Himalayan Adventure


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    2019 departure dates:  07 May, and 01 Oct;   2020 departure date: 05 May

    Embark on a journey of extremes, striking across the starkly beautiful landscapes of Tibet, on the roof of the world. Then discover the verdant and chaotic valleys of Nepal under the ever watchful gaze of the mighty Himalayas.

    Itinerary

    Days 1-2: Fly to Chengdu 

    Day 3: Giant Pandas
    A visit to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding allows you to see China’s celebrated bears up close in surroundings that mirror their natural habitat. Stroll through People’s Park and see Matchmaker’s Corner, and visit a traditional tea house. (B,L,D)

    Day 4: Fly to Lhasa
    Fly to Lhasa and have some time at leisure to acclimatise to the high altitude. (B,L,D)

    Day 5: Debating Monks\
    Lhasa is a modern city but among the old streets, at its core, you’ll feel a million miles from the modern world. Venture inside Jokhang Temple where queues of people worship in the flickering light of yak butter candles. Wander around the Barkhor with traditionally dressed locals and prostrating pilgrims. There will also be a visit to Sera Monastery to witness the debating monks. This evening, try yak burgers for dinner. (B,L,D)

    Day 6: The Potala Palace
    The Potala Palace is an architectural wonder towering over the city. The winter palace of the Dalai Lama, it houses thousands of rooms filled with old treasures. This evening enjoy a Tibetan dance performance during dinner. (B,L,D)

    Day 7: Shigatse
    Travel across Tibet’s stark plains to Shigatse, Tibet’s second city and the traditional home of the Panchen Lama. (B,L,D)

    Day 8: Tashilhunpo Monastery
    Visit Tashilhunpo Monastery, the hilltop complex that is the monastic seat of the Panchen Lama. From here drive to New Tingri admiring awe-inspiring Himalayan views. (B,L,D)

    Day 9: Everest Base Camp Boundary Monument
    Rise early to make the final assault across the Gue La to Pasum and Rongbuk, a monastic village festooned in colourful prayer flags. See the world’s highest post office, with the Himalayas dominating the horizon, before reaching the Everest Base Camp Boundary Monument. Here, situated under the gaze of Everest’s north face, the views of the world’s highest peak are unsurpassed (weather permitting). (B,L,D)

    Day 10: New Tingri to Gyantse
    Drive to the pleasant town of Gyantse and visit the famous Kumbum Monastery. (B,L,D)

    Day 11: Gyantse to Lhasa
    Return to Lhasa, stopping en route at Karuola Glacier and Yamdrok Lake. Stay overnight in Lhasa. (B,L,D)

    Day 12: Into Nepal
    Fly to Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. Meet your Nepalese guide and transfer to Dhulikhel to see the traditional Newari houses and browse the local market. (B,L,D)

    Day 13: Bhaktapur
    Take a visit to Changu Narayan Temple before hiking to Telkot through the forest landscapes, admiring the stunning Himalaya scenery. Drive to Bhaktapur and visit the Old Houses before enjoying a traditional Nepalese lunch. This afternoon wander Bhaktapur’s cobblestone streets where you’ll stumble across many old courtyards, temples and artisans busy at their craft. Visit the Golden Gate and the Palace of 55 Windows on Durbar Square. (B,L,D)

    Days 14-15: Pokhara
    Travel to Pokhara. The town sits on the verdant banks of Phewa Lake with virtually uninterrupted views of the majestic Annapurna and Manaslu ranges. Take a walking tour, admiring the views. (B,L,D) The next day, explore Pokhara’s traditional bazaar, Bindyabasini Temple, Gupteshwor Cave and Devi’s Fall. Spend the afternoon wandering the Mountain Museum. (B,L,D)

    Days 16-17: Chitwan National Park
    Admire the sunrise and the serenity of a Hindu temple before departing for Chitwan National Park. A jungle safari delivers you to the plains of Terai. (B,L,D) Tomorrow, take an early morning nature walk, and visit the elephants. Later, take a serene trip down the Rapti River to search for wildlife along the river banks. Observe an elephant bath and this evening take in the fun of a traditional Tharu Stick dance performed by local farmers. (B,L,D)

    Day 18: Daman
    Drive to Daman which has one of the most spectacular outlooks over the Himalayan range of anywhere in Nepal. Continue to Kathmandu. (B,L,D)

    Day 19: Lama Blessing
    Essentially a suburb of Kathmandu, Patan was once the capital of an independent kingdom, something that is noticeable in its distinctiveness. See the UNESCO World Heritage Royal Palace and the sights of Patan’s Durbar Square. Returning to Kathmandu, visit the Bodhnath Stupa and Monastery for a very special Lama blessing. Continue to Pashupatinath Temple. (B,L,D)

    Day 20: Kathmandu
    Kathmandu is a city of many layers – a modern day assault on the senses, a hub of cultural and artistic heritage and a monument to the medieval era. Explore Swayambhunath Temple, Durbar Square, the Kumari Temple and Thamel Market. (B,L,D)

    Days 20-21: Depart Kathmandu
    This morning is at your leisure before you are transferred to Kathmandu airport to board your flight to New Zealand, arriving home the same or following day. (B)

    Day 22: Arrive New Zealand

    Single Supplement from $1330

    Inclusions

    • International flights and current taxes
    • Domestic transportation
    • Accommodation
    • All meals – 19 breakfasts, 18 lunches and 18 dinners
    • Touring with guides and entrance fees
    • Visa fees for New Zealand passport holders

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