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7 Days Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Group Tour

Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Everest Base Camp - Gyirong Border

from US$ 929

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 Lhasa to Kathmandu 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. The tour brings you to the Gyirong border, and then you can manager your own transfer to Kathmandu.
  • Day 1Lhasa airport/train station pickup and transfer to hotel
  • Day 2Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, group dinner
  • Day 3Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery + Debate
  • Day 4Drive to Shigatse, visit Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkor Chode Monastery
  • Day 5Drive to Everest, photo stop at the Rongbuk Monastery
  • Day 6Morning sunrise of Everest, drive to Gyirong Town
  • Day 7Drive to Gyirong border, cross border on your own.
7 Days Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Group Tour Map
ITINERARY
Day 1 Lhasa Arrival
Transfer Via: Flight arranged by you

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. Evening is a group dinner for all members.

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
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    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
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    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: 

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
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    Yamdrok lake

  • Pelkor Chode Moanstery

    Pelkor Chode Moanstery

Day 5 Shigatse - Everest Base Camp (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
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    Rongbuk monastery

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    Way to everest

Day 6 Everest Base Camp - Gyirong Town

Distance:320km    Drive: 12hrs    Elevation:2600m   

Highlights: Early in the morning before sun rise on the top of Mt, Everest, we will take the eco-bus to have a full view the magnificent Everest. After that our tour we will drive back to the main road(318 national high way) to Gyirong Port. On the way you still have the chance to get a last glimpse of the Mt.Everest and the Himalaya mountains. 

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) Please note that due to political and enviromental reasons, it is now not possible to get to the Ecerest monument site, visitors can only view Everest from the tent site. 

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

3) Get well prepared for long driving on the road.

Accommodations: Overnight at Gyirong
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    Everest base camp

  • everest base camp

    Everest base camp

Day 7 Gyirong Town - Gyirong Border - Kathmandu

Distance: 160km    Drive: 7hrs    Elevation:1370m   

Highlights: In the early morning, you will cross the border - Gyirong Port, our service ends at the border. 

Tips:  

1) Our service ends at the border, you get to manager the transfer to Kathmandu on your own by hiring a jeep or share the jeep with other travelers. 

2) If you want us to book a private jeep for you, the cost is around USD250/per private jeep, each jeep accommodates 3-4 passengers

3) It is 6-7 hours drive from the border to Kathmandu, road condition is not very good

4) The Nepal visa can be obtained upon arrival with 25USD/per person 

5) Please prepare 3 photos of 28mm in width, 33mm in length for the immigration use.

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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

China visa

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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