This is a classic Tibet overland tour that commences in Kathmandu and drives you all the way across the roof of the world to the magical capital city of Lhasa. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Himalayan mountain range on this guided journey through the spiritual heart of Tibet, beginning in Kathmandu and ending in Lhasa. Highlights along the way include a pilgrimage to Jokhang Temple, a hike by Mount Everest, the turquoise Yamdrok Yumtso Lake and the unparalleled view of the great Himalayas.
Day 1 Kathmandu-Zhangmu town (Friendship Bridge)
Leave Kathmandu early in the morning, driving through the beautiful Nepalese countryside to Kodari on the Nepal Tibet border. Our tour guide will be waiting for you at Friendship Bridge. After completing the border formalities at both the Nepalese and Chinese immigration posts we check in to our hotel in Zhangmu town.
(Please note: our services start from Zhangmu Border only; transportation from Kathmandu to Zhangmu will be on your own arrangement)
Day 2 Zhangmu town-Nyalam-Shegar (Old Tinggri)
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) from which (if weather permits) there is a breathtaking panorama of the Himalayan range including Mt. Everest – a fitting backdrop to the vastness of the Tibetan plateau.
Day 3 Shegar-Mt. Everest Base Camp
Early in the morning drive from Shegar to EBC during this route, you can have a glimpse of 4 mountains which is 8000m high or more, such as Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Chooyo (8201m), Mt. Makalu (8463m). Then arrive at Rongbu Monastery (visit by optional) which the highest monastery in the world. Free time at your disposal; take more time to sightseeing the enormous scenery.
Day 4 Mt. Everest Base Camp-Shigatse via Lhatse
Wake up in the early morning to see the stunning sunrise at Mt. Everest. All in all it is highest peak on earth. Walk a little bit in front of it and take some picture of its true face. Then drive to Shigatse and be wrapped again in the endless vistas of the Tibetan plateau. In Tibet, driving is sightseeing.
Day 5 Shigatse-Yamdrok Yumtso Lake-Lhasa via Gyangtse
Morning time to visit Tashilumpo Monastery which was built in 1447, spectacular tombs of Panchen Lamas; after this drive to Gyangtse, visit Palkhor Monastery and Palchoi Pagoda, far view Tzong fortress. On the way, stop off and visit Maracaju la glacier. Sightseeing to Yamdrok Yumtso Lake which is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet (another are Namtso Lake and Manasarova). After crossing Gangbala Pass which is over 4850m, then drive to Lhasa City along Lhasa River.
Day 6 Lhasa Sightseeing
In the morning, visit Potala Palace the highest Palace in the world and the must see in Tibet. Later lunch visit Jokhang Temple, the real “Lhasa” in the eyes of the local Tibetan. Then take a stroll in Barkhor Street, here you can experience the local style, picking up those interesting things in Tibetan style, Nepal style, Indian style, all up to you.
Day 7 Lhasa Sightseeing
Today, you stay with Tibetan family and become a Tibetan for half day. You could learn how to make Tibetan joss stick, or Tibetan porcelain, or Thangka, etc. or you could learn how Tibetan turn the turn the yak dung into a good fuel, or how they gather in the harvest. You could join into them if you want. Different season, different activities. After lunch, drive to Sera Monastery, have a little hike for the beautiful valley scenery nearby and picnic there, visit Sera Monastery which was created in 1419 and has always been an important Buddhist seminary. As rose planted everywhere in the monastery, it is also called “the court of wild rose”. Today still 200 Lamas live in there. Catch the famous debate session of the monks before returning back to Lhasa.
Day 8 Depart Lhasa and wave goodbye to Tibet
Free time in the morning for you to wander around Lhasa; take a last memorable look at the Potala Palace before being transported to airport or train station and connect to your onward destination!
1.Tibet travel permit and all other necessary permits to Tibet;
2.All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary;
3.Personal knowledgeable English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide;
4.Personal comfortable, clean and safe vehicle with reliable Tibetan local driver; vehicle ranging from 4WD land cruiser to minibus depending on your group size;
5.All lodging listed in the itinerary; it’s your decision about the accommodation class: luxury 5-star international hotel, comfortable 4-star hotel, economic 3-star hotel or budget hostel, guesthouse or tent. Please tell us your accommodation preference when submitting the enquiry; we will arrange the best-value hotels for you.
6.All meals listed in the above itinerary;
1.International flight to and out of China;
2.Chinese visa (Note: we could help you with the Chinese visa application, like providing the invitation letter, presenting the hotel or domestic flight reservation copies, etc that you may need. )
3.Domestic flight/train not listed in the itinerary. (We can provide you the domestic flight/train ticket booking service at the BEST discount price; please contact us our travel experts for the details.)
Meals not specified in the itinerary; usually it costs about USD3-15 per person for one meal in TAR (Tibet Autonomous Region).
4.Tips and gratitude to tour guide and driver;
5.Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks (please do the best to avoid the alcoholic beverages during your Tibet trip), optional tour activities, etc.