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7 Days Overland Tour from Kathmandu to Lhasa

Trip Length
7 Days
Route
Kathmandu-Rasuwa-Gyirong Border-Tingri-EBC-Shegar-Shigatse-Gyantse-Lhasa
Attractions
Lake Paiku Tso, Mount Everest Base Camp, Tashilhunpo Monastery, Kumbum Stupa, Yamdrok Yumtso Lake, Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple
Start - Finish
Kathmandu - Lhasa
Season
All Year Round

Overview

From Kathmandu we make our way towards Lhasa. The road between Kathmandu and Lhasa is known as the Friendship Highway. From Kathmandu (1,300m) the road travels gently up to Rasuwa (2,000m), before leaving Nepal to make a steep switchback descent to Gyirong Valley (1,800m), the Tibetan border town. The road then climbs to the top of Tong-la (5,120m), continuing to Tingri (4,390m) for the second night. The highway is very well traveled and is a pleasant journey.

It's an ideal route in that it takes in most of Tibet's main sights, offers superb scenery and features a spectacular roller-coaster ride down from high La Lung-la into the Kathmandu valley. It has stopovers at Gyantse, Shigates and EBC. Finally, we spend a couple of days in Lhasa, the heart and soul of Tibet and an object of devout pilgrimage, it is still a city of wonders. The medieval push and shove of crowds, the street performers, the stalls hawking everything from prayer flags to jewel-encrusted yak skulls, and the devout tapping their foreheads to the ground at every step is an exotic brew that few newcomers can resist.

Itinerary Day by Day

Day 01 Kathmandu - Tibet border - Gyirong

Friendship Bridge-the Custom between Nepal and TibetToday's highlights:

Border transfer from Nepal to Tibet, Lake Paiku Tso

Details:

Transfer from your hotel in Kathmandu to Tibet border. Our guide from Lhasa will meet you and pick you up at the Rasuwa-Gyirong Border of Tibet side.

Drive to Gyirong county via Paiku Tso which is a lake at 4,591 meters elevation on the Tibetan Plateau. Located 18 kilometers south of the Yarlung Tsangpo River also known as Brahmaputra, the lake is 27 kilometers long and 6 kilometers wide at its narrowest. It is surrounded by mountains reaching 5,700 to 6,000 meters. Streams fed by glaciers cascade to the valley floor, but most sink into alluvial deposits before reaching the lake.

Day 02 Gyirong - Old Tingri

Scenery from Zhangmu to NyalamToday's highlights:

Himalayan Range, Snow-Capped Mountains

Details:

You can enjoy the panoramic views of snow-capped Mountains and evergreen forest on the way to Tingri. When you pass through Tongla Pass (5,100m), you can appreciate the epic Himalayan range and have a distance view of Mt. Chomolungma.

Day 03 Tingri - Mt. Everest Base Camp

Amazing Sunset at Mount Everest Base CampToday's highlights:

Mount Everest Base Camp, Rongbuk Monastery

Details:

After hours of driving we arrive at the highest monastery of the world, the Rongbuk monastery. Take a carriage or hike to Mt. Everest Base Camp. You can appreciate the spectacular Himalayan and the highest mountain in the world-Mt. Everest.

Stay overnight at EBC if you want to appreciate the sunset of Mount Everest. Otherwise, go to Ronbguk guesthouse for accommodation.

Day 04 Mount Everest - Shigatse

Zigzag Mountain Path from EBC to TingriToday's highlights:

Sunrise of Mount Everest, Local Market

Details:

Get up early to appreciate the sunrise of Mount Everest if you are lucky.

On the way to Shigatse, you'll pass through Gawu la pass (5,200m), from the top of the Gawu la you will see the spectacular Himalayan Ranges and its glorious peaks of Mt. Makalu (8,463m), Mt. Lotse (8,516m), Mt. Everest (8,848m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8,201m) and Mt. Shishapangma (8,020m) from Left to right.

Stroll around the Local Market if time allows after arrival in Shigatse. 

Day 05 Shigates - Gyangtse - Lhasa

Holy Lake-Yamdrok Yumtso in WinterToday's highlights:

Tashilhunpo Monastery, Pelkhor Monastery, Kumbum Stupa, Yamdrok Yumtso Lake

Details:

After visit Pachen Lama's seat palce, the great Tashilumpo monastery, a very big and complex monastery in Tibet, drive to Gyantse. When arrive in Gyantse, the historical city of Tibet, we will visit the Pelkhor monastery for its famous Kumbum pagoda.

On the way to Lhasa, you will appreciate the holy Lake of Yamdrok Yumtso Lake.The sacred lake of Yamdrok Yutso is revered as a talisman, supporting the life-spirit of Tibet. It is said that should its waters dry, Tibet will no longer be habitable.

Day 06 Sightseeing in Lhasa

Clear Sky above Jokhang Temple in Old TownToday's highlights:

Potala Palace, Jokhang temple, Barkhor Street

Details:

Today, you will visit the highest palace in the world-Potala Palace which is the Dalai Lama's winter palace. It locates on the red hill, a good viewing point in Lhasa.

In the afternoon, we go to the renowned Jokhang Temple which will provide you one of your first sights of devout Tibetans. In the temple you will see the glistening Sakyamuni statue which is considered as Tibetan Buddhism's rarity.

After then, stroll around the bustling Barkhor Street.

Day 07 Bid farewell to Lhasa

Road from Lhasa to Gonggar AirportToday's highlights:

Transfer from hotel to airport or train station, Say goodbye to Lhasa

Details:

Our guide will meet you at your hotel, and you will be transferred to Gonggar Airport or Lhasa Railway Station to take flight or train out of Lhasa.

Small Group Tour from Nepal to Tibet - Fixed Departure Date 2018

Departure Months
Departure Days
Departure Days
Departure Days
Departure Days
Departure Days
January
01 10 16 20 26
February
10 Closed Closed Closed Closed
March
Closed
Closed
Closed
Closed
Closed
April
01
06
13
18 24
May
02
13
16
22
30
June
03
11
19
24 28
July
04
08
18
25
29
August
05
12
17
20
26
September
02
10
16
19
30
October
01
03 10 15 18
November
11 16
 21
24
28
December
08 15 22 26
29

Price Quotation

Seasons to Travel Tour Cost in USD Tour Cost in RMB Single Supplement in USD Single Supplement in RMB
Off Season of December, January, February USD950 RMB6,000 USD166 RMB1,050
Shoulder Season of April, May, November USD1,050 RMB6,600 USD173 RMB1,100
Busy Season of June, September, October USD1,100 RMB6,900 USD181 RMB1,150
Peak Season of July, August USD1,150 RMB7,300 USD190 RMB1,200

Note:
1. Prices listed above are for per person, based on double occupancy.
2. Tour cost exchange rate in chart is about 1:6.3 which is subject to change.
3. Deposit is US$200 per person for booking the tour, we accept Wire Transfer, PayPal or Western Union etc.
4. Contact Us Directly to Get Discount for Early Booking

Price Includes:
1. Airport transfer: The free airport pick-up is at 09:30am, 01:30pm and 04:30pm respectively from the airport to Lhasa and from Lhasa to the airport is at 06:30am, 08:30am, and 12:30pm. If your flight time can not be matched with our free pickup/drop-off service, we would provide you with the private airport transfer with extra charges.

Item 

Cost per Car (in USD)

Cost per Car (in CNY)
Single Way between Lhasa and Airport USD60 CNY400

Single way between Lhasa and Train Station

USD40 CNY250

2. All necessary Tibet Travel Permits and Group Visa Invitation
3. Accommodation: 3-star standard hotels in cities and guesthouses (dorm-bed) in remote regions
4. Local Tibetan English-speaking tour guide 
5. Meals: breakfasts provided by hotels and one welcome dinner upon arrival
6. Different vehicle type according to different group size
7. Administration and conservation fees of Mt. Everest 
8. Bottled oxygen for emergency use
9. Travel insurance (insured amount US$15,000/p.p.)

Price Excludes:
1. Group Visa for Entry from Nepal
2. Personal Expenses: Expenses of a purely personal nature such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone call, optional activities 
3. Extra expenses incurred due to unexpected natural events (delays, road washouts, etc.)
4. Lunches and dinners, and breakfasts no provided by guesthouses 
5. Gratuities: gratuities, tips to guides, drivers, bellboys, etc.
6. Border transfer from Kathmandu, Nepal to Rasuwa-Gyirong Border

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"Excellent! We have a nice person and very profession he knows a lot about his Tibetan culture. Hotel room is big and comfortable. We just have breakfast in the hotel, but it was really good that we could chose it. Everything was very interesting including Drak Yerpa, although the visit is too short. Staff is great, we liked the people here."

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