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Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland Tour

Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland Tour

Trip at a Glance

  • Country

    Country: China

  • Trip grade

    Trip grade: Easy

  • Destination

    Destination: Lhasa

  • Activities

    Activities: Cultural Sightseeing

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation: Hotels

  • Meals

    Meals: Breakfast included

  • Transportation

    Transportation: Private vehicle

  • Maximum altitude

    Maximum altitude: Lhasa (3,656 m)

  • Group size

    Group size: 2 pax min

  • Trip Start / End

    Trip Start / End: Kathmandu - Kathmandu

  • Best Season

    Best Season: Mar-May, Sep-Nov

Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland Tour is one of the most well-liked tours in Tibet goes over the Kerung border. The journey begins in Kathmandu, Nepal, from which point we will travel for 6–7 hours down the Friendship Highway to the border with Kerung. You can cross the border into Tibet and meet with our Tibetan guide after completing the necessary border formalities at both customs (Nepal and Tibet).  From there, you will begin your actual trip of Tibet, which will take you roughly 1000 kilometers to the capital city of LHASA.  

You will cross some of the difficult high Passes on the Tibet Overland Tour, such as the Lalung-la (5,050 m) and Gyantchu La (5,220 m), with magnificent views of numerous snow-capped mountains, such as Mt. Everest (8848 m), Mt. Cho-Oyu, Mt. Xisapangma, stunning Yamdrok Lake, and incredible landscapes on Tibet's highest plateau.

You will be able to explore historic sites, medieval monasteries, and Tibet's stunning architecture during this overland journey of Tibet. You will enjoy a tour of Shigatse's Tashilhumpu Monastery, Gyantse's Khumbum Stupa, Lhasa's Barkhor Market, the largest Sera Monastery, the most impressive Potala Palace, and the most beautiful Jokhang Temple.  You will be transferred to Gonggar airport for your trip back to Kathmandu or to your next destination after touring these locations.

Travelers who want to explore Tibet, the world's highest plateau, often take the Tibet Overland Tour.  The greatest way to see Tibet's breathtaking natural beauty and extensive cultural heritage is to travel there.

Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland Tour Highlights:

  • Witness panoramic view of Himalayas during the flight.
  • Enjjoy guided city tour of Lhasa (Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery etc.)
  • Visit Barkhor Street Market & do great shopping
  • Explore Tibetan Buddhist culture & tradition

Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu (1300) -Kerung Border (145 Km) 06-07 hours drive
Day 2 : Kerung – Tingri (4300m) / Lhatse (4,350m): 225 Km/244 Km
Day 3 : Tingri/Lhaste – Shigatse (3,900 M): 244 Km
Day 4 : Shigatse – Gyantse (3,950m): 90 Km
Day 5 : Gyantse – Lhasa (3,650m): 261 Km
Day 6/7: Sightseeing In Lhasa
Day 8: Lhasa – Kathmandu:

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will embark on a scenic drive to the Kerung Border, which serves as the gateway between Nepal and Tibet. The drive offers breathtaking views of the Himalayan landscapes, and you will spend the night at the border town.

Hotel

Continue your journey through the Tibetan plateau as you drive towards Tingri or Lhatse. Along the way, you will witness the stunning vistas of the Tibetan landscapes, including snow-capped mountains, vast grasslands, and traditional Tibetan villages.

Hotel
Breakfast included

Today, you will drive to Shigatse, the second-largest city in Tibet. Visit the famous Tashilhunpo Monastery, the seat of the Panchen Lama, and explore the bustling local markets. Immerse yourself in the rich Tibetan culture and traditions.

Hotel
Breakfast included

Travel from Shigatse to Gyantse, a historic town known for its ancient monasteries and forts. Visit the Gyantse Kumbum, a unique multi-tiered Buddhist stupa, and the Gyantse Dzong, a fortress with panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes.

Hotel
Breakfast included

Embark on a scenic drive to Lhasa, the spiritual heart of Tibet. Along the way, you will pass stunning turquoise lakes and mountain passes, immersing yourself in the beauty of the Tibetan plateau. Arrive in Lhasa and rest for the night.

Hotel
Breakfast included

Spend the next two days exploring the wonders of Lhasa. Visit iconic landmarks such as the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Street. Explore the monastic complexes of Sera and Drepung, where you can witness the devotion of Tibetan Buddhist monks and immerse yourself in their ancient rituals.

Hotel
Breakfast included

Spend the next two days exploring the wonders of Lhasa. Visit iconic landmarks such as the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Street. Explore the monastic complexes of Sera and Drepung, where you can witness the devotion of Tibetan Buddhist monks and immerse yourself in their ancient rituals.

Hotel
Breakfast included

After a memorable journey through Tibet, bid farewell to Lhasa as you board a flight back to Kathmandu, Nepal. Reflect on the incredible experiences and breathtaking landscapes you have encountered during this remarkable adventure.

Breakfast included

What is included?

  • Airport pick up and drop services by private transportation.
  • Guided sightseeing tour as per the itinerary.
  • A private 4WD SUV or a luxury bus (depending upon the group size) throughout the tour in Tibet.
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfast.
  • Necessary Tibet Travel Permit
  • Entrance and monumental fees
  • Remuneration to the English-speaking city guide.
  • All government and local taxes. 

What is not included?

  • International airfare.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Nepal entry visa fee – Visa can be obtained upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu.
  • Expenses of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry, bottled water etc.).
  • Lunch and dinner expenses.
  • Bar bills, alcoholic drinks & beverages.
  • Tips for the tour guide or driver. 

FAQ's

1. What is the Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland Tour?
The Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland Tour is an adventurous journey that takes you from Kathmandu, Nepal, to Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet (China), overland via the scenic Friendship Highway. This tour offers a remarkable opportunity to experience the diverse landscapes, cultural heritage, and breathtaking views of the Himalayas.

2. What is the route of the Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland Tour?
The main route of the Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland Tour is the Friendship Highway, which spans approximately 900 kilometers and passes through several picturesque locations in Nepal and Tibet. It includes crossing the Nepal-Tibet border at the Rasuwagadhi checkpoint and traveling through towns like Syabrubesi, Kerung, Shigatse, and Gyantse, before finally reaching Lhasa.

3. What are the major highlights of the Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland Tour?
The major highlights of the Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland Tour include enjoying scenic drives through the Himalayas, exploring ancient monasteries like Tashilhunpo and Sera, visiting historical towns, such as Gyantse and Shigatse, and experiencing the unique culture and traditions of Tibet.

4. How long does the Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland Tour take?
The duration of the Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland Tour is 7 nights and 8 days.

5. What are the altitude and acclimatization considerations for the overland tour?
The overland tour involves traveling through high-altitude regions, with some passes exceeding 5,000 meters above sea level. Proper acclimatization is essential to avoid altitude sickness. Tour operators usually plan the itinerary in a way that allows travelers to gradually ascend and spend some time at lower altitudes for acclimatization.

6. Do I need special permits for the Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland Tour?
Yes, you will need both the Tibet Travel Permit (issued by the Chinese authorities) and the Group Visa (a single-entry visa for China) to enter Tibet from Nepal. These permits and visas are usually arranged by us

7. What is the best time to go on the Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland Tour?
The best time for the Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland Tour is during the spring (April to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer relatively stable weather, clear skies, and better road conditions, ensuring a more enjoyable journey.

Equipment

When preparing for a Lhasa tour, it's important to consider the unique environment and altitude of the Tibetan Plateau. Here's a packing list to help you have a comfortable and enjoyable trip:

Clothing:

  • Layered clothing for changing weather conditions.
  • Warm and waterproof jacket.
  • Fleece or down jacket for chilly evenings.
  • Thermal underwear.
  • Long-sleeved shirts and T-shirts.
  • Comfortable and durable pants.
  • Hat, gloves, and a scarf.

Footwear:

  • Sturdy and comfortable walking/hiking boots.
  • Insulated and waterproof boots for cold and wet conditions.
  • Thick socks to keep your feet warm.

Altitude Sickness Prevention:

  • Prescription medications or over-the-counter remedies for altitude sickness (consult your doctor).
  • Diamox (acetazolamide) or a similar medication if recommended by a healthcare professional.

Travel Documents:

  • Passport and visa.
  • Photocopies of important documents and extra passport photos.
  • Permits (e.g., Tibet Travel Permit).

Money and Payment:

  • Sufficient local currency (Chinese Yuan).
  • Credit/debit cards.
  • Small bills for tips and small purchases.

Electronics:

  • Voltage converter and plug adapter (China uses Type A and Type I sockets).
  • Mobile phone and charger.
  • Camera, extra batteries, and memory cards.
  • Power bank for recharging devices.

Toiletries:

  • Basic toiletries.
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with high SPF.
  • Hand sanitizer.
  • Wet wipes.

Medications:

  • Any personal prescription medications.
  • Basic first-aid kit.
  • Pain relievers and altitude sickness medication.
  • Water purification tablets or a water filter bottle.

Travel Gear:

  • Backpack or daypack.
  • Duffel bag or suitcase with wheels.
  • Water bottle.
  • Sunglasses with UV protection.
  • Headlamp or flashlight.

Miscellaneous:

  • Travel guidebook and maps.
  • Travel pillow and earplugs for a comfortable rest.
  • Snacks for the journey.
  • A small sewing kit and duct tape for minor repairs.

Tibetan Culture and Etiquette:

  • Modest clothing, as Tibet is a conservative region.
  • Learn some basic Tibetan phrases and customs.

Be respectful when visiting monasteries and temples; modest clothing is often required. Remember that the packing list can vary depending on the time of year you're visiting Lhasa. Summers can be warm, but evenings are cool. Winters are very cold, and there can be snow. Altitude can also affect your comfort, so be prepared for the thinner air by taking it easy the first few days.

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