Nepal and Tibet
A route that develops between the mythical Himalayan countries, Tibet and Nepal, from both naturalistic connotations, for the spectacle of the highest mountains in the world, and spiritual, to the mysticism of places visited. The movements are done through high passes of the Himalayas. From Kathmandu, it follows a circular route to the discovery of the Nepalese and Tibetan cultures, through high mountain areas at high altitudes, small villages of shepherds, flocks of sheep and yaks, monasteries.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrival at the airport in Kathmandu and meet our staff. Transfer to the hotel. Visit the historic center of Kathmandu, at 1330 meters above sea level, founded in the tenth century by King Gunakamadeva, including OA Palace Square from the pagoda temples and Kumari Ghar, where he lives the "child goddess", considered the incarnation of the goddess Kali . Climb to the stupa of Swayambhunath, the monkey temple, about 2,500 years ago, one of the holiest places of buddismo.Cena and overnight stay.
Day 02: Kathmandu
Breakfast and visit the Buddhist stupa of Bodnath, 36 meters high, a symbol of Kathmandu and UNESCO patrimony. Visit Pashupatinath, a UNESCO heritage site, the most important Hindu temple in Nepal, dedicated to Shiva, Baghmati along the river, a place of rituals and cremations. Entrance to the sacred area only open to Hindus. In the afternoon, visit to the medieval city of Badghaon, UNESCO heritage capital until the second half of the fifteenth century, with Durbar Square where you will find the Palace of 55 windows of 1427 AD which is accessed from the "Golden Gate". The area, in Newari style, has pagoda temples, including the famous Nyatapola, five floors in Nepalese style, from 1702 A.D. Visit the Tachupa Square with carving workshops of wood and Potters' Square. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 03: Kathmandu / Lhasa (by flight)
In the morning, flight to Lhasa. Lunch on board. Upon arrival transfer to hotel. The afternoon is dedicated to rest and acclimatization. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 04: Lhasa
In the morning excursion to the Drepung Monastery, the largest Tibetan and still important today study center. Of 1416, the monastery, at 4,000 meters high, is the first of the three main monasteries of the Buddhist school Gelugpa or Yellow Hat, the branch of the most followed Buddhism in the country. Here he lived the Dalai Lama before reconstruction of Potala Palace by the Fifth Dalai Lama in 1645 and 1694. Since 1982 Drepung's national cultural heritage. In the afternoon visit of the Buddhist temple of Jokhang, in the eighth century, the most important of Lhasa, where pilgrims perform the "kora", before entering to make devotion to the Buddha statue. Visit the traditional Tibetan Barkhor market. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 05: Lhasa
Breakfast and visit the Potala, the symbol of the Lamaist power, former residence of the Dalai Lama until the 14th Dalai Lama fled to Dharamsala, India, after the Chinese invasion and the failed uprising of 1959. Visit the Evening Gelug monastery of 1419, where monks reproduced the sacred Tibetan texts. Visit the Norbulinka monastery of the sixteenth century, which was the summer residence of the eighth Dalai Lama until 1950, the date of his exile. The building is 3 km from Potala: both are UNESCO heritage. Dinner with local dances and overnight stay.
Day 06: Lhasa / Gyantse (259 km, 8 hours)
Drive to the Tsangpo in Chusul, to climb up Kampa La (4,794 m) with an extraordinary view of the azure waters of Lake Yamdrok Tso (4450 m). Descent to the monastery of Samding, at 4,423 mt. in height, to admire a breathtaking view of the lake. It dates from the pass of Karo La (5,010 m), surrounded by spectacularly Ralung Ri (6,236 m) and Nozing Khang Sa (7,223 m). Arrival in Gyantse (3900 m) a control center time of the caravans heading to Bhutan and Sikkim, and now the third largest city in Tibet, at 3,977 meters above sea level. Overnight at hotel.
Day 07: Gyantse / Shigatse (93 km, 3 hours)
Breakfast and tour of the stupa Kumbum, in 1427, 35 meters high, with the gold dome, a masterpiece pyramid on nine levels. The stupa welcomes murals (Kumbum means "10,000 images.), Statues and chapels that pilgrims visiting, from bottom to top, clockwise. Afternoon drive to Shigatse (3900 m, 90 km), with a detour to the monastery of Shalu, an ancient center of learning and academic training with wonderful frescoes. Arrival in Shigatse and visit the magnificent monastery Tashilumpo, founded by the first Dalai Lama in 1447 and the historical seat of the Panchen Lama. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 08: Shigatse / Sakya / Shegar (245 km, 8 hours)
Breakfast and visit to the 1153 Nartang monastery which preserves wood engraved plates used for printing the various religious books; visit the Sakya Monastery, built between 1268 and 1365, which houses a huge collection of Tibetan Buddhist scriptures, murals and thangkas, a prayer room, high wooden columns, statues with gold. Through the pass of Gyatso La (5220 m) you enter the Himalayas and along a spectacular route on the Friendship Highway, you get to Shegar (4300 m). Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 09: Shegar / Zangmu (250 km, 8 hours)
Breakfast and visit the Dzong Shegar and continuing through the steps of Lalung La (4900 m) and Tang La (5050 m) framed by the spectacular peaks of the 8000 most popular, the 'Everest, Cho Oyu and Shisha Pangma, visible if the weather permits. Descent towards the village of Nyalam (3750 mt.) And Zhangmu (2400 m), and visit the cave and the monastery where the poet Milarepa hermit. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 10: Zangum / Kathmandu (145 km, 3 hours)
Customs clearance to enter Nepal and continue to Kathmandu, Nepal through the tropical forest. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 11: Kathmandu
Free time. Afternoon visit Patan, the oldest of the royal cities of the valley; the Durbar Square area, ancient center of the Malla power, is one of seven monumental areas of the Kathmandu Valley UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is believed that the city was built in the third century BC by Kirat dynasty, later enlarged by Lichhavis dynasty in the 6th century A.D. and the Malla dynasty in the medieval period. Patan is a Hindu and Buddhist cultural center, full of religious art, temples and monasteries. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 12: Kathmandu / Italy
Transfer to the international airport to board the flight to return home.
We inform you that all our trips may be changed, if required, according to your needs!