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Tibet Overland Tour

  • Trip CodeThamelTT-0112
  • Duration:11 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Trip Costs: US$0.00 Per Person
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Lhasa to Kathmandu tours

Highlights

    1. Kathmandu and Lhasa sightseeing
    2. Once in lifetime visit to Everest Base Camp
    3. Road drive tour on the roof of the World, the Tibetan barren land.  

Outline Itinerary

Day 01:Arrive Kathmandu. We meet you at the airport and transfer to Hotel, 30min drive.

Day 02:Kathmandu Sightseeing. Tibet travel permit preparation day. Overnight at same hotel.

Day 03:Fly to Lhasa. Free and easy late afternoon in Lhasa. Overnight in Lhasa.

Day 04:Lhasa sightseeing: Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace and Tibet Museum. Overnight at same hotel.

Day 05:Lhasa sightseeing: Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar. Overnight at same hotel.

Day 06:Lhasa to Gyantse (3,950m/12,956ft) via Karo La Pass and Yamdrok Tso Lake: 325km. Overnight in Gyantse.

Day 07:Gyantse to Shigatse (3,900m/12,795ft) via Shalu Monastery: 95km, 2 hours. Overnight at Shigatse.

Day 08:Drive Shigatse to Rongbuk (5,000m/16,400ft) via Sakya Monastery: 355km, 8-9 hours Overnight near EBC.

Day 09:Rongbuk to Rasuwagadhi border. via Everest Base Camp: 257km, 5-6 hours Overnight near Nepal - Tibet border.

Day 10:Transfer from Rasuwagadhi to Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft): 153km, 6-7 hours. Overnight at Thamel.

Day 11:Departure to Home.

Cost Includes
    1. Airport transfers
    2. 3 nights accommodation in Kathmandu
    3. Kathmandu to Lhasa flight fare and airport taxes, airport transfers
    4. 7 nights 3 star hotel accommodation in Tibet
    5. guided sightseeing, heritage sites entrance fees, Jeep or Van transfers
    6. Tibet travel permit
Cost Excludes
    1. Lunch and dinner
    2. personal expenses

     

Detail Itinerary

Day 1Arrive Kathmandu. We meet you at the airport and transfer to Hotel, 30min drive. Arrive Kathmandu . It takes an hour or so to do the immigration process and claim your luggages. We will see you at the Tribhuwan International Airport with your name on paper/board. Overnight at Thamel, Kathmandu.
As you arrive (preferably before 1pm in the afternoon or expect to spend an extra night in Kathmandu before traveling to Tibet), we apply Tibet travel permit with your original passports.

Day 2Kathmandu Sightseeing. Tibet travel permit preparation day. Overnight at same hotel. Breakfast at the Hotel. While we wait for the Tibet travel permit, we take you to explore the ancient Kathmandu city. Guided sightseeing of Swayambhunath Temple also known as Monkey temple, Kathmandu Durbar square, Ason Local market and tourist neighbourhood Thamel. Overnight at the same hotel.

Day 3Fly to Lhasa. Free and easy late afternoon in Lhasa. Overnight in Lhasa. Breakfast at your hotel in Thamel and transfer to Tribhuwan airport, 30min drive. Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa. Arrive airport and transfer to hotel, 90KM. Free and easy in the late afternoon. Overnight in Lhasa.  

Day 4Lhasa sightseeing: Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace and Tibet Museum. Overnight at same hotel. We begin sightseeing in Lhasa after breakfast. Today is the day we visit the beautiful Potala and Norbulingka Palaces. Built in the 17th century, Potala Palace provides amazing views of the entire city and houses the private quarters of the Dalai Lama, numerous grand state rooms and chapels. Norbulingka Palace is the summer palace of the Dalai Lama and houses what is considered to be the largest man-made garden in Tibet. Next, we visit the Tibet Museum, the official museum of Tibet, which has a permanent collection of around 1000 artifacts related to the cultural history of Tibet. Overnight in Lhasa.

Day 5Lhasa sightseeing: Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar. Overnight at same hotel. After breakfast we visit Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar.  Drepung Monastery, which was built in the 14th century, is believed to have sheltered around 10,000 monks in the past but as of now there has been quite a declination resulting in only a few hundreds. The history, culture, and religious beliefs of the Tibetan people are strongly concentrated and centered in this marvelous monastery.  Sera Monastery is a preserved monastery of white-washed walls and golden roofs. Jokhang Temple is another important sacred site which unravels more deep-seated mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism. We further stroll through Barkhor Bazaar (market). With its open air stalls, shops and crowd of pilgrims, it is the nerve centre of Lhasa. Overnight in Lhasa.

Day 6Lhasa to Gyantse (3,950m/12,956ft) via Karo La Pass and Yamdrok Tso Lake: 325km. Overnight in Gyantse. Today, we take a scenic drive to Gyantse. On the way we cross the Khamba La Pass (4,794m) with a brief halt to savor the beauty of the Yamdrok Tso (Turquoise Lake), one of the three largest sacred lakes in Tibet and the beautiful Nazin Kang Sang glacier (7,252m). Soon, we come across another pass, The Karo La Pass (5,045m). From our vehicle, we can enjoy views of huge glaciers tumbling down into the road before reaching Gyantse. In Gyantse, we visit the Khumbum Stupa, Phalkot Monastery and Gyantse Dzong (Fortress), which is one of the best preserved dzongs in Tibet. Overnight in Gyantse.

Day 7Gyantse to Shigatse (3,900m/12,795ft) via Shalu Monastery: 95km, 2 hours. Overnight at Shigatse. Breakfast at Hotel. We drive you towards Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. On the way, we visit Shalu Monastery. Founded in 1040, Shalu Monastery is known for its beautiful and ancient mural paintings. Next, we continue to Shigatse. In Shigatse, we visit the popular Tashilhunpo Monastery which holds both historical and cultural importance for being founded by Gendun Drup, the First Dalai Lama in 1447.  After sightseeing in Shigatse, we will have the remainder of the day free for resting. This will help us with acclimatization and the next day’s long drive. Overnight in Shigatse.

Day 8Drive Shigatse to Rongbuk (5,000m/16,400ft) via Sakya Monastery: 355km, 8-9 hours Overnight near EBC. Breakfast and leave Shigatse for Rongbuk. On the way, we visit the Sakya Monastery which is the ancestral temple of the Sakyapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. After the visit to Sakya Monastery, we continue driving towards Rongbuk. Here, we visit the Rongbuk monastery, which is located at the foot of the mighty Everest and is the highest monastery in the world. While here, we also enjoy the stunning mountainous scenery all around us. Overnight in Rongbuk.

Day 9Rongbuk to Rasuwagadhi border. via Everest Base Camp: 257km, 5-6 hours Overnight near Nepal - Tibet border. Breakfast and leave Rongbuk in the morning to visit the Everest Base Camp (5,250m). On the way, we enjoy spectacular views of high mountains like Cho Oyu (8,201m), Shishapangma (8,013m) and, of course, the mighty Everest (8,848m) also known as Mt. Chomolongma in the Tibetan side. Today, we accomplish one of the major highlights of our trip, reaching the base camp of Mt. Everest. We make approximately a 16km round trip around the Everest Base Camp. The base camp itself is dry and barren, but the view of Everest is more than compensating. After spending some quality time at the base of the world’s highest mountain, we make Zhangmu our next destination. On the way, we cross the Lalung La Pass (5,124m), Shung La Pass (5,200m) and Nyalam Pass (3,800m) which offers enchanting views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks. We then drive gradually down from the dry Tibetan Plateau towards the verdant and fertile vegetation of Rasuwagadhi. Overnight at Rasuwagadhi/Gyirung border town.

Day 10Transfer from Rasuwagadhi to Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft): 153km, 6-7 hours. Overnight at Thamel. Morning Breakfast and drive to Kathmandu on a private van. Free and easy time at Thamel in the late afternoon and evening. Overnight at Thamel, Kathmandu.

Day 11Departure to Home. Breakfast at Hotel. We drive you to airport 3 hours before your flight time.

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