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Overland Kathmandu To Lhasa

picturesque and incredible adventure on world highest plateau of Tibet

Trip Summary

Tour Accommodation
Hotel or Lodge & Guest -House.
Tour Grade
leisure - moderate with high altitude experience
Activities
overland drive with fly out and short leisure walks.
Highest elevation
At Gyatsho-la 5,220 m pass.
Tibet Tour
07 nights & 08 days
Total Trip
10 nights & 11 days (Kathmandu / Kathmandu)
Season
April to June and September to November.

Trip Highlights

a fascinating overland journey on world highest and largest plateau in Tibet,
traveling from verdant vegetation to windswept and arctic landscapes,
incredible sceneries of windswept landscapes in the backdrop of snowcapped peaks,
visiting famous and interesting monasteries and palaces around Lhasa & Shigatse cities.

Trip Overview

Truly a fascinating journey Overland Kathmandu to Lhasa experience once in your lifetime memorable and exciting adventure with View Nepal Treks.

Our Overland Kathmandu to Lhasa a scenic journey leading you into most picturesque country on world’s highest and largest plateau in Tibet with gorgeous mountain views including Mt. Everest-Cho-Oyu and Shisapangma one of the highest peaks on this globe.

Along with beautiful scenery leading over high 5,000 meters passes through traditional farm villages and Nomads / Yak herders grazing land to reach our destination in Lhasa, after exploring interesting places of interest at Shigatse around Tashilumpo monastery (2nd largest city of Tibet) and Gyantse with tour of famous Kumbum Stupa.

Journey leads around beautiful Yamdrok Tsho the turquoise lake and over Kamba-la pass to Lhasa. In Lhasa tour of famous Drefung-Shera-Jorkhang monasteries including majestic Potala Palace turn into museum.

Our fabulous tour completes with a panoramic flight back to Kathmandu after an amazing experience on Overland Kathmandu to Lhasa.

Overland Kathmandu To Lhasa: Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: In Kathmandu with half day tour and preparation for Lhasa tour.
Day 03: Drive to Nylam 3,450 m via Zhangmu (2,300 m) -168 Kms – 06 hrs.
Day 04: Drive to Shegar /Xegar (4, 350 m) – 244Kms – 05 hrs.
Day 05: Drive to Shigatse / Xhigatse (3,900m) -150 kms – 05 hrs.
Day 06: Drive to Gyantse (3,950m) – 90 Kms – 03 hrs.
Day 07: Drive to Lhasa (3, 650m) – 261 kms – 05 hrs.
Day 08: In Lhasa with tour of Lhasa interesting places and Potala Palace.
Day 09: In Lhasa with tour of Lhasa interesting places and Potala Palace.

Cost Includes / Excludes

Cost Includes

  1. All arrival and departure transportation airport / hotel / airport.
  2. Twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu at tourist standard hotels on bed / breakfast basis. (Single room supplement at extra cost if required)
  3. Twin sharing accommodation on route Lhasa at basic or standard hotels, lodge-guest house where available on bed and breakfast basis.
  4. Sightseeing tour (if mentioned and added in the itinerary) or as optional.
  5. Applicable Tibet Visa and Tibet road permits.
  6. Service of Nepali / Tibetan guides and staff with daily wages-medical insurance, meals allowance.
  7. Welcome dinner in Kathmandu at authentic Nepalese restaurant with cultural programs.
  8. Airfare Lhasa to Kathmandu (if flying back to Nepal)

Cost Exclude

  • Nepal Visa-International airfare-personal travel / medical insurance.
  • Expenses of personal nature and meals in Kathmandu, gratitude (tips) hard / soft drinks.
  • Expenses of personal nature and meals in Tibet, gratitude (tips) hard / soft drinks.
  • Personal travel gear or equipments.
  • Down jackets-sleeping bags (with inner linear).
  • Emergency evacuation by any means of transportation including Heli services and personal medical kit.
  • Early return from the trip due to personal / medical problem in this case clients should bear his / her own expenses on return from the trip.

Overland Kathmandu To Lhasa Detail Itinerary

At Kathmandu international airport you will be well received by View Nepal staff and then transfer you to your hotel in the hub of Kathmandu city, with briefing of Kathmandu and Overland Kathmandu to Lhasa tour, includes welcome dinner in authentic Nepalese restaurant with cultural / folk programs.

Morning our city guide will pick you for half day tour around Kathmandu places of interest, as Kathmandu valley steeped with historical monuments with world heritage sites with afternoon free preparation for tour of overland Kathmandu to Lhasa tour.

Starting our adventure overland to Lhasa with an interesting drive of four hours to reach the border post at Kodari on Nepal side, with PP and Visa formalities then heading towards Tibet / China entry points where our Tibetan guides and driver receives you in Zhangmu after completion with paper works, visa and permits continue drive following Bhote Kosi river upstream to Nylam town, a nice ride through beautiful forest of pines and rhododendron trees with views of waterfalls.
At Nylam transfer in the best available lodge-hotel or guest house for overnight stop with first night in Tibetan soil with high altitude gain.

From Nylam starts the famous high Tibetan plateau with morning drive past Tibetan farm villages to reach on top of Lalung-la Pass (5,050m) with views of Mt. Shisapangma (8013m highest within Tibet).
After Lalung-la driving on vast Tibetan plateau with high and dry terrain to Old Tingri with first glimpse of Everest and Cho-Oyo peaks, from here few hour drive to Xegar also called New Tingri with moderate and basic lodge for overnight stop.

After Shegar our scenic overland drive leads to high pass over Gyatsho-la Pass, highest point of this trip at 5,220m. Drive further descends to Lhatse town located on the road to Mt. Kailash and Shigatse.
With refreshing stop drive continues for few hours towards Shigatse; second largest city in Tibet honored by famous Tashilumpo Monastery; the seat of Panchen Lama. Here in hotels are much better than other few nights.

Morning visit of famous Tashilumpo Monastery and markets place, after an interesting tour few hour drive to Gyantse; a small bustling city steeped with history as main centre for trade with British India. After checking in at respective hotel visit Khumbum Chorten built around 1400 AD.

Today our adventure leads to our main destination at Lhasa, crossing over Karo- La Pass (5,010m), Kamba- La Pass (4,795m) and along the shore of beautiful Yamdrok Tsho Lake known as turquoise Lake.
Drive continues with gorgeous views of landscapes and snowcapped peaks then reaching Lhasa after an interesting drive of 5-6 hours. Lhasa at present a blend of modern and old, the old areas located east around colorful Barkhor market square, where our hotels located.
Afternoon with time for short walk and soaking in with crowd of Tibetan of different areas within Tibet, visiting Lhasa on holy pilgrimage.

In Lhasa for another two nights busy with tour activities visiting Drefung Monastery the largest of all and old monastery of Tibet, as well school for Tibetan Buddhism. Visit of Jorkhang Temple is another interesting place as it boasts a lot of historic importance and tales of old days. Conclude the day tour by visiting Bharkor Bazaar.
After Drefung, tour of Jorkhang Temple which is another important and interesting site to visit as it boasts historic importance and tales of old days. The tour concludes for the day visiting Bharkor Bazaar.
Next morning guide will take you on tour to famous and magnificent Potala Palace, originally built during 640 AD. Potala Palace the landmark of Lhasa and Tibet dominates the Kyuchi or Lhasa valley.

The 13 storied palaces with 1,000 room stands at 117.19m high include 1000 rooms. Afternoon tour of another interesting and important Shera monastery and watch young monks in debates one of the high light of the visit.

In Lhasa for another two nights busy with tour activities visiting Drefung Monastery the largest of all and old monastery of Tibet, as well school for Tibetan Buddhism. Visit of Jorkhang Temple is another interesting place as it boasts a lot of historic importance and tales of old days. Conclude the day tour by visiting Bharkor Bazaar.
After Drefung, tour of Jorkhang Temple which is another important and interesting site to visit as it boasts historic importance and tales of old days. The tour concludes for the day visiting Bharkor Bazaar.
Next morning guide will take you on tour to famous and magnificent Potala Palace, originally built during 640 AD. Potala Palace the landmark of Lhasa and Tibet dominates the Kyuchi or Lhasa valley.

The 13 storied palaces with 1,000 room stands at 117.19m high include 1000 rooms. Afternoon tour of another interesting and important Shera monastery and watch young monks in debates one of the high light of the visit.

Having early breakfast for the drive to Gongar Airport and then fly back to Kathmandu if heading back to Nepal, (for others not returning back to Kathmandu can take a flight or train to other parts and cities of mainland China)
Farwell to our Tibetan guides and river on reaching at Gongor airport before flight to Kathmandu, on reaching Kathmandu airport received by View Nepal staff for transfer back to your hotels after a fabulous time in Tibet.

Last day in Nepal as per your flight time transfer to Kathmandu international departure for flight back to countries after a great experience on Overland Kathmandu to Lhasa tour.

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