8 Days Kathmandu to Lhasa Driving Across Himalaya Overland Adventure Tour

8 Days Driving Across Himalaya Overland Adventure from Kathmandu to Lhasa

(SG007B) Kathmandu - Kyirong - Everest Base Camp - Tingri - Shigatse - Gyantse - Lhasa


There is no better way to enter Tibet, more exciting and adventurous than travelling overland from Kathmandu to Lhasa. The 8-day adrenaline-packed adventure takes you past the highest peak along Great Himalayas to pristine alpine lakes, glaciers, Buddhist sites, etc. all the way to the Lhasa, the spiritual heart of Tibet.

To ensure you a safer and more pleasant journey from Kathmandu to Lhasa, we extended the original 7-day overland tour to the current 8-day tour in 2018. By doing so, you may spend one day in Gyirong Town (2700m), which drastically minimize the chance of acute mountain sickness for traveling from Kathmandu (1400m) to old Tingri(4300m). Meanwhile, you can start your journey in the late morning and drivers won’t have to drive at night on the treacherous mountain roads near Sino-Nepal border, which further enhance the overall tour experience and travel safety.

As the only local Tibet travel agency with offices based in Kathmandu, Lhasa, and Chengdu, we never allow the third party contractor to run our tours. Our Tibetan and Nepali staff will help you to get Tibet Permit (for free) and China Group Visa for Tibet entry from Kathmandu. You may also enjoy the safe and convenient transfer service from your hotel in Kathmandu to your hotel in Gyirong on Tibet’s side. If you want to extend your tour from Lhasa to other inland Chinese cities, like Chengdu, Xi’an, Beijing, Shanghai, etc., we may also help you book Tibet train or flight ticket and offer a variety of guided tours to other parts of China.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (137km, 7 hrs)

Our driver will pick you up in your hotel from 9:00-9:30 am. Then we will drive to the Sino-Nepal border area, close to Tibet. While driving near Mt.Himalayas, you can see the deep gorges, snow-capped mountains on the way. We will also drive across the LuangTang National Park.

Stay overnight in village guest house in Syabrubesi

Day 2: Syabrubesi to Kyirong (40km, 4-5hrs) (B)

After breakfast, we will drive 15km to the border to enter China. You will meet our guide in China side. Then we will drive 1 hour to Kyirong (2800m) where is surrounded by lofty snow-capped mountains and dense forests. In the afternoon, you take a stroll to visit Paba Temple (2850m), a Gelugpa temple built by Tibetan King Songtsan Gambo at the proposal of his wife Nepali princess Bhrikuti. The Nepali style temple with delicate murals is only within minutes’ walk from your hotel.

Stay overnight in Kyirong Hotel

Day 3: Kyirong to EBC to Tingri (480km, 11 hrs) (B)

Today, we will first drive to pass through Peikutso lake and grassland. Then we continue to drive to Everest Base Camp and visit the world highest Monastery, the Rongbuk Monastery. On the way, you can view the splendid panoramic Himalayan Mountain Range at Gawu La Pass (5198m).

After visiting Everest Base Camp, we will drive to Tingri.

Stay overnight in Tingri Hotel

Day 4: Tingri to Shigatse (280km, 7 hrs) (B)

Today, we will drive from Tingri to Shigatse. On the way, you will visit the 5000m G318 National Highway milestone in Lhatse. After your arrival in Shigatse in the early afternoon, you will visit the seat of Panchen Lama - Tashilunpo Monastery, one of the most important monasteries in Tibet.

Stay overnight in Shigatse hotel

Day 5: Shigatse to Lhasa via Gyantse (375km) (B)

Today, we will drive to Lhasa via Gyantse. On the way you can see many Tibetan farmer villages. After arriving in Gyantse, you will visit Heritage town Gyantse old street and Perklor Monastery, Kumbum stupa. Then you will also visit Manak Dam Lake, Korola Glacier and Yamdrok Lake on the way to Lhasa.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 6: Lhasa Tour - Potala Palace, Johkang Temple, and Barkhor Street (B)

Today's tour will first bring you to the Potala Palace which is the winter palace of the Dalai Lama. It was put to use since the 7th Century by the 33rd great king of Tibet. The most valuable collections of Potala Palace are the gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet.

Then after lunch, tourists head to Jokhang temple which was founded by the 33rd great king of Tibet in the 7th century. Inside you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of twelve. Outside, you can see pilgrims making prostrating in front of Jokhang Temple. Around the temple is Barkhor street, where you can do kora (a religious circle of a building or mountain) with pilgrims and locals, and explore the old market.

Besides, We can taste Tibetan tea with locals in the tea house.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 7: Lhasa Tour - Dadong Village and Sera Monastery (B, L, D)

In the morning, you are going to visit Dadong Village, the most beautiful village in Lhasa. Located 25 kilometers southwest of Lhasa downtown, Dadong Village is a well-protected ancient Tibetan village that surrounded by valleys. After arriving, you will visit the Nyimatang Monastery (built in the 11th century), take a light walk in the village, and see what rural life in Lhasa is like. You will also visit a local Tibetan family and enjoy the lunch offered by the family.

In the Afternoon, Tourists will visit Sera Monastery which is another one of the “great three” Gelug monasteries of Tibet. The hot attraction is the Monks debating in the courtyard of SeraMonastery. In addition, you will see colorful rock painting of Buddha and see the three sand Mandalas in Sera Monastery. After that, you will visit Tibetan religious text printing house.

In the evening, you will enjoy the Farewell dinner well-prepared by us.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 8: Depart from Lhasa (B)

The guide will transfer you to the airport or train station and help you get on board.

Tour Cost & Schedule in 2022

Class/Price for Per Person Nov. 16 to
Next Mar.14
Mar.15 to
Jun.26 to
Aug.26 to
Oct.16 to
Economic Class (3-Star Hotels) 1060 US$ 1060 US$ 1160 US$ 1160 US$ 1060 US$
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Money Rate Last Updated: 2022.1.1 *Source: Bank of China

Please Note:

    1. If you couldn’t find a tour date suitable for your travel schedule in the above form, please contact our travel experts and they will help you plan a delightful vacation to Tibet at the BEST local price.
    2. Discount: 1.) 5% off for those booking the tour together with other two travelers (3 or 3 above in total) at the same time; 2.) 5% off for those booking the tour 3 months in advance.

(Note: the above preferential policies can only be enjoyed by either one of them, not both.)

Service Included:

  • Tibet Travel Permit and all other necessary permits to Tibet;
  • All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary;
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary;
  • Local tour Transfers, 5-29 seats comfortable Tourist Vehicle according to Group Size.;
  • Knowledgeable English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide shared in your group;
  • Comfortable Hotel Accommodations;
  • Service Charge & Government Taxes;
  • The above tour price does not include single room supplement. If you are a solo traveler, you need to share one room with another tourist (same sex in most cases); if you prefer to stay in one room by yourself, you will have to pay the single room supplement. And the exact price depends on market fluctuation in high and off season of Tibet tour. For the exact price, please refer to your travel consultant.
  • Arrangements include planning, handling, operational and communication charges.
  • Welcome Dinner in local restaurant when group members meet in Lhasa
  • Free Airport shuttle transfer between Lhasa Gongar airport and Hotel on designated time.
  • Group tours only include a welcome dinner after your arrival in Tibet.
  • Tibet Handy Map
  • Drinking water Provided during the trip
  • 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.)
  • Lunches and dinners are not included, please pay on site by yourself.; usually it costs about USD3-15 per person for one meal in TAR (Tibet Autonomous Region).
  • 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 (please do the best to avoid the alcoholic beverages during your Tibet trip), optional tour activities, etc.

Transfer Service between Hotels and Airport/ Train Station

Lhasa Gongar International Airport is about 70km from the downtown, and it takes about 1.5 hours for a car transfer between airport and hotel. Considering the distance and language barrier, Tibet Vista provides free transfer service from/to airport.

Upon your arrival at airport, our Tibetan local pick-up guide will hold a board with your name and wait for you at the exit, he will escort you to the transfer car, accompany you to the hotel, and assist you with hotel check-in. When tour ends, our guide will pick you up at hotel and escort you to the airport.

Airport Pick-up Schedules: Pick up tourists at 10:00 am; 13:30 pm; 17:00 pm

Airport Drop-off Schedules: Pick up tourists at 06:30 am; 08:00 am; 12:00 pm

If your flight time is not within our transfer schedule, feel free to contact our travel consultant, we will do our best to arrange the most proper transfer service for you.

Besides the airport transfer, Tibet Vista also provides unlimited free transfer between hotel and Lhasa Railway Station according to your arrival/departure time.

Please kindly note: if passengers are less than 3 per transfer, we may use publish transportation like public airport bus or Taxi instead of using our shuttle service.

Travel Tips for 8-day Kathmandu to Lhasa Tour

1. How can I get China Group Visa?

To get China Group Visa, you have to arrive at Kathmandu at least 3 days before you head to Tibet. And give your original passport and personal photo and visa fee to our staff in Kathmandu and fill out the application form. (Tibet Vista Kathmandu address: Shiviji Niwash Kusumbiyalachi Marg Thaihiti Kathmandu 44600 · Nepal)

The processing of China Group Visa takes at least 3 business days. Then our staff will bring the issued visa to your hotel.

2. What does the border transfer service involve?

Our one-stop border transfer service involves the pick-up service from your hotel and transfer service all the way your hotel in Kathmandu to the hotel in Kyirong border, on Tibet’s side. So, you won’t bother to hire a tour vehicle yourself at the border region.

3. What to expect for traveling from Kathmandu to Kyirong?

At 9:00-9:30 am, our Nepali driver will pick you up at your hotel in Kathmandu and later head to Syabrubesi, 40km close to Kyirong border. You will enjoy the changing landscape and experience the obvious altitude ascent. Part of the zigzagged mountain road is extremely treacherous. However, our experienced Nepali driver will guarantee your travel safety.

You will spend one night at Syabrubesi (2380m) and get ready to cross the Kyirong border the next day. Our Tibetan guide and driver will be expecting you with auspicious white Hada on the Tibetan side of the border.

4. Why we don’t arrange the overnight stay at EBC?

On day 3, you are expected to travel from Kyirong to EBC and Tingri. A substantial altitude ascent is expected, approximately 2400m. To minimize the chance for acute altitude sickness, instead of arranging you to stay at EBC(5200), you will spend the night at Tingri(4,348m) for safer accommodation.

5. Why did we extend the original 7 days tour to 8 days?

All we do is to maximize your travel safety and comfort, we extended the original 7-day overland tour to the current 8-day tour. By doing so, you may spend one day in Gyirong Town (2700m), which drastically minimizes the chance of acute mountain sickness for traveling from Kathmandu (1400m) to old Tingri(4300m).

Meanwhile, you can start your journey in the late morning and drivers won’t have to drive at night on the treacherous mountain roads near Sino-Nepal border, which further enhances the overall tour experience and travel safety.

6. Best places to enjoy the Mt. Everest during the journey?

Some of the best places involve the patio of Rongbuk Monastery, where you can enjoy the close-up view of Mt. Everest. While at the Gawu La Pass (5198m), as you head to Shigatse, you will feast your eyes on the top 4 highest peaks of Great Himalayas, including Mt. Everest.

Nothing Matters More than Bringing you a Safe and Comfortable Journey!

Spiritually-uplifting yet physically-demanding, Tibet travel is no ordinary experience. Though you may have done many research, nothing prepares you for the real adventure. However, you can rest assured that the moment you set your foot in Lhasa, your Tibetan guide, driver and all of Tibet Vista’s team are pooling our resources and doing what we can to ensure you a safe and pleasant travel experience.

The following value added tour service will be your best guarantee for a seamless Tibet travel on Tibetan Plateau.

Reliable and Safe Transfer Service to Gyirong Border

As a prestigious and the only Tibet tour company with offices based in Lhasa, Kathmandu,and Chengdu, we never use the third-party contractor and are dedicated to providing the safest and best-value Kathmandu to Lhasa overland tour service. Our Kathmandu-based office will kindly provide you with the convenient jeep transfer service to Gyirong border.

The jeep we use is Mahindra Scorpio, spacious and very safe. And each jeep only accommodates 4-5 pax each time to ensure the maximum comfort and safety. Our staff in Kathmandu office will arrange the designated jeep and driver to transfer you from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi. You will spend one night at Syabrubesi and the next day you will cross the Sino-Nepal border and our Tibet guide and driver from our Lhasa headquarters will greet and serve you on the side of the border for the rest of the journey.

Extended One More Day in Gyirong for Better Acclimatization

To shield you from acute mountain sickness and further enhance travel safety, we upgrade the previous 7-day overland tour to the current 8-day journey. By doing so, you may spend one night in Syabrubesi (2380m) and another one more day at Gyirong Town (2700m) to better adjust yourself to the altitude ascent. And you and the driver only travel in the daytime, a great safety guarantee for driving on the treacherous road between Nepal and China border.

Routine Tour Service Workshop and Seminar for Our Tibetan Guide

To an organized tour, we believe, whether or not you will have a great travel experience largely depends on whom you travel with. So, we attach great importance to the training and exchange amid our Tibetan guide and other staff. Each year, a series of workshops and seminars and training courses will be held for our Tibetan guides and other staff to exchange their guide experience and offer first-aid training, etc. They are committed to offering the quality and tourist-friendly service to you.

Celestron Telescope Give You Close-up View of Mt. Everest at EBC

Standing at the foot of Mt. Everest and gazing at this holy mountain form an integral part of EBC tour. Apart from taking you to the best vantage points to view this natural wonders, we offer brand-new Celestrontelescope (with 60 optical zoom Lens) for you to get close-up view of the world’s highest mountain. Besides, don’t miss the starry Milky Wayin EBC.

Helpful Service: Trekking Pole, Camping Lantern and Portable Charger

When travelling on Tibetan Plateau, we highly suggest you travelling list. And we offer helpful rental service (50 CNY deposit), such as trekking pole, camping lantern and portable charger. Upon your request, we may also prepare the camping tent, sleeping bag, etc. for you. A small amount of service and cleaning charge is expected. Our friendly travel consultants will give you pro advice to remove your heavy daypack.

Keep You Warm and Protected from Harsh Alpine Climate

In addition to warm sweet tea and hot water and warm smile, we feel obligated to protect you from chilly wind at EBC and Mt. Kailash, etc. Why not bundle up in our well-prepared warm Tibetan Apron. If you forgot to bring you gloves, no problem! The hot water bagbring you instant warmth and our versatile magic scarfwill work like a charm to protect you from sunburn and dust in Tibet.

Multiple Travel Kits Make Your Trip More Comfortable

As the long ride is very common esp. travelling beyond Lhasa, we kindly prepare a full set of travel kit for you to enjoy an easy ride in Tibet. Upon your request, we may offer neck pillow, eye mask, and ear plugs, fork knife spoon set, and sleeping bag at EBC tent during your journey.

Free Battery Recharging

Besides, you may use our free power recharge service at our office at Lhasa Gang Gyan Hotel (first floor 1102).

Unique Eco-friendly Bottle for Drinking

Tibet Vista is a staunch supporter for Eco and responsible travelin Tibet. As we visit Tibet, why not work with us to save limited resources and minimize human’s impact to the natural environment.We designed a tailor-made Eco-friendly Bottle for drinking throughout your tour in Tibet. It’s very convenient to use it to drink hot water, coffee, Tibetan milk tea. Such a fine souvenir, don’t you think?

Easy-to-Use Tibet Tourist Map and Other Useful Travel Stuff

What’s more? Plenty of useful travel brochure and travel kits such as Tibet tourist map,up-to-date travel advice, etc. will greet you in Lhasa. You will find them exceedingly helpful to your day-to-day travel in Tibet.

Meet Beloved Mr. Kunga, Your Best Guard for a Safe and Pleasant Journey

And now, the last but not least, I take great pride in introducing our beloved Mr. Kunga, the customer service manager of our company.If you have any problem adapting to the life on Tibetan plateau? Or simply wanna to learn more about Tibet. Do not hesitate to stop by our customer service office in Lhasa Gang Gyan Hotel (first floor 1102) and have a friendly little chat with him.

Mr. Kunga would make a good cup of tea for you and share with you his more than 30 years’ guide experience in Tibet. In fact, Tibet Vista is the only local Tibet travel agency that has a designated customer service manager who offers prompt support to your need.

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