Tibet Overland Tour

Destination: Tibet
Duration : 8 days
Best Season : All year around

Grade : Moderate
Max. Altitude : 4000

The Tibet Overland Tour is a popular tour that takes advantage of the so-called Friendship Highway connecting Tibet and Nepal. You will be travelling by road at altitudes of up to 3000 m to 5000 m across the high and cold Gobi Desert, viewing some incredibly picturesque and breathtaking scenery including Mt. Everest. The tour is both relaxing and adventurous and provides the opportunity to see a great deal of Tibet in a short space of time. From a cultural point of view this is a fascinating trip, as you will be exploring centuries old monasteries and caves along the way as well as visiting historical towns. Some of the highlights en route include the Sukya monastery, the largest in Tibet; Shigatse, Tibet’s second largest city; Tashlungpo Monastery, the seat of the Panchen Lama, and Shalu Monastery. You will also get the chance to visit Gyantse, Tibet’s ancient trading hub and the beautiful turquoise lake Yamdruk Tso, Tibet’s largest freshwater lake. This tour which is available all year round, comes with two options - a basic tour for those on a limited budget and a deluxe tour for those with a little more money to spend.

 

Day 01: Kathmandu - Nyalam (3750 m)

Day 02: Jeep tour: Nyalam to Lhatse (3950 m)
 
Day 03: Jeep tour: Lhatse to Shigatse (3900 m) via Sakya Monastery
 
Day 04: Jeep tour: Shigatse to Gyantse (3950 m) via Shalu Monastery
 
Day 05: Jeep tour: Gyantse to Lhasa (3650 m) via Yamdruk Lake (Turquoise Lake)
 
Day 06: Lhasa guided sightseeing tour
 
Day 07: Lhasa guided sightseeing tour
 
Day 08: Departure from Lhasa

Day 01: Kathmandu - Nyalam (3750 m)

Early morning, you will drive from Kathmandu to the Tibetan border at Kodari (Zhangmu). The drive requires approximately 4 hours reaching the Border. After finishing immigration formalites both in Nepal and China side, you will continue drive up the steep switch back road to Nyalam (two hours).

Day 02: Jeep tour: Nyalam to Lhatse (3950 m)

After driving approximately 10 km from Nyalam, you can visit a Cave Monastery (Milareppa Cave) that is belongs to the famous Tibetan saint Milareppa, who was known as a famous Tibetan tantrik and poet too.
You will continue drive across the Tibetan plateau with spectacular mountain views from Lalung-La pass (5050m). Passing through the town of Tingri there are more views of Mt. Everest and Cho-Oyu.
 

Day 03: Jeep tour: Lhatse to Shigatse (3900 m) via Sakya Monastery

Morning after breakfast, we set off for our further journey to Shigatse. On the way, we visit Sakya Monastery which is one of the largest Monastery in Tibet for Sakya sect of Buddhism. Sakya situated 21 km off the friendship highway.
We continue travel to Shigatse through beautiful landscapes and high passes on the way. Shigatse is the second largest city of Tibet. The famous Tashilungpu Monastery is situated in Shigatse. This is the official throne of Panchen Lama
 

Day 04: Jeep tour: Shigatse to Gyantse (3950 m) via Shalu Monastery

After visiting the Tashilungpu Monastery in Shigatse, it's a short drive to Gyantse (3 hours) with its amazing sites - Khumbum, Palkor Chode Monastery and Gyantse Dzong. On the way to Gyantse, we visit Shalu Monastery.

 

 

Day 05: Jeep tour: Gyantse to Lhasa (3650 m) via Yamdruk Lake (Turquoise Lake)

The highlight of this day is the beautiful turquoise lake, Yamdruk - Tso. After crossing the Kamba- La and the Yarlung (Brahmaputra) River, the journey ends in Lhasa.
 

Day 06: Lhasa guided sightseeing tour

Guided sightseeing tour of Lhasa - two days of guided sightseeing, encompassing all the major historic landmarks including the Potala Palace, Norbulinka, the Jokhang Temple and the bustling Barkhor bazaar.
 

Day 07: Lhasa guided sightseeing tour

Guided sightseeing tour of Lhasa continues - You will visit Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery and a Tibetan medical Centre

Day 08: Departure from Lhasa

We provide you options of flying back to Kathmandu OR traveling further to mainland China by Train OR by flight. Popular choice now is to take the new train trip from Lhasa to mainland China (Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Xian, Xining etc.), which is the highest railway journey in the world.

Personal Belongings

- Camera, Chargers, Phone, ID/Passport, Personal medical kit, Diary, Money-wallet etc...

Gears

- Sun glass

- Cap/Hat

- Shoes

- Water

- Umbrella or rain coat

- Day bag

Cost Includes

01. All Tibet travel permits
02. Transportation in Tibet by 4WD Land Cruiser
03. Accommodation in Tibet is on a twin sharing basis (Lhatse & Nyalam) with breakfast
04. Two days sightseeing tour in Lhasa
05. English speaking Tibetan guide
06. Monastery entry fees
07. Kathmandu - Zhangmu (Tibetan border town) transfer by private vehicle
08. Tibet visa (U.S. citizens need to add $90 for additional visa costs)
09. Lhasa - Kathmandu flight ticket
10. Airport tax in Lhasa (while flying to Kathmandu)
11. All applicable taxes and service charges

Cost Excludes

01. Meals other than breakfast in Tibet (one meal either lunch or dinner costs approximately US $8 to US $10)
02. Nepal re-entry visa fee (US $30)
03. Your travel insurance
04. Urgent visa fee
05. Any additional expenses due to unforeseen circumstances.

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