Tibet Overland Tour
Tibet is a mysterious land of lakes and rivers, mighty snow peaks, and beautiful and ancient monasteries – with its spiritual air, it is an unearthly mystical land of Buddhist culture and philosophy
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Tibet is a mysterious land of lakes and rivers, mighty snow peaks, and beautiful and ancient monasteries – with its spiritual air, it is an unearthly mystical land of Buddhist culture and philosophy. Tibet emerged in the 7th century as a unified empire, but it soon divided into a variety of territories. The atmosphere is severely dry nine months of the year, and average annual snowfall is only 18 inches, due to the rain shadow effect. Western passes receive small amounts of fresh snow each year but remain traversable all year round. Low temperatures are prevalent throughout these western regions, where bleak desolation is unrelieved by any vegetation beyond the size of low bushes, and where wind sweeps unchecked across vast expanses of arid plain. The Indian monsoon exerts some influence on eastern Tibet. Northern Tibet is subject to high temperatures in the summer and intense cold in the winter. Our Tibet tours can take you to visit the Dalai Lama’s Potala, Norbulingka and the Barkhor Market in Lhasa,along with numerous other destinations.
This is one of the most popular tours in Tibet, and is also known as the Tibet budget tour. It starts from Kathmandu and moves along the friendship highway towards the Tibetan border, where immigration formalities take place. After that,you will continue driving to Lhasa over amazing passes boasting great mountain views. This is a driving tour which is 170km to 200km on average per day. It covers popular ancient monasteries along the way, various lakes, and the Potala palace at Lhasa. The trip ends in Kathmandu after taking a beautiful flight over the mountains..
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Group transportation (Private transportation on request but price may vary)
Tibet travel permit
Tibetan English speaking guide
Accommodation during Tibet tour with breakfast
Flight tickets to Kathmandu
Monument entrance fees
Visa process fees and all paper work
Nepal arrival visa
Lunch and dinner in Tibet
Accommodation in Kathmandu
- Day 1 Kathmandu to Nyalam (3,750m/12,300ft)-162KM
We would handover you paper visa and flight tickets the day before. The tour begins with an early morning drive to the Tibetan border at Kodari which is an interesting drive on the friendship highway. Our Tibetan guide will greet you at the border and will help you through the immigration formalities which takes place on the both sides of the border. After checking formalities, continue drive onto Nylam through the valley with beautiful scenery and waterfall. Stay overnight at Nylam.
- Day 2 Nyalam to Lhatse (4,350m/14,270ft)-220KM
Our second day of the trip begins after breakfast to cross the high pass to cross Xegar which is 5082m. You will enjoy the views of Mount Everest, Mount Makalu, Jugal himal and many more peaks. After day drive stop at Lhatse for overnight.
- Day 3 Lhatse to Shigatse (3,900m/12,790ft)-244KM
After breakfast we drive to Shigatse from the north side of the road to see the clear view of massive Thangka wall. En route visit popular Tashilunpo monastery and set of Panchen Lama until death in 1989. After 6 hours drive stop at Shigatse for overnight.
- Day 4 Shigatse to Gyantse (3,950m/12,955)-90KM
After breakfast visit the monastery and open market at Shigatse and surrounding area then drive to Gyantse. Visit Khumbu Stupa and Phalkot monastery in the evening and stay overnight at Gyantse.
- Day 5 Gyantse to Lhasa (3,650m/11,970)-259KM
Today we drive to Kamba la pass and Karo la which has spectacular views of mountains and dry valley to reach to Lhasa. There is very beautiful lake (Yamdrok Tso) on the way. After cross Yarlung Tsangpo also called Brahamapurta River you will see distant view of Potala Palace. Stop capital of Tibet at Lhasa for overnight
- Day 6 Lhasa Sightseeing Tour
Our tour stops at Lhasa for 2 days to discover Lhasa city including the very popular Potala palace, Jokhang Temple, Norbu Linka, Drepung monastery, Sera Monastery and Lhasa market. It covers all interesting places of Lhasa. Stay overnight.
- Day 7 Day 08: Lhasa to Kathmandu Trans Himalayan Flight (1,300m/4,264 ft)
Today is the last day of Tibet tour. In the morning we will drive to the Gongkar airport of Lhasa which is an hour and 20 minutes drive from the hotel to take flight towards Kathmandu. It is one of the most scenic flights of the world. You are suggested to take to take right hand side of the seat in a plane to enjoy the beauties of Himalaya. We would pick you up from the airport and transfer you to the hotel if you require. If not our trip ends at Lhasa airport but we are glad to meet you in Kathmandu to get feedback of the trip.