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9 Days Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland Tour

Kathmandu - Zhangmu - EBC - Shigatse - Gyangtse - Lhasa

from US$ 1300

TOUR TYPE: Private Tour with private Tibetan guide & Vehicle

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This 9 days private tour will take you to the border of Nepal and China. If you are planning to travel in Nepal, this will be a good chance for you to seize. We will guarantee you the private car, private drivers and private guide through the whole journey allowing you to get a nice trip. Along your trip, you can listen to the Tibetan people talking about their stories and beliefs; stand at the Mt. Everest Base Camp looking up at the Mt.Everest, the roof of the world, and waiting for the breathtaking sunrise from here; appreciate the spectacular of stupa located in the Pelkor Chode Monastery.
  • Day 1Kathmandu airport pickup and transfer to hotel
  • Day 2Visit Durbar square, Swoyambhunath stupa, Bouddhanath stupa
  • Day 3Drive to border and our Tibet guide will escort you to Zhangmu
  • Day 4
  • Day 5Morning trek or by car to Everest Base Camp, then drive to Shigatse
  • Day 6Visit Tashilunpo Monastery, Pelkor Chode Monastery, Yamdrok Lake, arrive in Lhasa
  • Day 7Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
  • Day 8Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery + Debate
  • Day 9Drive to airport or train station and ends the tour.
9 Days Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland Tour Map
Day 1 Kathmandu Arrival

Highlights: Today upon your arrival, our guide will meet you at Kathmandu airport and escort you to hotel. Rest or explore the interesting streets of Kathmadu on your own.

Accommodations: Overnight in Kathmandu
Day 2 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 3 Kathmandu - Kodari Border - Zhangmu (B)

Distance: 123km    Drive: 3hrs    Elevation: 4200m 

Highlights: In the morning after having breakfast drive from Kathmandu to Kodari at Nepal / China border for about 115 km. After the immigration and custom formalities cross friendship bridge on foot and then drive further 8 km to Zhangmu. Overnight stay at the hotel in Zhangmu.

Accommodations: Overnight in Zhangmu
Day 4 Zhangmu - Tingri - Rongbuk Monastery - EBC Tent Site

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

Highlights: Drive from Zhangmu to Tingri and then come to Rnogbuk Monastery , visit the Himalaya Range along the road. 

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'.


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

  • Tent Accommodation of Everest Rongbuk Monastery

    Tent Accommodation of Everest Rongbuk Monastery

Day 5 Everest Base Camp - Shigatse

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 back to Shigatse  

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.


1) 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) 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 in Shigatse
  • everest base camp

    everest base camp

  • way to everest

    way to everest

Day 6 Shigatse - Gyantse - Lhasa (B)

Distance: 380km    Drive: 12hrs    Elevation: 4441m 

Highlights: Today you will be driven to Lhasa, on the way you will visit Tashilunpo Monastery, Pelkor Chode Monastery, Yamdrok-tso Lake. 

Tashilunpo Monastery: As one of the Six Big Monasteries of Gelugpa sec, Tashilunpo Monastery is the manjor attraction in Shigatse and regarded as the Tibetan Buddhist centre of Rear Tibet. Founded by the First Dailai Lama in 1447, the monastery was expanded by successive Panchen Lamas. Covering an area of nearly 300,000 square meters and accommodating 800 lamas,  Tashilhunpo monastery is a must-see spot for travelers and buddhist followers and plays a very important role for Tibetan Tourism. 

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.

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.


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 Lhasa
  • tashilumpo monastery

    tashilumpo monastery

  • Pelkor Chode Moanstery

    Pelkor Chode Moanstery

Day 7 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.


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 8 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.


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 9 Lhasa Departure (B)

Highlights: Today our guide will send you to train station or airport for your next destination. Your lifetime Tibet tour is completed now. 


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)


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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