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Tibet Overland Tour

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Tibet overland tour indeed is journey on very rich and beautiful land, located on the highest plateau on Earth called as the Roof of the World.  Tibet overland tour 8 day adventure in Tibet tour is more exciting crossing the high desert plateau, panoramic drives, visiting the cave, ancient monasteries and incredible view of Mt. Everest and many other Himalayan range. Despite modernization, Tibet overland 8days tour presents the beauties of its past, the fascinating Gompas, ancient markets, ever-smiling and fun-loving Tibetans and amazing turquoise lakes. Discover ancient Buddhist culture, overwhelming landscapes, exotic cities, hidden valleys, artistic monasteries, dominant inhabitant and the rest. 

The 8 days Tibet overland tour starts with drive through wonderful scenery dominated by green meadows, river gorges, snow-capped mountains, waterfalls and enchanting flora & fauna of the valleys of Zhangmu, Nyalam and Xegar. We will have breathtaking panorama view of incredible Himalayan ranges including Mt. Cho Oyu (8201m), Mt. Xishapagma (8012m) and Mt. Everest.  You will encounter various magnificent destination and major attractions of the Tibet’s most prosperous towns. A visit to culturally attractive city of Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse is remarkable feature of this overland tour in Tibet. There you will be visiting beautiful monasteries and other historical places as Tashilunpo and the Kumbum, rich in sculptures and murals.  We have two days sightseeing in Lhasa (3600m), the spiritual and secular center of Tibet. In Tibet Lhasa overland tour, we explore ancient heritage sites important monasteries and old traditional quarter of the city. Some of these include the Potala palace, Jokhang temple, traditional Bharkhor market and Drepung and Sera monasteries. The journey flight back to Kathmandu provides you the magnificent views of Everest (8848m), Kanchenjunga and other Himalayan peaks.

Despite untold ravages brought about during the Cultural Revolution, Tibet's past grandeur, majesty, magic & mystery still remains undiminished. One can still see today nomads herding their yaks, pilgrims worshipping at sacred shrines & the expansive, striking & enduring Himalayan topography during the overland tour of Tibet. The comprehensive Tibet overland packaged tour is designed to fit for all average level traveler and as much as possible comfort journey in high plain land.

Day 1: Kathmandu – Zhangmu (2500m) – Nyalam (3700m)
We leave Kathmandu valley early in the morning and drive towards the Nepal Tibet border (Kodari) of about 123km distance and 5-6hrs drive. There will be fine views of Langtang, Gauri Shankar, Menlungtse and Khumbu Mountain ranges. After completing the immigration formalities at the border, we drive up hill to Zhangmu. This is Tibetan border town. On the way you will see fantastic view of deep valley with some overflowing waterfalls. As well as the scenery, the Nepali and Tibetan market center of 'Khasa' is of interest. Moving up a series of incredibly steep switchbacks, passing through a mossy gully with cascading waterfalls, we reach Nyalam. Spend your night in guest house.

Day 2: Nyalam – Xegar (4050m)
We will drive for approx. 6 hours to Xegar crossing two spectacular passes; Nyalam pass (3,800m/12,464ft) and Lalung La pass (5,082m/16,670ft). Take a drive to the highest plateau of the world with the typical view of Tibetan landscape offering sheering sheer feeling of standing on the roof of the world. Highlights of this drive are the views of the Bhote Koshi River deep in the valley, waterfalls and the ever-present spectacular mountain scenery.  We will have breathtaking panorama view of incredible Himalayan ranges including Mt. Cho Oyu (8,201m), Mt. Xishapagma (8012m) and Mt. Everest itself. Spend overnight in hotel.

Day 3: Xegar to Shigatse (3900m)
We will be amazed to have the scenic drive scenic drive crossing over Gyatchu La (5220m), the highest pass en route to Lhasa via Lhatse from where a read to Mt. Kailash Bifurcates to the west.. Drive to Xigatze move along the valley made by Brahmaputra River (Yarlung Tsangpo). Shigatse is the second largest city in Tibet. Tashilhunpo Monastery, being one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet is the major attraction of Shigatse. We spend our night in hotel enjoying the local traditions.

Day 4: Shigatse to Gyantse (3950m)
At morning after having the breakfast we will have a little sightseeing tour. We will also visit Panchen Lama's Tashlhumpu Monastery. Then from here we will drive to the valley of Gyantse of about 90km distance passing the beautiful valleys and colorful Tibetan villages. We will visit Gyantse Dzong and Gyantse Kumbum. Gyantse Dzong fort dates back to the fourteenth century and offers some of the most amazing views of Gyantse and the surrounding Nyang Chu Valley. Gyantse Kumbum has a large gold-domed Stupa and houses, several chapels and Tibetan Buddhist murals.

Day 5: Gyantse to Lhasa (3650m)
The drive to Lhasa takes 7 hours, crossing 2 passes The Karo La (5010m) and Kamba La (4794m) pass.  On the way we will see the incredible Lake Yamdrok Tso (Turquoise Lake) and the Brahmaputra River as well as the ever-present views of the interesting and unusual landscape. From the Kamba La we descend to the main road which brings us all the way to Lhasa. We will have a distant view of Potala Palace on the way. Spend your night in hotel.

Day 6: Lhasa Sightseeing Tour
We will visit Lhasa's many monasteries and sites, such as the Sera Monastery, and the Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. At Sera Monastery, you will get an insight into the important aspects of Tibetan Buddhism. You pay a visit to Norbulingka, the summer retreat of the Dalai Lama. Completed in 1956, the handsome building is ornately decorated with Tibetan carvings and paintings.  See the wonderful collection of ancient murals and statues as well as scriptures written in gold powder, wonderful scroll paintings, tapestries and Thangka. Visit the Jokhang Temple, a spiritual center of Tibetan people built during songtsen Gompo’s reign by princess Wencheng of tang dynasty, 647 A.D. The inner circuit is also situated inside the temple and is lined with prayer-wheel and murals outlined in gold on red background, which depict the thousand Buddha, interspersed with Stupas and relief-images. The temple is surrounded by the Barkhor market, where you will stroll through the busy lanes that seem to have resisted all invasions of the modern world and return back to hotel for overnight.

Day 7: Another Lhasa Sightseeing Tour day
Today you will visit the spectacular Potala Palace and Drepung Monastery. It is the most striking landmark in Lhasa and an architectural wonder.  Potala palace is one of the most beautiful monuments in Tibet with a vast array of intricate Tibetan murals and beautiful statues. Elegantly decorated with hundreds of Thangka paintings, frescos and images created hundreds of years ago the Potala palace is a perfect example of how ancient monuments should be preserved.  We also visit Drepung Monastery, which was founded in the 14th century and was once the largest in the world, with a population of around 10,000 monks. Tibetans' respect and belief are immensely knotted with this monastery; evening free for Shopping. After the day’s tour is over, you are escorted back to your hotel for a well- earned rest.

Day 8: Final Departure from Lhasa
Early morning transfer to the airport for the hour-long flight to Kathmandu that takes us right across the main Himalayan range and provides us with magnificent mountain views. The flight provides you the magnificent views of Everest (8848m), Kanchenjunga (8536m) and other Himalayan peaks. Or from here you may join to your forward destination.

What’s included in the Cost:

  • All airport Pick up and Drop
  • Tibet Travel Permit, entrance fees
  • Twin share accommodation in respective hotels
  • Tours and transfers with English speaking guide
  • All land transport in private vehicle ( mini van, van, hiace depends on group size)
  • Breakfast every day.

Extra Cost to Consider:

  • China Group Visa fees ( Urgent Visa fee, US$ 85.00 per person)and for USA Nationality(US$175  per person)
  • Flight Ticket (Kathmandu-Lhasa/Lhasa-Kathmandu)
  • Departure Tax at Kathmandu airport (Rs. 1600)
  • Lunches & dinners; refreshments, bottled/alcoholic drinks
  • Any tips (hotels, restaurants, guide, driver, etc.)
  • Photography charges at monasteries/palaces/sites
  • Nepal re-entry Visa (multiple entry visas are available)
  • Extras cost for up-grading rooms at hotels if/when applicable
  • Any cost arising from political disturbances, strikes, cancellation of flights, deviation in program, delays due to landslides/ road blockage or otherwise
  • Any services in Kathmandu/Nepal (hotels, transport, etc.).
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Facts & Figures

Duration: 8 days from Kathmandu to Kathmandu or can go to China

Altitude:  Highest 5082 m

Grade: Moderate

Joining in: Kathmandu Nepal

Location: Tibet overland region

Best time: Autumn (August, Sept, & Oct), spring (March & April) & summer (May, June & July)

Guide: Government certified special tour guide

Lodging: Twin sharing hotel accommodation. Single room will be available on single supplement cost, good hotels options available in Shigatse, Gyantse and Lhasa

Food: Daily breakfast is provided on the tour, lunch and dinner is available on purchase veg & non veg meals.

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Tibet Overland Tour

Trek Leader and Staffs:

Government certified hiking & trekking Guide

Accommodation/Lodging:

Twin sharing tea house/guest house accommodation

Daily Meals on the Trek:

Breakfasts Lunch and dinners (meals can be chosen from Menu, Vegetarian options available)