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Tibet Overland Tour With Everest Base Camp

Overland Tibet tour via Everest base camp Lhasa to Kathmandu overland tour via Everest base camp offers all the best of Tibet like cultural tours of Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse, beautiful lakes , high passes and a visit to the Everest north base camp on Tibet side and the Rongbuk monastery.

Trip duration :10 days
Starts at: Lhasa
Ends at: Kathmandu
Highest altitude: Over 5000 m passes
Best Season: April to September

Tibet Overland Everest Base camp tourThis amazing overland trip through the central Tibet starts in Lhasa and ends in Nepal's capital Kathmandu.This is one of the best trip in Tibet which offers all the best the land has to offer.I t starts with a spectacular flight across the Himalaya from Kathmandu to Lhasa ( if you are entering Tibet from mainland, you do not take this flight)  .In Lhasa we explore the heritage sites, important  monasteries and old traditional quarter of the city .Some of these 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 head for Shigatse where we see the famous Tashilhunpo monastery , the seat of the Panchen Lama. En route we pass through  many 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 Tingri and continue our journey towards the base camp of Everest North face .We visit the Rongbuk monastery and the base camp of Everest itself. Enjoying the awesome beauty of Mt Everest , we cross the Nepal Tibet  border and drive to Kathmandu along lush forest and farm terraces, in  contrast to the arid and dry Tibet.

Itinerary – Tibet Overland Tour With Everest Base Camp

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu ( 1350 m ) , transfer to hotel
Day 02:  Chinese visa processing, afternoon guided tour of Kathmandu, evening briefing about Tibet tour
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa (3650m), rest and acclimatize  the high altitude .
Day 04: Guided sightseeing in Lhasa
Day 05: Guided sightseeing tour in Lhasa
Day 06: Drive to Gyantse (3950m) , drive  261 km
Day 07: Sightseeing in Gyantse & drive to Shigatse (3900m) , drive 90 km
Day 08: Sightseeing in Shigatse & drive to Xegar (4050m) , drive 244 km
Day 09: Drive to Rongbuk Monastery (5000m) , drive 68 k m
Day 10: Explore Everest base camp & drive to Tingri (4390m) , 65 km
Day 11: Drive to Zhangmu (2300m) , drive 181 km
Day 12: Drive  Zhangmu to Kathmandu (1400m) , drive 123 km
Day 13  Fly back home

Note : If you have time constraints , we can shorten this trip by one day  making it to 12 days only .

Price: 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. We would then get back to you with price and details of what is included and not included in the trip cost .

Lhasa Kathmandu Overland tourIncluded in the cost

  1. Arrival and departure transfers from/ to Kathmandu airport to the city
  2. China visa and permit  arrangements in Kathmandu
  3. Guided tour in Kathmandu, all entry fees
  4. Three star hotels in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast plan,  twin sharing rooms .
  5. Arrival transfer from Lhasa airport to Lhasa  city.
  6. Three star standard hotel in Lhasa/ Shigatse / Gyantse  and best available hotels along the Lhasa Kathmandu highway . Rooms on  twin sharing, bed and breakfast plan . Please note that Shegar, Rongbuk and Zangmu have only basic hotels and no luxury .
  7. Transportation by 4WD land cruiser , driver and gasoline   charges included
  8. Sightseeing tours with English speaking local Tibetan guide
  9. All entry fees, Tibet travel permit/visa
  10. Everest region protection fee,  Everest.  region  car entry fee , local mini bus between Rongbuk  and Base Camp

Excluded in the cost

  1. Single supplement charges (compulsory if no one to share the room with )
  2. Kathmandu Lhasa airfare 
  3. Airport tax, personal clothing & equipments,
  4. Nepal re entry visa fee  (USD 25 and requires one photograph )
  5. Any unforeseen expenses like due to landslide, evacuation etc.
  6. Any additional tour services  which  are not mentioned above
  7. Porter if used near Nepal Tibet boarder , Tips for guide and driver

Important points to note

If you enter Lhasa form Hong Kong or mainland China, you do not require to take the flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa . Also if you start this trip from Kathmandu but do not need /want to return to Kathmandu again , and want to travel  onward to mainland China or Hong Kong , we can instead start the trip from kathamndu and end it in Lhasa.  It is same as doing Lhasa – Kathmandu and is equally popular.

Besides , the flight between Kathmandu to Lhasa is often full during main tourist season , it could be that Lhasa kathamndu seats are available while Kathamndu to Lhasa seats are not available . We suggest taking Kathmandu to Lhasa route ( instead of the opposite ) in such cases too.

The visa days in Chinese embassy in Kathmandu is Monday, Wednesday and Friday . If you have time constraints and do not want to lose the days waiting for visa in Kathmandu, make it such that you arrive Kathmadu either on Sunday , Tuesday or Thursday so that  you will apply your China visa next day and fly/ drive to Lhasa the day after . Further , ask us and make sure  there is no Chinese government holidays during these visa days
Below is the alternative itinerary for this trip .

Tibet  Overland Tour via Everest Base Camp (alternative Itinerary)

(Starting in Kathmandu and ending in Lhasa )

Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu,   transfer to hotel
Day 02 : China visa application / collection . Guided tour of Kathmandu  including Kathmandu Durbar square, Swoyambhunath and Bouddhanath stupa.
Day 03 : Drive Kathmandu to  Tibet border and transfer to Zangmu/ Nyalam. 3450 m
Day 04 :  Zangmu to Tingri , 4350 m ,  watch spectacular Himalayas  en route .
Day 05  Drive Tingri to Rongbuk  , explore around
Day 06 :  Visit Everest base camp 4920 m  and  drive Rongbuk to Lhatse 3950 m
Day 07 Lhatse  to shigatse 3900m
Day 08  Guided tour of Shigatse , drive Shigatse to Gyantse . Tour of Gyantse . 3950 m
Day 09 Gyantse to Lhasa
Day 10 Guided tour in Lhasa
Day 11 Second day of guided tour in Lhasa
Day 12  Fly  to onward destination from Lhasa .

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