Trip to Nepal and Tibet

The circuit includes Mount Everest Base Camp
Optional Extension to Bhutan

For Associates, family and friends of the New Acropolis Association

From September 16 to September 27, 2019

Travel itinerary:

Day 1: Monday 16 – COUNTRY OF ORIGIN – KATHMANDU

Departure from the country of origin.

Arrival in Kathmandu, customs procedure, luggage collection and meeting with the guide who will welcome us to the country.

Hotel moving and lodging.

Day 2: Tuesday 17 – DURBAR PLAZA – PASHUPATINATH – BOUDHANATH – SWAYAMBHUNATH

Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning we will visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, the heart of the ancient kingdom. The ancient city is characterized by the large number of temples and Buddhist and Hindu palaces that make up its central core, most of them from the 17th century. Many have been damaged by earthquakes and by the remarkable pollution that the modern world has brought. The Kathmandu Valley has seven places classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Including the Temple of the Kumari, the Virgin Goddess, which we will see briefly leaning out of a window.

The Kumari is an impubent girl of the Shakya caste, belonging to the Nepalese Newari community. She is venerated and idolized as a goddess by both Hindus and Buddhists of the country, who consider her the reincarnation of the goddess Taleju. When the girl begins to menstruate, it is believed that the goddess discarnates from her body and has to be replaced by another virgin. Hotel moving and lodging.

We will continue visiting the temple of Pashupatinath is one of the most important Hindu temples of Shiva in the world. It is located on the banks of the Bagmati River in the eastern part of Kathmandu. The temple is part of the Kathmandu Valley denomination, which is inscribed on the list of Unesco World Heritage Sites. Lunch at noon. In the afternoon, we will travel to visit Boudhanath Pagoda, one of the most sacred Buddhist places in Kathmandu. Located about eleven kilometers from the center, on the northeast outskirts of the city, it is one of the largest spherical stupas in Nepal. It represents the mandala, symbol of the macrocosm and the microcosm, used in Buddhism and Hinduism to represent the sacred space, center of the universe and support of concentration.

We will finish our tour of Kathmandu in Swayambhunath, an old religious complex on the top of a hill to the west of the city, from where there are excellent views over the Kathmandu Valley, and which is the center of creation myths in the valley. Visit of the stupa of Swayambunath, of the Buddhist-Newari rite, famous for the numerous monkeys that live in freedom in the temple.

Return to the hotel and lodging.

Day 3: Wednesday 18 – BHAKTAPUR – PATAN

Breakfast at the hotel.

Today we will travel to the city of Bhaktapur, where we can observe traditional architecture, historical monuments and works of art, magnificent windows, ceramics and weaving works, excellent temples, beautiful lagoons, rich local customs, culture and religion among other things. The old architecture is very well preserved thanks to a German project, through which the city was largely restored and restored, becoming one of the main tourist attractions in Nepal. A conglomerate of pagodas and shikhara-style temples grouped around a palace of fifty-five windows, made of bricks and wood. This city is one of the most charming architectural gems of the Kathmandu valley, as it highlights the ancient art of Nepal.

Lunch at noon. Then we will travel to the city of Patan, on the banks of the Bagmati River, the oldest city in the valley, to visit its Durbar Square, a World Heritage Site by Unesco, in which they line up, facing the facade of the old royal palace a profusion of temples and pagodas, creating a rich panoramic.

We will visit the Golden Temple, which is actually a small Newari Buddhist convent.

Return to Kathmandu, transfer to the hotel and accommodation.

Day 4: Thursday 19 – KATHMANDÚ – LHASA

Breakfast at the hotel.

At the agreed time, transfer to Kathmandu airport to depart in flight to Tibet.

Collection of baggage and entry procedures in the country.

Then, transport to Lhasa and transfer to the hotel.

Free afternoon to rest and get used to the altitude.

Accommodation.

Day 5: Friday 20 – LHASA

Breakfast.

We will visit the Potala Palace that began to be built in the 7th century and was finished in the 17th century by the fifth Dalai Lama. The palace is composed of a secular part, an administrative part and a religious area, of reddish brown color. It has thirteen floors and in total there are more than a thousand rooms throughout the complex. Although many of them are closed, some of the Dalai Lama’s former private rooms and some religious halls can be visited.

In the afternoon, visit the Drepung Monastery, located on the outskirts of the city. Founded in the fifteenth century, at its height, it was the largest of the monastic cities of Tibet. Its monastery is possibly the largest monastery in the world and in 1641 it housed more than ten thousand monks. Drepung also became an important center of political power and, before the construction of the Potala by the Dalai Lama V, it was the headquarters of the Geluk School.

Return to the hotel and lodging.

Day 6: Saturday 21 – LHASA

Breakfast. In the morning, we will see the Santurario de Jokhang, the most sacred place in the country, in the center of Lhasa. Jokhang is the most famous pilgrimage destination in Tibet. The Tibetans of all the ethnic minorities of the country go to Lhasa to make their offerings and pray, offering to the visitor the fascinating and colorful mixture of pilgrims that arrive until the Barkhor place that is in front of the temple.

We end up taking a walk down Barkhor Street, famous for its bazaar. In the afternoon, visit the Monastery of Sera, founded in the 15th century by a disciple of Tsong Khapa and enlarged in the 18th century. It was known to be the only monastery with its own army. In 1959 the monastic community of Sera had about six thousand monks, although at present there are only a few hundred. One of the highlights of the visit to Sera is the debate session attended by most of the monks of the city.

Return to the hotel and lodging.

Day 7: Sunday 22 – LHASA – GYANTSÉ – SHIGATSÉ

Breakfast.

Departure to Gyantsé, located 260 kilometers southeast of Lhasa. We will cross the Kamba-La Pass at 4800 meters and we will pass through one of the four sacred lakes of Tibet, the Yamdrok Tso, also called turquoise lake.

We will arrive at the Karo-La Pass, at 5010 meters of altitude, from where you can see the glacial of the same name.

Arrival in Gyantsé where we will visit the Pelkor Chode monastery. The main temple of Pelkor Chode, the Tsuklakhang, was built between 1418 and 1425 by Prince Gyantse II. It was an eclectic academy with sixteen dralsang or colleges, belonging indistinctly to the schools of Sakya, Butonpa, Geluk and Kagyu. All the dralsang were destroyed, except the main hall, which is currently preserved, along with their images and murals. The upper chamber is decorated with magnificent mandalas according to the Sakya tradition.

We will then visit the nine-storey stupa of Khumbum, considered one of the best architectural works in Tibet.

Continue to Shigatsé through the typical Tibetan landscape.

Arrival at the hotel and accommodation.

Day 8: Monday 23 – SHIGATSÉ – SHEGAR – NYALAMU – RONGBUK

Breakfast. Today we will visit the Tsahi Lhumpo Monastery, home of the Pachen Lama, founded by the first Dalai Lama Genudn Drup in 1447. The capital of Tsang Province, Shigatse, was once an important center of commerce and was later known by the Tashi Lhunpo monastery, which was the residence of the Panchen Lama, the most important spiritual leader of Tibet after the Dalai Lama. The monastery of Tashi Lhunpo is a gigantic complex that has been restored for the most part in recent years. Some of its most important points are the golden statue of Maitreya, one of the Buddha’s manifestations, and the Great Hall, an oratory where up to four hundred monks gather to pray.

Afterwards, we will travel to Shegar, crossing over Gyatula, and then to Nyalamu, surpassing the Lullang Pass. The road continues to Rongbuk. The Rongbuk Monastery, is one of the most impressive places to be found in the Himalayas, it is one that offers the best view of Mount Everest. The monastery was founded in the early years of the twentieth century, in an area where there were monks who came to this place, and they needed a place to take refuge and pray. The Lama of this place then began to help the first climbers who wanted to ascend Everest, and who had in Rongbuk a mandatory stop on their way.

Arrival at the hotel and accommodation.

Day 9: Tuesday 24 – RONGBUK – EVEREST BASE CAMP – KERUNG

Breakfast.

Visit the Everest base camp in the morning. The camp is located at 5,200 meters high and we will get there in about twenty minutes of walking.

It is a fantastic place where, with a bit of luck, enjoy the breathtaking views of the Himalayas. In addition to the impressive cultural, spiritual and religious beauty we will have time to enjoy the breathtaking natural beauty of the border area between Tibet and Nepal.

Next, we will make our last road trip to the Nepal border in Kerung.

Arrival at the hotel and accommodation.

Day 10: Wednesday 25 – KERUNG – KATHMANDU

Breakfast at the hotel.

We will cross the border fulfilling the official formalities to continue towards Kathmandu, through an exuberant green landscape.

Transfer to our hotel.

At night, farewell dinner with traditional Nepalese dances.

Accommodation.

Day 11: Thursday 26 – KATHMANDÚ – COUNTRY OF ORIGIN

Breakfast.

Free time to shop in the populated Thamel neighborhood, packed with souvenir shops, clothing, crafts and sports equipment at extraordinary prices.

At the agreed time, transfer to Kathmandu airport to depart in flight to our country of origin.

Night on board.

Day 12: Friday 27 – ARRIVAL

Arrival to the country of origin.

End of trip and our services.

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PRICES PER PERSON IN EUROS IN DOUBLE ROOM:

Trip to Nepal and Tibet, with a visit to the base camp of Mount Everest.

From September 16 to September 27, 2019

Accommodation:        DOUBLE-TRIPLE         SINGLE ROOM
                                   ROOM                         SUPPLEMENT
Price per person:        € 2390                         € 280

The price includes:

  • Airline ticket Kathmandu-Lhasa in regular flight
  • Arrival and departure transfers Airport-Hotel-Airport.
  • **** 4 Star Hotels and Superior Guest House, with breakfast included.
  • All visits described in the itinerary with entries.
  • Local guide in Spanish in Nepal and in Spanish or English in Tibet.
  • All transfers in private transport.
  • All meals at noon in Nepal.
  • Farewell dinner in Nepal.
  • Travel permit in Tibet.
  • Entry visa in Tibet.
  • Accompanying guide from Spain.
  • Basic travel insurance.

Price does not include:

  • International flights.
  • Entry visa in Nepal: € 35.
  • Drinks at meals.
  • Tips for guides and drivers: € 25 per person is estimated.
  • Expenses of a personal nature.
  • Any activity not mentioned in the program.

Optional:

Optional cancellation insurance: € 40.
Extra nights in Kathmandu: € 40 per person per night in double and € 60 per person per night in single (airport-hotel transfers included). .

International flights from Europe to Kathmandu:
Prices mentioned for guidance, variable according to the country of departure, the airline, travel dates and air rates: € 780

International flights from Spain to Kathmandu:
Prices mentioned for indicative purposes, variables according to the airline, travel dates and air rates:

  • Madrid – Kathmandu – Madrid: 780 €

The prices of the flights are approximate, since we still do not have definitive prices for the year 2019, so there could be some variations.

Itinerary Optional extension to Bhutan

From September 26 to 30, 2019

Day 11: Thursday 26 – KATHMANDÚ – PARO – THIMPHU

Breakfast.

At the agreed time, transfer to the airport of Kathmandu to leave in flight with destination Paro, flying over the majestic Himalayas and with included views, weather permitting, to the king of all the peaks: Mount Everest.

Upon arrival at the airport, customs processing, baggage collection and meeting with the guide who will welcome us to the country. Transfer to Thimphu and arrival at the hotel.

In the afternoon, we will visit the Tashichho Dzong, the beautiful medieval fortress-monastery that houses most of the Government offices and the King’s Throne room. It is also the summer residence of Je Khenpo, the spiritual leader of Bhutan.

Accommodation.

Day 12: Friday 27 – THIMPHU – PARO

Breakfast.

Today we will dedicate all day to know Thimphu. We will visit the Memorial Chorten, a stupa built in the memory of the third king of Bhutan, who is popularly considered the father of present-day Bhutan.

Visit the Jungshi Paper Factory, where they make the traditional paper of Bhutan, a painting school famous for its traditional Thangkha paintings.

Visit to the Folk Heritage Museum, founded by Her Majesty Queen Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck. The museum portrays the life of distinguished families in the Thimphu valley in ancient times. Food. In the afternoon, visit the Motithang Takin Preserve, the takin wildlife reserve, the national animal of Bhutan.

After, transfer back to Paro.

Arrival at the hotel and accommodation.

Day 13: Saturday 28 – TAKTSHANG LHAKHANG – VALLE DE PARO

Breakfast. Morning walk to the famous Taktshang Lhakhang, “The Tiger’s Lair”. Clinging to a wall of black rock, nine hundred meters above the bottom of the valley, nest Taktshang Lhakhang, “the tiger’s lair”, the most beautiful site and one of the most sacred in Bhutan. Taktshang Lhakhang acquires its name from the legend of its foundation, when in the 8th century, the guru Rinpoche, widely revered as the second Buddha, came from Tibet flying through the mountains in the back of a tigress. He meditated on the site for three months, from where he used the religious cycle of Kagye to subdue the eight categories of evil spirits, and thus convert the region to Buddhism. The climb to the monastery is a gradual climb, through a quiet path that meanders through a lush meadow, oak forests and rhododendrons, passing picturesque villages, where flags of prayer are waved and prayer wheels turn. The walk lasts approximately four to five hours.

Later, visit to Ta Dzong, built in the seventeenth century as a watchtower of Paro Dzong. This Dzong was converted in 1967 into the National Museum, and is filled with old thangkha paintings, textile crafts, weapons and armor.

We can also visit Rinpung Dzong, built in the 17th century to defend the valley against the Tibetan invaders. At present it is used as an administrative center and the home of the monastic community. Kyichu Lhakhang, the oldest monastery in the Kingdom, is another place of interest.

Accommodation.

Day 14: Sunday 29 – STOP – KATHMANDU

Breakfast.

At the agreed time, transfer to Kathmandu airport to depart in flight to Paro, flying over the majestic Himalayas.

Arrival in Kathmandu, customs processing, luggage collection and meeting with our guide.

Transfer to the hotel.

Rest of the day free to shop in the populated neighborhood of Thamel, packed with souvenir shops, clothing, crafts and sports equipment at extraordinary prices.

Accommodation.

Day 15: Monday 30 – KATHMANDÚ – COUNTRY OF ORIGIN

Breakfast.

At the agreed time, transfer to Kathmandu airport to depart in flight to our country of origin.

PRICES PER PERSON IN EUROS IN DOUBLE ROOM:

Optional extension to Bhutan: From September 26 to September 30, 2019

Accommodation:         DOUBLE-TRIPLE         SINGLE ROOM
                                    ROOM                         SUPPLEMENT
Price per person:          € 1285                        € 165

The price includes:

  • Kathmandu-Paro-Kathmandu plane ticket in regular flight.
  • Transfers of arrival and departure Airport-Hotel-Airport with assistance in English.
  • Accommodation in Superior Guest House, with breakfast included.
  • All visits described in the itinerary with entries.
  • Local guide in Spanish or English.
  • All transfers in private transport.
  • Travel access.
  • Entry visa.
  • Accompanying guide from Spain.
  • Basic travel insurance.

Price does not include:

  • Drinks at meals
  • Tips for the guide and the driver
  • Personal expenses
  • Any activity not mentioned in the program

General information for the reservation:

General conditions:

– The price of the international air ticket from the country of origin is not included, and it is borne by each traveler. We remain available to clients in case they wish us to handle this issue from our agency.
– They can request prices of international flights, without the consultation requires any kind of commitment on the part of the traveler, who can acquire their international tickets where it suits you best, regardless of whether you make the tour with us or your optional extensions.
– Airport taxes are subject to revision until the moment of ticket issuance.
– The order of the visits could vary, if for organizational and logistics needs it was more advisable. Although we organize our trips in the greatest detail, we must consider that there may be unforeseen changes beyond our reach regarding the itinerary or services contracted, due to the exceptional political and social situation of Tibet.

Important note: At the time of making this trip, the border between China and Nepal remains open, but this circumstance could change without prior notice. In case of closing the border, it would be necessary to add an extra flight from Lhasa to Kathmandu according to the official rate, which at this moment is € 380.00.

Cancellation fees:
– This trip is subject to special conditions of cancellation expenses on the total amount of the trip, in addition to being governed by the general conditions of the Law of Combined Travel.
– Once air tickets are issued, they can not be modified or canceled, so in case of cancellation, their expenses are 100% of the air ticket, regardless of the expenses corresponding to the days of cancellation.

Reservations:
Reservation requests should be sent to our email addresses info@larutadelascivilizaciones.com, or juanadrada@larutadelascivilizaciones.com indicating the full name of the travelers, nationality, passport number, email and contact telephone number.

Information request:
It can be done by email to any of the two previous addresses.
It can also be done by Skype: juanadrada. During business hours from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., business hours in Spain.
Calling our office in Alicante, Spain, where we will also answer questions: +34 965 162 742.

Deposit deposit entry:
€ 800.00 per person as a first payment to confirm the place.
€ 40.00 per person if you want to hire the Optional Cancellation Insurance.
The places available at this time are limited to 30 people, until next June 1, 2019. From there, confirmation will depend on the availability of seats in the hotels that we have reserved for the circuit, and the price may vary.

By deposit or bank transfer:
Bank Name: Banco Popular Spanish
Agency: Rambla de Méndez Núñez, 12. 03000 Alicante. Spain
Swift: POPUESMM
Account no: 0075 0007 51 0702483406
IBAN: ES32 0075 0007 5107 0248 3406
Beneficiary: Juan Adrada Lozano – Travel the World.
Beneficiary Address: Virgen del Socorro, 13 – 6º right. 03002 Alicante. Spain.
And send the voucher by email.

By credit card:
Providing full name of the cardholder, card number, expiration date and security code.
Charges on credit cards will have an increase of 1% of the total amount for bank charges.
We can not carry out operations with American Express cards.
We can not accept money transfers by Western Union or any other system that forces us to collect the money personally in a street office.

Second payment:
It will be done by the same means, before May 1, 2019.

€ 400.00 per person as second payment.

Payments for optional services:
Full amount of € 280.00 if you want to hire the individual room supplement.

In case of hiring the Optional Extension to Bhutan:

– Full amount of € 1285.00 per person in a double room.

– Supplement for a single room in Bhutan in case there is one.

Final payment:
Before July 15, 2019, sixty days before departure, the final payment will be made for the remaining amount to be paid.

Payments in destination:
Tips for local guides and drivers in Nepal and Tibet: € 25.00.
Tips for local guides and drivers in Bhutan: € 15.00 only for those who make the optional extension).

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