Nepal Tibet Overland Tour - Drive in/Drive out

Nepal Tibet Overland Tour - Drive in/Drive out

TripGrade: Moderate
Moderate or Grade B Trip - comprises a week to 15 days. It can reach up to 5000 meters high in altitude range, but the trails will be moderate (nor easy, nor tough). High altitude may matter on walking speed and distance. You need to have some acclimatization over 3000 meters.

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Duration:

16 Days

Country:
Max Altitude:

Lhatse (4300m)

Group Size

Any

Trial Access:

Private Vehicle / Flight

Best Season:

Any

Nepal and Tibet Overland Tour is the tour package that reflects traveling and passing overland by experiencing the Pilgrimage centers and the majestic landscape of Tibet. There are fixed departure group tours for individuals to join. The tour can be organized privately for a small group of family and friends. It is also possible to join the tour in Lhasa, Tibet and drive back to Kathmandu. Nepal, the land of diversity, and Tibet, the roof of the world, are the destinations on Nepal and Tibet Overland Tour around the Himalayas. This tour goes around Kathmandu city and its World Heritage sites. Tour in Kathmandu is not only about temples and monuments but visiting them gives you a closer insight into the life of the people & religion has deep roots in the daily life of people living around here. Tibet, on the other hand, is depicted in the lap of the Himalayas and is a high plateau with great monasteries and centers for rediscovering yourself. Tibet, the autonomous part of China is an open museum for understanding Tibetan Buddhism. Friendly people and great monuments display Tibet as an interesting place to visit. This trip includes an overland drive from Kathmandu to Lhasa. In 15 days you will encounter some great Mountain View, friendly people and great monuments in this Nepal and Tibet overland tour. By reading the small information about Nepal and Tibet is not enough if you want to have a deep root of information then you must seek this tour. You will see how good a result displays you... Visit Nepal and Tibet Tour before you die.  

Trip Outline

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu International airport. Be received, welcomed & assisted by our representative & transfer to hotel. Half day sightseeing of Pashupatinath and Boudhanath. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Full day sightseeing of Kathmandu covering Kathmandu Durbar Square, Syambhunath Stupa and Khokana Bungmati.
Day 03: Drive to Nyalam (4300m) - 157km
Day 04: Drive to Lhatse. (4300m) - 214km
Day 05: Drive to Xigaatse (3900m) - 244km
Day 06: Drive to Gyantse (3950m) - 90km
Day 07: Drive to Lhasa (3650m) - 259 km
Day 08: Sightseeing of Lhasa including Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street
Day 09: Full day Sightseeing of Lhasa covering Norbulingka, Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery
Day 10: Drive to Gyantse (3950m)
Day 11: Drive to Xigaatse. (3900m.)
Day 12: Drive to Tingri. - 300km
Day 13: Drive to Nyalam (310 km)
Day 14: Drive from Nyalam (3750m) to Kathmandu
Day 15: Free day.
Day 16: Final departure.

Starting Price

USD 3269 per person

Group Discount : Available

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Itinerary

Arrival on: Kathmandu

Departure from: Kathmandu

Day 1

Arrival at Kathmandu & Half day Sightseeing

Arrival at Kathmandu International airport. Be received, welcomed & assisted by our representative & transfer to hotel. Half day sightseeing of Pashupatinath and Boudhanath. Overnight at hotel.

Boudhanath Stupa - Boudhanath Stupa is one of the oldest monument in Kathmandu valley and one of the first monuments with a written history. One of the biggest pilgrimages for Tibetans the area around this stupa is also known as the little Tibet in Kathmandu. This was listed in the UNESCO’s world heritage site list in 1979 A.D.

Pashupatinath Temple - Pashupatinath temple is the most important shrine for Hindus in Kathmandu. Although non-Hindus are not allowed inside the temple premises, the cremation that takes place around the Pashupatinath temple area is interesting for foreigners. Listed as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1979 this area has a lot of Sadhus/Hindu holy men who are center of attraction for many foreigners. Make sure you want to pay them if you take their pictures as they ask for money for being photographed.

Day 2

Full day sightseeing of Kathmandu covering Kathmandu Durbar Square, Syambhunath Stupa and Khokana Bungmati

Kathmandu Durbar Square - Kathmandu Durbar Square lies in the center of the Kathmandu valley and has some of the most interesting monuments in Nepal. The Kasthamandap, the building from which Kathmandu derived its name, the Kumari Ghar, the House of the Living goddess Kumari, the Taleju temple and the most interesting the Hanuman Dhoka Palace, now a museum are some of the interesting buildings in Kathmandu Durbar Square. Besides that, the program of different kinds and gathering of people from all over Nepal makes it a lively place and the best place to understand Nepal.

Swayambhunath Stupa - Swayambhunath stupa is also referred to as the ‘Monkey temple’ and is one of the 7 UNESCO world heritage sites of Kathmandu. Situated on a hilltop about 4 Km from the city center this stupa is one of the oldest monument in Kathmandu and comes from the Vajrayana sect of Mahayana Buddhism. With a pair of eyes in each direction, this place is a spiritual center for the locals and tourist visiting this area. The hilltop also offers the scenic view of the Kathmandu valley and the Himalayas.

Khokana and Bungmati - These two Newar Villages are located in the outskirts of the Patan District and are proposed as Tentative UNESCO heritage sites by the Nepal government. Khokana has the temple of Rudryaini and is also famous for the Mustard oil production. Bungmati, 20 minutes walk from Khokana through paddy fields is full of old Newari houses and architecture. These twin villages are one of the best places to experience Nepal’s age-old heritages and to observe the daily life of the People. You will feel like walking in the 18th century Europe as you go through these streets.

Day 3

Drive to Nyalam (4300m) - 157km

We will start our drive early morning towards the Nepal-Tibet border. The drive is about 4 hours. Upon reaching the border and clearing the frontier formalities we will head towards Nyalam. A Tibetan guide will accompany you from here onwards. Nyalam is about 35 km from the border. Explore the market area in the evening.

Day 4

Drive to Lhatse. (4300m) - 214km

Today we have a scenic drive of about 8 hours. It is not tiring as the view along the highway is awesome. The mountains you can see from the drive include Mount Everest, Shishapangma. Melungatse and many smaller peaks of the area. We will drive past two high passes before reaching Lhatse overnight.

Day 5

Drive to Xigaatse (3900m) - 244km

We will start our journey after breakfast and make the first stop at the Enroute visit Shakya monastery. The monastery is 26 km off from the main road. It is one of the oldest and most important Bonpo Monasteries of Tibet. This was the seat of Panchen Lama until his death in 1989 with its huge Thanka wall, which is clearly visible from the north side of the road.

Day 6

Drive to Gyantse (3950m) - 90km

We will visit the Tashilumpo monastery after breakfast and then continue our 2-hour drive to. Gyantse. After checking in at the hotel we will have some rest and then proceed for the sightseeing of Khumbum Stupa and Palkor monastery in Gyantse. Overnight stay in Gyantse.

Day 7

Drive to Lhasa (3650m) - 259 km

This is yet another long day of driving. The scenic mountains are going parallel with us and we will make a few stops for photographs and rest. The most interesting part of the drive today is driving past the high passes Korala (5010m) and Kambala (4794m) and lake Yamdrok Tso. We will also cross the Great Yarlung Tsangpo also known as Brahmaputra River.

Day 8

Sightseeing of Lhasa including Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street

After breakfast, we will visit the Potala Palace, the Palace of the Dalai Lama. This architectural masterpiece is the symbol of unity of the Tibetans. This palace was built by King Soongtsan Gampo, who was married to Princess Wen Cheng Tang in 641 A.D. It has got 999 houses built on Hongshan Hill with a red building on top. It is one of the grandest Palaces in the world to date.

After lunch, we will drive towards the Jokhang Temple, the most scared temple for Tibetan Buddhists. After spending some time at the Jokhang temple we will walk through the Barkhor Street, a traditional old street in Lhasa.

Day 9

Full day Sightseeing of Lhasa covering Norbulingka, Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery

We will start the sightseeing today from Norbulingka - the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, located along the Kyichu River and 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. It has got 374 rooms. The second site is Drepung Monastery, made by Chojey Tashi Palden in the 14th Century. It had four departments, of which Loseling, or "The Hermitage of the Radiant Mind," was the largest, housing more than three-quarters of Drepung's ten to fifteen thousand monks. Now it is one of Tibet’s premier monastic educational institutions.

The last site for today is Sera Monastery, built in 1419; this grand Monastery was home to more than 5,000 monks and five monastic colleges. Although much less active now, with only several hundred monks currently in residence, one of the most interesting times to visit the monastery is in the afternoon when monks, after finishing their morning scripture classes, can be seen debating in the courtyard.

Day 10

Drive to Gyantse (3950m)

We will make an early morning visit to the Tashilumpo Monastery and the market of Bazaar (if not visited on the first leg of the journey). We will drive further to Gyantse, a couple of hours drive In the 15th century it served as the capital of a small Kingdom. Kumbum Chorten a 14th-century monument is a place worth visiting here.

Day 11

Drive to Xigaatse. (3900m.)

Explore Xigaatse.

Day 12

Drive to Tingri. - 300km

We will drive for about 8 hours to Tingri. We will visit the monasteries in the evening if we have enough time.

Day 13

Drive to Nyalam (310 km)

The drive is interesting today as we drive past the Lalung La and Tongla pass, both of which are above 5000m. The top of these passes offers a great view of the Himalayan range including the highest peak Mount Everest and Shishapangma another peak above 8000 m.

Day 14

Drive from Nyalam (3750m) to Kathmandu

After breakfast, we will drive towards the border which is 35 km from Nyalam. The immigration on the Nepalese side opens at 10.00 (Chinese time). After completing the formalities at the border we will head towards Kathmandu which is a scenic drive of about 4 hours. In the evening stroll around Thamel.

Day 15

Free day

This is a free day but we can arrange local sightseeing in Kathmandu if you are willing.

Day 16

Final departure.

The day to say goodbye and drop off to the airport.

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Accommodation

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

Generally, in cities like Kathmandu, Lhasa, Gyantse, Xigaatse and Nyalam, 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 and 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.


Inclusion

Whats Included

  • Permits and Visa Applications for Tibet.
  • Accommodation in Nepal and Tibet.
  • Hotel with breakfast.
  • English speaking guide per as the itinerary.
  • Entrance fees.
  • Guide Fees.
  • All transfers and sightseeing on the private vehicle.

Whats Not Included

  • Drinks, Tips, Insurance and any extra cost occurring from the Unfavorable Circumstances such as weather, road blockade, flight cancellation Etc
  • All personal nature expenses such as tips, donations, bar bills etc.
  • Meals.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Nepal visa fee.
  • Airfare to Lhasa and back.


GearList

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. Besides these – the following list is suggested:

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Sun glasses
  • Sunscream
  • Lip Balm.

Feet

  • Thin & Warm Socks - 2 pairs
  • Sandals
  • Trekking Shoes on the trek
  • Comfortable Shoes in cities

Body

  • Warm gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Light jackets and pullovers
  • Wind – stopper jacket
  • Undergarments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Cotton/woolen pants or trousers

Accessories

  • Earplug
  • Electronics gadgets of your choice
  • Spare Battery
  • Notebook, pen, guidebook and map
  • Tour/Trekking Bag
  • Hiking Poles
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Down jacket
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, toothbrush/paste, nail cutter, anti-bacterial hand wash

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