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7 Days Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland Group Tour

Kathmandu - Gyirong Port - Tingri - Shigatse - Gyantse - Lhasa

from US$ 925

TOUR CODE: TCT-GT-07B
TOUR TYPE: Group tour of 12 person at maximum

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OVERVIEW
This 7-day relaxing overland tour from Gyirong Port to Lhasa via Everest, Shigaste, Gyantse, which will offer you amazing views of the Himalaya and the picturesque Tibetan countryside. The visit to the old cities: Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse, will give you a complete impression of Tibet's religion, cultural treasures, and dreamlike landscape. The highlighted trip to Everest Base Camp en route will be a life-time memory to overcome yourself and get higher to the top of the world.
  • Day 1Pickup from your Kathmandu hotel and drive to Gyirong town
  • Day 2Drive from Gyirong to Tingri, view Everest from distance
  • Day 3Drive to Shigatse, visit Tashilumpo Monastery
  • Day 4Drive to Lhasa, visit Pelkchode Monastery, Karuola Glacier, Yamdrok Lake
  • Day 5Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery and Debate
  • Day 6Visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
  • Day 7Transfer to airport or train station for departure
7 Days Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland Group Tour Map
ITINERARY
Day 1 Kathmandu / Border / Gyirong Town

Distance: 210km    Drive: 11hrs    Elevation: 2700m 

Highlights: Our staff will pick up from your hotel in Kathmandu in the early morning and then we will drive along small mountain road to the Rashuwaghadi---the border between China-Nepal, crossing the border you will meet our Tibet guide, then drive to Gyirong town; 

Tips: 

1) Today the road is not very good condition, so it will be long drive. 

2) It is recommended that you can do some excises at home, such as building climbing, mountain climbing, jogging, etc.

3) Please take DIAMOX for the trip, this medicine helps you to acclimatize. 

4) When you are in Tibet , please do avoid strenuous activities or alcohol drinking. You need to drink more water, have enough rest, keep the mind relaxed and do not be afraid of the altitude 

5) There will be emergeny oxygen in the vehicle, but it is better to let your body acclimatize gradually without the rely of oxygen.

Accommodations: Stay overnight at Gyirong Town
Day 2 Gyirong Town / Tingri

Distance: 300km    Drive: 9hrs    Elevation: 4300m 

Highlights: Today we will drive to Old Tingri. On the way, you will enjoy the distant view of Mt. Everest and other peaks. 

Tips: 

For visitors coming from Kathmandu(2700m), it is too dangerous to stay overnight at the Everest base camp(5200m) on this day, so we will not visit the Everest base camp, instead we will view Himalaya peaks including Everest from distance, which is also amazing.  

Accommodations: Stay overnight at Tingri
  • Everest from distance

    Everest from distance

  • Everest from distance

    Everest from distance

Day 3 Tingri / Shigatse (B)

Distance: 240km    Drive: 8hrs    Elevation: 3900m 

Highlights: Today we will drive to Tibet's 2nd biggest city--Shigatse, and visit the famous Tashilumpo Monastery there. 

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.

Accommodations: Stay overnight at Shigatse
  • Tashilunpo Monaster

    Tashilunpo Monaster

  • Tashilunpo Monaster

    Tashilunpo Monaster

Day 4 Shigatse / Gyantse / Lhasa

Distance: 380km    Drive: 10hrs    Elevation: 3500m 

Highlights: Today we drive to Lhasa. On the way you will visit Pelk Chode Monastery, Karuola Glacier, Yamdrok Lake, and by early evening you will check in Lhasa hotel. 

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.

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. 

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.

Yarlong Tsangpo River: Yarlung Tsangpo River is the part of Brahmaputra River that flows through Tibet,  the river originates from a glacier on the northern side of the middle Himalayas, over 5,300 meters (208,661 feet) above sea level. It runs across the south of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau from west to east, through India and Bengal, and finally flows into the Bay of Bengal.  Altogether more than 2,900 kilometers (1,802 miles) long with a catchment area of 935,000 square kilometers, it is the fifth longest river in China(sencond to Yangtze River in China) and described as "the highest river in the world" .  When leaving the Tibetan Plateau, the Yarlung River flows in Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon---the world's largest and deepest canyon. 

Accommodations: Stay overnight in Lhasa
  • Pelkor Chode Moanstery

    Pelkor Chode Moanstery

  • yamdrok lake

    Yamdrok lake

Day 5 Lhasa (B)

Highlights: Today's morning you will visit Drepung Monastery. Afternoon is the visit to 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: Stay overnight in Lhasa
  • drepung monastery

    Drepung monastery

  • sera monastery

    Sera monastery

Day 6 Lhasa (B)

Elevation: 3500m 
Highlights: Today you will visit the famous Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street. Evening is a welcome dinner for the entire group. 
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 just take the climbing 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: Stay overnight in Lhasa
  • potala palace

    Potala palace

  • jokhang temple

    Jokhang temple

Day 7 Lhasa Departure (B)
Transfer Via: Flight arranged by you

Highlights: Today is free for you until to be transferred to the airport or train station in time for your next destination. Your lifetime Tibet tour ends. 

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Booking 90 days ahead, we can set up a guaranteed tour based on your date! 


Group Transfer Limits

  • Train Station Transfer:  Train station transfer can be arranged at any time as the train station is in the city.

  • Airport Transfer:  For airport transfer not within the group transfer timeframe below, we will charge additional RMB400=USD60/per vehicle per time, so you are strongly advised to book your ticket in accordance with our limousine service schedule.

Group Free Pick-up:

-Train station transfer can be arranged at any time as the train station is in the city. 

-Pick-up from airport: Vehicle leaves at 10:00AM,  14:00PM,  17:00PM 

Group Free Drop-off:

-Train station drop-off can be arranged at any time as the train station is in the city. 

-Pick-up from hotel at 07:00AM,  09:30AM,  12:30AM


WHAT IS INCLUDE

Meals as listed in the itinerary

One shared big Oxygen tank in the car 

Transportation with experienced driver

Lisenced Tibetan English-speaking tour guide 

Tibet travel permit and all other necessary permits to Tibet

All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary

Accommodation of shared basis (You can pay single room supplement to have the entire room)

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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