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The 8-day overland tour from Kathmandu to Lhasa

Tour Price: from $1094 USD
Tour Length: 8 Days
Trip Available: Please See Note.
Visits: Kathmandu - Zhangmu - Dingri - Shigatse- Gyangtse - Lhasa
Attractions: Zhangmu, Tingri, Rongbuk Monastery, Tashilumpo, Yamdrok Lake, Barkhor Street, Jokhang Monastery, Potala Palace,
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Kathmandu to Lhasa overland route is a world famous classic tourist route attracting countless global travelers each year.From the Forbidden Land on the roof of the world to the Kingdom of Himalayas, your journey is characterized by the holy palaces and monasteries at fabled cities from Kathmandu to Lhasa
Discount: 3 travelers or more book the tour at the same time (5% off)

Detailed itinerary

Day 01:Kathmandu-Kodari-Zhangmu

Pick up from your hotel in Kathmandu. Drive from Kathmandu to Kodari, Nepal-China border on Nepal side, enjoy the marvelous scenery along the way. After immigration formalities in Zhangmu(Sino-Nepal border on China side), enter Tibet Autonomous region of China.
Overnight in Zhangmu.

Day 02: Zhangmu-Tingri (B)

Highlights: Milarepa's Cave

Drive from Zhangmu to Tingri, visit magnificent Milarepa's Cave en route.

Milarepa's Cave or Namkading Cave is a cave where the great Tibetan Buddhist philosopher, and Vajrayana Mahasiddha, Milarepa (c. 1052-c. 1135 CE), spent many years of his life in the eleventh century, 11 km north of the town of Nyalam, below the roadside and above the Matsang river in Nyalam County, Tibet.
Overnight in Tingri.

Day 03: Tingri - EBC - Tingri (B)

Highlights: Everest Base Camp

Drive to Mt. Everest Base Camp [5200m],touch the roof of the world, then drive back to Tingri.
Overnight in Tingri.

Day 04: Tingri- Shigatse (B)

Highlights: Tashilimpu Monastery

Tashilumpo Monastery was founded in 1447, which is recorded hightest Lama in the Gelukpa tradition, and the seat of sucessive Panchen Lamas in the Xigaze Prefecture. It is located on a hill in the center of the city, the full name in Tibetan of the monastery means "all fortune and happiness gathered here" or "heap of glory".
Overnight in Shigatse.

Day 05: Shigatse-Gyantse-Lhasa (B)

Highlights: Pelkhor Monastery, YamdrukTso Lake, Karola Glacier

Palkhor Monastery lies about 230 kilometers south of Lhasa and 100 kilometers east of the Shigatse Prefecture, at the foot of Dzong Hill. It is well-known for its Kumbum, which has 108 chapels in its four floors. The multi-storied Kumbum Stupa was crowned with a golden dome and umbrella, surrounded with more chapels filled with unique religious statues and murals.

The highlight of this day is the beautiful turquoise lake, Yamdruk-Tso, located abt 100km to the south-west of Lhasa. In Tibetan language,the word Yamdrok means upper pasture & Tso means lake,thusliterally Yamdro Tso means Upper Pasture Lake. This beautiful turquoise lake is situated as an altitude of 4,441m above sea level. It is the largest freshwater lake at the south foot of the Himalayas abt 678 square kilometers. The lake has a length of 130km and width of 70kms.It is quite a deep lake with the average depth abt 20-40 meters,  and it’s deepest is abt 60m below the surface. 

Karo-la Glacier  is famed as "Ice Queen"on the roof of the world. It is abt 5,600m north of the main peak of Karo-la Mountain. You'll have a long-distance view of this masterpiece of nature.
Overnight in Lhasa.

Day 06: Lhasa City (B)  

Highlights: Potola Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street

Morning, visit Potala Palace, worldwidly known cardinal landmark of Tibet, which was built in the 7th century by the famous Tibetan king, Songtzen Gampo. It is the highest palace of the world, more than 3,700 meters above sea level. The massive structure itself contains a small world within it. Mostly it is knowned as the residence of the Dalai Lama lineages. The top of the palace called Golden Roofs. it’s the best spot to bird-view the whole city.
Afternoon, visit Jokhang Temple, situated in the old section of Lhasa. King Songtzen Gampo built this temple in the mid-7th century A.D. Now it is one of the most sacred place for pilgrims all over the world.
The circuit around it called Barkhor Street, a famous local handmade crafts market, which is a good place to purchase souvenirs.
Overnight in Lhasa.

Day 07: Lhasa Suburb (B)

Subject to change! one of these three: Drepung Monastery,Drak Yerpa, Ganden Monastery
Sera Monastery

AM: Drepung Monastery was built in 1416 and is the largest monastery of the Gelug Sect. It covers an area of 250,000 square meters.

Drak Yerpa is a place that has deep meanings in the Tibetan spiritual culture. There is a saying goes like this: "Lhasa is the shrine of Tibet, Drak Yerpa is the shrine of Lhasa. Not seeing Drak Yerpa in Lhasa is just like making a dress without the collar." The entrance to the Yerpa Valley is about 16 km northeast of Lhasa on the northern bank of the Kyichu River. From there, it is another 10 km to the famous ancient meditation caves.

Ganden Monastery is one of the 'great three' Gelukpa university monasteries of Tibet, located at the top of Wangbur Mountain, Tagtse County, 36 kilometers ENE from the Potala Palace in Lhasa, at an altitude of 4,300m.

PM: Sera Monastery is located in the northern suburb of Lhasa City. The monastery was named Sera which means wild rose in the Tibetan language, because the hill behind it was covered with wild roses in bloom when the monastery was built. From of Mon ~ Fri, every afternoon, you ll be able to see monks debating at Sera Monastery.
Overnight in Lhasa.

Day 08: Lhasa-Airport/ Train Station (B)
Transfer to Lhasa Railway Station or Lhasa Airport. End of tour!

Price Quotation:
  Nov ~ Apr May Jun ~ Jul, Sep ~ Oct Aug
3 Start 1094 1186 1265 1294
4 Start 1144 1215 1297 1384


Single Supplement:
3 Start 4 Start
Nov ~ Apr May, Jun, Oct Jul, Sep Aug Nov ~ Apr May, Jun Jul, Sep Aug Oct
126 153 160 164 184 195 245 264 220


Lhasa/Shigatse: twin room en suite matching with different tour classes;
Rongbuk/EBC/Ngari: Drom bed in Guesthouse or nomad tent
Zhangmu: twin room en suite at 3 start

Tibetan Breakfasts as listed in itinerary

*According to group size & season as itinerary needed;
*Gas and parking fee for the vehicle;
*Free Lhasa Railway Station pick-up & Drop-off at any time;
*Free Lhasa Airport Pick-up & Drop-off as following time:
  Pick-up: 15:00~15:20am
  Drop-off: 12:00pm
*8-Day Kathmandu to Lhasa Tour: transfer from hotel in Kathmandu to Zhangmu

Experienced local English-speaking Tibetan tour guide

All entrance fee mentioned in itinerary

All necessary permits as itinerary required:
Tibet Entry Permit(TTB);
Alien's Travel Permit(PSB);
Military Permit

Express delivery fee of Tibet Entry Permit (eg. SF. Express)

Oxygen in vehicle for emergency use


Private Lhasa Airport pick-up & Drop off We off
private services with an
extra costs if your flight isn't within our free service time.
Jan~May, Nov, Dec: USD50/vehicle
Jun, Jul, Sep, Oct: USD60/vehicle
Aug: USD65/vehicle

Extra Expenses
Additional days caused by unexpected nature disasters. eg.Land Slide, Avalanche, etc.

for guide & driver, abt USD 5/day for each of them

Super-fast express delivery of Tibet Entry Permit (eg. China Air Express)

7-Day Lhasa to Zhangmu Tour
Vehicle from Zhangmu to Kathmandu

Air or Train to/from Tibet
Lunch, Dinner, & some Breakfast
Optional Attractions specified in itinerary
Nepal Visa
Personal expenses
Anything not listed in INCLUSIONS

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