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Overland Lhasa Tour

Days 10
Price $1650
Max Altitude 5150m
Region Tibet
Grade moderate
Accommodation Hotel/ Guesthouse/ Lodge
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Trip Overview

Lhasa situated at an elevation of 3650 meters in southern Tibet is a mysterious, magical, and spiritual place composed of prominent monasteries and palaces considered holy by Tibetan Buddhists. Featuring snow-capped mountains, huge glaciers, sacred lakes and other natural landscapes. Overland Lhasa Tour is the most popular tour in Tibet.

The tour starts from Kathmandu as we travel to Nepal-Tibet border of Rasuwagadhi. During the tour, we visit beautiful Tibetan cities such as Gyantse, Shigatse, Sakya, Rongbuk, and Gyirong to finally reach Lhasa. We also explore the mystical Yamdrok Lake, conquer a few high passes, and visit popular Tibetan monasteries like Sakya, Tashi Lhunpo, Shalu, Sera. And Rongbuk–world’s highest monastery–all the while being surrounded by the enthralling Himalayas. The city of Lhasa is captivating mostly because of its religious importance. The center of the city is occupied by the four-storied Tsuglagkhang or Jokhang, a temple built in the mid-7th centur. It is considered as the holiest place in Tibet. Other landmarks include Potala Palace, once the winter residence of the Dalai Lama . Norbulingka (Jewel Palace), once the summer residence of the Dalai Lama, but now open to the public as People’s Park. Drepung and Sera–two of the largest monasteries in Tibet–are also tourist destinations of the city. Summer (March to May), when the temperature is warmer, is the best time to visit Lhasa, for you can travel to high altitudes and enjoy stunning views of the mountains.

This popular tour is deemed guilty of hypnotizing people as it combines the country’s most famous landmarks and sacred sites along with diverse natural landscapes into a package. With our team of highly experienced and friendly guides, the tour is undoubtedly going to be even more hypnotizing.

Trip Itinerary

Day 01:  Kathmandu to Kerung via Rasuwagadhi 150km

Early in the morning, we drive to Rasuwagadhi, Nepalese side of the Nepal-Tibet border. The scenic drive passes along a countryside view filled with hills, rivers, waterfalls, and several settlements. Upon reaching Rasuwagadhi, we complete all of the border formalities on the Nepalese side to enter the Chinese side after crossing the Friendship Bridge. We then drive for a couple of hours to reach the Tibetan border of the town, Kerung. O/N in a guest house.

Day 02:  Kerung to Tingri 300km

Driving on the Friendship Highway, we drive uphill relishing the view of Tibetan landscapes to reach the town of Tingri. While passing through the sparsely vegetated hillsides, we can view the snow-capped Shishapangma (8013m) and Cho Oyu (8201m) in the background, if the weather favors. Upon reaching Tingri, we will be accompanied by the striking panorama of Everest (8848m). O/N in Tingri.

Day 03:  Tingri to Shigatse via Sakya 360km (B)

We will drive to Shigatse, the second largest city of Tibet, by passing Gawu la Pass (5198m). We can enjoy the Himalayan range on Tibet’s side. En route to Shigatse, we visit the ancient Sakya Monastery which is the most important monastery for Sakya sect of Tibetan Buddhism. From Sakya, we continue driving on the picturesque countryside, to arrive in Shigatse. O/N in Shigatse.

Day 04:  Shigatse to Lhasa via Gyantse 375km (B)

In the morning, we visit Tashi Lhunpo Monastery which used to be the seat of successive Panchen Lamas. Then, we drive to Gyantse and visit the Kumbum Monastery to view the most spectacular architecture of Tibet. We continue driving to Lhasa passing Manak Dam Lake with a distant view of Karola Glacier, Yamdrok Lake, and Mt Nyenchen Khangsar. Finally, we reach Lhasa after crossing Brahmaputra River. O/N in Lhasa.

Day 05:  Lhasa Tour – Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace (B)

We start by visiting Potala Palace, former winter residence of successive Dalai Lamas. Here, we can find mind-blowing Tibetan architecture along with the glimpses of Dalai Lama's private quarters. The palace provides an amazing view of the city as it is situated on a hilltop facing the city. We then visit the summer palace of the Dalai Lamas, Norbulingka Palace, which is open to the public with the name "People's Park", and is the largest man-made garden in the whole of Tibet. O/N in Lhasa.

Day 06:  Lhasa Tour – Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Street (B)

Today, we visit 14th century Drepung Monastery which is the largest monastery in the world. We can find the vast, centered art and architecture of Tibetan Buddhism. Later, we visit Sera Monastery where we can see three sand mandalas and paintings of Buddha, and explore Tibetan religious scripture printing house. We then visit Jokhang temple, the most sacred temple in Tibet. Barkhor Street is the circumambulating path of Jokhang temple, so you can stroll around the street and buy souvenirs from the local vendors. O/N in Lhasa.

Day 07:  Depart from Lhasa back to Kathmandu (B)

Leaving behind the monasteries, we drive away from Lhasa as we retrace our way back to Kathmandu via Kerung and Rasuwagadhi. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you can enjoy the evening as you please. O/N at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 08:  Rest/Depart from Kathmandu

Our team member will drop you at the airport 3 hours prior to your flight.

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What's Included

  • International flights transfer.
  • Hotel in a double/twin room sharing.
  • Guided tour of the city with all entry fees as per Itinerary.
  • Tibet Travel Permit and Visa fees with permit processing
  • Accommodation in tour at best available Teahouse/Lodge.
  • Daily breakfast
  • Experience professional tour guide
  • Tour permits and local taxes for the region
  • Group first Aid Kit.
  • Insurance for all our staff.
  • Nepal Social Adventures T-shirt.
  • Trekking map for each trekker.

What's Not Included

  • Lunch and dinner
  • Personal travel insurance; medical and evacuation insurance.
  • Personal expenses such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, mineral water.
  • Tips for trekking guide & porters which is expected
  • International airfare and airport taxes, excess baggage charges.
  • Expenses incurred due to accidents, landslide, strikes, political unrest, etc.

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