Trip Facts

Trek Name:  Kathmandu to Lhasa Tour

Trip Duration: 8 days

Activities:  Tours

Country: Tibet

Kathmandu to Lhasa Tour

A good option for travellers operating in a limited time frame, this tour - one of our most popular - takes advantage of the so-called 'Friendship Highway' between the two capital cities. Highlights en route are Sukya, the largest monastery in Tibet, Shigatse, Tibet's second largest city, Tashilungpo Monastery, the seat of Panchen Lama, Shalu Monastery, Gyantse (Tibet's ancient trading hub) and the beautiful Turquoise Lake, Yamdruk Tso, which is Tibet's largest freshwater lake.


Arriving in Lhasa on Day 6, we will provide you with two days of guided sightseeing, encompassing all the major historic landmarks including the Potala Palace, Norbulinka, the Jokhang Temple and the bustling Barkhor bazaar.


On Day 8 you have the option of flying back to Kathmandu or extending your holiday by flying from Lhasa to mainland China. Another popular choice now is to take the new train trip from Lhasa to Beijing (40 hours), which is the highest railway journey in the world.This tour is available all the year round. Please note that the tour comes in two versions - a basic tour for those on a limited budget, or a more deluxe tour for those with a little more money to spend.The budget tour we arrange for you through agents and involves travelling in larger groups with one guide with basic, sometimes dormitory style accommodation and economy class transportation.


If you prefer a tour tailored to your individual requirements, we can arrange this for you following the same itinerary, but offering you stays in better quality (usually three-star) hotels, a luxury standard Land Cruiser and a personal guide whose services will be available to you at all times throughout your trip. This kind of tour is recommended for individual travellers and small groups or families.Whichever tour option you select, you are at liberty either to ask us to plan your onward trip from Lhasa - or to make your own independent travel arrangements. .

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Nyalam (3750 m.)
Drive from Kathmandu to the Tibetan border at Kodari (Zhangmu). Continue up the steep switch back road to Nyalam.

Day 02: Rest Day in Nylam..

Day 03: Drive from Nylame to Shigatse (3900 m.)
En route, visit Shakya Monastery before crossing the Lalung-La (4500m) and continuing across the plains to Shigatse.

Day 04: Drive from Shigatse to Gyantse (3950 m.)
After visiting the Tashilimpu Monastery, it's a short drive to Gyantse with its amazing sights - Khumbum, Palkor Chode Monastery and Gyantse Dzong.

Day 05: Drive from Gyantse to Lhasa (3650 m.) via Yamdruk Lake (Turquoise Lake).
The highlight of this day is the beautiful turquoise lake, Yamdruk - Tso. After crossing the Kamba- La and the Yarlung (Brahmaputra) River, the journey ends in Lhasa.

Day 06: Lhasa sightseeing Tour
Guided sightseeing tour of Lhasa - You will see Potala Palace, Jokhang temple and Norbulinkha Palace (the Summer Palace of Dalai Lama).

Day 07: Lhasa sightseeing Tour
Guided sightseeing tour of Lhasa - You will visit Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery and a Tibetan medical center.

Day 08: Flight, Lhasa to Kathmandu OR mainland China
Drive to Airport and fly out from Lhasa.

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