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9 Days Lhasa & Kathmandu Overland Tour via Everest

Lhasa - Gyangtse - Shigatse - EBC - Zhangmu - Kathmandu

from US$ 1500

TOUR CODE: TCT-PT-09C
TOUR TYPE: Private Tour with private Tibetan guide & Vehicle

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OVERVIEW
This tour allows you to travel overland from Tibet to Kathmandu, the Friendship highway between Lhasa and Kathmandu is the main travel channel connecting Tibet and Nepal. This is a most popular route among visitors, it not only covers the hottest attractions of Lhasa, also combined with highland scenery of Gyangtze, Shigatse, Everest, meanwhile visitors will finally reach Kathmandu and enjoy the different Buddhist cultural and natural views in Nepal side.
  • Day 1Lhasa airport/train station pickup and transfer to hotel
  • Day 2Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
  • Day 3Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery + Debate
  • Day 4Drive to Shigatse, visit Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkor Chode Monastery
  • Day 5Drive to Everest tent site and visit Rongbuk Monastery
  • Day 6Morning trek or by car to visit EBC, then drive to Old Tingri
  • Day 7Drive to the border and transfer to Kathmandu
  • Day 8Visit Durbar square, Swoyambhunath stupa, Bouddhanath stupa
  • Day 9Transfer to airport for the flight to next city
9 Days Lhasa & Kathmandu Overland Tour via Everest Map
ITINERARY
Day 1 Lhasa Arrival

Highlights: Welcome to Lhasa! Today upon your Lhasa arrival, you will be greeted by your Tibetan guide and escorted to hotel. Rest of the day you will have a good rest to acclimatize the high altitude. 

Tips: 

The altitude in Lhasa is about 3,650m above sea level. Take time out to relax and acclimate to the high altitude after arrival at your hotel. We recommend that you avoid strenuous activity for the first few days. It is advisable that you not take showers. For first time visitors, it is common to have different degrees of high altitude sickness symptom. Drink more water, have fresh fruit and plenty of rest will help to prevent the sickness. Have a good rest tonight, and get ready for tomorrow's journey. 

Accommodations: Overnight in Lhasa
Day 2 Lhasa City (B)

Elevation: 3500m 

Highlights: Today you will visit the famous Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street 

Potala Palace: Which is known as the cardinal landmark of Tibet and the residence of the Dalai Lama lineages. Stands 13 stories high and owes over 1,000 rooms, 10,000 shrines and 200,000 statues, the Potala Palace formed a small world in it. 

Jokhang Temple: Listed on UNESCO's World Heritage list in 2000 as part of the Potala Palace,Jokhang Temple is the ultimate pilgrimage destination for Tibetan Pilgrims. The temple is a four-storey timber complex with a golden top, with the combination of  Tang Dynasty, Tibetan and Nepal architectural styles. Every day, pilgrims come from every corner of Tibet worship here, make it a perfect site for photograpers.

Barkhor Street: As the oldest street in Lhasa, Barkhor Street is considered as the center of the old city, and a perfect place to lear Tibetan culture, economy, religion, and arts. The street is full of handicarfts, such as ornaments, knives, tangka,  religious musical instruments, gold and silver ware, masks and a lot more. If you intend to buy some souvenirs for friends or famiy, Barkhor Street will be an ideal place.

Tips: 

1) Some visitors might feel a bit hard to breath when climbing the Potala Palace, so please climb slowly. 

2) Some places are not allowed to take photos, please kindly inquire your guide for details. 

3) When shopping around Barkor Street, you can compare and bargain for the unique souvenirs 

4) During the summer time, the musical fountain show at the Potala Plalace Square is 19:30—22:00PM. 

5) Please bring water, a hat, sun cream, and sun glasses for today’s tour as you will be at outside for a long day. 

Accommodations: Overnight in Lhasa
  • potala palace

    potala palace

  • jokhang temple

    jokhang temple

Day 3 Lhasa City (B)

Elevation: 3500m 

Highlights: Today you will visit Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery and enjoy the debate. 

Drepung Monastery: Located 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) from the western suburb of Lhasa, Drepung Monastery is known as the most important monastery of Gelugpa in Tibetan Buddhism. It is considered one of the 'Three Great Monasteries' (the other two are the Ganden Monastery and the Sera Monastery. Seen from afar, its grand, white construction gives the appearance of a heap of rice. As such, it was given the name 'Drepung‘, which, in the Tibetan language, means 'Collecting Rice.. 

Sera Monastery: Which is located in the northern suburb of Lhasa City. The monastery was named Sera which means wild rose in the Tibetan language, because the hill behind it was covered with wild roses in bloom when the monastery was built. From of Mon ~ Fri, every afternoon, you ll be able to see monks debating at Sera Monastery.

Tips: 

1) Today's road condition is good. The tour involves some easy walking and climbing

2) Please bring water, a hat, sun cream, and sun glasses for today’s tour as you will be at outside for a long day. 

Accommodations: Overnight in Lhasa
  • drepung monastery

    drepung monastery

  • sera monastery

    sera monastery

Day 4 Lhasa - Yamdrok Lake - Gyangtse - Shigatse (B)

Distance: 350km    Drive: 12hrs    Elevation: 4441m 

Highlights: This morning you will be drive to Gyangtse and finally reach Shigatse for hotel check-in. After passing the Kamba-La Pass (4794m), you’ll get to the beautiful Yamdrok Lake for great highland lake view and the distant view of Mt. Nojin Kangtsang(7191m). Continued is a 1.5 hour’s drive to visit the Karo-la Glacier (5050m). Then you will get to Gyangtze and visit the famous Palkor Monastery. Finally in the later afternoon you will reach Tibet’s 2nd largest city---Shigatse.

Yamdrok Lake: Which is one of the 3 most sacred lakes in Tibet. It is a lake of 72km long, fed by numerous small streams and sourrounded by snow covered mountains. The two long arms of water, makeing it look like a scorpion from the sky. According to legend, Yamdok Lake is the transformation of a goddess.

Karola Glacier: At 5,560m above sea level, and with an area of 9.4 sq km, this imposing glacier is visible from the highway which links Lhasa and Shigatse. The glacier has been divided into black and white layers due to smoke pollution from motor vehicles, which gives a distinctive colors to this great glacier. 

Pelkor Chode Monastery: Founded in 1418, Pelkor Chode Monastery is the main monastery in Gyantse of Tibet. The highlight inside is the Kumbum, which has 108 chapels in its four stories. As an important center of the Sakya sect of Tibetan Buddhism,  In 1904, the Gyangtse town and the Pelkor Chode Monastery were attacked by British army, although most of the damage was later restored, bullet holes from this attack still remain in the monastery.

Tips: 

1) The road condition from Lhasa to Gyantse via Yamdrok Lake is rough road around mountains. 

2) The altitude is over 4,000m in some places and it is long drive, so if necessary, you may ask the guide to stop somewhere for a break and stretch your body.

Accommodations: Overnight in Shigatse
  • yamdrok lake

    yamdrok lake

  • Pelkor Chode Moanstery

    Pelkor Chode Moanstery

Day 5 Shigatse - Rongbuk Monastery - Everest Tent Site (B)

Distance: 350km    Drive: 12hrs    Elevation: 5154m   

Highlights: Today we will drive from Gyangtse to Lhatse, Tingri, and finally reach Rongbuk Monastery, which is only 10km away from the Everest Base Camp. you will witness spectacular high plateau views such as blue sky, float light clouds, stretching snow mountains, endless grasslands.

Rongbuk Monastery: Located at the northern foot of Mt. Everest, the Rongbuk Monastery is only 10 KM away from the Everest Base Camp. It was originally built in 1902 by a Nyingmapa Lama, and considered as the highest monastery in the world. The monastery belongs to the Nyingma sect of Tibetan Buddhism, it used to hold 500 monks, but has only 30 monks now. The monastery is a perfect place to view Everest, on sunny days, a pile of thick clouds, just like a white flag floats lightly above the peak, which is known to be the miracle of 'The Highest Flag Cloud in the World'.

Tips: 

1) It is very cold and requires some warm clothing. 

2) Visitors can get up at night to take photos of Mt. Everest surrounded by the moon and stars. 

3) You may get up early next morning to see the sunrise over Mt. Everest. 

4) April, May, September, October, November are good  to visit Everest, Late June to August is rainy season in Tibet.

Accommodations: Overnight at dorm tent of Everest
  • Rongbuk Monastery

    Rongbuk Monastery

  • way to everest

    way to everest

Day 6 Everest Base Camp - Old Tingri (B)

Distance: 350km    Drive: 12hrs    Elevation: 5154m   

Highlights: Today you can wake up in the early morning to enjoy the stunning sunrise on the highest peak of the world. By taking a sightseeing bus (8km) from Rongbuk Monastery to the Everest Base Camp. if energetic enough, you may also take 2 hours hike to there. EBC offers the best view of Everest. The summit is covered with snow all the year round, when the sun shines on it, the peak is like pyramid with morning lights. More often, the clouds and fogs make it like a flag winging on the sky, which is called  “Flag Cloud”phenomenon. After the EBC, you will go down from EBC and drive to Tingri for overnight.

Mt. Everest: Located in the Himalayas ranges of the border between Tibet and Nepal, Everest is also called Qomolangma or Chomolungma. It raises 8,848 metres (29,029 ft) above sea level, it is the main peak of Himalayas and the world's highest mountain.  The Everest is covered by snow all the year round, when sun shines on the mountain, the summit of the mountain seems like the pyramid covered by the sunlights, offering a spectacular view.  

Tips: 

1) If you like to trek, it takes about a 2 hour trek from the monastery to the first base camp. 

2) The shuttle bus from Rongphu monastery to the Everest base camp is 8KM and takes 15mins. 

3) Sunrise starts around 6:30 am to 7 am

Accommodations: Overnight in Tingri
  • Everest Base Camp

    Everest Base Camp

  • everest

    everest

Day 7 Old Tingri - Zhangmu - Kathmandu (B)

Highlights: After breakfast, drive to the Friendship Bridge and pass the immigration, then be met by our Nepal guide and escorted to Kahtmandu for hotel check-in. 

Accommodations: Overnight in Kathmandu
Day 8 Kathmandu (B)

Highlights: Today you will have a city tour to visit Durbar square, Swoyambhunath stupa, Bouddhanath stupa.

Durbar Square: Listed as one of the eight Cultural World Heritage site by UNESCO, Kathmandu Durbar Square is a cluster of ancient temples, palaces, courtyards and streets that date back to the 12th and 18th centuries. The square is known to be the social, religious and urban focal point of the Capital City. The Palace Complex was the royal Nepalese residence until the 19th century and is the site of important ceremonies, such as the coronation of the Nepalese monarch. The palace is decorated with elaborately-carved wooden windows and panels an. It houses the King Tribhuwan Memorial Museum and the Mahendra Museum.

Swayambhunath Stupa: Which is the oldest holy shrine in the Kathmandu valley. As these Swayambhunath photos show, the Stupta, with its piercing eyes, is a captivating sight. You'll find Swayambhunath Stupa atop a hill a short distance west of Kathmandu. Get there by taking a taxi, or Safa tempo number 20 from the main post office in Kathmandu's Sundhara district. There are two entrances to the Stupa, on the eastern and western sides. The eastern side involves a long climb up a steep stairway, but it's much more picturesque. It's possible to walk back down the hill from Swayambhunath to Durbar Square in around 30 minutes.

Bouddhanath Stupa: Which has been an important place of pilgrimage and meditation for Tibetan Buddhists & local Nepalis. It is located on what was a major trade route between Nepal & Tibet. Many traveling merchants used it as a resting place. It is also a popular tourist site. In 1979, Boudha became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Great Stupa of Boudhanath is the focal point of the district. There are at least 29 Tibetan Gompas (Monasteries & Nunneries) around Boudhanath. The culture is very much Himalayan with a strong presence of Tibetans & Sherpas, as can be evidenced by the number of restaurants selling momos, thukpa & other Tibetan favorites.

Accommodations: Overnight in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu Durbar Square

    Kathmandu Durbar Square

  • Swayambhunath Stupa

    Swayambhunath Stupa

Day 9 Kathmandu Departure (B)

Highlights: Today will be free for you to be transferred to the airport in time for your flight to next city, your lifetime Tibet-Nepal tour ends.

WHAT IS INCLUDE

All Tibet travel permits

Meals as listed in the itinerary

Accommodation of shared basis 

Transportation with experienced driver

Lisenced Tibetan English-speaking tour guide 

Entrance ticket fees for attractions listed in the itinerary

Oxygen for emergey usage (Only for the groups going to Everest or Kailash area)

WHAT IS EXCLUDE

Personal expense

Travel insurance (Recommended)

Tips and gratitude to tour guide and driver

Flights to and out of Lhasa (We offer flight/train bookings if you need)

Meals that not specified in the itinerary (Average meals cost in Tibet is USD5-8/per)

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