Kathmandu Lhasa overland tour – The most renowned overland tour in Tibet!

Kathmandu Lhasa overland tour begins from Kathmandu and continues to Tibetan boarder driving along the Arniko Highway following the Bhote Koshi River. This is an adventure overland journey that ends in Lhasa after the several days of rugged drive in the arid landscapes crossing the breathtaking passes, alpine settlements and exploring the ancient culture of the ancient country. Kathmandu Lhasa overland tour is one of the sensitive tours in Tibet. Due to some political reasons and freezing weather in the passes, this tour will remains closed every year from January to March. The best season for this adventure 8 days overland tour is from the beginning of April to the end of November.

Kathmandu Lhasa tour

Kathmandu Lhasa overland tour is the most renowned overland tour in Tibet that fits to everyone especially for those adventure lovers who are thirsting to explore the rugged beauty of Tibetan landscape and its ancient culture, historic cities, and awe-inspiring snowy peaks with exclusive culture of nomadic country.

Kathmandu Lhasa overland tour is one of the most affordable trips as well which passes through the breathtaking landscapes, dramatic passes and splendid mountain peaks on the planet. Similarly, it is a fascinating of the wealth of cultural interest and you will have plenty of opportunity to explore this side of Tibet, both in Lhasa and the other towns including Shigatse and Gyantse where we pass through on our journey from Kathmandu.

Kathmandu Lhasa tour Fact

Trip Duration: 7 nights 8 days
Mode of tour: Drive in to Lhasa and fly back to Kathmandu or vice versa.
Trip starts: From Kathmandu or Lhasa.
Trip ends: Lhasa or Kathmandu
Group size: Minimum 2 to maximum 15 people
Accommodation: Hotels in the cities and guest house enroot on BB based.
Mode of transport: Jeep, Van or Mini bus.

Highlights of the Trip: Exploring the rugged beauty of Tibet and exclusive cultures and traditions of the ancient country enjoying the breathing peaks, passes, lakes, monasteries, palaces and lifestyle of nomadic people…

Kathmandu Lhasa Overland tour – Short itinerary

Day 01: Drive Kathmandu to Nyalam 3600m, 133km
Day 02: Drive Nyalam to Tingri 4050m 230
Day 03: Drive Tingri to Shigatse 3900m, 235km
Day 04: Drive Shigatse to Gyantse 3950m, 90km
Day 05: Drive Gyantse to Lhasa 3650m, 261 km
Day 06: Sightseeing in Lhasa       
Day 07: Sightseeing in Lhasa
Day 08: Fly back Lhasa to Kathmandu or Train journey to main land China.

Trip Cost: Please contact us and let us know that the number of people in your group what kind of hotels and guest houses you would like to use while you are in Tibet. Once we hear from you we'll send you a quote as per your requirements.

Kathmandu Lhasa overland tour – Day to Day itinerary:

Day 01: Drive Kathmandu to Nyalam 3600m, 133km
Kathmandu Lhasa Overland tour commences from Alpine Eco Trek building around 6 AM, driving along the Arniko Highway enjoying the beautiful Nepalese countryside to Kodari on the Nepal Tibet border. After completing the necessary border formalities at the both the Nepalese and Tibetan sides you will change your vehicle and start the two hours adventurous uphill drive to Nyalam. Overnight at guest house

Day 02: Drive Nyalam to Tingri 4350m 244km
After breakfast at guesthouse the exciting day starts with an adventure drive through lush, green lower hills into the dry, arid landscape of the Tibetan Plateau. The drive crosses several high passes including the Lalung La 5050m from where you can have a breathtaking panorama of the Himalayan range including Mt Everest - a fitting backdrop to the vastness of the Tibetan Plateau. Overnight at guest house

Day 03: Drive Tingri to Shigatse 3900m, 245km
After breakfast we will start our adventure overland drive passing by lonely monasteries and the camps of Nomadic herders. The drive crosses the highest pass of your journey, the Gyamtso La 5220m before descending once more to the barren splendor of the plains. Overnight at hotel in Shigatse – the second largest city of Tibet.

Day 04: Drive Shigatse to Gyantse (3950m), 90km
As soon as breakfast finish we start to visit the Tashilungpo Monastery, one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet, before setting off on the relatively short drive to Gyantse. In Gyantse, we can explore the Pelkor Chode Monastery and the Gyantse Kumbum. Kumbum is a large gold-domed stupa. It is famous for its many chapels house an impressive array of Tibetan Buddhist murals. Overnight at hotel.

Day 05: Drive Gyantse to Lhasa (3650m), 265km
After breakfast, today’s drive will take us over the Karo La [5045m] where we are treated to the awesome sight of a huge glacier tumbling down to within a few hundred meters of the road. On the way we see the small, developing town of Nagartse. The road follows the bank of a beautiful turquoise lake, the Yamdrok-tso, for about 20 Km. The trip crosses the Khamba La [4794m.] and continues on to Lhasa, where we check in to a hotel for overnight stay.

Day 06: Sightseeing in Lhasa
After breakfast, we start the visit to Jokhang Temple. This temple is the most revered shrine in all of Tibet and is constantly bustling with devout worshippers. We will also be given the opportunity to shop in Barkor, the crowded central market of Lhasa. In the afternoon you will visit Sera Monastery, a fifteenth century sprawl of golden roofs and whitewashed walls. The well preserved monastery is located just a few miles North of Lhasa and is home to several hundred monks. Its famous debating activities are happening 3-4pm quite regularly every day, so remind our guide not to miss it.

Day 07: Sightseeing in Lhasa
Kathmandu Lhasa Overland tour will not be complete without experiencing the massive Potala Palace. The palace is Lhasa's cardinal landmark and is a wonder of Eastern architecture. Your first site of this massive structure will be a magical moment remembered for years to come. It has been a palace since the fifth or sixth century and was once home to the Dalai Lama. This truly amazing day will be ended with a visit to the Drepung Monastery. Once the world's largest monastery, housing 10,000 monks, Drepung monastery lies hidden in rocky ridges just beyond the city. The amazing building was left untouched throughout hundreds of years.

Day 08: Fly Lhasa to Kathmandu (1350m) or train or flight to mainland china.
After so early breakfast, As a part of travel we leave Lhasa early in the morning for the 2 hour drive to Gonggar Airport and flight back to Kathmandu or your onward destination.

Services Includes

  • Transfer from Kathmandu to Tibetan boarder by a private vehicle.
  • Tibet Travel Permit permits.
  • Group visa arrangements.
  • Sightseeing tour as per the above program
  • All the necessary entry fees for Monasteries, Palaces, and temples
  • Twin sharing Hotel in Lhasa with breakfast
  • Normal hotel and guest houses en route with breakfast basis
  • Private Jeep or Van or Mini Bus (depend on group size).
  • Group visa notification letter
  • All the necessary pick up and drop with our service charges and taxes.

Services Excludes 

  • Lunch, dinner and drinks.
  • Air fares
  • Emergency rescue evacuation cost
  • Other personal expenses tips, donation, laundry, call and bottle drinks
  • Photography charges
  • Any cost arising from Landslides, road blockage & additional transportation cost.
  • Tibet Group Visa fee, Chinese Visa fees
  • Personal travel insurance

Please contact us for book or inquiry this trip

Further Information

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