Overland tour in Tibet offers an insight into the historical and cultural wonders of ancient Tibet.

Heinrich Harrer gave the first encounter of Tibet in his auto-bio "Seven Years in Tibet." Centuries of isolation and the lifestyle of inhabitants dating back milleniums makes it a most "desired place to be" in the bucketlist of travelers.

This tour is designed for a group. We would have tourist from different countries thus peoples take this tour as an opportunity to meet and interact with the peoples of the country where they have never been. From single to a couple, anyone can join this tour. Starting from Kathmandu and conceding at Lhasa, this overland tour passes over the Tibetan Himalayas through Arniko Highway -Friendship Bridge that connects Nepal with Tibet, China.

You can enjoy the fabulous mountain sceneries en route, visit mystical Buddhist monasteries of Tashilhunpo at Shigatse, the Kumbum Stupa at Gyantse, and drive past the beautiful Yamdrok Tso Lake (Turquoise Lake). In Lhasa, once can visit the famous Potala Palace and Norbulinka, the great Drepung Monastery, Sera monastery and walk through the bustling Barkor Bazaar.

The sightings of Mt. Everest (8848m/29,028ft) and Makalu (8,481m/27,825ft) seen from the Lalung La pass (5,082m/16,670ft) are the highlights of the trek.

Mount Kailash, considered Holy by Hindus, Buddhists and Jains alike, is located in the western most region of Tibet. Every year, thousands of devotees make a pilgrimage to Kailash Mansarovar. Predominantely believed by Hindus, the Hindu God Shiva resides at the summit of the mountain.

Outline Itinerary

  • Kathmandu to Nyalam -3,750m (12,300ft)-156Kms
  • Nyalam to Lhatse -4,350m (14,270ft)-220Kms
  • Lhatse to Shigatse -3,900m (12,790ft)-244Kms
  • Shigatse to Gyantse -3,950m (12,955)-90kms
  • Gyantse to Lhasa -3,650m (11,970)-259kms
  • Sightseeing tour in Lhasa- 1st day
  • Sightseeing Tour in Lhasa- 2nd day
  • Final departure from Lhasa to your onward destination or extend your tour

Important Trip Notes & Activities

Pleased acknowledge that you are joining us for the adventure trip in remote Himalayan region, where weather conditions, health and fitness of the member or unexpected natural disaster can compel us to change the itinerary and if so you have to understand it but we would try our best to keep the suggested itinerary as per the original schedule.

Your safety and satisfaction of the trip is our prime concern while travelling with us and we ensure you our best team, logistics, professional services to make sure that you would have an amazing trip of lifetime with us. Also note that our trip leader deserved the final decision if the trip has to amend, change the route or cancel due to the extreme conditions for the safety precaution. However, he will try his best to ensure that the trip runs as according to the stated plan but be prepared for flexibility if necessary.


Day 01:

Kathmandu to Nyalam
Altitude: 3,750m /12,300ft
Distance of driving: 156Kms/6 hrs drive

 

You would be picked up from your hotel lobby by 6:00 AM this morning and transfer to our van/group bus. At 6:15, we would start our drive from Kathmandu to Kodari- Nepal Tibet friendship border via friendship highway (1,873m/6,140ft). After completing immigration and custom formalities, you would meet our Tibetan guide then drive up hill to Zhangmu (2,300m/75,44ft)- it is a Tibetan border town. After another check here, we drive further ascent to Nyalam for overnight. On the way you will see fantastic view of deep valley with some overflowing waterfalls.

Day 02:

Nyalam to Lhatse
Altitude: 4,350m/14,270ft
Distance of driving: 220Kms/7 hrs drive

After breakfast at guest house, we drive (Approx. 7 hours) onward to Lhatse via Xegar, crossing two spectacular passes. Nyalam pass (3,800m/12,464ft) and Lalung La pass (5,082m/16,670ft). This drive offers fantastic view of the high mountains including, Mount Everest (8,848m/29,021ft) Jugal Himal, Mt. Makalu (8464m) etc. Overnight in Lhatse

Day 03:

Lhatse to Shigatse
Altitude: 3,900m/12,790ft
Distance of driving: 244Kms/6 hrs drive

Drive (Approx. 6 hrs) to reach Shigatse, the place of famous Tashilunpo Monastery and seat of Panchen Lama until his death in 1989 with its huge Thangka wall which is clearly visible from the north side of the road . Overnight in Shigatse.

Day 04:

Shigatse to Gyantse
Altitude: 3,950m/12,955ft
Distance of driving: 90kms/2 hrs drive

This morning, you will visit Tashilunpo Monastery and the free bazaar of Xigaste. After lunch embark on a pleasant 2 hours drive to Gyantse. Here you visit the Khumbum Stupa and Phalkot Monastery. Overnight in Gyantse.

Day 05:
Gyantse to Lhasa -3,650m (11,970)-259kms

Gyantse to Lhasa
Altitude: 3,650m/11,970ft
Distance of driving: 259kms/ 8hrs drive


Today drive is bit longer, we drive approx of 08 hours, crossing 2 passes The Karo La (5010m) and Kamba La (4794m) pass and Lake Yamdrok Tso (Turquoise Lake). You will cross the Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahamaputra) river and see the distant views of the Potala Palace. Overnight in Lhasa

Day 06:

Sightseeing tour in Lhasa- 1st day
Explore day

We breakfast at hotel then start our first day tour of Lhasa- Forbidden City of Tibet. Our tour begins with a visit to Sera Monastery. An experienced tour guide also working as an interpreter escorts us to this preserved monastery of white-washed walls and golden roofs. Equally adventurous and exciting tempo builds up while touring Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. Jokhang Temple is another important sacred site which unravels more deep seated mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism. Visit to Barkhor Market can be quite a change from other visits as we roam around the city savoring every tiny detail from stall hawkers coaxing their clients to purchase their goods to exhibition of Tibetan culture, custom and tradition. Eventually, the tour for the day concludes as you return to the comforts of your hotel.

Day 07:

Sightseeing Tour in Lhasa- 2nd day
Explore day

Your sightseeing of this forbidden city of Tibet continue today as well. You experience invaluable insights during your visits to Potala Palace and Drepung Monastery. This 17th century Potala Palace offers an awesome view of entire city and also has private quarters of the Dalai Lama, numerous grand state rooms and chapels. Ancient history has it that Drepung Monastery which was built in 14th century used to shelter around 10,000 monks but as now there has been quite a declination resulting in only few hundreds. Tibetans’ respect and belief are immensely knotted with this monastery. Explore the surrounding and return back to your hotel in evening. Over night at Lhasa.

Day 08:

Final departure from Lhasa or extend your tour

Today we serve you breakfast at morning then your trip ends by this morning. Means you are free now; you are responsible for the onward travel plans and destination and required arrangements of flights, train etc. onward Kathmandu or mainland China. If you would like to fly back to Kathmandu, write us while booking your trip with us, we can pre-arrange your Lhasa- Kathmandu return flight at your required date in advance( additional cost).

Price: US $1500 per person

Inclusions

• Pick up at Kathmandu airport and transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu

• Tibet Travel Permit

• Chinese visa fee {US$ 114 for the other national people-US$80 extra for US nationality}

• Kathmandu - Tibet boarder (Zhang-Mu) transportation by comfortable vehicle

• Zhang-Mu - Lhasa transfer by non AC Land Cruiser (4WD TOYOTA)

• Comfortable accommodation in Tibet on twin sharing basis (except in Nyalam) with breakfast

• English speaking Tibetan guide/ his entire cost/expenses

• Sightseeing as per the suggested on itinerary, fees of Monastery fees and Gumbas as required as per the itinerary stated

• All applicable taxes and service charges

Exclusions

• Nepal Visa fee

• Your accommodation & meals in Kathmandu( Request us to reserve your budget accommodation)

• Your travel insurance

• Meals other than breakfast in Tibet

• Personal nature expenses and tipping

• Any additional expenses due to unforeseen circumstances

• Cost of photography

• Flight Lhasa/Kathmandu (USD $- 379- subject to change) and flight tickets or train tickets onward to main china.

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.

We do have several departure dates for our trekking /climbing trips. Please find your convenient departure date from the below listed year and write us. Being as a Nepal based adventure travel Company, we do have permanent trekking set up in mountains so we are very much flexible for the departure dates for our every Himalayan trip. Please view our available group dates as stated and if the listed dates are not matching your expected time for this trip, write us with your personal date, we are happy to organize this trip to you as per your own selected date and we can open the same date for our group departure date.

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Tue 19 Dec Tue 26 Dec
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Fri 22 Dec Fri 29 Dec
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Our Tour group

This is our group based tour thus peoples from any countries can join us on this tour. We would mostly have a group of 8 to 20 peoples on this tour.
 

Tour Leader

Your tour Guide is Tibetan Certified Guide. He is in good communicate English, knows the places you would visit and make a special look after throughout the trip.
 

Health & altitude problems

Traveling in Tibet involves high altitude and can be strenuous. Clients with heart and lung problems or blood diseases should consult their doctor before booking the trip. Very rare cases of altitude sickness have been reported. Simple headache; fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorders can happen before the acclimatization. Some advice: drink approx. 3 liters of water per day, do not strain yourself, move slowly, breathe deeply and take regular rests.
 

Customs & Airport

There is no prohibition on still and video cameras, tape recorders or radios as long as they are registered with a custom official. Printed matters considered unsuitable by the Chinese Government are prohibited, Customs regulations forbid the ex- port of art objects created prior to 1959 or souvenirs in amounts deemed to be excessive. There is only one airport in Tibet and only one international flight to Kathmandu, Nepal is in operation.


Clothing & equipments

From Oct. to March warm clothes are required due to cold and from April to September only light clothes will be enough. However, a jacket and a sweater are advised throughout the year as the weather may unexpectedly change at any time.
 

Meals & Accommodations

This tour is based with bed (accommodation) and breakfast basis only you have to look after your lunch and evening meals by yourself. Even though, there are many Chinese/Tibetan restaurants in Zhangmu, Nyalam and Shegar, foods are comparatively poor but foods at Sighatse, Gyantse and Lhasa are very nice and you can have your choice of food with your own taste.
 

Your accommodations will be provided a twin share room with attached bath except in Nyalam. During your tour we will use Kyichu Hotel or similar hotel in Lhasa, Gyantse Hotel or similar hotel in Gyantse, Wutse Grand Hotel or Manasarover Hotel in Xigatse, Shanghai hotel or similor hotel in Lhatse and Nyalum guest house in Nyalum. Single room supplement will be charge US$150.
 

Departure Dates

We can depart you for this tour at two times a week- Tuesday and Saturday. Except our fixed group departure date, if you need a private tour departure date, write us with your date and number of peoples for the trip.
 

We can operate this tour for the single peoples to a group. As more as your group is, the more discount is offered on the trip. The set trip US$- 620 per person but if you come with group of friends, your trip cost would be less as we are offering group discount for the group. 4 peoples or more on the tour is- US$- 580 per person.

 

Write us for any additional information required to plan this amazing trip with us. Here you can phone us at- 977 1 4423297 or email us at info@advadventures.com

 

Notation: Airport Stops Route

Equipments

It is very important to have right seasonal Clothing & Equipments for the safe and enjoyable trek in Nepal. Here below, we have listed the required equipments for traveling to Nepal and its Himalayas. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. 

Head:
Sun hat or scarf 
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat 
Sunglasses with UV protection

 

Hands:
Lightweight gloves 
Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer

 

Upper Body:
T-shirts (2) 
Light and expedition weight thermal tops 
Fleece jacket or pullover 
Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional) 
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric)
shell jacket 

T- Shirt and Down Jacket
Advanced Adventure provide you this

 

Lower Body:
Underwear (4) 
Hiking shorts (2) 
Lightweight cotton long pants 
Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms 
Fleece or wool pants 
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
 

Feet:
Thin, lightweight inner socks (4) 
Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4) 
Hiking boots with spare laces 
Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp
 

Accessories:
Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F - Advanced Adventure provide this 
Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries 
Small pad or combination lock-to-lock for trek bag- Advanced Adventure provide Trekking Duffle Bag.
Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal) 
Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bag 
Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches) 
Thermarest sleeping pad 
Water bottles (2)
Toiletries
Small wash towel

Extras/Luxuries:
Binoculars 
Reading book 
Trail Map/Guide book 
Journal & Pen 
Walkman 
Pencils and small notebooks 
Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble

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