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Nepal to Tibet Overland Budget Tour

Nepal to Tibet Overland Budget Tour
Monks & Locals are in the Lhasa city during the Tibet Overland Tour.

Trip Highlights

  • Spectacular view of different mountain ranges including Everest
  • High Passes
  • Visit to Tashilhunpo Monastery
  • Visit to Kumpa Stupa, Gyantse Dzong, Potala Palace, Jorhkang Temple etc.
  • Lake Yamdrok Tso
  • Trip Facts

    Trip Code: HA-TI-001
    Trek Duration: Kathmandu - Tibet border - Lhasa
    Trip Duration: 8 days(s)
    Max Altitude: Lalung-la Pass (5,050m/16,564ft)
    Trip Grade: 2
    Lodging: Budget hotel
    Meals: Breakfast
    Transportation: 4/WD
    Communication: Available
    Group Size: Min 2. pax
    Best Season: May - Oct
    Per Day Walk: 5 - 8 hrs drive
    Room Included: Twin sharing accommodation in budget hotel
    Prices: Standard → USD $ 1150 P/P


    Currently, the border is closed for this tour due to Earthquake disaster around border side.

    Nepal to Tibet Overland Budget Tour is the most popular tour package to Tibet. Enjoy exploring the mystical land that was once forbidden in the world. This place, rich in culture and tradition, offers visits to numerous age old monasteries, temples and palaces. It takes you through ancient historical towns inhabited by ever smiling hospitable people. Richly blessed by Nature as well, you will drive past some high passes, picturesque landscapes, beautiful lakes, meadows and get the most amazing view of some of the highest peaks and many other mountain ranges.

    This enchanting journey begins from Zhangmu, the entry point to Tibet from Nepal. We drive to the border from Kathmandu. Kathmandu itself or any other part in Nepal are not a part of the tour. On the first day of the tour,  we reach Nyalam. Nyalam is the site of Milarepa’s cave. From there, we travel past a high pass to Xegar and to the most prosperous towns Xigatse and Gyantse in turn, enjoying views of mountains, a glacier and the holy pond Yamdrok Tso. This trip ultimately takes you to Lhasa, the land of gods, where we can explore his Highness Dalai Lama’s winter abode and other lavishly decorated monasteries and temple or shop in the bustling Barkhor Market. After two days of sightseeing in Lhasa, our journey comes to an end. From here on, you could take a flight back to Kathmandu or continue onwards to mainland China.

    Let us, Himalayan Advisor, take you for what would an amazing vacation ever.

  • Tour around Nepal is not included but can be added at your request.
  • Departure to Tibet will be on Sat or Tue and it is necessary to arrive 2 days prior to this.
  • Also, we should receive the required documents 15 days before the day of departure.
  • There should be minimum of two passengers in this Trip.
  • Trip Outline

    Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Nyalam, O/N

    Day 02: Drive from Nyalam to Xegar, O/N

    Day 03: Drive from Xegar to Shigatse, O/N

    Day 04: Drive from Shigatse to Gyantse O/N

    Day 05: Drive from Gyantse to Lhasa city

    Day 06: Sightseeing tour in Lhasa city

    Day 07: Sightseeing tour in Lhasa city

    Day 08: Final departure from Lhasa


    Service includes

  • All land transportation by private vehicle as per itinerary
  • Twin sharing accommodation in budget hotel basis in Tibet as per itinerary
  • Major Entry permit/s & fees in Tibet
  • Tibet Travel Permit
  • Chinese visa fee cost of US$ 85.00 (If American national US$ 90.00 extra)
  • Local Tibetan English speaking guide & all transport by 4/WD, necessary payment
  • Meal on breakfast basis in Tibet as per itinerary
  • All government and local taxes
  • Service does not include

  • Intl. airfare (LXA-KTM can be arranged on request US$ 430.00 economic class, subject to change)
  • Nepal re-entry visa fees (Returning Nepal get multiple visa)
  • All departure taxes
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch and dinner in Tibet
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, bar bills
  • Tips for driver and guide
  • Any extending trips
  • Services doesn’t includes in service inclusive column
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    2. Detail Itinerary

      Drive from Kathmandu to Nyalam

      We drive out of Kathmandu to Nepal-China border in Kodari. After some immigration formalities on both boarder sides, we reach Zhangmu. Zhangmu is the entry point to Tibet from Nepal. It is a long valley along which we continue to ride until up a steep switchback road and we reach Nyalam town. Here, we lodge at a guest house.

      Drive from Nyalam to Xegar

      Driveout of Nyalam, about 2+ hours, will bring us to the high pass Lalung Leh Pass (5,000m). We can see a range of mountains from this pass including five of the highest peaks- Everest, Makalu, Lhotse, Cho Oyu and Shishapangma. Our journey, then continues downwards to the Tibetan plateau of Tingri and to Xegar where we will be staying the night.

      Drive from Xegar to Shigatse

      Xegar (Shelker- ‘White crystal’) is situated at the base of Mount Everest and is therefore a starting point for many climbing expeditions to the highest point on earth. We get aspectacular view of a range of peaks over 8,000 and 7,000m high. From here, we drive past another pass, 5,220m in height, heading towards Shigatse, a historically very significant city of Tibet. Overnight in Shigatse.

      Shigatse to Gyantse

      Sightseeing in Shigatse. There are a few attractions in this city. One of them is Tashilhunpo Monastery. It was the seat of Panchen Lama until 1989 when he died. There are other temples and monasteries that we will visit before driving towards our next destination- Gyantse.
      Gyantse is only 2 hours away. Once we reach there, we will go see the Kumpa Stupa (Ten-Thousand stupa), Palcho Monastery and others.Overnight in Gyantse.

      Drive from Gyantse to Lhasa City

      Today, we leave for Lhasa. We cross the Karo La Pass and drive via Yamdrok Tso (a beautiful turquoise lake believed to be the transformation of a goddess).We drive around the lake and climb over the Kamba La Pass. We can see the Lhasa Valley from here. After a few hours, we will reach Lhasa. We will be spending three nights here.

      Sightseeing tour in Lhasa City

      Lhasa means ‘Land of the Gods’. It is a place of great historical and religious importance. There are many attractions in Lhasa, which we will visit during the two day time. There is the Potala Palace (current winter residence of Dalai Lama), Jorhkang Temple, Drepung Monastery, Gelugpa Monastery, Sera Monastery and Norbulingka. Potala Palace, Jorhkang Temple and Norbulingka are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We will visit these places today and tomorrow.

      Sightseeing tour in Lhasa City

      Today, we will visit the remaining attractions in Lhasa. All that there is to see in Lhasa cannot be visited in one day. So, we will continue with our sightseeing.

      Departure from Lhasa

      We have come to an end of our journey. Today, we will take you to the airport for the most scenic flight back to Kathmandu. Or, you could continue with your own plans. Thank you for choosing Himalayan Advisor. Remember us for your future plans.

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    2. Useful Info

      When is the best time to do Tibet Overland Tour?

      The best time to visit Tibet for Overland Tour is from April to November. However, if you can bear with the cold, the trip can be done during the months of cold winter as well. Things are a bit cheaper in winter.

      What currency should I bring and are ATMs available?

      Renminbi (RMB) is the currency used in Tibet. Foreign currencies cannot be used directly. However, you can convert your money into Renminbi at banks or its branches or even hotels at the exchange rate quoted on the foreign exchange market for the day.
      You will not have problems finding ATMs in prosperous cities like Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse. ATMS are gradually spreading to smaller towns as well.

      What are the risks of AMS?

      We will be driving over a few high passes so there is a high chance you will suffer from AMS. Along with your doctor recommended medicines, you could bring medicines such as Diamox. If you have some health issues, consult with your doctor first. Our guides are well trained in the matters of AMS so there is no need to worry. We are always there to answer further questions related to AMS.

      How early should I apply?

      We require the necessary documents 15 days prior to departure day. With it, we arrange all the necessary permits and other paperwork.

      Is there Internet facilities in Tibet?

      Yes, there are good cyber cafes and hotels with internet system and WIFI facilities in big cities of Tibet. Smaller towns may not have such facilities but there are still some cyber cafes where you can use the internet.

      Can I go to mainland China with my Tibet permit?

      This is not possible. Tibet permit allows you to visit only some major and small towns in Tibet. You will receive the Chinease paper visa which works to mainline but this will be up to 3 weeks and you mentioned before apply the visa or in your trip booking time.

      What food can I expect in Tibet?

      In bigger cities, you can choose from Chinese, Tibetan and Western food. Choices become limited during off season though and many restaurants may be closed. In smaller towns, choices are more limited and Tibetan or Chinese food may be the only options.
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