Kathmandu Lhasa overland tour is one of the most adventurous and popular trips to Lhasa via Everest Base Camp. The program costs includes all ground transportation in Nepal and Tibet, Chinese guide, hotel accommodation with breakfast and Tibet travel permit.
This tour combines a unique experience of highest mountain, high passes, glaciers and lakes with tour of sacred monasteries and palaces in Lhasa. Enjoy breathtaking views of north face of Mt. Everest, Cho Oyu and Shishapangma, drive across the incredible Tibetan landscape and visit world’s highest Rongbuk Monastery, Tashilunpo Monastery, Sera monastery and the iconic Potala palace.
This journey provides an unparalleled insight and access to the history, culture and natural heritage of Tibet.
Lhasa Overland Tour via Everest Base Camp is the most exciting travel journey to Lhasa from Nepal. Here is the outline itinerary for the tour:
The major highlights of Lhasa Overland Tour via Everest Base Camp tour are as follows:
Package cost includes Tibet permit, local sightseeing, entrance fees, accommodation and breakfasts, transportation, necessary documentation, local guide, and taxes. There are no hidden or unseen charges. If you are travelling in a group of more than 2 persons do write to us to get group discount.
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Here is the day-to-day detailed itinerary for overland Lhasa tour via Everest Base camp:
Wake up early today and have warm breakfast. Our guide will then take you on a long drive (about 8-9 hrs) from Kathmandu all the way to Rasuwagadhi in Rasuwa district. Rasuwagadhi falls along the border between Nepal and China (Tibet). The journey offers you beautiful views of mountains, villages, rivers and nature.
Get off in Rasuwagadhi and go through the custom formality before crossing to Tibet in China. You will be welcomed there by a Tibetan guide who will take you on a local private transport to Kerung. The drive takes about 1 hrs and after arrival in Kerung, check-in at a guest house.
If you get spare time in the evening, you can stroll to nearby Paba Temple (2850m), which was built by Tibetan King Songtsan Gambo at the request of his wife Nepali princess Bhrikuti.
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Following breakfast, the Tibetan guide will drive you directly to Everest Base Camp passing over Gawu La Pass (5198m). The pass offers spectacular views of Shishapangma and Cho Oyu. En route you will also visit world’s highest Rongbuk Monastery before arriving at Everest Base Camp (5150m). Take in the majestic view of the north side of Mt. Everest and then continue driving towards Tingri. Overnight in guesthouse.
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Enjoy warm breakfast and then get back on the road. Today you will follow the national highway taking in beautiful vista of Tibetan landscape. You will reach Shigatse by late afternoon with enough time remaining to take a tour of Tashilunpo Monastery. Built in 15th century, Tashilunpo Monastery is the traditional seat of Panchen Lamas of Gelgupa tradition. Overnight in Shigatse hotel.
It is a short drive from Shigatse to Gyantse so you will start your journey at around 9am. The images of Tibetan landscape occasionally featuring villages and farmers tilling the soil will soothe you. Gyantse is an ancient town lying by Nyang River and prominently features 14th century Gyantse Dzong and Palcho Monastery. Overnight in hotel in Gyantse.
Prepare today to finally head towards Lhasa. This journey is very adventurous involving crossing of three passes, namely Simi La, Karo La (5039m) and Kampa La. On the way you will capture incredible view of Yamdrok Lake and the Karo La pass in particular overlooks the spectacular Karo La glacier and Gangtse mountains. By late afternoon you will be in Lhasa. Overnight at Lhasa hotel.
You have a full-day sightseeing of Lhasa ahead. Your Tibetan tour guide will start with tour of Norbulingka which is a world heritage site. The host of annual Sho Dun festival, Norbulingka has a large horticultural garden along with 30000 cultural and historical artifacts. Next you will go to Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery respectively. Both monasteries follow Gelugpa tradition and uniquely preserves the debating culture among monks. The monasteries consist of colleges, assembly halls, murals and statutes of Buddhas. Overnight in Lhasa hotel
The Lhasa tour continues today. In the morning, you will visit the magnificent Poatala Palace, once the winter residence of Dalai Lamas. The palaces contain treasure troves of arts, artifacts, literature related to Tibetan Buddhism and Buddha. The architecture and the spiritual ambience of the palaces will mesmerize any traveler. Later you will go over to nearby Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street where you can learn about the mix history of Tibetans and Chinese. If time permits, you may also visit Ani Tsangkhung Nunnery and taste special Tibetan tea. Stay overnight in Lhasa.
This is your last day in Lhasa. After breakfast, as per your flight schedule, you will be transferred to Gonggar airport for your final departure.
Here are some important information about Tibet.
Tibet Visa processing will be done in advance and must provide original passport while you are In Kathmandu. If you are traveling China and entering to Tibet we provide you Tibet entry permit.
Following are the entry requirements for Tibet:
A passport with six months valid period
Pre-arranged tour package
Tibet is one of the most popular locations in South Asia for modern tourism, and despite having to be on an organized tour of the region, hundreds of thousands of travelers from around the world make the journey up to the high plateau every year. And those numbers are constantly increasing. One of the most beautiful places in the world, Tibet is a land of high mountains, crystal-clear lakes, ancient monasteries with devout Buddhist monks, and one of the most unique cultures on the planet.
Tibet is the roof of the world and the average altitude here is 5000m.
The best time to visit Tibet is between May and October when the days are sunny with double digit temperature. The visibility is clear with superb mountain views and travelling over road is perfect. The period between April and November is also quite good for travel. The temperature can go up to 23°C in June.
Be careful if you plan to go over there in Winter (December to Marcn) as the temperature may fall below zero degrees with snowfall in most parts. Snow may also block roads and highways and days are normally extremely cold.
Lhasa is the capital of Tibet and is the ancient city of Asia. Here tourists find multitude of unparalleled attractions. Major places of interest include Potala Palace, Sera Monastery, Yamdrok Lake, Jharkor Temple, Norbulingka Palace, Ganden Monastery etc.
One of the most stunning trips you can make is the overland tour from Kathmandu to Lhasa, which takes in the highlights of the beautiful Kathmandu Valley, with its temples and monasteries, as well as its beautiful scenery, and the outstanding landscape of the Tibetan plateau, passing through Everest Base Camp, and along the Friendship Highway to Lhasa. This epic journey is one of the best ways to explore the culture and people of both Nepal and Tibet close up, and get the best experience of crossing the massive Himalayas, over the pass at Gyirong.
Lhasa and Kathmandu are separated by 1000km distance. Both direct flights and overland transport are available between the two cities. The flight duration from Kathmandu to Lhasa is around 90 minutes.
Local private transportation are available from the Nepal-Tibet border all the way up to Lhasa and vice versa.
Tibetan cuisine includes the culinary traditions with influences from neighboring countries like India and Nepal. Tibetan food is known for its use of noodles, goat meat, yak, mutton, dumplings, cheese (yak or goat milk cheese), butter, yogurt, and soups.
Many Tibetan guides have different accent of English speaking capacity due to their mother tongue and Tibetan language, which makes hard to understand while in the conversation with them. Hence, our travelers must consider these facts before you book for any trip to Tibet.