Tibet Overland Tour

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  • Total Duration:12 Days
  • Best Time:March-Nov
  • Max Elevation:5010 m
  • Destination:Tibet
  • Trip Grade:Moderate
The Tibet Overland Tour is the most popular tour in Tibet. In this trip, you will get a chance to explore Nepal and “The Roof of the World”.

Trip Facts

  • Destination:Tibet
  • Trip Grade:Moderate
  • Max Elevation:5010 m
  • Total Duration:12 Days
  • Best Time:March-Nov
  • Activity:Cultural & historical tours
  • Starts:Kathmandu
  • Ends:Kathmandu
  • Per Day Walking:5-7 hrs tours
  • Meals:Breakfast basis
  • Accommodation:Double/Twin shearing in hotel/lodge
  • Transportation:Private vehicles /Tourist Bus/Flight
  • Group Size:2-16

Tibet is the highest region on the earth, with an average elevation of 4,900 meters. Its capital Lhasa is the site of Potala Palace. Although Tibet is part of China, it has its distinct culture.

Tibet Overland Tour starts from Kathmandu. Here in Kathmandu, you will visit several UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Nepal: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, and Boudhanath. After a full day of sightseeing in Kathmandu, our representative will transfer you to the Nepal – China border and introduce you to our Tibetan guide. The drive to the border is through scenic countryside with nice views of the Himalayan Mountains.

After the completion of all immigration formalities, the actual Tour to Tibet starts. In our Tibet Overland Tour, you will enjoy sightseeing in Lhasa. Potala Palace is the highest ancient palace in the world. Norbulingka palace is the largest man-made garden in Tibet.

Drepung Monastery is the largest of all Tibetan monasteries. Sera Monastery is located at the foot of Tatipu Hill. Jokhang temple is the most celebrated temple in Tibet because the temple is not controlled by any particular sect of Tibetan Buddhism. You can also browse the Tibetan Barkhor Street in Lhasa. It is a magical place full of exotic and religious items. This tour can be any time of the year. However, March to November is the best time to go.

Along with tours in Nepal, Trekking Planner also organizes Tibet overland tours. We will provide all the necessary information for visiting Tibet and suggest main places to visit in Tibet as per your interest. Feel free to contact us for your hassle-free and memorable holiday in Tibet and Nepal.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu.

Upon arrival, you will be picked up at the International Airport in Kathmandu and transferred to the hotel by our driver. After refreshments, you have a free afternoon to explore the town. Later on this evening, you will be picked up from your hotel for a cultural dinner. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 02: Full day in Kathmandu

Today you have a full day of guided sightseeing tours to the Buddhist and Hindu sights in Kathmandu: first Durbar Square, then a visit to “Swyambhunath” a Holy site for Hinduism and Buddhism. It is also known as “the monkey temple” due to a large number of holy monkeys living in the north-west part of the temple.

Next, you will be taken to “Pashupatinath, a sacred Hindu temple situated on the bank of the Bagmati River. You will then be driven to “Boddhanath Stupa” one of the biggest and oldest stupas in the world.

Later in the afternoon, there will be a pre-trip meeting with our representative in your hotel, and we will brief you regarding the Tibet Tour as well as providing you the opportunity to ask any questions of the upcoming trip. Second overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Drive Kathmandu (1300 m)-Nyalam (3750 M.): (5-6 Hrs.): 156 Km

In the early morning, you will be picked up from your hotel and driven to Kodari at the border. We will stop for Breakfast somewhere on the way.

After completing Nepali emigration and customs formalities, we drive uphill to the Zhangmu immigration post. After completing customs formalities, we drive to Nyalam. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 04: Drive Nyalam-Lhatse (43050 M.): (7 Hrs.): 244 Km.

From Nyalam, the road follows the Bhote Koshi River in the deep valley with plenty of Waterfalls. After 1.5 hrs, our drive brings us to the Nylam Pass (3800m) with the Jugal Himala in view. Driving further past Lalungla (5050m), we will see Mt. Dorje Lakpa (6980m), Mt. Makalu (8464m), Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Lhotse (8516m) & Mt. Shigatse.

Day 05: Drive Lhatse-Shigatse (3900 M.): (7-8 Hrs.): 244 Km.

Today after breakfast you will start your drive with nice views of the mountains, until we stop at Shigatse, and visit famous Tashilunpo, a small but very nice and historical town which is located on the northern bank of the Nyang Chu River. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 06: Drive Shigatse-Gyantse (3900 M.): (2 Hrs.): 90 Km.

After a wonderful visit at the Tashilunpo Monastery in Shigatse, we drive to Gyantse, passing through several towns. Gyantse is a small but very nice historical town which is located on the northern bank of Nyang Chu River. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 07: Drive Gyantse-Lhasa (3650 M.): (7-8 Hrs.): 259 Km.

Today after an 8-hour drive, we reach the Lhasa crossing, the Karolap Pass (5010m) and Kambala Pass (4794m). Today you will have a nice view of the Turquoise Lake and Brahmaputra River. After reaching Lhasa we will check into the hotel. Your guide will ask you about your onward flight ticket for reconfirmation. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 08: Tour to Sera Monastery, Jorkhang Temple & Barkhor Market.
Day 09: Sightseeing Tour to Potala Palace & Drepung Monastery.
Day 10: Lhasa-Kathmandu

After your wonderful visit to Tibet, today after breakfast at the hotel you will transfer to the Gonggar Airport and fly back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport you will be picked up by our driver and driven to the hotel.

Day 11: Full day in Kathmandu

Today you will have free time to further explore the city and surrounding area.

Day 12: Final departure

Today you will transfer to the Kathmandu International Airport for your flight, or perhaps join us for your next trip.

 

Cost Includes

  • All airport Pick up drop by private vehicle
  • Welcome dinner in Authentic Restaurant
  • 03-night twin/double sharing accommodation in Kathmandu on BB
  • Guided sightseeing tours in Kathmandu with all necessary entrance fee and private vehicle.
  • Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu flight with airport departure tax
  • National Park entrance fee and Trekkers’ Information Management System( TIMS card)
  • A high experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English speaking well trained, Government license holder guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, Transport, and insurance.
  • 02 guest=01 porter with their Insurance, Salary, Food, accommodation and equipment.
    Accommodation in the mountain during the trekking
  • Three meals a day; breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner and tea/coffee during the trekking.
  • Safe drinking water and first aid kit box
  • Trekking Planner’s sleeping bag, down jackets, Ti-shart, Cap, duffle bags, city and trekking route maps – if necessary.

Cost Excludes

  • Your Nepal Visa fees (should bring small accurate fees in USD and 02 passport size photos)
  • All the International airfare from and to Kathmandu (no need to pay the departure tax for international flight)
    Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Meals during the traveling time
  • Personal  travel and health Insurance, Insurance for helicopter evacuation
  • In case of extra more nights accommodation, lunch and dinner in the city due to early arrival and late departure as well as early back/return from mountain/trekking (due to any reason) than the given time period of the itinerary
  • Your Personal expenses such as ( laundry, baggage charge, phone calls, battery recharge, bar and beverage bill, boiled or bottled water, hot and cold shower, extra porter.. etc)
  •  The Tips to the trekking crews and drive
  • Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out of our control
  • Anything not included in service includes the column

Useful Information

China Visa (in the case you enter Tibet from Nepal)

You need to get your Chinese visa from the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu. Please note that if you have already got a Chinese visa in your home country, it will be canceled and fresh visa will be issued in Kathmandu. So, it’s useless to apply for a Chinese visa until you reach to Kathmandu and avoid waste of money. The visa days in the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and visa can be collected the same day upon payment of urgent fees.


Travel Insurance

Tours in Tibet is mainly in the remote area. You should be sufficiently protected and need to have travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, lost items, liabilities, injuries and medical treatment. Ensure the insurance covers all the activities in the Himalayas and mountains.


Altitude Sickness

Altitude sickness is a change in a body due to high altitude, decrease in atmospheric pressure makes breathing difficult due to less oxygen. Mainly, it happens above 3300 m (10,000 ft). Signs and symptoms are as follows:

  • Headache/Dizziness
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • tiredness/fatigue and Delirious
  • Sleepy but can’t sleep and Drunken Gait
  • Loss of Appetite

Prevention for this is to wear according to the weather, drink and eat plenty, walk slowly and climb high sleep low. Keeping hydrated, but make sure you avoid alcohol.


Transportation

Lhasa is recently connected with train network with mainland China. Roads in Tibet are not very good but much has improved recently. Normally, 4 wheel Japanese jeeps and cars are used to carry tourists and trucks for supplies and equipment.


Garbage Disposal

Use dustbins and do not throw anything into the fire. Carry garbage’s in the way where dustbin facilities are not available and conserve the environment.


How Can I Plan and Confirm My Trip?

We required non-refundable deposit Of 15% down payment in advance. Booking must be done 5 days earlier and amount can be either bank transfer or Western Union, money gram as well as through credit cards and the rest amount must be paid upon your arrival to Nepal or Kathmandu.

Equipment for this trip

  • Trekking / Tours Bag pack.
  • Trekking / Tours day bag.( Small handbag)
  • Trekking shoes.
  • Sports shoes or sandal.
  • Trekking stick.
  • Sun Hat, cap
  • Warm woolen cap.
  • Trekking jacket Gore tax/ flees jacket.
  • Pullover or warm sweater
  • Raincoat.
  • 4/5 pairs of good qualities shock.
  • Hand gloves.
  • 2/3 pairs of Trekking trousers
  • 3/4 pairs of trekking shirts.
  • 3/4 pairs of Underwear
  • Eye glass
  • Water bottle.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Flash or Torch light.
  • Camera and batteries.
  • Sun cream.

Most Common FAQs

Is independent tour permitted in Tibet?
Independent tour is prohibited in Tibet. You should take part in an organized group or tour operator.
Can I use ATM service from the local banks of Tibet?
Yes, but only the Bank of China in Lhasa has this function. Sometime, ATM there doesn’t always work properly. we suggest you to bring some cash with you.
What should I keep in mind when I speak or contact with the Tibetans?
You should not take photo them without permission, please show the respect to them. Please, Do not talk about the sensitive topics like political or t religious matters and don’t eat dog, donkey or horse in Tibet.
What are the hotels and teahouses like in Tibet?
The new hotels have been built away from cities to protect the city history and environment. These hotels have heater facilities in winter but no cooling is available in summer. Older hotels located in the city have a good location but will not provide the level of comfort of the new hotels and may not have a facilities of heater. Hotels in small cities and the Everest Base camp are very basic. They will usually have a public bathroom with squat toilet.
What is the weather in Tibet and Best season to visit?
Normally, weather in Tibet used to be Summers are cool winters are extremely cold. Sun radiation is high in Tibet. Mainly annual rainfall fall from June to September. The best time to visit Tibet is from April to October. The best time to visit Mt. Everest is May and early October.
What kind of vehicles is used in Tibet?
It also depends on number of travelers, mostly minivan, Hiace, Buses are used around Lhasa as the road condition in Lhasa is pretty good.
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