Kathmandu Lhasa Tour - 7 Days

Kathmandu, the city of temples, and Lhasa the highest city of the world are worth visiting from the perspective of an explorer; Kathmandu’s temples, stupas, and squares reflect traditions of Kathmandulites (people living in Kathmandu), and in the thinly populated regions of Lhasa, you put your steps only to gaze at their distinctive and impressive landscapes for a long time. These remote regions are untouched, beautiful, and splendid, completely different from your city and lush green villages that you have seen, stayed and visited in your life. Gulp all these by booking Kathmandu Lhasa Tour, the best way to reach the two interesting places of the world one by one through the tour.

For many tourists, from a reachable distance, that is, from the other side of the Bagmati River, whose width is not that much, Pashupatinath is so near and has always been a medium to study Hindu cultures, as well as, to study Hindu religion to some extent, for examples, you see the sadhus, a highlight of the Hindu religion, meditating by the river with or without any clothes, and not far off from them, you see the Hindu pilgrims worshipping the statues of gods and goddesses, including the relatives of the dead mourning and crying, as they burn the body in a pile of woods, and besides all these, you also see other Hindus performing rituals, puja, and following the rules and regulations of their religions, supervised by pundits, who chant the mantras, so that the participants could have successful life, wealthier life, and happier life.

Flying to Lhasa is rewarding in terms of the picturesque view of the world’s highest peaks, and no less is the sightseeing of Lhasa that includes the Sera Monastery that has a golden roof. You also visit Norbulingka, the summer palace of Dalai Lama, and you also visit Jokhang Temple, the most sacred shrine of Tibet. In addition to these, you visit the Potala Palace, which used to be the seat of Dalai Lama.

Day 1

Arrival at Tribuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (1,345 m). Stay overnight at a hotel.

Day 2

Meeting and sightseeing around the Kathmandu valley. Stay overnight at a hotel.

Day 3

Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa (3660 m)

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Day 4

Guided sightseeing in Lhasa. Stay overnight at a hotel.

Day 5

Second day guided sightseeing in Lhasa. Stay overnight at a hotel.

Day 6

Fly from Lhasa to Kathmandu. Stay overnight at a hotel.

Day 7

Transfer to Tribhuwan International Airport for departure.

Trip Highlights

  • Guided city tour in the Kathmandu valley
  • Scenic flights from Kathmandu – Lhasa – Kathmandu
  • Sera Monastery with a golden roof
  • Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama; Jokhang temple, the most sacred shrine of Tibet
  • Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in Nepal
  • Bhaktapur Durbar Square
  • The Lion Gate, the Golden Gate, the Palace, the art galleries, and the statue of King Bhupindra Malla.
  • Day 1Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal (1,345 m)

    The representative of Ace Holidays receives you at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. You see the representative displaying the signboard of Ace Holidays outside the airport terminal. You will be transferred to your respective hotel by the private vehicle of Ace Holidays. Before the tour, there is a meeting. In this meeting, you are requested to bring your passport, 3 passport sized photos and a readable copy of your travel insurance. Also in this meeting, you must clear all due balance, sign a legally binding trip form, and a non – liability disclaimer. In this meeting, you are also requested to ask any questions of your trip. It is also in this meeting that Ace Holidays gives you gifts, such as a Duffel Bag and a Cap. Stay overnight in a hotel in Kathmandu.

    Note: If you arrive late in the evening, you will be briefed about the trip by your guide at the hotel lobby.

  • Day 2Meeting and then Sightseeing in Kathmandu and Bhaktapur.

    After breakfast, a city guide will take you to Kathmandu and Bhaktapur for sightseeing. Stay overnight in a Hotel in Kathmandu (Breakfast Provided).

  • Day 3Fly to Lhasa.

    In the morning, you fly from Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu to Lhasa. This stunning flight takes you directly across the main Himalayan ranges, providing magnificent mountain views. After landing at Gonggar Airport and meeting your Tibetan guide, you will be driven to Lhasa. The remainder of the day is spent by resting and adjusting to Lhasa’s higher altitude. Stay overnight in a hotel (Breakfast Provided).

  • Day 4Sightseeing in Lhasa.

    You spend your day by visiting several monasteries of Lhasa, and you will be accompanied by a guide. One of these monasteries is Sera Monastery, the best-preserved monastery in Tibet. Several hundred monks live and study within its whitewashed walls and golden roofs. After lunch, you will visit the Norbulingka, the summer palace of 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 making their way through the complex. Surrounding the Jokhang is the Barkor, a maze of narrow cobbled streets that is the central market of Lhasa. Stay overnight in a hotel (Breakfast Provided).

  • Day 5Second Day Sightseeing of Lhasa.

    In the morning, you will visit spectacular Potala Palace, which is the main highlight of Lhasa. This palace served as the seat of Dalai Lama from the 17th century until 1959, and contains numerous grand staterooms and many important chapels. After lunch, you visit the Drepung Monastery, founded in the 14th century, and it was once the largest in the world with a population of around 10,000 monks. These days that figure is down to several hundreds, but there is still much at the monastery of interest, especially because it was left relatively unscathed during the Cultural Revolution. Stay overnight in a hotel (Breakfast Provided).

  • Day 6Fly from Lhasa to Kathmandu.

    In the morning drive to Gongar airport for a flight to Kathmandu. Stay overnight in a hotel in Kathmandu. (Breakfast Provided).

  • Day 7Transfer to Tribhuwan International Airport for Departure.

    Today is the last day of your trip because you are departing from Kathmandu. You will be picked up from the hotel and transferred to Tribhuwan International Airport on time.(Breakfast provided).

  • IMPORTANT NOTE

    During the trip, weather, local politics, transport or other factors, that are beyond Ace Holidays can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially changed. If changes are necessary, the guide will decide what is the best alternative for you. Taking this into consideration, as well as the best interests of the whole group, including a change, Ace Holidays will do everything to minimize the effects, but it cannot be responsible for the results, arising from changes or delays.

Arrival and Departure

Upon arrival in Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu, you see the guide holding the signboard of Ace Holidays, and your guide accompanies you from the airport to the hotel. Similarly, on the departure day, your guide accompanies you from the hotel to the airport.

Important Note: The local porters at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, may ask tip/money to you. PLEASE DO NOT GIVE ANY MONEY TO THEM, not even to the person, who is holding Ace Holidays' sign board. Begging is one of the harsh realities of this country, Ace Holidays believes that it should be discouraged. Ace Holidays will also not repay you if you give money to anyone at Tribhuwan International Airport.

Accommodation

Accommodation includes in shared rooms in Two Star Hotel in Kathmandu and Lhasa on bed and breakfast.

The Group Size

Minimum group size for this trip is 2 people and the maximum is 30 people, the average number is normally 10 people. Ace Holidays provides 1 lead guide, 1 assistant guide (if the group size is 10 or more).

Guides and Staffs Arrangements

Skilled, experienced, and helpful guides make your trip smooth. Ace Holidays carefully select these guides on the basis of their appropriate experience, skills and personal aptitudes. With an object of serving local communities, Ace Holidays only employs local staffs who have adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of their local regions. The trek, tour, and expedition leaders of Ace Holidays have undergone the following training:

-Intensive Wilderness First Aid
-Trekking Guide Training
-Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet
-English Language
-Conservation and Biodiversity
-Rock climbing, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (for expedition leaders)

Best Seasons

April to November

Giving to the Local Community

Ace Holidays works closely with local community and is one of the main supporters of Sambhav Nepal, a non-political and non-profit social organization. Ace Holidays also supports the remote villages of Gorkha and other parts of Nepal through donation, sponsorship programs and various projects.

Donation

Ace Holidays donates a percentage of its business profit on a yearly basis, and it also supports the ongoing maintenance cost of the local schools and community-based schools of the Gorkha District.

Sponsorship

One of the major activities of the Sambhav Nepal is the children sponsorship program, which is conducted in full collaboration with Ace Holidays.

Partnership for Volunteering Program

The Arupokhari Volunteer Program, devised by Ace Holidays and Sambhav Nepal, aims to mobilize the teams of experts and interested individuals as an effective and economic measure in providing the human capitals for education, health and community development in the villages of Gorkha district, western Nepal. For more details, visit Sambhav Nepal's website www.sambhavnepal.org

Equipment and Packing List

The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the tour. The personal items are of individual interests and choices. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather.

Ace Holidays will give you a water proof duffel bag as a gift, which you can use on the tour. You can leave your bag with the things that you do not need in your tour in Kathmandu and collect them later after the tour.

Daypack

  • Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears (only if you are travelling in the cold season i.e January, February and December)
  • Goggles or sunglasses for sunbeam, dust and wind.
  • A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it and is for cold season i.e January, February and December.(optional)
  • 1 pair warm gloves (This is required if your are travelling in cold season i.e January, February and December).
  • T-shirts (2).
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket (preferable if you are travelling in rainy season from June to September.)
  • 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis), 1 pair shorts.
  • 2 pairs lightweight long underwear/thermals (if you are traveling in winter January, February and December).
  • 2 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
  • 1 pair light camping shoes or sneakers.
  • 1 pair sandals (Optional)
  • Sleeping Bag and Down Jacket Rental

    You can rent a good sleeping bag and a down jacket from Ace Holidays. The price is USD 25 per person for each of these. Total cost is USD 50 per person for both sleeping bag and down jacket for the entire trip.
  • First Aid Kit

    Please note your guide will carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However, you are recommended to bring your personal first aid kit bag.
  • Additional Information

    Have more questions, and if you wish to discuss any aspects of this trip or your suitability, please visit our FAQs or contact us.

  • Please Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made of Lycra can often be offensive to the locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable to wear then please wear it as a base layer, and please also pack something to wear on top of it.

    Ace Holidays has stated the price per person below. Group Discounts of 5% to 15% is available for booking of 4 or more than 4 people. A group booking of 12 or more people is subjected to a maximum discount with an availability of a free trip to 1 person. You can also customize a trip, according to your requirements.

    Small Group Journey - The departure dates currently available to join our fixed group departure

    No Fixed Departure Dates are available for this Package.

    Private Journey - Customize the Suitable Date for You

    Ace Holidays understands that some clients want their tours to be a private affair, so that it would enable them to spend some of their memorable moments with their near and dear ones at their own Schedule. Considering this, Ace Holidays organizes private journeys as well. Please choose your own departure date.

    Private Journey

    Tailor made Journey - personalized itinerary will be tailored to your specifications

    You can also use this tour as a base for a tailor-made itinerary. For example, you could add on more time exploring the Kathmandu Valley or relaxing in Pokhara, or add some wildlife safaris(Chitwan National Park or Bardia National Park). You add some exciting white water rafting on the Seti River, the Trisuli River or the Bhote Koshi River. To discuss your ideas or to get some suggestions from the specialists of Ace Holidays, please fill in our tailor-made form.

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    Cost Includes
    • Pick up from and drop off at the hotel and the airport on a private tourist vehicle.
    • Twin sharing accommodation in a two star hotel in Kathmandu.
    • 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.
    • Government-licensed English-speaking Tibetan tour guide in Tibet and city guide in Nepal
    • The required number of ground staff for the tour like helpers and drivers.
    • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for our ground staff.
    • Free Ace Holidays' duffel bag and a cap.
    • Tibet entry permission, Chinese visa and monastery entry fees.
    • All government taxes and official expenses.
    Please Note :
    • US$ 850 per person, if you want to upgrade to five star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and best possible accommodation in Tibet.
    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 the entire trip (It costs you roughly USD 15 to 20 per person per day for lunch and dinner).
    • Item of Personal nature like alcohol, cold drinks and laundry.
    • Personal clothing and equipment.
    • Tips for Guide, Porter and Driver. (Tipping is expected)
    • Others expenses not mentioned in the Price Includes section.

    Trip Highlights

    • Guided city tour in the Kathmandu valley
    • Scenic flights from Kathmandu – Lhasa – Kathmandu
    • Sera Monastery with a golden roof
    • Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama; Jokhang temple, the most sacred shrine of Tibet
    • Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in Nepal
    • Bhaktapur Durbar Square
    • The Lion Gate, the Golden Gate, the Palace, the art galleries, and the statue of King Bhupindra Malla.

    How fit do I need to be for this tour? Is this trip for me?

    Kathmandu Lhasa Tour is suitable for the average traveler who is moderately fit, thus no previous experience is required. Some physical fitness programs, such as running, swimming, hiking is recommended before you embark on this journey. Persons suffering from a pre-existing medical condition must seek medical advice/consent before considering the tour. Whilst on the tour, it is common to experience some discomfort before being fully acclimatized to high altitudes.

    Will somebody come to pick me up at the Airport upon my arrival?

    Yes. The airport representative of Ace Holidays will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying the sign-board of Ace Holidays. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.

    What sort of accommodation can I expect in Kathmandu and in the tour?

    Ace Holidays provides twin sharing standard accommodation rooms in Kathmandu with breakfast. In Lhasa, accommodation will be in a 2 Star hotel. The hotel, where you stay, is renowned for its hospitality and ethnic Tibetan ambience. It is centrally located; just a few minutes’ walk from the Jokhang Temple and the Barkhor Square. Elsewhere along the route, accommodation will be at the available hotels. If you would like to book a single room, please do inform Ace Holidays.

    What sort of food can I expect in the tour?

    All breakfasts are included in our package. Your guide will help you find good restaurants with reasonable price. A must are the small Tibetan restaurants which serve authentic Tibetan food. You can try ethnic Tibetan cuisine. Have some momos or gyantok, and wash it down with a cup of salted Tibetan butter tea. Meals will either be in the hotel or at a restaurant of your choice (where available). While on the road, lunch will be at one of the many Chinese tea shops along the way which generally serve a variety of noodle and vegetable dishes and meat where available. Expect to spend around USD 15 to 20 per day for meals.

    What mode of transportation do you use?

    Ace Holidays is all about providing you with local insights, lifestyle, as well as adventure. Using a variety of private transport is an integral part of Ace Holidays' Himalayan tours, enhancing the experience! Ace Holidays uses private tourist vehicles for sightseeing, city tours and pickups; whereas Ace Holidays uses Van or 4WD SUVs for the overland drive across the Tibetan highland. These vehicles are extremely sturdy, spacious and reliable and they make your journey as comfortable as possible. For larger groups, Ace Holidays uses supported trucks to carry your luggage.

    What is the best season for this tour?

    The best time for this tour is from April to November.

    What is the weather and the temperature like during the tour?

    The weather in the mountains is notoriously difficult to predict. Nights are generally cooler than the daytime. It is also important to make sure that you can stay warm and dry in just about any conditions. Depending on the season the temperature could range from -15°C to 20°C.

    Is Ace Holidays a member of the Tour and Travel Agencies' Association of Nepal?

    Yes. Ace Holidays is the active member of Nepal Tour and Travel Agencies Association.

    Do your guides speak good English?

    Yes our guides speak English fluently.

    Do you handle Tibet visa and travelling permit?

    YES, Ace Holidays does handle all the procedure for Tibet Visa, including travel permit.

    Is there a minimum and a maximum number for your groups?

    Ace holidays caters to all group sizes, while maintaining the field staff ratio to give you the best quality and experience.

    Does Ace Holidays book our own international flights to and from Nepal?

    Ace Holidays is a local agent and it would cost you significantly higher to book from us.

    Will it be possible to get any clothes washed/Laundry ?

    Laundry service is easily available at your hotel in Kathmandu and Lhasa. Please note that laundry service is not included in the package price.

    Can I charge my digital camera or other equipments on my trip?

    These facilities will be available in most of the places in your hotels. Remember to bring multiple adapter.

    Are there any communication facilities during the tour?

    All the hotels we use in Lhasa and Kathmandu have international IDD phone and fax services. You can also have a roaming facility added to your mobile phone as mobile phones work fine in Tibet. If you buy a Chinese SIM card at the border, you could stay in touch with your family and friends most of the time. Please ask us for the latest facilities and schemes on Chinese mobile phones.

    Can I use credit cards in the places I visit?

    Credit cards can only be used at some hotels. The Bank of China also accepts credit cards. ATM is not widely available. Exchanging your money into Chinese currency will be the best option for you, which can be done at the Bank of China. While changing money at the local money exchange centers, please make sure that you are accompanied by your guide and do consult him as you may easily be duped with counterfeit notes.

    How much additional money do I need per day?

    It depends on your spending habits. USD 15 to 20 a day will be enough. There are many shops in Lhasa, Shigatse and Gyantse have shops that sell traditional Tibetan handicrafts.

    Do I need to tip my guide and porters? How much would that be?

    Ace Holidays has seen everything from USD 20 to USD 1000per person for guides and porters. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide.

    Is the water fine to drink? Do I need to bring purifying tablets/filter?

    In most places, bottled water is readily available. If you wish to drink a normal water, you need to use a purifying agent

    Are the staffs insured?

    Yes. The trek guides, tour guides, cooks, drivers, and porters of Ace Holidays are insured completely. They have health insurance, altitude mountain sickness insurance, life insurance, accident insurance, and casulty insurance.

    What essential documents do I need to bring with me on tours?

    Here are some documents that you will need to carry with you: • Valid Passport – must be valid for up to 6 months after you return from your tour, keep a separate photocopy. • Travel insurance, keep a separate photocopy • Cash and Traveller’s Cheques, keep numbers and proof of purchase separately • Flight tickets • Emergency contact numbers for T/C’s, banks, insurance, family contacts.

    I would you like to extend my holiday, any recommendations?

    Yes, there are plenty of options and choices to extend your holiday before or after your main trip.

    What immunizations will I need?

    Vaccaination is not complusory, but it is better if you vaccinate against diphtheria, hepatitis, malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. We would like to know your blood group because we need it in case of emergency. Please tell us if you are suffering from any disease.

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