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Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland Tour

Last Update: December 5, 2019

Tibet Visa for overland from Kathmandu to Lhasa

To enter Tibet from Nepal, you need to obtain your Chinese Visa and Tibet Permit first. The Chinese Visa for entering Tibet from Kathmandu is a single entry tourist visa that issued by Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu.

Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland Map

Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland Route Map
Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland Route Map

Altitude Changes Along the way from Lhasa to Kathmandu

From Kathmandu (1400m) to Lhasa (3650m), the overland journey will pass some passes about 5000m above the sea level and spend some night on 4000m plus. Some travelers may worry about high altitude sickness. If you have already done some trekking in the mountain area in Nepal, it is helpful to adjust to the altitude raise on the first day.

Altitude Changes along the way from Kathmandu to Lhasa
The first day may be a little bit difficult for you will pass over 5000m from 1400m.

Travel from Kathmandu to Lhasa

The overland journey from Lhasa to Kathmandu usually takes about 4 to 5 days by car, and about 6 days with a trip to Everest Base Camp. The most pupolar Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland tour with Everest Base Camp takes 9 days, which include 3 days' Lhasa city sightseeing after you arrive in Lhasa.

Sample Itinerary of Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland Tour

Day 1 Kathmandu to Chinese Border, 120km about 5 hours
You will start your overland trip from Kathmandu to Lhasa with a 5 hours’ driving through the Himalaya valley to Chinese border. After cross the Friendship Bridge, you will enter Tibet. On this day, you can keep driving to Zhangmu or Nymlan.

Day 2 Driving to Old Tingri
On the second day, you will drive to Old Tingri along the Sino-Nepal Highway. After passing over two spectacular passes Thong La Pass and Lalung La Pass, both are over 5000m, you will finally arrive in Old Tingri.

Day 3 Snake up to Rongbuk
After an early departure, you will continue your overland trip to Rongbuk Monastery. The gravel road to Everest Base Camp is just about 100km but need to take about 2 hours’ driving.

Day 4 Visit Everest Base Camp and drive to Sakya
In the morning you can take an eco-bus or hike to Everest Base Camp. After visiting, get back to the Friendship highway and drive further to Sakya.

Day 5 Visit Sakya Monastery and drive to Shigatse
In Sakya, you can take a trip to Sakya Monastery, the first monastery and the seat of the Sakya School. And then keep driving to Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet, where you can visit the famous Tashilhunpo Monastery – the seat of Panchen Lama.

Day 6 Arrive in Lhasa
Most travelers choose to drive to Lhasa via Gyangtse. After about 3 hours’ driving, you will reach Gyantse. You can take an hour to visit the Kumbum Monastery and keep driving to Lhasa. En route, you will pass the Yamdrotso Lake. The 280 km’s journey from Shigatse to Lhasa passes over the Karo la Pass (5010m) before reaching to Yamdrok Lake, and after passing Kambala Pass (4794m) you can see Lhasa Valley to the north.

In the afternoon, you will finally reach Lhasa.

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