Tibet Overland Tour from Kathmandu 8 Days
Trip Duration : 8 Days
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Trip Rating : Easy
Maximum Altitude : 17,122ft
Activity : Cultural-Scenic tour
Lodging : Hotels
Transportation : by Vehicle and Flight
Begins & Ends : Kathmandu
Best Season : April-Oct
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Land Cost :
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Group Size : 2-16 Persons
Featuring: Ancient monasteries, Tibetan culture, and scenic vistas
Best Time: This trip is best done from April to October.
One of the most popular tours to Tibet is this 8 day package, where people start with a spectacular overland journey on the 920km stretch of road, known as the Friendship highway between Kathmandu and Lhasa. The overland trip is one-way, as the return trip concludes with the breathtaking Trans-Himalayan flight from Lhasa to Kathmandu.
The trip offers an amazing insight into the life and culture of the friendly Tibetan people. The journey encompasses visits to the ancient monasteries where monks continue traditional chanting, many temples and stupas, and culminating at Lhasa, the most stunning architectural wonder of Tibet. During this journey, natural wonders abound of mountains, rivers, and lakes including the tranquil shores of the Turquoise Lake (Yamdrok Tso).
This trip departs early morning from Kathmandu to Nepal-Tibet border at Kodari, a distance of 116km, and takes about 5 hours drive. After completing immigration formalities on the Nepal and Tibet/China side, our Tibetan associates will meet you and take care of your tour arrangements until your departure from Lhasa to Kathmandu.
Day 1 Kathmandu – Zhangmu
Departing at 530am from Kathmandu, approximately 5 hours drive along the Arniko Highway, will take us to Kodari (China-Nepal Border). We cross the Friendship bridge at the border & drive to Zhangmu by jeep (or truck) where after completion of immigration formalities, we will enter to the Chinese Autonomous Region & start the first night in the Tibetan plateau. We will be staying at the hotel/guesthouse nearby Zhanmgu. Overnight at Zhangmu Hotel. Meals: B.
Day 2 Zhangmu – Xegar
From Zhangmu, we drive to Lhatse, following the Bhote Koshi 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 Everest (8848m) with Langtang (7,367m), Shisapangma (8,012m), Makalu (8,464m) Lhotse (8,516m), Cho Oyu (8,153m). We get chance to pass by the high passes like Nyalam Pass (3,750 m), Tong-La (5,120m) La Lung-la (5,124m) & Gyatso-la (5,220m). Gyatso-la will pass next day. We continue our drive passing Tingri (4,390 m) & stay at Xegar (also known as New Tingri). Overnight at Baiba Hotel. Meals: B.
Day 3 Xegar – Shigatse
From Xegar, we continue our drive to Shigatse, 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 Hotel. Meals: B
Day 4 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) & Pelkor Chode Monastery founded in 1418. Overnight at Gyantse Hotel. Meals: B
Day 5 Gyantse – Lhasa
Drive to Lhasa, crossing the Karo-la Pass (,5045m), we pass by the Yamdrok Tso, the turquoise lake & 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 towering above, built in the 17th century by the Great Fifth Dalai Lama. The accompanying guide will reconfirm your onward airline ticket. Overnight at Kyichu Hotel or similar. Meals: B.
Day 6 Lhasa: Jokhang temple, Norbulinka and Sera Monastery
We’ll spend the day exploring Lhasa, beginning with the 7th century Jokhang Temple, which combines architecture from the Tang Dynasty as well as Indian Buddhist temples. We’ll experience the moving sensation of immersion in the kora at the Jokhang, and as such, touch an ancient and enduring spiritual pulse. Stepping into the stream of humanity, you will be swept into a clock-wise circuit, or kora, around the temple grounds. It’s an electrifying experience to join the kora at Lhasa, like a water droplet uniting with a strong and ancient river. You’ll pass pilgrims performing chaktsal, or ritual prostration, around the entire kora circuit.
At the Barkhor Market that surrounds the temple, hundreds of merchants sell their wares to the innumerable pilgrims. One can buy everything from incense, prayer scarves and Yak butter. While literally rubbing shoulders with the local Tibetans, it becomes clear why these people are renowned throughout the world for their good humor and gentle, gracious ways.
After lunch we’ll visit the Dalai Lama’s former summer palace, Norbulingka, a tranquil and shady retreat. We’ll then visit the New Tibet Autonomous Region Museum, which opened in 1999. It contains four galleries: Prehistoric Culture, Culture and Arts, Art of Thangka Painting, and Folklore and Culture. We’ll also visit Sera Monastery, noted for its theological debates. The monks grill each other on the profound insights and esoteric minutiae of sacred texts: if a monk answers incorrectly, the others clap and the sound reverberates throughout the chamber. It’s good-natured, boisterous fun.
Overnight Kyichu Hotel or similar. Meals: B.L.D.
Day 7 Lhasa: Potala Palace and Drepung Monastery
Breakfast at hotel and depart to visit Potala Palace, which is one of rich cultural heritage monuments in the world located at the top of Red hill in Lhasa valley found in 7th century by Yarlung king of Tibet. According to legends the king found a hermitage pavilion at the top of the hill (location of Potala Palace) where he took meditation for awhile and then later became residence of many kings thereafter. Later on it was divided into two parts, red palace and white palace. The red palace for religion where all the Buddhist relics is stored, making it one of most sacret spiritual pilgrimage in Tibet. So every Tibetan comes to visit there and pay worship. The white palace is living quarter of the Dhalai Lama, and it is for political activities by the successors of the Dhalai Lama. It was winter palace for him before his exile to India. Afterwards, you’ll visit the Drepung Monastery, which is the largest monastery of Tibet. Once it was the seat for more than 10 thousand monks. Many of the Gaden thrown holders were produced from this monastery. In the afternoon, you will get to see the Potala palace, the winter palace of the Dalai Lamas and the seat of the local Tibetan government.
Overnight: Kyichu Hotel or similar. Meals: B.
Day 8 Lhasa to Kathmandu flight
Breakfast at hotel and transfer to Gongkar Airport for the onward flight to Kathmandu. Our representative will assist you. The flight is 1 hours and 10 minutes departing at 10am CST & arriving Kathmandu at 09am NST. You may fly to other destinations like Chengdu, Chamdo, Chongqing, Xian, Xining or other Chinese destinations or you may explore the city on your own.
Arrivals in Kathmandu, we will transfer to your hotel. Meals: B
The Chinese Embassy changes the visa rules from time to time. Normal visa fee at present is US$45 per person and additional US$14 per person for US Passport holders. If the visa is to take on the same day an additional fee of US$35 will be applicable.
2-3 persons are transferred by land cruiser and van. Four person and up are transferred by using mini van and bus.
Flight Connection to Lhasa, Tibet:
Kathmandu to Lhasa flights are on Tue, Thu, Sat and Sun. These flight days are current and subject to change without prior notice.
Tour Cost Includes:
- Seven night accommodation on twin sharing with daily breakfast,
- Sightseeing tours as per itinerary,
- Entrance fees to monuments as per the itinerary,
- English speaking local guide service,
- Private ground transfers,
- Tibet travel permit.
Tour Cost Excludes:
- Kathmandu-Lhasa roundtrip airfare US$396 per person
(Airfare is current and subject to change),
- Departure tax in Lhasa US$11 and departure tax in Kathmandu US$17,
- China visa fee US$45 per person and additional US$14 per person for US Passport holders and express visa processing fee US$35 per person,
- Nepal visa fee Single entry US$50 per person for 30 days and Multiple entry US$80 for 60 days,
- Expenses of personal nature,
- Meals such as lunch and dinner not mentioned in the itinerary,
- Beverages both alcoholic and non-alcoholic,
- Expenses of personal nature, charge for photography,
- Travel insurance and emergency evacuation charges.
Kathmandu stopover and trip extensions, please inquire for details.