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  • Group Size: 1-10 PAX
  • Maximum altitude: 1300
  • Best Season: Spring and Autumn
  • Grade Info: Moderate
  • Transportation: Private/Public Vehicle/Flight
  • Total Days: 8 Days

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Tibet is the autonomous region of China and has its own capital city, Lhasa. The classic Nepal Tibet overland tour takes all the way from the capital of one country to another, i.e., Kathmandu to Lhasa. Driving overland from Kathmandu to Lhasa is the most enticing and adventurous way to enter Tibet. As you venture deep through the Himalayan landscapes, you will get to witness diverse cultures and topographical features of both sides of Everest. From the south side, you can see the magnificent vistas of the lush valley, and from the north, the breathtaking views of the vast and lofty plateau.

Kathmandu Tibet Overland Tour is the best way to explore the roof of the world’s breathtaking natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. It is a rejuvenating journey through the key attractions of Tibet. Following the Friendship Highway, you will travel through central Tibet and explore its major highlights to the fullest. It excurses you through the gratifying Himalayas, untouched alpine lakes, stunning glaciers, and exquisite Buddhist sites all the way to Lhasa, the spiritual center of Tibet. A visit to Tibet, an iconic Trans-Himalayan destination, rewards you with everlasting fun, memory, and adventure. In each step, you will encounter enthralling natural wonders and experience a deep cultural immersion.

A week-long overland tour to Tibet takes you to its core, which is affluent in history and culture. You can delve deep into the rich Buddhism of the region that has been practiced for centuries. The scenic overland tour allows you to soak in the historical, cultural, traditional, architectural, and natural richness of Tibet and encounter people with genuine welcome and hospitality.

To sum up, Tibet is an idle holiday destination for adventurous natural and cultural tours with abundant historical palaces and untouched natural beauty. It is filled with amazing UNESCO World Heritage Sites and sacred monuments of Hindus and Buddhists. Gorgeous natural scenery, rich cultural exploration, off-the-beaten-path adventure, spiritual experience, and authentic local cuisines blending together will enrich your tour tenth-fold.

Key Attractions of Nepal Tibet Overland Tour

  • Experiencing the most fascinating overland journey to Tibet from Kathmandu
  • Staying at the border of Nepal and Tibet, Kerung
  • Marveling at the stunning north face of the towering Everest
  • Enjoying the magnificent views of the other mountains like Cho Oyu, Sishanpagma, Lhotse, Kailash, Gyachung Kang, Gurla Mandhata, Kunlun, and more
  • Driving over the Gyatso La Pass (5,220 meters/17,126 feet), the highest point of the China-Nepal Friendship Highway
  • Soaking into the turquoise fresh waters of one of the sacred lakes in Tibet, Yamdrok-Tso
  • Touring the culturally rich Tashilhunpo Monastery in Lhasa. This significant monastery in Tibet is the traditional seat of the Panchen Lama.
  • Exploring the holy Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery, iconic landmarks of Tibetan Buddhism, and taking in their spiritual ambiance
  • Excursion of Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple in Lhasa, which are the UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Visiting Barkhor Bazaar and getting lost in its vibrant atmosphere
  • Insights into the trans-Himalayan culture, tradition, and lifestyle
  • Exploring the Brahma Putra River or Yarlung Tsangpo
  • Best Nepal Tibet overland tour

Why Tibet Overland Tour?

tibet overland tour

Picturesque Scenes and Views: The Tibet Overland Tour lets you immerse in the dramatic landscapes of Tibet, like lakes, plateaus, mountains, valleys, gorges, deserts, grasslands, and glaciers. As soon as our 8-day Tibet Overland Tour begins from Kathmandu, you will be blessed with the visual splendor of elegant highland scenery. After entering the Tibetan side, the majestic Himalayas, as seen from the different perspectives and encounters with timeless Tibetan settlements, will enrich your journey from both natural and cultural aspects. The picturesque overland drive will mesmerize you, journeying you through the awe-inspiring high-altitude Himalayan landscapes.

Spiritual Endeavor: The ancient religious landmarks that mark the evolution of Tibet such as holy shrines and chortens, historical temples, and monasteries, etc, reflect its historical, cultural, and spiritual significance. Visiting these sacred sites and meditating in their peaceful ambiance will help you experience enlightening spirituality. Moreover, interacting with Tibetan people and Buddhist monks, learning about their unique customs, and observing traditional ceremonies and festivals will let you connect to your inner self.

Photography Tour: Tibet rewards photographers with limitless opportunities. You can capture the following themes while exploring diverse areas of Tibet.

  • Mind-blowing landscapes
    • Mountains
    • Vast plateaus
    • Pristine lakes
    • High mountain passes
    • Enchanting rivers
  • Historical and cultural sites
    • Temples
    • Monasteries
    • Stupas
    • Shrines
    • Mani Walls
    • Architectural decorations
  • People and lifestyle
    • Traditional Tibetan villages and lifestyle scenes
    • Monks and nuns
    • Pilgrims
    • Local markets
    • Vibrant traditional festivals
    • Cultural attires
    • Tibetan festivals
  • Tibetan wildlife and birds
    • Tibetan Yak and Antelope
    • Tibetan Gazelle
    • Tibetan Wolf
    • Tibetan Snowcock
    • Black-necked Crane

Revered Tibetan Sites: Tibet is home to a unique Tibetan-Buddhism culture and religion. Tibet Overland Tour journeys you across the rich historical and cultural sites of the region. Cities in Tibet are adorned with numerous Buddhist monasteries and stupas, statues of Lord Buddha, Buddhist sculptures, and inscriptions. The popular heritages of Tibet, such as Potala Palace, Sera Monastery, Jokhang Temple, Drepung Monastery, Tashilhunpo Monastery, etc, offer you a narrative description of its rich history and principles.

Why Us?

  • We have several years of experience in organizing tours in Tibet, and our team possesses knowledge and expertise about the local areas
  • As a licensed travel agency, we specialize in designing customized itineraries being attentive to our client’s interests, preferences, and travel time. Like this, you can enjoy a tour, experiencing personalized services and at your own pace
  • We offer well-arranged and organized tours, including everything from permits, guides, transportation, accommodation, and more. We also encourage sustainable eco-tourism and the conservation of natural resources for a positive impact on local environment and communities
  • We provide region-familiar Tibetan guides and drivers who will ensure your safe, immersive, informative, and interactive journey. This will enrich your Tibet Overland Tour, making it more enjoyable and informational
  • We ensure that you have authentic cultural interactions with the Tibetan residents for depth into your learning and understanding of the Tibetan culture and traditions

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Overland Tibet Tour - Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Drive From Kathmandu (1,300 meters/4,265 feet) to Kerung Border and Overnight Stay in Kerung at the Tibet Side

145 kilometers, 6-7 hours

Tibet Overland Tibet Tour through Kerung covers most of the attractive sides of Tibet and ensures that your holiday is dreamlike. This border route is commonly taken for overland travel between Nepal and Tibet.

Early in the morning, we will embark on a scenic drive from Kathmandu to the Nepal-Tibet border, Kerung. As we depart from Kathmandu, we drive along the Prithvi Highway upto Galchhi. From there, we switch towards the Pasang Lhamu Highway all the way to Dhunche. Driving along the winding, narrow, and mountainous roads, we reach Syabrubesi. After driving for about an hour north from Syabrubesi, we will reach Rasuwagadhi, a border of Nepal and China.

Till here, we drive, taking in the picturesque scenery of Nepalese countryside landscapes. Green hills, rural villages, terraced farmlands, and gushing rivers are dominant for the initial part of the travel. Slowly, as we ascend towards the rugged mountainside roads, the views of distant Himalayas start to seem closer. Next, you will venture through thick forests with occasional clearings from where you can glimpse the panoramic views of closing-up mountains. Driving along the meandering roads through steep cliffs and deep gorges, we get closer to Rasuwagadi. With the dominating views of mountains, we will finally reach the border area.

Next, you need to show permits and documents required to enter Tibet. You should have a Tibet Travel Permit and a Chinese Visa in order to enter Tibet from Nepal. After completing customs and immigration formalities from both the Nepal and Tibet sides, we drive towards the town of Kerung. Stepping into Tibet side, we are greeted with well-paved roads and rolling hillsides. You can catch the astounding vista of the Tibetan plateau from your vehicle window. As we approach Kerung, green pastures and rugged cliffs dominate the landscapes.

After arriving in Kerung, we will unwind and reside at a comfortable hotel accommodation.

Day 02: Drive From Kerung to Tingri (4,300 meters/14,108 feet) / Lhatse (4,350 meters/14,272 feet)

235 kilometers, 5-6 hours

From Kerung, the actual tour to Tibet begins. After breakfast at the hotel, we will drive uphill to the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, the highest plateau in the world. From the astounding height of 4,500 meters above sea level, you will get a sweeping view of the entire Tibetan landscape as far as your eye can see. The sheer excitement and profound feeling of achievement, standing atop the roof of the world, is worth the travel. Weather permitting, you are blessed with the jaw-dropping panorama of colossal Himalayan ranges, including Cho Oyu, Sishapangma, Kailash, Makalu, and several more.

We will continue towards Tingri/Lhatse, observing the vibrant Tibetan culture and lifestyle. On the way, we will explore Pikucho Lake. The view of the Mt Everest from Tingri is phenomenal.

We will spend the overnight at the Hotel in Tingri/Lhatse, depending on the time and your personal preferences.

Day 03: Drive From Tingri/Lhatse to Shigatse (3,900 meters/12,795 feet) via Lhaste

245 kilometers, 5-6 hours

After breakfast in Tingri/Lhatse, we will drive towards Shigatse, which is Tibet’s second-largest city. Enroute, we will drive over the challenging high mountain pass of Gyatso La (5,220 meters/17,126 feet). Gyatso La is the highest pass along the route to Lhasa from Tingri/Lhatse. From this pass, you will be treated to the spectacular vistas of several snow-covered peaks like Everest, Cho-Oyu, Sishapangma, and many others. Additionally, you can also see the captivating scenery of Yamdrok Lake and the Tibetan plateau.

The scenic drive towards Shigatse meets an intersection point, where we take the road towards Mt. Kailash, which branches out to the west. With the fascinating view of Mount Kailash and several other peaks, we will reach Shigatse and stay overnight at the Yak Hotel.

Day 04: Drive From Shigatse to Lhasa via Gyantse (3,950 meters/12,959 feet)

350 kilometers, 6-7 hours

Today, we will start the overland tour from Shigatse to Lhasa. Before that, we will have breakfast at the Yak Hotel and embark on morning sightseeing at the Tashilhunpu Monastery. Visiting the home of Panchen Lama, the Tashilhunpo Monastery, is the major highlight of this day’s travel.

Tashilhunpo Monastery is one of the most significant monasteries in Tibet. It is the largest monastery in Shigatse and a spiritual center of the Tibetan people who reside here. This spacious monastery covers the entire hillside. It has one of the world’s largest statues of Maitreya Buddha, which has an impressive height of 26.2 meters/86 feet.

After exploring the Tashilhunpo Monastery, we will head towards the capital city of Tibet, Lhasa, via Gyantse rote. You can explore the unique and exquisite architecture of Khumbum Stupa and Palkhor Monastery, the popular Buddhist stupas on the way to Gyantse. With the stunning view of the high mountain passes and pristine freshwater lakes, we will drive towards Lhasa. Passing through the countryside road, you can see the giant Karola Glacier (Noijin Kangsang Glacier) and the captivating view of the mountains. We will stop to explore the Yamdrok Tso Lake (turquoise water lake) and the lifeline river of Tibet - Brahma Putra (Yarlung Tsangpo), before reaching and unwinding at the hotel In Lhasa.

Day 05-06: Lhasa Tour

Lhasa presents a multitude of sightseeing opportunities. We will spend two days in the capital city, jaunting the rich historical and cultural sites of the place. On both days, after breakfast, we will embark on a full-day exciting sightseeing tour to Lhasa. We will visit popular places like Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Bazar, Drepung, and Sera Monasteries.

Potala Palace, the prominent landmark in Tibet, is in Lhasa. It is a popular UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is perched at the top of the Marpo Ri (Red Hill). The elegant architectural heritage of Potala Palace is the emblem representing the unique Tibetan-Buddhism culture. This palace was used by Dalai Lamas as a winter home for several centuries.

Jokhang Temple, a combined architecture of Tibetan, Nepalese, and Indian styles, houses the revered Jowo Shakyamuni, a sacred statue of Lord Buddha. It is a notable Buddhist Temple that is considered one of the most holy sites in Tibet.

Sera Monastery is among the Great Three Gelung University Monasteries of Tibet, with sacred murals and religious relics. It features a unique debating courtyard, where monks engage in philosophical debates on Buddhist scriptures. Drepung Monastery serves as a hub for Buddhist learning and spiritual practices, showcasing exquisite artworks and large assembly halls.

Barkhor Bazaar is a bustling marketplace where you can purchase Tibetan arts and handicrafts, clothing, and souvenirs. It offers a glimpse into the daily life of Tibetan people and an opportunity to savor traditional Tibetan dishes.

We will stay for both nights at the Hotel in Lhasa.

Day 07: Lhasa to Shegar and Overnight Stay at Guest House

655 kilometers, 8-9 hours

Today, we will leave Lhasa and drive towards Shegar, which is situated at the foothills of Mount Everest on the Tibetan side. The Shegar city is also known as Shekar Dzong or New Tingri. It is the administrative center of Tingri County.

As the temperature is relatively low at this location, you need to pack warm layers and dress thickly. After a long way drive from Lhasa, we will reach Shegar and stay overnight.

From here, you can have spectacular views of famous mountain peaks, such as Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho-Oyu, Shishapangma, Gyachung Kang, and several more.

Day 08: Shegar to Kerong to Kathmandu

425 kilometers, 9-10 hours

Today is the final day of our Overland Tibet Tour. We will depart from Shegar and head towards the Kerung border. Nepal, we will wake up early and embark on a scenic Tibetan countryside drive. We will reach the Kerung after driving for several hours, from where we will cross the border into Nepal. Marveling at the rugged terrains and panoramic mountain views, we will venture more into rural landscapes on the Nepal side.

On our return journey to Kathmandu, we will drive through the lush greenery. You will enjoy the view of a towering mountain, gushing streams, lush forests, and valleys on the way back to capital city. After reaching Kathmandu, we will transfer you to your respective hotels. Like this, our exhilarating and adventurous Tibet Overland Tour comes to an end.

Trip Cost US$ 1250 Per person
Cost Includes:

Tibet Overland Tour Cost - 2024

No. of pax tour cost on BB basis - US$ 1250  per person ( Group Joining )
  • Transportation by van or bus - pickup and drop-off at the border, within Tibet, and to and from Tibet,
  • Tibet travel permits and entry fees to landmarks and sites that you visit as per our itinerary
  • A Tibetan guide who is fluent in English and knowledgeable about the information of the places
  • Accommodation in a twin shared room
  • Everyday breakfast
Cost Excludes:
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa Fees.
  • Delays and losses caused by unforeseen natural troubles
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Personal expenses such as a drink, tips, souvenirs, additional meals, laundry, shopping, etc
  • In case the ticket of flight/train from Lhasa to Chain is necessary
Note: Visa Fee - US$ 125 (extra US$ 100 for American, Canadian, Argentian, and Romanian)

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FAQs on Tibet Overland Tour

Can I Travel Solo in Tibet?

No, you cannot travel independently in Tibet as per the rules and regulations of the Chinese Government. You need to book a guided tour through a registered travel agency to acquire essential permits for traveling to Tibet.

How Can I Get the Tibet Travel Permit?

You can get the Tibet Travel Permit through us as our expert team streamlines this process. All you have to do is send us copies of your passport and visa for China before the journey. We will then submit the permit applications to the Tibet Tourism Bureau, which can take several days.

What Are Some Key Go-to Places in Tibet?

Some must-see places in Tibet are Jokhang Temple, Potala Palace, Namtso Lake, Barkhor Street, Yamdrok Lake, Tashilhunpo Monastery, Lake Manasarovar, Brahmaputra River, Sakya Monastery, Samye Monastery, Norbulingka Palace, Rongbuk Monastery, and many more.

Are There Any Cultural Protocols to Be Conscious of while Touring Tibet?

Yes, you need to respect local customs and traditions and show good manners during your visit to Tibet.

  • Take off your shoes before entering into temples and monasteries.
  • Ask for permission before taking pictures of people and architectural decorations.
  • Be mindful that swimming and fishing are not allowed in the hallowed lakes of Tibet.
  • Consider walking clockwise on Barkhor Street, which is a traditional practice.

If you are not sure about any other practices, you can ask and learn from your tour guide.

What kind of Accommodations Are Found in Tibet?

Accommodation in Tibet includes a range of hotel options, from cheap to Tibetan-style luxurious star hotels. However, we will stay at an average standard hotel in a shared room with twin beds.

How are the Tibetan Cuisines?

The authentic local cuisines in Tibet are unique, traditional, and flavorful. Some popular dishes here are Tsampa (roasted barley flour), MoMo (steamed dumplings), Thenthuk (noodle soup with a mix of vegetables and meat), Thukpa (Tibetan noodles), etc.

Is there a Chance of Altitude Sickness During the Tibet Tour?

Throughout the tour, you will be staying above 3,500 meters altitude. You will cross the high pass of Gyatso La over 5,000 meters. So, there is a high possibility of being susceptible to altitude sickness.

To mitigate altitude sickness, take the following steps

  • Take regular breaks to rest, hydrate, and acclimatize
  • Eat healthy and nutritious meals. Eat light and frequent
  • Carry medications like a diamox pill
  • Avoid smoking and alcohol consumption

What should I Pack for the Tibet Overland Tour?

Tibet is relatively colder than Nepal. So, you can pack warm clothes like light thermal layers, wind-rain shells, sweaters, pullovers, woolen socks, insulated gloves, beanies, slippers, shoes, etc. While some landmarks in Tibet are reached after a hike, carry sturdy hiking boots with ankle support. Additionally, carry a basic first aid kit, hygiene items, electronic gadgets, and all your required travel permits.

When is it Best to Embark on the Tibet Overland Tour?

The perfect time to embark on the Tibet Overland Tour is during the favorable spring and autumn seasons. At this time, the weather is stable, with dry, sunny, and long days. The atmosphere is clean, and the sky is clear, allowing you to indulge in Tibet's colorful spring landscapes and splendid fall foliage. Plus, the temperature is mild and cozy, facilitating comfortable and smooth travel.

Why is Travel Insurance Necessary for the Overland Tibet Tour?

Why is Travel Insurance Necessary for the Overland Tibet Tour?

Most of the natural landmarks in Tibet are in high-altitude remote locations. There can be a chance of accidents and injuries while traversing the rugged terrains to reach the vantage points after a vehicle drop-off. Also, there is a risk of altitude sickness during your high-altitude tour of Tibet, and you need to seek medical assistance in case it becomes severe. The temperature is usually cold, which may lead to frostbite or hypothermia. The expenses incurred while seeking medical services in accidents, illnesses, and emergencies are handled by your travel insurance. Furthermore, a comprehensive insurance plan provides helicopter rescue and emergency evacuation in case of serious illness or injury.

On the other hand, the weather is unpredictable and frequently changeable at alpine locations. And your tour may unexpectedly encounter natural disasters such as landslides, storms, blizzards, etc. The weather adversity can cause delays in your journey and in worst cases, even cancellations. Moreover, the travel plans may also get changed due to your own personal reasons. With travel insurance, you can get your non-refundable tour cost recompensed in case of interruptions or cancellations of the journey.

Besides, during your adventurous trip, your baggage may get delayed, lost, or stolen. But worry not, as travel insurance will reimburse for the loss. As a whole, you can experience financial protection and security with travel insurance. Moreover, you can have peace of mind as you feel safe against several unforeseen events and enjoy stress-free travel.

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