Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Tour (Fly in - Drive Out)

Duration: 7 Days

Lhasa is a land of mountains, spirituality and Buddhism, a truly mystical place! And, Adventure club trek’s Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Tour (fly in-drive out) takes you to this land of Buddhist monks, Tibetan palaces, and breathtaking sceneries. We take one of the most scenic flights in the world from Kathmandu to Lhasa with glimpses of the world's highest peak Mt. Everest along with the views of mountains like Kanchenjunga, Yandruk, Pumori and Makalu among others. The flight lands in Lhasa located at an altitude of 3,650m, one of the highest cities in the world.

Known as the administrative capital of Tibet, Lhasa has fantastic landscapes and rich culture and history. Lhasa means ‘‘Land of the Gods’’, it has numerous monasteries and temples. On the Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Tour-7, you can experience the way of life of the local people and visit historic monasteries, cultural heritage, and nunneries among other architectures. The most popular attraction in Lhasa is the Potala Palace.

Another exciting part of this trip is the drive from Lhasa to Kathmandu on the Friendship Highway that extends to the Nepal-Tibet border at Zangmu. While enjoying the regular twists and turns of the mountain road, we pass through meadows in the Himalaya surrounded by the fantastic views of Mount Everest, Xispangm and (So you mountains).  After crossing the Friendship Bridge that joins Zangmu and Kodari, our representative from Nepal will pick you up and drive you until Kathmandu. Adventure Club Trek has some Tibet trekking packages including Tibet to Kathmandu Tour 6 Days and Lhasa and Everest Base Camp Tour- 8 Days among others.

Trip Highlights:

  • Flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa with views of Mount Everest
  • Visit to Potala Palace and Norbulingka Palace
  • Visit two of three great Gelug university Gompas of Tibet
  • Jokhang Temple, the most important and sacred temple in Tibet
  • Khumbum Stupa, a three dimensional mandala
  • View of the Yamdrok Lake and Kharola Glacier
  • Trip to Shigatse, the second largest city
  • Explore the Tashilhunpo Monastery

Outline Itinerary:

  • Day 01: Arrive in Lhasa ( 3,650m/11,972ft)
  • Day 02: In Lhasa: Visit Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace, and Tibet Museum: 5-6 hours
  • Day 03: In Lhasa: Visit Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Bazaar: 5-6 hours
  • Day 04: Lhasa to Gyants (3,950m) : 325km, 5-6 hours’ drive
  • Day 05: Gyantse to Shigatse (3,950m ) : 98Km, 2 hours’ drive
  • Day 06: Shigatse to Nyalamizhangn (3,800m) : -441km, 7-8 hours’ drive
  • Day 07: Nyalamizhangn to Kathmandu: - 164 km, 5 -6 hours’ drive
  • Day 01: Arrive in Lhasa ( 3,650m/11,972ft)

    Today, you fly to Lhasa via China Air. A representative from Adventure Club Trek will drop you off at Tribhuvan International Airport with your visit and Tibet permit. The one and a half-hour-long flight take you over to the world's tallest mountain, Everest, with views of other snow-capped mountains in the Himalaya. Upon your arrival at Lhasa Gonggar Airport (LXA), you will be welcomed by our representative who will take you to your confirmed accommodation where you can rest and acclimatize. Overnight ay hotel in Lhasa
    Included Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 02: In Lhasa: Visit Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace, and Tibet Museum: 5-6 hours

    Today you will explore the landmarks of the city of Lhasa and our guide will accompany you. First, we visit the Potala Palace. It was where the Dalai Lama used to stay before the 14th Dalai Lama fled to India during the 1959 Tibetan uprising. The 5th Dalai Lama started building the palace in 1645 over the remains of White Palace built by Tibetan King SongtsenGampo in 637. As of now, it is a museum and also a World Heritage Site. Next, we visit the Norbulingka which translates to ‘The Jewelled Park’’- a palace popular as the summer home for Dalai Lamas from the 1780s till the 14 Dalai Lama's exile in 1959. Built by the 7th Dalai Lama, it is considered the largest garden made by man in Tibet. Our final stop for the day is the Tibetan Museum which was established on October 5, 1999. It is the first large, modern museum in the Tibet Autonomous Region.
    Overnight at hotel in Lhasa
    Included Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 03: In Lhasa: Visit Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Bazaar: 5-6 hours

    The second day in Lhasa, we start our day by visiting the Drepung Monastery, one of three great Gelug university Gompas of Tibet, the other two are Ganden Monastery and Sera Monastery. We will then go to Sera Monastery popular as ‘’Wild Roses Monastery.’’ Our next destination is the Jokhang Temple located in Barkhor, Lhasa. It is a Buddhist temple and is regarded as the most important and sacred temple in Tibet. It's a mixture of Indian Vihara, Tibetan, and Nepalese architectural style. From the temple, we make our way to Barkhor Bazaar where you can indulge in shopping artifacts, handicrafts, and traditional Tibetan gifts.
    Overnight at hotel in Lhasa
    Included Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 04: Lhasa to Gyants (3,950m) : 325km, 5-6 hours’ drive

    After a delicious breakfast, we make our way to Gyantse which is a 261km drive that approximately takes 5-6 hours from Lhasa. On our way, we pass through two high passes, KambaLa(4794m) and Karo La(5010m), en route you will also catch a glimpse of the holy Yamdrok Lake and Kharola Glacier. At Gyantse, we will explore the Khumbum Stupa, a three-dimensional mandala, and Phalkor Monastery which will conclude our day. Overnight in Gyantse
    Overnight at guesthouse in Gyants
    Included Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 05: Gyantse to Shigatse (3,950m ) : 98Km, 2 hours’ drive

    Today we head to Shigatse, the second-largest city in Tibet. It is a 2-hour-long drive from Gyantse, and upon arrival, we will visit Tashilhunpo Monastery, founded by the 1st Dalai Lama in 1447. Overnight in Shigatse.
    Overnight at guesthouse in Shigatse
    Included Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 06: Shigatse to Nyalamizhangn (3,800m) : -441km, 7-8 hours’ drive

    We will drive to Nyalamizhangn crossing the GyatsolaPass(5250m) and Lalunga Pass(5,050) which is a feeling close to being on the roof of the world. From the two passes, you will catch the mesmerizing views of Mt. Cho Oyu(8,201m) and Mt Shishapangma(8,012m).
    Overnight at guesthouse in Nyalamizhangn
    Included Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 07: Nyalamizhangn to Kathmandu: - 164 km, 5 -6 hours’ drive

    Today, we drive downhill from Nyalamizhagn to Nepal-Tibet border at Kodari on the Friendship Highway that ends on the Friendship Bridge that joins Zhangmu and Kodari. We have to complete our immigration formalities on both sides of the border. At Nepal’s side of the border, Adventure Club Trek’s representative will pick you up and drive you to Kathmandu on the Araniko Highway, the 4-5 hours of the drive takes you through a ride of picturesque Nepali countryside.
    Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu
    Included Meals: N/A

Cost Includes

  • All airport/ hotel /airport transfers on a private tourist vehicle.
  • Transfer by Land Cruiser up to 4 people and van for above 4 people in Tibet part & in Nepal by a coaster/tourist bus.
  • Hotel accommodation in Tibet on twin sharing basis with breakfast.
  • Assistance in acquiring Chinese visa. 
  • All necessary Tibet travel permits.
  • English- speaking, trained and experienced Tibetan guide.
  • All fees for sightseeing and visits to monasteries as outlined in the itinerary.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges.

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal entry Visa fee
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Lunch and Dinner on the whole trip.
  • Travel insurance
  • International Flight Ticket (Kathmandu-Lhasa-Kathmandu)
  • Tips for guide and driver
  • Train ticket from China to Lhasa
  • Any emergency evacuations

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.

 Passport

  • 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.
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Trip Facts

  • Trip Code ACTE-34
  • Trip Duration 7 Days
  • Destination Tibet
  • Trip Difficulty Moderate
  • Trip Style Popular
  • Accomodation Standard hotels
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