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.

Daily Itinerary

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Day 1 Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)

This is the first day in Tibet. Your guide will greet you at Lhasa Gonggar Airport/Railway Station and transfer you to the lovely 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 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

Day 2 Lhasa City

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

The Potala Palace stands in the ancient Lhasa for centuries and plays an important role in Tibetan people’s beliefs.
Three Tibetan women at the gate of Jokhang Temple.
Day 3 Lhasa Suburb

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

Drak Yerpa in winter.
The yard for Buddhist debates at Sera Monastery.
Day 4 Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse

From Lhasa to Gyantse is about 264km, en route you will pass by Gambala Mountain Pass (4990m), 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

See a flock of sheep and local herdsman along the lakeshore.
The white glacier looks spectacular for visitors passing by.
Day 5 Shigatse - Tingri - Rongbuk - EBC

Tibet has a serious rule about speed-limit. Though from Shigatse to Everest region is only abt 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. Both places you can see the glorious Everest sunset if the weather is good.

Stay overnight at EBC

Maitreya Buddha Statue enshrined at Tashilhunpo Monastery.
Though Rongbuk Monastery is not resplendent and magnificent,it is still one of the holiest monasteries in Tibetans’ mind.
Day 6 EBC – Gyirong Border 370km, approx. 8hrs

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

Best place to take a photo of Mt. Everest.
Our clients at Everest Base Camp, with Mt.Everest in the background.
Day 7 Gyirong - Kathmandu

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

Typically Asked Questions from Our Clients

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.

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Cherry

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

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

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Cherry

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. 

Miha***

2019-01-27

Budapest Beijing Lhasa Kathmando Budapest

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Caroline

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.

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!!!

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Cherry

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?

Joao***

2018-11-21

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

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Cherry

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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