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Kathmandu - Lhasa - Kathmandu Overland Tours

Trip Fact

Trip Duration 12 Days
Destination Tibet
Trip Grade Moderate
Activity Tour
Max. Altitude 5,220m.
Accomodation Hotel + Tea-house Lodges
Transportation Aeroplane / Tourist Bus
Meals Breakfast
Starts i Kathmandu - Lhasa
Ends in Kyirong Bazar - Kathmandu
Group size Maximum 12
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This overland tour is designed for those who prefer to soak in the sights by driving around and this tour gives you an opportunity to discover the real Tibet. From the bustling old cities to the ancient villages and settlements, you get to observe Tibetan lifestyle at close quarters. This overland tour connects two old capital cities, Lhasa in Tibet and Kathmandu in Nepal. The tour begins in Lhasa and ends in Kathmandu.

Tibet, which boasts of spectacular mountain scenery and a rich cultural heritage, is a place worth visiting. As you drive across the Tibetan plateau, you will be expertly guided around all the Tibetan monasteries, temples, monuments and important tourist sites by expert local Tibetan guide. In Lhasa you explore the Potala Palace, Sera Monastery, Norbulingka, Jokhang Temple, Drepung Monastery and the busy Barkhor Square.

Leaving Lhasa on a 4WD, you will be driven past picturesque Tibetan settlements where nomadic herdsmen can be seen wandering across the wide arid plateau. This overland journey takes you over several high mountain passes with spectacular mountain views, including those of the majestic Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, Makalu and Shishapangma. Your adventure tour continues to the historic cities of Shigatse and Gyantse. As you explore the ancient monasteries, forts and citadels you get an insight into the rich Tibetan culture and history. As you leave Kyirong Bazar and cross the Friendship Bridge, you enter Nepal.

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

Tour Cost Includes:

  • All land transportation by Car, Land Cruiser, Van, Hiace or, mini Bus (Airport/Hotel/Airport, expedition pick up and drop).
  • 1 full day 4/5 hours sightseeing with professional English speaking tour guide and temple entry fees and 3-4 hrs.
  • 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 from Tibet Kyirong border to Kathmandu.
  • Tibet visa, travel permit and all applicable taxes and entrance fees.
  • Air Ticket: Kathmandu – Lhasa.
  • PAC bag (Portable Altitude Chamber) and first aid medical Kit.
  • All official taxes and service charge.

Tour Cost Doesn’t Include:

  • 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

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1,350m.), meet our staff then transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing: Swayambhunath, Bouddhanath, Pashupatinath temple and Patan Durbar square. Evening will be briefing for tours to Tibet.
Day 03: Flight to Lhasa, meet our staff then transfer to Hotel (3,650m.).
Day 04: Sightseeing in Lhasa.
Day 05: Sightseeing in Lhasa.
Day 06: Drive to Gyantse (3,950m.) 261 km
Day 07: Sightseeing and drive to Shigatse (3,900m.) 90km
Day 08: Sightseeing and drive to Shegar (4,050m.) 244km
Day 09: Drive to Kyirong Bazar (2,300m.) 181km
Day 10: Drive to Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
Day 11: Kathmandu free.
Day 12: Last minute, transfer to airport for onward journey.

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

Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing: Swayambhunath, Bouddhanath, Pashupatinath temple and Patan Durbar square. Evening will be briefing for tours to Tibet.

Day 03: Flight to Lhasa, meet our staff then transfer to Hotel(3,650m.).
You will be met at Gonggar Airport by your Tibetan guide. After immigration formalities, you will be driven to Lhasa (3,650m.). It takes around 45 minutes to reach the old city. After checking in at your hotel, you are advised to take rest and take it easy. Drink plenty of fluids and let your body get used to Lhasa’s high altitude.

Day 04: Sightseeing in Lhasa.
After breakfast, you will be briefed on the day’s program. An experienced guide will take you on a tour to Sera Monastery, Norbulingka and the Barkhor Square. At the famous Sera Monastery, you will get an insight into the important aspects of Tibetan Buddhism. You pay a visit to Norbulingka, the summer retreat of the Dalai Lama. Completed in 1956, the handsome building is ornately decorated with Tibetan carvings and paintings. Jokhang temple provides yet another glimpse of the rich Tibetan cultural heritage. You will also get the chance to stroll around the busy Barkhor Square, the nerve centre of Lhasa. After the day’s tour, you will be escorted back to your hotel.

Day 05: Sightseeing in Lhasa.
After an early breakfast, you will be escorted by your guide to the majestic Potala Palace. The imposing structure of the palace dominates the landscape of Lhasa. As you are guided through the ancient chambers of the palace, you get to see Tibetan art at its best. The Potala Palace has a vast array of intricate Tibetan murals and beautiful statues. You will also get to view the tombs of the eight Dalai Lamas. Later in the day you will visit the beautifully landscaped Drepung Monastery where you can observe nuns and monks chanting and performing religious discourses. After the day’s tour is over, you are escorted back to your hotel for a well-earned rest.

Day 06: Drive to Gyantse (3,950m.)
 Following Friendship Highway, you drive past Khamba La at 4,794m. with a brief halt to savor majestic views of Yamdrok-tso Lake and Nazin Kang Sa standing proud at 7,252m. On turning westwards, you come across another Karo La pass at 5,045m. If you glance at the road, you can see huge glaciers tumbling down into the road. After hours of driving for 261 km, magnificently landscaped Tibetan villages become visible as you enter the town of Gyantse.

Day 07: Sightseeing and drive to Shigatse (3,900m.) 90km
Gyantse prides on Gyantse Dzong and Kumbum. Gyantse Dzong is a historical fort built in the 14th century and overlooks a mesmerizing view of entire Gyantse and surrounding Nyang Chu Valley. Kumbum has large gold-domed stupa and houses several chapels and Tibetan Buddhist murals. After you enjoy exploring Gyantse, you will take a 90 km drive to Shigatse. Having driven to an altitude of 3,900 meter, you find yourself at Shigatse, second largest city of Tibet. Tashilhunpo Monastery being one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet is a major attraction of Shigatse.

Day 08: Sightseeing & drive to Shegar (4050m.) 244km.
Today you will traverse along the Friendship Highway amidst picturesque landscape driving past small town of Lhatse and Gyamtso La pass at 5220m. As the route opens into plains, many monasteries and camps of nomadic herders become visible en route to Shegar.

Day 09: Drive to Kyirong Bazar (2,700m.) 181km
 You will drive past Tingri crossing Lalung La pass at 5,124m. and Shung La pass at 5,200m. Savoring the enchanting views of the surrounding peaks of Shishapangma, Cho Oyu, Menlungtse and Gauri Shankar, you descend from the arid Tibetan Plateau to verdant Kyirong Bazar on the Nepalese border Rasuwagadi. After driving for 181 km, you find yourself amidst the lush and verdant vegetation of Kyirong Bazar at 2700m.

Day 10: Drive to Kathmandu (1,400m.) 123km
Few kilometers drive away from Kyirong Bazar to Friendship Bridge across Trishuli River brings you closer to Immigration Control in Kyirong where you will part with your Tibetan guide and driver, and walk across the river to meet your Nepalese escort who will  drive you to Kathmandu. After 5 hours of driving for 123 km, you finally arrive in Kathmandu.

Day 11: Kathmandu free.

Day 12: Last minute, transfer to airport for onward journey.

Autumn Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1,350m.), meet our staff then transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing: Swayambhunath, Bouddhanath, Pashupatinath temple and Patan Durbar square. Evening will be briefing for tours to Tibet.
Day 03: Flight to Lhasa, meet our staff then transfer to Hotel (3,650m.).
Day 04: Sightseeing in Lhasa.
Day 05: Sightseeing in Lhasa.
Day 06: Drive to Gyantse (3,950m.) 261 km
Day 07: Sightseeing and drive to Shigatse (3,900m.) 90km
Day 08: Sightseeing and drive to Shegar (4,050m.) 244km
Day 09: Drive to Kyirong Bazar (2,300m.) 181km
Day 10: Drive to Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
Day 11: Kathmandu free.
Day 12: Last minute, transfer to airport for onward journey.

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

Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing: Swayambhunath, Bouddhanath, Pashupatinath temple and Patan Durbar square. Evening will be briefing for tours to Tibet.

Day 03: Flight to Lhasa, meet our staff then transfer to Hotel(3,650m.).
You will be met at Gonggar Airport by your Tibetan guide. After immigration formalities, you will be driven to Lhasa (3,650m.). It takes around 45 minutes to reach the old city. After checking in at your hotel, you are advised to take rest and take it easy. Drink plenty of fluids and let your body get used to Lhasa’s high altitude.

Day 04: Sightseeing in Lhasa.
After breakfast, you will be briefed on the day’s program. An experienced guide will take you on a tour to Sera Monastery, Norbulingka and the Barkhor Square. At the famous Sera Monastery, you will get an insight into the important aspects of Tibetan Buddhism. You pay a visit to Norbulingka, the summer retreat of the Dalai Lama. Completed in 1956, the handsome building is ornately decorated with Tibetan carvings and paintings. Jokhang temple provides yet another glimpse of the rich Tibetan cultural heritage. You will also get the chance to stroll around the busy Barkhor Square, the nerve centre of Lhasa. After the day’s tour, you will be escorted back to your hotel.

Day 05: Sightseeing in Lhasa.
After an early breakfast, you will be escorted by your guide to the majestic Potala Palace. The imposing structure of the palace dominates the landscape of Lhasa. As you are guided through the ancient chambers of the palace, you get to see Tibetan art at its best. The Potala Palace has a vast array of intricate Tibetan murals and beautiful statues. You will also get to view the tombs of the eight Dalai Lamas. Later in the day you will visit the beautifully landscaped Drepung Monastery where you can observe nuns and monks chanting and performing religious discourses. After the day’s tour is over, you are escorted back to your hotel for a well-earned rest.

Day 06: Drive to Gyantse (3,950m.)
 Following Friendship Highway, you drive past Khamba La at 4,794m. with a brief halt to savor majestic views of Yamdrok-tso Lake and Nazin Kang Sa standing proud at 7,252m. On turning westwards, you come across another Karo La pass at 5,045m. If you glance at the road, you can see huge glaciers tumbling down into the road. After hours of driving for 261 km, magnificently landscaped Tibetan villages become visible as you enter the town of Gyantse.

Day 07: Sightseeing and drive to Shigatse (3,900m.) 90km
Gyantse prides on Gyantse Dzong and Kumbum. Gyantse Dzong is a historical fort built in the 14th century and overlooks a mesmerizing view of entire Gyantse and surrounding Nyang Chu Valley. Kumbum has large gold-domed stupa and houses several chapels and Tibetan Buddhist murals. After you enjoy exploring Gyantse, you will take a 90 km drive to Shigatse. Having driven to an altitude of 3,900 meter, you find yourself at Shigatse, second largest city of Tibet. Tashilhunpo Monastery being one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet is a major attraction of Shigatse.

Day 08: Sightseeing & drive to Shegar (4050m.) 244km.
Today you will traverse along the Friendship Highway amidst picturesque landscape driving past small town of Lhatse and Gyamtso La pass at 5220m. As the route opens into plains, many monasteries and camps of nomadic herders become visible en route to Shegar.

Day 09: Drive to Kyirong Bazar (2,700m.) 181km
 You will drive past Tingri crossing Lalung La pass at 5,124m. and Shung La pass at 5,200m. Savoring the enchanting views of the surrounding peaks of Shishapangma, Cho Oyu, Menlungtse and Gauri Shankar, you descend from the arid Tibetan Plateau to verdant Kyirong Bazar on the Nepalese border Rasuwagadi. After driving for 181 km, you find yourself amidst the lush and verdant vegetation of Kyirong Bazar at 2700m.

Day 10: Drive to Kathmandu (1,400m.) 123km
Few kilometers drive away from Kyirong Bazar to Friendship Bridge across Trishuli River brings you closer to Immigration Control in Kyirong where you will part with your Tibetan guide and driver, and walk across the river to meet your Nepalese escort who will  drive you to Kathmandu. After 5 hours of driving for 123 km, you finally arrive in Kathmandu.

Day 11: Kathmandu free.

Day 12: Last minute, transfer to airport for onward journey.

Mountain Info

    Trip length: Nepal 4 – Tibet 7 Days
    Grade: Moderate
    Starts in: Kathmandu - Lhasa
    Ends in: Kyirong Bazar - Kathmandu
    Group size: Maximum 12
    Accommodation: Hotel & Guest house
    Transportation: 4WD Land cruiser with support truck
    Maximum altitude: 5,220m.

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