Trans Himalayan overland tour is truly an amazing tour. It is, in fact, an experience of a lifetime. It gives us an opportunity to view the natural beauty along with its rich culture and history from a different perspective. This tour starts with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Zhangmu and then to Naylam, passing through beautiful Nepalese countryside. Then the drive uphill takes us towards the highest plateau of the world amidst the unique landscapes, which gives us the feeling of standing on the roof of the world.
The scenic drive will pass from the sand dunes along the Brahmaputra basin through high and adventurous passes ornamented with colorful prayer flags floating along with the high winds against the stone cairns, to the beautiful cobalt blue salt lakes of Namtso. This tour will take you through an ancient trail alive with color, ritual, and history. The unique cultures and traditions of the Tibetans Monpas, Lhopas, and Moslems and their larger than the lifestyle of exciting celebrations that we will encounter on the way to keep us astonished and mystified throughout the journey.
Passing through the breathtaking Himalayan vistas dwarfed by the vastness of the Tibetan plateau, the continuous scenic drive will lead us to the beautiful Lhasa city where we can immerse ourselves in the grandness of Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Drepung and Sera monasteries and many other rich cultural heritages. So if you are looking forward to an opportunity to immerse yourself in the enchantment of Tibet in a different way, this is the perfect choice for you.
We enjoy an early morning drive through typical Nepalese rural landscapes (Approx. 5 hours) from Kathmandu to Kodari (1,873m/6,140ft). After completing immigration and custom formalities we cruise up the hill to Zhangmu (2,300m/75,44ft). This is a Tibetan border town. The Tibetan Guide will meet the group on arrival at the check post and we drive on further road climbs and climb up to Kerung for an overnight. On the way, you will have fantastic views of deep valleys with some lovely overflowing waterfalls.
Overnight at guesthouse in Kerung. No Meals Included
This is a day drive to the highest plateau in the world with typical rural landscapes offering the utter feeling of being on the roof of the world as we cross over the 5,050 meters LA LUNGA pass, from where you can view the breathtaking mountain range of Mt. Cho Oyu at (8,201m) Mt. Xishapangma (8,012m) dwarfed by the vastness of the Tibetan plateau (these views are only possible if weather permits). One can also get a magnificent view of Mt. Everest at (8,848m) from Tingri/ Lhatse.
Overnight at guesthouse in Lhatse. Breakfast Included
To reach Xigatse, the point of the famous Tashilunpo Monastery and the seat of Panchen Lama until his death in 1989, with its huge Thangka wall which is clearly visible from the north side of the road. Our scenic drive through the highest point of Gyatchu La pass at (5,220m) brings us en-route to Lhasa via Lhatse.
Overnight at guesthouse in Shigatse. Breakfast Included
After breakfast, we enjoy morning sightseeing of the Panchen Lama’s Tashilunpo Monastery & the free bazaar of Xigatse. We then drive through Tibet’s biggest Agricultural fields to Gyantse and visit the Khumbu Stupa and Phalkot Monastery.
Overnight at guesthouse in Gyantse. Breakfast Included
The drive to Lhasa takes around 08 hours, crossing 2 passes, the Karo La (5010m) and Khamba La (4794m) pass and Lake Yamdrok Tso (Turquoise Lake). You will cross the Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra) river and see far off views of the Potala Palace.
Overnight at hotel. Breakfast Included
After checking into our hotel & refreshing with some snacks, our foremost tour begins with a visit to Sera Monastery. An experienced tour guide also working as an interpreter escorts us to this preserved monastery of white-washed walls and golden roofs. An adventurous and exciting tempo builds up as we tour the Norbulingka, summer palace of the Dalai Lama. Jokhang Temple is another important sacred site that unravels more deep-seated mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism. Our visit to Barkhor Market can be quite a change from other visits as we roam around the city taking in every tiny detail from stall hawkers coaxing their clients to purchase their goods which is an exhibition of Tibetan culture, customs, and traditions. Eventually, the tour for the day concludes as you return to the comforts of your hotel for a well-earned rest.
Overnight at hotel. Breakfast Included
Today you are free; you can do your own things or contact us to extend your trip. However, if you would like to fly out from Lhasa to Kathmandu or any other city of mainland China, we can manage the air or train tickets for you in advance. We make an early morning drive to Gonggar airport for our departure flight to Katmandu or to your onward destination home sweet home.
Overnight at hotel.
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.
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 travelers 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.
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.