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Tibet Overland Tour

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Duration

12 days

Max. Elevation

5520m

Group size

1+ Above

Level
MODERATE
Transportation
Private Tourist vehicle, flight tickets.
Best Season
February-May, September-December
Accomodation
Three-star hotel in Kathmandu and tourist Standard Hotels in Lhasa-Tibet
Meals
Breakfast is included
Starts at
Kathmandu
Ends at
kathmandu
Trip Route
Kathmandu-Syabrubesi-Kyirong-Shegar-New Tingri-Shigatse-Gyantse-Lhasa-Drepung-Shera Monasteries-Jhorkang Temple Potala Palace-Norbulingka summer palace-Gongor-Kathmandu

Highlights

  • Adventure on the world's highest and largest landscapes of the Tibetan plateau.
  • Adventure on the rooftop of the world on the highest and largest plateau.
  • Explore the hidden corners on least ventured areas of Tibet South West.
  • The exciting and fascinating dramatic scenery of Tibetan vast landscapes.
  • Enjoy glamorous views of the world's highest peaks with Mt. Everest.
  • Tour of Tibet main big lovely cities of Shigatse, Gyantse, and Lhasa.
  • Visit historical monuments and monasteries and majestic Potala Palace.

Tibet Overland Tour, a journey that leads you to the world's highest and largest plateau of Tibet, which makes the adventure exciting and interesting. Where travelers can enjoy amazing and unique scenery that never seen exists in this part of the world. From green woodland to harsh and barren moonscapes, with glorious views of a high snow-capped mountain range. On Tibet Overland Journey an opportunity to catch glimpse of the world’s three highest peaks Mt. Everest, Cho-Oyu, and Mt. Shisapangma. The adventure continues to cross high passes of Gyatso-La, Simi-La, Karo-La, and Khamba-La to reach from one region to another beautiful area. Truly a breathtaking experience driving through the marvelous high country in the close harmony of Tibetan villages’ enrich with fascinating culture and colorful custom. The journey leads to the famous Shigatse the 2nd largest city in Tibet after Lhasa, where the tour takes you to the golden roofed monastery. 

The drive takes you around beautiful Yamdrok Tso the turquoise lake to reach fabled Lhasa city, regarded as one of the world's highest cities. Where exciting tour leads to visit its beautiful monasteries and the magnificent Potala Palace, the highlight and landmark of Tibet. Tibet Overland Tour, begins from the Nepalese capital city Kathmandu, drive leads to high Himalayan hills within Langtang and Ganesh Himal area. Where route leads to the old Trans Himalaya Salt and Caravan route to Nepal and Tibet border at Kyirong. Enter the Tibetan soil, where the Tibetan Journey starts heading through the wild country in the backdrop of the high snow mountain range. Drive takes you along rural farm villages, and yak grazing fields to join on the main Kathmandu city and Lhasa highway.

As the journey continues with views of Everest, Shisapangma, and Cho-Oyu, the climb towards the highest pass of the trip at Gyatsho-La. Heading through the town of Larze to reach Shigatse with time around for a tour of the famous Tashilumpo monastery. From Shigatse finally, adventure reaches you to Lhasa, after driving through beautiful areas of Gyantse, Yamdrok Tsho turquoise lake. On reaching Lhasa, our long drive completes spending lovely pleasant moments with a tour of important sites. Visiting monasteries, and interesting colorful markets, the majestic Potala Palace the charm and famous landmark of Tibet. After an enjoyable and exciting time in Lhasa, our Tibet Overland Tour comes to an end. A sweeping flight brings you back to Kathmandu facing a panorama of Himalayan peaks as the plane lands at Kathmandu international airport.
 

Important Note

  • Cost includes and excludes section may give you a better idea of how the trip is organized. Once you let us know the number of interested travelers and departure date we would get back to you with the actual cost for the trip.
  • The cost will be valued by Your standard of hotels, service, group size, and other extra activities. Please kindly let us know.
  • The above itinerary is basically a guideline. If you're not satisfied or have an alternative plan please feel free to discuss it with us.

Trip Itinerary

Day

1
On arrival in Kathmandu and Nepal International Airport via various international airlines, received by our guide and staff for short transfer in the heart of Kathmandu city. Where your hotel is located, after checking into your rooms and then meet other members of the trip at the hotel lobby for briefing. The briefing includes important information regarding Tibet Overland Tour, to make your holiday in Tibet and Nepal more enjoyable.  evening group welcomes dinner in a lovely Nepalese Restaurant with an introduction to the culture of Nepal with folk dance and music.

Day

2
A free day in Kathmandu preparation for Tibet Overland Tour includes a sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley at places of great historical and religious interest. The city steeped with ancient world heritage sites, where the tour takes you around renowned landmarks, like the old Durbar / Palace Square with old Swayambhunath of more than 2,500 years old Stupa, a Buddhist religious monument. Includes holy Hindu temple of Pashupatinath and large dome stupa of Bouddhanath of great cultural and religious interest.

Day

3
Start early as possible in the morning after breakfast, because of the long and scenic drive to reach high hills and mountainous areas of Langtang Himal. An interesting drive of little more than 6 hours, during the ride, observe Nepalese farm villages and towns. As drive reach you at the large town of Dhunche, located at 1, 950 m high. The headquarter town of Rasuwa district, as well as the entrance of Langtang National Park. From Dhunche on winding downhill to reach Syabrubesi village for an overnight stop, mostly inhabited by the indigenous Tamang, hill tribes of Langtang and Central Himalaya, interwoven to Buddhism religion and fascinating culture.

Day

4
From Syabrubesi morning drive on a newly built road that links to the Tibet border at a small village of Rasuwagadhi within Nepal's side of the frontier, a few hours drive from Syabrubesi. At the border our Tibetan guide and driver from our counterpart agent in Tibet receives you. On completing immigration and custom formalities on both sides of the border, then enter Tibet, with a short drive to Kyirong small town for a first overnight stop in Tibet, accommodation at local guest-house.

Day

5
After an overnight in Tibet at Kyirong, having breakfast then our Tibetan guide and drive leads towards wide and high Tibetan plateau, as morning overland journey continues heading towards farm villages. Reaching near Lalung-la Pass 5,050 m offers grand views of Mt. Shisapangma 8, 013 m, the world's 14thhighest peaks. From here drive through the dry country to Old Tingri, where you can catch a view of Mt. Everest, Cho-Oyo peaks. After a refreshing stop drive takes you to Shegar also called New Tingri in a simple local lodge for the overnight stop.

Day

6
Morning from Shegar, having breakfast drive continues on winding high road to reach the highest pass of the journey at Gyatsho-la Pass 5, 220 m. From the pass, the drive descends to Larze town, located on the junction of Mt. Kailash and to Lhasa via Shigatse. After a refreshing stop, a drive of few hours to Shigatse; the second-largest city in Tibet, a place with the famous Tashilumpo Monastery; the holy seat of Panchen Lama. The hotels are up to tourist standard than the other few nights. At Shigatse with time to browse around the streets to observe the Tibetan's interesting custom.

Day

7
Morning tour of Tashilumpo Monastery large complex and colorful market, with many shops and vendors, and interesting place to witness Tibetans. After an interesting visit, having lunch where few hours’ drives reach you at Gyantse; a city with ancient history, which was the main center for trade with Nepal and India, and Bhutan. On checking in a nice hotel visit Kumbum Chorten built around 1400 AD. Rest of the day take a short walk around the city streets.

Day

8
From Gyantse, our overland journey heads towards Lhasa, crossing over few passes of Karo- La Pass with super views of Nzongkhangsa peak and ice-falls, glaciers, observe the local nomads and Yak herders camp. After a scenic stop, drive to beautiful Yamdrok Tsho a turquoise Lake, as the drive continues to Khamba-La pass facing grand views of Tibetan landscapes with snow- peaks, and then downhill towards Lhasa. As the drive enters the city suburb of Lhasa, at present a mixture of modern and old, the old section located in the east of the city within colorful and busy Barkhor market square, where most good Tibetan style hotels located. An afternoon with time for a short walk and immerse within Tibetan pilgrims from all different parts of Tibet, as they make a once-in-a-lifetime journey visiting Lhasa on a holy pilgrimage.

Day

9
The morning after breakfast, our Tibetan guide meets you at the hotel, for an enjoyable day around Lhasa around places of great historical, religious and cultural interest. Drive west of the city and then uphill to the huge white monastery of Drepung, the seats and residence of many Dalai Lama, before Potala was built. Tour takes you to visit the monastery interior enriched with impressive arts and statues placed on the main prayer hall and enjoy observing the monastery activities. From here head towards Jhorkang Temple amidst busy Barkhor Square and markets. The oldest shrine of Tibet enjoys views of the city from the terraces of Jhorkang temple with views of Potala Palace. Afternoon short drive north of Lhasa to visit another important Shera monastery, and watch young monks debating regarding social and religious subjects, one of the highlights of this monastery. After a great day, the rest of the afternoon free for a stroll around the streets of Lhasa and witness local people of great cultural interest.

Day

10
After breakfast, at the usual time for the tour of the famous landmark of Tibet, Potala Palace is situated on a red hill, within the center of Lhasa. A winter palace and resident from 5th to present 14th Dalai Lama, head of state where visitors are allowed to enter few main halls and prayer rooms from its 100 rooms. The Palace, built in early 640 A.D. during the time of the 5th Dalai Lama. After an interesting visit with a free afternoon for individual activities and shopping souvenirs. Afternoon tour continues with short drive southwest to Norbulingka, a summer palace of semi-modern with lovely large garden and tall trees, our guide will take around summer palace important sites, and then end the day tour with rest of the day free at leisure.

Day

11
Having last breakfast in Tibet, a short drive of an hour to Gongor International Airport, the bid farewell to Tibetan guide and drivers, and then check in with custom and visa formalities. After going through securities into the plane for the scenic flight back to Kathmandu and to your hotel, with the rest of the day free for individual activities on the last day in Nepal.

Day

12
Last day in Nepal, enjoying a memorable adventure and experience on Tibet Overland Tour, as a time for your international flight our staff transfer you to the airport for homeward bound.

Inclusions

    • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car / van / bus.
    • three nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu (Twin sharing basis).
    • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle inclusive of all entrance fees.
    • Tibet entry travel permit and Chinese visa.
    • All monasteries entry fees.
    • All ground transportation by private vehicle.
    • Gongor Lhasa to Kathmandu flights in economy class.
    • Accommodation during Tibet tour on twin sharing basis inclusive of breakfast.
    • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine for all Tibetan staff.
    • Tibet Tourism Board (TTB) approved Tibetan guide.
    • Tibet border to Kathmandu (Friendship Bridge) pick up by tourist bus or jeep.
    • All applicable taxes and service charges.
    • farewell dinner before departure.

      • International airfare and  Nepal visa fee (See the Visa & Entry Procedure of Nepal page).
      • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
      • Personal Insurance (See the travel insurance page).
      • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary”.
      • personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, 'See the travel personal equipment page'').
      • Personal shopping and laundry.
      • Photography charges.
      • Emergency rescue evacuation cost.
      • Personal shopping and laundry.
      • Tips for guide and drive.

      Complimentary

        • Welcome dinner in a famous Nepali restaurant with a Nepali culture dance program.
        • Sleeping bag during the trip (to be returned after the trip completion).
        • Complementary duffel bag/agency T-shirt.
        • Certificate of achievement.

      Frequently Asked Questions

      Yes, nearly 90 % largely populated by Buddhism followers with some minority of Tibetan Muslims, which you can notice in the cities of Lhasa and Shigatse.


      Where in all hotels in Kathmandu and Tibet you have the facilities to charge you electronic gadgets, where the flow of current and voltage can differ. In Kathmandu / Nepal capacity 609 MW in Integrated Power System, of 230 volts in A.C. single phase and 400 volts in three phases for general. Electricity in Tibet / China is 230 volts AC, 50 cycles. We do have two pins & 3 pins power sockets, you better have two Pin travel plug adapter which will be useful to charge your batteries.


      Yes, an exchange in the Bank of China, located in towns and cities only like in Shigatse, Gyantse, and Lhasa only where we have time for overnight stops. In Tibet where Chinese currency is used, which is about the US $1 equals 6: 50 Chinese Renminbi Yuan, which is the official currency of the People's Republic of China and translates to “people's money. 

       

      Tibet, similar to mainland China uses Beijing Standard Time. Which is 8 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) 2 hours and 15 minutes ahead of Nepal Standard Time Zone. 


      The chances are small and rare, as you will be spending overnights at certain heights, and crossing high passes with ups and downhill which will help and support to get acclimatize. Few people might catch a slight headache but soon fades away, taking advice from our guide, taking enough fluid and water with rest as you will be driving most of the time on comfortable vehicles.  


      April to May and September and October are the best months for travel to Tibet as well for this tour. The weather is fine and clear most of the season, as the land with high altitude gets much sun for long hours, although cold morning and from late afternoon till night time. Can get very windy especially on the drive to Shigatse during the afternoon time till 4 p.m. Chances of snowfall sometimes around high passes and altitude wise, do get light rain around monsoon time of June to mid-September, but the mostly dry and arid country as weather-wise. Does not get heavy rain like in southern countries of the Himalayas range.


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