Overland Tour to Lhasa

“On the world’s highest plateau, at the roof of the world, striking scenery, moonscape landscapes, vibrant and rich culture, traditional villages, and ancient monasteries in the shade of the high Himalayan peaks”

This remarkable trip covering the best parts of Tibet with fabulous journey, offering awesome rock formation cascades and canyons slightly hidden under the clear blue sky. With numerous high passes with stunning views of the picturesque landscape, tranquil lakes, rural traditional villages, large meadows with nomad camps scattered all around. This scenic exciting overland trip is one of the best in short duration.

The journey passes by the ancient most lavishly decorated monasteries and temples with chanting saffron colored monks, ever smiling faces of people and their typical lifestyle all contributes to this trip a memory of your lifetime. A land so rich in culture, tradition and steeped in religion with its unique landscape cast an enchanted spell that holds you in thrill and excitement. A sweeping panoramic flight over the mighty Himalayas with the breathtaking views of Everest and Makalu concludes this wonderful trip.

Departure Dates

27 April to 08 May
16 May to 27 May
05 September to 16 September
23 September to 04 October

Price

Standard accommodation in Kathmandu 2-6 pax 7-16 pax
Hotels
Single supplement
Deluxe accommodation in Kathmandu 2-6 pax 7-16 pax
Camping basis
Single supplement

Outline itinerary

Day 01 Arrive in Kathmandu (1300m) and transfer to Hotel
Day 02 Full day guided sightseeing tour in the Kathmandu Valley
Day 03 Kathmandu to Nyalam (3650m) via Zhangmu (2300m)
Day 04 Drive to Lhatse (4200m)
Day 05 Drive to Shigatse (3900m)
Day 06 Drive to Gyantse (3950m)
Day 07 Drive to Lhasa (3650m)
Day 08 Lhasa city sightseeing
Day 09 Lhasa city sightseeing
Day 10 Fly from Lhasa to Kathmandu
Day 11 Leisure at Kathmandu
Day 12 Final departure

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu (1300m) and transfer to hotel

On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be greeted by our staff, who will escort you to the hotel, where our Sherpa guide or the office staff will give you a brief orientation about the hotel, Kathmandu itself, trekking, and the do's and don’ts of the area. They will also review any additional information that you might require while in Nepal, including an overview of the next day's sightseeing tour. In the evening, you will enjoy a complimentary welcome dinner at one of the finest traditional Nepalese restaurants in Kathmandu, with the necessary transfer to and from the hotel by taxi, bus. Overnight stay in Hotel

Day 02: Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu valley

After your breakfast, you will precede to Kathmandu Durbar Square, where you will tour the ancient palace, the temple of the Kumari, the living goddess of Nepal, Hanuman Dhoka, and Kasthamandav Temple with a guide knowledgeable about Nepalese history, architecture, and religion. From there, you will proceed by taxi, bus to the Buddhist site, Swoyambhunath Stupa, also known as the "Monkey Temple" because of its lively troops of resident monkeys. You will then visit Pashupatinath Temple, the holiest shrine for Hindus, situated on the banks of the holy Bagmati River, a popular cremation site. Before returning to the hotel, you will visit Boudhnath Stupa, a Buddhist pilgrimage center and home to many colorful gompas, or monasteries. Once back at the hotel, you will receive a briefing about the trek and have a chance to meet your guides and ask any last minute questions before tomorrow morning's departure. Overnight stay in Hotel

Day 03: Kathmandu to Nyalam (3650m) via Zhangmu (2300m) 07 Hrs

Today early morning 5.20 am we pick up you from your hotel and transfer to the bus station for your departure to Tibet journey. Approx. 05 hours drive to Kodari (near Tibet- China/Nepal border), drive passes through scenic countryside. After an hour drive stop at Dhulikhel for breakfast or for a short break. Another 4 hours drive brings you to the Nepal frontier at Kodari border which called Friendship Bridge. After going through immigration formalities (Nepal part) drive to Zhangmu, where after completion of immigration formalities (Chinese part). Zhangmu, is a busy town with mixed Chinese, Tibetan and Nepali people. From here drive leads on the winding road following the Bhote Koshi upstream through a beautiful forest of rhododendron, pines and hemlocks with overflowing waterfalls at places. After leaving the torrent river behind, the drive climbs towards Nyalam town, a small growing place where there is a meditation cave of the famed saint Milerappa just on the outskirt of the town. Overnight stay in Guesthouse/Lodge

Day 04: Nyalam to Lahtse (4200m) 06 Hrs

From Nyalam, the drive continues passing through traditional Tibetan farm villages and fields of barley towards Lalung-la Pass (5,050m) with outstanding view of Mt. Shishapnagma (8013m highest within Tibet), Langtang towards west and Mt.Gaurishankar to the south east. After a brief stop at the pass for photographs, journey continues towards Shegar(Xegar) or New Tingri via a town of old Tingri, where you can have a good view of Mt. Everest (8,848m) on a clear fine day. Here at the roadside restaurant for a lunch or tea break. After Tingri an hour ride on the smooth highway reaches you at Xegar or New Tingri. Journey continues to the highest pass of this tour at Gyatsola 5,220 m after an hour and half drive from Shegar. The drive descends from here to Larze town situated on the route to Mt.Kailash. Overnight stay in Guesthouse/Lodge

Day 05: Lhatse to Shigatse (3900m) 02 Hrs

Today a short drive of three hours or less to Shigatse, drive continues on the newly improved tarmac Lhasa to Kathmandu or Friendship highway passing small passes of over 4,500m and farm fields and villages, then reaching at Shigase second biggest city in Tibet and the place of the famous Tashilumpo Monastery, the seat of Panchen Lama. Shigatse is also the capital of the province ‘Tsang’. The most interesting places here are Trashilumpo monastic complex and the ruined fortress which dominates the city’s skyline. A high wall surrounds the red and gold buildings which make up the Trashilumpo Monastery. The route around the wall circumambulates the monastery which also includes small shrines, significant rock inscriptions and many prayer wheels. A visit to the market concludes our stay at Shigatse. Overnight stay in Guesthouse/Lodge

Day 06: Shigatse to Gyantse (3950m) 02 Hrs

After visiting Tashilungpo Monastery and Shigatse bazaar, the drive continues to Gyantse, which is about two hours. Gyantse, later became the main centre for trade with British India. Gyantse is a small bustling town steeped in history. It lies in 261 kilometres southwest of Lhasa on the northern bank of Nyang - Chu River. In the 15th century it used to serve as a capital of a small kingdom. With time for a visit to Kumbum Chorten which was built in 1400 A.D. Overnight stay in Guesthouse/Lodge

Day 07: Gyantse to Lhasa (3,650m) 06 Hrs

A scenic drive of seven hours leads you to Lhasa crossing the Karo La Pass (5,010m) and Kamba La Pass (4,795m). The Karo La climbs between two lofty mountains, Nozing Khang SA (7,223m) and Ralung (6,236m). While driving you go alongside the Yamdrok Tso (Turquoise Lake). After passing Kamba La, Lhasa Valley is seen to the north. Check into Hotel at Lhasa. The accompanied guide will collect your airlines ticket for re-confirmation. As you arrive in Lhasa, you will have time to immerse yourselves in the crowd of colourful people and the Potala Palace one of the wonders of the world which dominates Lhasa and the Kyichu valley. Overnight stay in Hotel

Day 08: Lhasa city sightseeing

At Lhasa the tour begins early (Beijing Standard Time which is 2 hours 15 minutes ahead of Nepal standard Time). The tour begins with a short drive to the famous Sera Monastery which is one of the important and old Monastery of Tibet as well a school for Tibetan Buddhism. This interesting tour will last for an hour or more visiting prayer rooms and the Tibetan scroll printing just outside from the Monastery premises. The Jorkhang Temple is situated at the center of Barkhor Market square which is another interesting place to visit as Jorkhang boasts a lot of historic importance and tales. It is the foundation and the pillar for Buddhism in Tibet. It offers a grand view of Barkhor square and of Potala palace from its rooftop. After a great time here visit the arkhor Market and mingle with the crowd of pilgrims from all parts of Tibet. Overnight stay in Hotel

Day 09: Lhasa city sightseeing

Tour of Potala Palace,located towards west part of the old city of Lhasa and was originally built during the 640 A.D. during the reign of King Songtsan Gampo. The 13 storied palaces stand 117.19m high with 1000 rooms, big and small. The entire building is made of stone and wood with walls averaging 3 meters thick and the thickest 5 meters or even more. Potala Palace is divided in two parts,The Red Palace and the white Palace, the former consisting of the Dalai Lamas' tomb stupas and various chapels, the latter being both the Dalai Lama's residence and the halls for official activities. The Potala Palace with its lofty and magnificent halls and its brilliant gold-gilded pinnacle demonstrate the high accomplishments of the Tibetan people and reflect their unique style of architecture, painting, sculpture and other forms of religious expression. Afternoon tour to Drepung Monastery just west of Lhasa, drive passes through the suburb of the city and uphill through the peach and plum groves. Drepung meaning "heaps of rice", looks as if from the distance with its white lime paint over the Monastery. It is the largest of all Monasteries in Tibet. There used to be over 10,000 monks but at present fewer. The unusually magnificent Drepung Monastery was built in a very large scale. Inside it one can see vestibules criss-crossing as if in a great walled city. Before the construction of Potala Palace, the Drepung Monastery was the residence of successive Dalai Lamas. In1642, the 5th Dalai Lama formed Gadeng Pochang,the Tibetan local Government in the monastery marking the real beginning of the theocracy when religion joined in with politics. After the Dalai Lama moved his residence to the Potala Palace, it still remained the biggest and most powerful among the three large monasteries in Lhasa. After a good time visiting nearly every interesting rooms of Drepung Monastery drive back to the Hotel. Overnight stay in Hotel

Day 10: Fly back to Kathmandu

After breakfast early morning we drive for 2 hours to the Gonggar Airport. An hour scenic flight back to Kathmandu over the majestic Himalayan range with the spectacular view of Everest, Makalu and some of its adjoining peaks. Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, our staff will transfer you to the Hotel and simply relax at the hotel in Kathmandu. Overnight stay in Hotel

Day 07: Leisure at Kathmandu

You will be transferred to airport for your flight back to Kathmandu. Once you land in Kathmandu airport, you will be picked up from the airport and drop you to the hotel. Rest of the time will be at leisure. Overnight stay in Hotel

Day 08: Final departure

Today keep in mind your international flight time, so make sure to keep your confirmed air ticket and your passport handy. Our staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from our amazing country, Nepal.
  • The Company is not liable for any refunds after the departure date of the scheduled itinerary.
  • Cancellation should be made 48 hours before departure and a 40% cancellation charge is approved besides tax, transportation and permit. See specific information below.
  • No refund will be given if the program ends before the provided itinerary date.
  • The Company is not to be held responsible for your early termination of a trek should our experienced leader feels it is unsafe for you to continue due to fitness and/or health issues
  • The Company is not liable for an unconvinced or rescheduling due to natural, political or bureaucratic circumstances
  • The Company is not responsible for delays caused by local weather conditions resulting in international flights being missed
  • The Company is not responsible for the financial implications of rescue. Please ensure you have the appropriate insurance to cover these situations before you arrive in Nepal
  • Our staffs are very experienced in leading treks at all altitudes. It is their responsibility to ensure your safety, their conclusions regard safety are final and should you not follow their advice the Company cannot be held responsible for the outcome.
If you wish to cancel your trip for any reason the following scale of charges will apply:

Date of Cancellation Charge Incurred

2 months before departure Loss of deposit (40% of Total Trip Cost TTC)
29 days to 2 months before departure 50% of TTC
10 to 28 days before departure 70% of TTC
Less than 10 days before departure 100% of TTC