Nepal and Tibet – 15 Days
- Trip Code: ATH3463
- Country: Nepal, Tibet
- Duration: 15 Days
- Trip Level: ModeratePaths can be rough, steep and have many ups and downs with some exposure to altitude. Early in the season expect snow patches at higher altitudes. Good health conditions and level of fitness are essential. Generally we attain the altitude between 900m to 3,800m.
- Max Altitude: 3,660 m/12,004 ft
- Activity: Sightseeing and Cultural Tour
- Starts at: Kathmandu
- Ends at: Kathmandu
- Trip Route:
Kathmandu – Pokhara – Chitwan – Kathmandu - Lhasa –Kathmandu
- Best Season: January, February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November and December
- Explore the ancient cities of Kathmandu and Lhasa
- Panoramic sunrise with mountain views from Sarankot
- Discover the secrets of Lake side Pokhara with ancient city tour
- Guided wildlife tour of Chitwan National Park
- Explore the cultural and historical hearts of Tibet
- Visit the Barkhor markets in Tibet
Discover the magic and mystery of Kathmandu, immerse yourself in the fascination throughout the colorful array of bustling streets, rich historic heritage, exquisite temples and religious sites. Take an early morning meandering drive to delightful scenic lakeside town of Pokhara. There a many must-see places to discover, from the Gupteshower sacred Caves to the historical Memorial Museum dedicated to the famous Gurkha Warriors. Our journey continues to the wild and mysterious Chitwan National Park, a popular destination for visitors wanting to have a good experience of the region’s wildlife, tranquility and remoteness. Explore the jungle by jeep safari and dugout canoe while observing the abundance of wildlife from the one horned rhinoceros to the Bengal tiger along with many species of birds, fish and butterflies.
After a breathtaking flight over the Himalayas we arrive at the incomparable “Roof of the World”, Tibet. For culture lovers you’ll witness displays of people so optimistic and proud of their religion and beliefs, remaining much the same as they have since centuries ago. A visit to the Potala Palace and the Jokhang temple can be quite a spiritually rejuvenating experience. Potala Palace features an overwhelming array of intricate murals, temples, stupas and tombs of eight past Dalai Lamas, exquisite Tibetan Mandalas and other relics of the Tibetan history.
- Day 01 – Arrival at the Tribuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (1,345m). Overnight at a hotel.
- Days 02 and 03 – Pre-trip meeting and sightseeing around the Kathmandu valley. Overnight at a hotel.
- Day 04 – Drive to Pokhara (900m) on a private tourist vehicle – 7 hrs. Overnight at a hotel.
- Days 05 and 06 – Guided sightseeing tour in and around Pokhara. Overnight at a hotel.
- Day 07 – Drive to Sarankot, then onto the Chitwan National Park. Overnight at a Resort.
- Day 08 – Activities in the Chitwan National Park. Overnight at a Resort.
- Day 09 – More activities in Chitwan, and drive back to Kathmandu by Tourist Vehicle- 7 hrs. Overnight at a hotel.
- Day 10 – Flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa (3,660m). Overnight at a hotel.
- Day 11 – Guided city tours in Lhasa. Overnight at a hotel.
- Day 12 – Guided City tour at the Potala Palace and the Drepung Monastery. Overnight at a hotel.
- Day 13 – Free day to explore at your leisure. Overnight at a hotel.
- Day 14 – Flight to Kathmandu from Lhasa. Overnight at a hotel.
- Day 15 – Transfer to the international airport for your final flight departure
Day 01 - Arrival at the Tribuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (1,345m)
Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transffered to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle. Overnight at Hotel.
(No Meals Included)
Days 02 and 03 - Pre-trip meeting and sightseeing around the Kathmandu valley
At around 8am on day 2, we host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce your tour leader/guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your tour. This includes a final briefing and preparations for the trip. For the meeting, please make sure you bring passport, two copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer. Please inform us in advance if you will be arriving late and therefore are unable to attend the pre-trip meeting.
After the pre-trip meeting, your sightseeing trip will start at around 9:45am. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. Overnight at a hotel.
The sightseeing places we visit will include:
Bouddhanath Stupa (World Heritage Site)
Lies about 6 kms to the east of downtown Kathmandu and is the largest stupa in the valley. It looms 36 meters high and presents one of the most fascinating specimens of stupa design. Buddhanath is also known as Khasti, or dew drops, after an account that builders had to use dew to mix the mortar as Kathmandu was suffering from a severe drought during the construction of Bouddhanath.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square (World Heritage Site)
As you walk in, you will feel a sense of inner harmony. Bhaktapur Durbar Square is a collection of pagoda and shikhara – style temples grouped around a fifty-five-window palace of brick and wood. The attraction of the Bhaktapur Durbar Square is the Lion gate, the Golden gate, the Palace of fifty five windows, art galleries, and the statue of King Bhupatindra Malla.
Changunarayan Temple (World Heritage Site)
Situated on a ridge overlooking the Kathmandu valley, about 12 km to the east of the city. It is dedicated to the Hindu God Vishnu. It is one of the finest and oldest specimens of pagoda architecture built in 323 AD by King Haridutta Verma. The temple is richly decorated with sculptures and carvings, and its position above the Kathmandu valley affords a beautiful view of the surrounding countryside.
Kathmandu Durbar Square (World Heritage Site)
This complex of palaces, courtyards and temples, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, used to be the seat of the ancient Malla kings of Kathmandu. An intriguing piece here is the 17th- century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages. The Durbar Square is the social, religious and urban focal point of the city. There are also three museums inside the palace building.
Khokana and Bungmati Village
Founded in the 7th century, Bungmati is home to one of the most important Gods of the Kathmandu Valley known as Matchyendranath, the God of Rain and compassion, worshipped equally by Hindus and Buddhists, and accredited by local people with the introduction of rice plantations in the valley. The rich heritage and relatively unchanging lifestyle of the Newar people is clear to see both in Bungamati and in the nearby village of Khokana, which we also visit. On the southern edge of the Kathmandu valley, the mighty Lichchhavi rulers of Nepal and remain relatively isolated from modern Nepali life.
Swoyambhunath Stupa – The Monkey Temple (World Heritage Site)
Watches over the valley from the top of a hillock on its western side. The huge stupa is one of the holiest Buddhists sites in Nepal and its establishment is linked to the creation of the Kathmandu Valley out of a primordial lake. Swayambhu is also known as Samhengu and the Monkey temple because of the countless monkeys living in the premises.
Pashupatinath Temple (World Heritage Site)
Pashupatinath is one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world and lies 5 kms east of the city center. The richly-ornamented pagoda houses the sacred Linga, or phallic symbol, of Lord Shiva. Chronicles indicate the temple’s existence prior to 400 AD. Devotees can be seen taking ritual dips in the holy Bagmati River flowing beside the temple
Patan Durbar Square (World Heritage Site)
Patan Durbar Square is an enchanting combination of palace buildings, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples. The former royal palace complex is the center of Patan’s religious and social life, and houses a museum containing an array of bronze statues and religious objects. One remarkable monument here is a 17th-century temple dedicated to the Hindu god Krishna, built entirely of stone. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 04 - Drive to Pokhara (900m) on a private Tourist Vehicle- 7 hrs
Our tour staff will arrive at your hotel at 6:30am in the morning to pick you up. The drive to Pokhara will leave at around 7.30am. Pokhara is a beautiful valley, with panoramic views of Annapurna, Machapuchare (shape of fish tail) in the north, Dhaulagiri in the west, Lamjung Himal and Manaslu in the east. The town of Pokhara is set on the banks of the Phewa Lake. It is smaller and much less hectic than Kathmandu providing the perfect getaway for our tour. Overnight at a hotel.
Days 05 and 06 - Guided sightseeing tour in and around Pokhara
Your sightseeing trip will start at 9am in the morning after breakfast. We provide a private vehicle and a professional tour guide. The places we visit are as below:
Lies in the center of religious old bazaar. It is dedicated to Goddess Bhagawati, yet another manifestation of Shakti. The park grounds offer a fine picnic and relaxing area.
Begnas and Rupa Lakes
The two lakes lie in the north-east of the Pokhara valley at the distance of 13kms from the main city of Pokhara. These lakes are located at the foothill of Begnas, mountain and are separated by the Pachabiya hill.
Locally known as Patale Chhango and in the southern flank of the Pokhara valley is where the stream flowing from Fewa lake collapses and surges down the rock into a deep gorge, leaping through several potholes. This is hugely popular with tourists and locals alike.
The revered Gupteswar Cave is situated 2 kms from Pokhara airport. The entrance is right across from Devi’s fall and the cave is almost 3 kms long. It has some big hall-sized rooms and some passages where you have to crawl on all four. This cave holds special value to Hindus since a phallic symbol of Lord Shiva is preserved here in the condition it was discovered.
Lies at the north of the Pokhara valley. It is a large limestone cave which is one of the few stalagmites stalactite caves found in Nepal.
During the tour, we will visit two different museums: one museum displays the lifestyles and history of the Gurungs, Thakalis and Tharu while the other, Gurkha Memorial Museum, is dedicated to the famous Gurkha Warriors who earned their name in many fierce battles fought during the World Wars and numerous operations around the world since 1815. The soldiers of the Gurkha regiment won 13 Victoria Cross medals awarded for exceptional bravery shown in the field.
Phewa Lake and Barahi Temple
Situated at an altitude of 800m above sea level, it is the second largest lake in the kingdom. With the Barahi Island Temple in the middle of the lake it is the most important religious monument in Pokhara. Built almost in the middle of Phewa Lake, this two-storied pagoda is dedicated to the female force Shakti. The reflection of Mt. Machhapuchhare and Annapurna can be seen in its serene water. Thick forest lies on the adjoining southern slopes of the lake.
Seti River Gorges
Carved by Seti-Gandaki is one of the natural wonders of Pokhara. K.I. Singh bridge at Bagar, Mahendrapool & Prithivi highway Bridge near bus park, provides a perfect view of the river’s dreadful rush and the deep gorge made by the turbulent flow of white water.
Tibetan Refugee Camps
The Tibetan camp Tashi Ling, which is behind Gupteshwor Cave, is renowned for the production and trade of woolen carpets and other handicrafts. The original Tibetan settlers in this region migrated to Nepal in the ‘50s. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 07 - Drive to Sarankot for sunrise and mountain Views, then continue onto Chitwan National Park by private Tourist Vehicle- 7 hrs.
Early in the morning about 45 minutes’ drive with 25 minutes hike take us to the top of Sarangkot to see the best sunrise and close views of many mountains like Annapurna range, Dhauligiri, Fishtail including views of the beautiful the Pokhara Valley and Phewa lake. After we have some breakfast at Sarangkotit’s a 15-minute walk down and 45 minutes’ drive take to the hotel in Pokhara. From there we continue our drive to Chitwan National Park.
On reaching resort, you would be briefed by our Guest Relations Officer. After the lunch you would be going for Village tour. Meanwhile the dinner would be ready by the time you return to the resort. Overnight at Resort.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)
Day 08 - Activities in the Chitwan National Park
An early morning wakeup call followed by tea/coffee. The early morning tour provides you one of the best times to see the wildlife at its best with bird watching, jeep safari and jungle walk.
After breakfast a 45-minute walk through the grassland and forest upstream of the Narayani River. Climb aboard the local boats to observe crocodiles along the banks while floating back to the camp to enjoy lunch. Late afternoon a guide will take you for a jeep safari and jungle walk, visit the observation tower, nature walk with boat ride, back to the camp and have dinner. Overnight at a Resort.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)
Day 09 - More activities in Chitwan, and drive back to Kathmandu by private Tourist vehicle- 7 hrs.
An early morning wakeup call followed by tea/coffee. Your guide will take you for bird watching followed by breakfast with your departure back to Kathmandu. Overnight at a hotel.
Day 10 - Flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa (3,660m)
Early morning transfer to the international airport for the hour-long flight to Lhasa. This stunning flight, on a China Southwest Airlines Boeing 757, takes us right across the main Himalayan range and provides us with magnificent mountain views. After landing at Gongar Airport and meeting our Tibetan guide, it is a further 2-hour drive by Land cruiser to Lhasa. It’s advisable to rest and take it easy for the remainder of the day due to Lhasa’s altitude. Overnight at hotel.
Day 11 - Guided city tours in Lhasa
We spend this day visiting several of Lhasa’s many monasteries in the company of a guide and interpreter. One of these is the Sera Monastery, one of the best-preserved monasteries in Tibet, within its whitewashed walls and golden roofs, several hundred monks live and study. After lunch we’ll visit the Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, as well as the Jokhang Temple. This temple is possibly the most sacred shrine in Tibet and there is always a procession of devout Tibetans through the complex. Surrounding the Jokhang is the Barkor – a maze of narrow cobbled streets that is the central market of Lhasa. Overnight at a hotel.
Day 12 - Second Day of Guided Sightseeing in Lhasa
In the morning, we visit the Potala Palace which is the crown jewel of Lhasa. It is a spectacular ancient building, containing private quarters of the Dalai Lama as well as numerous grand state rooms and many important chapels. There has been a Palace on this site since the 5th or 6th century, but the present Palace was constructed in the 17th century. After lunch, we visit the Drepung Monastery, which was founded in the 14th century and was once the largest in the world, with a population of around 10,000 monks. These days that figure is down to several hundred, but there is still much here of interest as it was left relatively unscathed during the Cultural Revolution. Overnight at a hotel.
Day 13 - Free day to explore at your leisure
This is a day at leisure in which you are free to explore further, revisit a favorites monastery or simply sit in a café overlooking the Barkor and watch the pilgrims as they circumambulate the Jokhang, stopping regularly to peruse the merchandise at the stalls lining the route.
There is also the option of an additional tour to places such as the Tibetan Medical Centre, Ganden Monastery and Tsurphu Monastery. Overnight at a hotel.
Day 14 - Flight to Kathmandu from Lhasa
Transfer to Gongar Airport for your return flight to Kathmandu. You have the option to extend your trip to continue onto Chitwan jungle safari, rafting adventure, Kathmandu valley shopping tour, scenic Everest flight, mountain biking and other activities. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. Your guide(s) and an office staff will accompany you. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu. Overnight at a Basic Guesthouse.
(Breakfast and Farewell Dinner Included)
Day 15 - Transfer to the international airport for your final flight departure
The trip concludes – our airport representative will drop you at the Kathmandu International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.
We do not have fixed departure date for Nepal and Tibet tour. This trip can only be organized upon your request. We have price discounts according to the group size and number of pax. The bigger your group, the bigger your group discounts. A group booking of 11 or more people is subjected to a maximum discount. There is a free trip available to one person if your group is above 14. If your group is much larger please contact us to discuss about the price. There is also the option of private and tailor made journey best suited for you, your family and friends. The trip price according to the number of pax is well illustrated below:
See Group Booking Discount
No. of people Price per person 1-1 USD 3,900 2-2 USD 3,400 3-4 USD 3,200 5-7 USD 3,000 8-10 USD 2,800 11-30 USD 2,500
Looking for personalized experience? We organize privately guided journey which is mainly designed to fit your taste and interest. We allow complete flexibility on your departure date, please choose your preferable date.
We create tailor made itinerary where you can design your own itinerary to match your interest, ideas and budget. To discuss your ideas or to get some suggestions from our travel consultants, please fill in our tailor-made request form.
Pick up from and drop off at the hotel and the airport on a private tourist vehicle.
Twin sharing accommodation in a three star hotel in Kathmandu; Pokhara Breakfast included.
Tibetan-standard two-star hotel accommodation (mostly twin-sharing room) in Lhasa including breakfast.
Two nights three days wildlife activities inside the Chitwan national park.
All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and drinks such as tea, coffee and water while in Chitwan.
All gourd transportation by private tourist vehicle.
Kathmandu - Lhasa - Kathmandu airfare with airport departure tax.
All guided city tours in Nepal and Tibet as mentioned on day by day itinerary.
Ace the Himalaya’s licensed English-speaking guide, driver and all support staffs.
Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for our field staff.
Entry permits and fees for all temples, parks, monasteries, and cultural and historical sites.
Free Ace the Himalaya duffel/kit bag and sunhat (yours to keep).
Tibet visa fees and travelling permits.
Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show on second last day (On Day 14th).
All government taxes, vat and Tourist service charges
All official expenses.
USD 760 per person, if you want to upgrade to five star accommodation in Nepal best possible hotel accommodation in Lhasa.
Price Does not Include
International airfare and airport departure tax.
Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation. (See the travel insurance page)
Nepal entry visa – you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying US $ 25 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying US $40 and $ 100 respectively. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).
Internet and telephone calls.
Lunch and dinner other than in Chitwan – about USD 15 to 20 per person per day (Full board Meals provided during yout stay at Chitwan).
Item of Personal nature like alcohol, hot & cold drinks and laundry.
Personal clothing and equipment.(See the equipment tab for detail information)
Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected)
Others expenses not mentioned in the Price Includes section.
All you need to bring for this Tour is simply some comfortable clothes; there is no any requirement of special equipment on the tour. However for your ease, the following gives you the general idea about the personal items you need to manage for the trip. The personal items referred here are optional and depends upon your choice. The most important factor to be considered while choosing the equipments and your Bag-pack, is the time of the year you are travelling.
In a tour, the vehicle transfers all the heavy items and equipments. But the Personal belongings of the clients which is required at any moment like money, water bottle, camera, suns cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. It is therefore advisable that you pack the personal belongings into your daypack.
We will supply complimentary water and wind proof duffel bag, which you can use on the tour for your shopping purpose. The duffel bag is yours to keep.
List of Recommended Equipment for the Tour:
- Duffel or Rucksack bag or suitcase (We will provide one complimentary ACE duffel bag for you to keep.)
- Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears (only if you are travelling in the cold season i.e January, February and December)
- Goggles or sunglasses for sunbeam, dust and wind.
- A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it and is for cold season i.e January, February and December.(optional)
- 1 pair warm gloves (This is required if your are travelling in cold season i.e January, February and December).
- T-shirts (2).
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket (preferable if you are travelling in rainy season from June to September.)
- 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis), 1 pair shorts.
- 2 pairs lightweight long underwear/thermals (if you are traveling in winter January, February and December).
- 2 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
- 1 pair light camping shoes or sneakers..
- 1 pair sandals (Optional).
Medicines and First Aid Kits
(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the tour. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)
- Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
- Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
- Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
- 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.
Miscellaneous, but Important !
- Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
- Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
- Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
- Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
- Toiletry kit. Be sure to include hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer
- 2 bandanas.
This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipment can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.
Here's a few answers to most common Questions asked by the customers.
This tour is suitable for any kind of person, no previous experience is required. Walking or hiking is recommended before you embark on your journey. Any person suffering from pre-existing medical condition must seek medical advice/consent before considering any trek.
Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya sign-board. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.
We use twin sharing standard rooms starting from three star hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast included. In Lhasa, accommodation will be in 2-star hotels. The hotel offer the room with breakfast.
In Chitwan we provide the most popular resort on full board meals including all the activities inside the national park.
There will be additional charge of USD 760 per person for entire trip to upgrade the four to five star hotel accommodation in Nepal and in Lhasa.
All breakfasts are included during your stay in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Lhasa while in Chitwan all your meals are included in the trip price
Your guide will help you find good restaurants in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Lhasa. You can try ethnic Nepali and Tibetan cuisine. Meals will either be in the hotel or at a restaurant of your choice (where available). Expect to spend around USD 15 to 20 per day for meals.
Ace the Himalaya is all about providing you with local insights, lifestyle as well as adventure. Using a variety of private transport is an integral part of our Himalayan tours, enhancing the experience!
We use private tourist vehicles for sightseeing, city tours and pickups. These vehicles are extremely sturdy, spacious and reliable and they make the journey as comfortable as possible. We use our own Fleet service for Transportation…Click to know more about our fleet service!
The best time for Nepal and Tibet Tour is between Febuary to June and September to December.
It depends on the season you’re travelling. During winter (December to February), it is colder at night and relatively warmer during the day, with the temperature ranging from 1°C at night to 20°C. Between March and September, the weather stays prefect as the temperature averages 25°C during the day. From October to December, the temperature gets cooler and allows for a great time to travel. The average temperature during this season is 20°C. The vehicles and the hotels during the trip will be air-conditioned making your travel very comfortable.
Yes. Our company is the active member of Nepal Tour and Travel Agencies Associtaion.
During the tour in Nepal, you will be accompanied by an experienced English speaking Nepali guide. Throughout your time in Tibet you will be accompanied by an experienced Tibetan guide who will not only act as an interpreter but will also provide valuable insights into the Tibetan way of life.
Many Tibetan guides have different accent of English speaking capacity due to their mother tongue and Tibetan language, which makes hard to understand while in the conversation with them. Hence, our travelers must consider these facts before you book for any trip to Tibet.
For travelling group of six and more people travelling, we will provide experienced prefect English speaking Nepalese guide from Kathmandu.
Ace the Himalaya is one of the prime supporters of the social organization Sambhav Nepal. There are several on-going projects in a village called Arupokhari (Gorkha district) which you are more than welcome to visit or even volunteer at. You will be able to gain a different insight into the lives of the people in the hills and also make a difference!
Click here to learn more about our volunteer programs.
We cater to all group sizes, while maintaining the field staff ratio to give you the best quality and experience.
YES, we do handle all the procedure for Tibet Visa and Travelling permit. The process charge is all included in the trip price.
Yes, you need to book your own International flights. We are a local agent and it would cost you significantly higher to book through us. Please find more information in the International Flight page.
Laundry service is easily available at your hotel by paying additional charge. Please note that laundry service is not included in the package price.
These facilities will be available in your hotel. Remember to bring travel adapters!
There are Phone and internet service at your hotel in Nepal and Lhasa . Check with your guide if you need to find the internet cafe because some time communication facilities at the hotel may not be working .
You can also have a roaming facility added to your mobile phone as mobile phones work fine in Nepal and Tibet. If you buy a local SIM card, you could stay in touch with your family and friends most of the time. Please ask us for the latest facilities and schemes on Nepali and Chinese mobile phones.
In Kathmandu and Pokhara you can use ATMs or change your money into local currency.
Besides Chinese Yuan, only US dollars can be accepted in Tibet. Also shops that accept American currency are very limited and you might not be able to get a good deal for an exchange rate. Credit cards can only be used at some hotels. The Bank of China also accepts credit cards. ATM is not widely available. Exchanging your money to Chinese currency will be the best option for you, which can be done at the Bank of China. While changing money at the local money exchange centers, please make sure that you are accompanied by your guide and do consult him as you may easily be duped with counterfeit notes.
It depends on your spending habits. USD 15 to 20 a day will be enough to buy lunch, dinner, bottles of water, chocolates and a few drinks during the tour.
There are many shops in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Lhasa that sell traditional handicrafts. We recommend you to bring extra money to spend on souvenirs.
This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 20 to USD 1000 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters thanks for their help. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide.
In most places bottled water is readily available. If you wish to drink normal water, you need to use purifying aid, which you need to bring with you.
Our company insures all our staff members, including guides, cooks, Sherpas and porters.
Here are some documents that you will need to carry with you:
· Valid Passport – must be valid for up to 6 months after you return from your tour (Keep a separate photocopy)
· Travel insurance (Keep a separate photocopy)
· Cash and Traveller’s Cheques (Keep numbers and proof of purchase separately)
· Flight tickets
· Emergency contact numbers for T/C’s, banks, insurance, family contacts
Yes, there are a plenty of options and choices to extend your holiday before or after your main trip.Please go through the trip extension page for more information.
No vaccinations are compulsory fro travelling in Nepal and Tibet, but we do recommend you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, *malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus.
We also recommend:
· A dental check-up prior to travelling.
· That you know your blood group in case of emergency.
If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on tour, you make these known to your tour leader and Ace the Himalaya at the time of your booking.