7 Days Overland Tour from Kathmandu to Lhasa
Tour Route: Zhangmu - Everest Base Camp - Shigatse - Gyantse - Lhasa
- Tour Code:TTO-PT-OK072
- Max Altitude:5,150 m
- Tour Type:Private tour with private guide and vehicle
- Phisycal Demand:
Phisycal Demand Level Guide:
1. Easy (1 point) - suitable for all level of fitness, family with kids and senior groups.
2. Moderate (2-3 Points) - suitable for those having average level for fitness, family with kids bigger than 12 years.
3. Moderate to Strenous (4 Points) - suitable for those physically fit and have experiences of high altitude trekking.
4. Strenuous (5 Points) - suitable for adventures and individual with physically fit and healthy.
This overland tour is one of the most popular tours and provides a good overview of Tibet for those with limited time.
We take the Friendship Highway from Kathmandu to Lhasa, along the way there is full of unique culture and beautiful landscape of Tibet, includes the magnificent north face of the world’s tallest peak Mt Everest, the historic Tashilunpho Monastery in Shigatse, the awe-inspiring Kumbum Stupa in Gyantse and the turquoise waters of Lake Yamdrok, etc. This tour ends with the best of Lhasa includes the World Heritage Site of the Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple and the Barkhor pilgrimage circuit. The huge monastic institutions of Drepung and Sera lie on the edge of town.
- Sleep in nomad tents and gaze upon the north face of Mt. Everest
- Worship before a 26m gold Buddha at Tashilumpo Monastery, a walled complex the size of a village.
- Climb the dazzling Gyantse Kumbum, a monumental chorten with mural-filled chapels.
- Marvel at the turquoise waters of Yamdrok-tso, one of Tibet’s most sacred lakes.
- Go down into the bowels of the Potala, the impressive but spiritless citadel of the Dalai Lamas.
- Join the shuffling, murmuring pilgrims around the shrines of the Jokhang, the spiritual heart of Tibet.
- Follow monks, mendicants and fellow pilgrims around the Barkhor, Lhasa’s fascinating medieval pilgrim circuit.
- Take in a prayer meeting or some monk debating at Sera and Drepung, two of the largest and most intact of Tibet’s great monasteries.
At a GlanceDay 1 Be Picked up at Kodari Border Day 2 Snake up to Rongbuk Day 3 Rongbuk Monastery to Shigatse Day 4 Drive to Lhasa Day 5 Lhasa highlights escorted tour Day 6 Drepung and Sera Monastery Day 7 Finish this unforgettable tour
Day 1: Be Picked up at Kodari Border
Our Guide will meet you at the Kodari Border in Tibet side. Then transfer to Zhangmu, a small town built on the side of a hill.
There were a lot of shops to hang out. It would have been nice to see the view from up there. Climbing ever higher the tropical landscape disappeared fast. The landscape in these parts is very harsh with lots of bare rock. Have a short stop in Zhangmu then continue to Nyalam, have a good acclimation for next days’ ascent.
Day 2: Snake up to Rongbuk
Day 3: Rongbuk Monastery to Shigatse
Get up early to enjoy sunrise. You could take the local bus to arrive at Everest Base camp for half an hour, or you also can have a hike to Base Camp around 1.5-2 hours one way.It's interesting and much warmer, but hard to breath.The morning is frigid and as the wind howl your fingers must be frozen trying to take pictures of the iconic mountain but it is worth the pain to view such an amazing site.
Then in the afternoon drive further to Shigatse (3880m), the second largest city with 40,000 inhabitants in Tibet and the traditional capital of the Tsang. On the road the drive is full of magnificent scenery and cross some extremely high passes including Gyatsola (5248m).
If it is in clear weather, you can have a glimpse of 4 mountains which is 8000m high or more, such as: Mt. Lhotse (8516m),Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Qowowuyag (8201m),Mt Mayalu (8463m).
Day 4: Drive to Lhasa
This morning you’ll have an opportunity to explore the Tashilumpo Monastery, the holy seat of the Panchen Lama, which is essentially a walled town with cobbled and twisting lanes that revolve around a magnificent monastery.
Then continue drive to Gyantse, visit Pelkor Monastery as well as the splendid Kumbum Stupa (100-Thousand-Buddha Pagoda) nearby, both of them built in the15th century and situated in the northwestern edge of Gyantse.
Afterwards pass by the 5,010 m high Karo-la and the Simi La to Lhasa. You will have a chance to get lost in the endless Tibetan landscape while you take a short hike along the turquoise waters of Lake Yamdrok, one of the four holy lakes in Tibet. This dazzling lake is normally first seen from the summit of the Kamba-la (4700m). The lake lies several hundred metres below the road, and it is shaped like a coiling scorpion. Far in the distance is the huge massif of Mt. Nojin Kangstsang (7191m).
Day 5: Lhasa highlights escorted tour
After breakfast, we go to the Potala Palace, a golden feather upon the roof of the world, which Tibetans proudly claim to be the prime miracle since the creation of this world.It is visible from any distance, with the golden roof shinning in the sun, spend one hour wondering around the inside of this magnificent building exploring the rooms previously used by the Dalai Lama and the many Buddhist icons within.
In the afternoon we go inside of the Jokhang Temple. The Jokhang, like most of the larger temple structures have numerous individual temples within it dedicated to specific enlightened beings, protectors, high lamas, or saints. Images, both sculpted and painted, are everywhere. Every inch of wall and ceiling is brightly painted with images of clouds, beings, mandalas, or decorative patterns. Colorful silk banners, three stories high, hang in various places. Color, pattern, and images crowd in around you. The central image inside the building is a 30-foot high gilded image of Maitreya Buddha.
Then stroll around the back alleys of the Barkhor area of Old Lhasa. The streets smelled of yak butter and incense while hordes of pilgrims shuffled along the main Kora (circumambulations) around Jokhang Temple. If someone just walked at a normal pace, one kora would take about 15-20 minutes.
Day 6: Drepung and Sera Monastery
In the morning, tourists go to Drepung monstery, which used to be the largest monastery with more than 10 thousand monks, Buddhist debates often occur there. Seen from afar, its grand, white construction gives the monastery the appearance of a heap of rice. Drepung monstery , in the Tibetan language, means Monastery of Collecting-Rice. Learn about the lives of Tibetan monks there.
In the afternoon, visit Sera monastery, which was created in 1419 and has always been an important Buddhist seminary. As rose are planted everywhere in the monastery, it is also called “the court of wild rose”. Today still 200 lamas live in there. Catch the famous debate session of the monks before returning back to Lhasa.
Day 7: Finish this unforgettable tour
You can have free time this morning, explore the bustling markets of the Barkhor to buy some souvenirs for your families and friends. After lunch, transfer clients to airport or train station.
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- Comfortable, clean and safe vehicle depending on your group size with reliable local driver;
- Admission fees of tourist sites listed in the itinerary;
- Professional English speaking tour guide;
- Accommodations depend on your preference. Please tell us your preferred accommodation class when submitting the enquiry, and we will arrange the best-value hotels for you.
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- Personal expenses, such as laundry, phone call, optional tour activities and so on.
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