Kathmandu to Tibet Overland Adventure

509: 10 Days Kathmandu - Gyirong - Dingri - Everest Base Camp - Dingri - Shigatse - Gyangtse - Tsetang - Lhasa
Tour Type: Private Tour, any parts of the itinerary can be customized
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide & air-conditioned, licensed car
Tour Highlights:
  • Appreciate the artistic carvings and statue of the historic spots in Kathmandu
  • Marvel at the stunning views of the Mt. Everest - the highest peak in the world
  • Full insight visits of the sacred Potala Palace and the mysterious holy land of Tibet
  • Jokhang Temple, the ultimate pilgrimage destination for Tibetan pilgrims
Day 1 Kathmandu - Gyirong
Rongbuk Monastery
Today you will travel from Kathmandu to the border - Rasuwagadhi by yourself. After you clear the customs and complete the procedures, you will find our guide and driver waiting for you outside. Then we will escort you to Gyirong by vehicle on a bumpy road and help you check into the best local hostel upon arrival.

The remainder of the day is free for you to get relaxed from the long-time drive. You can have a good rest and look forward to your Nepal to Lhasa tour package at the hostel, or you may take a leisurely walk along the nearby street as well to explore the local life in Gyirong if you are still energetic.

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
 Friendly Tips

For clients who enter Tibet from Kathmandu, we wish to draw your attention on how to apply for your China Visa and Tibet Travel Permit. You may refer to the following for details. 

Firstly, we need the copy of your valid passport to apply for your Tibet Travel Permit as well as China Visa Invitation Letter from the Tibet Tourist Administration beforehand. Secondly, after we get the documents mentioned above, we will deliver the Invitation Letter and the copy of Tibet Travel Permit to our partner agency in Kathmandu. The original Tibet Travel Permit will be kept by your guide in Tibet. Thirdly, once you arrive in Kathmandu, our partner agency there will assist you in applying for your China Visa at the local Chinese Embassy. Please be aware that the Visa Section at Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu opens only 3 days a week - Monday, Wednesday & Friday from 09:00 AM to 12:00 AM. Therefore, it is advisable to arrive at Kathmandu at least two days earlier in order to have enough time for the application. Lastly, please take your passport, visa and the copy of your Travel Permit with you when arriving at the border Kodari. Your local guide in Tibet will forward your original Tibet Permit to the immigration control, and it will then be handed to you after your passport, visa and copy of Travel Permit are verified by the customs. Please remember to take the original Permit with you during your whole stay in Tibet. 
Day 2 Gyirong - Dingri
Your 10 days Kathmandu tour to Tibet starts today. After breakfast, let's take a 6-7 hours' long drive to Dingri. On arriving, you will be escorted to check in Everest Hotel, and then you can have a rest for the remainder of the day.

Meals: Buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 3 Dingri - Everest Base Camp - Dingri
Prayer wheels of Sakya Monastery in Shigatse
Everest Base Camp, 19km (about 9.3 miles) away from Mt. Qomolangma, is a camp for passionate mountaineers to rest and refresh. Various tents are scattered around and there are also some basic facilities here for travelers. We will start early in the morning and drive to the Camp in around 4 hours.

The whole journey would be rather tiring because of the gravel road, but you can definitely be obsessed by the awesome Mt. Qomolangma at such a close distance. You will also visit the Rongbuk Monastery before we have another 4 hours' driving back to the Everest Hotel. 

Meals: Buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 4 Dingri - Shigatse
Today we'll continue our trip to Shigatse, about 250km (155 miles) away. En route you will visit Lhatse County and the Sakya Monastery - one of the important Tibetan Buddhism monasteries founded in 1073 by Kon Konchok Gyelpo. It is the main Sakyapas temple, containing up to 150 branch monasteries in Qinghai, Gansu, Yunnan, Nepal and Bhutan etc. In the temple, you can see the good collection of scriptures, the rare treasure palm leaf manuscript and also various kinds of porcelain wares. Upon arrival, you will be escorted to check into the hotel and have a rest. 

Meals: Buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 Shigatse - Gyangtse
Shigatse is the second biggest city in Tibet. In the morning, we will visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery and the New Palace of Panchen. Tashilhunpo Monastery is the residence of Panchen Lama where the highlights here are the stupas of the 10th Panchen and the gigantic copper - Maitreya Buddha. To the south of it is the New Palace of Panchen which was the Summer Palace of the 10th Panchen built in 1954. After lunch, ywe will take a 2.5 hours' drive to reach Gyangtse and check into the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 6 Gyangtse - Tsetang
Gyangtze Old Street
Gyangtze Old Street
After breakfast, we will visit the Palkhor Monastery - the only one monastery which integrates the three Tibetan Buddhism sects including Kagyu, Sakya and Gelug together. Another feature of the temple that may draw your attention is the Bodhi Pagoda in which hundreds of Buddhist rooms were built overlapped successively, tower within tower in Nepal style, which is very special. Later, you can take a walk through old streets in Gyangtse.

Then we will get to Tsetang by a comfortable vehicle for about 6 hours. On the way, you can stop and visit the Yamdrok Yumtso Lake - one of the four sacred lakes in Tibet which is an important destination for pilgrimage. Besides, wou will pass by the Karola Glacier. Upon arrival, you can check into the hotel with your guide's help. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 7 Tsetang - Lhasa
In the morning, we will have a quick visit to Yumbu Lakang - the first palace in Tibet with a history of more than 2,100 years. Next, our guide will lead you to visit the Trandruk Monastery and the Samye Monastery. Then our guide and driver will transfer you to Lhasa and escort you to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 8 Lhasa
Lhasa, the holy land of Tibetan Buddhism, attracts people from all over the world for its plateau scenery, profound history and religious culture. Your private Lhasa city tour starts with a visit to the Tibet Museum, from which you may get an overall understanding of Tibetan culture. In the afternoon, you will be accompanied to visit the Sera Monastery and the Norbulingka Park. If you are lucky enough, you can meet the monks debating Buddhist scriptures at courtyard, which is an instructive and interesting activity. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 9 Lhasa
Yamdrok Yumtso Lake
Yamdrok Yumtso Lake
Your first stop today is the Potala Palace, the most magnificent architectural complex, which contains palaces, castles and temples integrated into one building. To protect this world cultural heritage, the number of the visitors and their visiting time has been strictly controlled. Our guide will give you the explanation of the site before you enter and visit it.

After lunch, we will go ahead to visit the Jokhang Temple, and then spend your time at the thriving bazaar of the Barkhor Street where various small crafts and souvenirs are on sale. At last, you will pay a short visit to a Nunnery before returning to the hotel. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 10 Departure from Lhasa
Potala Palace
Potala Palace
On your last day in Lhasa, you will visit a Tibetan family and see the locals' everyday life. You can have some conversation with them and our guide is happy to be your translator. Then you will be escorted to the airport according to your homeward flight schedule and our guide will see you off at the airport. 

In addition, since there is only few international flights from Lhasa to abroad, most visitors tend to depart from some popular cities in China, such as Beijing, Xian, Chengdu and Shanghai etc. So for your onward journey, we suggest you extend your 10 days Tibet tours from Kathmandu to these cities. In Beijing, the grand Great Wall and Forbidden City are must-see sites, and the Terracotta Army in Xian also deserves a visit. And also you may want to get close to giant pandas in Chengdu or enjoy the perfect blend of modern and traditional cultures in Shanghai. Please feel free to contact your travel consultant if interested, and we will be pleased to arrange it for you. Safe Journey!

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
 Friendly Tips

The sequence of this itinerary can be reversed if you want to travel from Lhasa to Kathmandu. You can either take the overland trip or take the direct flight from Lhasa to Kathmandu. The flight is around 1.5 hours and the schedules are 3U8719 1110/1030 or CA407 1150/1110 (there is time difference). For details, please refer to Tibet to Nepal Discovery. 
DestinationsLuxury HotelsStandard Hotels
GyirongGyirong Hotel Gyirong Hotel
DingriEverest Hotel Everest Hotel
ShigatseGasar Hotel Gasar Hotel
GyangtseGyangtse Hotel Gyangtse Hotel
TsetangTsetang Hotel Tsetang Hotel
LhasaXinding Hotel Xinding Hotel
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