7 Days Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Tour

7 Days Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Tour

Tour begins at Lhasa, ends in Kathmandu

7 days overland tour from Lhasa to Kathmandu offers an amazing views of the Himalayas and the picturesque Tibetan countryside. The visit to the old cities: Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse  will give you a complete impression of Tibet's religion, cultural treasures, and spectacular landscape.

The highlighted of the trip is Everest Base Camp from north side of Tibet and travel to Nepal's capital city Kathmandu will be a life-time memory.

Outline itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Lhasa

Day 02: Lhasa Tour - Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor  Street (B)

Day 03: Lhasa tour - Drepung Monastery,Sera Monastery(B)

Day 04: Lhasa (3650m) to Shigatse(3900m) via Gyantse (B)

Day 05: Shigatse(3900m) to EBC (5200m) via Tingri (B)

Day 06: EBC to Gyirong Border 370km (B)

Day 07: Gyirong border to Kathmandu (B)

Day 01: Arrive Lhasa (3650m)

When you arrive in Lhasa either by train or flight your guide will greet you and take you to your hotel. You can see Yarlung Tsangpo River/Bhamaputra river - the Longest and largest river in Tibet and Lhasa river on your way to hotel. After arriving at hotel, you may take a rest and get acclimatized with Lhasa’s high altitude. If you wish to explore some close by then you can go to the Potala Square or close market. Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Notes to the first time visitors: to get acclimatized to the high altitude in Tibet it is advised to have a proper sleep in your hotel, drinks lots of water, not to rush and relax in visiting to the monuments.

Day 02: Lhasa Tour - Potala Palace, Johkang Temple, and Barkhor Street (B)

Today's tour will first bring you to the Potala Palace. Potala Palace was built in 1645 and completed in 1693. It dominates the landscape in Lhasa. The palace is the former winter residence of the Dalai Lama. It used to be the official residence of 13 Dalai Lamas. The magnificent building has over 1000 rooms. Inside there are many chambers; you can see brilliant frescoes paintings and great view of Lhasa.

Next visit after lunch is Jokhang Temple that has valuable relics of Buddha and magnificent statues related to Tibet Buddhism. Often you come across devotees, who have come from far flung of Tibet, prostrating in and around. The sight of pilgrims prostrating themselves in front of Jhokang must be seen to be comprehended. This is something you can never see elsewhere. Jokhang temple in Lhasa is the spiritual center of Tibet where in the summer nomads meet other pilgrims on their way to the high pasture. You then visit to the Barkhor Bazaar outside the Jokhang monastery. This is the bustling flea market where you can buy souvenirs and meet other tourists. Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 03: Visit Drepung and Sera Monastery (B) 

In the morning visit Drepung monastery which is the largest monastery in the world and once housed 10,000 monks and nuns. It was built in 1416, and the second, third and fourth Dalai Lamas lived here and were entombed. A visit to the kitchen of this monastery is a must. Look out for the washing machine in which the monks mix their butter tea.

In the Afternoon you will visit Sera Monastery which is another one of the “great three” Gelug university monasteries of Tibet. The hot attraction would be to see is the Monks debate which happens around 3 - 5 in the afternoon. Beside these you can visit the Tibetan religious scripture printing house, inside the monastery, see three sand Mandalas and colorful Rock Painting of Buddha. It is very impressive and  well preserved monastery that has white-washed walls and golden roofs. Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 04: Lhasa (3650m) to Shigatse (3900m) via Gyantse (B)

Drive from Lhasa to Shigatse . Cross over Gampala pass at 4790m, a glimpse of Yamdrok-tso lake at 4400m) Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar (7191m) the highest mountain near from Lhasa. Pass through Korola Glacier, stop at Simila Mountain Pass for photography before you reach to Gyantse, historically Tibet's third largest city (after Lhasa and Shigatse). In Gyantse, we will visit the famous Pelkor Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum and enjoy the Far view of Gyangtse Fortress. Next stop is at Shigatse which is the second largest city in Tibet. In Shigatse, we may visit traditional Barley Mill and view the landscape of Barley Field.  Stay overnight in Shigatse.

Day 05: Shigatse (3900m) to Everest Base Camp (5200m) via Tingri (B)

Visit the home of Panchan Lama - Tashilunpo Monastery. Leave Shigatse to Lhatse, it is a small town where we can have lunch. Continue drive through Tsola (4600m) and Gyatsola Pass (5248m).As you enter Everest reserve you can enjoy the panoramic views from Gawula Pass(5198m) and arrive to Everest Base Camp (5200m). Stay overnight at Rongbuk monastery guest house.

Day 06: Everest Base camp to Gyirong Border 370km

Visit Everest Base camp for photography and drive to Kyirong border. Enroute ennoy panoramic view of Mt. Shishapangma and Pekutso Lake. When you cross the Ghungtang Lhamo(5236m) you arrive at  Kyirong. Stay overnight in the guesthouse in Kyirong. 

Day 07: Gyirong border to Nepal boarder Kerung and drive to Kathmandu (175 km - 7 hours drive (B)

Your guide will assist you to exit China via Gyirong border. After you go through the customs and enter Nepal, our staff on the Nepal's side will transfer you to your hotel in Kathmandu.

Private tour arrangement - exclusively you only in the group

2 person              US$1840 per person       

3-5 person          US$1465 per person

6-9 person          US$1185 per person

10-15 person      US$1020 per person

Single room supplement: US$200

Cost includes:

01. Hotel Accommodation on twin sharing basis using 3 star Hotel like Hotel Dhoodgu or Yak or similar

02. Daily breakfast

03. English speaking experienced Tibetan guide

04. Transportation as per itinerary

05. Entrance fees at monasteries

06. Tibet Travel permit

07. Private pickup from Kyirong boarder to and drop at Kathamndu Hotel

08.  Mineral water – 2 bottles each day

Cost does not include:

01. China/Tibet visa fee if obtain in Kathmandu (applies as per nationalities)

02. Any Airfare

03. All expenses of personal nature, phone calls, laundry, etc

04. Lunch and Dinner at hotels

05. Alcoholic beverages and bar bills

06.Personal health and accident insurance

07. Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu

If you want to join with other international travellers - the cost would be less. Let us know which month you wish to travel so we can put you in there.


1. Chinese Embassy requires passport physically for 3 full days to process China/Tibet visa

2. Visa working days are Mondays to Fridays from 11 am onward; receiving visa time is in the afternoon of third day

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  • Price : USD 1840
  • Destinations : Lhasa,Gyantse,Shigatse,Everest Base Camp,Kathmandu
  • Max Elevation : 5200
  • Weather : May June, July, August, September, October are best time to visit
  • Trip Duration : 7 days
  • Trip Grade : Moderate
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