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Tibet Overland Tour

Ditch the plane and train by embracing the bygone thrills of “travel on the road”; the adventurous Tibet overland tours, fashioned by our local experts, invite you for an adrenaline-packed road trip to Tibet. Cross the epic Himalayas or pass by pristine forests, turquoise alpine lakes, and steep canyons, etc.; No two days are alike. You will get to places that are difficult to reach and see more than others and have more encounters with locals.

Both small group tours and customized tours are available to travelers of all ages and interests. Our expertise and attentive services will help you easily get essential travel permits and overland to Lhasa from cities like Kathmandu, Chengdu, Lijiang, Xining, etc. with great ease and exhilarating discoveries.

Tibet Overland Small Group Tours

Traveling overland to Tibet in a small group tour is a fantastic way to fulfill your bucket list. Each of our small group tours only has 8-12 travelers. So, you can enjoy each other’s company while relatively retaining some privacy. With a fixed departure date, you can hit the road on time even with only a couple of travelers. Your travel permits and hotels and dining and the transfer will be properly handled by our staff. All you need to do is follow our passionate local travel expert and discover the Tibet with your five senses.

Customized Tibet Overland Tours

Enjoying a tailor-made overland tour to Tibet allows you to give full play to your travel inspiration. You can discuss your wanderlust and interests with our travel consultants and create a unique Tibet overland tour that works best for you. For a family visit, lovers and photographers and travelers with a particular purpose, this is your best travel mode. You can enjoy better options for hotels, more intimate care and knowledge for local travel leaders and maximized flexibility to see and experience more than others. Check the following sample itineraries and make yours.

  • 8 Days Chengdu impression and Lhasa to Kathmandu overland Tour

    Chengdu - By flight - Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - EBC - By overland - Kathmandu

    2 day tour in Chengdu to have a general impression of culture and history of Chengdu; plus flight to Lhasa and later move to Everest Region in Shigatse, Tibet and finally exit Tibet to Kathmandu, Nepal.

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  • 10 Days Beijing Tour and Lhasa to Kathmandu overland Tour

    Beijing - By flight - Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Everest Base Camp - By overland - Kathmandu

    Rarely can you find a tour itinerary that covers Beijing tour, Tibet tour and Himalayan exploration to Nepal. Tourists can visit all the must-visit attractions in these two hot tour destinations plus the ride over the roof of the world.

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  • 11 Days Beijing Tour and Lhasa to Kathmandu overland Tour by Qinghai-Tibet Railway

    Beijing - By train - Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Everest Base Camp - Old Tingri - By overland - Kathmandu

    The tour covers the classic attractions in Beijing and then tourists will take Beijing-Lhasa train to Lhasa, and later they will travel from Lhasa to Shigatse via Gyantse and eventually exit Tibet from Gyirong Port.

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  • 11 Days Travel through Qinghai-Tibet Highway

    Xining - Chaka - Golmud - Amdo - Nagqu - Lhasa overland tour

    Qinghai-Tibet highway is one of sightseeing routes from China to Tibet. You will pass Qinghai lake, Chaka salt lake, Kekexili nature reserve, and the source of Yangtzi river and Namtso lake, etc.

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  • 12 Days Yunnan to Tibet Overland Journey

    Lijiang - Shangri-la - Deqin - Zuogong - Ranwu - Pomi - Nyingchi - Lhasa

    Yunnan-Tibet Highway is a world-class off-road route with 1930 kilometers. You will traverse through Mt. Hengduanshan and Kham, the best-preserved area of Tibetan folk custom.

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  • 15 Days Beijing Lhasa Kathmandu Overland Tour

    Beijing - By train - Lhasa - Shigatse - Everest Base Camp - By overland - Kathmandu

    This tour combines Tibet with Nepal. Starting from Beijing, the political, economic, cultural center of China, you will head to Forbidden City, the cradle of China civilization, and then you will through Tibet to Nepal.

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  • 15 Days Chengdu Lhasa EBC via 318 National Highway Overland Tour

    Chengdu - Xinduqiao - Litang - Batang - Zogong - Rakwa - Bomi - Nyingchi - Lhasa - Shigatse - EBC - Lhasa

    This 15-day tour starts from Chengdu, and goes through the most beautiful views long the Sichuan-Tibet highway. You will visit Potala Palace, Sera Monastery, etc. in Lhasa, and take in the breath-taking views in Everest Base Camp. The whole epic overland tour can be your lifetime journey to experience both Sichuan and Tibet.

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  • 16 Days Amazing Kham Tour via G317 National Highway

    Chengdu - Jiaju - Danba - Ganzi - Daofu - Gantze - Baiyu - Xinlong - Litang - Dechen - Zhongdian

    This travel route starts from Chengdu with a thorough tour in Kham, and ends in Zhongdian, Yunnan province.

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Tibet Overland Tour Moments

Most Asked Questions about Lhasa and Shigatse Tour

What is the best time to overland to Tibet?

The most ideal time to travel overland to Tibet is April to June and Sept to Nov, roughly overlapping the spring and autumn in Tibet. You can enjoy fantastic visibility for viewing snowy peaks under the deep blue sky when traveling between Lhasa and Kathmandu. In spring, the massive rosy peach blossoms and blooming Rhododendron on the roadside from Chengdu to Lhasa are just unbelievable.
The summer lasts from mid-June to August, when the road is muddy and landslide happens during the Sino-Nepal border or G318 Hwy. It can risky on treacherous mountain roads. However, some who want o enjoy the verdant grassland and diverse wildflowers find it worth traveling as well.

What are major overland routes to Tibet?

There are 5 major overland routes to Tibet, i.e. Sino-Nepal Friendship Highway, Sichuan-Tibet Highway, and Yunnan-Tibet Highway and Qinghai-Tibet Highway, Xinjiang Tibet Highway. You can access Tibet from different directions via these 5 routes, widely-known as world-class overland routes.
Of these 5 overland routes to Tibet, traveling between Lhasa and Kathmandu and Chengdu to Lhasa via G318 Hwy are the most popular choice. The former allows you to visit Mt. Everest at EBC and traverse the mighty Himalayas to Kathmandu. You can do it in both ways. Whereas Chengdu to Lhasa overland tour via G318 Hwy takes you to travel from northern Sichuan basin to enter Tibet from eastern Tibet by crossing valleys of Mt. Hengduanshan and Kham region and enchanting Nyingchi prefecture, etc. The otherworld landscapes and treacherous roads make this famous pilgrimage route world famous.
Xinjiang Tibet Highway is the most challenge one. No.G219 has a total length of 2530 kilometers. The average elevation of the highway is above 4500 meters, and you will traverse hundreds of kilometers of the uninhabited area with limited supply. The most challenging thing for you is to pass several mountains over 6000 meters above sea level of Kunlun Mountains, which is on the junction of Xinjiang and Tibet. This route is also one of the highest, hardest and most dangerous highways in the world.

What about the road condition to Tibet?

Nowadays, the road leading to Tibet is exceedingly good. Most of the mountain roads are two-lane highway built with quality asphalt. The previous hazardous mountain passes are also replaced by newly-built tunnels. Though you will be traveling past lofty peaks and treacherous hairpin bends, the road itself is perfect for driving. And all of our drivers have years of driving experiences on a particular travel route.
The worst road condition occurs in the valley between Sino-Nepal border, esp. during the monsoon season. The treacherous road is made more dangerous by landslide. Some times, travelers need to get off the tour vehicle and walk pass the blocked road.

Do you have to worry about altitude sickness for the Tibet overland tour?

Almost, all of the overland routes to or from Tibet involve traveling at a high altitude. To most of the travelers, it’s very likely to have symptoms like dizziness and headache, or shortness of breath as the tour vehicle passes high mountain passes. There is the natural physical response to altitude ascent (above 3,000m). So, don’t panic. Our tour vehicle is equipped with oxygen canister. You can use it to ease the headache.
Meanwhile, our local travel expert will also closely monitor your health and offer the timely help you need. As you descend to a lower altitude, the discomfort will disappear soon. Besides, motion sickness pills are also recommended for you to relieve the dizziness triggered by long and winding roads. - Find out expert tips to avoid altitude sickness

What about the accommodation and dining during Tibet overland tour?

For small group travelers, you will be staying at designated 3-star hotels along the way. You may also upgrade your lodging by paying more. If you travel in a customized tour, you will have more options for better hotels. All your lodging will be pre-booked by our local tour operator.
Lhasa, Shigatse and Nyingchi offer the more diverse options hotels from 3-star budget hotels to mid-range 4-star hotel and 5-star international luxury resorts. Normally, the lodging facilities at border areas like Kyirong border or places with extreme altitude like EBC or remoteness, only the local guesthouse is available.
You will be dining at designated restaurants with food safety guarantee. Sichuan cuisine like spicy diced chicken, stir-fried green beans and Tibetan food, such as yak noodle soups, Tibetan dumplings, dried yak meat, and lambs, etc, would be fun to taste. There is no need to camp in the wilderness.

What travel documents are needed for Tibet overland tour?

To international tourists, firstly you need to book your tour with us, a local Tibet Travel agency since independent travel is not available for overseas travelers. Then, you can apply for Tibet Permit for the overland journey.
If you prefer to drive your own motorcycling or drive your own vehicle for the journey, you are expected to get a temporary Chinese driving license and car plate for your vehicle, which will be done with our help.

Overland from Kathmandu to Lhasa or do it in reverse. Which do you recommend?

We suggest that you fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa and later travel overland from Lhasa to Kathamndu. In this way, it’s much better to avoid quick altitude gain as you cross the mighty Himalayas.
However, many of our travelers still prefer to overland to Lhasa from Kathmandu, our 8-day Kathmandu Lhasa tour is expertly built to allow you to have proper acclimatization before ascending higher. Nevertheless, it remains a tough challenge for some since whether or not you will have altitude sickness has a lot to do with gene. Just relax, we have oxygen supply, know-how and most importantly expert local leaders to ensure your travel safety.

What to see for the Tibet overland tour?

Each highway to Tibet has its own characteristic, and the most famous routes are Sichuan-Tibet Highway and Yunnan-Tibet Highway from eastern Tibet. You can appreciate spectacular landscapes of canyon, snow-capped mountains and forest. Located at the eastern Tibet, Kham is the best-preserved area of Tibetan folk custom and is hardly affected by modern civilization. There are large-scale monasteries, Buddhist schools and hundreds of thousands monks. You can see villages around monasteries and the harmonious life of Tibetan people with Buddhism.
If you go to Tibet from Nepal, you will traverse Himalayas to Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau from Kathmandu valley with an elevation of 1500 meters, and then enter into Tingri County with an elevation of 4300 meters. You can visit Everest Base Camp to get a closer view of the highest mountain in the world--Mount Everest along the way, and then get to Lhasa via Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet.
Xinjiang Tibet Highway is the most challenge one. No.G219 and its total length are 2530 kilometers. The average elevation of the highway is above 4500 meters, and you will traverse hundreds of kilometers of an uninhabited area with limited supply. The most challenging thing for you is to pass several mountains over 6000 meters above sea level of the Kunlun Mountains, which is on the junction of Xinjiang and Tibet. This route is also one of the highest, hardest, and most dangerous highways in the world.

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