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Kathmandu - Lhasa - Kathmandu Overland Tour

Trip Fact

Trip Duration 14 Days
Destination Tibet
Trip Grade Moderate
Activity Tour
Max. Altitude 5000m.
Starts in Kathmandu – Zhangmu
Ends in Lhasa – Kathmandu
Group size Maximum 12
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Known as roof of the world Tibet (China) is a rich and beautiful land with an average altitude over 4,000m. (13,120ft) above sea level. Possessing more than fifty peaks above 7,000m. (22,960ft), Tibet is home to eleven Himalayan mountains over 8,000m. (26,240ft). China, India, Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan, Burma and Kashmir all border Tibet. Over two million people inhabit this land of rich natural resources and ancient its cultures. Spiritual traditions, temples and monasteries, lakes and rivers, and mighty snow clad peaks are just a few of the intoxicating wonders to be experienced by adventurous travelers who get the opportunity to visit this land. Buddhism, with a history of some 1,300 years is shaped into a unique form of "Lamaism". Tibetan history, culture and religion are mixed together and infiltrate every aspect of their social life as well.

Finally, Tibetan religious arts have a distinctive style with adoption of Indian and Chinese Buddhist influence, thus forming a pearl of Oriental Buddhist art. The various people who live on the Tibetan plateau, such as Tibetans, Monpas, Lhopas and Moslems, each have their own unique of traditions of marriage, burial birth, and other ceremonies. Festivals in Tibet are numerous providing many opportunities for large and exciting celebrations. So, come and visit the land rich in mountains, monks, mysteries and adventure tours around. Our route follow towards Trishuli River to Rasuwagadi with green rice field and the villages then continue up to Kyirong, Shigatse, Lhatse and Lhasa.

Trip Highlights

  • Inspiring landscapes, superb mountain views, rich Buddhist history, culture and Tibetan Nomads.
  • 3 Nights in Lhasa, staying near the city's main attractions - the Potala Palace and the Jokhang Temple
  • Adventurous drive by best 4WD land cruiser across the ‘roof of the world’ with English speaking best local Tibetan guide.
  • Hotels/lodges with Tibetan character wherever possible.
  • Complete hassle free Chinese (Tibet) travel documentation.
  • Spectacular flight to Lhasa passing right over Mount Everest and many of the highest peaks in the world (if you join the trip in Kathmandu)

Detail Itinerary

Tibet Tour Cost Includes:

  • All land transportation by Car, Land Cruiser, Van, Hiace or, mini Bus (Airport/Hotel/Airport, expedition pick up and drop).
  • 4 Night’s Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu at Bed and breakfast basis.
  • Best available standard Hotel accommodation in Lhasa and best available en-route on twin sharing with breakfast.
  • All transportation in Tibet by 4 WD Land Cruiser and support truck for the entire trip.
  • 1 English-speaking expert Tibetan guide.
  • Private transportation Kathmandu – Rasuwagadi – Kyirong - Lhasa - Kathmandu).
  • Tibet visa, travel permit and all applicable taxes and entrance fees.
  • PAC bag (Portable Altitude Chamber) and first aid medical Kit.
  • All official taxes and service charge.

Tour Cost Doesn't Includes:

  • Personal transportation except above programs.
  • Major meals lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu – Nepal and Tibet.
  • Personal clothing, tour equipments as well as sleeping bags. (required)
  • Personal Nature expenses. (Extra expenses incurred due to unforeseen circumstances such as sickness, accidents, road blockage, and other occurrences beyond our control.)
  • Emergency evacuation (If incase).
  • Drinks except tea and coffee.
  • Airfare: to & from your country.
  • Nepal entry, re-entry visa fees and international airport departure taxes. (It is suggested you apply for a multiple entry visa for Nepal initially saving you the Nepal re-entry fee).
  • Personal travel insurance. (Liability for insurance against sickness, accidents, loss of baggage, loss of life etc.)
  • Tips for support crews.

Spring Itinerary

Detailed Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1,350m.), meet our staff then transfer to Hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu free.

Day 03: Kathmandu – Kyirong Bazar: Departing at 05:30 AM from Kathmandu, approx. 05 hrs drive along the Arniko Highway, will take us to Kyirong Bazar (China - Nepal Border). We cross the Friendship Bridge at the border (Rasuwagadi) and drive to Kyirong Bazar by jeep, Bus where after completion of immigration formalities, we will enter to the Chinese Autonomous Region and start the first night in the Tibetan plateau. We will be staying at the hotel/guest house nearby Kyirong Bazar. Overnight at Kyirong.

Day 04: Kyirong Bazar – Shegar: We drive to Lhatse from Kyirong, following the Trishuli River valley with the plenty of waterfalls on our eyes. This route is the most adventurous route among the others as it offers the panoramic views of the high mountains including the highest peak Mt. Everest (8,848m.) with Langtang (7,367m.), Shisa Pangma (8,012m.), Makalu (8,464m.) Lhotse (8,516m.), Cho Oyu (8,153m.). We continue our drive passing Tingri (4,390m.) and stay at Shegar (also known as New Tingri,). Overnight at Shegar.

Day 05: Shegar – Shegatse: From Shegar, we continue our drive to Silicates, Tibet’s second-largest city, lying near the union of the Nyang Chu and the Tsang Po, on the main route between Gyantse and West Tibet. It is the place of famous Tashilumpo Monastery. Overnight at Shigatse.

Day 06: Shigatse - Gyantse: In Shigatse, we visit Tashilumpo Monastery, one of the four great Gelug monasteries renowned as the seat of the Panchen Lama until his death in 1989. After visiting Tashilunpo Monastery in the morning including the Bazaar of Shigatse, We drive to the capital of the small kingdom in 15th century. Gyantse. Visit Gyantse Kumbum (the highest Chorten in Tibet) and Pelkor Chode Monastery founded in 1418. Overnight at Gyantse.

Day 07: Gyantse – Lhasa: Drive to Lhasa, crossing the Karo-la Pass (5,045m.), we pass by the Yamdrok Tso, the turquoise lake and one of the four holy lakes in Tibet. Then after passing the Kamba-la Pass (4,794m.), we find ourselves close to the Lhasa Valley. After crossing the Brahmaputra River, we reach Lhasa, our final destination. Lhasa lies in the Kyichu river valley at 3,595m. and is dominated by the magnificent Potala Palace, built in the 17th century by the Great Fifth Dalai Lama.

Day 08 – 09: Lhasa: These days you will be engrossed with sightseeing and excursion of the Potala Palace (A great museum with its proportions and priceless treasures) Jokhang Temple (the holiest of Tibetan shrines, houses two images of the Buddha brought as dowry by Songtsen Gampo's Nepali and Chinese queens) along the bustling street of Barkhor Market. In Lhasa you will also visit Norbu Lingka (the summer palace of the Dalai Lamas), Drepung and Sera Monasteries. Overnight at Lhasa.

Day 10: Lhasa – Lhatse: Start your return journey to Lhatse. Overnight at Lhatse.

Day 11: Lhatse – Kyirong: Drive to Nyalam from Lhatse, your another stoppage back from Lhasa. Overnight at Kyirong.

Day 12: Kyirong – Kathmandu: Drive to Rasuwagadi and after complete immigration formalities, drive back to Kathmandu then transfer to Hotel.

Day 13: Kathmandu free.

Day 14: Last minute, transfer to airport for onward journey.

Autumn Itinerary

Detailed Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1,350m.), meet our staff then transfer to Hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu free.

Day 03: Kathmandu – Kyirong Bazar: Departing at 05:30 AM from Kathmandu, approx. 05 hrs drive along the Arniko Highway, will take us to Kyirong Bazar (China - Nepal Border). We cross the Friendship Bridge at the border (Rasuwagadi) and drive to Kyirong Bazar by jeep, Bus where after completion of immigration formalities, we will enter to the Chinese Autonomous Region and start the first night in the Tibetan plateau. We will be staying at the hotel/guest house nearby Kyirong Bazar. Overnight at Kyirong.

Day 04: Kyirong Bazar – Shegar: We drive to Lhatse from Kyirong, following the Trishuli River valley with the plenty of waterfalls on our eyes. This route is the most adventurous route among the others as it offers the panoramic views of the high mountains including the highest peak Mt. Everest (8,848m.) with Langtang (7,367m.), Shisa Pangma (8,012m.), Makalu (8,464m.) Lhotse (8,516m.), Cho Oyu (8,153m.). We continue our drive passing Tingri (4,390m.) and stay at Shegar (also known as New Tingri,). Overnight at Shegar.

Day 05: Shegar – Shegatse: From Shegar, we continue our drive to Silicates, Tibet’s second-largest city, lying near the union of the Nyang Chu and the Tsang Po, on the main route between Gyantse and West Tibet. It is the place of famous Tashilumpo Monastery. Overnight at Shigatse.

Day 06: Shigatse - Gyantse: In Shigatse, we visit Tashilumpo Monastery, one of the four great Gelug monasteries renowned as the seat of the Panchen Lama until his death in 1989. After visiting Tashilunpo Monastery in the morning including the Bazaar of Shigatse, We drive to the capital of the small kingdom in 15th century. Gyantse. Visit Gyantse Kumbum (the highest Chorten in Tibet) and Pelkor Chode Monastery founded in 1418. Overnight at Gyantse.

Day 07: Gyantse – Lhasa: Drive to Lhasa, crossing the Karo-la Pass (5,045m.), we pass by the Yamdrok Tso, the turquoise lake and one of the four holy lakes in Tibet. Then after passing the Kamba-la Pass (4,794m.), we find ourselves close to the Lhasa Valley. After crossing the Brahmaputra River, we reach Lhasa, our final destination. Lhasa lies in the Kyichu river valley at 3,595m. and is dominated by the magnificent Potala Palace, built in the 17th century by the Great Fifth Dalai Lama.

Day 08 – 09: Lhasa: These days you will be engrossed with sightseeing and excursion of the Potala Palace (A great museum with its proportions and priceless treasures) Jokhang Temple (the holiest of Tibetan shrines, houses two images of the Buddha brought as dowry by Songtsen Gampo's Nepali and Chinese queens) along the bustling street of Barkhor Market. In Lhasa you will also visit Norbu Lingka (the summer palace of the Dalai Lamas), Drepung and Sera Monasteries. Overnight at Lhasa.

Day 10: Lhasa – Lhatse: Start your return journey to Lhatse. Overnight at Lhatse.

Day 11: Lhatse – Kyirong: Drive to Nyalam from Lhatse, your another stoppage back from Lhasa. Overnight at Kyirong.

Day 12: Kyirong – Kathmandu: Drive to Rasuwagadi and after complete immigration formalities, drive back to Kathmandu then transfer to Hotel.

Day 13: Kathmandu free.

Day 14: Last minute, transfer to airport for onward journey.

Mountain Info

    Trip length: Nepal 4 - Tibet 9 Days
    Grade: Gentle
    Starts in: Kathmandu – Kyirong Bazar
    Ends in: Lhasa – Kathmandu
    Group size: Maximum 12
    Accommodation: Hotel & Guest House
    Transportation: 4WD Land cruiser with support truck
    Maximum altitude: 5000m.

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