2015 Himalayan Retreat – Tibet &Nepal

Himalayan Retreat 2015 (September 15 – October 8, 2015): This program includes one week in Tibet and two weeks in Nepal.

 

 

Himalayan Retreat 2015 – Tibet and Nepal (September 15 – October 8)

Detailed program:

DAY 1 (Sep 15, 2015): Depart Canada for Lhasa, Tibet

DAY 2 (Sep 16, 2015): International travel

DAY 3 (Sep 17, 2015): Fly to Gonggar airport then drive (about 46 km.) to Lhasa, Tibet

Night stop in Kyichu Hotel in Lhasa ( M)

DAY 4 (Sep 18, 2015):

  • Sightseeing: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor market.

Night stop in Kyichu Hotel in Lhasa ( M)

DAY 5 (Sep 19, 2015):

  • Sightseeing: Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery.

Night stop in Kyichu Hotel in Lhasa ( M)

DAY 6 (Sep 20, 2015): Drive to Tsedang

  • Sightseeing: Yumbulakang & Trundruk Monastery

Night stop in Tsedang Hotel in Tsedang ( M).

DAY 7 (Sep 21, 2015): Drive to Gyantse and to Shigatse

  • Visit Khumbum stupa in Gyantse

Night stop in Mansarovar Hotel in Shigatse ( M).

DAY 8 (Sep 22, 2015): Drive to Shegar

  • Visit Tashilimphu Monastery and local market

Night stop in Qomolangma Hotel in Shegar ( M).

DAY 9 (Sep 23, 2015): Drive to Rongbuk and then back to Shegar/Old Tingri

  • In Rongbuk visit Everest Base Camp (from Tibet side) and Rongbuk Monastery

Night stop in Shegar ( M).

DAY 10 (Sep 24, 2015): Drive to Zhangmu then to Kathmandu.

  • Cross border at Kodari from Tibet to Nepal.

Arrival Kathmandu: Check-in Park Village Hotel and Resort

Night stop in Kathmandu (1400 M).

Park Village Hotel and Resort. http://ktmgh.com/park-village-hotels-resorts.html

A: Information session and sightseeing (Day 11 – 12 in Kathmandu)

DAY 11 (Sep 25, 2015)

FIRST HALF

9:00am            Introduction of the overall program, dos and don’ts, question-answer session for site seeing, white water rafting, wildlife safari and trekking.

9:45am            Introductory session on Nepal’s history, geography, politics, religion, and culture by Mr. Damodar Prasad Gautam, former Nepalese ambassador to USA/Canada.

11:00am          Conservation and tourism by Karna Sakya, Conservationist and hotelier

SECOND HALF

  • Visit Swayambhu Nath (a Buddhist stupa) – World heritage site.
  • Patan Durbar square – World heritage site.
  • Tibetan refugee camp.

Night stop in Kathmandu (1400 M).

Park Village Hotel and Resort. http://ktmgh.com/park-village-hotels-resorts.html

DAY 12 (Sep 26, 2015)

FIRST HALF

  • Boudha (Buddhist stupa) – World Heritage site
  • Pasupati (Hindu temple) – World Heritage site

SECOND HALF

  • Bhaktapur Durbar Square – World Heritage site

Night stop in Kathmandu (1400 M).

Park Village Hotel and Resort. http://ktmgh.com/park-village-hotels-resorts.html

  1. Outside Kathmandu Tour

DAY 13 (Sep 27, 2015): Arrival at Chitwan National Park. Wildlife safari – wildlife viewing (rhinocerous, tiger etc).

Night stop in Chitwan (200 M).

Machan Country Villa Resort. http://machanwildliferesort.com/country-villa/

DAY 14 (Sep 28, 2015): Full day jungle activities: elephant ride to view the wildlife (rhino, tiger), natural walk, canoeing, bird watching, elephant bathing, and dinner with ethnic Tharu dance.

Night stop in Chitwan (200 M).

Machan Country Villa Resort. http://machanwildliferesort.com/country-villa/

DAY 15 (Sep 29, 2015): Departure for Pokhara.

  • In Pokhara: Visit lake-side market, and dinner with Nepalese folk dance show.

Night stop in Pokhara (1015 M).

Temple Tree Resort and Spa. http://www.templetreenepal.com/introduction.php

DAY 16 – 20 (Sep 30 – Oct 4, 2014) Trekking in the Annapurna Region. Full board. Overnight in tea houses.

DAY 16 (Sep 30, 2015): Drive about two hours from Pokhara and start trek from Nayapul to Tikhedhunga (1524m).

DAY 17 (Oct 1, 2015): Trek from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2775 M).

DAY 18 (Oct 2, 2015): Trek from Ghorepani to Poonhill back to Ghorepani and to Tadapani (2540 M).

DAY 19 (Oct 3, 2015): Trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk (4130 M).

DAY 20 (Oct 4, 2015): Trek from Ghandruk to Birethati to Nayapul.

Night stop in Pokhara (1015 M).

Temple Tree Resort and spa. http://www.templetreenepal.com/introduction.php

DAY 21 (Oct 5, 2015):

Free day in Pokhara.

(Paragliding, mountain biking, micro plane flight etc. – cost not included).

Night stop in Pokhara.

Temple Tree Resort and Spa. http://www.templetreenepal.com/introduction.php

DAY 22 (Oct 6, 2015):

Drive back to Kathmandu. Lunch at Riverview Resort, Kuringtar.

Night stop in Kathmandu (1400 M).

Hotel Yak and Yeti. http://www.yakandyeti.com/home/page/hotel-overview

DAY 23 (Oct 7, 2015):

FIRST HALF

Free (Option for mountain flight to Mt. Everest – cost not included).

SECOND HALF

  • Visit Kathmandu Durbar square and about an hour walk in the olden part of Kathmandu
  • Evening: Farewell dinner.

Night stop in Kathmandu.

Hotel Yak and Yeti. http://www.yakandyeti.com/home/page/hotel-overview

DAY 24 (Oct 8, 2015)

Participants leave Kathmandu for return home to Canada.

DAY 25 (Oct 9, 2015)

Participants arrive Canada.

Note: The program is subject to changes.