Kathmandu- Lhasa Overland Tour
Destination Nepal | Tibet
Activity Tours in Nepal
Region Tibet
Max Altitude 5010
Final Destination Lhasa
Starts From Kathmandu
Ends At Kathmandu
Accomodation Hotel/guest house
No. of Days 8
Preferred Season Apr | May | Jun | Oct | Nov | Dec |
Activities Per Day Culture and Adventure

Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland Tour starts with a long drive through the incredible Arniko Highway that connects with Lhasa from Kodari border. This incredible overland journey covers Tibet’s most of the areas and the road crosses over various challenging passes above 5000m, and traversing through remote cultural villages, other interesting towns, Buddhist monasteries, lakes, spectacular views of Himalayan peaks and superb landscapes. Upon arrival in Lhasa, you will be able to notice the Potala Palace, a vast white and ochre fortress that dominates the Lhasa skyline. The historical seat of Tibetan power and the location of the tombs of previous Dalai Lamas, the Potala Palace has been reduced to serve as a symbolic feature for Tibetan aspirations. The Jokhang temple, 2 km to the east of the Palace, has become the spiritual hub of the country. Bustling with worshippers and redolent with mystery, the Jokhang is an unrivalled Tibetan experience. The medieval Barkhor Bazaar with crowds, street performers, hawker's stalls selling everything from prayer flags to jewel-encrusted yak skulls and the devout touching their foreheads to the ground at every step to Jokhang is an exotic brew that few newcomers can resist. A visit to Drepung monastery is well worth the effort and for some can be a very enlightening experience. The Norbulingka Palace (summer palace of the Dalai Lamas) along with a round of the Sera monastery is the other highlight of this package. After completing this tour the traveler can either fly out to Kathmandu or exit to any other mainland cities of China.


Duration: 7 nights/ 8 days
Main Season: Spring/Autumn
Mode of Travel: Drive in / fly out
Accommodation: Hotel/guest house
Activities: Culture and Adventure
Trip Grade: Moderate
Group size: Min-02 & Max-12
Start/End: Kathmandu

  • Day 1 Drive Kathmandu to Nyalam (3,750m/12,300ft)-162Km
  • Day 2 Drive Nyalam to Shegar
  • Day 3 Drive Shegar to Shigatse (3,900m/12,790ft)-244Km
  • Day 4 Drive Shigatse to Gyantse (3950m) 90Km
  • Day 5 Drive Gyantse to Lhasa - (3,650m/11,970) 259km
  • Day 6 Guided sightseeing in Lhasa
  • Day 7 Guided sightseeing in Lhasa
  • Day 8 Fly Back to Kathmandu or continue your journey to China
  • Day 1(Drive Kathmandu to Nyalam (3,750m/12,300ft)-162Km)
    Early morning we make departure from hotel after breakfast to the Kodari border. The road follows the river valleys of the Sunkosi and Bhotakosi rivers, passing through green mountains and cliffs. By the afternoon we get to the Tibetan border. Depending on the road conditions, we may stay in Zhangmu. If road condition is good, we will continue 30km to Nyalam. Overnight stay at guesthouse
  • Day 2(Drive Nyalam to Shegar)
    Drive uphill to Shegar to the highest plateau of the world with the typical view of Tibetan landscape and spectacular view of Mt Everest. While driving, you will cross over Nyalamu & Lalung La Passes. If weather permits, you will also see breathtaking panorama of beautiful Himalayan ranges including Mt. Cho Oyu (8201m) & Mt. Sishapagma (8012m). Overnight stay at hotel
  • Day 3(Drive Shegar to Shigatse (3,900m/12,790ft)-244Km)
    Today you will continue scenic drive to one of the biggest Tibetan city called Shigatse. In the afternoon we will explore the local markets and monasteries in Shigatse.  There are endless amounts of sights, both modern and ancient, to see around this city. Overnight at hotel
  • Day 4(Drive Shigatse to Gyantse (3950m) 90Km)
    The distance between Shigatse and Gyantse is not much. The 90 km stretch can easily be covered in 2 hrs. So before leaving Shigatse, you will visit the enchanting Tashilhunpo Monastery and the free market. Then we will continue our drive to Gyantse. In the evening we will visit the Palkhor Monastery and Kumbum stupa. Overnight at hotel
  • Day 5(Drive Gyantse to Lhasa - (3,650m/11,970) 259km)
    After having breakfast, we will drive towards the capital city of Lhasa through Karo La Pass (5010 m), KambaPass (4794 m) and Yamdruk Lake. Remove all the exhaustions of the long drive by resting for the night in the calm atmosphere of the hotel. Overnight at Hotel
  • Day 6(Guided sightseeing in Lhasa)
    On this second day a guide and interpreter will lead you through several of Lhasa's many monasteries. The first one we will visit is Sera Monastery, a fifteenth century sprawl of golden roofs and whitewashed walls. This well-preserved monastery is located just a few miles north of Lhasa and is home to several hundred monks. In the afternoon we will visit the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, Norbulingka, as well as the Jokhang Temple. This temple is the most revered shrine in all of Tibet and is constantly bustling with devout worshippers. In the evening we stroll around in Barkor, the crowded central market of Lhasa.
  • Day 7(Guided sightseeing in Lhasa)
    A trip to Tibet would not be complete without experiencing the vital Potala Palace. This palace is Lhasa's cardinal landmark and is a wonder of eastern architecture. Your first site of this massive structure will be a magical moment remembered for years to come. It has been a palace since the fifth or sixth century and was once home to the Dalai Lama. This truly amazing day will be ended with a visit to the Drepung Monastery. Once the world's largest monastery, housing 10,000 monks, Drepung monastery lies hidden in rocky ridges just beyond the city. Surprisingly much of the building was left untouched throughout the Cultural Revolution.
  • Day 8(Fly Back to Kathmandu or continue your journey to China)
      NOTE: We will customize the itinerary as per the requirement of the customer other than the above. For Trip Cost,please contact us,

Cost Includes

  • Airport pick up and transfer to hotel
  • All necessary Tibet travel permits
  • Private Transportation from Kathmandu to Tibet border
  • Private Transportation from Zhangmu to Lhasa by land cruiser
  • Accommodation in Tibet on twin sharing basis (except in Nyalam) with breakfast
  • An English speaking escorting Tibetan guide
  • Sightseeing and Monastery fees as per itinerary
  • All applicable taxes and service charges

Cost Excludes

  • Flight ticket Lhasa to Kathmandu or train ticket to China
  • Chinese visa fee
  • Nepal re entry visa
  • Accommodation and meals in Kathmandu
  • Your travel  and medical insurance
  • Lunch and Dinner in Tibet
  • Tips for staff
  • Any additional expenses due to unforeseen circumstances

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