Tibet Overland Tour 8 Days

$1660 USD
- 8 Days
- Easy
5-10 Pax

Sightseeing

March-October

Group Vehicle (Private vehicle on request)

Hotels

Tea House

4350m

Breakfast

Kathmandu-Nylam-Ghatse-Lhasa-Kathmandu

Tibet Overland Tour Overview

Tibet is a mysterious land of lakes and rivers, mighty snow peaks, and beautiful and ancient monasteries - with its spiritual air, 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.

This tour starts from Kathmandu along the friendship highway towards the Tibet border where immigration formalities take place. After that continue drive to Lhasa over amazing passes including great mountain views. It is driving tour which is 170km t0 200km an average per day. It covers popular ancient monasteries along the way, Lake and Potala palace at Lhasa. The trip ends in Kathmandu after taking beautiful flight over mountains.

Outline Itinerary

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

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

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

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

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

Day 06: Explore day

Day 07: Explore day

Day 08: Lhasa to Kathmandu Trans Himalayan Flight (1,300m/4,264 ft)

Tibet Overland Tour Itinerary

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

Upon your arrival. We will pick you up at the airport and give you your paper visa and flight tickets the day before. Our tour begins early morning today and we will drive to the border at Kodari which is an interesting driving through friendship highway. Our Tibetan guide will greet you at the border that will help to do immigration formalities which takes place on the both side of the border.  After checking formalities, continue drive to Nylam through the road at the valley with beautiful scenery and waterfall. Overnight in Nylam.

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

Our second day of the trip begins after breakfast to cross high pass Xegar which is 5082masl. You will enjoy the views of Mount Everest, Mount Makalu, Jugal himal and many more peaks. Overnifgt at Lhatse.

Day 03: 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 04: 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 05: Gyantse to Lhasa (3,650m/11,970)-259KM

Drive to Kamba la pass and Karo la, you can see spectacular views of mountains and dry valley on your way to Lhasa. There is also a very beautiful lake (Yamdrok Tso) on the way. After cross Yarlung Tsangpo also called Brahamapurta River you will see a distant view of Potala Palace. Overnight at the capital of Tibet - Lhasa.

Day 06/07: Lhasa Sightseeing Tour

Our tour stops at Lhasa for 2 days to discover Lhasa including popular Potala palace, Jokhang Temple, Norbu Linka, Drepung monastery, Sera Monastery and Lhasa market.  It covers all interested places of Lhasa. Overnight in Lahsa.
 

Day 06/07: Lhasa Sightseeing Tour

The second day tour of Lhasa- Overnight in Lhasa.
  

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 drive to Gongkar airport in Lhasa which is  an hour and 20 minutes drive from your hotel to fly to Kathmandu. It is one of the most scenic flights in the world. Sit on the right hand side in the plane to enjoy the Himalaya. We will pick you up at the airport in Kathmandu and transfer you to the hotel if required. If not, then our trip ends at Lhasa airport.

Tibet Overland Tour Cost :- US$1660

Include

Group transportation (Private transportation on request but price may vary)
Tibet travel permit
Chinese visa
Tibetan English speaking guide
Accommodation on twin sharing basis during Tibet tour with breakfast
Flight tickets to Kathmandu
Monument entrance fees
Visa process fees and all paper works
 

Exclude

Nepal arrival visa
Travel Insurance
Lunch and dinner
Accommodation in Kathmandu
Photography fees
Tips

Tibet Overland Tour Information

Tour Group
This overland tour is a group departure tour to Tibet so the group size is depends on how many sign up. Usually the minimum number will be 2 persons and the maximum number will be 15 persons. For solo travelers, we also organize the trip with single supplement but it is suggested to join this tour as we run this tour two times in a week - Tuesday and Saturday.

Physical Requirements
This overland Journey to the Lhasa is not difficult, does not involve any walking/hiking as we use our comfortable four wheel drive as our main transport. This tour drive up to 4350m, so it is essential that you having a moderate health and moderate fitness. Previous hiking or walking is not necessary; it is an additional benefit if you have but over all required a positive attitude and determination. However we advise those who have an existing heart, lungs or high blood pressure to consult with your doctor before prior to this tour.

Our Tour Staffs
For this tour, there will be one Tibetan tour Guide and driver during the Tibet visit. Our Tibetan tour guides are professional, knowlegeable and experienced. Our Tour guide is trained, certified and licensed from TTB (Tibet Tourism Board).

Pre trip meeting
We will have a pre trip meeting of our Tibet tour at a day prior to your tour in Kathmandu. Meeting will be at 5:00 PM at our central office in Kathmandu, Nepal. All the trip briefing and any remaining payments of the trip will be settled on the day.

Meals and Accommodation
This tour is inclusive with bed and breakfast. While in tour, we provide you with twin sharing accommodation. Your accommodation in Lhasa and Gyantse is superior/ deluxe standard. Sighaste hotel is a tourist standard hotel. Accommodation at Nylam and Lhatse are basic guest house. This is a transit to Lhasa so for the first two nights accommodation are relatively poor than the rest of the trip, as they are the only options available for touring groups at this route.

Only all breakfasts are included in the tour not lunch and dinners. There are many Tibetan/ Chinese restaurants around. Please estimate approx USD$-15 dollars for both lunch and dinner per day.

Your hotel in Kathmandu is not included in the tour but we can book it for you at an additional cost.

Clothing and Equipment
Please find the suggested equipment list below for your personal use during your travel to Tibet with us:

A pair of light hiking/trekking boots depend on the season and altitude, a pair of sandals, 2 pairs of woolen socks and some pair of hiking socks, 1 medium poly pro shirt, 1 pile jacket, 1 down jacket, 1 woolen hat , a pair of sunglasses, a pair of glove with liner, a pair of woolen gloves, one day bag, sunscreen lotion SPF 10 to 30, some reading books (optional), Ipod for music, one liter water bottle, 1 flash light with few sets of batteries, 1 sleeping bag (-5 to -20) depends on your season and altitude, few t-shirts and few long and warm trousers, one wind and water proof trouser, rain poncho, nail cutter, Swiss knives etc. are the recommended to bring with you. Most of the equipments can be purchased or hired in Kathmandu.

Acclimatization
Our Tibet tour is designed specially with keeping maximum days en route while driving to high elevation so nothing to be worried.

Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is most essential for Tibet. Please make sure that you are bringing a copy of your travel insurance and report this to us during your pre-trip meeting at our head office in Kathmandu before the tour starts on following day morning. Travel insurance should cover any emergency evacuation, trip cancellation and medical expenses for your Tibet trip.

Climate and Weather
Climate in Tibet is totally different than climate in Nepal. As Tibet is a rain shadow part of the Himalayas, the Tibetan climate is not as harsh as many people imagine it to be. The best time to travel to Tibet is from March to the beginning of November, but among them, August and September are the most recommended. But if you only stay in Lhasa, you can go there any time of the year. Sun radiation is extremely strong in Tibet. The sunlight in Lhasa is so intense that the city is called Sunlight City.

Passport and Visa Requirements & permit
Before you traveling, check your passport and validity date. Passport must have at least 6 months validity. We require a can copy of your passport details when you book this tour with us as we need to apply for  your Tibet travel permit in advance.

For your Chinese visa/Tibet visa; Chinese Embassy require your original passport to obtain the Chinese visa which we do upon on your arrival in Kathmandu and even if you have already obtained Chinese visa from your homeland county this visa doesn't work travelling to Tibet from Nepal side so we have to get you a new Tibet/china visa and your previously existing visa will be cancelled. Recently, Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu processes visa on Monday, Wednesday and Friday so you should arrive at least two days in prior to Kathmandu before departing to Tibet tour.

Your Tibet traveling permit and your Chinese visa will be valid for approx of 2 weeks to 21 days and within that timeframe, you have to exit from the country. Please let us know if you are traveling to mainland China so you would required longer visa. Individual visa to Tibet is not possible if you not taking any tours; your Tibet/Chinese visa is a group visa along with the groups.