Gym Trip 2016 Nepal or Tibet

We have two plans for 2016, just in case Nepal is not ready for us!

Dates are 9th-26th April.

Nepal Itinerary for this year is below. We will probably not spend any time in Kathmandu when we go next year:

Day 01, = Arrival Day:

We meet upon arrival at the Kathmandu International Airport and transfer to Hotel Happy Home

Day 02, = Fly to Pokhara and trek to Ghandruk Village

Today we fly to Pokhara. The flight takes only 25 minutes while the bus journey takes about 7 hours to get Pokhara and we take one and half hour drive to Birethanti (Alt. 1100 m.) Situated along the Modi River. We turn right after crossing the river (Modi) and aim to reach Ghandruk about 4-5 hours steep hill trial. Where there are good views of Machhapuchre (Fishtail) and Annapurna South for our rights stop in this pretty village.

Day 03, = Ghandruk trek to Chomrong ( 2352 m) 4.30 hours

It takes about 4:30 hours to 5 hours to get to Chomrong which is closer to the south face of Annapurna mountain.

Day 04, = Chomrong trek to Dovan (1952m – 2500 m)

As we leave Chomrong the trail drops down to the Chhomrong khola, and then Khuldighar at 2380m where there was an ACAP check post before and continuous walking to Bambu. The trail climbs through bamboo, then rhododendron forests to Dovan where we spend overnight.

Day 05, = Dovan trek to Deurali ( 2900 m)

The first part of the trail is through the forest involving some steps. There are about 6,7 lodges in Deurali.

Day 06, = Deurali trek to Aannapurna base camp and back to Machapuchre Base Camp (2500 – 3700 m)

The Valley begins to look very “Glacial” with its steep sides and eventually we climb the terminal mountains and turn left to begin to feel like we are entering the sanctuary we can leave our things at MBC and hike up to ABC and return back to MBC to stay overnight MBC

Day 07, = MBC hike upto ABC in the morning and back to Himalaya (2900 m)

Day 08, Himalaya to Chomrong (2352 m)

Most part will be in the forest on gradual up and down except the last of to Chomromg is climbing for 1 hour.

Day 09, Chomrong to Tadapani (2600 m)  

Breakfast served in the morning around 7: am. From Chomrong the trail will be on gradual climbing to Gurjung village and last part of climbing will begin after the lunch at Ciprong.

Day 10, Tadapani trek to Ghorepani (2865 m)

Today our walking will be into the forest of rhododendron

Day 11, = Ghorepani trek to Pokhara

We wake up early in the morning and to get sun rise and excellent views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri + other Himalayan ranges, come back to hotel to have a breakfast around 8 o’clock than start walking down to Pokhara.

Day 12, = Pokhara – Sightseeing day in Pokhara and fly to Kathmandu at 4:25 pm

Pokhara an enchanting city nestled in the tranquil valley (827m), is the starting point for many of Nepal’s most popular trekking and rafting destinations. The serenity of Phewa Lake and the magnificence of the fifth-tail summit of Machhapuchhre (6977m) rising behind it creates an ambience of peace and magic. Here are some of the interesting where we will visit during our sightseeing day – International mountain museum, Tibetan refugee camp, Devi’s Fall, Gupteswor cave. And fly to Kathmandu. Stay overnight at Happy Home.


Tibet Itinerary is:

Itinerary Day by Day (Private Tour Option)

Our “Golden Route” tour will take you further to two cities besides Lhasa: the “Heroic Town” Gyantse and Tibet’s second largest city Shigatse. Explore the unique beauty of the tranquil turquoise waters of Yamdrok Lake. You’ll also have a chance to visit Tashilunpo, the home of the Panchen Lama. This itinerary offers relaxing travel schedule, but gives rich cultural & natural experience.

Day 01 (April 10th) Arrive in Lhasa [3658m]

Accommodation: Yak Hotel 3* or similar class

You will be greeted by your Tibetan guide once you arrive in Lhasa Gonggar airport. From airport to Lhasa city is 68km, around one hour and half drive will take you to the holy city Lhasa. Afternoon, have a good rest to acclimatize the high altitude. Overnight in Lhasa.

Day 02 (April 11th) Lhasa Sightseeing [B]

Accommodation: Yak Hotel 3* or similar class

Free time at your own disposal today. You can stroll on the old Lhasa city street, enjoy local food & drink at café, restaurant, also you can visit some scenic spots accompanied by your guide (taxi & entrance fee self-paid). Overnight in Lhasa.

Day 03 (April 12th) Lhasa Sightseeing [B]

Accommodation: Yak Hotel 3* or similar class

The first day of sightseeing starts from Lhasa’s cardinal landmark-Potala Palace, a structure of massive portions. Its towering image already appearing on various occasions, but your first sight of the Potala will still be an awe-inspiring moment. It takes at least a good 2-hour to visit those rooms, halls and chapels. In the afternoon, we will drop a visit of the Jokhang Temple, the spiritual center of Tibet. Everyday, pilgrims from every corner of Tibet trek a long distance to the temple. The temple is the product of Han, Tibetan and Nepalese architectural techniques. Then we will visit Barkhor, the oldest street in a very traditional city in Tibet. Overnight in Lhasa.

Day 04 (April 13th) Lhasa Sightseeing [B]

Accommodation: Yak Hotel 3* or similar class

Morning, have a tour to Norbulinka Summer Palace, where traditionally the Dalai Lamas would leave the Potala Palace every spring and spend the summer. Then, pay a visit to Tibet Museum which has a rich collection of cultural relics, including various types of cultural relics of prehistoric period, title-conferring documents issued by the feudal dynasties of past ages, seals of authority, gold albums, gifts granted by emperors.


Day 05 (April 14th) Lhasa Sightseeing [B]

Accommodation: Yak Hotel 3* or similar class

About 8km west of central Lhasa is the Drepung Monastery, once world’s largest monastery with about 10,000 monks. This day’s sightseeing begins with these white monastic buildings piled up on the hillside. Walking up to the hill is a pleasant thing, an easy break from the solemn ambience inside the halls and chapels. At the plat roof of hillside, you can have very good views of the whole Lhasa city and the distant mountains. Afternoon,  pay a visit to Ani Sangkhung Nunnery. This small, friendly and active nunnery is the only one within the precincts of the old Tibetan quarter. Stop by the Nunnery tea shop, spend about 2 dollars to buy a 5 pound sweet tea,  or cheaper price for a smaller tea pot, you could sit there to emerge into the peaceful and special environment and find the clock no longer ticking, the time stopped. Overnight in Lhasa.

Day 06 (April 15th) Lhasa Sightseeing & Hike Tour [B]

Accommodation: Yak Hotel 3* or similar class

Today, visit the Pabongka Monasterya infrequently visited but one of the most ancient Buddhist sites in the Lhasa region; hike up to the Tashi Choling Hermitage where offers good views; hike to the Dode Valley; energy permitting, walk downhill to visit a nunnery; explore the Sera Monastery; visit the Sera printing center and try printing our own sutra text; visit the debate courtyard; converse with a Tibetan family over a cup of yak tea; overnight in Lhasa.

Day 07 (April 16th) Lhasa / Ganden Kora / Lhasa [B]

Accommodation: Yak Hotel 3* or similar class

In the morning, drive about 52 km by road to Ganden Monastery, which is cradled in a natural amphitheater high above the Kyi Chu, or Lhasa River. The monastery is one of three great Gelukpa religious centers in the Lhasa area. The Kora (circuit walking) around Ganden shouldn’t be missed too. Afternoon, drive back to Lhasa and have a tour to Ramoche Temple, the sister temple to the Jokhang. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day 08 (April 17th) Lhasa / Samye / Tsedang [3500m], 290km, 5hours [B]

Accommodation: Yulong Holiday Hotel 3* or similar class

Morning drive to Tsedang city which is located at the Yarlung Valley, which is reputed as ‘the cradle of Tibetan civilization’, here you will be arranged to visit the first monastery and first palace in Tibet. Today you’ll first visit Yumbulakang Palace, a medieval-European-castle-like structure built in the 7th century, then drive to Samye Monastery, boasting over 1200 years of history. Nestled in a scenic valley, Samye is an important pilgrimage location shaped like a mandala. Late afternoon drive back to Tsedang for overnight.

Day 09 (April 18th) Tsedang / Yamdrok Lake / Gyantse [3950m], 300km, 6-7hours [B]

Accommodation: Gyantse Hotel 3* or similar class

After breakfast, drive along Yarlung Tsangpo River back to Chushul, here you will cross Kambala Pass which is 4794m high, kambala Pass will provide you the first sight of the holy lake – Yamdrok tso. Then drive down to the bank of Yamdrok tso Lake, it takes about half an hour driving along the beautiful the bank to the nearest town – Nangartse, normally groups will have their lunch here. After lunch, continue on Southern Friendship Highway towards west, enjoy the spectacular views of the snow-capped mountains, valleys and grasslands with the groups of nomads. Arrival at Gyantse in the afternoon, in Gyantse, you will be arranged to visit the famous stupa – Gyantse Kumbum, the most stunning architectural wonder in Tibet. Overnight at Gyantse.

Day 10 (April 19th) Gyantse / Shigatse [3840m], 90km, 1.5hours [B]

Accommodation: Manasoarvar Hotel 3* or similar class

After breakfast, first pay a visit to Gyantse Dzong Fortress, the legendary battle site of the British invasion of Tibet, it is now the first-class cultural relics site under protection designated by the State Council. Upon arrival at Shigatse, check into the hotel. Afternoon visit Tashilunpo Monastery and the spectacular tombs of Panchen Lamas in Shigatse, and do its kora which provide a great view of whole Shigatse city. Overnight at Shigatse.
Day 11 (April 20th) Shigatse / Lhasa 270km, 6hrs drive [B]

Accommodation: Yak Hotel 3* or similar class

Morning, drive back to Lhasa along the northern friendship way, marvelous landscapes and sceneries along the Brahmaputra River will accompany you all the way back to Lhasa. Overnight in Lhasa.

Day 12 (April 21st) Lhasa airport dropping off [B]

Today, Lhasa airport dropping off, the time to say your farewells to your guide and driver, end the trip.


Both trips will include all meals while trekking, guides, porters, and at least 3 months of training, programs, and gym membership (casual use with your own pin code!).

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