Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland Tour

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USD $ 2,149 / per person

Trip Info

  • Duration

    11 Days

  • Max. Altitude

    Sakya Monastery 4300 m

  • Difficulty

    moderate

  • Starts From

    Kathmandu

  • Trip Ends At

    Kathmandu

  • Transport

    Comfortable flight and drive

  • Best Season:

    • Summer (May,Jun)
    • Autumn (Mid-Sep - Mid November)

Overview

Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland Tour is an amazing journey of 11 days that provides some insights on the cultural, tradition, arts, architecture of Kathmandu and the forbidden city Lhasa. Spending a few days into the culturally and naturally abundant Himalayan nations will be fascinating.

We spends 5 days on Kathmandu and 6 days of the trip takes you to some of the well preserved heritage of Tibet including the Taishi Lumpo monastery at Xigatse, the historic town of Gyangtse, the ancient Bon Po monastery at Shakya, the wonderful lake of Yaindrok Tso, the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Drepung monastery, Barkhor market and many settlements which are the living museums to study Tibetan Buddhism and the way of life of Tibetans. 

This classic overland tour commences from the Kathmandu valley and ends with a scenic flight from Lhasa to Kathmadu. It an amazing adventure as it traverses a unique topography and landscape through rivers, lakes, fields, and hills. 

Let us turn your leisure into the memorable experience for a lifetime. 

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

🕑 30 mins

Max Altitude: 1,350 m

On arrival in Trivuwan International Airport, a representative from Himalayan Trekkers will greet you and transfer you to the hotel. 

You will check-in at the hotel and relax. In the evening, you may stroll around the streets and fooderies in the Thamel area. 

Accommodation: 3 star hotel in KTM

Day 2: Full-day Kathmandu sightseeing

🕑 5-6 hrs

Max Altitude: 1,350 m

After breakfast, you will have a full-day guided sightseeing of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu valley including Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, and Swoyambhunath.

Pashupatinath Temple is one of the sacred Hindu temples in Nepal which is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Boudhanath is also renowned as the little Tibet in Kathmandu. This is a spiritual place with the two eyes of Buddha conveying the message of peace to you.

Kathmandu Durbar Square lies in the center of the Kathmandu valley and has some of the most interesting monuments in Nepal. 

Swoyambhunath is also popular as "Monkey Temple" situated at one of the hilltops in Kathmandu valley.

Back in the hotel by the evening. 

Meals: BB

Accommodation: 3 star hotel in KTM

Day 3: Drive to Syabru Besi

🕑 7-8 hrs

Max Altitude: 1,600 m

Early morning breakfast and we will have a scenic and amazing off-road drive to Syabru Besi while enjoying the amazing views of rivers, hills, mountains, and terraced farms. 

Syabru Besi is the town located in the northern part of Nepal in the Langtang region which is 20 km far from the Nepal-China border. 

In free time you can explore around and interact with local people of that area.

Overnight. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel/Tea house/ local lodges

Day 4: Drive to Tingri via Kerung

🕑 7-8 hrs

Max Altitude: 4,050 m

Leaving behind Syabru Besi, we will continue our drive to the Nepal-China border area, complete the immigration procedure, and enter Tibet. Our representative on that side will be there to welcome and assist you.

Further, we drive to Tingri for an overnight stay. 

(Note: You can also spend one more night at Kerung to get proper acclimatization.)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 5: Drive to Sakya via Everest Base Camp (northern side)

🕑 5-6 hrs

Max Altitude: 4,100 m

Today, we move towards Sakya while driving past the hills and landscapes. The drive is exploratory and scenic while we move to Rongbuk Monastery which is taken as the elevated monastery of Tibet.

After that, we drive to the Everest Base Camp (EBC)(5,250m). We can also see the superb views of the different mountains like Sishapangma (8,013m), Cho Oyu (8,201m), and the almighty Everest also known as Chomolungma Mountain in Tibetan. We will complete about a 17 km round excursion of the Everest Base Camp. The base camp is shrunken and unproductive rather the scenery of Everest is mouth-watering.

Further, we continue our drive to Sakya for an overnight stay. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 6: Drive to Shigatse

🕑 4-5 hrs

Max Altitude: 3,900 m

Today, we explore the Sakya Monastery which is also the ancient temple of the Sakyapa section of Tibetan Buddhism.

After that, we drive to Shigatse which is the second major town of Tibet.

In Shigste we will exlplore the renowned monastery called Tashilhunpo. It was discovered by the first Dalai Lama known as Gendun Drup in 1447. It is equally important from both prospectuses either culturally or historically.

Overnight stay at Shigatse.

Meals: BB

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 7: Drive to Lhasa via Gyantse

🕑 6-7 hrs

Max Altitude: 3,600 m

After breakfast, we leave for the capital, Lhasa via Gyantse.

On the way, we will explore the amazing glacial lakes named Yamdork Lake, Manak Dam Lake, Perklor Monastery, Kumbum Stupa, and amazing mountains too. 

After reaching Lhasa, we will explore the market and spend a comfortable night at the hotel. 

Meals: BB

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 8: Full-day Lhasa sightseeing

Max Altitude: 3,600 m

After breakfast, we will visit the Potala Palace, the winter Palace of the Dalai Lamas. It was built by the 5th Dalai Lama in the 16th century with 1,000 rooms.Therefore, it is one of the grandest palaces in the world to date.

After lunch, we will drive towards the Jokhang Temple, the most sacred temple for Tibetan Buddhists.

After spending some time at the Jokhang temple we will walk through Barkhor Street, a traditional old street in Lhasa.

Meals: BB

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 9: Another day of Lhasa sightseeing

Max Altitude: 3,600 m

Today, we will cover another top attractions of Lhasa. After breakfast, we will start the sightseeing from Norbulingka - the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, located two kilometers west of the Potala Palace. This Palace has a huge garden covering 360,000 square meters, making it the biggest man-made garden in Tibet. 

After that, we pay a visit to Drepung Monastery, established in the 14th Century. It is the largest Tibetan monastery and one of the Great Three Monasteries of Lhasa along with Sera Monastery and Ganden Monastery. 

Another beautiful night awaits in the city of Lhasa. 

Meals: BB

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 10: Fly to Kathmandu

🕑 1 hour+ flight

Max Altitude: 1,350 m

Soon after a delicious breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for a scenic flight to Kathmandu by observing the majestic mountains.

Upon arriving Kathmandu, sightseeing of other two World Heritage Sites- Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Suare. 

In the evening, farewell dinner with the team of Himalayan Trekkers.

Overnight.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation: 3 star hotel in KTM

Day 11: Final departure

🕑 30 mins

A representative will assist and transfer you to the airport, 3 hours earlier to your scheduled flight.

We bid farewell and wish you the best wishes for upcoming days!

Meals: Breakfast

Includes

  • All airport transfers
  • Permits and Visa Applications for Tibet
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfast in Kathmandu, Lhasa, & Shigatse
  • Professional guide in Kathmandu 
  • English speaking Tibetan guide as per the itinerary
  • All required entrance fees
  • Land cruiser for transportation
  • Welcome/Farewell Dinner 
  • All taxes and service charges 

Excludes

  • International Airfares and Taxes
  • Nepal Visa Fee
  • Meals (Lunch and Dinner) and Beverages
  • Your Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenses (laundry, phone calls, tips to guide and driver, liquor, etc.)
  • Any costs occurred under unavoidable circumstances (flight delay or cancellation, road blockade, etc.)
  • Anything not mentioned in the INCLUSION section

Accommodation

Himalayan Trekkers promises to manage the best, most comfortable and preferable accommodation.

Generally, in cities like Kathmandu, Syabrubesi, Tingri, and Lhasa, we arrange basic three-star facilities. If available, you can opt for a more budget-friendly option or upgrade to a more luxurious hotel by paying a little extra. 

Meals

Breakfast is usually included with your B&B Accommodation within the cost that is evident.

For other meals in the city, you would have to pay separately. Often in the cities, you can choose from many different cuisines and varied food services. We can always help you find the right place to fit your taste.

On top of that, Himalayan Trekkers also organizes Welcome or Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings.

Please go through the detailed itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you travel to your heart’s content.

GearList

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. 

A comprehensive list of gear for all activites is listed on our dedicated page of Complete Gear List For Trekking and Climbing

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