Lhasa City Tour

Trip Highlights

“full of thrills and excitement throughout this trip, from traditional villages, green and arid hills, amazing barren landscapes and high mountains, traveling on world’s largest and highest plateau, visiting traditional Tibetan villages, cities, monasteries enrich with old culture, customs and tour of famous and magnificent Potala Palace complex, are the main attraction and highlights of this fabled Lhasa city tour”

Overview

Trexmount Ventures welcomes you to join in our remarkable and fascinating Fabled Lhasa City Tour in Tibet’s and world highest capital, where you can experience interesting cultural tour of a life time, with views of Mt. Chomolungma (Everest), Makalu and several other well-known peaks as the plane flies over world’s highest and largest plateau of Tibet, during an hour scenic panoramic flight in and out of Lhasa.

Fabled Lhasa City Tour with Trexmount Ventures, Tibet’s largest and main religious and cultural centre, travel starts with an interesting flight over high Himalayan mountains above Tibetan plateau, on reaching Lhasa airport which is called Gongar International Airport, received by our Tibetan counter agent guide and driver, with an hour drive to Lhasa at 3,660 meters high with views of Potala palace as the drive enters the city area.

Lhasa at present a mixture of old and modern city, our hotels are located in the old part of Lhasa around Barkor market square, the hub of Lhasa where you can observe the old culture, Buddhist pilgrims, and religious way of life with impressive customs of Tibetans from various parts of Tibet.

In Lhasa with four nights’ ample time visiting famous old interesting monasteries, monuments and market place including magnificent Potala Palace which stands high majestically on top of red hill, overlooking the beautiful Kyuichi valley where Lhasa city located.

Morning visiting old Drefung monastery the largest in Tibet, Sera monastery to observe young monks in debate which is interesting to watch, ancient Jorkang Temple in the middle of Barkor square which is an earliest temple built by king Songsen Gompa in early 6th century, time permitting visit summer palace of Dalai Lama at Norbu Linka with nice immaculate gardens.

In Lhasa enjoying the tour with Tibetans food and lifestyle, drive leads towards Ganden huge monastery complex, which was built around early 11th century by Tsong Khapa the founder of Gelugpa sect of Buddhism, located 45 k.m. east of Lhasa on a high hill with great views of surrounding area, after an interesting visit here driving back to Lhasa through traditional farm villages with Yak grazing around green pasture.

In Lhasa with time for individual activities and souvenir shopping and then concluding this wonderful Fabled Lhasa City Tour with a flight back to Kathmandu with great service of Trexmount Ventures.

Outline Itinerary


  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

  • Day 02: In Kathmandu with cultural tour at places of interest.

  • Day 03: Fly to Lhasa 3,660 m-12,008 ft and transfer to hotel around Barkor area.

  • Day 04-05: In Lhasa tour of Potala Palace and other places of interest.

  • Day 06: Drive to Ganden Monastery 4,267 m-13,999 ft and back to Lhasa.

  • Day 07: Drive to Gongor / Lhasa Airport and fly to Kathmandu.

  • Day 08: International departure for home ward bound.

If this itinerary is not Matched with your plan and time, we will customize, Please

Detail Itinerary


  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

    Our representative will come to the airport for transfer to the Hotel. After some refreshment in the hotel, Our Tour leader will make pre departure meeting in the Hotel or at our office. The meetings will covers trip related information’s & collecting your Documents (passport copy, 2 passport size photos, Travel insurance).

  • Day 02: In Kathmandu with cultural tour at places of interest.

    Morning after breakfast as time set for the sightseeing tour, our city guide will lead you for few hours in our fascinating heritage and cultural tour around places of interest, tour of holy Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath (Little Tibet), Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) & monasteries, old historical Palaces, courtyard; and then back to hotel after the wonderful tour, afternoon free for individual activities and preparation for journey to Tibet.

  • Day 03: Fly to Lhasa 3,660 m-12,008 ft and transfer to hotel around Barkor area.

    Morning after breakfast depart from the hotel to Kathmandu International airport for the flight to Lhasa city, a scenic flight with panoramic views of high Himalayas including the soaring Mt. Everest. On reaching at Gongar airport near Lhasa our Tibetan guide and driver, from our counterpart agent in Tibet receives you for a short drive of an hour to reach the main Lhasa city

  • Day 04-05: In Lhasa tour of Potala Palace and other places of interest.

    Lhasa city a mixture of old and new, our hotels situated in the old parts of east Lhasa around Barkor market square, which is the hub of Lhasa, where one can observe the Tibetans from all part of Tibet with their colorful costumes and deep root in Tibetan Buddhism.
    Here in Lhasa with two days of interesting tour, the visit around monastery Drefung monastery, which is one of the largest and oldest monastic complex, in olden days over 7,000 monks, priest used to reside, at present about 200 -300 monks, Dalai Lama used to reside here, before Potala Palace was built.
    Drefung means heap of rice, as this building washed with white lime paints perched on a hill top above Lhasa or Kyuchi valley.
    Afternoon visit Sera Monastery, one of the most important and old monastery of Tibet as well a school for Tibetan Buddhism, interesting to watch young monks in heavy debate, from here visit Jorkhang Temple is another interesting place as it boasts a lot of historic importance and tales of old days. Conclude the day tour by visiting Bharkor Bazaar.
    Next morning tour of magnificent Potala Palace, originally built during 640 A.D, the 13 storied palace stands at 11,719m-38,448 ft high with 1000 rooms, visitors are allowed only 10 -12 main and important rooms and shrines.

    Afternoon visit Norbu Linka a summer palace of most resent Dalai Lamas, which is quite modern with immaculate garden, after an enjoyable time afternoon free at leisure for last minute shopping souvenirs.

  • Day 06: Drive to Ganden Monastery 4,267 m-13,999 ft and back to Lhasa.

    Morning departure for Ganden, drive leads towards east from Lhasa about 45 k.m. along the road that following the south bank of the Kyi Chu to Medro Gongkar, drive leads east past Tibet University, across the Lhasa east bridge, on the main Tibet-Sichuan highway, drive leads past traditional and typical farm villages as this short journey reach at Ganden Valley.

    Here visit Ganden, which is the foremost monastery of the Gelugpa (Yellow Hat) sect. Of all the Great Six monasteries (Ganden, Sera, Drepung,Tashilumpo, Labrang, Kumbum) of the Yellow Sect, none suffered as disastrously as Ganden, the ruins here from Cultural Revolution sine last 3-4 years is being reconstructed back to its original shape, a Herculean efforts have gone into rebuilding. Before the ruins, over 2,000 monks lived here; now there are hardly
    300 monks lives and take care of this monastic complex.
    This is the highest point of this trip and an opportunity to observe Tibet’s rural farm and village life with Yaks grazing.

    After a wonderful time drive back to Lhasa, with last night in this Tibetan capital, afternoon free at leisure for individual activities.

  • Day 07: Drive to Gongor / Lhasa Airport and fly to Kathmandu.

    After breakfast, early morning we drive for an hour to Gongar (Lhasa) Airport, on the newly built highway leading through few long tunnels, on reaching at Gongor airport terminal, farewell to our ever cheerful Tibetan guide and drivers and then make way for a scenic flight to Kathmandu with panoramic views of high Himalayas including the soaring Mt. Everest. Upon arrival our staff will transfer you to respective hotels, with afternoon free for individual activities.

  • Day 08: International departure for home ward bound.

    Today your last day in Nepal with great memories of Tibet and Nepal, after an amazing experience, transfer to Tribhuvan International airport for final departure towards homeward bound or to next port of call.

Equipments and Packing


EQUIPMENT: Since you are traveling here and there and through the country side, consider carrying warm, lightweight, hand-washable and quick-drying clothes.

FOOT WEAR:
Trekking Boots (One Pair), Light Soaks (3 Pairs), Thick Socks (4 pairs), Camp Shoes (1 pair), and Sandals (1 pair).

CLOTHING:
Warm Cotton Trousers (2 pairs), Fleece Jacket or Pullover (1), Down or Fiber Filled Waterproof Jacket and Trousers (1), Shirts and T-Shirts (4 pieces), Long Under Wear (2 pieces), Lightweight Cotton Long Pants, Short Under Wear (4 pieces), Sunglasses (1), Sun Hat or Scarf (1) and Woolen Hat (1), Lightweight Gloves (1), Heavyweight Gloves or Mittens With a Waterproof (1), Rain Coat (1).

OTHER EQUIPMENT:
Daypack (1), Down Jacket (1), Sleeping Bag (4 seasons-1), Water Bottle (1), Sunglasses, Flashlight with Spare Bulbs, Sun Cream, Batteriesm Gaiters, Lip Salve.

OPTIONAL:
Toilet Articles, Insect Repellent, Notebook and Pen, Laundry Soap, Toilet Roll, Pocket Knife, Binoculars, Sewing Kit, Soap, Camera, GPS, Cards and Personal Medical Kit and items of your personal interest.

Note: 
If you are wearing glasses, it is advisable to bring a spare pair. If you wear contact lenses you may find that climatic changes and dust can create visual irritation, therefore, it is advisable to bring a pair of glasses.

For Water Purification: You should not drink the water from the tap in Nepal because of bacteria. You can either use water purification or buy the bottle of water. Now a days, some people are bringing their own water filter which is very impressive & useful.
Bottled mineral water and boiled water are available for purchase throughout Trekking.  However, water purification tablets or your own filter can be useful with your interest.

  • Steripen
  • Water filter
  • Iodine or chlorine dioxide purification tablets

Checklist for Documents:
The Following documents listed below are a must and should be with you at all times.

  • Valid Passport
  • Medical Insurance card(s)
  • Address book | Our Company contact details (for any emergency)
  • Flight tickets (e-tickets).
  • Passport size photos ( At least 4)

Note: We do recommend you to make copies of passport, visas, permits, airline tickets/schedule and so on. Leave a copy with someone at home and put a copy in a separate place in your luggage.

Passport


Your passport is a valuable document and you should exercise extreme care in keeping it safe. We recommend that you keep your passport on you at all times, preferably in a money belt that is worn under your clothing. We advise that you take copies of relevant pages in your passport and any visas that you may purchase in case of loss or damage. Your tour leader will require your passport details at the pre-departure meeting. Again, we recommend that you have a photocopy of your passport details, kept separate. Your passport must be valid for six months after the END of your tour, and must have one blank page for each country to be visited.

Nepal Visa


You can either processed tourist visas from any Nepalese Embassy or via the web or you upon arrival in Nepal. Please note that once the visa is issued, it may not be amended or re-validated and visa fees will not be refunded. USD cash or Visa and Master Card credit cards are accepted for visa fees. Visitors who wanted to get tourist visa at arrival, they can obtain into following arrival points in Nepal:
Tribhubhan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu| Kodari| Kakarbhitta| Birgunj| Belhiya Bhairahawa | Nepalgunj |Dhangadi | Mahendranagar.

REQUIREMENTS for Visa is as following:
Valid Passport (with a validity of a minimum period of six months) duly completed Visa application form.
Visa fees easier to be paid in cash.
Visa fees at arrival points in Nepal: Visa for 15 days = $25, For 30 days = $40, For 90 days = $100.
Please also note that: Nationals of the following countries must apply for a tourist visa through Nepalese Embassies as they do not get visas on arrival at the entry points of Nepal.

Note: Nigeria | Ghana | Zimbabwe | Swaziland | Cameroon | Somalia | Liberia| Ethiopia| Iraq| Palestine and Afghanistan’s Travel Document holders (Passport holder) should apply for a tourist visa at the Nepalese Embassy. Entry validity: The validity of visa dates is counted from the date of arrival in Nepal which is Six months from the date of issue.

Visa Extension: A tourist visa can be extended from the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu and Pokhara Immigration Office for a total of 120 days. Over the course of a visa year, a tourist cannot stay in Nepal more than cumulative 150 days.

If you need to come back into Nepal such as going after Tibet, Bhutan or India, Apply and get multiple entry visa.

EACH CLIENT IS SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR OBTAINING ALL NECESSARY VISAS.
Country entry regulations can be changed, Trexmount Ventures does not accept responsibility for changes in regulations or requirements for visas. The information provided is given in good faith.

Travel Insurance


Travel / Medical Insurance: Travel / Medical insurance a compulsory in all Trexmount Ventures trips, all clients MUST be insured to cover personal accident, medical expenses, cancellation, curtailment and repatriation. Please Note you should check that your insurance policy is adequate.

Trip Route Map


Tour Leader and Staffs


“Adventure with Newness” is the philosophy of Trexmount Ventures. The motto of the company is unchangeable since the company established as Professionalism and dedication which is the identity of our company. We are teaming based Trekking and Travel Company, Our professional management, qualified team and well trained Leaders & Guides with years of experience are here to makes your dreams of holiday in the Himalayan with safe, comfortable and enjoyable. 

Best Time to Travel


Autumn Seasons is consider as best time to visit the country. Starts from middle of September to November. You will usually finds clear blue skies and extraordinary mountain views.  

The year is divided into 4 different seasons in Nepal – winter, spring, monsoon and autumn. so another best period to visit the country for plant lovers is during spring from March to May when the flowers are in full bloom. The mountain slopes are covered with beautiful and colorful flowers.  From June the downpour begins. It continues till late August. People can still do the trips into few region. Winter begins from December and continues till late February, it will be bit cold to go into high Himalayan region however you can do the trips into low elevation below 3000m. We can find really clear weather this time of year as well. 

Nepal and its Himalayan range have a typical monsoonal two season a year. There’s the dry season from October to May and the wet season monsoon will starts from June to mid September. And the dry season starts which is best time to visit Nepal and around the Himalaya in many ways then in Monsoon. 

Acclimatization in the height


Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS): Depending upon the zone of trekking, AMS might occur if one does not acclimatize well while trekking in the high Himalayan region. Usually the symptom of AMS can be felt above 3,000 m with thin air, lack of oxygen from low air pressure. The Rapid Ascend, dehydration and Hypothermia are the cause of the symptom. We have rated three different level of the Altitude Sickness:

  1.  AMS – Acute Mountain Sickness: 
    The initial symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness starts with headache, nausea, shortness of breath, fatigue / tiredness, Loss of appetite, disturbance in sleep which is mild a symptoms that will make like hangover / not feeling well.  You don’t need to worry much this will take time to heal after a good acclamatsation, this can be avoided after slow ascend or resting into the same elevation.
  2. HAPE – High Altitude Pulmonary Edema:
    This second level of the sickness may get water in the lungs with the symptoms of increasing Headache, wish to vomiting or vomiting, diarrhea, Dizziness’, Breathing hard, severe cough (dry or Productive), increasing tiredness/weakness, high pulse, Fatigue while walking, Blueness of the face, Lips, Fingers nails which means inability to circulate the Oxygen into the blood. If these symptoms occur, you shouldn’t ascend higher, take medicine & rest/stay into the same altitude for extra night, if it does not improves, you need to descend into lower elevation.
  3. Hace – High Altitude Cerebral Edema
    The final level is a extreme stage of altitude sickness with the symptoms of worsening headache & Vomiting, mental confusion, swelling hand & face, walking like drunk, irritable, unconsciousness or coma. If these serious symptoms appear, you need to get into the hospital as soon as possible either by heli-copter or by other possible arrangements.

Decision Making: All the decision is made by the victims and by leader or guide for 
evacuation by any means of quick transportation and in helicopter.

  1. Find out the main problem i.e. at altitude. Assume all problems are Altitude Sickness unless proven otherwise. 
  2. If it is an altitude problem with mild symptoms, stay at the same altitude until the symptoms are completely gone. Take an Aspirin tablet, try to go up but listen to your body. If symptoms are worsening, descend into the lower.

Prevention is better than cure. A proper acclimatization before heading higher elevation, not to make Rapid Ascent; not to walk faster and drink plenty of fluid like water.

  • Listen your body & Let them more comfortable & rest more than usual. 
  • Avoid alcohol, Narcotic Drugs, sleeping pills and smoking. 
    Drink more fluid 3-4ltrs a day… clean, boiled or treated water/tea/coffee/soup/juice etc. 
  • Do not carry heavy packs, 10 – 12 Kilograms is ok. 
  • Climb higher sleep lower.
    Above 3000m, a 300m ascent a day if possible and walk with someone.

Treatment: The main healer and treatment is Descent, Descent, Descent, the best way of recovering. However, there are few medicine which maybe helpful when suffering: Oxygen, Diamox (Acetomolide) for AMS 125 mg. Before dinner, for sleeping problem if feeling suffocated, Nafedipine for HAPE, Steroids/Dexamethasone for HACE, Hyperbolic Bag – Gamow Bag

Important: Go up slowly with take your own pace. Do not let your body get cold. Do not leave your team member behind unattended, either trekker or porter. Drink plenty of fluids (at least 3 liters per day). Get all information about Altitude Sickness before your trekking tour that will make you confident to make your tour successful.

Required Physical Condition and Experience


Your doctor might suggest you while traveling in Asia or any 3rd world countries, as in Nepal vaccinations are not compulsory unless coming from a yellow fever infected region but we do recommend you are covered for: *diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, *hepatitis B, *malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. NB* a Yellow Fever certificate is required if arriving from infected areas.

For traveling in the countryside and remote areas, immune globulin is also recommended to combat hepatitis A. We advise you to bring along a supply of antibiotics, an anti-diarrhea agent, and any other prescription drugs required by your current medical conditions.

Vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed before departure.You may need additional inoculations so please contact your GP or a travel medical center for further information. Please consult your doctor for up-to-date information and prescriptions for vaccinations, anti-malarial requirements and any reasonably foreseeable illnesses whilst traveling into Asia.

Note: Please don’t forget check up with your Doctor & get advice whether your health permit or not to go into the region.

We also recommend: A dental check-up prior to traveling, you know your blood group in case of emergency and to send your medical / dietary lists. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on tour, you make these known to your Travel Agent at the time of your booking

Medical Supplies: In every trip we do provide with essential comprehensive medical kits however you may carry your own medical kits as per your doctor’s recommendations.

List of some recommended items: Band Aids / bandages, laxatives, upset stomach remedy, anti-diarrhea remedy, Panadol /Aspirin, rehydration remedy, antiseptic cream/powder, sterile dressings, any relevant course of medication such as contraceptive pills.

Make Own tailor made Itinerary


Our expert Travel planner will set the new itinerary with your specific requirements on the based of your Budget, group size, interest and time frame. Please write to us into our email:- uniquepath@mail.com.np  | info@nepalholidayinfo.com | contact@nepalholidayinfo.com

Tailor – Made Travel is a best way to explore more varieties of activities to Enjoy the Holiday Maximum. You just have to tell us your interest, we will combine the desired activities from Trekking and Hiking | Tours & Sightseeing | Climbing and Expeditions | Wild Life Safari | Pilgrimage Tours | Sports and Holidays | Scenic Spot and Hill Stations | Local Living and Home Stay | Historical and Cultural | River Rafting | Bungee Jumping | Paragliding | Birds Watching and so on. We will furnished the itinerary plan with your Budget (Budget, Standard and Luxury), interest and time Frame. Thank you  🙂 

FAQ


Arriving in Nepal & Transfers:  Before you depart for Nepal please send us your flight details so that we can arrange a complementary transport from the airport to the hotel in Kathmandu. Our staff and representative will have a sign-board with “Trexmount Ventures”, please look for it when reaching outside the main terminal. Please note our phone numbers if in-case of flight delay and change in time & schedule or if you don’t see our Sign Board on your arrival in case of emergency: 
Please notify on these + 977- 1- 4701237, 4701238, 4701239 or Cell: 9851058054

Please be aware of hawkers at the airport will try to carry your bags for you and direct you to specific guesthouses.  Please carry your own luggage and don’t give any money who ever asks for it. Luggage

Standard commercial airline baggage restrictions apply. Usually this is 20 kg for economy passengers and one piece of carry-on luggage. It is advisable to check with your airline before traveling.

Currency: The official currency in Nepal is Rupee. The most commonly use symbol for Rupee is NPR or Rs. One Rupee is made up of 100 Paisa, a smaller unit.  There are coins  for denominations of one, two, five and ten rupees and bank notes in denominations of 1,2, 5, 10, 20, 25, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 rupees. There is no restriction on the amount of foreign currency or travelers checks brought into Nepal.

Money Exchange: Nepal Rastra Bank (National Bank)  sets the exchange rate and lists rate in daily news paper. There are many money changer counters and Banks in the cities at where you can change your cash money into local currency.  When you are changing money officially, you need to show your passport and get receipt with your identity. 

There are various ATM Machines in main cities and towns like Kathmandu, Pokhara and so on. Where you can get cash (only Nepalese Rupee) on both Visa and Master Card’s 24 hours a day. Usually you can draw Maximum 30,000 NPR a day from your Card.

Accommodations: In Nepal most places have tourist standard facilities depending upon the choices, as we have put a lot of effort into locating the most appropriate type of accommodation for each tour.

It will always be clean and hygienic, comfortable and of a very high standard. Accommodation for Nepal trips is in a combination of good standard tourist class hotels and Guest Houses in the Treks operated by the local people, which offer Twin Sharing accommodations, please be prepared for the common Bathrooms.

If you wish to spend a few additional days in your start city before the departure of your tour, then we can arrange accommodation for you. On the last day of the tour we usually arrive at our final destination in the late afternoon, when the tour ends. If you would like to book accommodation for that night or even stay additional nights, we will be more than happy to arrange this for you as well. All our accommodation is carefully chosen, conveniently located, clean and comfortable.

Tipping & Bargaining: Tipping in Nepal is not mandatory. It is now a traditional way, asset by earlier visitors, to tip guides, porters and Tour Driver, who now expect a tip. Any gratuity for good service will be gratefully accepted at the end of the tour.

Bargaining is part of Nepalese culture, especially in markets when hiring the local vehicles, buying the jewelers and local clothing.

Travel Tip: You might be tempted to buy a few souvenirs here and there, so leave a little room for those extra purchases!

Safe Travel:

  • Do not take unnecessary valuables with you, a money belt, or similar, worn close to your body is the best way to carry passports, airline tickets, money and other Valuables.
  • Do Not leave any valuables in hotel rooms, please use SAFETY DEPOSIT BOXES in the Hotel. Items are left at the individual’s risk.
  • Pickpockets are not common in Nepal but it can happen, especially in tourist areas and in crowded markets; you must always exercise care.
  • Be aware that anything left lying around will also be liable to theft.

Departure Tax: International Flight departure taxes are included in your flight ticket.

Time Zone: Nepal Greenwich Mean Time (GMT + 5:45 Hours).

Voltage:  Electricity in Nepal is 230 volts AC, 50 cycles. We do have two pins & 3 pins power sockets, you better to have two Pin travel plug adapter which will be useful to charge your batteries.

Drug Policy: Under no circumstances are any illegal drugs allowed on any part of the trip. Anyone discovered in possession of any such drugs, will be asked to leave the tour immediately without question or refund.

Water:  You should not drink the water from the tap in Nepal because of bacteria. You can either use water purification or buy the bottle of water. Now a days, some people are bringing their own water filter which is very impressive & useful.

Bottled mineral water and boiled water are available for purchase throughout Trekking.  However, water purification tablets or your own filter can be useful with your interest.

  • Steripen
  • Water filter
  • Iodine or chlorine dioxide purification tablets

Photography: Photography is important part of the holiday that carries the memory of holiday in the photos.  Please remember, we are guests in the countries through which we travel and we may sometimes inadvertently cause offense by taking photographs without first asking permission. It is absolutely forbidden by law to take photos at any borders, as they are all active military installation.

Contact details: 
Trexmount Ventures: 
Ciltron Garden 495, Thamel Kathmandu, Nepal Phone: +977-1-4701238 | 4701239 |  Cell : +977-9851058054 | Fax : +977-1-4701237 Email :uniquepath@mail.com.np | Url : http://www.nepalholidayinfo.com

Note: 
This tour is operated by Trexmount Ventures. Information provided in all brochures, leaflets and dossiers is offered in good faith by the company, based on the latest information available with update while in publication.

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