Friendship Bridge where your transportation awaits you as you head to the Nepalese border. The Friendship Bridge lies at the Border of China and Nepal and is only a few kilometres from Zhangmu. It spans the impressive Bhote Koshi River. It is time to say goodbye to your Tibetan guide and driver at this point. Our Nepalese staff will meet you at the immigration control in Kodari and help with all the re-entry formalities. The city of Kathmandu, lies four hours to the south. (B)

Overnight Kodari

Day 36 – Departure

Enjoy one last breakfast in your hotel in Nepal before you are transferred to the airport for your onwards flight. It is time to say goodbye to your fellow travellers and reflect on one of the most experiences of your travelling life.  (B)