Kathmandu Lhasa Overland Tour

  • DURATION8 Days
  • DIFFICULTY-LEVELEasy
  • GROUP SIZE1-12

Highlights

  • Visit Tashi Lumpo monastery and Xigatse Bazaar.
  • Scenic flight from Lhasa to Kathmandu.
  • Visit Potala Palace.
  • Visit Jokhang Temple.
  • Visit Barkhor Market.
  • Visit Drepung Monastery.
  • Visit Sera Monastery.

Trip Overview

Kathmandu Lhasa Overland Tour takes you to the highest plateau in the world, Tibet, and presents you with rich Tibetan heritage and breath-taking scenery.

Kathmandu Lhasa Overland Tour is a fantastic ride through beautiful Tibetan towns. This exciting trip lets you explore two big cities of two different Himalayan nations- Kathmandu, Nepal and Lhasa, Tibet. We have designed our Kathmandu Lhasa Overland Tour itinerary including enough time to let you indulge the beauty of Tibet. While traveling with us, you will get guided by our professional Tibetan guide who will introduce you to all the monuments and rich culture & history of the country.

Nepal's and Tibet's has a long history that goes back to the 8th century when the great Buddhist Master Padmasambhava traveled from Kathmandu to Lhasa and introduced Buddhism to this nation. Since then, Nepal and Tibet have a very strong and everlasting bond with each other. Kathmandu Lhasa Overland Tour 8 Days is the best way to explore these two beautiful countries. The tour involves both a cultural experience and gorgeous Himalayan mountain views.

During the overland tour, you will cross a high pass in Tibet from where you can see stunning views of the Himalayas. Likewise, you will visit many monuments and old-towns. You get to see the novel art and architecture of Tibet along with its unique vegetation. The tour involves the visit of monuments like Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Market, and many more.

Kathmandu to Lhasa overland Tour is an incredible cross-country tour from Nepal to Tibet. The tour is a mosaic of Tibetan Buddhist cultural heritage and eye-catching natural Himalayan panoramas. Kathmandu – Tibet Overland Tour mostly arranged in fixed group departure, and its departure every Saturday from Kathmandu, however, private departure can be arranged on any day of the year. Therefore get in touch with us to know more about the trip.

Things you get to see & experience during the Kathmandu Lhasa Overland Tour

Scenic drive through beautiful Tibetan Towns

Kathmandu Lhasa Overland Tour passes through fine Tibetan towns like Kerung, Tingri, Shigatse, Gyantse, etc. While driving through these towns, you get to see old houses and locals during their daily chores. Likewise, during the drive, you also get to see fantastic sceneries.

Get to see stunning views of numerous Himalayan mountains

During the drive, you get to see a range of snow-capped mountains. Every town will welcome you with a different mountain view. You get to see excellent views of snow-capped peaks like Mt. Shishapangma (8,212 m), Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Everest (8,848 m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m), and Mt. Makalu (8463m), etc.

Visit ancient monasteries

Kathmandu Lhasa Overland Tour includes a visit to several different ancient monasteries throughout the trip. You will visit Tashilumpo Monastery, Kumbum monastery, etc. While visiting these monasteries, you get to see ancient statues, murals, manuscripts, paintings, and holy books.

Cross Karo La Pass to reach Lhasa

To reach Lhasa, you cross Karo La Pass (5,036 m). Even though the height of the pass is high, the chances of getting altitude sickness are relatively low because you will not spend much time here. From the top of the pass, you can see a breath-taking landscape view.

Explore Lhasa

Lhasa is a beautiful Tibetan city. Here, you will visit places like the Potala Palace, which is the seat of both religion and politics in Tibet. This place was built in the 7th century by Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo and later got renovated by the 5th Dalai Lama in the 17th century.

You then visit the Sera monastery located 5 kilometers north of Lhasa. This monastery was built in 1419 by Jamchen Choje, a disciple of Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelugpa sect. You will also visit Drepung monastery, the largest monastery of the Gelugpa sect and Jokhang temple, the holiest shrine in Tibet and houses the golden statue of the Shakyamuni Buddha.

Itinerary

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You drive from Kathmandu to Kerung Border early in the morning. The drive goes through beautiful countryside. After necessary border formalities at Nepalese immigration, an hour adventurous uphill drive leads you to Kerung.

  • Guest House
  • Kerung Border

Today, you drive uphill to the highest plateau in the world. On the way, you get to see wonderful views of the Tibetan landscape and snow-capped Himalayan Mountains like Mt. Shishapangma and Mt. Cho Oyu. Upon reaching Tingri, you get to see majestic views of Mt. Everest.

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  • Lhatse

After having breakfast, you drive to Shigatse. The drive will be four hours long. You will visit Tashilumpo Monastery, which is the seat of Panchen Lama. It is the most important monastery in Tibet. 

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  • Shigatse

Leaving Shigatse behind, you drive to Gyantse. Two and a half-hour drive from Shigatse will take you to Gyantse. On the way, you will see an old fort that was captured in a 1904 raid in Tibet. Here, you visit the Kumbum monastery that shows you exceptional architecture and art. 

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  • Gyantse

Today, you drive to Lhasa. It is going to be a long drive. You will also cross Karo La Pass. From the pass, you can see Yamdrok Tso, a stunning Turquoise lake. The route then crosses Kamba La Pass and descends to the main road that leads to Lhasa.

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  • Lhasa

After having breakfast, you visit the Potala Palace, which is the seat of both religion and politics in Tibet. This place was built in the 7th century by Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo and later got renovated by the 5th Dalai Lama in the 17th century. You will then visit the Sera monastery located 5 kilometers north of Lhasa. This monastery was built in 1419 by Jamchen Choeji, a disciple of Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelugpa sect.

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  • Lhasa

Today is your second tour day in Lhasa. After having a delicious breakfast, you visit the Drepung monastery, the largest monastery of the Gelugpa sect. Later, in the afternoon, you visit Jokhang temple, the holiest shrine in Tibet and houses the golden statue of the Shakyamuni Buddha. You will end the day by visiting the Barkhor market.

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  • Lhasa

You wake up early in the morning and drive to the airport to catch the flight from Lhasa to Kathmandu. During the fight, you get to see fantastic aerial views of the Tibetan landscape and mountains.

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What's Included

  • Twin sharing lodge/hotel accommodation during the tour including breakfast.
  • All necessary transportation Kathmandu/Lhasa.
  • Sightseeing tour as per the program.
  • An English speaking Tibetan guide.
  • And monasteries entrance fees.
  • Tibet travel permit and Chinese Visa.
  • Flight Lhasa Kathmandu or other destinations.

What's Excluded

  • Your food (Lunch and dinner) during the tour.
  • All expenses of personal nature.
  • Nepal re-entry visa fee.
  • Airport departure tax.
  • Travel insurance and Emergency evacuation.
  • In case of landslides extra charge for porters and transportation.
  • Anything not mentioned in the included section.

Useful Information

Kathmandu Lhasa Overland Tour itinerary

The Kathmandu Lhasa Overland Tour begins with a drive to the Tibetan border from Kathmandu called Kerung. From here, an uphill drive offering tempting views of the Himalayan mountain takes you to Tingri. Further, driving through Shigatse and Gyantse towns, you reach Lhasa. Here, you spend three nights exploring the town. The trip ends with a scenic flight back to Kathmandu.

Kathmandu Lhasa Overland Tour difficulty

Kathmandu Lhasa Overland Tour is an easy tour. Even though you will be gaining a significant altitude during the trip, the chance of altitude sickness stays low. Most part of the trip includes driving. You do not need to have any kind of previous trekking/hiking experience to go on Kathmandu Lhasa Overland Tour 8 Days. Any individual with good health can go on this trip.

Best time to go on Kathmandu Lhasa Overland Tour

You can go on Kathmandu Lhasa Overland Tour throughout the year. However, the best time to visit Tibet during spring and autumn when you can enjoy a range of floras and Tibetan vegetation. Moreover, the mild temperature during this time of the year makes the journey pleasant. Likewise, other months from December to February and May to September is a low season.

Food & Accommodation during Kathmandu Lhasa Overland Tour

You stay overnight in the hotel during Kathmandu Lhasa Overland Tour. You get all kinds of modern facilities and services in the hotel. You can book an either single or double room as per your choice. The rooms will be spacious, well-furnished, and clean with a private washroom. Meals will be served as per the menu of the hotel. You will get a wide range of cuisines to choose from. We highly recommend you at least once have the traditional food of these both landlocked countries.