Lhasa Kathmandu Overland Tour Overview
- Trip Code: CT-10093
- Package: Lhasa Kathmandu Overland Tour
- Duration: 7 Day(s)
- Trip Level:
ModerateRequires some level of experience in trekking with basic physical ability.
- Group Size: 12
- Trip Route: Kathmandu - Kyirong - Everest Base Camp - Tingri - Shigatse - Gyantse - Lhasa
Entering Tibet from Kathmandu to Lhasa is an exciting and adventurous journey. This overland trip spans 8 days and takes you through the stunning Great Himalayas, showcasing the highest peaks, serene alpine lakes, glaciers, and sacred Buddhist sites. Ultimately, you'll reach Lhasa, the spiritual heart of Tibet.
To prioritize your safety and comfort on the Kathmandu to Lhasa route. This adjustment allows for a day's stay in Gyirong Town (2700m), significantly reducing the risk of acute mountain sickness when transitioning from Kathmandu (1400m) to old Tingri (4300m). Additionally, starting the journey in the late morning ensures that drivers don't navigate the perilous mountain roads near the Sino-Nepal border at night, enhancing the overall tour experience and travel safety.
As the only local travel agency with offices in Kathmandu, we operate our tours directly without third-party contractors. Our Tibetan and Nepali staff will assist you in obtaining the Tibet Permit (free of charge) and China Group Visa for entry into Tibet from Kathmandu. Furthermore, we offer secure and convenient transfer services from your Kathmandu hotel to your Gyirong hotel on the Tibetan side. If you wish to extend your tour from Lhasa to other Chinese cities such as Chengdu, Xi'an, Beijing, or Shanghai, we can assist you in booking Tibet train or flight tickets and provide guided tours to various parts of China.
|Day 1||Arrival in Lhasa|
|Day 2||Lhasa Tour - Potala Palace, Johkang Temple, and Barkor Street|
|Day 3||Lhasa Sightseeing - Drepung Monastery,Sera Monastery|
|Day 4||Lhasa (3650m) to Shigatse (3900m)||Lhasa (3650m)|
|Day 5||Shigatse (3900m) to Everest Base Camp (5200)||Everest Base Camp (5200)|
|Day 6||Old Tingri(4300m) to Kyirong(Gyirong)||Old Tingri(4300m)|
|Day 7||Kyirong(Gyirong) to Kathmandu (1300m)||Kathmandu (1300m)|
Lhasa Kathmandu Overland Tour Itinerary
Arrival in Lhasa
Upon your arrival in Lhasa, whether by train or flight, our guide will warmly welcome you and escort you to your hotel. During the journey, you will have the opportunity to witness the magnificent Yarlung Tsangpo River (also known as the Brahmaputra River) and the scenic Lhasa River.
Once you have checked in to your hotel in Lhasa, it is recommended to take some time to rest and acclimatize to the high altitude. If you feel up to it, you can venture out and visit Potala Square, where you can marvel at the vibrant fountain with its captivating display of colors. Don't miss the chance to capture amazing photos of the iconic Potala Palace and its picturesque surroundings.
For those who are new to Tibet, it is essential to allow time for acclimatization to the high altitude. It is advisable to take a good rest in your hotel and avoid rushing to visit attractions within Lhasa City.
Enjoy a comfortable overnight stay in Lhasa as you prepare for the exciting adventures ahead.
Lhasa Tour - Potala Palace, Johkang Temple, and Barkor Street
Embark on a captivating tour of Lhasa, where you will discover the remarkable treasures of the city. Our first stop is the awe-inspiring Potala Palace, the Dalai Lama's winter residence. Dating back to the 7th century, this architectural marvel has been cherished by Tibetan rulers throughout history. Marvel at the gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and explore the meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet, filled with profound spiritual significance.
After a delightful lunch, we continue our journey to the renowned Jokhang Temple. Built-in the 7th century by the visionary 33rd great king of Tibet, this temple stands as a symbol of Buddhist devotion. Inside, you will be mesmerized by the revered statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the tender age of twelve, a highly venerated object in Tibetan Buddhism.
Surrounding the temple is the vibrant Barkhor Street, a bustling hub where pilgrims and locals engage in the sacred act of kora, circling the temple or mountain as an act of devotion. Immerse yourself in this spiritual atmosphere, and take the opportunity to purchase unique souvenirs along the way.
Conclude your fulfilling day with an overnight stay in Lhasa, savoring the memories of the captivating sights and experiences you've encountered.
Lhasa Sightseeing - Drepung Monastery,Sera Monastery
On the third day of your Lhasa tour, we will explore two significant monasteries, namely Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery.
Our first destination is Drepung Monastery, situated at the foothills of a majestic mountain. Founded in 1416 by Jamyang Choeje, this monastery was once home to a staggering 10,000 monks. Notably, Ganden Podrang within Drepung served as the government center before it was later moved to the renowned Potala Palace during the reign of the fifth Dalai Lama.
After a delightful lunch, we will proceed to visit the esteemed Sera Monastery. Established in 1419 by Jamchen Choeje, a disciple of Tsongkhapa, this monastery holds great significance within Tibetan Buddhism. One of the highlights of Sera Monastery is the captivating Buddhist Scriptures debating sessions that take place in the monastery's courtyard, typically between 3:00 and 5:00 in the afternoon.
Conclude the day's explorations with an overnight stay in Lhasa, reflecting upon the profound spiritual experiences and cultural insights gained from visiting these magnificent monastic sites.
Lhasa (3650m) to Shigatse (3900m)
On the fourth day of your journey, we will embark on a scenic drive from Lhasa to Shigatse, with a stop at Gyantse along the way.
As we depart from Lhasa, our route will take us over the breathtaking Gampala Pass, reaching an elevation of 4,790 meters. Here, you will have the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the enchanting Yamdrok-Tso Lake at an altitude of 4,400 meters. Surrounding the lake are majestic snow-capped mountains, and in the distance, you will be treated to a spectacular view of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar, the highest peak near Lhasa, standing at an impressive 7,191 meters.
Continuing our journey westward, we will drive along the scenic lakeside and proceed toward Gyantse. As historically Tibet's third-largest city, Gyantse holds cultural significance. Here, we will visit the renowned Pelkor Monastery and the impressive Gyantse Kumbum, a multi-story architectural wonder.
After spending time exploring Gyantse, we will drive for approximately one and a half hours to reach Shigatse, the second-largest city in Tibet. In Shigatse, we will visit the revered Tashilhunpo Monastery, which serves as the seat of Tibet's second-highest incarnation, the Panchen Lama.
Conclude the day with a comfortable overnight stay in Shigatse, reflecting on the stunning landscapes and cultural treasures encountered on this leg of your journey.
Shigatse (3900m) to Everest Base Camp (5200)
On the fifth day of your adventure, we will depart from Shigatse after obtaining your Alien's Travel Permit and head towards Everest Base Camp.
Our journey will take us to Lhatse, a small town where you can enjoy a pleasant lunch break. From there, we will continue driving towards Shegar. If weather conditions permit, you will have the incredible opportunity to catch a distant glimpse of the majestic Mount Everest along the way.
After approximately 4 to 6 hours of driving, we will reach Rongbuk Monastery. During this stretch, you will pass through Pang La Pass, one of the highest passes in Tibet, with an altitude of 5,050 meters. From this vantage point, you will be rewarded with a panoramic view of the world's five highest peaks. Once at Rongbuk Monastery, situated at an altitude of 5,000 meters, you can explore this sacred site, which holds the distinction of being the highest monastery in the world and belongs to the Nyingma sect of Tibetan Buddhism.
For accommodation, you will have the option of staying overnight in a tent at Everest Base Camp or at the guest house of Rongbuk Monastery. Embrace the unique experience of spending the night in this remarkable location, surrounded by the awe-inspiring beauty of the Himalayas.
Old Tingri(4300m) to Kyirong(Gyirong)
After enjoying a mesmerizing sunrise over the magnificent Mt. Everest, which stands at an impressive height of 8,844.43 meters, we will begin our journey from Old Tingri to Kyirong (Gyirong).
As we drive towards the border, you will have the opportunity to witness the majestic Himalayas from both the Tibetan and Nepalese sides. The road leading to Gyirong Port is generally in good condition, but what makes this leg of the journey truly remarkable is the rapidly changing altitude and atmosphere that unfolds before your very eyes.
Prepare to be captivated by the breathtaking landscapes as we traverse this region, experiencing the awe-inspiring beauty of the Himalayas from different perspectives. The journey to Gyirong Port will be an unforgettable experience, as you witness the power and grandeur of these majestic mountains.
Continue to embrace the adventure as we make our way toward Kyirong (Gyirong), anticipating more incredible sights and experiences along the way.
Kyirong(Gyirong) to Kathmandu (1300m)
From Kyirong (Gyirong), our next destination is Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. We will cross the China-Nepal border at the Gyirong Port and proceed towards Kathmandu. The distance between Gyirong and Kathmandu is approximately 160 kilometers (100 miles).
The bus journey from Gyirong to Kathmandu typically takes around 7 to 9 hours, but please note that the duration can vary depending on factors such as road conditions and traffic. As we make our way through this scenic route, be prepared to witness the natural beauty of the region and enjoy the transition from the high altitudes of Tibet to the lower elevation of Kathmandu, which sits at around 1300 meters above sea level.
Sit back, relax, and soak in the sights as we travel toward the vibrant city of Kathmandu, where a wealth of cultural treasures and diverse experiences await.
Lhasa Gongar International Airport is located approximately 70 kilometers from downtown Lhasa, and the transfer from the airport to your hotel takes around 1.5 hours by car. To ensure a smooth and hassle-free arrival, we provide a free transfer service from the airport to your hotel. Upon arrival, our friendly Tibetan pick-up guide will be waiting for you at the airport exit, holding a sign with your name. They will assist you with your luggage, accompany you to the transfer car, and ensure a comfortable journey to your hotel. They will also help you with the check-in process at the hotel. Similarly, at the end of your tour, our guide will pick you up from your hotel and escort you back to the airport.
For airport pick-up, we have scheduled pick-up times at 10:00 am, 13:30 pm, and 17:00 pm. Similarly, for airport drop-off, our pick-up times are at 06:30 am, 08:00 am, and 12:00 pm. If your flight time does not fall within these schedules, please inform our travel consultant, and we will make arrangements to accommodate your needs.
In addition to airport transfers, CoreTreks also offers unlimited free transfers between your hotel and Lhasa Railway Station, ensuring a seamless transition to and from the train station based on your arrival and departure times.
Please note that if there are fewer than three passengers per transfer, we may utilize public transportation such as public airport buses or taxis instead of our shuttle service. Rest assured that we will make the necessary arrangements to provide the most suitable transfer service for you.
Enjoy a worry-free journey with our reliable transfer services, allowing you to focus on exploring and experiencing the wonders of Tibet.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
To apply for a China Group Visa, you need to arrive in Kathmandu at least three days before your planned departure to Tibet. Provide your original passport, a personal photo, and the visa fee to our staff in Kathmandu. Fill out the application form, and the processing takes a minimum of three business days. Our staff will then deliver the issued visa to your hotel.
Yes, the China Group Visa is available for individual travelers as well. It is called a group visa because it is issued based on a group itinerary, even if you are traveling alone.
No, you cannot. A China Group Visa is the only valid visa to enter Tibet from Nepal. Regular tourist visas are not accepted for travel to Tibet.
The China Group Visa is typically issued for the duration of your stay in Tibet as specified in your itinerary. It cannot be extended beyond that period.
Yes, travelers with non-Nepali passports can also apply for a China Group Visa in Kathmandu. The application process remains the same for all nationalities.
Yes, you can use the China Group Visa to travel to other parts of China. However, please note that the visa is valid only for the specified itinerary and duration mentioned in your group tour. If you plan to visit other parts of China, you may need to obtain additional visas or permits.
In rare cases where a China Group Visa application is denied, our travel consultants will assist you in exploring alternative options. This may include applying for an individual Chinese visa through the Chinese embassy in your home country.
During your journey, there are a few exceptional places where you can enjoy the majestic beauty of Mount Everest:
1. Rongbuk Monastery Patio: Located near Everest Base Camp, the patio of Rongbuk Monastery offers a breathtaking close-up view of Mount Everest. You can witness the grandeur of the world's highest peak from this vantage point.
2. Gawu La Pass (5198m): As you travel towards Shigatse, you will pass through the Gawu La Pass. From here, you can feast your eyes on the stunning panorama of the top four highest peaks of the Great Himalayas, including the magnificent Mount Everest. The view from this pass is truly awe-inspiring.
These locations provide unique opportunities to admire and appreciate the magnificence of Mount Everest, allowing you to create unforgettable memories of your journey in the presence of this iconic peak.
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