H10 KINGDOMS OF THE HIMALAYA TOURSEARCH TOUR
Nepal & Tibet
Historic Kathmandu Valley; Bhaktapur - UNESCO site; The Jokhang, Tibetan Buddhism's most important temple; Barkhor, largest bazaar in all of Tibet; Fabled Potala Palace; Himalayan peaks, high plateaux
- DATES & PRICES
- FULL ITINERARY
- MAP & HOTELS
- TRIP INFORMATION
Dates & Prices
Prices are in US Dollars (USD), before taxes (if applicable) - All pricing reflects per-person Land Only expenses, however, we can book flights from virtually every city. Please call us for an air quote.
|Start Date||End Date||Price||More Info|
|Thu 12 Oct 2017||Sun 22 Oct 2017||$2590 USD|
|Thu 11 Oct 2018||Sun 21 Oct 2018||$2590 USD|
Cautionary note to LAND ONLY participants: Due to variables such as festival dates, internal flights, and ever-changing entry (visa) requirements, our published tour dates and / or itinerary can shift right up to departure. Travellers who book their air with us have our assistance if things need to be changed after tickets are issued; if you book your own and have to make changes, you will have to deal directly with whomever sold you your tickets. Fees may apply.
Optional Single Supplement: $540 USD (number of singles limited).
Brian T. (Toronto, ON, CA)
Loved the Potola Palace of course and Bhaktapur was very good too. Chodek, our local guide, was very good.
*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.
The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.
Hotel Shanker, Kathmandu is a heritage hotel, housed in a 19th-century palace within walking distance to Thamel and Durbar Marg, ... tourist hubs. It was the royal residence of the rulers of Nepal from 1894 until 1964, when it was converted into a luxury hotel. The facade was kept intact but the interiors were redesigned to give travellers the kind of comfort they'd expect of a world class hotel. The hotel is characterised by exquisite and authentic objects d'art. For example, the carved windows displayed in the lobby bar are over 200 years old.
Click here to visit hotel website
Dhood Gu Hotel
This comfortable three-star property is an excellent choice. The buzzing crowds in the alley below are rivalled only by those ... the Potala seen from the rooftop patio. The comfortable rooms come with traditional Tibetan furniture, modern bathrooms and kettles.
Breakfast and dinner are included daily. Evening meals on tour will be taken mostly at hotels. In some locales we endeavour to break up the buffet dinners with a meal at a local restaurant but, overall, the imperatives of hygiene and quality dictate hotel meals. All transport, accommodation, sightseeing and entrance fees are included for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for drivers, restaurant staff, porters, local guides. Airport transfers for land & air customers arriving / departing on tour dates.
Tour Leader gratuities, lunches, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), domestic and international (if applicable) air taxes, visa fees, and any excursions referenced as 'optional'. Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Optional trip cancellation insurance. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on shopping, not included meals, visas.
"Visa Fees" are not included in the tour cost; we list these separately as they can change without notice. For HM6, these nominal fees include the cost of your Tibet permit.
Seasonality and Weather
The Kathmandu Valley, at an altitude of 1310m (4,297 ft), has a mild climate, ranging from 17-23C (64-76F) in late spring, and 2-20C (36-68F) in early winter.
Tibet, due to its unique geographical characteristics, is cold in winter, cool in summer and generally dry, receiving only 450 mm (18") of rain or snow. Sunlight is extremely intense. The thin air neither blocks nor holds heat so sunshine feels warm, shadows chilly, and temperatures can vary greatly within a day, exceeding 29C (84F) in summer, and plunging below 4C (40F) the same night. The higher you go the colder it gets. Rainfall in southern Tibet occurs intermittently between May-Sep, bringing moisture to barley fields and greenery to the valleys. The most pleasant months for tourism are from Mar-Oct.
YOU WILL EXPERIENCE TEMPERATURE EXTREMES ON THIS TOUR. BE PREPARED FOR INTENSE SUN AND SOME CHILLY CONDITIONS.
Transport and Travel Conditions
Land transportation is via private bus or Land Cruiser type vehicle depending on group size and / or conditions. Air conditioning / heat in vehicles is generally not available in this part of the world. Road conditions are generally quite poor and can be bumpy, and as with all mountain roads the occasional delay can occur due to landslides or adverse weather conditions.
Internal flights via scheduled carriers. Porters are available at hotels but you must be able to manage with your baggage at airports.
THIS IS A TRIP FOR THE HARDY
This tour does not feature any hiking or camping, but it can be considered strenuous due to the fact that it is very busy: you must be prepared for some early starts, be steady on your feet, and be able to endure some heat / cold and long travel days at high altitudes. We have numerous walking tours and visit several sites that are LARGE with steps and uneven surfaces.
ALL PASSENGERS will require a medical questionnaire to be signed by his/her physician indicating that the traveller is fit to travel on such a journey. Those with pre-existing conditions that could be exacerbated by travel at high altitude or on poor roads, or persons with compromised immune systems and mobility problems, should carefully consider their participation.
We will be staying in hotels with private bathrooms, and there will be hot water, though this is usually only available in the morning and evening. None of the hotels are centrally heated, although coal fires can sometimes be provided in the bedrooms at a small extra cost. Generally hotels are comfortable and often spectacularly located, though simple with quirks that can range from charming to frustrating. Single rooms are limited and possibly smaller than twins. Porters are generally available (see 'Inclusions').
Staff and Support
Tour Leader throughout, local drivers, local guides at various locations.
10-18 (plus Tour Leader)
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