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Ghandruk Ghorepani Trek with Tibet overland tour - 17 days Nepal - 9 nights, Tibet - 7 nights

This is an easy trekking experience in Nepal combined with the overland tour of Tibet. This Trek is often referred as the Ghorepani /Poonhill trek or the Sunrise Trek. The main highlight of this trek is the 45 minutes of walk from Ghorepani, early in the morning which leads to the point of best Himalayan sunrise on Annapurna region. This is a short but one of the most fascinating trek in the Himalayan region. This is a good trek if you are a beginner. This trek provides you an opportunity to explore the different vegetation, culture and lifestyle as you walk past villages like Ghorepani, Ulleri and Ghandruk. This tour of Tibet starts after crossing the border of Nepal and Tibet at Liping and then goes through the Tibetan plateau to Lhasa on a high altitude highway. The trip ends at Lhasa after spending couple of nights there.

Tour Highlights

  • Trip duration: 16 nights/17 days Nepal Annapurna region trekking and Tibet tour
  • Tour code: Annapurna region trek and Lhasa tour
  • Places to see: Kathmandu, Annapurna region and Lhasa
  • Minimum number of people: 1 and above
  • Tour type: Drive in/Drive out.
  • Tour category: Budget/Standard and Deluxe
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Kathmandu Durbar Square

The Kathmandu Durbar Square is enclosed with remarkable structural design and brilliantly settings the abilities of the Newar artists and craftsmen over some eras.

Khokana and Bungmati

Rato Machhindranath temple at Khokana.

Poon Hill

Sunrise at Poon Hill 3210 m. view point of Annapurna.

Nyalam

A Small settlement close to the Nepal border is the county seat of Nyalam area in Shigatse region.

Lhatse

A memorable chortens in the new town of Lhatse is also recognized as Chusar.

Gyantse Dzong

Is one of the top conserved Dzong in Tibet, suspended high above the town of Gyantse on a massive spur of grey brown rock.

Norbulingka Palace

Norbulingka (the Summer Palace) is the biggest man-made gardens in Tibet.

Brief Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Arrive at Kathmandu after a scenic flight over the mountains. Meet the representative of Adventure Mission Nepal Treks & Expedition (AMN) and transfer to Hotel.

Day 02: Full day sightseeing of Kathmandu covering Kathmandu Durbar Square, Syambhunath Stupa and Khokana Bungmati.

Kathmandu Durbar Square - Kathmandu Durbar Square lies in the center of the Kathmandu valley and has some of the most interesting monuments in Nepal. The Kasthamandap, the building from which Kathmandu derived its name, the Kumari Ghar, the House of the Living goddess Kumari, the Taleju temple and the most interesting the Hanuman Dhoka Palace, now a museum are some of the interesting buildings in Kathmandu Durbar Square. Besides that the program of different kinds and gathering of people from all over Nepal makes it a lively place and the best place to understand Nepal.

Swayambhunath Stupa- Swayambhunath stupa is also referred as the ‘Monkey temple’ and is one of the 7 UNESCO world heritage sites of Kathmandu. Situated on a hill top about 4 Km from the city center this stupa is one of the oldest monument in Kathmandu and comes from the Vajrayana sect of Mahayana Buddhism. With a pair of eyes in each direction this place is a spiritual center for the locals and tourist visiting this area. The hill top also offers the scenic view of the Kathmandu valley and the Himalayas.

Khokana and Bungmati- These two Newar Villages are located in the outskirts of the Patan District and are proposed as Tentative UNESCO heritage sites by the Nepal government. Khokana has the temple of Rudryaini and is also famous for the Mustard oil production. Bungmati, 20 minutes walk from Khokana through paddy fields is full of old Newari houses and architecture. These twin villages are one of the best places to experience Nepal’s age old heritages and to observe the daily life of the People. You will feel like walking in the 18th century Europe as you go through these streets.

Day 03: Fly/Drive to Pokhara
After breakfast we will drive or fly to Pokhara. (You can choose either flight or driving option based on the cost you want to pay). The drive is 7 hours and flight will take only 30 minutes. Pokhara is a beautiful city which is in close proximity with the mountains and lakes in this city are very beautiful.

Day 04: Trek to Tikhedhunga/Ulleri
We will take a drive of 45 minutes to reach Nayapul from Pokhara after breakfast and start walking. We will walk past sub tropical valley forests, sometimes on the carved trail on the side of the cliff. After walking through Tikhedhunga we will reach the base of the hill that has around 3500 steps that lead to the village of Ulleri, where we will spend the night.

Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani
We start walking in the morning after breakfast along the path that leads to the rhodendrons forest and you can see the Annapurna South, hidden by a ridge smiling at you. We will walk past the villages of Banthanti and Nangathanti through the forest to reach Ghorepani. Ghorepani is a settlement of Poon Magars and has the biggest collection of rhododendron.

Day 06: Trek to Poon Hill - Tadapani
We will hike to Poonhill [3210m], early morning for 45 minutes for sunrise view over the Manaslu range, and after breakfast we will leave Ghorepani through the rhododendron forest amidst the magnificent natural vistas. We will walk through the stone paved trails for one hour and reach Sikha, a Magar village on a ridge. We will continue descending till Ghar Khola and climb for sometime afterwards to cross the Kali Gandaki River on a large suspension bridge. After crossing the bridge we will walk for half an hour to reach Tadapani for overnight stay. It will be 6-7 hours of walk from Ghorepani to Tadapani.

Day 07: Trek to Ghandruk
Today is a short walk of around 4 hours when we reach Ghandruk from Tadapani. We will walk past the forest of Oak, Bamboo and Rhododendron and reach Ghandruk. Throughout the trail we are able to see a magnificent view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range, especially the Annapurna south peak. The Gurung people of Ghandruk have a very rich culture and tradition. You can meet some ex-British Gurkhas who have served in the 2nd world war for the British government here.

Day 08: Ghandruk to Pokhara
We will walk downhill until we reach Birethanti. We step onto a staircase paved with stone slabs, curving in and out of the village and then terraced farms. Another half an hour walks from Birethanti we reach Nayapul from where we will take a bus to Pokhara. Rest and relax at Pokhara.

Day 09: Fly/Drive to Kathmandu
From Pokhara you can either fly or drive to Kathmandu.

Day 10: Drive to Nyalam (4300m) - 157km
We will start our drive early morning towards the Nepal-Tibet border. The drive is about 4 hours. Upon reaching the border and clearing the frontier formalities we will head towards Nyalam. A Tibetan guide will accompany you from here onwards. Nyalam is about 35 km from the border. Explore the market area in the evening.

Day 11: Drive to Lhatse. (4300m) - 214km
Today we have a scenic drive of about 8 hours. It is not tiring as the view along the highway is awesome. The mountains you can see from the drive include Mount Everest, Shishapangma. Melungatse and many smaller peaks of the area. We will drive past two high passes before reaching Lhatse for overnight. 

Day 12:  Drive to Xigaatse (3900m) - 244km
We will start our journey after breakfast and make the first stop at the Enroute visit Shakya monastery. The monastery is 26 km off from main road. It is one of the oldest and most important Bonpo Monasteries of Tibet. This was the seat of Panchen Lama until his death in 1989 with its huge Thanka wall, which is clearly visible from north side of road.

Day 13:   Drive to Gyantse (3950m) - 90km
We will visit the Tashilumpo monastery after breakfast and then continue our 2 hour drive to.  Gyantse. After checking in at the hotel we will have some rest and then proceed for the sightseeing of Khumbum stupa, and Palkor monastery in Gyantse. Overnight stay in Gyantse.

Day 14:  Drive to Lhasa (3650m) - 259 km
This is yet another long day of driving. The scenic mountains are going parallel with us and we will make few stops for photographs and rest.  The most interesting part of the drive today are driving past the high passes korala (5010m) and kambala (4794m) and lake Yamdrok Tso. We will also cross the Great Yarlung Tsangpo also known as Brahmaputra River.

Day 15: Sightseeing of Lhasa including Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street
After breakfast we will visit the Potala palace, the Palace of the Dalai Lama. This architectural masterpiece is the symbol of unity of the Tibetans. This palace was built by King Soongtsan Gampo, who was married to Princess Wen Cheng Tang in 641 A.D. It has got 999 houses built on Hongshan Hill with a red building on top. It is one of the grandest Palaces in the world till date.
After lunch we will drive towards the Jokhang Temple, the most scared temple for Tibetan Buddhists. After spending some time at the Jokhang temple we will walk through the Barkhor Street, a traditional old street in Lhasa.

Day 16: Full day Sightseeing of Lhasa covering Norbulingka, Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery
We will start the sightseeing today from Norbulingka - the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, located along the Kyichu River and two kilometers west of the Potala Palace. This Palace has a huge garden covering 360,000 square meters, making it the biggest manmade garden in Tibet. It has got 374 rooms. The second site is Drepung Monastery, made by Chojey Tashi Palden in the 14th Century. It had four departments, of which Loseling, or "The Hermitage of the Radiant Mind," was the largest, housing more than three quarters of Drepung's ten to fifteen thousand monks. Now it is one of Tibet’s premier monastic educational institutions
The last site for today is Sera Monastery, built in 1419; this grand Monastery was home to more than 5,000 monks and five monastic colleges. Although much less active now, with only several hundred monks currently in residence, one of the most interesting times to visit the monastery is in the afternoon when monks, after finishing their morning scripture classes, can be seen debating in the courtyard.

Day 17: Final departure from Lhasa to Kathmandu/onward destination.

Note- You need an extra night in Kathmandu if you are not flying straight from Nepal on day 17.

Cost Includes:

  • All permit and TIMS for EBC trek Nepal.
  • Trekking in Nepal on full board basis in tea houses.
  • Permits and Visa Applications for Tibet.
  • Accommodation in Nepal and Tibet.
  • Hotel with breakfast.
  • English speaking guide per as the itinerary.
  • Entrance fees.
  • Guide Fees.
  • All transfers and sightseeing on Private vehicle.

Cost excludes:

  • Drinks, Tips, Insurance and any extra cost occurring from the Unfavorable Circumstances such as weather, road blockade, flight cancellation Etc
  • All personal nature expenses such as tips, donations, bar bills etc.
  • Meals ( except the trekking part in Nepal)
  • Travel insurance.
  • Nepal visa fee.
  • Air fare to Lhasa and back.
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