7 Day Lhasa to Kathmandu Tour

An unforgettable journey through the Tibetan Himalayas

Tour Summary

The sparkle of the vast sapphire blue Yamdrok Lake spreads across the horizon as sweeping dune-colored mountains frame the landscape. A full and welcoming smile peers from under a crown of black braids and coral and turquoise stones. Gleaming white walls guide you ever higher to the magnificent Potala Palace in the heart of Lhasa City. These and more are sights waiting to be discovered on the 7 Days Lhasa to Nepal Overland Tour. Not only will the tour explore Lhasa City, the center of the Tibet’s hearts and minds, but then it will immerse you into the mighty Himalayan mountains. From Everest Base Camp North, the tour cuts right through and onto the ancient kingdom of Nepal where new adventures await.

From $950

The price of this tour depends on the season and comfort class. Click here for pricing details.



Tour itinerary at glance

Day 1
Lhasa (Arrival)

Pick-up, rest, acclimatize

Day 2

Potala Palace, Jokhang temple, Barkhor Str.

Day 3

Drepung and Sera Monasteries

Day 4

Yamdrok Lake, Karo La, Gyantse Kumbum

Day 5

Tashilumpo Monastery, Rongbuk Monastery, Mt. Everest

Day 6

Mt. Shishapama, Peikutso Lake

Day 7

Send to Gyirong border to Nepal

Detailed itinerary

Day 1 - Lhasa (Arrival)

You are welcomed warmly in Tibetan by the greeting “Tashi Delek” at Train station/ Airport by our professional Tibetan guide. After meeting your guide you will be transferred to your prearranged hotel in Lhasa. The choice is yours, either enjoy some time relaxing or take a stroll through the city’s’ streets to take in some of the local flavor. Whatever you choose it is important to take it slow as your body needs time to acclimatize. This will help you to have a more enjoyable experience for the rest of your time.

Day 2 - Lhasa

In the morning, we will begin the tour with the grand Potala Palace! Built in 7th century, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is the highest building in Lhasa. With roughly 1000 stairs to climb, you will enjoy a commanding view of beautiful Lhasa City and the surrounding mountains. There are many rooms, courtyards, and views to explore in Potala Palace, so the better part of the morning will be spent here. In the afternoon we will visit Jokhang Temple, which is considered the most sacred and important temple in Tibet. It was built approximately 1350 years ago in a mix of styles including: Tibetan, Tang Dynasty Chinese, Nepalese and Indian. After experiencing this incredible and ancient temple you will find it is the perfect opportunity to envelope yourself in the famous shopping district of Barkhor Street. Beautiful and unique handicrafts from all over Tibet can be found here, and the shopping is enjoyed by both tourists and locals alike! After perusing the wares, join in with locals and pilgrims from around the country and the world in a traditional “kora”. A kora is a clockwise walk done around Buddhists sites, and is traditionally done three times. You may see some walking counterclockwise, however this is only for Bon religion followers, and it is best to stick to clockwise as a tourist. After your kora, sit and watch the many faces and colorful clothed locals while sipping traditional Tibetan butter tea, made with fresh yak butter and yak milk. Free welcome dinner will be arranged for the first night!

Day 3 - Lhasa

First on the itinerary for your 3rd day is Drepung Monastery. It is considered to be one of the three great Gelug monasteries in Tibet. Drepung Monastery is also famous for hosting the unveiling and displaying of the enormous Thanka of the Great Buddha and the Tibetan Opera Show during the Shoton Festival. Later in the afternoon, we will explore another of the “Great Three” monasteries, Sera Monastery. Visitors will have the unique privilege in witnessing one of the magnificent traditions of Tibetan Buddhism, the courtyard debates among the monks. These lively debates contribute to the monks understanding of Buddhist philosophy and achieve a higher level of study. The debates are held on weekdays from 3pm to 5pm in the afternoon.

Day 4 - Lhasa/ Gyantse/ Shigatse

On day four, our tour leaves the bustling and ancient city of Lhasa and heads into the Nyangchu Valley. The valley follows the Nyang River, one of the tributaries to the Yarlung Zangbo which later becomes the Bramaputra River. This wide floodplain is home to a host of wildlife and bird species. The road will also cross over the Gampala Pass(4900m), on the way to Yamdrok Lake(4400m). Yamdrok Lake with its turquoise waters looks surreal as it stretches from horizon to horizon. After driving along the picturesque lake, and leaving it behind we then meet the Karo-la Glacier(4960m) which is in easy view from the roadside. Once pictures are taken and memories made we continue on to Gyantse, a famous historical city, where we will pay a visit to Pelkor Monastery and Gantse Kumbum. Later we arrive in Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet.

Day 5 - Shigatse / Everest Base Camp

In the early morning on day five, the tour will arrive at Tashilunpo Monastery which is the seat of the of Panchen Lamas. Built in 1447, the monastery houses a giant statue of the Maitreya Buddha, the biggest gilded statue of the Maitreya (Buddha of the future) in the world and a tomb of all the Panchen Lamas. This enormous Buddha is decorated with jewels and precious stones, and many pilgrims come to rub their “malas” or prayer beads along the flanks of this statue. Later you will make your way to the highest monastery in the world, Rongbuk Monastery (5100m). First the tour will pass by Latse, and Shegar before arriving at the Rongbuk Monastery where both monks and nuns live and practice together. A little further on you will find the guesthouse run by a wonderful family where you will spend the night. From here, it offers a commanding view of Everest, or “Qomolangma” in Tibetan. Rongbuk Monastery sits small and unassuming tucked into the rock, a visit to this retired monastery with its one monk caretaker is a window into the past with its secret spaces and wall frescos.

Himalayan range

Day 6 - Everest Base Camp / Gyirong

In the pre-dawn morning the tour will gather and board the bus to ascend to the pass for an incredible sunrise behind Everest Peak if weather permits. After the sun rises and pictures are taken the tour continues on to the Kyirong border where Tibet meets Nepal along the spine of the Himalayan mountains. Sit back and enjoy the outstanding views of Shishapangma, Cho Oyu, and other towering peaks of the Himalayas along the left side of the road. Then the tour turns to glide along Pekutso Lake and onward to the border. Keep an eye out across the vast expanse of the Tibetan plateau for the Tibetan Antelope or Kiangs. After passing the Ghungtang Lhamo(5236M), the tour will arrive in Kyirong in the late afternoon. Before driving to hotel, we will go get registered for tomorrow’s departure before 5pm.This border town has an interesting mix of cultures and a wide variety of food can be found from traditional Tibetan, to Sichuan style hot pot!

Day 7 - Departure

On the seventh day you will be assisted by the tour guide to exit China. The border crossing is generally very early in the morning and takes approximately 2 hours depending on the amount of people and customs officials present. Please be prepared to present all goods purchased in Tibet, and allow easy access for the customs officials in case they would like to search your luggage. Please be advised to keep all your valuables on your person for easy access, and upon crossing the border, for purchasing a jeep ride into Kathmandu. It is well possible that your luggage will be inaccessible on top of your jeep to Kathmandu, so have a small bag with items you wish to access throughout the day on your person as well as passport and money. End the services at the border.

Some extra information for this tour:

From Gyirong to Kathmandu

Vehicle from Gyirong Border to Kathmandu shall be arranged on your own, and the fee is around RMB300-400 per person in a jeep type vehicle. You will find 3 or 4 separate vehicles ready to take border crossers to Kathmandu and the villages along the way. The journey takes 9 to 10 hours and the road is a fairly primitive narrow mountain road.

Prepare $25 cash

Please prepare RMB200 or $25.00 (15 days) and two passport size photos for the Nepali visa application at the border. The drivers are generally aware of the process for foreigners and are happy to provide the service of helping you through the process.

The journey

Along the drive you will stop through many military and police checkpoints and have your passport and all valuables on your person. Your bag will be put on the roof of the vehicle along with all the other passengers gear, so having a small daypack with valuables and any clothing you want to access with you inside the vehicle.

Detailed price information

Prices are different per season. The weather is more comfortable in summer, but the experience is more private in winter.

Included in this trip

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