• NEPAL TREK In the Nepal Himalayas
are a galaxy of the world's highest mountains, Everest, Makalu,
Gauri Shankar, Ganesh Himal, Manasalu, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri. The
weird formation of the three Annapurna summits all 8000 m looks
like a huge marble platform, fifteen kilometres across. Beyond Annapurna,
the great Himalayas dip down to the Gandak river gorge, making it
one of the most fearsome sights in the world, with the range rising
on the other side of the gorge to Dhaulagiri. Beyond Dhaulagiri
is the maze of mountain systems of Kanjiroba Himal and Api. Until
you come to the Garhwal Himalayas. More than half of the tourist
visitors in Nepal are trekkers because trekking is an unrivalled
attraction offered by the mountains of Nepal, made even more pleasant
by the friendly local people on the way and the never ending vista
for the mountaineers. Pokhra is a popular base for treks into the
valleys. Popular Nepal treks are the Helambu trail, Ghorepani trek,
Sherpa village trek and the Royal Pokhra trek, a popular trek first
trekked by HRH Prince of Wales in 1980.
ANNAPURNA : Trek
from Dumre through Marsyangdi valley, Manang and to Jomsom over
Thoranglal (5335 m) is very fascinating. Low mountain range and
tropical vegetation disappear as you reach higher elevation at Manang
and Muktinath. As the trek circumnavigates the entire Annapurna
massif you come across many villages of different ethnic groups,
beautiful waterfalls and panoramic view of entire range from Dhaulagiri
in the west to Manaslu in the east. The higher section has Tibet
like landscape and Tibetan Buddhist culture and lower region are
predominantly Hindu. Of all the treks, it is most popular despite
the arduous climb from Phedi / Manang to Thorang pass. This trek
terminates at Pokhara.
EVEREST : You follow
the original route used by first Everest expedition from Jirit to
the base camp of Mt Everest. Enroute you come across wide valley
at Bhandar and beginning of Sherpa settlement. At Junbesi cross
Takshindu pass and from Phakding enter into sherpa land of Khumu
valley. There are Buddhist monasteries at Takshindu 13048 m, Thame
3811m and Thyangboche. Stop at popular tourist village of Namchebazar,
remote settlement at Dingboche and Lobouje. There are blue pine,
fir, juniper and rhododendron forests and villages settled by various
groups. Panoramic view of Langtang and Gaurishanker in the west,
Makalu in the east are photogenic. Magnificent view of Mt Everest
from Kalapatthar is high point on this trek. Trek ends at Lukla
with flight to Kathmandu.
LANGTANG - GOSAIKUNDA This
is the closest area near Kathmandu that has alpine weather, high
mountain, Buddhist culture, monasteries at Kyanjin (3811 m) and
Singgompa, and snow glacier. As the trek gradually ascends higher
elevation from Dhunche to Langtazng, the valley unfolds its natural
grandeur. Walk to the alpine lake at Gosaikunda through rhododendron
forests with backdrop of panoramic view of Mananslu on the west;
it is an unforgettable experience. Cross Labrina pass 14640 m (to
come out of the lake and enter Helambu region that has many sherpa
settlements and villages. Enchanting view of Gaurishanker and rolling
green hills in the horizon is something difficult to forget. In
spring time wild flowers and varieties of blooming rhododendron
trees are specially attractive. Return to Kathmandu from Sundaral.
MUSTANG Above Kagbeni
the vast barren and dull landscape used to be forbidden for foreigners.
Now it is possible to visit this land. Govt. charges a high permit
fees to preserve fragile socio - economic culture and ecology of
the region. It is believed civilization of Mustang dates as for
back as 800 BC. Large villages are located in the valley at the
elevation of 33.00 to 4000 m. Major villages Enroute to Lo Manthang
are Chhusang, Chilling, Ghami and Tsarang, the monastery at Tsarang
is a historical monument. It has precious fresco paintings, thangkas
and antique ceiling. The cave at Rongbyung chorten has carving of
many Hindu and Buddhist deities including statue of Padmasambhav.
It is predominnantely a unique Buddhist region. Ethnic composition
are mainly Gurung and Bista, but they are different from similar
ethnic groups in lower hill. Major villages around Lo Manthang has
historic gompas and caves. Prayer wall, chorten and landscape along
the route are very impressive. Trek starts and ends at Jomsom with
flight to and from Pokhara. An overnight stay in Pokhara in the
beginning is in the programme.
Land of Druk Yul. Travel to Druk Yul and discover the muth of a
hidden country! Ancient land of Druk Yul now known as Bhutan is
still behind the cloud. Despite fast changes engulfing the region
it has managed to retain its heritage, green valleys, clean rural
setting and colourful culture. It is a natural paradise. Buddhism
has deep impression on all aspects of its culture. It is indeed
true, Druk Yul is the only country with stage religion of tantric
(Lama) Buddhism apart from Tibet under Dalai Lama.
Northern belt is mountainous country with peaks that reache height
of 7000 m. Elevation from central belt rises dramatically from 3000
to 4000 m. Ther eare very few villages and well marked trail unlike
in the mountains of Nepal. The high mountain to the north are inhabited
by nomads and yak herders. We arrange trek in this area of western
Bhutan. Guided tour on comfortable bus are in the central valley
of western region where it has important cultural centres like Paro,
Thimpu (capital), and Punakha; and further east is Wangdi and Bumtang.
These places are linked with its history and advent of Buddhism
in Bhutan. After visiting Bhutan you will discover the reason why
its valley was chosen to preserve tantric Buddhism.
This route takes one upstream along the Paro Chu and the ancient
caravan route to Tibet, through the Seo valley, deep into the shadows
of Mt Chomolhari (7314 m) Mt Jitchu Drake (7000 m) and over Nele
La pass (4250 m) into Linghshi valley. The inhabitants of these
two valleys are nomads subsisting almost entirely on the produce
and products of sheep and yaks. The many lakes in Seo valley are
every anglers wildest dream come true. Almost every cast brings
in a fish which can weigh upto 18 lbs. At Linghshi the picturesque
remnant of a once mighty border fortress is now the residence of
the valley administrator. From this hill a day's trek is all it
takes to cross over the plateau of Tibet. Heading East over the
3 high passes of Gobula (4350 m) Jarila (4600 m) and Shinjela (4900
m) lies the valley of Laya. Herds of the rare Tarkihn can be seen
enroute to Tsai Jathang valley. Laya lies in the Masakhang mountain
region which is the source of the Mo Chu flowing through Punakha.
The inhabitants of Laya as an ethnic group, are quite different
from the rest of the Bhutanese peole. Like the people of Seo and
Lingshi they too are nomads. Along the way down to Punakha, the
old capital, lies the historic Gasa fort and the famous popular
hot springs of Gasa.
Day 1. Arrival Paro.
2. Sightseeing in Paro.
3 to 14. Trek commences Shana, Seo Thangtnanks, Jangotnang, Chebisa,
Shomuthang, Robluthang, Laya, Konar, Gasa Dzong Tashith end in Punakha
15. Khuruthang to camp overnight at Khuru camp.
16. Drive to Wangdi Phodrang and visit the castle and Dochula pass
for lunch. Proceed on to Thimpu.
17. Full day sightseeing at Thimphu.
18. Depart early in the morning to Paro airport.
Mountain and Rhodedron Trek
Bhutan's attractions are said to be the upspoilt rich culture, majestic
beauty, and friendly people who take great pride in their hospitality.
This combination tour and trek covers cultural sights in township
as well as villages, where life goes on as it has for centuries.
When this trail was first discovered it was called the Rhododendron
Trek, although other species of flora are abundant.
Day 1. Arrive at Paro.
Day 2. Paro sightseeing.
Day 3. Paro-Taktsang excursion.
Day 4. Thimpu sightseeing.
Day 5. Thimpu.
Day 6. Punakha and Wangdi valley excursion.
Day 7. Trek begins. Wangdi to Khotakha ( 6 to 7 hrs I. Cross Tashila
Day 8. Khotakha to Gogona 1 5 to 6 hrsl. Cross Shobjula pass.
Day 9. Gogona to Gangte gompal 5 to 6 hrs) Cross Ttselela pass.
Day 10. Trek ends. Gangte Gompa to Rukhubji village( 5 to 6 hrs}.
Day 11. Drive to Jakar(Bumthangl. Enroute visit Tongsa Ozong.
Day 12. JakarlBhumthang) sightseeing.
Day 13. Day at leisure.
Day 14. Drive to Thimphu.
Day 15. Paro departure.
- Requirements : Minimum 2 persons
The trek is not strenuous and anyone who is in good health and condition
can easily participate. You will require a good sleeping bag for
trek. ( A detailed list of required equipment and clothing for trekking
will be sent on booking).
Season : Open all year round but best in April and May for flowers.
It's name the "Roof of the World" is no idle statement. The valley
bottoms of Tibet are higher than the highest mountains elsewhere.
Its snow covered plateau are the highest in the world. Apart from
the Everest, which Tibetans see from the other side, many a mountain
ranges are over 15000 ft. Meet here with chanting monks, stooped
in prayer, mingle and wade through prostrating citizens as they
circumambulate monasteries on their bellies while prayer wheels
and prayer flags fan the burning incense as the smoke rises towards
the heavens, to Gods who govern by a faith compassionate to all
Nepal Tibet Tour - 1
Day 1. Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa (11850 ft). Transfer to hotel.
2. LHASA : Full day sightseeing to Sera monastery, Jokhang temple
and Barkhor Bazaar.
3. LHASA : Full day sightseeing of Potala palace the Drepung monastery.
4. LHASA : Morning sightseeing leads to Norbulingka palace. Afternoon
5. Transfer from hotel to Gonggar airport to connect onward flight.
Nepal - Tibet : Tour - 2
2. LHASA : Full day sightseeing of Sera monastery, Jokhang temple
3. LHASA : Full day sightseeing of Potala palace the Drepung monastery.
4. Drive 249 kms from Lhasa to Gyantse (13050 ft.) Arrive Gyantse
and check in at hotel. Visit Palkhor Choide.
5. Drive 93 kms from Gyantse to Xigatse. Overnight at hotel. Xigatse
(112600 ft) is most famous for its Tashihunpo monastery - the seat
of the Panchen Lama.
6. Drive from Xigatse to Lhasa. Arrive Lhasa and check in for overnight
7. Full day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
8. Transfer from hotel to Gonggar airport to connect onward flight.
• LHASA HIGHLIGHT
This trip is planned to give cultural highlights of Lhasa. It is
a short 4 day tour of Lhasa.
Day 1 Arrive Lhasa, day 2 and 3 sightseeing Lhasa, day 4 depart
Lhasa. Sightseeing places includes Potala palace, Jokhang, Barkhor,
and Norbulinka. This programme is based on return flight from Kathmandu
OVERLAND TO LHASA
This is a popular overland tour to Lhasa. It departs every saturday
Day 1. Drive to Kodari border, stay at Zangmu (2500 m).
2. Xegar (4350 m).
3. Xigatse (3900 m).
4. Gyantse (3950 m).
5. Arrive Lhasa on Wednesday evening.
6&7. Two full day sightseeing tours of Lhasa.
8. Fly to Kathmandu.
This is fixed departure tour with option of budget class accommodation
in Lhasa. You may join any date to depart from Kathmandu.