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Thupten Choeling Monastery Jeep Tour

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  • Destination: Everest Region
  • Group Size: 2-10 PAX
  • Maximum altitude: 3,530 m
  • Best Season: Spring and Autumn
  • Grade Info: Moderate
  • Transportation: Private/Public Vehicle
  • Total Days: 4 Days
  • Walking Hour: 5 to 6 hours approx.

Thupten Choeling Monastery Jeep Tour in NepalThupten Choeling Monastery Tour is a short and exciting trip to the lower Himalayas from the capital valley of Kathmandu. This remarkable tour explores one of the significant Buddhist sites in the lower Everest region, Thupten Choeling Monastery. This historic monastery was built by Buddhist Lama Trulshik Rinpoche in 1968 after he had fled from Rongbuk Gompa in 1959. If you are looking for a short Himalayan retreat with unlimited cultural, spiritual, and natural experiences, this Buddhist site exploration is one of the most prominent aspects.

Distinct from the regular short-tour prospects around Kathmandu, this cultural tour takes you actually to the lap of the Himalayas. You will have the opportunity to relish the highlights of the lower Everest region without the need to put in any physical effort at all. This Thupten Choeling tour is a complete driving tour where you will explore the iconic landmarks at the comfort level of your home.

So, if you are on a spiritual pilgrimage looking forward to answering your awakening, a historical fanatic, a traveler constricted by time, or simply an explorer who is looking forward to making the best out of short-touring prospects, this is the most iconic touring options farther from crowded trails.

Highlights of the Thupten Choeling Monastery Tour

Highlights of the Thupten Choeling Monastery Tour

  • Exploring one of the significant Buddhist landmarks, Choeling Monastery (built in 1968)
  • A short tour that takes you across high hills, lush forests, and mesmerizing Himalayan landscapes
  • Amazing lower Himalayan region settlements of Sherpa, Gurung, Tamang, Chhetri, Newar, and Thakali ethnic groups
  • Breathtaking views of Himalayan peaks like Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Ganesh Himal, Dorje Lakpa, and Langtang Lirung
  • A perfect short rejuvenizing opportunity for time-constricted travelers
  • Crossing the incredible Himalayan pass, Lamjura Pass Altitude (3,530 meters)
  • An iconic blend of cultural, spiritual, and adventurous journey

Best Time for Thupten Choeling Monastery Tour

Best Time for Thupten Choeling Monastery Tour

As the Thupten Choeling Monastery Tour is a complete driving exploration, you can do it pretty much all year around. However, if you are looking for the best time frame where the weather is favorable, we will suggest the high seasons like spring (March to May) and autumn (Septemebr to November). During these periods, the climate is very stable, and you will hardly face any weather-related challenges on your trail. Also, both of these seasons are known for their incredible natural beauty. The spring season invites lush greenery, and the landscapes are adorned with incredible dotted flowers.

This nature’s peak season is also the best time to enjoy birdwatching and Himalayan flora and fauna exploration. Similarly, the autumn season is also popular for its serene fall landscapes, and as the harvest season when the crops reach their maturity, this adds golden texture to the landscapes. The autumn season is also widely known for its incredible cultural aspects; some of the grandest festivals in Nepal line up during this season. Your Buddhist pilgrimage tour will also introduce you to immersive celebrations in the country, like Mani Rimdu, Dashain, Tihar, Indra Jatra, Chhath, etc.

Outline Itinerary of 4 Days Thupten Choeling Monastery Jeep Tour

Day 01: Kathmandu - Phaplu

Day 02: Phaplu to Junbesi Visit Thupten Choeling Monastery

Day 03: Junbesi - Jiri via Lamjura Pass

Day 04: Jiri - Kathmandu

Thupten Choeling Monastery Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu - Phaplu

Kathmandu Altitude: 1,400 meters/ 4,593 feet

Phaplu Altitude: 2,413 meters/ 7,916 feet

Altitude Gain: 1,013 meters/ 3,323 feet

On this day’s drive, you will move along the driving trails to the northeast, heading toward Phaplu Town. You drive across the lush landscapes, beautiful settlements, and riverside. During the first part, you will reach Dulikhel, leave the Kathmandu valley behind, and head toward the Bhimkhori and Birpani Villages. After stopping for lunch in between, you will continue driving toward Ghurmi.

The driving path further ahead from here across the rocky trail to the north will then take you to Okhaldhunga. From here, you will reach Pattale, and following the zigzag trails alongside the Solu River, you will finally reach Phaplu Village. This beautiful high altitude is surrounded by greenery, and you can enjoy the magnificent mountain views at the backdrop as you settle in for the night after a long drive. This day’s drive will take approximately 7 to 8 hours to reach Phaplu from Kathmandu.

Day 02: Phaplu to Junbesi Visit Thupten Choeling Monastery

Junbesi Altitude: 2,700 meters/ 8,858 feet

Thupten Choeling Monastery Altitude: 3,000 meters/ 9,842 feet

Altitude Gain: 587 meters/ 1,925 feet

It is finally time to head toward the main goal of this jeep tour. After enjoying your breakfast at Phaplu, you will then drive across the lush forest and reach the Ringmo Village. Continuing further in the trekking trail alongside the cascading river Ringmo Khola and Junbesi Khola to reach Junbesi Village. The views of Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu, and other surrounding peaks are spectacular from this high-altitude village.

After taking a short break at Junbesi, you will then head toward the Thupten Choeling Monastery. The walking distance from Junbesi to the monastery takes a few hours, but for driving it takes just about 30 to 40 minutes. This monastery was built by the Buddhist Lama Trulshik Rinpoche in 1968 after he had fled from Rongbuk Gompa in Tibet following the 1959 Chinese invasion of Tibet. Currently, there are several hundred monks and nuns residing in the monastery. After relishing the spiritual ambiance of this significant Buddhist landmark, you will return back to Junbesi for an overnight stay.

Day 03: Junbesi - Jiri via Lamjura Pass

Jiri Altitude: 1,940 meters/ 6,364 meters

Lamjura Pass Altitude: 3,530 meters/ 11,581 feet

Altitude Gain: 830 meters/ 2,723 feet

Today is another exciting day’s drive as you will cross one of the fascinating Himalayan passes. During the first part of the drive, you will pass the Toktok Village to ascend on the Lamjura Pass. After reaching the pass, you will be able to enjoy the magnificent vistas of lush valleys and the iconic Himalayas. Then, the drive from the pass will then descend to Ghaurasey Village and Guranse Village.

The driving trail further ahead will then pass through scenic sections of the rhododendron and pine forests. During the last part of the drive, you will then drive past Sete Village and Phedi to reach Jiri Village across Bhandara.

Day 04: Jiri - Kathmandu

Kathmandu Altitude: 1,400 meters/ 4,593 feet

Altitude Loss: 540 meters/ 1,771 feet

After completing your exciting jeep tour, it's time to make a return to Kathmandu. You will enjoy a hearty breakfast at Jiri, which is the traditional starting point for the Everest Base Camp Trek. Then, bidding farewell to the epic mountain views, you will drive across Charikot Village and move along the trails across traditional villages, terraced farmlands, and charming rivers.

On the trail, further ahead, you will follow the banks of the Sunkoshi River and head toward Dolalghat. The views of Ganesh Himal, Dorje Lakpa, and Langtang Lirung are especially breathtaking from this section. During the final part, you will join the Araniko Highway and drive past the beautiful Newar settlements of Dhulikhel and Banepa to reach Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu, the staff of Exciting Nepal will drop you back to your hotel.

Trip Cost US$ 1500 Per person

Who Can Do This Tour?

Who Can Do This Tour

Unlike other explorations in the Himalayas, which require trekking, this Thupten Choeling Monastery Tour, which takes you to the lap of the Himalayas, is a completely driving adventure. You will not have to put in any physical effort or trek during this exploration. Although trekking options are available, in this Exciting Nepal’s tour package, you will enjoy your journey enjoying the comfort of a luxury couch. So, as there isn’t any need for physical effort and the journey is completely based on driving from point to point throughout the exploration, pretty much anyone can do this tour.

There isn’t any age restriction here, nor are there any kind of risks. Usually, when it comes to the Himalayan journey, altitude sickness is a considerable threat. However, during this driving tour, you will reach the maximum elevation point of only 3,530 meters at Lamjura Pass. Thus, you don’t need to worry about the risks of altitude sickness during this adventure. If you are a Buddhist culture enthusiast or just want to explore the traditional starting point of the Everest Base Camp Trek, this Thupten Choeling Monastery Tour is one of the most exciting Himalayan touring prospects that will take you across the less-crowded serene trails.

What Can You Expect During Your Thupten Choeling Monastery Tour?

What Can You Expect During Your Thupten Choeling Monastery Tour

As this Buddhist pilgrimage tour is completely driving-based, you will enjoy your journey comfortably as you move along from point to point. However, it doesn’t mean that you won’t get enough period to explore the region. This touring prospect with Exciting Nepal will give you enough time to explore the popular highlights around the region. You will also get enough breaks to stretch your legs as the continuous long drive can be tiresome. During your exploration days, your journey will typically start around 7 AM to 8 AM after a healthy breakfast.

You will move along with your driving journey, enjoy the epic scenery, and take short breaks along the trailside. After driving for a few hours, you will then take a break for lunch and continue toward the stopping point on a particular day. As the driving tour is faster than trekking adventures, you will have sufficient daylight hours to enjoy your exploration. Your tour guide will provide you with details and a history of the popular landmarks along the way and take care of your overall itinerary plans. Thus, you will able to enjoy your Thupten Choeling Monastery Tour without any worries.

What So Special About This Tour?

What So Special About This thupten choeling Tour

When it comes to short touring aspects in the capital valley, travelers tend to go for short multi-day journeys on the outskirts of the valley. However, many don’t know that just adding a day or two to the short touring prospects around the capital will give them an opportunity to explore a significant Buddhist site at the lap of the Himalayas and the traditional starting route for the adventures in the Everest region. This four-day short tour will guarantee an incredible experience as it is filled with cultural, natural, and spiritual phenomenons. During this Thupten Choeling Monastery Tour, you will have the opportunity to explore the diverse landscape of the country that stretches from the flat, deep valleys to the lap of the Himalayas.

Similarly, the views of the eastern Himalayan peaks that will accompany your everyday driving journey will make every moment magical. The main goal of this tour, Thupten Choeling Monastery is a spiritual epicenter that lays the foundation for spiritual awakening. On top of that, you will also get the opportunity to explore the culture, traditions, and lifestyle of the Sherpa, Gurung, Tamang, Chhetri, Newar, and Thakali settlements. So, overall, this 4-day short tour is a complete journey that is exciting from every aspect like any other Himalayan adventure.

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Why Do Thupten Choeling Monastery Tour With Exciting Nepal?

Thupten Choeling Monastery Jeep Tour Itinerary

Since our establishment in 2006, Exciting Nepal has been offering the widest range of outdoor adventures in Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan. Working with a group of travel specialists and experts, we always strive to provide the best value experience in the market. Our responsible travel practices, expert teams, impeccable professionalism, and enthusiasm to outdo ourselves have pushed us to the dominating position we are in today. While doing the Thupten Choeling Monastery Tour with Exciting Nepal, we guarantee a memorable and comfortable journey that you forever treasure.

During this short Himalayan tour, we will handle everything so that you can enjoy your journey comfortably. From hotel pick-up and drop-off, expert guide, paperwork, best available food and accommodation facilities, immersive day-to-day activities, and sightseeing, we make arrangements for everything for your trip.

What About Food and Accommodation?

What About Food and Accommodation

This exciting Thupten Choeling Monastery Tour takes you across well-developed settlements that have access to the road. So, unlike the Himalayan treks, where you navigate the isolated parts of the Himalayas, in this short tour, you will be enjoying the trip pretty close to the urban settlements. Thus, you can expect a good level of food and accommodation facilities during your trip. Although most of the available dishes in this Himalayan driving route are tasty cultural delicacies, selective international dishes are also served at lodges/hotels.

Vegan and vegetarian options are also thoroughly available across the trailside, so you don’t need to worry about that either. The available accommodation options are also at a good level; some of them also offer luxurious options if you are looking for more comfort.

Package Customization With Exciting Nepal

Our 4-day Thupten Choeling Monastery Tour is an exciting short exploration of Kathmandu that anyone traveler can join even if they have a short vacation period. Although this is a pre-determined itinerary plan that takes you across popular traditional settlements and to one of the most prominent Buddhist sites in the lower Everest region, Exciting Nepal offers customization options for this tour as well. If you want to extend your stay around the region and have few enough days to spare, you can also add exploration of other side highlights in your trip.

You will have complete control over your journey and can request us to create a trip plan befitting your taste. In case you already have thought of a set of activities for your trip, we can also design the itinerary plans according to that outline. You can also make a request to make the trip private, where only your group will be joining, and also select the luxurious tour package.

Safety and Comfort

The safety and comfort of our clients is the foremost priority of Exciting Nepal. During your Thupten Choeling Monastery Tour, we will strictly follow every safety protocol to make your trip a seamless journey. The experienced guide who will be leading the tour will be responsible for your health and safety. He/she will monitor your health conditions throughout the trip and coordinate with our head office to make the right call. Also the guide will also be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day activities and making sure that everything is in order and safe to proceed further with the journey.

Furthermore, to make your journey as smooth and as comfortable as possible, Exciting Nepal only makes reservations for the best available services in the region. In case if you are unhappy or dissatisfied about anything in your tour, you can share your concerns with the guide who will have it sorted out immediately.

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