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How Many Days are Needed for Travelling Tibet and Nepal Together?

Last Update: March 26, 2020

A tour of Tibet and Nepal together is an amazing experience that allows you to get the best of both destinations in one trip. How long you go for to explore these two outstanding destinations, however, depends on you. The number of days for travel between Tibet and Nepal depends on how long you have for the trip, what you want to see and do while you are traveling, and where you want to go within the two destinations.

Normally, we recommend at least five days for the most basic tour of both places, and more activities or places to visit can be added as you decide, increasing the number of days travel overall. To make the most of your trip to Nepal and Tibet together, we have a breakdown of the best tours to take to make the most of these two amazing Himalayan destinations.

5-7 Days to Tour Classic Lhasa and Kathmandu by Air

The Shortest Tibet and Nepal Tour to Enjoy the Essence

Five to seven days is really the shortest time for a trip that includes both destinations. This normally allows you to experience the best parts of both locations, and feel the true essence of Nepal and Tibet, the unique cultures, and the amazing histories of these Himalayan destinations. And with the flight between Kathmandu and Lhasa taking just 90 minutes, this is the ideal combination tour for anyone who wants to visit Tibet after traveling to Nepal.

What to Expect to Visit within 5-7 Days?

If you are planning to tour Nepal and Tibet together in a short time, then you will be astounded by the massive number of attractions that you can see in such a short time. However, you need not rush around to see them, as 5-7 days is enough to give you the best of both worlds.

The amazing 5 Days Short Visit to Lhasa from Nepal by Air tour is designed for people that are already sorted for their trip to Nepal, and just need a short trip to Lhasa for the ultimate Tibetan experience. After your trip to Nepal, you will get a flight to Lhasa, and spend your time there exploring the city and experiencing its stupendous landmarks and attractions. The first day is for rest and acclimatization, while the three full days you will spend in Lhasa will bring you to the Potala Palace, the Jokhang Temple, and the famous Norbulingka, as well as several monasteries and other sights in the city.

Exploring Lhasa Potala PalaceExploring Lhasa Potala Palace.

The excellent 7 Days Kathmandu & Lhasa Tour by Flight gives you the benefits of a combined guided tour of both Kathmandu and Lhasa, with a good time to explore both amazing capitals in one trip. Kathmandu is an amazing, yet complex city, and it is sometimes best for first-time travelers to use a guide to help with finding their way around the plethora of attractions this amazing city has to offer. The two full days you will spend in Kathmandu will take you to such stunning sites as the ancient Durbar Square, with its royal palaces and temples; the amazing Swayambhunath Stupa, its Buddha eyes constantly watching the surroundings; and the ancient sites of Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Bhaktapur, and Patan. A wild ride of temples and palaces, both Buddhist and Hindu, you will be enthralled by the amazing sites Kathmandu has to offer.

Stunning sites Swayambhunath StupaVisiting stunning Swayambhunath Stupa.

After the tour of Kathmandu, your guide will drop you at the airport for your flight to Lhasa. There you will spend two full days exploring the sights of the Potala Palace, the Jokhang Temple, and the ancient Gelug monasteries of Sera and Drepung. And don’t forget to take your pilgrimage walk around Barkhor Street to cap it all off.

7-11 Days to Explore Tibet and Nepal with World-Class Overland Ride

The Most Popular Choice for Tibet and Nepal Tour

When it comes to touring Tibet and Nepal together, a combined tour across the plateau between these two historic capitals is the ultimate Himalayan adventure. The most popular tours of the Himalayan regions of Tibet and Nepal are usually longer tours of between seven and eleven days that take you across the plateau between Lhasa and Kathmandu, traveling overland to make the most of the stunning landscapes and scenery of this beautiful part of the world.

What to Expect to Visit within 7-11 Days?

There are a huge number of things to see when you take the time to travel overland between Lhasa and Kathmandu. Whether you travel from Lhasa to Kathmandu or vice versa, you are usually going to encounter the main attractions of both Nepal and Tibet in one trip. The main attractions in Tibet include the famous Everest Base Camp, the older of the two base camps at the foot of Mount Everest. The most popular tourist attraction in Tibet, this amazing site is the best place from which to get the ultimate photos of the world’s highest mountain.

Tibet Everest Base CampTibet Everest Base Camp is the best place get a ultimate photos of Mount Everest.

Crossing the plateau, you also pass through Shigatse, the second city of Tibet and the home of the Tashilhunpo Monastery, seat of the Panchen Lama. The route also encompasses Gyantse, with its 32-meter high Kumbum Stupa; the sacred Lake Yamdrok, Lifeblood of Tibet; and the stunning sights of Lhasa, including the Potala Palace and the Jokhang Temple.

The seven-day tour from Lhasa to Kathmandu and the eight-day tour from Kathmandu to Lhasa both feature the stunning sights of Tibet, and allow you to visit some of the most ancient Buddhist sites in the world. While both tours are excellent, and include all of the major sites of interest, it is perhaps easier to acclimatize on the 7-day Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland tour, as you have more time to do so in Lhasa. The eight-day tour only allows one day to acclimatize in Gyirong.

The stupendous 11-day Himalaya Overland Tour, which runs from Lhasa to Kathmandu, allows you even more time on a guided tour, starting with a tour of Kathmandu and the Kathmandu Valley first, encompassing all of the amazing Hindu and Buddhist religious and cultural sites before you depart for Lhasa. After flying to the Tibetan capital, you will tour across the vast Tibetan plateau, visiting Shigatse and EBC, before crossing the border at Gyirong Port and descending back down to the Kathmandu Valley once more.

12-18 Days to Enjoy In-Depth Discovery of Tibet and Nepal

Ultimate Journey to Discover both Nature and Culture Highlights

If you are looking for the longer tours of Tibet and Nepal, then you need to be thinking about trips that are between 12 and 18 days long at least. These longer tour periods allow you to immerse yourself deeper into the cultures of these two spectacular destination, and explore some of the most amazing sights that the Himalayas have to offer. And you can enjoy the trips through both Nepal and Tibet on guided tours that give you a much better understanding of the region and its peoples.

What to Expect to Visit within 12-18 Days?

A longer tour of Tibet and Nepal allows you to explore more of the western kingdom of the Himalayas, Nepal. A truly exquisite country, with a very varied landscape and climate, Nepal has some of the most wonderful places to visit, including Pokhara and Chitwan. A major trekking town in central Nepal, Pokhara is the gateway to the massive Annapurna Massif, the range of mountains to the north of the town and one of the world’s most popular trekking destinations. You can also include Chitwan in the list of the most outstanding places in Nepal, for the awesome Chitwan National Nature Preserve. A vast safari park that encompasses the area near the southern border with India, it is renowned for the wildlife, including Indian elephants, Bengal tigers, one-horned rhinos, and snappy crocodiles.

Nepal Pokhara townPokhara town is the Annapurna trek starting point.

Our amazing 15-day Tibet and Nepal Culture Tour will give you an amazing insight into the cultures of these two stunning destinations, taking you across the vast Tibetan plateau via Gyantse, Shigatse, and EBC, to enter Nepal at Gyirong Port. The tour then continues into Kathmandu’s ancient temples, before heading off to Pokhara, to go boating on the beautiful Phewa Lake and exploring to discover the World Peace Pagoda.

For those that want to try a little more exploration, the 17-day Tibet and Nepal Scenic Tour is the perfect option to go that little bit further. As well as traversing the plateau and exploring the area around Pokhara in Nepal, this amazing tour heads first to Lake Namtso in Tibet, and ends the trip in Nepal with a visit to Chitwan for a jungle elephant safari.

And for those that want to get deeper into the rich Tibetan culture, our 18-day Tibet and Nepal Culture and nature Tour not only gives you the best of Tibet and Nepal, including Pokhara and Chitwan, but also takes you deep into the heartland of Tibetan culture. After departing from Lhasa, you will head south to Tsedang, the cradle of Tibetan civilization and the location of the first palace in Tibet, the first monastery, and the first agricultural field.

Customize Your Own Tibet and Nepal Tour

If your interests differ from those given in all our tours, you can customize your trip to suit your own interests. If you are interested in trekking, you can add one of our amazing treks to your itinerary, from the amazing EBC trek to the arduous Mount Kailash Kora trek. Cycling across the plateau is another excellent option for those that love to ride. A trip across Tibet by bicycle is the ultimate adventure at high altitudes. Whatever your desires, we can help you fulfil your dreams by customizing your trip to Tibet and Nepal to suit whatever you want.


Traveling through Tibet and Nepal together is an awesome experience that you will not want to miss. Whichever way you decide to travel, and for how long, you can be assured that you will experience the best that Tibet and Nepal have to offer. So if you are thinking of taking a trip to Tibet and Nepal together, let us make your Himalayan dreams come true.

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