Kathmandu to Lhasa Tour via EBC

Duration: 9 Days   |  1 Reviews

Kathmandu to Lhasa Tour via Everest Base Camp tour takes you on a beautiful journey to the roof of the world, a journey with a splurge of amazing landscapes and some of the world’s most beautiful architectural structures. Exploring the cities of Tibet will introduce you to the history of Buddhist culture shared by some of the oldest monuments there. We cross high passes like Tong La and Lalung La as we make our way to the Everest Base Camp from where you can gaze at the world’s tallest mountain, Mt. Everest.

We then head towards the administrative capital of Tibet, Lhasa, making stops at various cities and towns including Shigatse and Gyantse. In our journey to Lhasa, we’ll visit monasteries like Sakya Monastery, Shalu Monastery, Phalkot Monastery, and TashiLhunpo Monastery among others. In Lhasa, we start off by visiting its main attraction, i.e., the Potala Palace followed by a visit to the Norbulingka Palace. The visit to Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery will enrich your knowledge of Buddhism.

Apart from Kathmandu to Lhasa Tour via Everest Base Camp, Adventure Club Trek also has other trip packages to Tibet-Lhasa and Everest Base Camp Tour- 8 Days,  Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Tour (Fly in - Drive Out), and Kailash and Lake MansarovarYatra - 13 Days.

Trip Highlights:

  • World Heritage Sites- Potala Palace and Norbulingka Palace
  • Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery, two of three greatGelug university gompas of Tibet
  • Jokhang Temple, sacred temple of Tibet
  • TashiLhunpo Monastery, houses successive Panchen Lamas
  • RongbukMonastery, highest monastery in Tibet
  • View of the north face of Everest from Everest Base Camp
  • YamdrokTso Lake, one of three holy lakes in Tibet

Outline Itinerary:

  • Day 01: Kathmandu to Nyalam (3,800m) : Travel Distance. 153 km, 5 - 6 hours
  • Day 02: Nyalam to Lotingri (4,050m) : Travel Distance .150 Km, 3 hours
  • Day 03: Lotingri to Shegar via Everest Base Camp (5,250m) : Travel Distance. 270 km, 9-10 hours
  • Day 04: Shegar to Shigatse via Sakya Monaster (3,900m) : Travel Distance. 300km, 5 -6 hours
  • Day 05: Shigatse to Gyantse via Shalu Monastery (3,950m) : Travel Distance. 95km, 2 hours
  • Day 06: Gyantse to Lhasa via Karo La pass and YamdrokTso Lake (3,650) : Travel Distance. 200km, 4-5 hours
  • Day 07: Lhasa sightseeing- Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace and Tibet Traditional Hospital : 5 - 6 hours
  • Day 08: Lhasa Sightseeing: Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar : 5 - 6 hours
  • Day 09: Final Departure
  • Day 01: Kathmandu to Nyalam (3,800m) : Travel Distance. 153 km, 5 - 6 hours

    We start our journey to Tibet from Kathmandu, taking the Friendship Highway which will take us to the border between Tibet and Nepal. Upon arrival at Nepal’s side of the border, we have lunch before passing through customs and immigration process. We then cross the Friendship Bridge and make our way from Kodari to Zhangmu where we have to pass another checkpoint. From there we drive on to Nyalam on the twisting, steep road.
    Overnight stay at guesthouse in Nyalam. Breakfast Included

  • Day 02: Nyalam to Lotingri (4,050m) : Travel Distance .150 Km, 3 hours

    We acclimatize in Nyalam today. And, after lunch will hit our way to Lotingri. En-route will make a quick visit to Milarepa Cave and Chamda Hot spring. After crossing two passes, Tong La(5050m/16,568ft) and Lalung La Pass(5082m/16,668 ft), the majestic view of Mt. Everest and Shishapangma open up to your sight.
    Overnight stay at guesthouse in Lotingri . Breakfast Included

  • Day 03: Lotingri to Shegar via Everest Base Camp (5,250m) : Travel Distance. 270 km, 9-10 hours

    Today, we are heading to Shegar through Everest Base Camp. Our trip starts early in the morning after breakfast with a drive to Rongbuk monastery. On the way we stop at Gyawold Pass to relish the views of Mt. Shishapangma(8,013m/26,289 ft.), Mt. Cho Oyu(8,201m/26,906 ft), Mt. Everest (also known as Chomolungma among the locals), Lhotse (8,516 m) and Mt. Makalu (8,481m). Then, after one and a half-hour ride we reach the Rongbuk monastery. Later in the afternoon, we make a round trip to Everest Base Camp which is around 16 kilometers, enjoying the north face of the mighty Everest up close. Our day will conclude in Shegar.
    Overnight stay at guesthouse in Shegar Included Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 04: Shegar to Shigatse via Sakya Monaster (3,900m) : Travel Distance. 300km, 5 -6 hours

    Today, we are headed to Shigatse. On the way, we make a stop at Sakya where we’ll visit the Sakya Monastery, an ancestral temple of Sakyapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. The structure of this monastery is quite different from those in Lhasa. We then drive towards Shigatse, the second biggest city in Tibet.
    Overnight stay at guesthouse in Shigatse. Breakfast Included

  • Day 05: Shigatse to Gyantse via Shalu Monastery (3,950m) : Travel Distance. 95km, 2 hours

    While in Shigatse, we’ll explore the TashiLhunpo Monastery, founded by the first Dalai Lama, GendunDrup in 1447. After the short excursion, we leave for Gyantse and on the way will visit the Shalu Monastery, known for its murals. It is the combination of Chinese and Tibetan architectural design, the only monastery of such kind. At Gyantse, we will visit the Phalkot Monastery, Kumbum Stupa, and GyantseDzong.
    Overnight stay at guesthouse in Gyantse . Breakfast Included

  • Day 06: Gyantse to Lhasa via Karo La pass and YamdrokTso Lake (3,650) : Travel Distance. 200km, 4-5 hours

    On our way to Lhasa, we cross two big passes Karo La (5,010m/16,432 ft) and, KambaLa(4794m/15,725 ft). The drive to the administrative capital of Tibet, Lhasa, brings us to YamdrokTso(Turquoise Lake), one of the largest holy lakes of Tibet. As we leave the Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra) behind, Potala Palace can be seen at a distance. The drive to Lhasa is truly spectacular!
    Overnight stay at hotel in Lhasa. Breakfast Included

  • Day 07: Lhasa sightseeing- Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace and Tibet Traditional Hospital : 5 - 6 hours

    Lhasa is a delightful exploration. We start with the Potala Palace. Currently a museum it housed the Dalai Lamas before the political turmoil forced the current Dalai Lama to flee. It is also known as the Winter Palace and is one of the World Heritage Sites. Next, we discover Norbulingka Palace, the Summer Palace of the Dalai Lamas. It is known as the largest garden ever built by man in Tibet. Our day will conclude after visiting the Tibet Museum which has a collection of over 1000 artifacts about Tibet’s history.
    Overnight stay at hotel in Lhasa. Breakfast Included

  • Day 08: Lhasa Sightseeing: Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar : 5 - 6 hours

    Our second day in Lhasa, we’ll get to know the culture and religion of the local people by visiting two monasteries, Sera and Drepung. Built-in the 14th century, Drepung is the largest monastery in Tibet and housed more than 10,000 monks, but now the number has decreased to a few hundred. Sera Monastery is known for the debates held between the monks from 3-5 pm except for Sundays. Jokhang Temple is another significant part of Tibet and is considered the most sacred temple. The temple is surrounded by a busy market called the Barkhor Bazaar consisting of open stalls, shops and the site of pilgrims doing koras.
    Overnight stay at hotel in Lhasa. Breakfast Included

  • Day 09: Final Departure

    Today your tour is finished and fly out from Lhasa to Kathmandu or any other city of mainland China, we can manage the air on train tickets for you in advance. We make an early drive to Gonggar airport for our departure flight to Kathmandu or to your onward destination .

Cost Includes

  • All airport hotel airport transfers
  • Everest National Park admission fee and Grass dame charge
  • All the necessary Tibet travel permits
  • Airfare from Kathmandu to Lhasa in economic class.
  • Transportation on private vehicle(s) (van or Hiace or bus)
  • Accommodation in Tibet on twin sharing basis with breakfast
  • Sightseeing by an experienced Tibetan English Speaking guide
  • All fees for sightseeing and visits to monasteries as outlined in the itinerary
  • All applicable taxes and office service charges

Cost Excludes

  •  Nepal re-entry visa fees
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Chinese visa fee
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Any emergency evacuations
  • Meals other than breakfast in Tibet
  • Tips for guides and driver


Clients Reviews

  • eanmorrison
    Australia Published: Saturday, March 31, 2012

    Tours in Nepal


    We “met” Birendra, the owner of Adventure Club Treks & Expeditions, long before we ever arrived in Nepal and well before we realized he was involved in tourism. We spent a great deal of time talking to him online via Skype and also emails. We asked Birendra countless questions over many months about what to see in Nepal. He never ceased to amaze us with his endless patience and prompt responses to our queries. We never even wanted to do any trekking in Nepal because we were far more interested in the culture and in sightseeing. We felt we trusted Birendra so when it came time to book day trips, accommodation and Everest flights etc we knew who we wanted to do the job for us. He also organized our day tours to Bhoudhanath and Monkey Temple. He was the person who suggested we stay in Bhaktapur, in the World Heritage area, for a couple of nights at the Vajra Hotel. We were so glad he suggested it. It was one of the highlights of our stay in Nepal. It was at his suggestion we stayed at the Sacred Valley Inn in Pokhara for a couple of nights and that was another highlight of our trip. We are now such good friends that we are frequently in contact via the internet. We found him to be a very conscientious person who genuinely likes helping people. He was always concerned with our welfare whilst we were in Nepal to the point where he insisted we borrow his mobile phone so we could keep in contact with him at all times. We can thoroughly recommend him if you need the services of an organized and professional person for your tours in Nepal.

    Bunbury, Western Australia

Note: Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are traveling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline and there can be illness or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. We thank you for your understanding.

Visa Information

Flying out to Tibet requires a Chinese visa and a Tibet Travel Permit which can both be acquired in Kathmandu with the help of a travel company (Tibet via Nepal). A valid visa for China isn't the same as a Tibet Travel Permit. Those with a Chinese traveler visa will at present need to apply for a Tibet travel permit. The permit is still required for remote foreign traveler traveling to Tibet from territory China. To obtain the permit you have to book a guide for your whole trip and pre-organize private transport for trips outside Lhasa. The trip outside Lhasa likewise requires extra permits which are arranged by the travel agent you are going with.


  • All who intend to enter Tibet must hold at least 6 months valid passport.
  • Passport - valid for 6 months
  • Chinese Visa — you can apply for one from a Chinese Embassy or through China Highlights (who entry from China)
  • Group Visa — whom entry from Nepal to Tibet after Tibet tour traveler can visit China mainland with valid group visa.
  • Individual Visa will be cancel when we apply for group visa (if a visa is in the passport)
  • Tibet Entry Permit — it is issued by the Tibet Tourism Bureau and is an absolute necessity for outsiders entering Tibet.
  • A few people who wish to travel to specific areas in Tibet must also obtain:
  • Travel Permit — it is required when you are planning to the movement to closed areas in Tibet. These are issued after you land in Tibet.
  • Military Permit — it is acquired to travel to some militarily sensitive regions.

Weather Information

The weather in Tibet is similar to that of Mainland China, though with lower temperatures due to higher altitudes. Summers have warm days with strong sunshine and cool nights, but summer days can even be chilly at higher elevations. Winters are cold but there isn't all that much snow. Lhasa enjoys much sunshine even in winter. Most of Tibet experiences frost at least 6 months of the year. Some high lakes are frozen from October to March. The weather varies a lot from region to region. Lhasa is an ideal destination because it is in a valley area of lower elevation.

Safety Guidelines

  We recommend you to go through our following safety guidelines and stay tuned with the latest happenings.

  • Have at least 2 copies of Tibet Permit.
  • Keep your belongings properly.
  • When you feel uncomfortable due to altitude change or have any troubles, report to train staff promptly.
  • Never rush to visit attractions shortly after you arrive in Lhasa.
  • Shop around but avoid undue bargaining with street vendors and never buy wildlife and unknown Tibetan herbal medicine and fake products.
  • Take your money and important belongings with you all the time.
  • Spend a few days in Lhasa for acclimation and always follow a gradual ascent when traveling to higher places to avoid altitude sickness.
  • Refrain from heavy drinking and smoking.
  • Respect the religion, customs and avoid taboos in Tibet.
  • Pay special attention to unique alpine climate (such as sunburn, dramatic temperature change, etc.)
  • Keep necessary medicines at the consult of your doctor.
  • Never travel alone at night or venture into unknown places without informing your guide.
  • In most places, cash is only accepted. Do prepare enough and small change.
  • If an emergency arises, report it to your guide promptly.
  • Don’t carry any documents or papers related to Dalai Lama or feel Tibet.
  • We also recommend not carrying any guidebook to Tibet.
PRICE FROM US$ 1495 (Per Person)
Total: US$ 1495

Trip Facts

  • Trip Code ACTE-33
  • Trip Duration 9 Days
  • Destination Tibet
  • Trip Difficulty Easy-Moderate
  • Trip Style Popular
  • Accomodation Standard Hotels
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