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Lhasa - Kathmandu Overland

This overland tour through the Sino- Nepal Highway covers the majority of Tibet’s main historical sites, offering superb natural scenery of the great Himalayan ranges, Tibet’s distinctive religion, strong culture and dreamlike landscapes.

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TRIP FACTS:

Starting: Lhasa, Tibet
Ending: Kathmandu, Nepal
Highest Point: 5200m Everest Base Camp

This tour covers most of the popular areas in Tibet, and also the Everest Base Camp. It will eventually exit at Gyirong Border to Nepal and then drive into Nepal, stopping in Kathmandu.


Day 1 | ARRIVAL IN LHASA | 3606M

When you arrive in Lhasa either by train, your guide will greet you and take you to your hotel. Tourists may view the Yarlung Tsangpo River/ Bhamaputra river (the Longest and largest river in Tibet) and Lhasa river on their way to Lhasa. After arriving in Lhasa, you can take a rest and get acclimatized to high altitude. If you feel to go out, then you can go to the Potala Square, where you will enjoy the fountain with different colors and get amazing photos of the Potala palace and around.


  • hotel (3 star)
  • jeep
Day 2 | TOURS OF LHASA

Today's tour will first bring you to the Potala Palace which is the winter palace of the Dalai lama. It was put to use since the 7th Century by the 33rd great king of Tibet. The most valuable collections of Potala Palace are the gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet. Then after lunch, tourists head to Jokhang temple which was founded by the 33rd great king of Tibet in the 7th century. Inside you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of twelve. Outside, you can see pilgrims making prostrating in front of Jokhang Temple. Around the temple is Barkhor street, where you can do kora (a religious circle of a building or mountain) with pilgrims and locals, and explore the old market. Besides, we can taste Tibetan tea with locals in tea house; the welcome dinner will also be arranged Extra activities: If time is on your side, one can go with tour guide to visit Tibetan handicraft art or Tibetan Traditional Medicine center. You can upgrade your service to enjoy Tibetan Culture Show in the evening (fr. 60USD)


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  • hotel (3 star)
  • jeep
Day 3 | TOURS OF LHASA

In the morning ,you are going to visit Drepung monastery which is one of the “great three” Gelug monasteries of Tibet, founded in 1416 by Jamyang choge, one of the Tsongkhapa’s main disciples. You can visit biggest monastery kitchen inside the monastery and enjoy Buddhist Sculpture Carving workshop near Drepung. In the Afternoon, Tourists will visit Sera Monastery which is another one of the “great three” Gelug monasteries of Tibet. The hot attraction is the Monks debate at around 3 - 5 in the afternoon. In addition, you can tour the Tibetan religious scripture printing house; inside the monastery, you can see three sand Mandalas and colorful Rock Painting of Buddha.


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  • lodge
  • jeep
Day 4 | LHASA - YAMDROK TSO - GYANTSE | 3650M

In the morning, ,we drive over the Gampala pass (4790 m), and you will have a glimpse of Yamdrok-tso (4400m) .The Lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains and in the distance you can have spectacular views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar, (7191m) the highest mountain near Lhasa . Later, we will pass and enjoy the Korola Glacier on the roadside; At Manak Dam Lake, you can hang pray flag at Simila Mountain Pass; Then, we will arrive in Gyantse, historically Tibet's third largest city (after Lhasa and Shigatse).In Gyantse, we will visit the famous Pelkor Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum and enjoy the Far view of Gyangtse Fortress.


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  • hotel
  • jeep
Day 5 | GYANTSE - SIGATSE | 3900M

After one and a half driving, we arrive in Shigatse, which is the second largest city in Tibet. In Shigatse, we may visit traditional Barley Mill and view the landscape of Barley Field (in summer). Stay overnight in Shigatse


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  • hotel
  • jeep
Day 6 | SIGATSE - EBC - RONGBUK

In the morning, we will visit the home of Panchan Lama - Tashilunpo Monastery. Then, we’ll leave Shigatse after getting your Alien’s travel permit, and then drive to Lhatse, it is a small town where you can have lunch. After that, we will pass Tsola Pass(4600M), and Gyatsola Pass(5248M). Shortly after we enter Mt. Everest National Nature Reserve, tourists can enjoy the panorama of Himalaya at Gawula Pass(5198m).Then we drive along the New zigzag road to Everest Base Camp(5200m). You can get closer to gazt at the Mt. Everest peak. The sunset of golden Everest peak if time and weather permits at the lodging area.


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  • hotel
  • jeep
Day 7 | EBC - GYIRONG

In the morning, you can appreciate the sunrise of Everest Peak if weather permits at the lodging area and then visit the Rongbuk Monstery - the unique highest monastery with nuns and monks living together. Later, we can visit the Everest Base Camp and take pictures of Mt. Everest at the closes distance in EBC. After that, we can drive from EBC to Kyirong border. On the way, tourists can enjoy breathtakign vista of Mt. Shishapangma and the Pekutso Lake. After passing the Ghungtang Lhamo(5236M), we will arrive in Kyirong in late afternoon.


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  • hotel
  • jeep
Day 8 | DRIVE TO KATHMANDU

Today you exit the Gyirong Border, enter into Nepal and do the long journey to Kathmandu.


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  • potala
  • jeep
Day Location Activity Transport Hotel Meals
1 Lhasa ARRIVAL IN LHASA | 3606m jeep hotel (3 star) -
2 Lhasa TOURS of LHASA jeep hotel (3 star) B
3 Lhasa TOURS of LHASA jeep lodge B
4 Gyantse LHASA - YAMDROK TSO - GYANTSE | 3650m jeep hotel B
5 Sigatse GYANTSE - SIGATSE | 3900m jeep hotel B
6 Rongbuk SIGATSE - EBC - RONGBUK jeep hotel B
7 GYIRONG EBC - GYIRONG jeep hotel B
8 Kathmandu DRIVE TO KATHMANDU jeep potala B
Brief Itinerary Detailed Itinerary
  • "Potala Palace - Lhasa"

  • "Kathmandu - Thamel"

  • Yamdrok Tso, largest lake in Tibet.