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Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland Tour - 8 Days

All inclusive price
$ 1550 USD
  • Potala Palace of Lhasa
Group size: Minimum of 2 people Max-Altitude: 5200m/17108ft
Country: Tibet   
Arrival on: Departure from:
Meals: Breakfasts only
Accomodation: Standard hotels with bed and breakfast

What Is Included

  • Pickups and drops from airport and hotels
  • All necessary Tibet travel permits
  • Getting Chinese visa
  • Kathmandu - Tibet boarder (Zhang-Mu) transportation by comfortable vehicle
  • Zhang-Mu - Lhasa transfer by non AC Jeep or van or mini bus
  • Accommodation in Tibet on twin sharing basis (except in Nyalam) with breakfast
  • English speaking Tibetan guide
  • Sightseeing and Monastery fees as per itinerary
  • All applicable taxes and service charges

Trip Introduction

Tibet has enthralled travelers for centuries and a drive over the vast arid plateau coupled with a chance of meeting its people allow travelers of today a glimpse into what Tibet might have been before the Chinese occupation. The drive from Kathmandu to Lhasa promises to be an experience of lifetime as visitors get to look at the stunning landscape, architecture and the spiritual populace of Tibet. When flights to Lhasa are not operating the only way to travel Lhasa is by road from Kathmandu. However when flights are operating some prefer to go by road one way and fly the other.
 
The drive from Kathmandu to Lhasa, over spectacular Passes and revealing views of the majestic Himalayas, takes five-days over the "Friendship Highway". The drive is well worth as visitors encounter some enchanting Buddhist monasteries and remote villages untouched by modern civilization. While approaching the city, traveler will be able to notice the Potala Palace, a vast white and ochre fortress that dominates the Lhasa skyline. The historical seat of Tibetan power and the location of the tombs of previous Dalai Lamas, the Potala Palace has been reduced to serve as a symbolic feature for Tibetan aspirations. The Jokhang temple, 2 km to the east of the Palace, has become the spiritual hub of the country. Bustling with worshippers and redolent with mystery, the Jokhang is an unrivalled Tibetan experience. The medieval Barkhor Bazaar with crowds, street performers, hawker's stalls selling everything from prayer flags to jewel-encrusted yak skulls and the devout touching their foreheads to the ground at every step to Jokhang is an exotic brew that few newcomers can resist. A visit to Drepung monastery is well worth the effort and for some can be a very enlightening experience. The Norbulingka Palace (summer palace of the Dalai Lamas) along with a round of the Sera monastery is the other highlight of this package. Kathmandu to Lhasa Tour journey ends with two days sightseeing tour around Lhasa.

Outline Itinerary

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Best Season

Spring (March and April), summer (May, June and July) and Autumn (August, Sept, and Oct) are the best seasons for this wonderful Trans Himalayan overland journey.

Trip Start Dates

We will organize this trip on the dates requested by you. Please contact us for your customized departure date.

Additional Information

Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip or your suitability for it please contact us.
Day 01: 
Kathmandu to Nyalam (3,750m/12,300ft) - 162kms

Early morning, we drive (Approx. 5 hrs) from Kathmandu to Kodari (1,873m/6,140ft). After completing immigration and custom formalities, we drive up hill to Zhangmu (2,300m/75,44ft). This is Tibetan border town. Upon our arrival at the check post, we meet with The Tibetan Guide who will further lead us to Nyalam for overnight. On the way, we make journey through fantastic view of deep valley with some overflowing waterfalls.

Day 02: 
Nyalam to Sakya (4,300 m /14,107ft) - 330kms

The day starts out with an uphill drive to the highest plateau in the world, Tibetan plateau, known also as the roof of the world. We cross over the Lalung-la pass (5,050m) and enjoy the view of the breath taking mountains- Cho Oyu, Shishapgma and the Everest. We then drive to Sakya Monastery located in Sakya Country southwest of Shigatse which contains thousands of statues, paintings, murals, stupas, mandalas, and other holy objects, as well as libraries of scriptures in Tibetan, Chinese, Mongolian, and Sanskrit piled from floor to ceiling. Overnight at Sakya.

Day 03: 
Sakya to Shigatse (3,900m/12,790ft) - 180kms

We drive from Sakya to Shigatse and visit Tashilunbu Monastery a prominent landmark of the region, located on the southern slope of the Nyima Mountain to the west of the Shigatse city. It is one of the four monasteries of the Gelug Sect of Tibetan Buddhism. The main structures found here are the Maitreya Chapel, Panchen Lama’s Palace and Kelsang Temple. Tashilunbu Monastery is indeed the seat of the Panchen Lama since the Fourth Panchen Lama took charge over the monastery and now houses nearly 800 Lamas. Overnight at Shigatse.

Day 04: 
Shigatse to Gyantse (3,950m/12,955) - 90kms

In the fresh air of morning at Shigatse, we will visit the free bazaar of Shigatse. After lunch we embark on a pleasant drive to Gyantse. Gyantse greeets us with magnificient views of Khumbum Stupa and Phalkot Monastery. Overnight at Gyantsey.

Day 05: 
Gyantse to Lhasa (3,650m/11,970) - 259kms

We come across 2 passes, The Karo La (5010m) and Kamba La (4794m) pass and Lake Yamdrok Tso (Turquoise Lake) while driving 7 hours drive from Gyantse to Lhasa. We further cross the Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahamaputra) river and see the distant views of the Potala Palace. Overnight at Lhasa.

Day 6: 
Lhasa Sightseeing Tour

Foremost, our tour begins with a visit to Sera Monastery in Lhasa. An experienced tour guide also working as an interpreter escorts us to this preserved monastery of white-washed walls and golden roofs. Equally adventurous and exciting tempo builds up while touring Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. Jokhang Temple is another important sacred site which unravels more deep seated mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism. We further visit to Barkhor Market and roam around the city savoring every tiny detail from stall hawkers coaxing their clients to purchase their goods to exhibition of Tibetan culture, custom and tradition. Eventually, the tour for the day concludes as we return to the comforts of our hotel.

Day 07: 
Lhasa Sightseeing Tour

Like the previous day, we experience invaluable insights during our visits to Potala Palace and Drepung Monastery. This 17th century Potala Palace offers an awesome view of entire city and also has private quarters of the Dalai Lama, numerous grand state rooms and chapels. Ancient history has it that Drepung Monastery which was built in 14th century used to shelter around 10,000 monks but as now there has been quite a declination resulting in only few hundreds. Tibetans'respect and belief are immensely knotted with this monastery.

Day 08: 
Final departure from Lhasa or extension of our tour

Today is our final day of our Lhasa tour. Hence, today onwards we are free and we can either prepare our own itinerary or we can contact at Himalayan Glacier to extend our trip. At this stage, we are responsible for making all the necessary arrangements and return journey to Nepal or towards to mainland China. However, if we would like to fly out from Lhasa to Kathmandu or any other city of mainland China, Himalayan Glacier can manage the air or Train ticket in advance.

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Important Note :
Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Himalayan Glacier. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
If we wish to go back to Kathmandu on our way home, Himalayan Glacier would advise you to fly to Lhasa instead and make an overland trip from Lhasa to Kathmandu. This will help us with acclimatization in high altitude and thus avoid us from acquiring AMS symptoms.

Route Map

Route maps are just representation of the trekking routes. This does not represent the exact geographical conditions.Click here for Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland Tour route map

What Is Included

  • Pickups and drops from airport and hotels
  • All necessary Tibet travel permits
  • Getting Chinese visa
  • Kathmandu - Tibet boarder (Zhang-Mu) transportation by comfortable vehicle
  • Zhang-Mu - Lhasa transfer by non AC Jeep or van or mini bus
  • Accommodation in Tibet on twin sharing basis (except in Nyalam) with breakfast
  • English speaking Tibetan guide
  • Sightseeing and Monastery fees as per itinerary
  • All applicable taxes and service charges

What Is Not Included

  • Chinese visa fee {US$ 175 for the US nationals and US$ 85 for other nationals (visa fee is subject to change without prior notice)}
  • Nepal visa
  • Accommodation and meals in Kathmandu
  • Your travel insurance
  • Meals other than breakfast in Tibet
  • Tips for staff
  • Any additional expenses due to unforeseen circumstances
  • Flight Lhasa/Kathmandu and flight tickets or train tickets to china

Accommodations

Seven nights accommodations are included in the trip cost and we chose accommodation options based on the following criteria; standard of hygiene, standard of service, location, food standards and cost. Accommodations will be served in twin share room with attached bath except in Nyalam. During our tour we use Kyichu Hotel in Lhasa, Gyantse Hotel in Gyantse, Shigatse Hotel in Shigatse, Mansarovar hotel in Sakya and Snowland Hotel  in Nyalam. Single supplement will cost US$325.

Meals

Only each day's morning meals, Tibetan and continental mix taste, are included in the trip which will be served at the lodge or guest house or hotel we stay. We can order our dinner in the same place and there will be break for lunch in route to next destination. It is better to prepare Yuan 60 to Yuan 100(US$10 to US$16) for lunch and dinner to spend a day and also it can exceed up to our expectation. Any way, meals are cheaper.

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