Tibet Tours

Annapurna Encounter organizes and runs various tours and trips from leisure, moderate to adventurous journey in the world highest country Tibet, a vast land which is under Republic of China Governments and declared as Tibet Autominous Region the land so large extending towards to mainland China and towards South West near Afghanistan, Pakistan and India frontier bordered with great Himalayan mountains barrier and towards South extends to Nepal northern Himalaya and further South East of Tibet touches Bhutan, Sikkim, Arunchal Pardesh in North East India and as far to Mynmar.

Our holidays in Tibet is centered on the central part of Tibet at Lhasa and surrounding cities of Gyantse and Shigatse all of these cities are historical and offers great impressive tales with great scenery of high snow peaks, great emerald and picturesque lakes with traditional local farm villages and great field with summer pasture grazing Yaks and other domesticated animals.

Our trip offers as far towards holy Mt. Kailash and sacred Manasarover lake in the far south west of Tibet, most of the trip in central Tibet involves long drive and scenic flight to Lhasa.

Our major destination holidays in Tibet for your interest:

01: Cultural & Historical Tours of Lhasa with 03 nights & 04 days in Tibet and
06 nights & 07 days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)
02: Scenic & Cultural Tours of Tibet’s 3 cities with 06 nights & 07 days In Tibet
and 09 nights & 10 days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)
03: Overland Adventure to Tibet 07 nights & 08 days & 10 nights & 11 days
(Kathmandu to Kathmandu)
04: Tibet Overland Journey & Everest Base Camp 08 nights & 09 days in Tibet
and 11 nights & 12 days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)
05: Overland to Holy Mt. Kailash 11 nights & 12 days in Tibet and 14 nights &
15 days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)
06: Simikot & Mt.Kailash, Tibet. 08 – 09 days in Tibet and Total Trip 18 – 19 days Kathmandu to Kathmandu.

Bird Watching Tour In Nepal

Although a small in size with a country of fascinating change in every ways, with its dramatic landscapes, valleys, rivers and jungles to world’s highest mountain. Nepal provides abundant bird life habitats with its rich green jungle of mid hills, alpine to tropical dense forest with its variations range of elevation from the low of 65 meters to 8,848 meters the top of Mt. Everest certainly offers an impressive natural background and home for many species of wild and bird life, join in our various destination for bird watch tour starting from the valley of Kathmandu and its nearest high hills with scenic mountain views, or drive to Chitwan and Kosi Tappu including Pokhara mid hills all these areas provides interesting Bird Watching Tour.

Nepal, a major habitation and migratory place for many species of birds as 08 % of the world’s population of birds (more than 857 species);
Nepal habitats domestic and migratory birds as the country has varied levels of temperature from the low land of Terai the mid hill and to the high alpine range where varieties of birds exists from small finch-partridge- jungle fowls-water birds to large Himalayan brown eagle and hawks including the National bird of Nepal “Lophorous” colorful Danfe also called Impeyan Pheasant.

Here are the special areas for bird watch tour in and around Kathmandu valley and beyond:

Phulchowki:
Phulchowki adjoin hills within Kathmandu Valley and the highest hill top of Kathmandu valley also, famous for mountain views and flora and fauna with Redheaded Trogan, a very rare bird sighted there in April 2002 (it was last seen n Nepal 44 years ago). Phulchowki is 2760 meters and 18kms southeast of Kathmandu and is reached via Godawari and the Botanical Gardens. Walking can start from behind the gardens, with a combination of trails and roads. The hillside is covered with forest featuring outstanding flora as well as diverse birds. About 90 species have been recorded in this area including the endemic spring babbler, as well as the Curia, Mountain Hawk Eagle, Rufous Bellied Pied Woodpeckers and the Black-throated Parrot bill, to name a few.

Shivapuri Watershed and Wildlife Reserve, & Nagarjun:
Another beautiful spot for Bird Watching Tour is Shivapuri Watershed Reserve, 12kms north of Kathmandu valley and from the city.

Nagarjun located North West; Shivapuri hill top can be reached two ways either from Sundarijal or from Budhanilkantha.

This Reserve with various species birds are Laughing Thrush, Crested Serpent Eagle, Little Pied Fly Catchers, Ruby-Throats and Babblers, Pheasants, Magpies and Sunbird.

Pokhara:
Pokhara, the two well known lakes Phewa Tal and Begnas Tal and the surrounding areas are highly recommended. Of particular interest are the areas with minimum disturbances, away from human inhabitation the forests around the south shore of Phewa lake. Look out in the fields and pools especially in the winter for Egrets, Herons, Pipits, and Buntings etc. other birds are occurring are Gulls, Terns, Ducks, and Falcons etc.

Begnas Tal is 15Km away from Pokhara and it easily reached by taxi or bicycle. Accommodations are available here too. Terraced hills and light forests surround the lake. One should spend time on the slopes and wet fields. Birds sighted here are Ducks, pheasant-tailed jacana; Hoppie Grey bellied Tesias, common pintail snipe, bulbuls etc. Pokhara lakeside is basically a tourist town, which caters to all the needs f visitors. From cheap lodges to very expensive star hotels are available in and around Pokhara. Lakeside is full of restaurants of all kinds. Pokhara can be reached by air or by road. Bird watching is best in October and April.

Koshi Barage and Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve:
The eastern Terai to the Far East of Nepal, the Koshi is great for waterfowl and waders, with about 26 varieties of ducks alone. Here the method of viewing is by boat, gliding through the waters in the stillness of the early morning and evenings. Over 450 species have been sighted hare, including Black Ibis, Honey Kites, Ospreys, Black Headed Orioles, Peregrine Falcon, Partridges, and Storks.

Chitwan National Park:
Chitwan the lowlands of Nepal, known as the Terai the flat land of Nepal. Chitwan National Park is the best-known site in Nepal for bird watching. Bird watching need to be done from the safely of a chair, the back of an elephant or in a jeep (by far the last choice), and if you wish to walk, accompanied by a guide or a naturalist, or preferably an ornithologist. The area consists of Sal Forest, Riverine forest, and grasslands, with three rivers forming the boundaries of the park. Some 500 species have been recorded in Chitwan and some of them are Blue Indian Roller, Stork-billed Kingfishers, Bengal Florican, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Bee-eaters, and Cormorants.

Mountain Flight in Nepal

Nepal is the home of mountains and realizing its importance Annapurna encounter organizes offers mountain flight for all categories of travelers. For those who are restricted by time and challenged physically can take the panoramic views of mountains, Nepal’s diverse beauty and unique geographical landscapes easily just in an hour. The awe inspiring majestic mountains journey transcends one to an entirely different world. This package is the quickest way to get a close look at spontaneous snowy mountains .It will be an hour’s flight to get the worth of spectacular Mountain View Annapurna Encounter is committed to provide a unique experience in Nepal .

Kurjey Festival

The history of the temples at Kurjey is associated with Sindhu Raja and Guru Rimpoche. Sindhu Raja invited Guru Rimpoche from Nepal to Bhutan to subdue some evil spirits that had been plaguing the land. Upon invitation, Guru Rimpoche visited Bumthang and meditated in a cave that resembled a pile of Dorjis (stylized thunderbolt used for Buddhist rituals). After subduing the evil spirits and demons, imprints of the Guru’s body remained in the rock face. Thereafter, the name came to be known as Kurjey meaning – “Imprint of the body”. The Lhakhang is now a blessed site of great historical significance.

There are three main temples at Kurjey. The oldest temple was constructed on the site where Guru Rimpoche meditated by Minjur Tenpa the first Trongsa Penlop (Governor of Trongsa) in 1652.

The second temple was founded by Gongsar Ugyen Wangchuck in 1900 while serving as the 13th Trongsa Penlop.  This temple is the most sacred as it was built in the place where Guru Rimpoche left his body imprint.

The third temple was built in the 1990s. It was sponsored by the Queen Mother Ashi Kezang Choden Wangchuck. It houses the images of Guru Rimpoche, King Thrisong Detsen and Pandit Santarakshita.

In front of the temples are Chortens dedicated to the first three kings of Bhutan.

The Kurjey festival is an important occasion not only for the local people of Bumthang but for all Bhutanese. The festival brings together tourists and Bhutanese from all over as it presents the perfect occasion to not only receive blessings by witnessing age-old mask dances but also to enjoy this unique culture whilst basking in the natural beauty of Bhutan’s spiritual heartland.

Arun Valley to Everest Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Encounter offers a classic trekking Other side of Everest from Arun Valley to Everest Base Camp around high valleys of Arun valley, Solu & Khumbu in the Everest area, journey from Tumlingtar on the Arun Valley towards world’s highest country in between towering high peaks of Mt. Everest 8,848 m, Lhotse 8,460 m, Nuptse 7,145 m, Kwangde 6,160 m, Kangtenga 6,320 m, Tharmasarkhu 6,145 m, Mt. Pumori 7,125 m and the majestic Mt. Ama Dablam 6,645 meters, never ending views of these snow capped mountains throughout this trip to Everest Base Camp & Kalapatthar.

Other side of Everest from Arun Valley to Everest Base Camp adventure starts with a scenic flight to Tumlingtar town a plateau, located above Arun River, with warm tropical temperature and then heading to Salpa village to begin this great classic route to Everest base camp passing interesting Sherpa and Rai villages of Gothe bazaar, Salpa and the large Pangbung Sherpa village after crossing the high pass of Salpa at 3, 349 meters through beautiful forest of rhododendron and pine trees, and then heading to another pass with first views of Khumbu area including Mt.Everest just after the nice village of Sonam, Guidel and Bung then over Ghaighat pass and towards a large village of Pangbung and getting closer towards the Khumbu region after visiting the lower side of Everest around Arun Valley and Solu area to higher cooler side near Kharekhola and then to Surkhe after Bubsa hill top with first glimpse of Lukla town with plane soaring above Surkhe village and slowly to Phakding village where the trail from Lukla joins.

After completing Other Side of Everest from Arun Valley to Everest Base Camp on the main trail encountering many trekkers on the way, who have flown to Lukla the walk passes several traditional Sherpa villages with its rich old culture and custom with awe inspiring scenery on the walk following the glacial Dudh Kosi river upstream and reaching the famous Sherpa’s capital at Namche Bazaar, with all kinds of modern facilities, hotels, lodge, restaurants, bakery, cyber cafe, post office and banks.

From Namche heading higher through beautiful serene woodlands of rhododendron, birch, pines and firs tree lines with tremendous views of high snow capped mountain during the walk every day, visiting the famous Tengboche monastery surrounded by high mountains and then slowly reaching at Everest base camp facing the notorious Khumbu ice falls and glaciers and then a climb to Kalapatthar at 5,545 meters the highest point of this trips for mind blowing views of surrounding high peaks with Mt. Everest at a stone throw distance, after an enjoyable and memorable time adventure Other side of Everest from Arun Valley to Everest Base Camp with Kalapatthar heading to Lukla and back into tree lines for the sweeping scenic flight back to Kathmandu with great service of Annapurna Encounter.

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wild east rodung la trek.

While the Rodung La Trek does not ascend to very high altitudes, it is still fairly challenging as the trail covers some fairly steep climbs and descents. The trail takes you from Bumthang in Central Bhutan to Trashiyangtse in the far eastern reaches of the kingdom.

The route was once an important trade road in the past but has fallen into disuse now and is chiefly used as a hiking trail. The trail passes through alpine and bamboo forests, meadows and mountain passes, through villages and temples offering hikers an incredible array of biodiversity to appreciate. The Hike typically takes 10 days to complete and is best carried out in winter between October-Early November or in spring between April-Early May.
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Kurjey festival

The history of the temples at Kurjey is associated with Sindhu Raja and Guru Rimpoche. Sindhu Raja invited Guru Rimpoche from Nepal to Bhutan to subdue some evil spirits that had been plaguing the land. Upon invitation, Guru Rimpoche visited Bumthang and meditated in a cave that resembled a pile of Dorjis (stylized thunderbolt used for Buddhist rituals). After subduing the evil spirits and demons, imprints of the Guru’s body remained in the rock face. Thereafter, the name came to be known as Kurjey meaning – “Imprint of the body”. The Lhakhang is now a blessed site of great historical significance.

There are three main temples at Kurjey. The oldest temple was constructed on the site where Guru Rimpoche meditated by Minjur Tenpa the first Trongsa Penlop (Governor of Trongsa) in 1652.

The second temple was founded by Gongsar Ugyen Wangchuck in 1900 while serving as the 13th Trongsa Penlop.  This temple is the most sacred as it was built in the place where Guru Rimpoche left his body imprint.

The third temple was built in the 1990s. It was sponsored by the Queen Mother Ashi Kezang Choden Wangchuck. It houses the images of Guru Rimpoche, King Thrisong Detsen and Pandit Santarakshita.

In front of the temples are Chortens dedicated to the first three kings of Bhutan.

 The Kurjey festival is an important occasion not only for the local people of Bumthang but for all Bhutanese. The festival brings together tourists and Bhutanese from all over as it presents the perfect occasion to not only receive blessings by witnessing age-old mask dances but also to enjoy this unique culture whilst basking in the natural beauty of Bhutan’s spiritual heartland.

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