Himalayan Adventure - Tibet to Nepal
From $6,570 - 22 Days, Fully Inclusive from selected Australian cities
This incredible tour is designed to bring out the adventurer in you. It will be challenging but the rewards will be worth the effort. Starting in Chengdu, China, visit the famous Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding and the Grand Buddha of Leshan, which is sure to astound you. You will see mystical temples in Tibet before your journey becomes more adventurous as you travel to Mt. Everest Base Camp.
Cross the border into Nepal, where the scenery and landscape changes dramatically. Kathmandu is a fascinating city, like an open-air museum with mediaeval temples, palaces and shrines. From the stark dry lands of Tibet to the fertile lands of Nepal, this journey offers so much variation that will surely delight you.
DAYS 1-2: AUSTRALIA TO CHENGDU
Fly overnight with Singapore Airlines to Chengdu for a two night stay.
DAY 3: CHENGDU – LESHAN
Enjoy a morning visit to the famous Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to see these famous animals in an environment similar to their natural habitat. Later, travel to Leshan to view the Grand Buddha, carved from Lingyun Mountain. The Buddha is over 71m tall and is wide enough for more than 100 people to sit between its feet.
DAY 4: CHENGDU TO LHASA
Fly to Lhasa, the capital and spiritual home of Tibet. This afternoon is free at your leisure to help you acclimatise to the higher altitude.
DAY 5: LHASA
Visit the Jokhang Temple, which is the most sacred and spiritual in all of Tibet. Afterwards, wander among the pilgrims at the colourful mediaeval Barkhor Markets and visit the Sera Monastery, named after the wild roses that bloom nearby.
DAY 6: LHASA
Explore the Potala Palace, known as the ‘Crown Jewel of Tibet’. The palace consists of hundreds of rooms filled with intricate shrines and frescoes and is the official winter residence of the Dalai Lama.
DAY 7: LHASA TO SHIGATSE
Leave Lhasa for Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. En route you will stop at Gyantse to see the famous Gyantse Kumbum.
DAY 8: SHIGATSE TO NEW TINGRI
Visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery, the seat of the Panchen Lama. Built in 1447, the monastery once housed over 4,000 monks, however, it is now only home to several hundred monks. From here you will drive to New Tingri.
DAY 9: NEW TINGRI – MT. EVEREST BASE CAMP
Rise early and cross the Gue La and enjoy the panoramic views of the eastern Himalaya. Continue your drive to Pasum where you will visit the monastic village of Rongbuk and enjoy an excursion to Mt. Everest Base Camp. While here, there will be plenty of opportunities for photographs at the site (weather permitting).
DAY 10: NEW TINGRI TO ZHANGMU
You will have another early morning as you continue your drive to Bhaktapur via Nyalam and Zhangmu. From Nyalam, the transition from the high, dry and wild Tibetan plateau, to Nepal’s green hills is breathtaking, twisting through steep and narrow gorges.
DAY 11: ZHANGMU TO BHAKTAPUR VIA DHULIKHEL
Drive to Bhaktapur, crossing the Friendship Bridge. After clearing customs and immigration, bid farewell to your Chinese guide as you are greeted by your Nepalese guide and transferred to Bhaktapur. Stop in Dhulikhel en route to see the traditional Nuwari houses and browse the local market.
DAY 12: BHAKTAPUR
Explore the 9th-century-built town of Bhaktapur, including the Golden Gate at the Palace of 55 Windows and the small village of Thimi. Tour the UNESCO World Heritage listed temple of Changu Narayan, the oldest temple in the valley dedicated to Lord Vishnu, ‘the preserver’.
DAY 13: BHAKTAPUR TO POKHARA
Drive to Pokhara. Upon arrival tour this small town and view the scenery of the Himalaya.
DAY 14: POKHARA
Visit the International Mountain Museum. Later, enjoy a boat ride on Phewa Lake.
DAY 15: POKHARA TO CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK
Rise early and visit a Hindu temple before departing for Chitwan National Park, among the most popular attractions in Nepal and one of the last refuges to the One-Horned Rhino. Enjoy an afternoon safari and attend a briefing about the national park and the activities on offer.
DAY 16: CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK
Enjoy a day at Chitwan National Park with its comprehensive programme of activities, including elephant bathing, safaris, jungle walks and bird watching.
DAY 17: CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK TO DAMAN
This morning leave Chitwan National Park and drive to Daman. You will have free time at your leisure to explore this wonderful hillside town.
DAY 18: DAMAN TO KATHMANDU
Depart Daman and travel to Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal which is surrounded by four major mountains. Once in Kathmandu the remainder of the day is free at your leisure.
DAY 19: KATHMANDU – PATAN
Visit Patan, the second largest city in Nepal, known for its rich tradition of art. See the UNESCO World Heritage listed former Royal Palace as well as Patan’s Durbar Square. Return to Kathmandu and tour the Bodhnath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple.
DAY 20: KATHMANDU
Enjoy a tour around Kathmandu, visiting Swayambhunath Temple, also known as the monkey temple, followed by Kathmandu’s Durbar Square, the Kumari Temple and Thamel Market, a popular place for tourists.
DAY 21: DEPART KATHMANDU
You will be transferred to Kathmandu airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.
DAY 22: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA
Arrive home today.
Wendy Wu Tours Review:
"What a great experience in such a different world to the one we live in. A real adventure, sometimes a little taxing due to the varying conditions encountered, made it an incredible 3 weeks to see and experience the culture in both Tibet and Nepal. Overall a really enjoyable trip and I’d have no hesitation in recommending Wendy Wu to anyone."
Brian Killingsworth, VICTORIA - April 2011
Important Note: Above prices include airline fuel surcharge of $532 and tipping of $138 (correct as at May 2013 and subject to change). Please note the tipping amount of US$138 (AU$138) is payable on arrival in China. Though status is regularly updated, availability above is indicative only, not live and hence does not guarantee that space is available on your selected tour when you or your agent calls Wendy Wu Tours to book. Booking early is the only way to ensure availability of your selected departure date.
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