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Nepal Holidays

Journey to the Roof of the World

20 Night Itinerary from  £5,278

Lhasa Tour

Explore and trek in Nepal, visit Royal Chitwan National Park and take an adventure to Lhasa returning to Kathmandu by road in the shadow of Mount Everest.

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Tour Route

Travel Highlights

  • Explore the culture, scenery and wildlife of Nepal with local guides.
  • Discover Kathmandu, including Buddhist and Hindu shines, temples and the old city. 
  • Take an invigorating 2-night trek in the Annapurna lowlands with an expert guide.
  • Guided tour of Pokhara, including the Gurkha Museum and a boat trip on Lake Phewa.
  • Stay in Royal Chitwan National Park and enjoy jeep safari and nature walks.
  • Fly to Lhasa and spend 3-nights with visits to the Potala Palace and Sera Monastery.
  • Travel by road across the roof of the world, observing temples, monasteries, nunneries and scenery beyond belief.
  • Stand in awe at Mount Everest from the Tibetan side. 

This itinerary can be tailored to your preferences by our specialist advisors, who can provide a guaranteed price based on your choice of route, duration, flights, hotels, transport and excursions.

Tour Itinerary

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Kathmandu - 3 Nights

Day 1 - Departure from the UK on an overnight flight Kathmandu

Day 2 - Arrive in Kathmandu

Day 3 - Guided tour of Kathmandu

Day 4 - At leisure 

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Tuesday, 03 August 2021

Depart the UK on overnight flight to Kathmandu

Depart the UK on your overnight flight to Kathmandu.


Wednesday, 04 August 2021

Arrive in Kathmandu

On arrival in Kathmandu, you will be met by our Veloso Tours local guide and transferred to your chosen hotel for a 3-night stay on a bed and breakfast basis. Your guide will give you a short orientation tour to get you used to your local surroundings. The rest of the day is at leisure.  

The roofs of the pagodas, the smells from the street stalls and the local people all combine to make Kathmandu a truly intoxicating and evocative city. Formerly three separate kingdoms, Patan, Bhaktapur and Kathmandu, these city-states were united during the late 18th century to create modern Nepal but still retain their individual characters. 


Thursday, 05 August 2021

Guided tour of Kathmandu

Enjoy a full day city tour today in the company of your expert Veloso Tours guide. We start at Durbar Square. Some of the square’s 50-plus monuments date from the 12th century, most are from the time of the Malla Kings. Probably the most famous building here is the Kumari Bahal, a building richly decorated with beautiful woodcarvings, which is home to the Royal Kumari, the Living Goddess, a manifestation of the great goddess Durga. Nearby the former Royal Palace is a Mall Dynasty dwelling, once considerably more extensive than today. 

Next we visit Swayambhunath, the most ancient of the Valley’s holy shrines this golden-spired stupa tops a wooded hillock. Records of its history date as far as the 5th century, but its origins are believed to be older. It is the Kathmandu Valley’s most sacred Buddhist shrine and whilst its worshippers include the Vajrayana Buddhists of northern Nepal and Tibet, Newari Buddhists are the most fervent devotees.

In the afternoon, discover Boudhanath Stupa. This great stupa is one of Nepal’s most distinctive monuments and also one of the most important Buddhist sites in Nepal and, with a diameter of over 100 meters, amongst the largest in the world. 

Then, take a break from the sightseeing and walk around the bustling area surrounding the stupa. There are six major monasteries and a host of smaller ones as well as cafes, restaurants and shops selling Tibetan carpets and plenty of Newari silversmiths. On the evening, we visit Nepal’s most sacred Hindu shrine and one of the subcontinent’s great Shiva sites, Pashupatinath.


Friday, 06 August 2021

At leisure

Today is free to explore Kathmandu at your leisure, soaking up the wonderful atmosphere.

Shangri-La

Kathmandu - First Hotel

Located 7 km from the airport and within walking distance from the centre of Kathmandu, the Shangri-La hotel is a comfortable base to explore this wonderful city.

Public areas include the James Hilton Bar, lovely gardens, a pool and 2 restaurants. There is free Wi-Fi.

There are 69 modern deluxe rooms, each with air-conditioning, private bathroom, safe, TV, telephone, mini-bar and writing desk

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Pokhara - 1 Night

Day 5 - Drive to Pokhara

 

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Saturday, 07 August 2021

Drive to Pokhara

Today we drive through incredible Himalayan mountain scenery past local villages and steep ravines to arrive to Pokhara. It's a long day and the mountain roads can sometimes be slow, but the views are very rewarding and invigorating. Check in at your chosen hotel for a 1-night stay on a bed and breakfast basis. 

Shangri-La Village Resort, Pokhara

Pokhara - First Hotel

Centrally located in Pokhara and sitting beneath magnificent snow peaks, Shangri~La Village Resort, Pokhara is a peaceful retreat to enjoy when touring Nepal.

Public facilities include an outdoor swimming pool with beautiful Himalayan views, international dishes at the Caravanserai restaurant in an elegant yet casual atmosphere. The Spice Route is an alternative restaurant, ideal for those looking to tease their taste buds with Eastern flavours. After a hearty meal, one can have a cocktail at Trails End Bar, with its cozy ambiance and a pool table as an accompaniment. There is also yoga and other activities on offer.

The 30 deluxe rooms are all air-conditioned, with private bathroom, TV, telephone, mini-bar, tea/coffee maker, bottled water and free Wi-Fi.

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Annapurna Lowlands Trek - 2 Nights

Day 6 - Trek to Birethanti

Day 7 - Trek to Tomijong

 

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Sunday, 08 August 2021

Trek to Birethanti

You will be collected from your hotel in Pokhara by your guide and taken for a trek briefing in the local Ker and Downey's office. We then continue by road with guide & porters to our trek start point in Nayapul (Approx. 1.5 hours).

Reaching Nayapul, our easy and undulating walk takes us to Sanctuary Lodge, less than one hour. The lodge has magnificent views of the sacred and unclimbed Fishtail Mountain, or Machhapuchre, as it is locally known.

Lunch is at the lodge followed by an optional walk to the village of Birethanti. Or you may choose to spend the afternoon exploring the surrounding river valley.


Monday, 09 August 2021

Trek to Tomijong

Following a leisurely breakfast, we leave Sanctuary lodge & trek to Ker & Downey's Mala Lodge at 1,395 meters. The lodge is built along the lines of a traditional Nepalese village. Every room has spectacular views of the surrounding valley and mountains. After lunch at the lodge, we have an option to visit the local village of Tanchok where we visit a local house, now made into a museum. The contents of the house illustrate how the local people live, together with the tools and implements of day to day traditional village life. We might also visit a local school. Overnight at Mala Lodge on a full board basis. Approx trekking time 2-3 hours.

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Return to Pokhara - 1 Night

Day 8 - Return to Pokhara and city tour

 

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Tuesday, 10 August 2021

Return to Pokhara and guided tour

After the Trek from Chandrakot to Lumle we arrive back in Pokhara, where your guide will take you on a tour of the city visiting Davi's Falls, Bindanashini temple, Gupteswor temple, Seti George, the Tibetan Camp and a boat trip on Phewa lake. The rest of the day is at leisure.

 

Shangri-La Village Resort, Pokhara

Pokhara - First Hotel

Centrally located in Pokhara and sitting beneath magnificent snow peaks, Shangri~La Village Resort, Pokhara is a peaceful retreat to enjoy when touring Nepal.

Public facilities include an outdoor swimming pool with beautiful Himalayan views, international dishes at the Caravanserai restaurant in an elegant yet casual atmosphere. The Spice Route is an alternative restaurant, ideal for those looking to tease their taste buds with Eastern flavours. After a hearty meal, one can have a cocktail at Trails End Bar, with its cozy ambiance and a pool table as an accompaniment. There is also yoga and other activities on offer.

The 30 deluxe rooms are all air-conditioned, with private bathroom, TV, telephone, mini-bar, tea/coffee maker, bottled water and free Wi-Fi.

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Royal Chitwan National Park - 3 Nights

Day 9 - Drive to Royal Chitwan National Park

Day 10 - Jeep safari and canoe ride

Day 11 - Guided nature walk

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Wednesday, 11 August 2021

Drive to Chitwan National Park

This morning we drive to your chosen lodge for a 3-night stay on full board basis. Royal Chitwan National Park is the first and best protected area in Nepal. It offers protection to an array of mammals such as the one-horned rhinoceros, tiger, leopard, sloth bear and wild bison, as well as more than 400 species of birds. The afternoon is at leisure. 

In the evening, we take a traditional Patela boat ride downstream the Rapti River towards the western boundary of the park formed by Himalayan Narayani. As you sail, look out for crocodiles and several Wetland Species, migrants and residents and if lucky get a closer view of the Rhinos wallowing in water.

Disembark at a preselected spot and another short walk gets you to a view point where chairs and a small BBQ are set up. Over chilled sundowners and hot grilled snacks enjoy the sunset and soak in the lovely views.

In the evening enjoy a cultural performance at your Lodge. Centuries old culture of ostensible survivors in Nepal, Tharu Dance is an amazing way of expressing the significance of festivals, farmland and the tradition of united families in the life of Tharus. The cultural performances are organised at the lodge after sunsets. We encourage guests to interact and join them in the performance.


Thursday, 12 August 2021

Jeep safari and canoe ride

Enjoy a morning Jeep safari & an afternoon canoe ride in the National Park.

In-between game drives you have the option of visiting a village visit that takes you to Tharu houses and an opportunity to experience the coexistence of modernity and tradition in the village. You will get a chance to learn and explore while streaming through the pollution free roads, stretches of farmlands and ancestral homes and welcoming locals.


Friday, 13 August 2021

Guided nature walk

This morning enjoy a guided nature walk, a unique highlight of Chitwan. This on-foot safari helps you to be into the shoes of naturalists to explore study and unravel the hidden secret in the woods. The jungle walk offers a great chance of spotting wildlife and is quite adventurous. As per the interest of the guest the nature walks can be longer or shorter. There are well-defined circuits developed after observing the animal movement in different habitats of the park. The nature walks are led by an experienced naturalist and lodge’s local nature guide.

The rest of the day is at leisure.

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Fly to Kathmandu - 1 Night

Day 12 - Fly to Kathmandu

 

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Saturday, 14 August 2021

Fly to Kathmandu

Transfer to Bharatpur airport and fly back to Kathmandu. On arrival, transfer to your chosen hotel for a 1-night stay on a bed and breakfast basis.

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Fly to Lhasa - 3 Nights

Day 13 - Fly to Lhasa 

Day 14 - Potala Palace, Norbu Linka and Sera Monastery

Day 15 - Lhasa, optional excursions

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Sunday, 15 August 2021

Fly to Lhasa

Transfer to the international airport for your flight from Kathmandu to Tibet, one of the most spectacular flights in the world. Your are literally flying over the roof of the world. On arrival, transfer to your chosen hotel for a 3-night stay on a bed and breakfast basis. Take your time today to acclimatise to the high altitude.


Monday, 16 August 2021

Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Sera Monastery

We start today with a tour of the Potala Palace, the defining symbol of Lhasa and Tibet. The winter home to ten Dalai Lama's, the huge 17th century structure is one of the most poignant on the planet, telling the story of life here before the Dali Lama was forced to flee to India. The roof terraces house the former residences of the Dalai Lama and afford sweeping views of the city.

We then visit Norbu Linka or Treasure Garden, the summer palace of the Dalai Lamas, a quiet and beautiful garden in the western part of Lhasa. Its construction was started by the 7th Dalai Lama in 1755, and finished during the reign of the 13thand 14th Dalai Lamas in the 20th century. It is a huge well-kept garden, where you can walk around and enjoy the beauty of high altitude flora, and visit three palaces. The most interesting is the 14th Dalai Lama’s palace, where the murals of the audience hall depict events of Tibetan history, and his living quarters show his fascination with Western inventions. He escaped from this palace to India on March 10, 1959.

After an included lunch we conclude the day at the Sera Monastery, arriving in time for a guided tour, before the monks take to the courtyard for their afternoon debating sessions. Watching them express themselves so spectacularly, even without understanding the language, is a memorable experience. 


Tuesday, 17 August 2021

Optional excursions in Lhasa

Today is free for you to explore Lhasa at your leisure, or take an optional excursion to visit the Jokhang Temple, founded in the 642 AD by Tibet’s first Buddhist king with the help of his Chinese and Nepali wives.

Or visit Ani Tsankhung Nunnery and printing house, a nunnery where more than one hundred Buddhist nuns live today. It was built on a site used for meditation by Tibet’s first Buddhist king, Songtsen Gampo. The nunnery was originally built in the 15th century and later enlarged in the 20th century. The nuns make a humble living by making handicrafts and printing religious texts in the old traditional fashion with wooden blocks.

House of Shambhala

Lhasa - First Hotel

Full of endearing Tibetan charm and located in the very heart of the charming Lhasa old town, this 4* courtyard hotel is a wonderfully authentic base from which to explore the city. The 13 rooms are decorated in traditional Tibetan style, creating a warm and welcoming environment, with a good range of facilities and room sizes.

A simple breakfast, including eggs made to order, is served in the restaurant, which itself is rated as one of the best local eateries in Lhasa.

Head up to the rooftop area and find a quiet spot to relax and enjoy the view across the rooftops of the old town, adorned with prayer flags in every direction.

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St Regis

Lhasa - Deluxe Hotel

Starwood hotels follow their legacy of luxury accommodation with this fabulous 5 star hotel in Lhasa. 162 large sumptuous rooms and suites provide exquisite spaces in which to relax and unwind after a day exploring the high altitude city. These feature welcoming sofas, walk-in closets, a powder room, study area and balconies, affording views over the city or landscaped gardens. Spacious bathrooms include a traditional Victorian bathtub, twin vanity counter and separate walk-in shower.

The hotels gold energy pool is the perfect place to refresh yourself, whilst guests can also join regular yoga classes.

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Everest Base Camp

From Lhasa to Kathmandu - 5 Nights

Day 16 - Drive to Shigatse

Day 17 - Overland to Shegar

Day 18 - Drive to Rombuk

Day 19 - Everest base camp view point

Day 20 - Drive to Trishuli

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Wednesday, 18 August 2021

Drive to Shigatse

We depart from Lhasa on our adventure across the Tibetan Plateau to Kathmandu, a journey you will never forget. The drive today is long, yet scenic across the Khamba la, Kora La (passes), along the shores of Lake Yamdrok Tso. Once an important trading town, Gyantse retains the feel of Old Tibet.

We visit Gyantse’s Monastery – Pelkor Chode. The main temple of Pelkor Chode, the Tsuklakhang was built 1418– 1425 AC by the 2nd prince of Gyantse. It was an eclectic academy with 16 dralsang (colleges) belonging variously to Sakya, Butonpa, Geluk and Kagyu schools. All the dralsang buildings have been destroyed, however the main assembly hall was preserved along with its remarkable (15th images and Murals). The top chamber is decorated with fantastic mandalas in Sakya tradition.

We continue our drive to Shigatse which stands at the confluence of Nyangchu and Brahmaputra Rivers. Shigatse is Tibet’s 2nd largest city. In Shigatse, we visit Tashilumpo Monastery which was founded in 1447 by a nephew and disciple of Tsongkhapa who was retroactively named the first Dalai Lama. Overnight in Shigatse on a bed and breakfast basis.


Thursday, 19 August 2021

Overland to Shegar

We continue our journey across the roof of the world towards Shegar via Sakya town. Sakya is the principal seat of Sakya School and as such played dominant role in the political and religious history of Tibet in the 13th and 14th century.


Friday, 20 August 2021

Drive to Rombuk

After leaving Shegar, we will turn off the friendship highway for a stunning drive through Qomolangma National Park to reach the tiny Rombuk Gompa at 5000m.  In the afternoon time we will descend into the Rombuk valley and Everest will jump quickly into the view, which would be first chance to catch a glimpse of this inspiring mountain.


Saturday, 21 August 2021

Everest base camp view point

Today we drive to a special viewing point which gives magnificent views of Everest, Lhotse, Cho yu and many mountains. Stand in wonder at the world's highest mountain. We continue to Lower Kyrong via Paiko Tso Lake.


Sunday, 22 August 2021

Drive to Trishuli

Today we will continue our drive towards the Nepal & Tibetan border at the end of your journey across the roof of the world. Kyrong or Gyirong Port (Rasuwa Port on Nepal side) is located some 160 km from Kathmandu and about 820 Km from Lhasa.

At the border, you walk across the Friendship Bridge that connects Nepal and Tibet. Then after necessary immigration formalities in Nepal part, we continue our journey towards Trishuli. The road connecting the border and Trishuli town is adventurous and expect a bumpy ride.

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Kathmandu and back to the UK - 1 Night

Day 21 - Drive to Kathmandu

Day 22 - Fly back to the UK

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Monday, 23 August 2021

Drive to Kathmandu

We drive to Kathmandu where your will be transferred to your chosen hotel for your final night in the Himalayas. rest of the day at leisure to relax after your incredible adventure.


Tuesday, 24 August 2021

Fly back to the UK

Transfer to Kathmandu Airport for your daytime flight back to the UK.

Shangri-La

Kathmandu - First Hotel

Located 7 km from the airport and within walking distance from the centre of Kathmandu, the Shangri-La hotel is a comfortable base to explore this wonderful city.

Public areas include the James Hilton Bar, lovely gardens, a pool and 2 restaurants. There is free Wi-Fi.

There are 69 modern deluxe rooms, each with air-conditioning, private bathroom, safe, TV, telephone, mini-bar and writing desk

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Price Guidelines

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Room Arrangement Tourist First
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room £5,278 £5,667
Single Traveller - Own Room £6,045 £6,734

Prices are a guideline and per person. Please request a quote for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve & Easter.


What's Included

  • Guidelines prices are per person based on 2 people sharing a twin room
  • 22 Days / 20 Nights
  • International flights (1 overnight)
  • Domestic flight in Nepal and flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa
  • 20 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners
  • Transfers to and from airports
  • Transport  throughout the itinerary
  • Excursions listed, all with expert, English-speaking guides
  • Porter on Nepal trek
  • Entrance fees 
  • Chitwan National Park entrance fees, jeep safari and nature walk 

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