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Tibet Everest Nepal Overland Tour

Duration:
7 Days
Route:
Lhasa-Shigatse-EBC-Gyirong-Kathmandu
Season:
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Winter
Tour Type:
Private Tour
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Overview

Travel overland from Tibet to Nepal in 7 days along the Friendship Highway connecting Lhasa and Kathmandu. It is the only international road in Tibet and starts from Lhasa, goes through Shigatse, Tingri, Kyirong ends at Kathmandu. Lhasa to Kathmandu overland route is a world-famous classic tourist route attracting countless tourists to go through the road from Lhasa to Kathmandu each year.
DayRouteAttractions & Activities
1 Arrival in Lhasa (3650m) Pick up and transfer to the hotel.
2 Lhasa City Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
3 Lhasa Suburb Drak Yerpa, Sera Monastery
4 Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse Yamdroktso Lake , Karola Glacier, Pelkor Chode Monastery
5 Shigatse - Tingri - Rongbuk - EBC Tashilhunpo Monastery, Rongbuk Monastery
6 EBC – Gyirong Border 370km, approx. 8hrs Everest Base Camp
7 Gyirong - Kathmandu Transfer to Kathmandu via Gyirong Border

Daily Itinerary

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This is the first day in Tibet. Your guide will greet you at Lhasa Gonggar Airport/Railway Station and transfer you to your hotel. It usually takes around 1.5 hours to drive from Lhasa Airport to downtown Lhasa and takes about 20mins from Lhasa Railway Station. Tourists could have a look at the Yarlung Tsangpo River, the largest and longest river in Tibet on their way to the hotel. After check-in, you can have a good rest first. And if you feel like going out, you can wander around the city. But just remember that don't take too much stuff, try to go with a light pack. Meanwhile, drink some more water, do not move strenuously. It’s really useful to get acclimatized to the high altitude.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

In the morning our guide will meet you at the hotel and first take you to visit the famous Potala Palace, the cardinal landmark of Tibet and the masterpiece of Tibetan architecture. It was first built by the 33rd King - Songtsen Gangpo in the 7th century and rebuilt later by the 5th Dalai Lama in the 17th century. Now it's a museum and world heritage site. 

In the afternoon, we will go to visit Jokhang Temple in the center of the Lhasa old town. Jokhang Temple is one of the most sacred temples all over 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 circuit 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

A Tibetan granny turning players at Potala Palace Square.
Jokhang Temple is the holiest place in Tibetan Buddhism.

In the morning, we will go to visit Norbulingka. Norbulingka park is considered the premier park of all such horticultural parks in similar ethnic settings in Tibet. During the summer and autumn months, the parks in Tibet including the Norbulingka, become hubs of entertainment with dancing, singing, music, and festivities. The park is where the annual Sho Dun or 'Yoghurt Festival' is held.

In the afternoon, you are heading to Drepung Monastery, which means Monastery of Rice Heap in the Tibetan language. The entire monastery is large in scale and the white buildings cluster and covers the hillsides. They look like huge rice heaps in the distance, so it is called Drepung. Drepung monastery is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery, also the highest-ranking monastery in the Gelug Sect.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Known as the shrine of Lhasa, Drak Yerpa has monasteries and famous ancient meditation caves.
Sera Monassrey is located at the foot of Tatipu Hill in the northern suburb of Lhasa City

From Lhasa to Gyantse is about 264km, en route you will pass by Gambala Mountain Pass (4790m), where's the best place to overlook the Yamdroktso lake. Then head to Shigatse via the fertile Nyangchu Valley, a wide agricultural plain where colorfully decorated yaks and horses are used by Tibetan farmers to cultivate this land.

Stay overnight in Shigatse

Yamdroktso Lake is a freshwater lake in Tibet
The white glacier looks spectacular for visitors passing by.

Tibet has a serious rule about speed-limit. Though from Shigatse to Everest region is only about 350km or so, no-more-than-40km/hr speed limitation, and the many road checks dotted on the way, really slow us down. So be prepared to spend around 8~10hrs on the road including mealtime. The upside is the view along the way is superb. Also please take some snacks with you for the long-time driving.

In the summertime, usually May~Oct, we will stay overnight at Everest Tent Camp; in wintertime, usually Nov~Apr, we will stay at Rongbuk Monastery’s guesthouse. There are dorm beds available in the 2 places. In both places, you can see the glorious Everest sunset if the weather is good.

Stay overnight at EBC

Tashilhunpo Monastery covers an area of nearly 300,000 square meters
At the site of Rongbuk Monastery, you can view the highest mountain of the world brightly shining and clearly sparkling. The snowy peak seems happily to touch the blue sky.

You can get up early and enjoy the sunrise of Everest Peak at the lodging area if the weather is good. After sightseeing, we will drive to Gyirong, the border which connects Tibet & Nepal. On the way, tourists can enjoy the breathtaking vista of Mt. Shishapangma and Pekutso Lake. After passing the Ghungtang Lhamo(5236M), we will arrive in Gyirong in the late afternoon.

Stay overnight at Gyirong Town

Everest Base Camp, at the altitude of 5200m, 19km away from the summit of Mt.Everest.

Drive to Gyirong Port in the early morning. You are required to walk on your own to cross the border bridge which is about 50m long. Your Nepali driver will greet you at the other side of the bridge and transfer you to Kathmandu. Although the distance between Gyirong Port and Kathmandu is only over 160 kilometers, due to the poor mountain road conditions, it takes 6-7 hours from Gyirong Port to Kathmandu.

Stay overnight in Kathmandu

Our Service
INCLUSIONS
  • Tibet Tourism Bureau Permit (TTB) and all other necessary permits to Tibet;
  • All entrance tickets fee for tourist attractions listed in the itinerary;
  • Experienced local English-speaking tour guide;
  • Travel-licensed vehicle according to group size & season as itinerary needed including gas and parking fee;
  • All lodging listed in the itinerary; it’s your decision about the accommodation class: luxury 5-star international hotel, comfortable 4-star hotel, economic 3-star hotel, or guesthouse. Please tell us your preference;
  • All meals listed in the above itinerary;
  • Pick-up & Drop-off service from Airport/railway station;
  • Travel Agency Liability insurance;
  • Government tax;
  • Express delivery fee of Permit (eg. SF. Express);
  • Food & lodgings for guide & driver;
  • Oxygen tank for emergency use;
  • Free use of sleeping bag;
  • Two bottles of mineral water per person per day.
EXCLUSIONS
  • International flight to and out of China;
  • Chinese Visa/China Group Visa; (Note: we could help you by providing the hotel or domestic flight reservation copies for your Chinese Visa or the invitation letter for your China Group Visa)
  • Domestic flight/train to and out of Lhasa; (We can help you book the domestic flight/train ticket at the BEST price. Please contact us for details.)
  • Meals 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, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks, optional tour activities, etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in the Inclusions.

Typically Asked Questions from Our Clients

Asked by Tjit***
2019-10-13

7 days Tibet Everest Nepal looks like a great trip for us. One of our favorites is to go to the Everest Base Camp. That's only possible from may-october? And the trip ends in Kathmandu, when we would like to stay there 2 more nights than we have to arrange that ourselves? We travel with 4 sisters, is it possible to tell us something about the price? We would lik to go in april but if that is to soon for visiting the Everest Base Camp we can also go in may.

Cherry
Answered by Cherry 2019-10-13

It is okay to have this tour from April to November. We can also book the hotel in Kathmandu for you.

Asked by Sahe***
2019-02-07

Hi, I would like to know the price of this 7 days Tibet Everest Nepal Overland Tour. We are planning to reach Tibet on 13/04. Do you also arrange the travel permit to Tibet along with this? Best regards, Sahel

Cherry
Answered by Cherry 2019-02-07

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have the Tibet Everest Nepal Overland Tour which is a private tour. I suggest you join the 7 Days Lhasa Mt. Everest Kathmandu Overland Group Tour.

We have this group tour with the departure date on Apr.20th and Apr.21st. Which departure date do you prefer?

We will apply for the Tibet Travel Permit for you after you book the tour with us. 

Asked by Miha***
2019-01-27

Budapest Beijing Lhasa Kathmando Budapest

Caroline
Answered by Caroline 2019-01-27

In your inquiry, you told us your tour plan: Budapest Beijing Lhasa Kathmandu Budapest. To be frank, the best option for a solo traveler is to join a small group tour to keep the cost down. We happen to have a 7-day Lhasa Everest Gyirong Overland Group Tour. Please check if you are okay with the following itinerary.

Asked by Javi***
2018-11-24

Hi, we are planning to take the 7 days tour from Lhasa to our hotel in Kathmandu. We are planning to arrive in Lhasa on Saturday 18th May so we can be in Kathmandu by Friday 24th. We do not mind if we have to join a group obvioulsy that would be perfect. Also we are a bit concern with bathrooms quality. It is only in Mt Everest Base Camp where we will be sharing the public toilettes? Rest of the places have private toilettes in rooms? We would like also the 4 star hotel pack.How much would be the difference of price between 3star or 4 stars hotel? Many thanks!!!

Cherry
Answered by Cherry 2018-11-24

In your inquiry, you mentioned two of you would like to join a Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Tour. We have 7 Days Lhasa Mt. Everest Kathmandu Overland Group Tour from May.16th to May. 22th. Is it available to you?

Asked by Joao***
2018-11-21

We're interested in a tour from Lhasa to Kathmandu in October of 2019

Cherry
Answered by Cherry 2018-11-21

In your inquiry, you mentioned three of you would like to do a tour from Lhasa to Kathmandu in October 2019. As travelers less than five, we often suggest them join our small group tour to keep the cost down. We have 7 Days Lhasa Mt. Everest Kathmandu Overland Group Tour. We have this group tour every Monday and Friday. 

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