Kathmandu - Tibet Overland Tour

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The ancient capital cities of Kathmandu and Lhasa allow you to learn about Buddhist and Hindu culture and the lifestyles and traditions of the people of Nepal and Tibet.  The trip starts with a few days in Kathmandu, visiting Buddhist and Hindu temples and wandering the narrow streets and markets of the three ancient kingdoms that fill the Kathmandu Valley.  Next, you will fly over the Himalayas to Lhasa, Tibet.


This trip begins in Kathmandu.  During the first two days, we will take you to the main temples and sights of the Kathmandu Valley.  Next, we will cross over the Himalayas during your flight to Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet.  In Lhasa, we will explore the enormous Potala Palace, once the home of the Dalai Lama and the former Tibetan government.  We will visit several monasteries and temples as well as the Norbulingka, the Dalai Lama’s Summer Palace, and the bustling Barkhor Square.  A local Tibetan guide will join the tour to offer an expert perspective.


Next, leaving Lhasa in a 4WD land cruiser or minibus, you will be chauffeured across the Tibetan Plateau back to Nepal.  On the way, we will pass through picturesque Tibetan settlements and the occasional nomadic herdsmen may be seen wandering across the dry open landscape.  The journey will take us across several high mountain passes with views of the majestic Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, and Makalu (the fifth tallest mountain in the world).  Along the way, we will visit historic cities and several ancient monasteries, forts, and citadels, as well as Everest base camp on the Tibet side.  Finally, we leave Zhangmu and cross the Friendship Bridge, entering back into Nepal.  Your trip ends in Kathmandu.



Day 1:  Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

Day 2:  Sightseeing of the Kathmandu Valley, Swyambunath Stupa, Kathmandu's central Durbar Square, Boudhanath Stupa and Pashupati Nath Temple

Day 3:  Tour of Bhaktpur and Patan Durbar Squares

Day 4:  Fly to Gongar Airport in Lhasa, Tibet, drive to Tsedang (11,201ft/3,415m), visit Yambulakhang and Chaduk monasteries

Day 5:  Visit Samye Monastery in Tsedang

Day 6:  Drive to Lhasa (11,972ft/3,650m), visit Mindroling monastery on the way and stop to rest in order to acclimatize

Day 7:  Tour of Drepung, Barkhor Market in Lhasa

Day 8:  Tour the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Norbulingka, the Dalai Lama's summer palace

Day 9:  Visit Sera Monastery and New Tibet Museum

Day 10:  Drive to Gyantse (12,956ft/3,950m) via Yamdrok Tso and the Karola Pass (16,500ft/5,050m), sightseeing of Khumbum Stupa and Palkhor Monastery

Day 11:  Drive to Shigatse (12,792ft/3,900m), sightseeing of Tashilhunpo Monastery

Day 12:  Drive to Shegar (14,268ft/4,350m), visit the Sakya Monastery

Day 13: Drive to Rongbuk (16,400ft/5,000m), visit Everest base camp (17,056ft/5,168m) and drive to Nyalam (12,300ft/3,750m)

Day 14:  Drive to Zangmu (7,708ft/2,350m)

Day 15:  After immigration, cross the border into Nepal and drive back to Kathmandu

Day 16:  Free day, shopping, city wandering

Day 17:  Departure



» Airport transfers in Kathmandu and Lhasa

» Twin accommodations in Kathmandu for 5 nights with breakfast at a tourist class hotel

» Sightseeing in Kathmandu, entrance fees and transportation

» One-way airfare Kathmandu to Lhasa

» Tibet visa fee

» Twin accommodations with breakfast at tourist class hotels in Tibet

» Sightseeing tours, entrance fees at the monasteries and monuments in Tibet

» Transportation as per the itinerary

» Welcome/farewell dinners



» Lunch, dinner in Nepal

» Lunch, dinner in Tibet

» Photography fees in the monasteries

» Any costs arising due to unexpected delays, landslides, political disturbances, strikes and the like

» Re-entry Nepal visa fee

» Tips for driver and other support staff

» Any extra services not mentioned above 


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Office: (734) 997-7229

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