Lhasa to Kathmandu overland tour

Lhasa to Kathmandu overland tour provides you an opportunity to explore Tibet culture, heritage and lifestyle of the Tibetan people. The trip will start when you fly from Kathmandu and ends drive back to Kathmandu from Tibet border Kodari.  Ever since Tibet opens its doors in 1985 to travelers “Tibet Overland Tour” becomes one of the most popular tours in Tibet. Tourist visit here to explore its hidden beauties in mysterious lands many people are attracted and tourist are increasing every year. Though are many options of accessibilities to travel Tibet, overland journey to visit Tibet is always popular. The overland journey to Tibet made ever easy because of the direct road connection from Kathmandu to Lhasa and well facilities hotels and lodges are available along the tour stops in Tibet’s different cities. In Overland Tour mainly travelers can involved in package basis operation which also handle all the necessary official legal logistics of regarding tour package.

In fact Lhasa Kathmandu overland tour can be operated both ways either fly in to Lhasa and drive back to Kathmandu or drive to Lhasa via several main places are included in tour package. The tour package commences drive from Kathmandu via Zhangmu, Nyalam, Tingri, Xeger, Shigatse,Gyantse and to Lhasa end the trip finally then fly out or fly in and dive out as respectively vice-versa. The overland tour into Tibet itself is more interesting because you will be exploring various interesting historical heritage and typical cultural encounter of different palaces in nomad lands. The driving journey allows travelers to cross high plain deserts to challenging passes with glimpse of incredible peaks of Tibetan Himalayan ranges.

At the moment this itinerary is not applicable as border between Tibet and Nepal is closed since devastating earthquake of 2015 April. So we want to suggest you Tibet Everest Base Camp Tour or Tibet Lhasa Tour.

Kathmandu to Lhasa overland tour itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Lhasa (3650 m) Gonggar Airport
Up on arrival at Gonggar Airport meet our Tibet tour official representative, complete the custom and immigration formalities and drive to Lhasa city (3650m). It takes around 45 minutes to reach the main city center. Checking in your hotel, be refresh, rest for acclimatization to get fit with Lhasa’s high altitude. (Hotel BB Basis)

Day 02: Guided sightseeing tour in Lhasa
Early morning after breakfast brief on the day’s program by your guide and proceed tour to Sera Monastery, Norbulingka and the Barkhor Square. The famous Sera Monastery allows you to get an insight into the important aspects of Tibetan Buddhism.  Drive to visit to Norbulingka palace which is summer retreat of the Dalai Lama. The palace building construction completed in 1956 and it is elaborately decorated with Tibetan wood carvings and paintings. After visiting this historic monument head to Jokhang Temple and explore rich Tibetan cultural heritage of this site as well visit city center of Barkhor market and after visiting of the day back to hotel. (Hotel BB Basis)

Day 03: Guided sightseeing tour in Lhasa
After breakfast meet your guide transfer to visit Potala Palace. This is the main attraction of Tibet forever and it is an impressive structure of Tibetan architecture. The Potala Palace has various types of Tibetan arts and crafts collection which are some many centuries of old. After visiting this outstanding Dalai Lama’s palace transfer to visit popular Drepung Monastery where you can observe nuns and monks are chanting and performing religious discourses together and back to hotel. (Hotel BB Basis)

Day 04: Drive Lhasa to Gyantse (3950m) - the first day of overland journey 261 km
Pick up from the hotel and join for overland day, the journey continue through the main highway via Khamba La Pass (4795m). Enjoy splendid views of Yamdrok-Tso Lake and Nazing Kang Sa (7252m) peak. After this pass the road turns the westwards and come across another Karo La Pass (5045m), and after driving long day finally you will arrive at Gyantse town. Up on arrival transfer to hotel be refresh, rest and enjoy exploring wonderful landscaped Tibetan villages and cultural activities. (Hotel BB Basis)

Day 05: Exploration sightseeing and drive to Shigatse (3900m) 90km
After breakfast join for overland day, you will be at Gyantse Dzong and Kumbum on the way and explore 14th century old historical fort at Gyantse and golden stupa of Kumbum. These two places have also huge collection of traditional arts and crafts of Tibetan culture. After visiting again continues the journey and finally you will be in Shigatse city, it is second largest one in Tibet. Visit the oldest Tashilhunpo Monastery of Tibet and other Tibetan monuments there. (Hotel BB Basis)

Day 06: Exploration sightseeing & drive Shigatse (3900m) to Xegar (4050m) 244km
After visiting this nomadic city your overland journey continue again passing through the picturesque landscape via small town of Lhatse and Gyamtso La Pass 5220m. Today all the way of driving crosses about 224Km distance and finally arrive at Xegar. This Tibetan town has beautiful stupas and monastery as well. Explore around see major attractions and stay at hotel. (Hotel BB Basis)

Day 07: Drive Xegar (4050m) to Zhangmu (2300m) 181km
After having breakfast join for the day journey, today you will be crossing Tingri, Lalung La Pass 5124m and Shung La Pass 5200m along the way of 181 km drive. On the way of drive you can enjoy panoramic views of several snow clad mountain of surrounding areas- Gauri Shankar, Shishapangma, Cho Oyu, and Menlungtse and finally arrive at Zhangmu 2300m colossal borderland town. (Hotel BB Basis)

Day 8: Drive Zhangmu (2300m) to Kathmandu (1400m) 123km
Today after few kilometers drive away from Zhangmu you will be at border line Friendship Bridge. Here you have to work out for custom clearance and immigration formalities as well then meet with Himalayan Mentor’s official representative and catch the coach to drive Kathmandu. It will be about 5-6 hrs drive to reach in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

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Tibet overland tour trip highlights

Trip Duration: 7 nights 8 days

Mode of Tour: Fly in Lhasa & drive out until end the tour

Trip starts: Lhasa fly in

Trip ends: Kathmandu- Tibet boarder

Group size: Minimum 2 & Maximum 10-12

Accommodation: Hotel and lodge stay BB Basis

Transportation: 4WD Land cruiser with support truck

Best of the Trip: Visiting Potala Palace, guided sightseeing to explore main attraction of around and excellent overland journey with amazing views and beautiful cultural experience of nomad land.

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Trip Cost: Please contact us for cost details

 Cost includes the following services

  • Travel alien permit fee of Tibet
  • Guided tour as per program
  • All Monastery entrance fee
  • Standard hotel in Lhasa with breakfast
  • Accommodation in BB Basis
  • Transportation by Toyota Land cruiser 4500 and supporting truck in case need
  • Group visa fee for Tibet
  • Oxygen incase needed

 Cost does not includes

  • Lunch and dinner along the trip
  • Flight ticket (Kathmandu-Lhasa) and airport taxes
  • 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.
  • Nepal re-entry visa fee
  • Personal travel insurance
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