ITINERARY:

Day 1: Arrival Kathmandu[D]
Welcome at Kathmandu Airport and then drive to hotel. Rest of the day is free.

Day 2: Full Day Kathmandu Tour [BLD]
After breakfast sightseeing tour.

Boudha Nath Temple- the country’s largest stupa. a sight of great veneration to the Buddhist., Boudhanath is a colossal stupa north east of Pashupatinath and lies a further two 2 kilometers by road.

This colossal stupa, one of the biggest in the country, is situated eight kilometres east of the capital. Like Swayambhu, the stupa is inset on four sides with the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha gazing in each direction. Built on a huge octagonal base, the stupa is also inset with prayer wheels. It is common to see dozens of worshippers constantly perambulating the stupa while taking care to spin each of the sacred prayer wheels. Around the stupa are various smaller shrines and the houses of important Lamas (Buddhist priests). The stupa takes an added importance at all the Buddhist festivals when Buddhists come from all over the country to take part in the sacred rituals.

Sightseeing of Pashupatinath Temple- the most sacred of the Hindu temples in Nepal dedicated to lord Shiva, first established in 5th century. The holiest Hindu pilgrimage place in Nepal . Pashupatinath has received the attention of worshippers for at least fifteen hundred years. Dedicated to Shiva the lord of Destruction. The temple is situated on the banks of the holy River Bagmati. A circuit of the Pashupatinath Temple area takes visitors past a sixth century statue of the Buddha an eighth century statue of Brahma the Creator freshly painted skeletal images guarding temple gates, and other magnificent temples dedicates to various deities in the complex.

Swayambhunath temple – the oldest Buddhist shrine. Looking east from here, one can see the entire Kathmandu valley spread out below. and lunch break in Kathmandu durbar square. Swayambhunath is a best place to observe religious harmony between Nepalese Buddhists and Hindus. The stupa is one of the most ancient in this part of the world and its worshippers come from diverse ethical backgrounds. Situated on the top of a hill. It provides an excellent view of the Katmandu Valley. Huge prayer wheels and fine Buddhist paintings are displayed in the monasteries as well as the largest Buddha statue in the country. Special butter lamps can be light after monetary gifts are offered to the images.

Kathmandu Durbar Square– the temple of the Living Goddess and the old Royal Palace. Finally, visit Kasthamandup – a temple built from a single tree from which the Kathmandu derives its name.And then transfer to Hotel.

The Square teems with life as vendor’s children tourists and other crowed around the temple of the Living Goddess Kumari. Goddess Taleju and the Kastamandap Resthouse. Many pay homage to the monuments of Kal Bhairab Lord Hanuman and to the images of Shiva and Parbati. The buildings here are the greatest achievement of the Malla dynasty and they resulted from the great rivalry between the three palaces of kathmandu Patan and Bhakatpur. Most wood carvings statues and architecture in this area are exceptionally fine.

Kathmandu became the seat of Valley’s royalty when King Jayasthiti Malla unified the valley in the 14th century (although it was divided later by his descendants). The Malla kings’ royal palace was located at Hanuman Dhoka, and it is still retained as the ceremonial palace of the present Shah dynasty. Although the present King Birendra does not reside there, important traditional royal ceremonies including the crowning of the king are still conducted at Hanuman Dhoka.

Hanuman Dhoka (literally, Hanuman Gate) takes its name from the monkey god Hanuman, whose idol lies at the entrance of the palace. Kneeling in his usual posture on a pedestal, Hanuman is a hero from the Hindu epic Ramayana, who endows military success to his devotees – the reason why he has been placed there.

Evening dinner with cultural show.

Day 3: Full Day tour of Patan & Bhaktapur [BLD]
After breakfast sightseeing tours.

Sightseeing tour of the Patan- A city of architecture and fine arts. Visit Tibetan Handicraft center at Jawalakhel to watch carpet weaving. Patan Durbar Square complex, situated in the center of Patan city, also known as Lalitpur, houses the residence of the former Patan royal family. Patan Square and its surroundings are good specimen of ancient Newari architecture. There are three main courtyards in the palace: Mul Chowk, Sundari Chowk and Keshav Narayan Chowk. Mul Chowk, the oldest one, is at the centre of Patan square. Several multi-sized and multi-styled temples occupy the western part of the complex. Main among these is Krishna Temple, Bhimsen Temple and the Golden Temple of Hiranya Varna

Bhaktapur city- Kathmandu valley’s most medieval city also known as Bhadgaon and was one of the three Kingdoms of Mallas. It is famous for Lion gate, the picture gallery, the Golden gate, potter’s square, palace of 55 windows etc. Lunch break in Bhaktapur before sightseeing and finally transfer to Hotel in Kathmandu

Day 4: Kathamndu to Lhasa flight [BD]
Arrival by flight.Drive to Lhasa city which is 55 km.Evening walking around bharkhor Market.Overnight stay in Hotel.

Day 5: Lhasa[ BLD]
Sightseeing in Lhasa (Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Bharkhor Market). We will take the tour in Lhasa while acclimatizing. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 6: Lhasa Sigatse(3950m) 350 kms-9 hrs [BLD] Via Gyantse & Yamdrok lake
After breakfast in your hotel drive to Shigatse via Gyantse which is the 2nd largest city of Tibet. Built in 1447 by the first Dalailama the Tashillunpo Monastery in Shigatse is a very important monastery in Tibet as it is known as seat of the Panchan Lama. Night stay will be at Hotel.

Day 7: Sigatse-Saga(4550m) 450 kms-10 hrs (B,L,D)
We take an early morning drive to Saga, please note this will be a long drive but on the way we can make enough stop and lunch. Overnight in Hotel at Saga.

Day 8: Saga – Dongba PRAYANG MANSAROVAR (4550 m) 470 Kms 9 / 10 hrs (B,L,D)
This morning depart from Saga to Manasaravor, it is 470 km. The road is good and the trip can be complete in 9 / 10 hrs. There will be several river crossings and we drive past Mayum La Pass (4600m). The scenery is stunningly beautiful with panoramic views of the Himalayas. This is an auspicious day for all of us having first glimpse of the Holy lake Manasarovar and view of Mt. Kailash from The Horr Chu pass. Stay in Chiu Gompa, a beautiful place to be.

Overnight in GUEST HOUSE/Lodge at bank of Mansarovar.

Day 9: Rest day in Manasarovar, Havan Puja, tarpanam and Hike around. B.L.D

Day 10: MANSAROVAR DARCHEN 45 km drive DIRAPHUK (4720m 7hrs trek (B, L, D)
Morning puja and Havan and after breakfast Drive to Darchen(4600 metres high), Leave our Truck and extra luggage and Start of 1st day of Parikrama drive up to Tarboche and trek up to Diraphuk Gompa (north face of Kailash), and a close up view of Holy Kailash (North face). We head west in clockwise direction and after a few kilometres the trail climbs up to a cairn at 4730m from where the southern face of Mt. Kailash comes to view. Pony & Pony men will be waiting for passengers who have hired them. Porters hired by passengers will carry their bags etc. Yak will carry our goods and camping equipment. Start the Parikrama which is about 20kms.

Overnight in local Guest house

Day 11: DIRAPHUK – ZUTHULPHUK GOMPA (4790m) (B,L,D)
The 2nd day of Parikarma, which is very sensitive and every pilgrim talks about the most challenging journey throughout the Yatra. Parikarma continues and we trek (18 kms) up to Dolma la Pass, which is 5800m above the sea level. We will offer very short prayers at Dolma la. The weather is unpredictable in Dolma la Pass and at any time there is a possibility of a snowstorm. En-route, we can have darshan of Gauri Kunda (5630m) where Hindus worship and immerse themselves in the icy waters of the lake. Lunch as usual; we will camp in front of medicine Buddha Mountain near by Zuthulphuk Gompa. For those people who can’t walk there will be option for Horse or Yak ride at extra cost.

Overnight in Local GH

Day 12: ZUTHULPHUK – DARCHEN- Manasarovar – Sage (B, L, D)
The 3rd day of Parikarma . After Breakfast, we will trek around 10 kms to complete the 3 days circuit trek of Mt. Kailash. We will be reaching at the point, where our jeeps will be waiting to drive us to Darchen to collect the rest of the passengers who could not do the Kailash Parikarma.

Overnight in hotel

Day 13: Sage – Sigetse 9 hours drive
Beautiful drive back from Saga to Shigatse, hotel B.L.D

Day 14: Shigatse– Lhasa (6 hrs) (B) 350 KM. B.L.D via North side road
After breakfast we drive to Lhasa. Overnight stay in Hotel. B. L.D

Note: If you want to see Tsedang city then we drive to Tshedang today and tomorrow drive to Gongar airport for flight. The price will be same.

Day 15: Fly from Lhasa Kathmandu/ or mainland China B
After breakfast we drive to the Gongar airport. One can fly to Kathmandu or to other destination like Chengdu,Beijing,Shanghai etc or also continue China mainland trip with same visa for up to 30 days buying separate trip.

Includes:
Arrival/Departure transfers
Private transport throughout the tour
English speaking local guide
Accommodation in below hotels on full board meal plan and on twin share basis
One time entrance fee for mentioned places.
Tibet travel permit
Kailash Tour permit
Tibet (China) Visa service
All applicable hotel taxes

Excludes:
Tips, personal expenses such as bottled drinks, laundry etc
Any insurance
Nepal visa fee
Air ticket Home-Kathmandu/Lhasa-Home

Hotels:
Kathmandu: Hotel Shanker www.shankerhotel.com.np ****
Gyanggen hotel in Lhasa **** standard
Gesar hotel in Xigatse **** standard
Xibuyizhan hotel in Saga *** standard
Himalayan hotel in Tarchen ** standard
In rest of the places local guest house

Ready. Set. Go!