Tibet Overland Tour

- 8 Days Route Map
Trip Cost: $ 1450
  • Trip Length : 8 Days
  • Activities : Sightseeing, Cultural tour
  • Difficulty : Easy to Moderate
  • Max Elevation : 5010m
  • Meal : Breakfast only
  • Accommodation : Hotel / Lodge
  • Transportation : Flight and Private vehicle
  • Best Month : March - October
  • Group Size : 2+

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"1000 kilometers drive on the Friendship Highway that joins two heavens on Earth- Nepal and Tibet, explores Tibetan towns, caters the beauty of Tibetan landscapes and enters the most beautiful plateau on earth- Lhasa for its through exploration- Tibet Overland Tour"

Overland tours in Tibet offer some of the most exciting sightseeing experiences of Himalaya and high-altitude valleys. Tibet, still largely unexplored, makes a perfect destination for adventure seekers and holidayers. The ancient monasteries scattered in the region, prayer flags flying across the alleys, pilgrims making miles of journey on foot, the complete remoteness and isolation, gives an awed expression to the travelers.

The fascinating history of Tibet; exile of Dalai Lama, the Chinese Occupation and first-hand encounter by Heinrich Harrer, gives an impression of exploring an unknown territory and crossing unexplained boundaries. Lhasa, “The Forbidden City,” long kept discreet and away from foreign intrusion is one of the greatest attraction of Tibet. It is also a spiritual and cultural hub of the region.

Mt. Kailash, situated in the western region of Tibet, is another major attraction. The mountain of Kailash is considered Holy by Hindus and Buddhist alike. Pilgrims from various parts of Indian subcontinet make miles of journey to Kailash.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01:

Kathmandu to Nyalam 162km

3750m

Day 02:

Nyalam to Lhatse 220km

4350m

Day 03:

Lhatse to Shigatse 244km`

3900m

Day 04:

Shigatse to Gyantse 90km

3900m

Day 05:

Gyantse to Lhasa 259km

3650m

Day 06:

Lhasa Sightseeing Tour

Day 07:

Lhasa Sightseeing Tour

Day 08:

Departure from Lhasa

What is Included

• Pick up at Kathmandu airport and transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu

• Tibet Travel Permit

• Kathmandu to Kodari (Tibet boarder) Zhang-Mu transportation by comfortable vehicle

• Lhasa to Zhang-Mu transfer by non AC Land Cruiser (4WD TOYOTA)

• Comfortable accommodation in Tibet on twin sharing basis with breakfast on budget hotel based

• English speaking Tibetan guide/ his entire cost/expenses

• Sightseeing as per the suggested on itinerary, fees of Monastery fees and Gumbas as required as per the itinerary stated

• Flight Lhasa/Kathmandu

• All applicable taxes and service charges


What is Not Included

• Nepal Visa fee

• Chinese visa fee

• Your accommodation & meals in Kathmandu (Request us to reserve your budget accommodation)

• Your travel insurance

• Meals other than breakfast in Tibet

• Personal nature expenses and tipping

• Any additional expenses due to unforeseen circumstances

• Cost of photography

Day 01: Kathmandu to Nyalam (3,750m/12,300ft)-162Kms

We start our tour with an early morning drive to Kodari, the Nepali border post. After completing immigration and custom formalities drive up hill to Zhangmu (2,300m/75,44ft). This is Tibetan border town. After the formalities we continue our journey through a beautiful gorge to Nyalam crossing the Himalayan range. Though the road that gets into Nyalam on Friendship Highway is considered the Gateway to Hell, it is adventurous drive on the extreme geographic conditions of Tibet. The Tibetan Guide will meet the Group on arrival at the check post. On the way you will see fantastic view of deep valleys with some overflowing waterfalls. Overnight at Nyalam.

Day 02: Nyalam to Lhatse (4,350m/14,270ft)-220Kms

After the breakfast, the overland tour of Tibet begins. Today we drive past Shegar. The drive on the Tibetan Highway involves the crossings of two high passes, which cater the spectacular views of the Himalayas including Everest, and Makalu. Driving across the passes- Nyalam pass (3,800m/12,464ft) and Lalung La pass (5,082m/16,670ft), we also witness the enchanting Tibetan landscapes and authentic Tibetan culture throughout the drive. Seven hours of drive on the scenic Friendship Highway brings us to Lhatse. Overnight in Lhatse.

Day 03: Lhatse to Shigatse (3,900m/12,790ft)-244Kms

The Tibet Overland Tour on Friendship Highway that stretches from Kathmandu all the way to Lhasa today arrives at Shigaste. Crossing over the world's one of the highest passes Ganchula, we drive into Tibet's second largest city, Shigaste. The drive on the Tibet Overland Tour is scenic as every other day. On our arrival after six hours of drive we transfer into the hotel in Shigaste. 

Shigaste, prides on Talshilunpo Monastery  and the seat of Panchen Lama until his death in 1989 with its huge Thangka wall which is clearly visible from the north side of the road. 

Day 04: Shigatse to Gyantse (3,950m/12,955)-90kms

Today we visit the Tashilunpo Monastery and the open market of Shigaste in the morning. After the lunch, we begin our drive towards Gyantse. The city on the ancient trading route, that linked Tibet and Sikkim, Gyantse is a fast growing town in Tibet. The drive today is relatively shorter. On our arrival at Gyantse, we set off to explore the city and the neighborhood. Gyantse Dzong on a hilltop, that overlooks the city is the historic monument in Gyantse. We also explore Khumbum Stupa and Phalkor Monastery in Gyantse. Overnight in Gyantse.

Day 05: Gyantse to Lhasa (3,650m/11,970)-259kms

The Tibet Overland Tour today is so far most interesting today. We cross past 5000m plus passes, Karo La (5010m/16432ft) and Kamba La (4794m/15724ft). From Kamba La Pass the view of turquoise lake, Yam Drok Tse is stunningly beautiful. Savor the views of the lake. Throughout the drive today, we get to see diverse landscapes. Sometimes barren Tibetan Landscapes greet us at other times the scenic views of the Himalayas are so wonderful. After seven hours of drive we cross the bridge over Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahamaputra) River and have the first glimpse of Potala Palace just before entering Lhasa. Overnight in Lhasa.

Day 06: Lhasa Sightseeing Tour

Today we begin to the cultural sightseeing tour of Lhasa. Early morning we drive to the west of Lhasa, where we explore the largest monastery in Tibet, The Deprung Monastery. Considered the most important Gelugpa Monastery, the Deprung Monastery lies in the foothills of Mt. Gambo Utse 3 miles away from the city. Deprung Monastery is famous for the Shoton festival that unveils the huge thanka of Buddha. Then we explore Ganden Monastery. One of the oldest and the largest monasteries in Tibet that sits atop the six Gelugpa temples of Tibet, Ganden monastery is 47 km far from the city.

The final destination for day's cultural sightseeing tour in Lhasa after the lunch is Sera Monastery. The monastery represents the yellow hat sect of Gelugpa Tibetan Buddhism. Lying on the foothill of Tatipu Hill, the monastery has scriptures written in gold powder, extraordinary statues, and unparalleled murals that represent the sacred Gelugpa Buddhism. You can participate in the religious debate at Sera, which happen every weekdays between 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm. We make sure your visit Sera Monastery on the weekdays. The day's sightseeing tour of Lhasa ends and you drive back to hotel in the city.

Day 07: Lhasa Sightseeing tour

The sightseeing tour of Lhasa continues. Today we visit Jhokhang Temple and Potala Palace. To visit the Jokhang Temple, we walk through the busy streets of Barkhor Square. We follow the street especially designed for the visitors, where we can see lots of traditional artworks all the way to Jhokhang. UNESCO enlisted World Heritage Site under Potala Palace, Jhokhang Temple is at the center of the town. Four- storey wooden monument with the golden top, Jhokhang Temple's architectural designs represent the ones of Tang Dynasty. We will thoroughly explore this ultimate pilgrimage destination in Tibet. Then, we set off to explore the most important site in Lhasa, the majestic Potala Palace. Set atop the Red Hill at the elevation of 3765m, the Potala Palace has the religious as well as historic significance in Tibet. After the sightseeing tour of Jhokhang Temple and Potala Palace we return to our hotel. Then you have a free time to spend few hours on your. Walk around Barkhor Square, revisit the Potala Palace Region in the evening or hunt souvenirs- the choice is yours. At the end of the day, your Tibet Overland tour oficially ends.

 
 
Day 08: Depart Lhasa

As per your flight or train schedule, we will transfer you to the airport or train station on time. Hope you had a wonderful sightseeing tour of Lhasa with Access Nepal. Have a safe journey and hope to see you again.

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