8 Days Himalaya Overland Adventure from Kathmandu to Lhasa

Kathmandu - Kyirong - Everest Base Camp - Tingri - Shigatse - Gyantse - Lhasa

From USD1017 p.p

Since the Gyirong port is reopened to the public, the overland trip between Tibet and Nepal returning to travelers’ sight. Our specially designed 8-day overland trip from Kathmandu to Lhasa will take you to travel across the deep gorges on the edge of the Himalaya, visit the local villages along the way, and explore the Tibet culture from the ancient monasteries passing by. From the highest mountain peak on Earth to the lakes and river basin, you will witness the splendid geographic characters of Tibet plateau and visit to the Everest Base Camp in the north face of Mount Everest, which will be a highlight of your lifetime overland journey through the Himalaya’s wild landscapes.

Itinerary Day by Day

Day 1: Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (137km, 7 hrs)

You will be picked up by our driver in your hotel during 9:00-9:30 am and then tranported to China Tibet border. While driving near Mt.Himalaya, you can see the deep gorges, snow-capped mountain on the way. We will also drive across the LuangTang National Park.

Stay overnight in village guest house in Syabrubesi

Day 2: Syabrubesi to Gyirong (40km, 4-5hrs) (B)

After breakfast, we will drive 15km to the border to enter China. You will meet our guide in China side. Then we will drive down along the winding road to Gyirong (2800m), where is surrounded by lofty snow-capped mountains and dense forests. You will see the green gorges at the edge of Himayala mountain, and the landscape makes big change from snow land.

In the afternoon, you will go to visit Paba Temple, a Nepali style temple of Gelugpa Sect that built by Tibetan King Songtsan Gambo.

Stay overnight in Gyirong

Day 3: Gyirong to EBC to Tingri (480km, 11hrs) (B)

Today, we will first drive to pass through Peikutso Lake and grassland. 40km to the east of Gyirong county, Peikutso is a beautiful alpine lake, with a water area over 300 square kilometers. The light salty lake is near the world's fourteenth highest mountain,Shishapangma.

Then we will continue to drive to the amazing Everest Base Camp (EBC). The road to EBC passes over the famous Gawu La Pass, at an elevation of 5,198 meters, where you get a great view of the four highest peaks in the world - Mt Lhotse (8,516m), Mt. Everest (8,848m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8,201m), and Mt Makalu (8,463m). EBC is one of the most popular sites in Tibet for foreign visitors, and the views of the Himalaya mountain ranges are spectacular.

After taking plenty of photos at EBC, you will then transfer to the nearby Rongbuk Monastery. The highest monastery in the world, at 5,000 meters above sea level, it is part of the Nyingmapa Sect of Tibetan Buddhism, and is unique in that both monks and nuns live together in the same monastery. After that, you will be transferred to Tingri for the night.

Stay overnight in Tingri

Day 4: Tingri to Shigatse (280km, 7 hrs) (B)

Today, we will drive from Tingri to Shigatse. On the way, you will visit the 5000m G318 National Highway milestone in Lhatse. After your arrival in Shigatse in the early afternoon, you will get to visit the famed Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, with its ancient statue of Jampa, the "future god". Tashi Lhunpo is also the seat of the Panchen Lama, the second highest spiritual leader in Tibetan Buddhism.

Stay overnight in Shigatse

Day 5: Shigatse to Lhasa via Gyantse (375km) (B)

Today, we will drive to Lhasa via Gyantse. On the way you can see many Tibetan farmer villages. Afterwards, you will drive the short distance to Gyantse and visit the famed Pelkor Monastery and Kumbum Stupa. The monastery is the main monastery for Buddhists in Gyantse, and houses thousands of Buddhist sutras, scripts, and artifacts, as well as many paintings, which have left a deep influence on Tibetan art.

Then on the way to Lhasa, you will also visit the beautiful and turquoise Yamdrok Lake , one of the three holy lakes in Tibetan Buddhism, and see the spectacular Nyenchen Khangsar Mountain, the highest mountain near Lhasa. Besides, you can also appreciate Korola Glacier on the roadside. At Manak Dam Lake, tourists can hang pray flag at Simila Mountain Pass.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 6: Lhasa Tour - Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Street (B)

Today your first stop will be the world famous Potala Palace, the winter palace of the Dalai Lama. Sitting atop Moburi (Red Hill), the palace looks down on the town of Lhasa from its 3,750-meter vantage point. The temple dates back to the 7th century, and houses artifacts and works of art from throughout Tibetan History. The palace also has the gilded burial stupas of the past Dalai Lamas, and below ground lies the ancient meditation cave of the 33rd King of Tibet.

After some lunch, you will head downtown to Jokhang Temple, the primary seat of the Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. It was built by the 33rd King of Tibet in 647AD, and is the spiritual center of Tibet and the holiest temple in Tibetan Buddhism. Inside sits the most precious object in the temple, a life-sized statue of Buddha Sakyamuni when he was just 12 years old. Adorned with many precious gems, this gilded statue is the most sacred object in Tibet.

Running around the temple is the famed Barkhor Street. As well as the route of the holy kora, or religious circumambulation, it is also the site of many sellers where you can buy authentic souvenirs from across the region. You can join the pilgrims on their clockwise walk around the temple.

Besides, You can taste Tibetan tea with locals in the tea house.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 7: Lhasa Tour - Drepung and Sera Monastery (B)

The next morning you will leave early for a trip outside Lhasa, first to Drepung Monastery, one of the Great Three monasteries of the Gelugpa sect. Sitting at the foot of Gambo Utse, 5 kilometers outside Lhasa, it was founded by Jamyang Choge, one of the disciples of Tsong Khapa, in 1416. The Ganden Potrang, sited in the southwest corner of the monastery, was the former residence of the Dalai Lama, until the move to the Potala Palace.

In the afternoon you will travel back across the city to the northern suburbs, to visit Sera Monastery, another of the Great Three monasteries. Founded in 1419, the name, Sera, means "wild rose" in Tibetan, and was named because of the roses that were in bloom on the hill behind it when it was built. The main attraction of the monastery is the colorful and animated debating of the monks, held under the trees in the debating field every afternoon. Definitely something to watch, even if you do not understand what is said.

In the evening, you will enjoy the Farewell dinner well-prepared by us.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 8: Depart from Lhasa (B)

On the last day of your tour, our guide will take you to the airport or train station, and help you with checking in and boarding.

Route Map

Dates & Cost

Class/Price for Per Person Nov. 16 to
Next Mar.14
Mar.15 to
Jun.25
Jun.26 to
Aug.25
Aug.26 to
Oct.15
Oct.16 to
Nov.15
Economic Class (3-Star Hotels) 1060 US$
1017 US$
1060 US$ 1160 US$ 1160 US$ 1060 US$
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Please Note:
The Tibet train ticket is not included in this group tour package. Please feel free to tell us your preferred train route and departure date, we will help you get the Tibet train ticket.

Service Inclusion

  1. Tibet Travel Permit and all other necessary permit to Tibet
  2. All lodging listed in the itinerary. Comfortable hotel accommodations in big cities, and guest house in small towns
    (If you travel individually, you will need to share one room with another tourist. If you prefer to stay in one room by yourself, you will have to pay the single room supplement.)
  3. Entrance fees of all tourist sites listed in the itinerary
  4. Meals as specified in the itinerary
  5. Local Tour Transfers (5-29 seats vehicle) according to group size
  6. Local Tibetan English-speaking guide
  7. Bottle Oxygen supplied when visit to high altitude areas
  8. Service charge & Government taxes
  9. Free airport shuttle transfer between Lhasa Gonggar Airport and Hotel on designated time
  10. Tibet Handy Map
  11. Safe car transfer service from Kathmandu city to Nepal border

Service Exclusion

  1. International and Domestic flight / train to and leave Tibet
    (We offer domestic train/flight ticket booking service, please contact our travel experts for the details.)
  2. Meals not specified the itinerary
  3. Tips and gratitude to tour guide and drive (suggested to tip 7USD/day in total)
  4. Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks, optional tour activities, etc.

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All train tickets are not included in our package, which offer you more flexibility to choose your favorite train to Tibet. Just tell us your preferred route to/from Lhasa and the ticket class you want when you enquire the tour.

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