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Tibet & Nepal

Overview

Tibet lays spread across the Tibetan plain, from the Silk Road in the north, the Hindu Kush Mountains
in the west, to the Himalayas in the south. Known as the "Roof of the World" it is a unique region.
There among breathless landscapes, and alongside lofty mountain ranges, in the vast open spaces,
and between the lakes and the rivers, live the Chinese minority people of Tibet. Lhasa, the capital, is
the spiritual center of Tibetan Buddhism which came into being when Buddhism wandered from India
to China and the countries of the east, such as Nepal, Bhutan and – of course – India. Some of the
world‘s most spectacular monuments are to be found in Tibet. Come join us on this expedition to an
unusual, spectacular, elevated, spiritual and revealing part of our planet.

Full Itinerary

Day 1 Tuesday July 27, 2010 Beijing


Arrival to Beijing, meeting and orientation at the hotel. After orientation we ride out to Tiananmen
Square, known around the world for its size. This is the central square in Beijing, China‘s capital. The
name means "the gate of heavenly peace", and is names so after the gate that separates the
Forbidden City from the outside world. It was built in 1417. In its center is Mao‘s mausoleum, with his
mummified body inside. The square‘s main recognition outside of China is on account of a few raging
protests that were held there, and in specific the ones known as the Tiananmen Square riots, held in
1989. The protests were held by students around China who demanded to arrange democratic
reforms in the country. The protests lasted a few weeks and were eventually suppressed by the army.
We continue to tour the Temple of Heaven which serves as an amazing architectural landmark from
the Ming dynasty era. The site is situated in marvelous gardens.

Day 2 Wednesday July 28, 2010 Beijing - Lhasa-Yarlung Valley-Yumbu lakhand-Tastang


Today we board a flight to the other side of the Tibetan plain to Lhasa, Tibet‘s capital, which is located
high in the mountains, at 3,650 feet. After landing we head to Yarlung valley, the birthplace of the
Tibetan culture, which was ruled by the Yarlung king dynasty, believed to have been the descendants
of a demon married to a monkey. On the way we stop by to visit Mindroling temple, one of the most
important monasteries belonging to the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. We continue to
Tastang and visit Yumbu Kang Palace which housed the Yarlung kings.
Day 3 Thursday July 29, 2010 Testan-Samye Monastery-Lhasa
After breakfast we cross the Yarlung River by ferry to visit Samye, the first Tibetan Buddhist
monastery. The enormous monastery was built with the characteristic of a Cosmic Mandala. After the
visit continue to Lhasa. On the way we stop to observe local houses. Upon arrival a visit to Potala
palace that served as the Dali lama‘s winter home. It is considered the biggest among the Tibetan
monastery complex. The Potala is located on a hill that dominates the entire Yarlung valley, and stand
out with red and white colors. We also visit the Summer Palace, the dwelling place of the Dali Lama‘s,
for generations to come.

Day 4 Friday July 30, 2010 Lhasa


Today we visit the hospital that specializes in Tibetan medicine. We continue on a tour of Jokhang
temple, oldest and holiest of Tibet‘s temples. This temple was built by Songtsan Gambo, who founded
Tibet in the 7th century AD. The temple is the biggest ethnographic museum in Tibet. Thousands of
pilgrims arrive to this temple by car or by foot, to pray in it, and to dance in circles around it. We will
see the market vendors and their stalls, selling holy artifacts. At the end of the tour of the city we
return to the hotel to prepare for Shabbat. Prayer and Shabbat dinner.

Day 5 Shabbat July 31, 2010 Lhasa


After prayer and Shabbat lunch we head out for a walking tour of the surroundings.

Day 6 Sunday August 1, 2010 Lhasa-Yamdurk lake-Gyanjze


After breakfast we head west towards Gyanjze, which used to be Tibet‘s third largest city. The city still
preserves the old Tibetan scents that have been long lost in other places. We drive alongside Yamdurk
Lake, the prettiest of all Tibet‘s lakes, with its poignant turquoise colors. We climb the Karola
Mountain pass, at a height of 5,010 meters. Upon arrival at Gyanjze we have a short city tour, with
focus on the markets.

Day 7 Monday August 2, 2010 Gyanjze-Shigatse


Today we tour Gyanjze, known for its cotton fields, and we‘ll visit Palkhor Monastery & Kumbum, with
its unique Buddhist architecture. After the tour we head to Shigatse, which sits on a fertile piece of
land and is surrounded by tall mountains, parallel to the Himalayas, the dwelling place of the
Puncheon Lama, the second most important spiritual figure after the Dali Lama.

Day 8 Tuesday August 3, 2010 Shigatse-Shegar


After breakfast we visit Tashihunpu Temple, where the penceon Lama sits. Then we visit Sakya
Temple, the birth place of the Sakya System, which for a short while was the main stream in the
Tibetan Buddhism (the 13th and 14th centuries). We continue to Lhatse way, rising to a height of
5,200 meters. From the pass we take in the beautiful moon shaped landscapes of the Tibetan plain.

Day 9 Wednesday August 4, 2010 Shegar-Everest-Tingri


Today we drive towards Mt. Everest via the dry Tingri Toban. Along the ride we can view the Himalaya
mountain range. The high peaks of Gojal, Langtang, Everest and Makalu. We reach base camp, from
where all the climbers start their expedition to the top of the world‘s highest peak. Towards evening
we continue driving to Tingri.
Day 10 Thursday August 5, 2010 Tingri-Nyalam-Zhangmu
After breakfast we drive towards the town of Nyalam, and down into Bhote Kosi, a green river that
splits the Himalaya. During the monsoon the walls of the river turn into flowing waterfalls. We
continue driving, and walking a bit, towards Zhangmu, a small Tibetan village laying near the border
with Nepal.

Day 11 Friday August 6, 2010 Zhangmu-Kathmandu


Today we drive to Kodari bridge, on the Tibet-Nepal border. After clearing customs we continue to
Kathmandu, Nepal‘s capital. Upon arriving in the hotel we get ready for Shabbat. Prayers and Shabbat
meal follow.

Day 12 Shabbat August 7, 2010 Kathmandu


After prayers and Shabbat meal we head out for a stroll through the streets of this interesting old city
of Kathmandu, and Thamel, every backpacker's favorite street.

Day 13 Sunday August 8, 2010 Kathmandu - Monkey Temple - Nagarkot


Very early this morning one can take a paid flight over the Himalayan peaks, and Mt Everest, weather
permitting. After breakfast we head out to Swayambhunath Monkey temple, which overlooks the
valley, dated back over 2000 years. Continue to Patan, a city that preserves the ancient Nepalese
culture with amazing scenery of the Kathmandu valley. We will also visit some of the local villages.
While walking through the narrow streets, time seems to stand still. We will be impressed by the style
of life that the locals chose for themselves, living and conducting their trade on the streets. Towards
evening, transfer to a hotel in Nagarkot.

Day 14 Monday August 9, 2010 Nagarkot – Bhaktapur – Kathmandu - Delhi


We watch the sunrise over the Himalayas (weather permitting), then continue to tour Bhaktapur, city
of believers, a city with many Buddhist temples built with amazing architecture. We continue to
Budhanat Stupa, the largest Buddhist center in Nepal. We stroll through the stores of the exiled
Tibetans around it. Afterwards transfer to the airport and board a flight to Delhi, India.

Day 15 Tuesday August 10, 2010 Delhi-Home Gateway


After breakfast we head to the airport for our flight to our home gateway.

Cost & Accommodation

Tour code Start date End date Days Price Single supplement
ETIN2607 27/07/2010 10/08/2010 15 days $4990 $930

Important:

• There may be changes to the schedule and hotel reservations dependent upon internal
flights. We will make every effort to visit every location mentioned.
PRICE INCLUDES

• Domestic Flights
• Registration fee
• Kosher half-board + supplies for preparing sandwiches for lunch
• River cruises and elephant ride
• First and/or good Tourist Class hotels
• Comfortable air-conditioned touring coach
• Tours and entrance fees according to the tour plan

PRICE EXCLUDES

• International Flights
• Tips for local service providers ($130) to be paid abroad
• Visas to China, Tibet & Nepal
• Personal expenses
• Travel Insurance
• Shows and nights out not included in the tour plan
• Tip for our tour guide (Recommended: $3 per person per day)

Deposit, Cancellation Fees & Policy:


A $500 USD Deposit per person must be received at the time of booking in order to confirm your
reservation. Payment in full is due 90 days before departure.
A minimum number of participants are required to operate tour dates. If a minimum number has not
been reached prior to tour departure and the tour is cancelled you will receive a FULL refund.

• 90 days before departure bookings are refundable less a $100 administration fee
• 60-90 days prior to departure: $500 + $100 per passenger
• 30-60 days prior to departure: $1,000 + $100 per passenger
• Less than 30 working days prior to departure: 100% of total - no refund
• We strongly recommend purchasing Travel Insurance.

Travel Insurance
Travel insurance encompassing both cancellation and medical insurance is very important and we can
not stress that enough. We strongly recommend that our clients are adequately insured when
travelling. It is crucial to purchase the travel insurance within 14 days from the 1st payment that you
make for this trip (flights/cruise/tour etc). Your payment is made directly to the insurance company.
We highly recommend the 'cancel for any reason' upgrade option.
Our preferred policies are Travel Safe (USA & Canadian residents), Travel Select (USA residents) and
Global Trip Protection Elite (All other Nationalities).
For an obligation free quote and further details email Yonah insurance@eddiestravel.com