10 Nights / 11 Days – Kathmandu – Tibet Overland – Kathmandu
This profoundly rewarding excursion through the central Tibet begins in Lasa and finishes in Nepal’s capital KTM (or the other way around). This is one of the most popular tours in Tibet which offers the majority of the attractions. It begins with a fantastic mountain flight over the Himalayas from Kathmandu to Lhasa which offers an amazing view of mountains like Mt Everest. In Tibet Lhasa tour we investigate the heritage sites, crucial cloisters and old traditional area of the city. Some of these attractions incorporate the Potala Palace, Jokhang sanctuary, traditional Barkhor Marketplace and Drepung and Sera religious communities.
Our Tibet Lhasa overland tour goes through the delightful turquoise lake Yamdrok Tso on the way to Gyantse. In Gyantse, we visit the well-known Gyantse fort and the Kumbum religious community and drive to Shigatse where we see the celebrated Tashilhunpo nunnery, the chair of the Panchen Lama. Then go through some high pass over 5000 m, visit the traveler camps and appreciate the remarkable excellence of endless Tibetan Plateau.
Tibet Lhasa Tour – Facts
Country: China (Tibet-Lhasa)
Tour Grade: Easy to Moderate
Tour Code: SA-KTK
Duration: 11 Days
Tour Style: Small Group
Best time to go: April-June/September-November
Begin from: Kathmandu
Finish at: Kathmandu
Tibet Lhasa Tour – Outline Itinerary
Fixed Departure Dates
Note: The dates below are the days you would have to be in Kathmandu to join this tour. Because we need to process for Tibet Lhasa Visa. If you are interested in joining in the group, please allow 3 weeks prior to joining this Lhasa to Kathmandu Tour. For more Travel Information please! click here Tibet Information.
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu and Transfer to Hotel
Day 02-03: KTM valley sightseeing and Tibet visa processing (Mon/Wed/Fri)
Day 04: Fly from Kathmandu’s to Lhasa (Gongkar Airport)
Day 05: Explore the Potala palace, Norbulingka Palace and Tibetan Museum in Lhasa (5-6hrs)
Day 06: Explore the Drepung and Sera Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street at Lhasa (5-6hrs)
Day 07: Drive Lhasa to Gyantse (3950m, 261km)
Day 08: Sightseeing in Gyantse and Drive to Shigatse (3900m, 90km)
Day 09: Drive from Shigatse to Lhasa (3650m, 350km)
Day 10: Fly back to Kathmandu (1400 m, 1:30 min)
Day 11: Departure
Tibet Lhasa Tour – Detail Itinerary
Arrival at Kathmandu and Transfer to Hotel
Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, a representative from the office will come to pick up you and transfer to the Hotel. In the Hotel, offer you welcome drinks. In the evening our staff will be a briefing about whole tour program.
Day 02 – 03
Kathmandu guided sightseeing and Tibet visa application (Mon/Wed/Fri)
While we will apply and collect Chinese visa. Today, after breakfast, you start your touring visit by going towards UNESCO World Heritage Sites inside Nepal’s capital valley. Kathmandu Durbar Square showcases Nepalese craftsmanship and building design taking care of business. The structural engineering is an average of the Malla line who led over Nepal from the twelfth to the eighteenth century. Swoyambhunath Temple is well known among the nonnatives as the Monkey Temple inferable from the vast monkey populace dwelling in the area. The Boudhanath Stupa is one of the biggest stupas in South Asia which is based on the old exchange course to Tibet Lhasa. If you need any things to buy for the tour, you can shop around during the evening.
Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa (Gongkar Airport)
Appreciate the awesome mountain flight across the Himalayas from Katmandu to Lhasa. Our Tibetan guide will get you at Lhasa’s Gongkar airplane terminal and transfer to the Hotel. Explore the close-by avenues or rest and relax.
Tibet Lhasa Tour – Explore the Potala palace, Norbulingka Palace and Tibetan Museum at Lhasa (5-6hrs)
After the breakfast, you go to visit Potala Palace, the winter palace of Dalai Lama. Built in the 17th century which provides amazing views of the entire city. After that, you go to visit Norbulingka palace, the summer palace of Dalai Lama. Here houses are considered to be the largest man-made garden of Tibet. Afterward, you go to visit Tibet Museum, where around 1000 artifacts associated with the cultural history of Tibet.
Tibet Lhasa Tour – Explore the Drepung and Sera Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street at Lhasa (5-6hrs)
Your tour guide will take for sightseeing over Drepung, the biggest monastic university of Tibet built in the 14th century. After that, Sera monastery, a preserved monastery of white-washed walls and golden roofs. Next, you will have a guided tour to the bustling and traditional street market, Barkhor Street, which encircles the central cathedral of Tibet called Jokhang Temple.
Tibet Lhasa Tour – Drive Lhasa to Gyantse (3950m, 261km)
After the breakfast, you will drive through the changing scenery. Crossing Kampa-la pass (5050m) you will be halting to smell Yamdrok Tso (Turquoise Lake, the Holy lakes in Tibet) and Nazin Kang SA which has a stand at 7252m. Quickly, you will cross another pass Karo-la Pass (5045 m) which give the opportunity to take the stunning views of the impressive glacier before approaching Gyantse.
Tibet Lhasa Tour – Sightseeing in Gyantse and Drive to Shigatse (3900m, 90km)
After the breakfast, you will go for sightseeing of Kumbum stupa and Phalkot Monastery in Gyantse then you will drive to Shigatse. In Shigatse, you visit the well-known Tashilhunpo Monastery, which is significant to both historically and culturally found by Gendun Drup, the first Dalai Lama in 1447.
Drive from Shigatse to Lhasa
Drive back to Lhasa from Shigatse and overnight at Hotel.
Fly Back to Kathmandu
Transfer to Lhasa Gongkar airport and fly back to Kathmandu.
Departure at any time or you can extend your adventure. For more information, Contact us. Or our representative will transfer you 3hrs before to the Kathmandu International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.
In Tibet Lhasa Tour – What’s Included?
- All airport transfers
- All Ground Transport as per itinerary
- English Speaking local tour guide and entrance fee for the sightseeing in Kathmandu
- Finest Hotel/Guest House for Accommodation in Kathmandu, Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse – twin share
- Other accommodation tented camp or Simple Hotel twin or multi-share
- Breakfast in Kathmandu and in Tibet / Lhasa Tour
- Sightseeing as per itinerary and all entry fees for sightseeing in Tibet/Lhasa Tour
- English speaking interpreter/guide
- Tibet visa and entry permit Arrangement
- Kathmandu – Lhasa – Kathmandu Airfare
In Tibet Lhasa Tour – What’s not included?
- Personal expenses such as drinks, postage, laundry
- Meals apart from breakfast
- International flights and departure taxes
- Nepal entry Passport and visa fees
- Travel insurance
- Emergency evacuation
- Tips and gratuities
- Costs arising from unforeseen events outside the control of Stunning Adventure (e.g. landslides)
Tibet Lhasa Tour – Associated Information
Lodging in Kathmandu, Lhasa, Gyangze, and Shigatse is available on twin share basis and or with private facilities. Lodges in any of this area are of good in standard. Whereas the standard of hotels is quite basic away from this area.
Depending upon the size of the group, transportation in Kathmandu valley is carried out with vans, cars, hiaces, mini buses, coasters, and Coach. Most of them are on the green plate in number and are private vehicles. However, in Tibet (China) the transportation is done mainly with the private four-wheel drive (4WD) land cruiser. Depending upon the group other vehicles are also used such as cars, coaster etc.
Breakfast is covered in your trip cost. You can have different varieties of food and restaurant in major spots like Kathmandu and Lhasa. However, in a rural area of Tibet, the food items are limited in terms of choosing.
Guides and Drivers
In Tibet, after your arrival, you will be greeted by Tibetan guide at Gongkar airstrip of Lhasa. Most of the guides in Tibet(China) are licensed and proficient in English as well as they are regulated by the Tibetan Tourism Bureau. Shortly, they are controlled by Government of China and poses very good knowledge about Tibetan culture, history and tradition. Similarly, Drivers are well experienced and friendly, many of them can speak English and they know where to stop to take a snap.
It is highly recommended to bring a mixture of cash and travel check in trendy currencies like USD, EUR, AUD, and CAD. But, you need to change appropriate money into Chinese currency called “Yuan” for the last duration of the vacation in Tibet. We advise you to estimate USD 10 to 15 per meal and of course, it goes more if you have a habit of extra things like smoke, drink, shopping and so on.
In Tibet (China) it is possible to change your foreign currency or traveler’s cheque into Chinese Yuan at Gongkar airstrip and any branch offices of the Bank of China in Lhasa. In Kathmandu (Nepal) major trendy currencies can be changed into Nepalese Rupee at airport, Banks and at exchange counters in the main limit city area. ATM withdrawals and Credit Card advances (Service charge 3-4%) are in Nepalese rupees only.
Tipping is your own private and voluntary matter. But, tips are not covered in your trip cost too. If you want to reward those who attempted to make your trip fruitful, we advise as following: $5 per day for a group of 8+ and $6 per day for small size group. Also, remember that it is better to accumulate tip ahead because your Tibetan guide and driver will leave you after your trip complete.
Before you begin your trek, it is very necessary to acquire extensive travel insurance. The travel insurance must cover against medical expense, emergency evacuation, personal accident and liability, and repatriation. It will be better if it covers personal effect, loss of luggage, cancellation, and curtailment.
To entry into Nepal or China, no specific fitness is demanded. Even so, you must have to take a consult with your medical physician regarding current health status, vaccination, possible diseases and so on. Keep in mind that the medical facilities might be not of the same level that you may have expected in your home country. So that, it is highly recommended to carry personal First Aid Medic kit with you. Some medicine may adverse reaction on high altitude. Discuss this matter with your doctor too.
Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is a common but sometimes it results in the severe issue in higher elevation. AMS may appear after around 2000 m of elevation. No matter what your age and or fitness, it may affect anyone, even to veteran mountaineers. It is very vital to keep our body adaptable with altitude. Gradual rise and adequate liquid intake are essential. A headache, nausea, and vomiting are the initial symptoms of this illness. If you feel such symptoms never try to medicate by yourself without consulting your guide. Because you have to seek an advice from them, they are well trained in this matter.
Tibet is famous for a terrain of extreme climate. In general, it is not a nasty as expected by many outlanders. And at here it is not a bad idea to be prepared for tackling with the chilly environment throughout the year. But it depends on elevation too. Usually, in central Tibet, the weather seems mild from May-Oct. But often evening remains cold at pre and post of this season. Late June, July and August is the rainy season. At higher altitude, it remains cold throughout the year. Averagely in Tibet province, April to Nov is considered as a good season, it is also possible to travel in December. But sometimes roads may get blocked by snow, so you must be prepared for delays in this period.
Visa and permits
Nepal is the most suitable place in the world to enter into the Tibet. Simply it is easy to enter into the Tibet from Nepal after visa issued by the Chinese embassy in Kathmandu. So as to acquire visa you should provide a photocopy of your valid passport to Stunning adventure just 21 days ahead of your trip. Once you arrive in Kathmandu we will take your passport and the visa will be issued merely it takes one full day. Remember that visa is only issued on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from Embassy of China in Kathmandu. To ensure you must have to plan your schedule(itinerary). Travel permits are required to visit Tibet, Stunning Adventure Team will apply for your Permit with your photocopy of your passport detail. Next, for more information regarding Chinese visa please visit Tibet (Please read it carefully).
Aside from peak season, the flights to Lhasa from Kathmandu are frequently operated on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings and quite often get busy and packed. So, your ticket will not be issued before your travel permit, seats should have booked well in early payment. Your full name, nationality and passport number are necessary to make the booking.
Packing list for your Tibet Lhasa Overland Trip
Here are the things proposed to bring. You may obviously include what you bring for the general trek.
- Comfortable shoes or boot
- Rain jacket
- Sleeping bag
- Sandals (flip-flops)
- Warm cotton trousers
- Cotton shirts (small and lengthy sleeved)
- Down jacket or warm fleece top
- Thermal underwear (upper and lowest)
- Strong sun cream and lip protector
- Water bottle
- Soft Towel
At last, Pack your things according to your travel experience and judgment.