Nepal Tibet Short Tour - 8 Days

A Local Tibetan Women with Her Prayer Wheel on Hand in Lhasa

Trip Info

Trip Duration

8 Days

Max Altitude

3650 m

Difficulty

moderate

Start From

Kathmandu

Trip Ends At

Kathmandu

Nepal Tibet Short Tour Overview

Nepal Tibet Short Tour is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that exposes you to the cultural, natural, and other aspects of life in the capitals of two Himalayan nations. Once “forbidden kingdoms”, Nepal and Tibet lie on opposite sides of the magnificent Himalayan range but have an unbreakable cultural and historical connection. 

A combined journey to these distinctive countries from anywhere else offers visitors a completely different travel experience. Both of these destinations are breathtaking, and traveling here is a true adventure that will leave you breathless and wanting more. You can appreciate the distinctions between the capitals of these two Himalayan locations and take pleasure in the opportunity to explore various sights in each location. You can also take pleasure in the similarities between the two places, such as the shared mountain range, the flourishing Tibetan Buddhism, and the friendliness and joy of the locals.

The tour is perfect for those looking to explore the exquisite arts and architecture of Kathmandu valley and secondly immerse themselves in mystical Tibetan Buddhism in a short timeframe. Thus, this 8 days journey from Kathmandu to Lhasa is a great opportunity to get a step closer to the cultural and religious lifestyle of the people of Nepal and Tibet. 

Nepal Tibet Short Tour Plan

This 1 week Kathmandu Lhasa Tour starts once you arrive in Kathmandu, the capital city, one of three medieval kingdoms, and a cultural hub of Nepal. You will discover Kathmandu’s UNESCO World Heritage sites such as Boudhanath Stupa which is the largest stupas in South Asia and is a prominent site for Buddhists, and the famous Pashupatinath Temple which is one of the four prominent Hindu sites in the world and a religious site for the devotees of Lord Shiva. You will also get to explore the other two medieval kingdoms of Patan and Bhaktapur and admire the vibrant Newari culture, arts, and architecture. These sites show peace and devotion, a mixture of religion, and harmony between Nepalese people.

Then, the Lhasa tour begins with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa where you overfly the Himalayas in Nepal and Tibet side. You will discover the cultural and historical treasures of the capital of the “roof of the world”. This mystic land is rich in Buddhist monuments and the simple yet interesting life of the Tibetans can be observed. You will have the opportunity to witness the iconic Potala Palace, the beautiful Norbulingka Palace, the oldest Jokhang temple, the holy path of Barkhor Street, and the grandness of Sera and Drepung Monasteries and learn about the sacred Buddhist teachings. 

The trip ends after you fly back to Kathmandu with memories of Tibet.

Highlights of Nepal Tibet Short Tour

  • Discover some of the prominent historical landmarks of an ancient Kathmandu valley
  • Enjoy the panoramic view of the Himalayas during your air journey from Kathmandu to Lhasa 
  • Flow into the spiritual ambiance of well-known monasteries in Lhasa along with learning some historical facts
  • Enjoy the Barkhor Bazaar's strolling, shopping, and native cuisine.
  • Learn about the similarities and differences between the arts, and architecture of Nepal and Tibet
  • Knowledge about cultural, tradition, food, and way of life differences 

Best time to do Nepal Tibet Short Tour

Both Nepal and Tibet have four distinct seasons. And depending upon your tour/travel categories, particular seasons can be better than others. While spring and autumn are considered best for travel in Nepal, summer is the tourist season in Tibet but spring and autumn also welcome plenty of flow. 

So the best time to visit Nepal and Tibet is during the spring and autumn seasons. With the end of winter in both countries, spring welcomes some freshness to the environment, the days start to stretch, and have lovely mornings and evenings. The hills in Nepal will be adorned with rhododendron blossoms and Tibet welcomes peach blossoms. Autumns have stable weather with no rain, a clear sky, and a cool breeze. 

As this is a trip that only covers a few days in Kathmandu and Lhasa, any time of the year would be favorable to go. The only concern would be the cloudy sky and rain in Kathmandu during the monsoon season. Usually, the rainfall occurs at night time giving break for exploration in day time but the flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa can be delayed or canceled due to fogs and clouds. 

Winter, especially the early winter is also a good time to explore Kathmandu and Lhasa because of less crowd. The weather is cold but the days are sunny and clear in Kathmandu. Lhasa is very harsh than Kathmandu being situated at a higher altitude but the days are pretty warm and sunny, suitable for sightseeing purposes. 

Permits to do Kathmandu Lhasa Sightseeing Tour 

No special permits are required to go sightseeing in Kathmandu and Lhasa. The Nepal Visa which is easily granted on arrival and Tibet Travel Permit which can be obtained after booking the trip with the authorized tour operator are the only permits to enter Kathmandu and Lhasa. The heritage fees and sightseeing location entrance are also required depending upon the sites we choose to visit. 

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Itinerary Details

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
30 Min Drive to Hotel
Max Altitude: 1350 M

A representative from the Himalayan Trekkers will greet and transfer you to the hotel in Kathmandu Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport. After check-in formalities at the hotel, you will have the time to rest and freshen up. Then, we will have a short tour discussion, and depending upon the available time, we will take you out for a stroll around the streets and corners of Thamel which is the commercial hub of Kathmandu. 

Note: After hotel check-in, we will collect your signatures, original passport, and documentation for Tibet/China Visa Process. In case of the last arrival, we will collect the required documents, signature, and original passport the next day. 
In case of early arrival, we will get a chance to collect the documents early and can issue the visa procedures on the same day. 3 working days are needed to receive China/Tibet Travel Visa. 

Meals: Welcome Dinner
Accommodation: Standard Hotel in KTM
Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Full Day Tour
Max Altitude: 1350 M

After a warm and delicious breakfast at the hotel, our guide will pick you up for full-day guided sightseeing of the Kathmandu Valley. 
First, Boudhanath Stupa is the first sightseeing spot for the day. Listed in the UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979, Boudhanath is one of the largest stupas in South Asia. It is one of the most important Buddhist sites in Nepal that represents Tibetan Buddhism. Built-in stupa style, the white dome in the middle of the large mandala has giant Buddha eyes on every four sides and a golden pinnacle. The stupa is flocked with pilgrims and visitors every day and every time, especially on Saturdays. 

Our next spot, also listed as World Heritage Site, is the Pashupatinath Temple, one of the four most important Hindu sites in the world. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is regarded as the universe's guardian and the patron god of the Nepali people in the Hindu religion. Only Hindus are permitted inside the main temple. But, we can look at the mandir (temple) from the major viewpoint across the Bagmati River. You can also see the open-air cremation ceremony on the bank of the river. 

Then, we move to Patan Durbar Square located at the center of the Lalitpur (Patan) district. It is the oldest of three durbar squares in Kathmandu Valley which was built during the 3rd century in the Malla period. The city of Patan is really famous for Newari architecture that features wood carvings, metal crafting, and brickworks and the Durbar Square Complex really showcases this. There are several significant temples including Krishna Mandir built in Shikhara style, Golden Temple which is richly decorated with golden statues of Lord Buddha, and Machhindranath Temple, which is devoted to the rain gods, and homes in the neighborhood, including one that once housed a king.

After a full day of exploring the above-mentioned places, we drive back to Kathmandu. You can rest or stroll around in the evening. 

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Standard Hotel in KTM
Day 3: Champadevi/Sivapuri Day Hike
Full Day Trip with 4/5 Hours Hike
Max Altitude: 1350 M

Since, you will be traveling to the average altitude of 4000 in Tibet and for the acclimatization purpose before traveling to such a high plateau, we have included a day hike to Champadevi/Sivapuri or any one of the higher hills around Kathmandu. This hike will be helpful for not only acclimatization purposes but we can also enjoy the mesmerizing view of the valley and landscape with the backdrop of the Himalayas. If the travelers wish to skip the hike and rather do a city tour then it is also possible. 

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Standard Hotel in KTM
Day 4: Fly to Gongar Airport and Transfer Lhasa
2.5 Hours Flight and 1 Hours Drive
Max Altitude: 3600 M

As soon as the Chinese Embassy opens, our representative will collect the passport and visa and proceed to the airport for our flight. The flight to Gonggar Airport usually takes place at noon. The flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa is considered one of the best flights in the world as you will be flying above the Himalayas and taking the breath-taking views of the majestic Himalayas, including Kailash, Cho Oyu, Everest, the highest mountain on Earth, and others.

After a 2 and half hours flight, we will arrive at Gongar Airport. Upon arrival at the Gonggar Airport, our Tibetan representative will welcome you and transfer you to the hotel in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. Check-in at the hotel and remainder of the day on leisure with not many activities due to altitude change. 
In the evening we will stroll around the old city to experience the local lifestyle and monuments of Lhasa.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Standard Hotel in Lhasa
Day 5: Sightseeing in Lhasa
Full Day Tour
Max Altitude: 3600 M

Our full-day guided sightseeing begins from the Potala Palace which was the winter palace of the Dalai Lamas since the 7th century. Now turned museum, it is one of the holiest complexes of Tibetan Buddhism and also the highest palace on earth in terms of altitude. The palaces are really grand similar to chapels of western countries. The palace museum is a fine example of Tibetan architecture and houses the historical documents of Buddhism, relics of Tibetan culture, statues of different Buddhas, Buddhist scriptures, arts, Thangkas, etc. 

hen, we will move to Jokhang Temple, the holiest Buddhist temple in Tibet. The temple was by in the 7th century by King Songtsen Gampo to house the Budhha Statue and images brought by his Nepalese wife Princess Bhrikuti. It was designed by Nepalese craftsmen and in 2010, it got listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

After exploring the temple, we will take a walk around the must-see Barkhor Street surrounding the Jokhang Temple. The street offers the original outlook of Lhasa and brings together the regional Tibetan traditions, beliefs, economy, culture, handicrafts, etc. The street is also called "Holy Path" by Tibetans which is made up of four streets that form a circle and is more than 1000 meters long. We will return to the hotel in the evening after a whole day of cultural and historical exploration. 

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Standard Hotel in Lhasa
Day 6: Lhasa & Surrounding Tour Day 2
Full Day Tour
Max Altitude: 3600 M

After breakfast, we will visit the Norbulingka Palace which sits on the bank of the Kyichu River. The palace used to be the summer residence of the Dalai Lamas which have 374 rooms. Norbulingka means “Treasure Park” which is home to the largest, most exquisite and best-preserved gardens on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. This UNESCO World Heritage Site palace has a complex different from most of the monasteries in Tibet. There are five distinct sections in the palace complex- Kelsang Palace, Tsokyil Palace, Golden Linka, Takten Migyur Palace, and Lake Heart Palace and each of them has three main sections- the palace area, the forest area, and the area in front of the palace.

We will also visit the popular Drepung Monastery, the most significant monastery in Tibetan history. It is one of the three main Gelug monasteries along with the Sera and Ganden monasteries. The monastery used to be Dalai Lamas’ residence before Potala Palace was built. During the heyday, the monastery was home to around 10,000 monks; now there are around 600 monks. We will visit the complex’s main buildings including the Main Assembly Hall, the Ganden Potrang, and a few chapels nearby.

Then we will move to Sera Monastery, one of the most beautiful monastery complexes. It was the second-largest monastery in the world and resided with more than 9,000 monks in its peak days.  Being one of the main Gelug monasteries, it teaches the Mahayana Buddhism Teachings. The white stone streets and walkways, the debating courtyard, the main meeting hall, and the bookstore are the major attractions for visitors. 
We return to the hotel after exploring the above-mentioned sites. 

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Standard Hotel in Lhasa
Day 7: Fly Back to Kathmandu & Sightseeing
2.5 Hours Flight & Transfer
Max Altitude: 1350 M

After a nice breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to the airport for a scenic flight back to the Kathmandu Valley. In Kathmandu, we will proceed for sightseeing in the places such as Swoyambhunath and Kathmandu Durbar square. If time permits, we will also explore the Bhaktapur Durbar Square. 

Of all the sacred sites in the Kathmandu Valley, Swayambhunath Stupa is the oldest and most mysterious. It is located on a hilltop in the center of the valley and from every angle of the valley, one can see its tall white dome and glistening golden spire. Swoyambhunath is also known as the “monkey temple” because the number of monkeys in the temple complex is innumerable. The surrounding is filled with chaityas, temples, and many small shrines of different deities, and other religious objects. 

Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kathmandu Durbar Square is one of the three durbar squares in the valley, located in the heart of the Kathmandu city. The durbar square complex is a few meters away from Thamel Street and is famous among the locals. It is also known as Basantapur Durbar Square and houses religious and cultural sites such as Kalbhairab Temple, Kumari House, Kasthamandap, Hanuman Dhoka Palace, etc. 

Bhaktapur Durbar Square is another durbar square complex located in Bhaktapur town, an ancient town of Kathmandu valley. Bhaktapur is also called the “city of devotees”, “A Living Museum” or “ancient Newari town”. The mythology, art, and architecture of the Newari tradition are very prominent in the town. The square complex is a fine example. 

In the evening, we gather together in an authentic Nepali restaurant for a farewell dinner.
Note: Even though our package has both arrival and departure from Kathmandu, if the travelers are short on time or are planning to travel further to other destinations via connecting flights from Chengdu, Ganzhou, Beijing, etc, then we will make amendments accordingly but the travelers will have to inform us in advance. 

Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
Accommodation: Standard Hotel in KTM
Day 8: Departure from Kathmandu
30 Min Drive to Airport

As your Short tour to Nepal and Tibet has been come to the end, you will be departing today. After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to your home country or onward destination.

However, if your flight is scheduled in the evening or after the evening, you can spend the day in the city as you prefer. You can once again stroll around the markets and buy some souvenirs for friends and families. You can also visit the site as per your interest. After that, you will be transferred to the airport 3 hours prior to your flight. (3 hrs prior to flight is a rule here in Nepal).

Meals: Breakfast

What is included / not included

Include

  • All airport transfers in a private vehicle
  • 3* Standard category accommodations on twin sharing basis with breakfast
  • All required ground transportation in a private vehicle
  • Airfare (Kathmandu-Lhasa-Kathmandu)
  • Permits and Visa Applications for Tibet
  • Professional English-speaking city guide
  • All heritage entrance fees
  • Welcome/farewell dinner
  • All government/applicable taxes and office service charges

 

Exclude

  • Any International Flights
  • Nepal Visa Fee 
  • Meals (Lunch & Dinner)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips and gratitude
  • Personal expenses (laundry, phone calls, tips to guide and driver, liquor, etc.)
  • Any costs occurred under unavoidable circumstances (flight delay or cancellation, road blockade, illness, etc.)
  • Anything not mentioned in the INCLUSION section

Accommodation

Accommodations During Nepal Tibet 8 Days Tour 

Himalayan Trekkers offers clean hygienic and comfortable accommodations for our valuable guests. We provide 3-star standard category hotels/resorts with breakfast on a twin/double sharing basis both in Kathmandu and Lhasa. However, if you prefer to have a single supplement or upgrade the hotel category, we can manage them at an additional cost if we are informed prior. 

Meals during One Week Nepal Tibet Tour 

Except for all the breakfasts and one welcome/farewell dinner, we have not included the lunches and dinners in this trip package as both Kathmandu and Lhasa have a broad variety of restaurants and eateries and menus. 

Various levels of restaurants can be seen in Kathmandu serving Nepali, Indian, Chinese, Western, Continental cuisines, etc. They are mostly and easily found in the tourist hub, Thamel. Similarly, there are many different types of food available in Lhasa, including western cuisine, Sichuan cuisine, Nepalese cuisine, and Tibetan cuisine. The majority of the restaurants are grouped together around Barkhor Street and the Jokhang Temple. As a result, you may easily access places to dine and drink.

However, we can recommend you the places to dine in as per your preferences those serving healthy and hygienic foods. You can go for an authentic traditional menu or eat the continental or western cuisines. The choice is up to you.

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