ew people can boast of having traveled to Tibet, this mysterious, clothed in the country legends. After exploring the main sights of Kathmandu, we will take seats in the cabin of a small, comfortable aircraft and it will take us through the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas in a reserve city Lhasa, capital of Tibet. Here are the shrines of Tibetan Buddhism – Jokhang Temple in the center of Lhasa and the palaces of the Dalai Lama. And then, (hold the breath) in jeeps through the Himalayan passes and cut off from civilization, mystical monasteries of the Tibetan plateau, returning to Nepal. In this way we will visit the base camp at the foot of Everest. The names we have visited the ancient cities of Tibet – Gyantze, Shigatse, Tingri – sounds like the music of Buddhist hymns. (15 days)
Departure from Moscow, Sheremetyevo-2, Aeroflot regular flights as well.
Arrival in Kathmandu. Meeting at the airport and transfer to hotel. Accommodation and leisure. Tour the old city: Durbar Square, New Royal Palace, Parliament, the Sacred Lake, and numerous temples.
Day tours of Kathmandu Valley, to the complexes of Hindu and Buddhist temples and stupas and Bouddanath Pashupatinath. Pashupatinath – an analog of the famous holy city of Varanasi in India, a place of pilgrimage for millions of Hindus. The temple complex dedicated to Shiva, stands on the bank of the Bagmati river revered, there are rituals of bathing and cremation. Monks and "sadhu" give their blessing, and half-naked yoga demonstrate a variety of wonders. Bouddanath – one of the largest and oldest Buddhist stupas in the world, here you can visit the monasteries of all schools and trends of Mahayana Buddhism. Excursion to the Buddhist shrine Svayambhunath – the most famous Buddhist stupa, built 2,000 years ago on a hill "Monkey Mountain". It offers a magnificent view of Kathmandu Valley. Colorful green basin surrounded by majestic mountain peaks.
Flight across the Himalayas to Lhasa (flight duration of 55 min.). In good weather from the window of the plane clearly visible not only the main Himalayan range, but also the Everest (occupy space on the left side of the aircraft). Regular flight state-owned Airlines of South-East China), type of aircraft – Boeing 757. Accommodation at the hotel and leisure – acclimatization (3600 m above sea level).
Lhasa: Potala Palace in the tour and Norbu Lingka Palace – the residence of the Dalai Lama. Visit the Jokhang Temple, the main sanctuary of Tibetan Buddhists. Here is one of the ancient statues of Buddha – Sakyamuni Jowo – erected in X century. In the evening – walk through the shopping street zhivlennoy Bharkhor. One of the best places to observe the life of Tibetans and to purchase souvenirs. Be sure to bargain.
Lhasa: visit Drepung Monastery – one of the largest in Tibet. During the reign of the Fifth Dalai Lama (1617-1682 gg.) The population of the monastery more than 10,000 people. Until the accession of Tibet to China (1959), the monastery was one of the most important centers of political and spiritual life of Tibet. Visiting the Monastery Sera – the center of flow Gelugpa (the school "yellow hats"). With luck, we will be able to attend every night on the bright students of scholastic debates – Lamas of the essence of Buddhism in different directions. Visit the center of Tibetan medicine (diagnostics for a fee) and publisher of the monastery (where Buddhist texts are printed with a carved wooden boards). Evening – free time in Lhasa, the capital of the mystical Buddhist Lamaist flow.
Departure by jeep through the pass Carola (5045 m) in Gyangdze, accommodation at the hotel. On the way stop at the bank of the holy day for all Tibetans alpine lake Yamdrok Ttsho. In Gyantze – excursion to the only surviving castles of the XIV century in Tibet – Fortress Dzong.
In the morning – visit to the monastery and Pelkor Chhode Gyangtze Kumbum, a giant six storey stupa with many chapels in separate rooms on each floor. Departure by jeep to Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet, located in the beautiful green valley.
The main attraction of Shigatse – the largest of the existing Tashilhunpo Monastery in Tibet, the seat of the Panchen Lama, which houses a 30-meter gold-plated copper statue of Maitreya – the Buddha, adorned with diamonds. The huge complex. After lunch – drive to Sakya monastery settlement.
Time seemed frozen in this place. Excursion to the Sakya Monastery. Inexpressible atmosphere of leisurely dive into the past. Sakya (or Sakyapa), one of the most influential of the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Moving to Lhatse, accommodation at the hotel. By the way – stop at the hot springs complex.
Early in the morning – leaving the monastery at the foot of Mount Everest Rongphu. Puts things better – the road is not the best. Two high pass: Gyatso-la (5220 m) and the Pang La (5120 m). Shocking views of Everest. Where to stay in the monastery Rongphu.
We make trekking to base camp at the foot of the highest peak in the world – Mount Everest (5200 m, about 2 hours one way), past the ruins of the monastery Rong Chung and past the newly rebuilt monastery Sherab Choling. The path goes through the end moraine of the glacier and past camps Rongphu mountaineering expeditions. Leisurely return to the monastery Rongphu. Excellent views of the Himalayas in the evening.
Day 12: Departure through the pass of La Lung-la (5124 m) to Zhangmu, a small town on the border with Nepal (about 8:00), accommodation at the hotel. On the road, which skirts the territory of the vast National Park, Mount Everest is visible. Good luck for photographers.
Day 13: Crossing the Tibetan-Nepalese border and drive to Kathmandu, transfer to hotel. Rest of the evening is free for independent study in Kathmandu.
Excursion to Patan – city of art and artists. Inspection of the old city, the temples of Krishna, Hiranya Varna Mahavir and Mahabudda. Visit the Tibetan refugee center and exhibition of folk crafts. Afternoon and evening – free time. Farewell dinner at a restaurant in the city to the national cuisine. Last night in the capital of Nepal.
Breakfast and some free time in the Katmandu.Vylet in Delhi.
Departure from Delhi, scheduled service airline Aeroflot. Arrival in Moscow, Sheremetyevo-2.
The price includes:
Accommodation in 3 *** hotel level in two double rooms in Kathmandu and Lhasa, in the best possible hotels in the small Tibetan towns and villages,
meals – breakfast,
farewell dinner in Kathmandu
All tours with local English-speaking guides as per itinerary,
All transfers during the trip,
entry tourist visa to Nepal and China,
obtaining a permit to visit Tibet.
The price does not include:
flight Moscow – Kathmandu – Moscow (from 760 USD),
flight Kathmandu – Lhasa (from 273 USD),
airport tax on departure from Kathmandu (about 2 x 15 USD),
services to the Russian-speaking guide in Nepal (from 20 USD per day per group),
All personal expenses, all other expenses not specified in the program.
The program cost per person:
1480 USD (when traveling in a group of 5 persons) discount!
Surcharge for single occupancy (from 335 USD)
This program is conducted for both groups, as well as tourists,