CELEBRATING “SHOTON YOGHURT FESTIVAL” WITH THE SPIRIT OF TIBET
13th September to 1st October 2017
18 Nights / 19 Days

Shoton Festival, a traditional time-honored festival, is one of the most important festivals in Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism, with a history of over 300 years. It’s held on the 6th lunar month according to the Tibetan calendar.

During the grand Tibet Shoton Festival, all main genres of Tibet operas from various regions of Tibet gather in Norbulingka, western suburb of Lhasa to perform in competitions, bustling with music and excitement. The most solemn activity is the Buddha thangka (religious painting) exhibition which takes place in Drepung monastery.

Shoton Festival was simply a religious activity before. According to folk legends, the Buddhist monks were forbidden to kill. In spring and summer, when the weather started to get warm, plants and insects would awaken and spring to life. During this time the monks avoided going out in fear of stepping on insects which violated their taboo of killing. At the end of June of Tibetan calendar, the monks came out to reunite with nature. The local villagers rewarded them with yoghurt, outdoor feast and Tibetan opera on the celebration party, and prayed for blessing and good harvest.

Highlights of Shoton Festival
Buddha Painting Exhibition:
By the hillside at the back of Drepung Monastery, a huge Sakyamuni (the founder of Buddhism) painting with the area of 500 square meters, made of colorful and splendid silk, is exhibited clearly and magnificently. Thousands of Tibetans put their palms together and bow down in devotion and worship.
Tibetan Opera Performance:
Shoton Festival can also be regarded as Tibetan Opera Festival. On the first day, Tibetan Operas perform in Drepung Monastery and at the Potala Palace. When the construction of Norbulingka Summer Palace was completed at the beginning of the 18th century, the opera performed at the Norbulingka Summer Palace instead of Potala Palace. Now the Tibetan Opera performs on the 2nd day in Norbulingka and Longwangtan Park opposite the Potala Palace. Besides local Tibetan opera troupes, many other Tibetan opera troupes from other provinces such as Qinghai, Gansu, Sichuan and Yunnan come to Lhasa and learn from each other.


TIBET, an INTRODUCTION

TIBET: Extremely remote and isolated by the most formidable Himalayan ranges is a fascinating world of timeless splendor, unique tradition and breathtaking scenery awaits all travelers to the Roof of the World. A sacred land of myths and mysteries inhabited by the ever smiling people, has not only exerted a magnetic pull upon travelers for centuries but also spies, missionaries, scholars, geographers, mystics, soldiers and cranks.

Tibet opened to tourism in 1985. Before this, it avoided influence from the West and this country developed its unique culture and religion independently. Since Tibet was governed by spiritual leaders, monasteries and religious institutions were the backbone of power so importance and prestige were shown by the size and magnificent architecture of these buildings. Tibetan Buddhism contains many elements of their older religion, "Bon Po" which worshipped the sky, moon, sun, fire, soil and even evil spirits, and this is why a monastery such as Tashilhunpo contains thousands of unique statues, thangkas (paintings), religious and historical books that to visit in detail would take weeks. The Monasteries are crowded by pilgrims who often travel long distances to fulfill their vows and wishes and their emotions show that religion still holds a very important place in their daily lives.


DETAILED ITINERARY - for your tour in 2017

13th Sept 2017: Arrive Kathmandu
Upon arrival, you will be met by our representative as you exit customs and immigration at Kathmandu International airport, and you will be transferred to your hotel.

Kathmandu stands at an elevation of approximately 1,370 meters (4,500 ft) in the bowl-shaped Kathmandu Valley of central Nepal. Kathmandu Valley is part of three districts (Kathmandu, Lalitpur, and Bhaktapur), has the highest population density in the country, and is home to about a twelfth of Nepal's population.

A short briefing about the tour will be carried out at the hotel lobby in the evening followed by a drive for a welcome dinner at typical Nepali Restaurant (Bhojan Griha). Overnight: Kathmandu.

14th Sept 2017: Hike from Sankhu to Nagarkot
After having breakfast, drive for about 1.5 hrs to Sankhu. Sankhu is the ancient Newar town located in the north-eastern corner of Kathmandu Valley about 17 km from Kathmandu. This medieval Newar village is also a major pilgrimage center for Hindus. The temple of Vajrajogini is situated where a big mela (festival fair) is organized for one month. People keep fasting and worship in this place by leaving their home for one month in the name of goddess Parvati (wife of Hindu deity Lord Shiva). From here we commence our panoramic Nature trail walk with stunning views of the majestic Himalayan range along with best views of Nature to Nagarkot to spend the night there, an easy hike of about 3/4 hrs.

Located approx. 7000 ft (2000 m) above sea level and 32 kms from tourist hub Thamel, Nagarkot commands breathtaking views of the majestic Himalayas, rolling hills, deep valleys, lush pine forests in a quaint rural atmosphere. Overnight: Nagarkot.


15th Sept 2017: Return Kathmandu via Bhaktapur City
Wake-up at dawn to view the sunrise from your hotel. After breakfast return to Kathmandu via sightseeing tour of the ancient Bhaktapur City or the “City of Devotees” situated at an altitude of 1,401 m, 12 kilometers east of Kathmandu. Bhaktapur covers an area of 4 square miles and is shaped like a conch shell. Pottery and weaving are its traditional industries.

In Bhaktapur we will see Durbar Square, the main square of the city contains innumerable temples and other architectural showpieces like Lion Gate, the statue of Bhupatindra Malla the Picture Galley, the Golden Gate, the Palace of 55 windows, the Bastille temple and the Bell of barking dogs, etc. The statue of Bhupatindra Malla in the act of worship is placed on a column facing the palace. Of the many statues available in Nepal this is considered to be the most magnificent. The other major highlight of the ancient town is the Nyatapola Temple. This five storey (standing on a five-terraced platform) pagoda was built in 1702 AD by King Bhupatindra Malla. On each of the terraces, squat a pair of figures; two famous wrestlers, two elephants, two lions, two griffins, Baghiani, Singini – the tiger and the lion goddesses. This is one of the tallest pagodas and is famous for its massive structure and subtle workmanship. Overnight: Kathmandu.

16th Sept 2017: Fly Kathmandu to Gonggar (3650 m) then drive to Zedang
Transfer to the International airport for your flight to Gonggar departing 10:00 Hrs. Upon arriving, drive 2 hours to Zedang along the Yarlung Tsangpo River – fields of barley and wheat and apple and pear orchards are interspersed with stretches of rocky mountain and sand dunes. En-route we stop at Nyethang, a temple built between 1045 and 1050 by Atisa, an Indian Buddhist teacher who was invited to Tibet by the Kings of Guge, western Tibet in 1042. Nyethang has three temples – the first houses a large stupa called Namge Chorten and a smaller bronze stupa contains the relics of Atisa himself. The third temple is called Tshepame Lhakang, the temple of Amitayus. Atisa main disciple Dramton who founded the Kadampa sect. Zedang, is the fourth largest city in Tibet and is located in the Yarlung Valley, 183 km southeast of Lhasa in Nedong District of Shannan. Overnight: Zedang.

17th Sept 2017: In Zedang
In the morning visit the castle of Yambulakhang, the oldest known dwelling in Tibet and the home of Yalung Kings. According to legend the castle is supposed to have been built by King Nyatri Tsenpo around 130 BC. Also Trandruk Monastery (a Gelugpa Monastery) built by Songtsen Gompo in 7th century – it is one of his three main surviving monasteries, the others being Jolhang and Romoche. One of the chapel houses tapestry of Sakyamuni said to have been made by Wen Cheng, Songtsen Gompo's Chinese wife. In the afternoon, drive to the valley (1 hr) to view tombs of the early Kings of Tibet in the village of Chonggye. Among the numerous tombs there, the biggest and the most distinguishable one is that of King Songtsen Gompo the foremost King of Tibet. Overnight: Zedang.

18th Sept 2017: Zedang to Samye by road and boat
Drive to Samye (1 hr), and first visit Samye Monastery, the first Buddhist monastery built in Tibet, probably first constructed between 775-9 CE under the patronage of King Trisong Detsen of Tibet who sought to revitalize Buddhism, which had declined since its introduction by King Songtsän Gampo in the 7th century. The monastery is supposedly modeled on the design of Odantapuri in what is now Bihar, India.

The 18th century Puning Temple of Chengde, Hebei, China was modeled after the Samye Gompa. According to tradition, the Indian monk Santarak?ita made the first attempt to construct the monastery while promoting his sutra-centric version of Buddhism. Finding the Samye site auspicious, he set about to build a structure there. However, the building would always collapse after reaching a certain stage. Terrified, the construction workers believed that there was a demon or obstructive tulku in a nearby river making trouble. Overnight: Samye.

19th Sept 2017: Samye to Lhasa (3 hrs), Jokhang and Barkhor
A 3 hour drive brings us to Lhasa – The City of Sunshine standing at 3,650 meters, and capital city of Tibet, which means “holy land” in Tibetan. It is situated on the northern bank of Lhasa River, a tributary of Yarlung Zangbo River. Visit many historical sites and scenic spots including Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Norbulingkha, Tibet Museum, Ganden Monastery, Tibetan Medicine institute, Tsrupu Monastery, Drigung Monastery, Reting Monastery.

Jokhang Monastery is a Buddhist temple in Barkhor Square in Lhasa where Tibetans, in general, consider this temple as the most sacred and important temple in Tibet. The temple is currently maintained by the Gelug School, but they accept worshipers from all sects of Buddhism. The temple's architectural style is a mixture of Indian Vihara, Tibetan and Nepalese style. Jokhang Monastery was founded during the reign of King Songtsen Gampo. According to tradition, the temple was built for the king's two brides: Princess Wen Cheng of the Chinese Tang dynasty and Princess Bhrikuti of Nepal. Both are said to have brought important Buddhist statues and images from China and Nepal to Tibet, which were housed here, as part of their dowries. Overnight: Lhasa.

20th Sept 2017: Shoton Festival and Drepung & Norbulingka
Shoton Festival is one of the most popular traditional festivals in Tibet and is a comprehensive celebration that influences the culture of Tibet. It is a great occasion for Tibetans and has become a time for competitions, performances and entertainment. Attending the festival provides visitors a special feel of Tibet and its culture.

At 08:00 hrs the grand Thanka of Sakyamuni (religious scroll) is unfurled. Set out (part way by vehicle and part way on foot) to the Drepung Monastery founded in 1416 which lies 5 Kilometers (3.1 miles) on the outskirts of Lhasa. It was once Tibet's largest and most influential monastery with over 10,000 monks. Today, Drepung houses about 700 monks and attracts pilgrims and visitors from around the world. Situated at the foot of the Mountain Gambo Utse, the Drepung Monastery is known to be the most important monastery of Gelugpa in Tibetan Buddhism and is considered one of the 'Three Great Monasteries' (the other two are the Ganden Monastery and the Sera Monastery) of Tibet. After the unfurling of the Thanka and taking blessings, proceed to the Norbulingka Palace to witness the Tibetan opera performance from 11:00 until dusk every day. Besides local Tibetan opera troupes, many other Tibetan opera troupes from other provinces such as Qinghai, Gansu, Sichuan and Yunnan come to Lhasa and learn from each other.

Norbulingka served as the traditional summer residence of the successive Dalai Lamas from the 1780s up until the 14th Dalai Lama's exile in 1959. Part of the "Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace", Norbulingka is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and was added as an extension of this Historic Ensemble in 2001. It was built by the 7th Dalai Lama and served both as administrative and religious center. It is a unique representation of Tibetan palace architecture, covering an area of around 36 hectares (89 acres) and includes one of the largest man-made gardens in Tibet. Overnight: Lhasa.

21th Sept 2017: Potala Palace & Sera Monastery
Spend the day sightseeing Potala Palace & Sera Monastery. Potala Palace was the chief residence of the Dalai Lama until the 14th Dalai Lama who fled to India during the Chinese invasion in 1959. It is now a museum and World Heritage Site. The palace is named after Mount Potalaka, the mythical abode of the bodhisattva Avalokitesvara. The 5th Dalai Lama started its construction in 1645 after one of his spiritual advisers, Konchog Chophel (died 1646), pointed out that the site was ideal as a seat of government, situated as it is between Drepung and Sera monasteries and the old city of Lhasa.

Sera Monastery, 5 kms (3 miles) north of Lhasa was once a community of more than 5,000 monks, but virtually extinguished by the Chinese. The restored monastery sits below the brow of hill on which Tsongkhapa built a hermitage and spent several years meditating. One of the monk’s disciples began building Sera in 1419, completing it a few years later. Overnight: Lhasa.

22nd Sept 2017: Train ride to Shigatse, Tashilhunpo Monastery
Take a train to Shigatse (3 hrs). The railway line from Lhasa to Shigatse is an extension of the Qinghai-Tibet railway, was put into use on August, 2014. Your journey will start at Lhasa, along the Lhasa River to Doilungdeqen, and Quxu, follow the Brahmaputra River and pass the canyon to reach Nyemo, Rinbung, and finally gets to Shigatse with 6 railway stations in-between. Your destination, Shigatse, a Granary of Tibet, is the second largest city in Tibet, famous cultural city with a history of more than 500 years, 3,800m above sea level. It has been a place in which Panchen lamas of various historical stages were authenticated.

We will visit Tashilhunpo Monastery, founded in 1447 by Gendun Drup, the first Dalai Lama. It is the seat of the Panchen Lama who is second to the Dalai Lama in Tibetan Buddhist Hierarchy. The 5th Dalai Lama in declared that his teacher, then the Abbot of Tashilhunpo, who a manifestation of the Buddha Amitabha and the Panchen Rinpochhe. Tashilhumpo has one of the world’s largest statues - a 9 storey gilded bronze statue of Maitriya, the future Buddha. Overnight: Shigatse.

23rd Sept 2017: Ngor Shakya Monastery and drive to Shegar (5hrs)
Visit Ngor Shakya Monastery, built in 1429 & founded by the great Sakya master Ngorchen Kunga Zangpo. This monastery became a major seat for the Lam Drey teachings. Every year hundreds of pilgrims came from all over Tibet to receive them which continued until the destruction of Ngor monastery in the 1960’s. It is at Ngor that our lama, Kunga Gyurme, Ngor Tartse Rinpoche, resided.

Continue drive to by crossing over the Gyatso La which is marked by an array of prayer flag and a gate. At 5,220m, it is the highest pass en-route to Lhasa. From here, descend to Shegar. Also called New Tingri, Shegar is surrounded by mountains and lies in the shadow of the great fortress. Even in ruins, it is majestic. Seeming to grow out of the craggy brown rock, its sinuous wall bristles with watchtowers like stegosaurus spines. Overnight: Shegar.

24th Sept 2017: Drive Shegar/ Everest Base Camp (3hrs)
Set out on a 4 kilometer drive to the army check post for Quomolongma Base camp where passports and permits are checked, then continue 4 kilometers to a sign post which points towards the Quomolongma (Everest) National park. Leave the main highway and drive for another 2 kilometers to arrive at the check post and the gateway into the Quomolongma National park and then the road twists and turns and ascends to the Pang La at 5150 m which is also marked by prayer flags. From here there are fantastic views of the snow peaked mountains (weather permitting) and of the rugged terrain of the high Himalayas. Descend for 2 hours on a 100 switch backs trail all the way to Tashi Dzom then continue on for 40 kilometers to arrive at yet another check post. From here we get the first glimpse of Mt. Everest peeking above the clouds and then a further climb of about 2 kilometers brings us to the Rongbuk Monastery and the Lodges of Rongbuk. In the distance, towering above everything else is Mt. Everest – Mother of the earth at 8848 m. From Dza Ronhphu, board a government coach (as private vehicles are not permitted beyond this point) for a 4 kilometer ride to the Everest Base Camp area. Disembark then ascend to a small ridge with prayer flags and with an unobstructed view of Mt. Everest and the open Tibetan plateau leading to the Camp II area. Overnight: Shegar.

25th Sept 2017:Drive to Shakya (3 hrs)
After breakfast, we retrace our journey and cross over the Gyatso La Pass at (5200 m) once again and descend to the settlement of Lhatse. At the cross section, we leave the main trail and drive 19 kilometers to Shakya. Sakyais derived from the unique grey landscape of Ponpori Hills in southern Tibet near Shigatse, where Sakya Monastery, the first monastery of this tradition, and the seat of the Sakya School was built by Khon Konchog Gyalpo (1034–1102) in 1073. The Sakya tradition developed during the second period of translation of Buddhist scripture from Sanskrit into Tibetan in the late 11th century. It was founded by Drogmi, a famous scholar and translator who had studied at the Vikramashila directly under Naropa, Ratnakarasanti, Vagishvakirti and other great pandits from India for twelve years. Overnight: Shakya.

26th Sept 2017: Drive to Gyantse (5hrs), Shalu Monastery
Drive to Gyantse via Shigatse. Enroute, visit the Shalu Monastery, founded in 1040 AD by Chetsun Sherab Jungnay, one of Tibet's greatest scholars and teacher about Buddhism scriptures. It was renowned as a center of scholarly learning and psychic training for centuries. Its mural paintings were considered to be the most ancient and beautiful in Tibet. Shalu was the first of the major monasteries to be built by noble families of the Tsang Dynasty during Tibet's great revival of Buddhism, and was an important center of the Sakya tradition.

Continue our drive to Gyantse which retains the charm of a traditional Tibetan town untouched by modern expansion. It made world headlines in 1904 when Colonel Younghusband, who led British Expedition to Tibet, defeated the Tibetan army there. As a crossroad on the principle trade route to India, it used to be renowned for excellent carpets. The compound, encircled by an impressive wall, once contained 19 monasteries, presided over by the still intact fortress perched atop a nearby mountain. Gyantse Khumbum is one of the most unique and magnificent buildings in Tibet consisting of 6 stories complete with a Buddhist Hall and a prayer hall. It has 112 chapels and its walls are adorned with religious paintings. Built in the 15th century, it has withstood battles and wars since. Pelkhor Chode Monastery located near the Gyantse Khumbum founded in the 15th century. It has been remarkably preserved and many of the statues and paintings inside it date back to the time of its founding. Overnight: Gyantse.

27th Sept 2017: Gyantse / Lhasa (3,650m): 261 Km via Lake Yamdrok
Set out for Nagartse (100 kms) near Lake Yamdrok passing the Simi La (4200 m) and driving on a trail with fantastic views of the turquoise blue waters of the manmade lake caused by the dam for the hydro project. Ascend and cross the Karo La at 5010 m and then descend to Nagartse, a small village near the Yamdrok lake. Here we have a unique opportunity to hike up to the Samding Monastery. This monastery founded by Khetsun Zhonudrub in 12th century and later Thinley Tsomo renovated this monastery in 1472 (the 1st female lama of the monastery), and it was associated with the Bodong sect, initiated by Bodong Chokle Namgyel (1306-86). Samding monastery was very famous in 1716 where Mongolian armies come to invade the monastery but the female lama, Dorji Phagmo transformed all her nuns into pigs and all of them escaped the invasion and saved the monastery. However, the monastery was destroyed in 1959 and renovations took place several years after. Samding Dorji Phagmo has long been revered as the highest female incarnation in Tibet. The monastery has been the seat of the female incarnation Samding Dorji Phagmo since and Thinley Tsomo was known as the 1st Dorji Phagmo. Sakyamuni’s statue is the main statue of the monastery apart from the tombs of the celebrities. In addition, you can find the mystical footprint of the 9th Dorji Phagmo in the monastery.

Return to Nagartse for lunch then ride the picturesque trail of the colorful Lake Yamdrok, the Tibetan lifeline of the river Brahma Putra (Yarlung Tsangpo). Yamdrok Tso or Turquoise Lake is a lake of a glaring blue that radiates a near mystical charm. It is about 240kms in circumference and is more like an Island sea. There are Yak herders around and the lake itself supports a population of scale less fish in its non-saline waters. Ascend to Kamba La (4,794m) and have an opportunity to meet the Yak herders with their finely decorated Yaks and Tibetan Mastiffs presenting a great photo opportunity. From here we descend to the main road head before embarking on the grand finale entrance to the Lhasa City. Overnight: Lhasa.


28th Sept 2017: Dark Yarpa Cave / Ganden / Ganden Monastery
Drive towards Yarpa Valley (2 hrs). The road climbs steadily through the terraced barley fields of the fertile Yarpa Valley up to the Chorten guarding the entrance to the Yarpa complex. Upon arrival rest for a while and proceed for the hike to Dark Yarpa Cave. (Hike duration 1 ½ to 2 hrs). In a vision, Songten Gampo saw that Drak Yarpa was the designated place, thus between 7th to 9th century, the retreat centers were founded. The hermitage of Drak Yerpas with Samye Chimpu and Yarloung Sheldrak are considered as one of Tibet’s three caves retreat. Currently, with ongoing renovations, the cave complex is again a powerful spiritual magnet for recluses and pilgrims.

After Drakyarpa Cave walk back to the valley and drive towards Ganden Monastery. Ganden Monastery denotes the Paradise of Tushita and the abode of Jampa, the future Buddha. Ganden is the foremost monastery of the Gelugpa Sect. It is also the most devastated. Of all the Great Six Monasteries (Ganden, Sera, Drepung, Tashilumpo, Labrang and Kumbum) of the Yellow Hat sect, none suffered as disastrously as Ganden. The ruins here, a result of the Cultural Revolution when artillery and vast quantities of dynamite were deployed, are the most extensive in Tibet. Over the last decade, herculean efforts have gone into the rebuilding. Before the holocaust, over 2000 monks lived here. Now there are 300.The monastery, one of Gelugpa’s Great six was built on a ridge called Gokpo Ri, the site where Tsong Khapa first meditated in order to choose a place for the main monastery of the sect. Ganden’s foundation was laid in 1409. Return to Lhasa. Overnight: Lhasa.


29th Sept 2017: Lhasa
The Lhasa Museum covers an area of 23,508 square meters (5.8 acres) including the exhibition area of 10,451 square meters (2.6 acres). It was opened in October 1999 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China and the 40th anniversary of Tibet's Democratic Reform. The museum building is a pioneering institution in the history of the region. Designed by a Han Chinese architect from Sichuan province, the complex is a wonderful combination of Chinese and Tibetan architectural styles. The museum houses a rich collection of prehistoric cultural relics including Buddha statues in different postures, imperial jade seals, gold albums, gifts granted by emperors, colorful thangkas, and various printed Sanskrit and local scriptures. Visitors can also see variety of folk art such as unique local handicrafts, costumes, jewelry, and adornments made of gold, silver, and jade, as well as fine Chinese pottery.

In the evening watch the Princess Wen Cheng’s Musical Journey, a musical extravaganza about the story of princess from China to Tibet more than a thousand years ago to marry King Songsten Gampo. Crossing deserts, hailstorms, and snow-capped mountains, she brought Chinese cultures and all kinds of influences to Tibet. With her gentleness, wisdom and compassion, she captured the hearts of many in the land of snows. She left behind her legacy in the world famous Potala Palace in Lhasa. From the majestic Tang Dynasty to the vast mystical land of Tibet, this musical artistically depicts a historical epic with enchanting music and songs, intricate dance movements, spectacular scene change, backdrops and props, and over 200 sets of newly designed colorful ethnic costumes from traditional Tang China and Tibet. Overnight: Lhasa.


30th Sept 2017: Lhasa / Kathmandu
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Kathmandu. At Kathmandu International airport our representative will transfer you to your hotel. Rest of the day is free to relax and explore around the city. Overnight: Kathmandu.

1st Oct 2017: Kathmandu, then Departure
Free until final departure for your onward flight.


** End of a Wonderful Tour**


Costs: Cost of the tour will be determined by the number of people in the traveling party and type of hotels chosen.

Dates: While the dates are fixed, we can arrange a similar tour at a date convenient to you, but you will not be able to experience date-specific attractions such as festivals.

Cost Would Include:
• All transfers in a private a/c vehicle accompanied by a SJI representative.
• Welcome dinner with transfer in a private deluxe non a/c vehicle accompanied by local English speaking representative.
• Hike from Sankhu to Nagarkot with necessary transfers in a private deluxe a/c vehicle and escort of a local English speaking guide.
• Transfer Nagarkot to Kathmandu with half-day tour of Bhaktapur in a private deluxe a/c vehicle and escort of an experienced English speaking guide.
• Entrance fee and guide fee for the sightseeing tour of as per the itinerary in Kathmandu & Tibet.

• Documentation for Tibet travel permit and a special permit for Everest Base Camp.
• Services of knowledgeable local Tibetan guides.
• Lhasa to Shigatse one-way train ticket with hard sleepers berth.
• Hotels as per itinerary (or best available Guest house / Lodges), including breakfast and inclusive of all taxes.
• The entire monastery entrance fee during the sightseeing in and round Lhasa and other places, as per the itinerary.
• Bus to Everest Base Camp and back from Rongbuk (as per the itinerary).
• Visa Fee for Tibet, currently USD 114.00.00 per person for all nationals. An additional fee of USD 85.00 for USA nationals, levied by the Chinese government, subject to change.
• Airfare for sector Kathmandu / Lhasa / Kathmandu (current cost is US$800.00 per person for economy class, subject to change without prior notice.
• Ticket for Princess Wencheng Live show performance on the last night in Lhasa.
• Comprehensive medical kit
• Support of Oxygen canisters (Chinese make).

Cost Would Normally NOT Include:
• Nepal entry & and re-entry visa fee (If applicable).
• Applicable International airfares (except Kathmandu/Lhasa/Kathmandu flight fare).
• All meals (except breakfasts).
• Personal insurance and evacuation charges.
• Photography/camera/video charges inside monasteries.
• Items of a personal nature such as bar bills, alcoholic beverages, bottled drinks and mineral water.
• Gratuities such as tips to guides, drivers and trek staff.
• Costs incurred due to natural calamities, strikes, breakdowns and beyond the control of Spiritual Journeys, Inc or their partners.
• Insurance / liability for or against loss of goods, theft, accidents, loss of life etc.
• Costs incurred due to cancellation of flights, strikes, landslides, snowfall, etc., or due to unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of Spiritual Journeys, Inc.
• Any item not mentioned in the above “The Cost includes”.

 

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