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Kathmandu Gyirong Lhasa Overland Group Tour

8 Days
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The great Himalayas have created "two worlds" with different landscapes and climates on both sides, but have not hindered cultural and economic exchanges. Today, we no longer have to endure the hardships and obstacles that travelers have experienced in the very past, but we can still enjoy the beautiful scenery along the way and feel the difference and connection between Nepal and Tibet. On the overland trip from Kathmandu to Lhasa, you will start from ancient and mysterious Kathmandu, pass through the forest-covered Himalayan Pass, stop at Everest Base Camp, and appreciate pristine alpine Yamdroktso lake, Karola Glacier, Buddhist sites, etc., finally get to the holy city of Lhasa. By joining our overland group tour, you don't have to worry about transportation from Kathmandu to Gyirong.
DayRouteAttractions & Activities AccommodationMeals
1 Kathmandu To Syabrubesi, 137km, Approx. 7hrs Syabrubesi Village Syabrubesi, Guesthouse
2 Syabrubesi To Gyirong, 40km, Approx. 4hrs Gyirong Port, Paba Temple Gyirong Town, Guesthouse B
3 Gyirong To EBC to Tingri, 480km, Approx. 11hrs Everest Base Camp, Rongbuk Monastery Tingri, Guesthouse / 3★ B
4 Tingri to Shigatse, 240km, Approx. 4hrs 30mins Tashilumpo Monastery Shigatse, 3★ / 4★ B
5 Shigatse - Gyantse - Lhasa, 375km, Approx. 7hrs Pelkor Chode Monastery, Karola Glacier, Yamdroktso Lake Lhasa, 3★ / 4★ B
6 Lhasa Sightseeing Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street Lhasa, 3★/4★ B
7 Lhasa Suburb Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery Lhasa, 3★ / 4★ B
8 Lhasa departure Send off to the airport/train station B

Daily Itinerary


Our local operator will pick up from your hotel in Kathmandu and get together around 9:00-9:30 am, and then we will drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi, which is a beautiful resident village inside the Langtang National Park(a famous trekking region in Nepal). En-route, you’ll enjoy the beautiful scenery along the way such as green hills, deep valleys and Trisuli River.

Stay overnight in Syabrubesi village, Guesthouse

After breakfast, we will drive to the border to enter Tibet. After immigration formalities at Gyirong Port, you will meet our Tibetan tour guide and driver. Then continue driving to Gyirong Town. Gyirong has conserved many famous temples, such as the Nepali-style Paba Temple (2800m). It was said to be built by Songtsan Gambo when he married the Nepalese Princess Bhrikuti. In the afternoon, you can rest in the hotel or take a short walk to visit the temple.

Stay overnight in Gyirong, Guesthouse

Paba Monastery
Paba Temple

Drive along the Highway to Tingri, then drive forward to Everest Base Camp and visit the highest Monastery in the world - Rongbuk Monastery. On the way, you can get a wonderful view of Peikutso lake and the Himalayan Mountain Ranges, especially Mt. Shisha Pangma(8012m), Mt. Lhotse(8516m), Mt. Everest(8848m), Mt. Qowowuyag(8201m), and Mt. Makalu(8463m). After visiting Everest Base Camp, we will drive back to Tingri.

Stay overnight in Tingri, Guesthouse

Drive from Tingri to Shigatse today, which takes about 4hrs 30mins. Please feel free to ask your driver to stop at any time if you want to take a photo of the fantastic view along the way.

In the afternoon, we will visit Tashilunpo Monastery - the home of Panchen Lama. It was founded by the 1st Dalai Lama in 1447 and is a historic and culturally important monastery in Shigatse. It's 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".

Stay overnight in Shigatse, 3★ / 4★

Drive Shigatse to Lhasa via Gyantse by Southern Friendship High way. You will pass by the fertile Nyangchu Valley, a wide agricultural plain where colorfully decorated yaks and horses are used by Tibetan farmers to till the land. Arriving at Gyantse, you will visit Pelkor Chode Monastery. This magnificent multi-door structure is the largest stupa in Tibet, which is not only a stupa but also has old sculptures and paintings all around its inner walls. En route, you will see Karola Glacier, which looks spectacular from the highway, as well as holy Yamdrok Lakewith its turquoise color and snowcapped Mt.Nyenchen Khangsar in the distance.

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3★ / 4★

Today, you will visit the most famous Potala Palace, which is the cardinal landmark of Tibet and the masterpiece of Tibetan architecture. Potala Palace was the winter palace of successive Dalai lamas. It was built by the 33rd great king of Tibet - Songtsen Gangpo in the 7th Century. The most valuable collections of Potala Palace are the gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and the meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet. 

At noon, the tour guide will bring you to a good restaurant to have lunch and have a rest. In the afternoon, we will go to visit Jokhang Temple in the center of the Lhasa old town. Jokhang Temple is the most sacred temple in Tibet and it is always bustling with earnest local pilgrims since the early days. After that, you will take a walk around the Barkhor Street - one of the most devotional circuits as well as a crowded central market of Lhasa. Barkhor Street is a very ancient round street surrounding the Jokhang Temple and the locals are always proud of it. As a symbol of Lhasa, it‘s also a must-see place for visitors.

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3★/4★

Today’s first attraction is Drepung Monastery which is the world's largest monastery that ever housed more than 10,000 monks. It was the residence of the Dalai Lamas until the great fifth Dalai Lama constructed the Potala Palace. After lunch, you will continue to visit the most beautiful Tibetan Monastery - Sera Monastery which was founded in 1419 by Tsongkapa's disciple Jamchen Choeje. One of the highlights of Sera Monastery is the Buddhist Scriptures debating held in the courtyard between 15:00 - 17:00 from Monday to Saturday.

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3★ / 4★

Your tour ends today. Your tour guide and driver will drop you at the Lhasa Gonggar Airport or Lhasa Railway Station for your next destination.

Cost & Calendar

All prices are in US Dollar / Person

Economic Class (3-Star Hotels)

2022-07-01 ~ 2022-10-31 2022-11-01 ~ 2022-12-31
USD1460 USD1370

Comfortable Class (4-Star Hotels)

2022-07-01 ~ 2022-10-31 2022-11-01 ~ 2022-12-31
USD1520 USD1430


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No desired date of departure? Please send us an inquiry and we will try to arrange your tour according to your plan.

Discount Policy

You may only enjoy one of the advantageous policy, not both.

Option A:3 or More to Join the Same Group $30 Off / person
Option B:Tour in Apr~Oct
  • To book 6-month prior tour starts 5% Off / person
  • To book 3-month prior tour starts 3% Off / person

Booking Policy

A minimum of 2 people for opening a new group is required.

Confirmed DatesBook at least 12 working days ahead of time
Dates Listed2 Persons or above, 45-day prior
Dates Not Listed2 Persons, 90-day prior
3 Persons or above, 45-day prior
Our Service

*Transfer from Kathmandu to Gyirong border(you don't have to wait for the bus for hours on Gyirong border!)

*Lodgings: 4 Nights, a twin room in 3★/4★;   2 Night, a twin room in Guesthouse;

*Travel-licensed vehicle according to group size & season as itinerary needed including gas and parking fee;

*Drop-off from your hotel to Lhasa Gonggar Airport at 6:00 am and 12:30 pm on the last day;

*Guide: experienced local English-speaking tour guide;

*Attractions: all entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary;

*Permit: Tibet Tourism Bureau Permit (TTB); Alien's Travel Permit(PSB);

*Travel Agency Liability insurance;

*Government Tax;

*Food & lodgings for guide & driver;

*Oxygen tank for emergency use;

*Two bottles of mineral water per person per day;


* China Group Visa

* International or domestic flight out of Tibet; (We can book the domestic flight/train ticket at the BEST price. Please contact us for details.)

* If you miss the free transfer schedule due to flight delay or cancelation, then you are required to pay a private transfer from USD 80/vehicle/time.

* Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are not included but we will recommend some good ones for you according to your requirements. Usually, it takes 3-10 USD per person for each meal.

* While the gratuity for guide and driver is NOT mandatory, it is expected. Based on their service, you can tip them on the last day of the tour. Each of you is suggested to tip them 5-10 USD/day in total;

* All the commission and tax charged by PayPal, Bank, and government when making payment. (e.g. PayPal --- 4.2%. Wire transfer --- 2%);

* Personal expenses;

* Anything not mentioned in the Inclusions.


*On day 01, we will start about 6:00 am since the road condition is poor and it takes us about 8-9hours to reach the border.

*Considering the increasing high altitude from 1370m of Kathmandu to 5200m of the EBC, to avoid the high altitude sickness, we will arrange the sightseeing of Mt. Everest on the way from Gyirong to Tingri, instead of driving to Everest Base Camp.

*Tibet Tourism Bureau Permit (TTB) usually takes about 12-working-day to apply. If you couldn't provide the required docs & info on time, an extra handling fee will be charged. Please consult your travel consultant for details;

*We reserve the right to change the itinerary order and attractions in Lhasa;

*If you prefer to book your own hotels over those included in our group tour, please meet the rest of the group at their daily hotel on time. We don't include the transfers to your own hotels;

*We need to pick up and drop off all members of the group on the first & last day from Lhasa Airport/Railway, please book the flight or train as your travel advisor's suggestion;

*Due to the special nature of Tibet travel, any unforeseeable and unavoidable objective circumstances, including but not limited to natural disasters, war, terrorism, riot, civil commotion, strikes, public health emergencies, government action, major traffic jams, delay or cancellation of flight/train, attractions temporarily closed. etc., resulting in a change of itinerary, the increased cost will be paid by travelers; if any attraction visits have to be canceled due to the same reasons above, GTT won't be held responsible for a refund except for certain attraction entrance fees which will be solely decided by GTT.

*Single Supplement: our quote is based on twin rooms. For single travelers, a single supplement is required at the time of booking. If later we manage to match you with another traveler to share the twin rooms, the single supplement will be refunded.

* From Nepal to Tibet, you are required to apply for China Group Visa at the China embassy in Nepal with our assistance even if you have had China Visa already. After you book your Tibet tour with us, we will send an official invitation letter for you to our partner in Kathmandu. After your arrival in Kathmandu, our Nepali partner will meet you for your original passport. With an invitation letter, your original passport and one photo(passport photo size with white background), our Nepali partner could help you get your China Group Visa there in 3 working days.

Typically Asked Questions from Our Clients

Asked by Mr M***

We are interested in this trip. We will be in Kathmandu at this time.

Answered by Catherine 2021-11-14

Dear Miller M Dunn, Thank you for sending us an inquiry! This is Catherine from Great Tibet Tour at your service.  Great Tibet Tour is a local tour operator based in Lhasa, Tibet. It was founded in 2005 and recommended by Lonely Planet as one of the best reputed local Tibet travel agencies. We specialize in arranging Tibet travel for foreigners, as well as other parts of China & Nepal.  In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have an 8 Days Kathmandu Gyirong Lhasa Overland Group Tour on 4/26 next year. We can arrange the tour for you as long as the border opens next spring. Here is the quote:

Asked by jere***

I would like to join the 02/06 tour. please let me know what next steps are and visa details

Answered by Catherine 2020-01-19

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to join a group tour in Feb. We have fixed tours departing on 5th and 19th, is it ok with you? Here is the itinerary of 7 Days Lhasa Mt. Everest Kathmandu Overland Group Tour,

Asked by Wolf***

Dear Mr. or Mrs., me (62) and my son (28) like to travel from Lhasa to Kathmandu in octobre 2020, if possible by Tibet-Train. The tour is about 10 to 12 days, please give me some Informations and make me an offer. Best regards Wolfgang Schulz Lilienbogen 7 24146 Kiel Germany

Answered by Catherine 2020-01-06

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have a Kathmandu Gyirong Lhasa Overland Group Tour in October. We have tour dates on Monday/Wednesday/Friday. We can open a tour for you on these dates. We can book a train ticket for you. From Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Chongqing, Xi'an, Lanzhou, and Guangzhou, you can get on the Tibet train. Which city do you plan to start off? Here is the itinerary,

Asked by Ryan***

We're from Malaysia. Looking for a casual and relaxing trip to Tibet with no heavy activities (hiking, trekking).

Answered by Catherine 2019-05-24

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have a casual and relaxing trip to Tibet. Considering your preference, below I recommend 6 Days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Group Tour and  8 Days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt. Everest Group Tour for you.

Asked by Dani***

Hello, I am looking for a trip that lasts about 7 days beginning on 4/28. I will be traveling with a friend and we both live in Shanghai. What is the process like in terms of getting all of our documents in order, I know that because we live here we need a permit to travel there. I am from the USA and my friend is from Colombia. What is the process like? How long will it take? Thank you, I look forward to your response.

Answered by Beatrice 2019-03-13

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have Kathmandu Lhasa Overland Group Tour.  May I suggest you consider our Lhasa Kathmandu Overland Group Tour instead? There are 2 reasons,

#1. If you enter China from Kathmandu, even if you have China Visa(it would be invalid if you go to Tibet from Kathmandu), you need to apply for China Group Visa. Right now, there're 5 minimum traveler numbers for applying it. So fewer and fewer travelers choose this route.

#2. Kathmandu to Lhasa group tour has to omit Everest Base Camp, as the altitude would suddenly rise from 1200m(Kathmandu city) to 5200m(Everest Base Camp) in 3 days. It's possible for group members to suffer altitude sickness. For the rest attractions, the 2 itineraries are the same.

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