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15 Days Tibet & Nepal Adventure Tour via EBC

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Having a Tibet tour from Chengdu after visiting Giant Panda would be classic. Earthly paradise, holy ground, pure peace...all can be experienced in Tibet. Visit majestic Potala Palace, have a close look at spectacular Mt. Everest and pray in Monastery, etc. This charming and mysterious land always attract you with its extraordinary sight, devout prayer and profound Tibet Culture. Also travel beyond China's borders and extend to Kathmandu from Lhasa overland for several days. This 15-day tour brings you exotic feeling in Nepal and witness how the way of life changes.

Highlights of this tour:

  • Enjoy the leisure pace of Chengdu and have very close contact with the lovely Giant Pandas;
  • Get on the Roof of the World and absorb the essence of Tibetan Buddhism and enjoy plateau landscape;
  • Be awed by the grandeur and magnificent of Mount Everest and the breathtaking views in Tibet;
  • Explore in the Kingdom of Buddha by visiting different stupas in Nepal.

Basic Trip Information

Travel Route:
Chengdu / Lhasa / Shigatse / Everest / Gyirong / Kathmandu / Chitwan / Pokhara / Nagarkot / Kathmandu
Travel Length:
15 Days & 14 Nights
Tour Code:
CD-CTTN-15
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Experience:
CultureHikingMountaineeringPhotographReligious
Departure:
Any day you want

Your tour - at a glance

Day 1~2 Arrival & Chengdu Tour

One full day to meet the cute Giant Panda, then enjoy leisure time in Wenshu Temple, Renmin Park and Jinli Old Street.

Day 3~5 Flight to Lhasa & Lhasa Tour

Two full days to explore the holy Lhasa, covering the grandiose Potala Palace, sacred Jokkang Temple, Barkor Street, delicate Norbulingka Park, and two major temples in Tibet – Drepung Monaster and Sera Monastery.

Day 6~7 Gyantse, Shigatse and Everest Tour

Two full days in Shigatse to visit the famous holy Yamdrok Lake, grandiose Karola Glacier, and the famous Palcho Monastery and Tashilunpo Monastery.

Day 8~9 Mt. Everest - Gyirong

Transfer to Mount Everest and appreciate the beautiful scenery in Everest Base Camp. Transfer to Kathmandu via Gyirong Port where you'll pass Friendship Bridge. Pay a visit toBoudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu.

Day 10~12 Kathmandu - Chitwan - Pokhara

Extend to Chitwan to visit Chitwan National Park; drive to Pokhara to visit Devi's Fall, Gupteswar Gupha, Bindbyabasini Temple and Barahi Temple.

Day 13~15 Pokhara - Nagarkot - Kathmandu

Get to Nagarkot to watch sunrise over Mt. Everest. Also, pay visits to Bhaktapur Square, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath before leave Kathmandu.

Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Chengdu Arrival

Ni Hao! Welcome to Chengdu, the hometown of Giant Pandas. Upon arrival, your guide will meet and escort you to your hotel in Chengdu downtown in a private vehicle. The rest of today is free to explore the leisure city on your own.

Optional Activity: In the evening, you can enjoy a delicious dinner of Sichuan cuisine at a local restaurant.

  • Chengdu Hotpot The Typical Sichuan Cuisine - Chengdu Hotpot

Day 2 Chengdu (B, L)

This morning you will make a memorable visit to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. This facility is not only the most important panda scientific research center in the world, but also the home for more than 100 Giant Pandas. You will walk at leisure through the bamboo-framed paths and closely observe giant pandas of different ages eating bamboos, playing with each other, tumbling, and climbing trees. Be sure to not miss the chance to watch female pandas nursing their cubs in the nursery rooms! There is also a very informative Panda Museum where you can learn more scientific facts about Giant Pandas. Next, you will be taken to a hidden spiritual Buddhist temple in hustling downtown Chengdu, Wenshu Temple, where you will marvel at the exquisite Buddhist architecture, soak in the reverent atmosphere, and wander on the temple’s peaceful paths.

Chengdu is famous throughout China for its relaxing and leisurely pace and lifestyle, which will be demonstrated by a visit to the City’s Renmin Park. Sit down, order a pot of Chinese tea, have a casual chat with your friends and watch locals indulging themselves in different kinds of folk entertainment - napping, playing mahjong, disco dancing, and giving neck massages! Next will be an impressive visit to the famous Jinli Old Street. Time will steal away as you quietly walk on the lively streets full of delicious local snacks, delicate artifacts, interesting folk shows, and other activities.

Optional activity: In the evening, watch a wonderful performance of Sichuan Opera which includes folk opera, face changing, fire spitting, rolling lights, and other delightful entertainment (usually performs at 20:00~21:30).

  • Mama and Baby of Panda Mama and Baby of Panda
  • Wenshu Temple Wenshu Temple
  • Jinli Old Street Jinli Old Street

Day 3 Flights to Lhasa from Chengdu (B)

Today is free until your guide escorts you to catch your flight to Lhasa (about 2hrs and 40mins). Upon arrival, a tour guide will pick you up at the arrival hall and escort you to your hotel in downtown Lhasa while you enjoy the stunning views along the Yarlong Tsangpo River.

After check in, the rest of the day is for you to acclimate to the high altitude and weather of Lhasa. You should avoid strenuous physical activities during this period since this may cause high altitude sickness.

  • Yarlong Tsangpo River Yarlong Tsangpo River

Day 4 Lhasa ( B )

After breakfast, start an incredible day of exploration in Lhasa city. The grandiose Potala Palace will be the first site to discover. After more than 1300 years of historical changes, this colossal Palace still dominates the skyline of Lhasa city. The Palace is the political and religious center of Tibet and has served as the governance and preaching site for the Dalai Lama. Climbing up the sacred steps to the Red Palace and White Palace you will explore their marvelous interiors full of exquisite Thangkas, numerous Buddha statues, vivid wall paintings, and other works of Buddhist art.

In the afternoon, visit the holiest Buddhist temple in Tibet, Jokhang Temple, where the 12-year-old-like Shakyamuni statue is consecrated. With a history stretching over 1,300 years, this temple combines the architecture styles of Tibet, China, Nepal and India. As a spiritual center of Tibet, Jokhang Temple attracts hundreds of devoted pilgrims to worship there every day. Outside the door of Jokhang Temple is the famous pilgrimage circle, Barkhor Street, where you can join faithful Tibetans in colorful attires walking the circle around Jokhang Temple.

  • Tibet Potala Palace Visit Potala Palace
  • Jokhang Temple Jokhang Temple
  • Meet Tibet Locals Meet Tibet Locals

Day 5 Lhasa (B)

After breakfast, we start our day with a visit to the summer palace of Dalai Lamas and also the largest Tibetan garden - Norbulingka Park. The luxuriant trees and flowers, cool ponds and comfortable palaces make Norbulingka the best place for summer retreat. Then drive about 5km westward to Drepung Monastery. The monastery used to play a crucial role in Tibet Buddhism as the school of Dalai Lamas. As you walk further, immense temples, chapels leap to your eyes one after one. In its heyday, there were more than 10,000 monks living and studying in the monastery. Various Buddhist rituals are held in the monastery during festivals, most famous one is the ceremony of Buddha Display in annual Shoton Festival.

We will then go to visit another featured Sera Monastery. This six hundred year-old monastery is famous for its grand ceremony of Buddhism debating apart from its beautiful temples with sensational icons, murals and history.

  • Monks at Drepung Monastery Entrance Monks at Drepung Monastery Entrance
  • Norbulingka Norbulingka Park
  • Monks Debating at Sera Monastery Monks Debating at Sera Monastery

Day 6 Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse (B)

Today, you will be taken to the second largest city in Tibet - Shigatse, while the highlights lie on the road. After about 1.5 hours driving, you will get to the famous holy Yamdrok Lake. The turquoise pure lake overlies among snow-capped mountains. Surrounding the lakeshores are some peaceful Tibetan villages situating in the flat valleys. Keep driving to next destination – Gyantse, and enjoy the grandiose and vast Karola Glacier.

Have lunch in Gyantse town, and then take a visit to the landmark of Gyantse - Palcho Monastery. It is a traditional Tibetan monastery which is a fusion of Han, Tibetan and Nepali architecture, and has both temples and stupa. Palcho Monastery’s symbol is its Kumbum Stupa which is famous for having 100,000 figures of Buddha in the chapels, niches and wall paintings of Kumbum. Leave Gyantse, and drive head to Shigatse.

  • Clear Yamdrok Lake Holy Yamdrok Lake
  • Palkor Myriad Buddha Stupa Palcho Monastery

Day 7 Shigatse - Mount Everest (B)

Get up early and have a hearty breakfast because today’s trip starts with a visit to one of the most important monasteries in Tibet - Tashilhunpo Monastery which was built in 1447 during the Ming Dynasty by a disciple of Buddhism, Master Tsongkhapa. The monastery became the Buddhism center of Tsang region and has been the traditional seat of successive Panchen Lamas, one of two most powerful leaders of Buddhists in Tibet. Tashilhunpo Monastery is surrounded by a 3000-meter-long wall and was constructed against the background of mountains facing to the sun. The Monastery has 58 sutra chapels and about 3600 rooms with many buildings made with golden glazed tiles and interlaced red and white walls.  There is also a Thangka Exhibit Platform. Be prepared to meet many pilgrims visiting this holy place from far places and countries!

Later in the day, we will drive about 8 hours to the day’s final destination - Mount Everest.  While it seems to be a tough driving day, the plateau landscape along the road is breathtaking and will keep you entranced. You will even have a chance to see four of the highest peaks in the world, all over 8,000 meters - Lhotse, Everest, Gyachung and Cho Oyu. After arrival at Rongbuk Monastery, you will find all the effort of the trip swept away by the sight of the majestic peak of Everest rising in front of you. You can then rest for a while before visiting this featured monastery of the Nyingma Buddhist sect.Accommodations are at Rongbuk Guest House or local tents.

Tips for today: 1) prepare some food and drinks to take with you because there are only some basic foods offered at Mount Everest; 2) pack warm and thick clothes for the cold; 3) get fully prepared for the high altitude (5100m).

  • Tashilumpo Monastery Tashilunpo Monastery
  • Mount Everest Mount Everest

Day 8 Everest Base Camp - Gyirong (B)

Get up early to chase the most beautiful landscape of sunrise on the Everest. The morning sunlight shines on the highest peak, and appears a pleasant golden pyramid. In the clean days, you have chance to witness the God-given scenery of Flag Clouds.

After the sunrise, take the eco-bus to the Everest Base Camp which is about 8km from Rongbuk Monastery. The EBC is the most important base for mountaineers who want to climb further the Mount Everest. Take the closer views of Mount Everest from the Base. The high sightseeing platform with many colorful Buddhist prayer flags waving in the breeze is the best location to witness the clear face the giant Mount Everest.

Last, return to Rongbuk area and drive to Gyirong TownThough it's a long driving about 360km, but it's necessary and worthy your efforts. You have chance to see the clear face of Mount Shishapangma Peak and beautiful Pekutso Lake. After arrival, check in your hotel.

  • Evereset Base Camp Evereset Base Camp

Day 9 Gyirong - Kathmandu (B)

Few kilometers drive away from your hotel to Gyirong Port. You are kindly required to walk on your own to cross the border bridge which is 50m long, check in Nepal side, you can get the Nepal visa upon arrival with 30USD, please prepare one photo at passport size to get Nepal Visa.

Your local tour guide in Nepal will pick you up on the Nepal side of the bridge, and then be transferred to Kathmandu. The tour guide will help you to check in hotel. After check-in, you could have a short rest in your room. The rest of today we start visiting Boudhanath, the biggest stupa in the Valley.

Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Boudhanath Boudhanath
  • Chinese-Nepal Friendship Bridge Chinese-Nepal Friendship Bridge

Day 10 Kathmandu - Chitwan (B)

Today after breakfast, your guide will pick you up at your hotel and escort you to transfer to Chitwan where you could have evening view sunset from Narayani River. Stay overnight in Chitwan.

Chitwan National Park: It is the most popular destination for tourists wanting to have a good experience of the region’s wildlife. It was declared a National Park in 1973. In 1984, UNESCO designated Royal Chitwan National Park a Natural World Herita ge Site. The Park offers protection to 56 species of mammals including the one-horned rhinoceros, Bengal tiger, leopard, sloth bear, wild elephant, striped hyena, Gangetic dolphin and wild bison. There are estimated to be 470 species of mammals, over 500 species of birds, 126 species of fish, 150 species of butterflies and 47 species of reptiles in the park! A recent study also points out that over a third of Nepal’s tigers are in Chitwan.

  • Chitwan National Park Chitwan National Park

Day 11 Chitwan - Pokhara (B)

Today after breakfast, you’ll take the challenge of Jungle activities, elephant safari and canoeing. Chitwan gives you the full wild experiences with the wildlife and Nature in the Background.

In the afternoon, you’ll be transferred to Pokhara. Pokhara is a remarkable place of natural beauty. Situated at an altitude of 827m from the sea level and 200 km west of Kathmandu valley, the city is known as a center of adventure. The enchanting city with a population of around 95,000 has several beautiful lakes and offers stunning panaromic views of Himalayan peaks. The serenity of lakes and the magnificence of the Himalayas rising behind them create an ambience of peace and magic. So today the city has not only become the starting point for most popular trekking and rafting destinations but also a place to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature.

Stay overnight in Pokhara.

  • Elephant safari Elephant safari

Day 12 Pokhara (B)

Today you’ll get the chance to have full-day sightseeing of Pokhara. Experience the highlights in Pokhara including Devi’s Fall, Gupteswar Gupha, Bindbyabasini Temple and Barahi Temple. Stay overnight in Pokhara.

Devi's Fall: Locally known as Patale Chhango (Hell's Fall), Devi's fall (also known as Devin's or David's) is an awesome waterfall lying about 2 km south-west of Pokhara airport on the highway to Tansen.

Gupteswar Gupha: a sacred cave, lies 2 km from Pokhara airport on the Siddhartha Highway leading southwest from the city. The entrance is right across from Devi's Fall and the cave is almost 3 km long. It has some big hall-size rooms and some passages where you have to crawl on all fours.

Bindbyabasini Temple: It is the center of religious activity in the old bazaar. It is dedicated to goddess Bhagwati, yet another manifestation of shakti.

Barahi Temple: This is the most important religious monument in Pokhara. Built almost in the middle of Phewa Lake, the two storied pagoda is dedicated to the boar manifestation of Ajima, the protectress deity representing the female force Shakti.

  • Phewa Lake in Pokhara Phewa Lake in Pokhara
  • Bindbyabasini Temple

Day 13 Pokhara - Nagarkot (B)

After breakfast, transfer to Nagarkot. It situated 34 km north-east of Kathmandu, Nagarkot is one of the most beautiful sites in Nepal. With an altitude of 2,715 metres, this is an ideal place to watch sunrise over Mt. Everest. There are magnificent sites of other mountain peaks too including Mt. Everest.

Stay overnight in Nagarkot.

  • Watch Sunrise over Mount Everest in Nagarkot Watch Sunrise over Mount Everest in Nagarkot

Day 14 Nagarkot - Kathmandu (B)

Today early in the morning, watch sunrise over Mt. Everest. After the fantastic time with nature, you’ll continue visiting Bhaktapur Square, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath. In the evening, you are free to do some shopping at Thamel. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square: The main square of the city contains innumerable temples and other architectural showpieces like the Lion Gate, the statue of King Bhupatindra Malla, the Picture Gallery, the Batsala temple, etc. A magnificent statue of King Bhupatindra Malla in the act of worship is placed on a column facing the palace. It was listed int eh UNESCO World Heritage Monument List in 1979.

Kathmandu Durbar Square: The square is the complex of palaces, courtyards and temples that are built between the 12th and the 18th centuries by the ancient Malla Kings of Nepal. It is the social, religious and urban focal point of the city. Taleju Temple, Kal Bhairab (God of Destruction), Nautalle Durbar, Coronation Nasal Chowk, the Gaddi Baithak, the statue of King Pratap Malla, the Big Bell, Big Drum and the Jagnnath Temple are some of the interesting things to see in this Square.

Swayambhunath: The most ancient and enigmatic of all the Valley's holy shrines lies 2 km west of Kathmandu city, across the Vishnumati river. The golden spire of Swayambhunath stupa crowns a wooded hillock and offers a commanding view of Kathmandu city. On clear days, one can even view a line of Himalayan peaks. The view is splendid at dusk as city lights flicker one by one, and even better when a full moon hangs in the sky.

  • Bhaktapur Durbar Square Bhaktapur Durbar Square
  • Swayambhunath

Day 15 Kathmandu Departure (B)

Today, you could have the early morning mountain flight (Optional). After the mountain sightseeing, your journey in Nepal comes to an end today! And your guide will pick you up to the airport in time for the scheduled flight to your next destination.

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