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8 Days
Availability : All year
Tribhuvan International Airport
Tribhuvan International Airport
Min Age : 18+
Max People : 10
Tour Details

A Tibet Overland Tour can be an incredible adventure, offering a glimpse into the unique culture, landscapes, and spirituality of the region. The Tibet Overland Tour is the best way to learn about Tibetan life. These days, you will learn the meaning of respect and love. You will also have a chance to observe and learn how ancient monuments are kept and should be kept for future generations, as the Tibetans have preserved them. Tibet has a unique culture largely based on the people’s strongly held religious beliefs.

Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet, is home to many interesting sites, such as Potala Palace. Many local people live a traditional lifestyle close to Lhasa, where it is possible to interact and experience their daily lives. Those venturing further into the countryside have the opportunity to see the unique landscape and all aspects of Tibetan life. Lhasa, the city of gods and the essence of Tibet, has attracted thousands of travelers as well as pilgrimages.

You will visit the most famous Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Gyantse Kumbum, and the Tashilhunpo Monastery in Tibet, which has outstanding architecture and various cultural relics to see in Tibet and will leave you with an unforgettable memory.

Note: The availability of tours and specific itineraries may vary depending on factors like travel restrictions, permits, and current political situations.

Highlights of the Tibet Overland Tour:
  • Visit Potala Palace, the iconic palace that was the winter residence of the Dalai Lama.
  • Visit Jokhang Temple. A sacred site for Tibetan Buddhists, this temple houses the revered Jowo Rinpoche statue and is an important pilgrimage destination.
  • Explore Barkhor Street, a bustling marketplace surrounding the Jokhang Temple, where you can experience Tibetan culture, shop for souvenirs, and observe traditional Tibetan life.
  • Explore the gateway to Mount Everest (North Face)—Tingri.
  • Visit the second-largest city in Tibet, Shigatse.
  • Explore several monasteries.
  • Observe the Tibetian lifestyle.
  • Taste authentic Tibetian cuisine.

Price Includes

  • All land transportation by private vehicle, based on the above-mentioned program.
  • All hotel accommodations are as per the itinerary (on a breakfast basis).
  • The hotel accommodations are basic twin-sharing.
  • An experienced, English-speaking Tibetian tour guide.
  • Staff costs include their salary, insurance, equipment, food, and accommodation.
  • Tibet Travel permits.
  • Sightseeing and monastery entrance fees as per the itinerary.

Price Excludes

  • Expenses of personal nature like the Internet, telephone, Wi-Fi, laundry, hot shower.
  • Food and beverage bills for all places.
  • Tipping (tips for a guide, drivers and supporters).
  • International flights.
  • Extra costs for upgrading rooms and services at hotels.
  • Donation at temples, schools, monasteries, etc.
  • Travel insurance of any kind.
  • Natural or political disturbance which beyond our control.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation.
  • Any other items that are not specified in the package.

Day 1Drive from Kathmandu to Kyirong Border-Kyirong Town (2800m, 168km, 6-7-hour drive)

Our representative will pick you up from your hotel in Kathmandu in the morning, and then we will drive through a small mountain road to the border on the Nepalese side. On the way, you can enjoy the views of waterfalls, rivers, gorges, and forests. Finally, we will arrive in Nepal at the newly opened Kyirong border. Our Tibetan guide and driver will pick you up at the border, do the necessary immigration paperwork and formalities for Chinese immigration, and then continue driving to Kyirong town.

Includes: private transport and an overnight stay at Hotel Kerung in Kyirong town.

Day 2Kyirong Town to Tingri (4300m) / Lhatse (4,350m, 235km, 5-6-hour drive)

After breakfast, you will start your journey to the new Tingri. You will pass by the most sacred cave, Milarepa Yogi, which dates back to the 11th century and is also the birthplace of Milarepa. Continue driving through Gongthang La Pass at an elevation of over 5000m.

Then drive along Pekutso Lake and continue to Old Tingri, at a distance of around 100 km from Pekutso. The scenery is extremely beautiful, with Shisha Bangma Snow Mountain on the right and Pekutso on the left. If the weather is nice, you will see Mount Everest on the way to Old Tingri. You will continue driving on the Friendship Highway and reach the new Tingri after an hour’s drive.

Includes: breakfast, private transport, an English-speaking Tibetian guide, and an overnight stay at an available local lodge in Tingri.

Day 3Tingri/Lhaste to Shigatse (3,900m, 245km, 5-6-hour drive)

After breakfast at your hotel, continue driving through the big mountain passes of Gyatchu-La (5,220m) and Tshola (4,500m), the highest pass en route to Lhasa via Lhatse, from where a road to Mt.Kailash bifurcates to the west. You will have your lunch at Shigatse and then head for the sightseeing of Tashilhunpho monastery.

Includes: breakfast, private transport, an English-speaking Tibetian guide, and an overnight stay at Hotel YouTube in Shigatse.

Day 4Shigatse to Lhasa via Gyantse (3,950m, 350km, 7-8-hour drive)

After having your breakfast, drive towards Lhasa via three big mountain passes: Simila, Karo La, and Kampa La, respectively. Karola is the highest pass among them, at over 5000 m, with its most beautiful glaciers. The beautiful Yamdrok Lake emerged in coral color from the top of Kampala Pass. You will have your lunch in Nakartse country, which is just between the Yamdrok Lake, Karola glaciers, Yamdrok-Tso Lake, and the Tibetan lifeline river Brahma Putra (Yarlung Tsangpo).

Includes: breakfast, private transport, an English-speaking Tibetian guide, and an overnight stay at Yak Hotel in Lhasa.

Day 5Sightseeing in Lhasa

On the fifth day of your Tibet Overland Tour, we begin exploring Lhasa, visiting the beautiful Potala and Norbulingka Palaces. They are better known as the Winter Palace and Summer Palace, respectively. Built in the 17th century, Potala Palace provides amazing views of the entire city and houses the private quarters of the Dalai Lama.

Norbulingka Palace houses what is considered to be the largest man-made garden in Tibet. Next, we visit the Tibet Traditional Hospital, which is the center for the treatment, training, research, and production of Tibetan medicine.

Includes: breakfast, private transport, an English-speaking Tibetian guide, and an overnight stay at the hotel in Lhasa.

Day 6SIghtseeing in Lhasa

After breakfast, we visit Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Bazaar. Drepung Monastery, which was built in the 14th century, is the world’s largest monastery and is believed to have sheltered around 10,000 monks in the past, but as of now, there has been quite a decline, resulting in only a few hundred. The history, culture, and religious beliefs of the Tibetan people are strongly concentrated and centered in this marvelous monastery.

Sera Monastery is a preserved monastery with whitewashed walls and golden roofs. The main attraction of visiting this monastery is to see the monks debating, which is held from 3-5 pm every day apart from Sundays. Jokhang Temple is another important sacred site that unravels the deeper mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism. Inside, you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni when he was twelve years old.

We further stroll through Barkhor Bazaar (the market). With its open-air stalls, shops, and crowds of pilgrims, it is the nerve center of Lhasa.

Includes: breakfast, private transport, an English-speaking Tibetian guide, and an overnight stay at the hotel in Lhasa.

Day 7Lhasa to Shegar (4330m, 655km, 8-9-hour drive)

After breakfast, start your drive from Lhasa to Shegar (also known as New Tingri), which belongs to Tingri County under Shigatse City and is about 655km away from the capital city of Lhasa and is the closest town to Mount Everest. The scenic journey through the Tibetan Plateau offers breathtaking views of the Himalayan mountains. Shegar serves as a popular stopover for travelers en route to Mount Everest Base Camp (North Face), which is located nearby.

Includes: breakfast, private transport, an English-speaking Tibetian guide, and an overnight stay at an available local lodge in Shegar.

Day 8Shegar to Kathmandu via Kyirong border (425km, 9-10-hour drive)

On the last day of the Tibet Overland Tour, you will begin your journey from Shegar. Take in the breathtaking views of the surrounding Himalayan mountains before starting your drive towards Kyirong. The road from Shegar to Kyirong winds through mountainous terrain, offering spectacular views along the way. You’ll pass through high mountain passes, valleys, and traditional Tibetan villages. The journey from Kyirong to Kathmandu involves crossing the border from Tibet into Nepal and then traveling through the Nepalese countryside to reach the capital city of Kathmandu.

Includes: breakfast, private transport, an English-speaking Tibetian or Nepali guide, and an overnight stay at Yatri Suites & Spa in Thamel, Kathmandu.

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