Your journey begins from the calm, serene and exotic city of Lhasa, Tibet. Admire the magnificent and mysterious architectural wonders of the city: Potala Palace, once the winter residence of the Dalai Lamas. Explore Tibetan culture, centuries old Buddhist monasteries which include the Jokhang Temple, Drepung, Sera and Norbulinka Monasteries. This excursion allows you to experience the remote Tibetan high plateau, holy lakes, glaciers and connects you to Mount Everest Base Camp through Rongbuk monastery. Enjoy the incredible North face of Mount Everest. Isolated, yet serene, natural and mystical Namtso Lake in Tibet is a revelation. The bewildering and un-navigable waters (due to religious reasons) of the Lakes in Tibet have allowed this region to keep its spiritual heritage largely intact. Being the second largest saltwater lake in China only after Qinghai Lake, the turquoise blue Namtso Lake is the biggest in Tibet. It always provides the visitor with awesome and spectacular vistas and photographic opportunities.
Spend a few nights exploring the rich cultural aspects of the Tibetan heritage in Lhasa including Potala Palace and the many incredible monasteries. The main highlight of the trip is Mount Kailash (6, 714m/22, 028ft.) situated to the north of the Himalayan Plateau and the amazing landscape of the region. Mount Kailash is said to be the mythical Mount Meru, the spiritual centre of the universe. The four great rivers of Asia, the Indus, Pramaputra, Ganges and Sutlej flow through this holy region.
Further, within the heavily eroded sandstone canyon and valleys of the upper Sutlej River are numerous ruins of ancient cities that once comprised the kingdom of Guge. Temples in that area are still intact and contain exquisite murals and decorative motifs reflect a history of more than 10,000 years. Tholing and Tsaparang are the ruined former capitals of the ancient Guge Kingdom of western Tibet and rarely visited by western travelers.
No experience is as stunning as the Ganden to Samye Trek where you walk along a wilderness of serrated hills and cloud swept monasteries atop distant peaks and the vast landscape that only Tibet can present. The route connects two of Tibet’s grandest and sacred monasteries: Ganden monastery and the Samye Monastery renowned for their unique Buddhist heritage, revealed through their spiritual relevance among Tibetans at large. On this extraordinary adventure, you’ll see serene villages under azure skies, cross the highest wilderness in the world, and experience a culture that is deeply spiritual and unruffled by outside influence. The scenery comprises of a full sweep of this fabled land, discovering intriguing places, and encountering thriving indigenous nomadic tribal cultures and witnessing their life and practices. The trek ends at Samye. Monastery, a spiritually powerful place that is a delightful place to behold; with a rich historical and religious background.
The fascinating and mystical Everest looks altered from each side. From the remote hills of Tibet and airy chants from faraway monasteries, the Kangshung (East) face of Everest is the enchanting lure of this trip. You are transported into a colorful but deeply spiritual world with a trek that passes through pristine, unscathed valleys and lakes to cross two high passes Shao La (4,915m) and Langma La (5,200m) to complete a circuit trek. From the cold vast expanse and timeless settlements of the plateau, Kharta and the Kama Valley, characterized by magnificent alpine scenery to the tangled trials of the blue-hued wilderness, this is an unforgettable taste of Tibet. Three of the world's highest peaks; Everest (8,848m), Lhotse (8,382m) and Makalu (8,463m) overlook the valleys.
The trip begins at Kathmandu, including time in Lhasa, Gyantse, and Shigatse, with a 9 day trek in the Kharta valley to the spectacular Kangshung Face of Everest. The trek may be difficult but it permits the most dazzling scenery in a short span of time. A trip to Rongbuk monastery ensues, a sun-splashed jewel set in a sparkling expanse that also takes us up to the Everest North Base Camp. This trip combines trekking amidst the glorious views of the Himalayas while savoring the rugged beauty of Tibet- an easy way to view the stunning panoramas and also experience the delightful encounters with the spiritual inclination of this stunning region.
As you espy the snow capped mountains from your arriving plane, or standing at Lake Fewa in Pokhara where the mountains tower over the scenery like the sets painted for a movie.
No, we aren’t talking about guidebooks! Although we don’t deny the importance of guidebooks in a new place and while traveling for the first time, we also recommend books that have personal experiences in them; those that speak about more than just places and how to get there. We want to recommend books that don’t only contain historical details but those which can say a great deal about both the destination that it describes and the culture in which it is produced, as well as the morals of a society from personal observation. It must be understood that a book must also serve the purpose of aiding tourists during their travel. But we want you to have more than an impersonal, systematic approach to travel that guidebooks can offer. A trip is about creating a travel experience by addressing certain needs, values or underlying dimensions of destinations and also about understanding systems and values, cultures and perspectives. The books we suggest represent the indication of personal travel experience and have been created out of personal observations through travel. These books take you on a journey, within and without, investigating places and people while familiarizing you with identities through cultural resources.
Each morning, suspended over Namtso Lake, one can watch the sun and the sky play their wistful early rays upon the sparkly blue waters and transform it into various shades and hues. Within a few moments, the water glows. Bathed in long, lazy beams of the early sun, the shimmering lake reflects back a bright radiance that makes the atmosphere hum with vibrant, animated awakening. Namtso Lake is heavenly, which is also what the name means in the Tibetan language. Among tourists who have long been enamoured by the natural beauty of Tibet, Namtso or Nam-Tso has held sway, beginning with the advent of Heinrich Harrer and Peter Aufschnaiter in 1944. It also has a Mongolian name –Tingrli Nurr, which means “Heavenly Lake”, for it is truly divine and the waxing and waning of the celestial moon makes its waters rise and fall. Namtso is a salt water lake that is situated on the border between Damxung County and Bangoin County in Tibet.
From the breathtaking views of Mt. Everest as you fly to Bhutan, to the stunning sights of the Dochula Pass, experience the serenity of Buddhist monasteries and the spectacular scenery of this mountain kingdom. Be touched by the warmth of its people and wonder at the unique character and abilities of the architecture and the desire to create a serene and magical kingdom. From the forested mountains of Bhutan watch the scenery change to the windswept hills of Tibet. Here the Potala Palace sweeps upward to the sky and the aura of peace pervades this religious Buddhist haven high up in the Himalayas. Be inspired by the serenity of its people and the spectacular grandeur that comes from the stark and beautiful countryside. Lastly, plunge into the bustle and eclectic variety of the Kathmandu Valley. Monasteries, motor bikes and a thousand different experiences await the visitor to this bustling Nepalese capitol city. Tour the ancient Thamel, shopping bazaar, see the many different aspects of Nepalese life as you explore and enjoy the excitement and activities that mark this interesting place. Conclude your trip with the thrill of a jungle adventure deep in the jungles of Chitwan. You will come away with memories to last a life time. Himalayan Dreams for an unforgettable trip!