Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland Tour

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  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Countries Visited: Nepal and Tibet
  • Difficulty Level : Easy
  • Arrival City : Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Departure City : Lhasa, Tibet
  • Meals: 7 Breakfast
  • Accommodation: 4 Star and 3 Star Hotels

Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland Tour takes us to Kathmandu and Lhasa along with a hike to Everest Base Camp on the way.

Trip Highlights

  • Hike for 8 hours to Everest Base Camp
  • Khumbum Stupa and Phalkot Monastery
  • Scenic 1 hour flight from Kathmandu to Nyalam
  • Shakya Monastery, Potala Palaca, Zokhang Temple, Barkhor Bazar
  • Drepung Monastry, Sera monastery,  Tashilumpu Monastery

Trip Cost Includes

  • 4 Star and 3 Star Hotel Accommodation 
  •  Meals according to itinerary
  •  Welcome Dinner in a Traditional Nepalese Restaurant in Kathmandu
  •  An English speaking local tour guides 
  •  All ground transportation/airport pick up drop will be in comfortable private vehicles
  • Monument entry fee 
  • Tibet Travel Permits

Trip Cost Excludes

  • Tips, drinks and Personal expenses
  • Meals not mentioned in itinerary
  • International flights

Detail Itinerary

Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu (1,300m) to Nyalam (3,750m) 5-6 Hours

After early breakfast we set on a drive to Tibet border. We take lunch at the border. At the border, first of all we clear Nepali customs/immigration and we walk for 15 minute across Friendship Bridge to Tibet where the Chinese border police will check our passport and visa. It is at this point where we will find our Land Cruiser waiting for us which accommodates 4 passengers and 1 driver per vehicle.  After driving for 30 minute we reach Zhangmu , where second immigration formalities have to be done. After immigration formalities, again we continue our drive for an hour to Nyalam.

Overnight: Hotel in Nyalam

Day 2: Acclimatization in morning; Drive from Nyalam to Old Tingri (4050m/13,284 ft): 147 Km/5-6 hrs

In the morning, we take some walk around Nylam which would help us to acclimatize with the high altitude. Then we rest for some time, take our breakfast, and head for Tingri. We cross two high passes: Nyalam La (3800m/12,464 ft) and Lalung La pass (5082m/16,668 ft).  We enjoy the breathtaking panorama of the Himalayan range including Mt. Everest – a fitting backdrop to the vastness of the Tibetan plateau.

Overnight: Hotel in Old Tingri

Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Drive from Old Tingri to Rongbuk(5050m/16564ft): 105 Kms; Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,250m/17,220ft) and Trek down to Rongbuk-16kms

After breakfast easy 105km drive to Rongbuk. Rongbuk monastery is the highest monastery in Tibet. From Rongbuk we hike for 8 hours to reach Everest Base Camp. The base camp itself is dry and barren but the amazing view of Everest and the excitement of being face to face with the world’s highest mountain compensate all.

Overnight: Hotel in Rongbuk

Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 : Drive from Rongbuk to Sakya Monastery; Arrive Xigatse in the evening (3800m/12,464 ft) 345 Kms

Morning drive to Sakya to visit famous Sakya Monastery. Sakya Monastery is the ancestral temple of Sakyapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. The monastery was founded by Khon Konchog Gyalpo of the Song Dynasty (960-1279), also the founder of Sakyapa sect of Lamaism. Sakya, means “Grey Soil” in Tibetan since the soil surrounding it is gray. The monastery is to the Sakyapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism.  In the evening we arrive in Xigatse, the second biggest city in Tibet.

Overnight: Hotel in Xigatse

Included Meals:  Breakfast

Day 5: Drive Xigatse to Gyantse to Lhasa (3650m/11,972 ft): 365 Kms/ 7 hrs

In the morning visit the Tashilunpo Monastery. After breakfast, embark on a pleasant 2 hours drive to Gyantse. Here, we visit the Khumbum Stupa and Phalkot Monastery. From Gyantse, we continue to Lhasa: cross the Karo La (5010m/16,432 ft) and Kamba La (4794m/15,725 ft) pass and lake YamdrokTso(Turquoise Lake).  You will cross the YarlungTsangpo (Brahamaputra) river and see the distant views of the Potala Palace.

Overnight: 4 Star Hotel in Lhasa

Included Meals:  Breakfast


Day 6: Sightseeing Tour in Lhasa to Sera Monastery,Norbulingkha, Jokhang Temple & Barkhor Market

Foremost, our tour begins with a visit to Sera Monastery. An experienced tour guide also working as an interpreter will guide us through this preserved monastery of white-washed walls and golden roofs. Then we visit the Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. Jokhang Temple is another important sacred site which unravels more deep seated mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism. Visit to Barkhor Market can be quite a change from other visits as we roam around the city.

Overnight: 4 Star Hotel in Lhasa

Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 7: Sightseeing tour in Lhasa : Potala Palace & Drepung Monastery

Like the previous day, you experience invaluable insights during your visits to Potala Palace and Drepung Monastery. The 17th century Potala Palace offers an awesome view of entire city and also has private quarters of the Dalai Lama, numerous grand state rooms and chapels. Ancient history has it that Drepung Monastery which was built in 14th century used to shelter around 10,000 monks but as now there has been quite a declination resulting in only few hundreds. Tibetans’ respect and belief are immensely knotted with this monastery.

Overnight: 4 Star Hotel in Lhasa

Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 : Airport Transfer

Today you will be dropped to Lhasa Airport at your flight time

Included Meals: Breakfast

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Accommodation during Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland Tour

You will stay in 4 Star and 3 Star Hotels. Single supplement will be provided on request and will cost an additional and depend upon availability.  Hotels also can be upgraded to 5 star in an additional cost.

Food during Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland Tour

Breakfast is provided.  You can easily find Indian, Chinese, Bhutanese, Tibetan, Nepalese and continental food in any restaurants around the cities.

Best Months for Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland Tour

The spring time from March to May and the Autumn months from September to November is considered the best months for Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland Tour

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    May 10, 2023
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