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Tibet Overland Tour

Tibet Overland Tour

Overland Tibet tour from Lhasa to Kathmandu ( or vice versa ) that passes through central Tibet and offers cultural tours of Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse, breathtaking views of high passes , towering mountains ( including views of Mt Everest ) & beautiful turquoise lakes.

This is a popular  trans Himalayan overland tour  that starts in Lhasa and ends in Nepal's capital Kathmandu.

Besides the cultural tours and sightseeing tours in Kathmandu,  Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigaatse, this tour passes through extremely scenic Friendship Highway between Nepal and Tibet . You will see some serene , turquoise lakes, pass  through several high passes and enjoy breathtaking mountain views including that of Mt Everest .

The tour  starts with a spectacular flight across the Himalaya from Kathmandu to Lhasa .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 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 the roof of the world .We  enjoy superb view of Everest , Cho oyu, Makalu and Shishapangma  from Tingri  , then  cross the Nepal Tibet  border and drive to Kathmandu .Back at Kathmandu , we celebrate our amazing  Tibet overland tour  with farewell dinner.

Itinerary – Tibet Overland Tour

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu ( 1350 m ) , transfer to hotel
Day 02:  Chinese visa processing,  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 including Potala palace and Drepung monastery .
Day 05: Guided sightseeing tour in Lhasa visiting Norbulinkha palace, Jokhang temple and Bharkhor
Day 06: Drive to Gyantse (3950m) via lake Yamdrok Tso  , drive  261 km
Day 07: Sightseeing in Gyantse & drive to Shigatse (3900m) , drive 90 km
Day 08: Sightseeing in Shigatse & drive to Tingri (4390m)
Day 09: Drive Tingri  to Zhangmu (2300m) , drive 181 km
Day 10: Drive  Zhangmu to Kathmandu (1400m) , drive 123 km
Day 11  Fly back home
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 the details.

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, 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

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 enjoyable.

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 do 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 (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 Shegar,  watch spectacular Himalayas  en route .
Day 05  Shegar   to Shigatse 3900m
Day 06  Guided tour of Shigatse , drive Shigatse to Gyantse . Tour of Gyantse . 3950 m
Day 07 Gyantse to Lhasa
Day 08  Guided tour in Lhasa
Day 09  Second day of guided tour in Lhasa
Day 10  Transfer to airport for flight to Kathmandu, Chengdu or Beijing.

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