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Kathmandu Lhasa Over Land Tour via Everest Base Camp (Drive in Drive out)

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  • Country
    CountryTibet
  • Duration
    Duration17 Days
  • Max-altitude
    Max. Altitude5200
  • Best season
    Best SeasonApril- October
  • Per Day Dive4-5 Hours
  • accommodation
    AccommodationHotel/Guest house
  • Level
    GradeModerate
  • Group
    Group Size10 Pax

Tibet is an autonomous region of China, located on the Tibetan Plateau north of the Himalayas. It is called “the roof of the world” because of its high peak. It shares Everest with Nepal. The capital, Lhasa, is home to the hilltop Potala Palace, once the winter residence of the Dalai Lama, and the Jokhang Temple, Tibet’s spiritual center, revered by a golden statue of the young Buddha.

The best part about this tour is that you can experience the base camp of the top of the world by road. This journey will take you to many beautiful Tibetan monasteries, lakes and most amazing Everest base camp. You want to see Everest and you don’t want to trek then this is the only best option for you. As this tour will take you through all the places by road and you can stop your vehicle wherever you want and enjoy the amazing scenery.

The combination of amazing Tibetan culture and amazing landscapes filled with mountain is the highlight of the tour. We visit Potala Palace whose history goes back to the regime of Songtsan Gampo in 7th century. It was reconstructed as the palace by Dalai Lama the 5th in 17th century. Other destinations are Sera and Drepung monasteries which are Tibet’s great monastic universities, Jokhang Temple is the central cathedral, bustling Barkhor market and Norbulingka Palace which is the Summer Palace of Dalai Lama.

(Note: It is very important that Tibet Travel permit and Tibet Visa is different. You can’t enter the Tibet just with Chinese Visa. Before entering Tibet you should obtain Tibet Travel permit.)

Tibet Travel permit and Visa

Require document for Tibet visa /Permit

  • At least six month valid clear scan copy of your passport.
  • Chinese visa copy by email (For those travelers who are entering Tibet from mainland China)
  • You have to fill up a form Chinese Embassy Kathmandu with your latest passport size of a picture. (For those who are Travelling from Nepal Global Holidays Adventure will manage it).
  • Tibet Tourism Bureau takes 15 days time to approve the travel permit. Sometime it take more than a 15 days so applying your Tibet permit before 15 days is safe way.
  • Diplomats Passport holders, journalists, professional media photographer and government officials are not able to issue their Tibet Travel permit through normal travel agencies. They are only able to get under the arrangement of foreign affairs.

Tibet Permit and Visa Fees:

American Passport Holders: USD $ 215 Per Person
Canadian Passport holders: USD $ 215 Per Person
Other Nationality: USD $ 125 Per Person

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Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu
You will be welcomed by one of our representative holding a PLA card with your name written in it. You then will be taken to hotel by private vehicle. We then will be needing your passport in order to process the Tibetan visa (China visa). It will take about 3 working day.

Day 2

Kathmandu sightseeing/ visa processing day.
Today after breakfast you will enjoy the Kathmandu. You will be visiting few durbar squares, monkey temple and get to know about the culture of Kathmandu too.

Day 3

Kathmandu sightseeing and visa process day.
You will chill around Kathmandu and do some sightseeing activity. You love to hike then you can also do so as Kathmandu is valley surrounded by hills and you could enjoy some good hike as well. Today you can also visit one of the hill side destination called Nagarkot and sightseeing on Bhaktapur durbar square.

Day 4

Kathmandu to Kerung (9 hours)
Today after breakfast you will hop on private vehicle waiting on hotel parking. You then will move towards the boarder, Kerung. The distance of 175 km from Kathmandu will take around 9 hours from approximately. The twisting and turning road filled with amazing landscape will be highlights of the trip. You can stop on which ever place you want and enjoy the view.

Day 5

Kerung to Lotingri (4,348m).
The uphill drive to highest plateau of the world with the view of amazing landscape of Tibet. If weather permits then you could enjoy the amazing views of Himalayas. Driving along the Sino-Nepal highway visiting Milarepa cave on the way will reach Lotingri. Along the way you will be crossing Thong La pass (5050m) and Lalung La pass (5082m). Enjoying the amazing view of the mountains your day today will pass by.

Day 6

Tingri to EBC via Rongbuk monastery. (5200m)
The adventurous drive to Everest base camp is about 3 hours’ drive approximately. Along the way we come across the beautiful Rongbuk monastery. From north basecamp of Everest situated at elevation of 5200m you can enjoy the views of mountain like Cho Oyu (8201m), Shishapangma (8013m) and many others. It will be an amazing view and great experience to see the mountains. We then drive back to Rongbuk monastery. The accommodation at Rongbuk monastery is pretty basic so no high expectation.

Day 7

Rongbuk to Shigatse (3836 m)
After enjoying early morning sunshine over Everest and its surrounding mountain we start our journey to Shigatse. We then drive along the roads with wonderful views of the landscape including Himalayas. We then pass monasteries and camps of many herders who move here and there along with their livestock. Reaching Shigatse we visit Tashi Lunpo monastery, founded by 1st Dalai Lama. The place is traditional monastic seat of Palchen Lama and is both historically and culturally important place. This monastery is second largest monastery in Tibet.

Day 8

Shigatse to Gyantse (3950m)
The scenic drive from Shigatse to Gyantse is around 2.5 hour covering the distance of around 95 kilometers. Passing through monastery and stupas we reach to Gyantse.

Day 9

Gyantse to Lasha (3650m) via Karo La Pass &Yamdrok Lake.
Today we move towards Lasha driving bout 4-5 hours covering the distance of 200km. Along the way we cross Karo la Pass (5010m) and most beautiful and sacred Lake Yamdrok Tso Lake. Yamdrok Lake is a turquoise freshwater lake and is over 72 km long. Enjoying the pristine views and lake we finally reach Lhasa.

Day 10

Lasha sightseeing
Today after breakfast we visit Potala Palace. It contains the burial stupa of past Dalai Lama and meditation caves of 33rd King of Tibet. It was the winter palace of Dalai Lama, Museum and a world heritage site since 1994. We then visit Norbulingka palace and another museum on Tibet. Later in evening you can chill around enjoying local Tibetan cuisine and some shopping of souvenir.

Day 11

Lasha sightseeing
Today we will visit Drepung Monastery, which used to be Dalai Lama palace before they move to Potala palace. Jokhang temple happens to be one of the most sacred and important temple of Tibet. Sera monastery is another place that you will be visiting where above 3000 monks reside practicing Mahayana Buddhism. Later in evening you can chill around enjoying local Tibetan cuisine and some shopping of souvenir for your people back home.

Day 12

Drive to Sigatse
Today we drive the same way that we took in order to get to Sigatse. You can stop at the place you like and the drive will be accompanied by the amazing mountain views along the drive.

Day 14

Sigatse to Tingri
After breakfast we drive towards Tingri, the same road we took in order to reach Lhasa. The drive will be around 5-6 hours. The amazing roads will bring you back to Tingri.

Day 15

Drive to Kerung
Today we reach the official boarder of Nepal and China. Upon finishing the formality we are officially at Nepal. Overnight at Kerung.

Day 16

Drive back Kathmandu.
Today we drive back to Kathmandu, the same 175 km that we took earlier in order to get to Kerung.

Day 17

Final Departure.
Today one of our representative will drop you off at the airport terminal of Kathmandu.   

Services Include
  • Airport pick up and drop as per the itinerary.
  • Tibet Visa Fee.
  • Necessary Tibet Travel Permit.
  • Hotel Accommodation on twin sharing basis in Lhasa.
  • Daily breakfast at same staying hotel.
  • Private Transportation by jeep/van in Tibet.
  • Kathmandu – Kerong by private transportation 
  • Sightseeing and entrance fee as per the itinerary in Tibet.
  • English speaking Tibetan guide.
  • All the Government and local taxes.
Services Not Include
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Tibet.
  • Insurance of any kind.
  • Personal expenses like beverage, mineral water and tips.=
Map
Kathmandu Lhasa Overland tour Map
Kathmandu Lhasa Overland tour Map
FAQ

I'm a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

We are sorry to inform you that Tibet do not allow solo traveler due to its own reason regarding political issues as Tibet is autonomous region of China. 

Which currency is most widely accepted on this tour?

The currency in Tibet is the Chinese Yuan (Renminbi). Bank notes come in denominations of 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1 yuan. It is better to have some cash on you, while exploring Tibet as many places do not support card transactions.

What are the food choice in Tibet?

There are mainly Tibetan and Chinese food readily available which includes noodles, momos, yak meat, popular Chinese pork belly, Kung Pao chicken with rice etc. however, there are many restaurant catering the western cuisine for tourist visiting Lhasa.

What should we pack for travelling Tibet?

When it comes to packing, it’s important to take into account three key factors: your destination, mode of transportation, and personal needs. For instance, if you’re only planning to stay in Lhasa, you may only require basic outdoor gear. However, if you plan to ride to EBC, you’ll need more specialized equipment. Additionally, if you have any medical conditions, it’s essential to consult with your doctor to ensure you have the necessary medications and advice for your trip to Tibet.

What about the altitude sickness?

Tibet, which is located at a high altitude, is known as the roof of the World. Altitude sickness is common among visitors who are not used to high altitudes. The symptoms of altitude sickness are usually minor, such as headache, loss of appetite, and low energy levels, and can be alleviated as the body adjusts to the high terrain over several hours or days. To avoid altitude sickness, it is recommended to prepare in advance by being in good health and consulting with a physician about AMS medication. Once in Tibet, it is important to walk slowly, take deep breaths, and seek advice from a tour guide.

What should we pack for travelling Tibet?

When it comes to packing, it’s important to take into account three key factors: your destination, mode of transportation, and personal needs. For instance, if you’re only planning to stay in Lhasa, you may only require basic outdoor gear. However, if you plan to ride to EBC, you’ll need more specialized equipment. Additionally, if you have any medical conditions, it’s essential to consult with your doctor to ensure you have the necessary medications and advice for your trip to Tibet.

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