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7-Day Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Luxury Tour

7-Day Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Luxury Tour

(TLT002) Lhasa - Shigatse - Everest Base Camp - Gyirong Border - Kathmandu

  • Price from

    Upon request

  • Tour Type:

    Private Luxury Tour

  • Group Size:

    Max 9

  • Trip Level:

    Moderate - suitable for ones with average level fitness, family with kids bigger than 12 yrs.

  • Season:
    Spring

    Summer

    Autumn

    Winter

Overview

For the epic Lhasa to Kathmandu overland tour, you deserve the epic tour services. As the longest-established local Tibet travel agency since1984, with offices across Kathmandu, Lhasa and Chengdu, we strive to provide you with the most hassle-free trans-Himalayan tour experience.

This upgraded 7-day Lhasa to Kathmandu overland luxury tour integrates the best luxurious hotels with the most refined cuisines experience and the ultimate tour service we can offer. Simple follow the footsteps of our most experienced Tibetan guide to savor the mystic Tibetan culture and enjoy the VIP care from the heart of Himalaya to colorful Kathmandu Valley.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Lhasa (3650m)

Highlights

  • Receive the auspicious White Hada and meet our Tibetan guide;
  • Enjoy the welcome ceremony at the airport or railway station;
  • Get a glimpse of Potala Palace and holy Lhasa city;

Tashi Delek! Welcome to Lhasa, the modern utopia and the spiritual heart of Tibet; Your hospitable Tibetan guide and friendly drivers have already been expecting you at the designated places at the Lhasa Gonggar Airport or Lhasa Railway Station.

As you receive our auspicious white Hada and a refreshing drink from the guide, a brief welcome ceremony will be held for you in the most traditional way. Simply leave your hassle to our staff to take care and enjoy the scenic ride to your hotel in Lhasa city. Our handful Tibetan guide will help you check in and inform you of the travel plan the next day. Then enjoy the comfy stay at the most luxury hotels in Lhasa for tomorrow’s exciting tour.

Meals

Dinner included

Accommodation

The following are our optional hotels for this tour:

Insider Tips

For the new-comers to Tibet, never rush to visit attractions downtown as your body needs time to get acclimatized to the high altitude on Tibetan Plateau. Slight headache, dizziness, and rapid pulse are pretty common. They will disappear in a couple of days. Or you may use the oxygen bar in your hotel to ease any discomfort due to altitude ascent. Feel anything you need, please feel free to reach your Tibetan guide.

Day 2: Lhasa Tour - Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Welcome Banquet

Highlights

  • Explore the White House and Red House in Potala Palace;
  • Enjoy the bird’s eye view of Lhasa city from Potala;
  • Visit the sandalwood statue of Sakyamuni in Potala; the life-size statue of Sakyamuni in Jokhang;
  • Experience the famous Barkhor Kora;
  • Taste Tibetan sweet tea and other local food;
  • Enjoy welcome Banquet and dancing and singing performance by Tibetan artists;

Basking in eye-blinding sunshine, Lhasa is teeming with magnificent Buddhist temples and monasteries, devoted Tibetan pilgrims and historical backstreets, pleasing culinary discovery.

Follow the footsteps of your guide to hike the long stairs of impressive Potala Palace for the commanding view of Lhasa city; the UNESCO heritage site perched on the Red hill used to be the winter palace of the generations of Dalai Lama. Now, it is the most iconic building of Tibet. You will have a chance to explore the residence of Dalai Lama in White Palace and religious chambers in the Red Palace and gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas, etc.

After lunch, we will head to Jokhang Temple, the holiest Buddhist site in Lhasa. Traveling in the dimly-lit rooms, you can hear the constant mumbling of Buddhist chanting and see local Tibetans adding butter oil to the oil lamps. Never miss the chance to worship the life-size statue of 12-year-old Buddha Sakyamuni.

Outside the Jokhang Temple, follow the prostrating Tibetan pilgrims for the famous Barkhor kora nearby. You may also look for the delicately-made souvenirs in the boutiques that flank the Barkhor Street.

When you head starts to spin, delve into the quiet backstreet of Barkhor and treat yourself with a couple of tasty sweet tea and local delicacy and fully immerse yourself in the distinct vibes of a local teahouse.

At the light starts to fall, the welcome banquet is waiting for your presence. Bottoms up with your friends, accompanied by animated traditional Tibetan dancing and singing; treat your taste buds with unique Tibetan delicacies. The charming night of Lhasa will alter your mindset towards Tibet and hold you spellbound.

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch and Welcome Banquet

Accommodation

The following are our optional hotels for this tour:

Insider Tips

As each traveler only has one hour for visiting Potala Palace, do closely follow our guide’s guidance; walk slowly and take a rest if needed when you hike the Potala Palace;
Dress properly when visiting the Buddhist site and no photo is allowed inside the Buddhist hall.

During the welcome banquet, you may join the Tibetan dancers for the dancing and later take photos with them at the end of the show.

Day 3: Lhasa Tour - Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Wencheng Musical

Highlights

  • Enjoy the hike and panorama of Lhasa Valley and witness huge monk kitchen and Thangka display platform in Drepung Monastery;
  • Experience the lively monk debate and colorful sand mandala in Sera Monastery;
  • Enjoy the Princess Wencheng Real-scene Musical;

Start the day with a visit to prestigious Drepung Monastery. This largest Gelugpa monastery, located to the west of central Lhasa (8km), offers a scenic hike to stretch your legs. You will see the gigantic religious painting on the huge rock and explore huge monk kitchen and witness monastic life and enjoy the sweeping view of Lhasa valley. Feel tired? Taste the spring gushing from the mountain to refresh yourself. If you happen to come during the Shoton festival, you hit the jackpot. The gigantic Thangka unveiling ceremony will leave you in awe.

After lunch, make it to the prominent Sera Monastery; the second biggest Gelugpa monastery in Lhasa now is the major stage for the “monk debate”. Find a spot in the boisterous debate courtyard to enjoy this dramatic “monastic defense”. Though you may not understand what they say, the slapping of hands, yelling and jumping and rolling of Buddhist mala give you a vivid display of long-held tradition of Buddhist study. Besides, you may also enjoy exquisite sand mandala and Buddhist scripture printing press and visit the main assembly hall in this Buddhist academy.

After the dinner, we are about to enjoy the epic Tibetan drama unfolds--the Princess Wencheng Real-scene Musical. Sitting in the massive open-air theater, you will trace the development of legendary intermarriage between Songtsen Gampo, Tibetan King and princess Wencheng from Tang Dynasty and learn more of Tibetan culture and traditions.

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation

The following are our optional hotels for this tour:

Insider Tips

The grand Shoton Festival (Aug 30, 2019 or July 1st on Tibetan calendar); the steps are steep for the hike in Drepung. Walk slowly to prevent acute mountain sickness;

TThe Monk Debate in Sera Monastery (3-5p.m, Mon to Fri); only the cell phone camera is allowed to take photos in debate courtyard.

TYou may enjoy the easy transfer from your hotel to the theater for the Wencheng musical. Your private driver and guide will be at your service. The temperature can get pretty cold at night, do take enough warm clothes for the show in the open-air theater.

TAfter the musical finishes, you will have a chance to take photos with the main actress and actor who play Songtsen Gampo and princess Wencheng.

Day 4: Journey to Shigatse via Holy Yamdrok Lake and Gyantse County (360m, 7-8hrs)

Highlights

  • Enjoy the panoramic view of Yamdrok Lake at Gampala pass;
  • Pet Tibetan mastiff;
  • Closely observe Karola Pass;
  • Hang Tibetan prayer flags at Simila Glaciers;
  • Climb Gyantse Kumbum Stupa in Pelkor Monastery;

The journey from Lhasa to Shigatse (3900m) would be a feast to your eyes. After 2hrs’ drive, around the bend appears the glittering turquoise Yamdrok Lake; Following the winding road along the holy lake, we will reach Gampala pass (4790 m), where you can enjoy the stunning panorama of Yamdrok with the backdrop of snowy Mt. Nyenchen Khangsar (7191m). You may also pet the tamed Tibetan mastiff for a lovely shot.

After passing Nagarze, the massive Karola Glacier comes into sight. Stop briefly to view this incredible land glaciers cascading from the peak, right beside the highway. Then, the continuing journey will take us to Manla Reservoir where you can enjoy the turquoise lake and hang the auspicious prayer flags at Simila Pass (4200m). Soon, the awe-inspiring Gyantse looms ahead. Here we are. Gyantse, the third largest city connecting Lhasa with Shigatse.

Visit the famous Pelkor Monastery where multiple Tibetan Buddhism schools coexist in a single monastery; climb multi-story Gyantse Kumbum Stupa, the symbol of Gyantse County, for an amazing vista of Gyantse fortress. With more time to spend, you may take a leisurely stroll in the old street nearby. Shortly after one and a half hour drive, we will finally reach Shigatse(3900m), Tibet’s second largest city and the gateway to Mt. Everest.

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation

The following are our optional hotels for this tour:

Insider Tips

One of the features of Tibet travel is that usually a long drive is involved between two tourist attractions, esp. traveling beyond Lhasa. To our VIP clients, we offer comfy travel kits, such as neck pillow, eye mask, and ear plugs for your easy ride. You may also download hours of crime podcasts or your favorite music in your Iphone for the pastime.

Our drivers will stop many times and find the best vantage point for you to enjoy Yamdrok Lake; the guide will properly choose the restaurant for lunch at noon.

To take photos with Tibetan mastiff or with well-dressed Tibetans at Karola Glaciers, the locals will charge some fees. You may refuse it if you don’t want to. In summer, we may visit traditional Barley Mill and view the landscape of Barley Field in Shigatse.

Day 5: Make it to Everest Base Camp (5200m) (around 350km, 7-8hrs)

Highlights

  • Visit the golden statue of Future Buddha and assembly hall in Tashilunpo Monastery;
  • Gaze at top 4 highest peaks at renowned Gawu La Pass (5198m);
  • Marvel at the sublime Mt. Everest at EBC;
  • Spend the night in traditional Yak tent at EBC;
  • Enjoy the stunning galaxy at night;

Have an early start to visit the celebrated Tashilunpo Monastery, home to successive Panchen Lamas; roam over the alleys of this massive Buddhist academy and explore the tremendous golden statue of Future Buddha (26.2m high) and visit the golden stupas of Panchen Lamas and Amitabha Buddha; you may even join the monk’s chanting at assembly hall or quietly watch the monk debate at courtyard.

Then, we will leave Shigatse for EBC. The long yet exhilarating drive (350km) promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience to you. The idyllic farmland scene gradually gives way to the barren land and rolling Himalayan Range.

Feel the adrenaline rush as you follow the dozens of hairpin bends to awe-inspiring Gawu La Pass (5198m), where top 4 highest peaks along the Himalayas may take your breath away. Stay briefly here for an epic selfie with the giants of the world.

The final leg of the journey will take your past Rongbuk Monastery (5154m) to the tented camp of EBC (5200m) nearby. Enjoy your stay in a traditional yak tent; at night, if you dare to brave the cold, get out of the cozy tent to enjoy the stunning galaxy above the EBC which will make your jaw drop.

Meals

Breakfast, lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

The following are our optional hotels for this tour:

Insider Tips

Famous Thangka unfolding ceremony will be held on Jul 14, 2019 at Tashilunpo; if you still have time, enjoying the kora route around Tashilunpo Monastery will give you the spectacular vista of Shigatse Dzong.

Our guide will stop at Lhatse to get travel formalities (alien’s travel permit) for you to visit EBC and the lunch will also be arranged at Lhatse.

Due to the altitude ascent, you may feel shortness of breath or dizziness. Our well-trained Tibetan guide has oxygen supply prepared for you and ensure your travel safety by metering your oxygen saturation sporadically; even the oxygen chamber is ready for treating acute altitude sickness.

Due to the extreme altitude and remoteness of EBC, the lodging amenities and food are very basic. So, do play down your expectation. The epic view will make it up for your ordeal. You may also prepare some snacks or food in Shigatse before leaving for EBC. Do wear enough down jacket and headwear or other protection for the chilly wind, and only filthy pit toilet is available, so try avoiding it unless it’s necessary.

Tented camps at EBC are available from mid-April to mid-Oct. Other than that, the humble Rongbuk guesthouse is the only option.

Day 6: Head Southwest to Gyirong Border (around 370km, 6-7hrs)

Highlights

  • Enjoy the close-up view of the breathtaking sunrise over Mt. Everest;
  • Explore the world’s highest Buddhist compound;
  • Receive a certificate for making it to EBC;

Have an early rise for the dramatic spectacle of sunrise over the summit of Mt. Everest; you will find that you are not alone for the long-awaited sunrise over the world’s highest peak, together with dozens of well-equipped photographers. Do bundle up for the biting wind outside.

Later, stroll to tour the legendary Rongbuk Monastery (5154m), the world’s highest Buddhist site where pious nuns and monks coexist. You will also be awarded a certificate for making it to EBC.

Say farewell to the lofty Mt. Everest through the rear mirror as the tour vehicle runs westward to Gyirong County, close to Sino-Nepal Border. The route to Gyirong takes us right past the stunning Lake Peiku Tso, which lies at 4,591 meters above sea level, which is surrounded by the high mountains of the Himalayas. One of those high mountains is Mount Shishapangma (8,012m), the 14th highest peak in the world, and the only peak above 8,000 meters that is wholly inside Tibet.

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

The following are our optional hotels for this tour:

Insider Tips

We even prepare binoculars for you to better enjoy the vista of Mt. Everest; the slope of Rongbuk Monastery would be a great vantage point to photograph Mt. Everest.

The rest of the tour from Himalayan Range to Kathmandu involves a roll-coaster ride all the way down the south. As the altitude gets growingly lower, more vegetation will give you ample oxygen. While only the guesthouse and 3-star hotels are available at Sino-Nepal border. However, we handpick the best-value hotels for your lodging.

You'd better prepare some cash for dealing with travel formalities (such as Nepal Visa) when crossing the border to Nepal tomorrow.

Day 7: Cross Sino-Nepal Border and Enjoy Jeep Transfer to Kathmandu (around 170km, 7-8hrs)

Highlights

  • Enjoy scenic valley around Sino-Nepal border;
  • Take a peek at the remote Nepali villages;
  • Reach the vibrant Kathmandu City;

Follow the guide's advice to go through the customs; our Nepali guide and drivers are expecting you on the other side of the border. Simple leave your luggage and hassles to them and enjoy jeep transfer service to your hotel in Kathmandu. The tour ends.

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation

The Hotel You Booked.

Insider Tips

The initial 10km's treacherous mountain road is particularly bumpy. A great suggestion to avoid motion sickness is not to eat too much for the breakfast. Our jeep transfer service will take you directly to your hotels in Kathmandu.

Service Included:

  • Tibet travel permit and all other necessary permits to Tibet;
  • All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary;
  • Welcome banquet in 5-star restaurant or the most popular local eatery;
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary;
  • VIP tour transfer: Buick GL8 ( 7seats); Hyundai H1( 12 seats);Toyota Land Cruiser (8 seats); other tour vans you prefer;
  • Jeep Transfer between Gyirong and Kathmandu;
  • Most celebrated Tibetan guide and most experienced driver;
  • Luxurious 5-star hotels in Lhasa and Shigatse; best local lodging available in counties and remote regions across Tibet;
  • Service Charge & Government Taxes;
  • Free Airport shuttle transfer between Lhasa Gonggar airport and Hotel on designated time;
  • Tibet Handy Map and other travel kits;
  • Mineral water provided during the trip;
  • Ample oxygen supply and pulse oximeter device;
  • Designated customer service manager and 24/7 call service;
  • Hyperbaric oxygen chamber at EBC for emergency;
  • Tourist accident/casualty insurance;

Service Excluded:

  • International flight to and out of China;
  • Domestic flight/train to and out of Lhasa. (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.);
  • Tips and gratitude to the guide and driver. If you are satisfied with their service, you may consider tipping them at an amount you find it suitable.;
  • Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks, optional tour activities not specified in the tour contract, etc.;
  • Cost for hospitalization and other unexpected injury or accident if you fail to follow guide’s guidance.

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