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Lhasa - Kathmandu -Tibet Overland Tour
Lhasa to Kathmandu overland tour that passes through central Tibet . Includes visits to Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, dramatic high passes & beautiful turquoise lakes, nomad camps and en route offers great views of world's highest mountains.
This highly rewarding overland trip through the central Tibet starts in Lhasa and ends in Nepal's capital Kathmandu ( or vice versa ) .This is one of popular trips in Tibet which offers most of the attractions Tibet has to offer. It starts with a spectacular mountaind flight across the Himalayas from Kathmandu to Lhasa which offers views of mountains like Mt Everest .In Lhasa we explore the heritage sites, important monasteries and old traditional section of the city .Some of these attractions include the Potala palace , Jokhang temple , traditional Bharkhor market and Drepung and Sera monasteries. Leaving Lhasa in a 4WD jeep our overland Tibet tour passes through the beautiful turquoise lake Yamdrok Tso on way to Gyantse . In Gyantse we visit the famous Gyantse fort and the Kumbum monastery and drive to Shigatse where we see the famous Tashilhunpo monastery , the seat of the Panchen Lama . Our Lhasa kathmandu overland tour then pass through some high passes above 5000 m , visit the nomad camps and enjoy the unique beauty of vast Tibetan Plateau .We enjoy superb view of Everest , Cho oyu, Makalu and Shishapangma from the place named Tingri , then cross the Nepal Tibet border and drive to Kathmandu along Bhotekoshi river valley .Back at Kathmandu , we celebrate our Lhasa Kathmandu overland tour with farewell dinner.
Below you will find two different itineraries of this tour , first with Lhasa Kathmandu overland tour and second with Kathmandu to Lhasa overland tour .
Tibet Overland Tour- Lhasa to Kathmandu
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu , transfer to hotel.
Our guide will receive you at Kathmandu airport and transfer you to hotel. Rest or explore the interesting streets of Kathmandu.
Day 02: Chinese visa processing , guided tour of Kathmandu.
Application and collection of your Chinese visa , you will go for sightseeing tour. We cover the Kathmandu Durbar square, Swoyambhunath stupa and Bouddhanath stupa. Evening briefing about your Tibet tour .
If you are not entering Tibet from Kathmandu but from mainland China/ Hong Kong/ Chengdu etc, your tour starts from here .
Day 03: Fly ( Kathmandu/ Chengdu etc ) to Lhasa (3650m)
Enjoy the fantastic trans Himalayas flight that flies past mt Everest to Lhasa .
Our Tibetan guide receives you at Lhasa’s Gongkar airport and transfer to hotel ( 1 hr drive ) . Explore the nearby streets or rest and acclimatize .
Day 04: Guided tour of Potala palace, Jokhang temple and Bharkhor street .
The tour today covers the Potala palace of the Dalai Lamas, the holiest of the Tibetan temple- Jokhang and visit to the traditional Bharkhor street .
Day 05: Guided tour of Drepung and Sera monastery .
Visit to the two biggest Gelugpa monasteries of Sera and Drepung .
Day 06: Drive Lhasa to Gyantse (3950m) – 261 km
We drive on a 4WD jeep through fabulous scenery . Cross Kamba La pass, at 4794 meter, with a brief halt to savor majestic views of Yamdrok-tso Lake and Nazin Kang Sa, standing at 7252 m. Soon we cross another pass, Karo La at 5045m brfore reaching to Gyantse .
Day 07: Gyantse sightseeing & drive to Shigatse (3900m) – 90 km
Guided tour of Kumbum stupa and Pelkhor temple in Gyantse then drive to Shigatse . In Shigatse we visit the famous Tashilhunpo monastery, the seat of the Panchen Lamas, the second in hierarchy in Tibetan Buddhism after the Dalai Lamas.
Day 08: Shigatse sightseeing & drive to Shegar (4050m) – 244 km
It is yet another scenic day driving past small town of Lhatse and cross 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: Shegar to Zhangmu (2300m)
You will drive past Tingri crossing Lalung La pass at 5124m and Shug La pass at 5200m. You will see breathtaking close view of mt Everest from Tingri. Along the highway , spectacular views of the Himalayan peaks of Shishapangma, Cho Oyu, Menlungtse and Gauri Shankar.
Day 10: Drive to Kathmandu (1400m) -123 km
Drive to the boarder, complete the immigration formalities. Lleave your vehicle form Lhasa at the boarder and say good bye to your Tibetan guide . Other guide from Kathmandu will receive you at the boarder, helps you get Nepal visa ( if you do not have one ) . Drive along a superbly scenic highway to Kathmandu. O/n in hotel in Kathmandu
Day 11: Fly onward destination
In order for us to quote you the price , write us with number of persons in your group the category of hotels you would like to stay in and your special requirements , if you have any.
Extra costs :
China visa cost : USD 114 for Europeans and USD 198 for US passport holders .
Flight cost : Kathmandu – Lhasa one way flight cost is USD 400 at present . Air China increases/ decreases the airfare few times a year . For the existing fare, please confirm with us while booking the trip.
Included in the cost
- Arrival and departure transfers from/ to Kathmandu airport to the city
- China visa and permit arrangements in Kathmandu
- Guided tour in Kathmandu, all entry fees
- Three star hotels in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast plan, twin sharing rooms .
- Arrival transfer from Lhasa airport to Lhasa city.
- Three star standard hotel in Lhasa/ Shigatse / Gyantse and best available hotels on Shegar and Zangmu . Rooms on twin sharing, bed and breakfast plan . Please note that Shegar and Zangmu have only basic hotels and no luxury .
- Transportation by 4WD land cruiser , driver and gasoline charges included
- Sightseeing tours with English speaking local Tibetan guide
- All entry fees, Tibet travel permit/visa
- Kathmandu to Lhasa flight ticket .
Excluded in the cost
- Single supplement charges (compulsory if no one to share the room with )
- Kathmandu Lhasa airfare
- Airport tax, personal clothing & equipments,
- Nepal reentry visa fee (USD 25 and requires one photograph )
- Any unforeseen expenses like due to landslide, evacuation etc.
- Any additional tour services which are not mentioned above
- Porter if used near Nepal Tibet boarder , Tips for guide and driver
Kathmandu- Lhasa Overland Tour
This tour is same as above but starts from Kathmandu and ends at Lhasa . This is ideal for those who do not need to return to Kathmandu once they reach to Lhasa or in the case we do not get flight ticket for Kathmandu to Lhasa but get one for Lhasa to Kathmandu ( flights for Lhasa are often packed during main season ) . Doing this tour the opposite way is also equally interesting and popular .
Kathmandu –Lhasa Overland Tour
Day 1 Drive Kathmandu Zhangmu / Nyalam
Day 2 Zhangmu to Shegar
Day 3 Shegar to Shigatse
Day 4 Shigatse to Gyantse
Day 5 Gyantse to Lhasa
Day 6 Lhasa sightseeing tour
Day 7 Lhasa sightseeing tour for the second day
Day 8 Fly Lhasa to onward destination .
Transfer to airport for flight to Kathmandu, Chengdu or Beijing.
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