Trip Facts

Trek Name: Overland Tour from Kathmandu to Lhasa

Country : Tibet

Activities:  Tours



Overland Tour from Kathmandu to Lhasa

Kathmandu/ZHANGMU/NYALAM/SHEGAR /SHIGATS/GYANTSE/LHASA

On this trip, we will travel by Japnese Made bus or Land Cruiser 4WD depending on road condition, following the Friendship Highway through some of the most amazing landscape on Earth. We'll pass small Tibetan settlements, nomadic herdsmen wandering across the wide arid plains and awe-inspiring mountain peaks. Equally as fascinating is the wealth of cultural interest and we will have plenty of opportunity to explore this side of Tibet, both in Lhasa and the other towns we pass through on our journey from Kathmandu.

Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu
You are welcomed by hospitable meeting and then you will be transferred to hotel. Our airport representative will explain briefly the program upon arrival. Overnight at hotel. B.B

Day 02: Obtain Chinese Visa and Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour
Sightseeing of world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley including, Kathmandu Darbar square, Swayambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa & Pasupatinath Temple. Overnight at hotel. B.B

Day 03: DRIVE KATHMANDU [1300m]-ZHANGMU [2100m]
Please get up and leave Kathmandu early this morning, as it is a 5 hour drive from Kathmandu to Kodari (China / Nepal border).

Our guide from Lhasa can only meet you and pick you up at the Kodari of the China side.After completing the border formalities at both the Nepalese and Chinese immigration posts, we will drive to Zhangmu. Overnight stay at guesthouse or hotel.

Day 04 : ZHANGMU/NYALAM/SHEGAR (altitude - 4050m/ 13,284ft) 244km
Today's drive takes us from the lush, green lower hills into the dry, arid landscape of the Tibetan Plateau. We cross several high passes including the Lalung La (5050m/ 16,564ft) from which, [weather permitting], you will see the Jugal mountain range, Mt. Xixapangma (at 8013m/ 26,282ft, the highest peak in Tibet), Mt. Makalu (8463m/ 27,766ft), Mt. Everest (8848m/ 29,028ft), Mt. Lhotse (8516m/ 27,940ft) and Mt. Cho-Oyu (8201m/ 26,899ft). Stay overnight in guesthouse or hotel.

Day 05 : SHEGAR - SHIGATSE(altitude - 3900m/ 12,792ft) 245km
Continuing along the Friendship Highway, we pass by lonely monasteries and the camps of nomadic herders. We then cross the highest pass of our journey, the Gyamtso La [5220m] before descending once more to the barren splendor of the plains. Tonight, we stay in Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet at either the Mansarovar Hotel or Wutse Hotel.

Day 06 : SHIGATS- GYANTSE (altitude - 3950m/ 12,956ft) 90km
This morning we have time to visit the Tashilungpo Monastery, one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet, before setting off on the relatively short drive to Gyantse. Once arrive in Gyantse, we can explore the Pelkor Chode Monastery and the Gyantse Kumbum. The Kumbum is a large gold-domed stupa and its many chapels house an impressive array of Tibetan Buddhist murals. Our overnight hotel is newly built Wutse Hotel (2 star) in Gyantse or guesthouse.

Day 07 : GYANTSE - LHASA (altitude - 3650m/ 11,972ft) 265km
Drive from Gyantse through Karo-la pass at 5010 meters (16,432ft) and onto the Khambala pass at 4794 meters (15,729ft). The former climbs two lofty mountains, the Nozing khang sa (7223m/ 23,691ft) and the Ralung (6236m/ 20,454ft). On this day, you will also see the wonderful Yamdrok Tso Lake (turquoise lake) and the Brahmaputra River as well as the ever-present views of the interesting and unusual landscape. Spend the night in a guesthouse or hotel in Lhasa.

Day 08 : In Lhasa
On this second day morning we will take an easy visit to Jokhang Temple. This temple is the most revered shrine in all of Tibet and is constantly bustling with devout worshippers. We will also be given the opportunity to shop in Barkor, the crowded central market of Lhasa.

In the afternoon we will visit is Sera Monastery, a fifteenth century sprawl of golden roofs and whitewashed walls. This well preserved monastery is located just a few miles North of Lhasa and is home to several hundred monks. its famous debating activities are happening 3-4pm quite regularly every day except Sunday, so remind our guide not to miss it.

Day 09: In Lhasa
A trip to Tibet would not be complete without experiencing the vital Potala Palace. This palace is Lhasa's cardinal landmark and is a wonder of Eastern architecture. Your first site of this massive structure will be a magical moment remembered for years to come. It has been a palace since the fifth or sixth century and was once home to the Dalai Lama.

This truly amazing day will ended with a visit to the Drepung Monastery. Once the world's largest monastery, housing 10,000 monks, Drepung monastery lies hidden in rocky ridges just beyond the city. Surprisingly much of the building was left untouched throughout so many hundred of years.

Day 10 : LHASA /KATHMANDU/BEIJING/CHENGDU/SHANGHAI/OTHER CITIES
Leave Lhasa early for the 2 hour drive to Gonggar Airport and take a flight to Kathmandu or your onward destination.

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