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Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Tour – 7 days

  • Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Tour – 7 days
  • Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Tour – 7 days
  • Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Tour – 7 days
  • Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Tour – 7 days
  • Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Tour – 7 days
  • Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Tour – 7 days
  • Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Tour – 7 days
  • Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Tour – 7 days
  • Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Tour – 7 days
  • Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Tour – 7 days
  • Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Tour – 7 days
  • Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Tour – 7 days
  • Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Tour – 7 days
  • Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Tour – 7 days
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  • Trip Highlights:

    • Journey over the Tibetan Plateau to Rongphu Monastery and Everest Base Camp
    • Glaciers, ancient monasteries, holy lakes, rare wild animals, big mountain ranges, lovely traditional villages en route to Lhasa.
    • Absorb the dramatic views of the north face of Everest
    • Explore Lhasa and visit Potala place, former home of Dalai Lama
    • Delve into the rich cultural traditions of Tibet

    This trip is a private tour, which can be started on your chosen dates. We need a minimum of 4 people to run this trip. We travel first to Syabrubheshi on the Nepal side and do a little village walk. Next morning a short drive will take you to Nepal/Tibet border called Rashuwagadi, Kyirong in Tibet. Drive 8 hours / 175 km). You make an overland journey after acclimatize to Kyirong country that lies at the height of 3950m. Drive to Dongba and overnight, the next day drive will take you to Mansarover lake. From here we drive upto Darchen and we commence our parikrama. We return to Kathmandu using the same route after parikrama.

    Making a parikrama (walking around Mt. Kailash) wash your sins away. Especially when this is done on an auspicious year or time. On such an occasion a circuit equals 13 circuits completed during the year.


    Buddhist, Hindus and Bonpo faithful consider Mt. Kailash as their sacred land. The mountain is known as the throne of “Shiva", a powerful God in Hindu mythology. Buddhist considers it as Kang Rinpoche, the precious Snow Mountain. A devotee of the Jain religion considers the peak as Mount Ashtpada. Rishabanatha, the founder of the Jain faith, believed that he gained spiritual liberation on the summit of Mt.Kailash. Bon po, pre Buddhist religion in Tibet believes that this is the 'Nine storeys Swastika Mountain' that lead to heaven. Despite its barren and dry features the lake and the mountain have a magnetic influence on devotees and visitors alike. The pilgrim's walk and prostate around the mountain path of 55-km Kailash Parbat (mountain) known to them as Meru in ice and stone. There is a strong belief among Hindus and Buddhist that a single walk around the holy mountain would wash away all the sins of a lifetime. Travellers and explorers see in its raw form the amazing beauty in the middle of the dull landscape and the faithful feel that it is the sanctuary of God that gives life to the entire human being. Everybody always finds in it something valuable. Kailash peak and Mansarover Lake are situated at 4500 meters above sea level at the highest elevation on the Tibetan plateau. It is the source of holy rivers of south Asia like Indus, Sutlej, Brahmaputra and Karnali Mt. Kailash. It is the only peak in the entire Himalayan range revered as ultimate sanctity. It is also one of the highest Mountains in Tibet at over 6714m (22,022 ft) and Lake Manasarovar at 4558m (14,950 ft) is probably the highest freshwater lake in the world. Though the entire Himalayas is regarded as a divine dwelling yet Mt. Kailash is the only peak that is revered as ultimate sanctity. Pilgrim takes bath in the lake Mansarover, known as Mana (mind) of Brahama.

    The place is certainly remote and difficult to reach especially in the extreme weather conditions and often on a dusty and rough road. The distance from Kathmandu is about 1000 km and from Lhasa, it is almost double. On the geographical aspect, the mountain is the source of four great rivers that merge in the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea. It is the source of the civilization of Indus and Brahmaputra river valley in India. Despite the reality of the Cultural Revolution in China and Tibet, regions around Kailash suffered the least. Though many monuments around it and in the vicinity were destroyed yet the faith of its followers has remained stronger than ever. More than the pilgrimage of your lifetime it is truly an adventure that remains with you life long.

    For more information about the trip:
    The distance in Tibet is very wide and the road is rough.

    So schedules are often disrupted by a mechanical problem, floods, or landslides. To tackle the problems that arise out of these unforeseen circumstances you would certainly need the spirit of adventure and patience. In fact, your journey to Tibet would be a rewarding and unforgettable experience like the one Tibetan pilgrim get once they are in Lhasa. The trip to Tibet is in high altitude region. The road is at an elevation above 3600 meters (12000 ft.) above sea level most of the time and goes as high as 5300 meters if you go to the base camp of Everest or Kailash in a short period.

    The total distance around Mt.Kailash is 55km. Yaks and porters carry camping gear and food.

    You follow the guide and other pilgrims on the trail around the holy mountain. The camp staff takes care of meals and sleeping during the entire parikrama (walk around). The staff takes care of every need. You walk at your own pace though local takes less than 3 days to complete the round. Besides the normal walk chanting mantra, there are others who make full-body prostration throughout the parikrama. It is an amazing sight. The walk around Kailash is a pious thing to do for both Hindus and Buddhist.

    Best time visit:

    Best time to travel is in summer and autumn – from March to October. Overland journey is best from early May to the middle of October. This is because of the snow condition in high Himalayan pass in winter and late spring. During the monsoon season (July to August) heavy rain can often disrupt the road to Kerung border.

    Notes: Itinerary:

    Above tentative itinerary showing scheduled night stop; it is a guideline only. It may change due to logistics and other condition like local government restriction, sudden change in weather and reasons beyond our control.

    Food, Accommodation and Arrangements:

    In the private arrangement we serve either vegetarian or non vegetarian fresh meals as required. Camping cook and kitchen staffs prepares hygienic meals to your test. Three hot meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are provided. Camp staffs take care of camping arrangement. In most places guest house accommodation are provided.

    For pilgrims from India special group arrangements

    can be made based on maximum of 15 to 20 persons in each group no matter how large the group is so as to provide efficient service and proper attention.

    Sleeping bag and duffel bag:

    We provide a complimentary duffel bag (soft bag) to carry your personal clothing. A sleeping bag is a personal item. Though it can be provided as a community gear to ensure privacy it is charged separately to ensure that each member takes care of this most important item before departure to avoid an unpleasant situation later. If sleeping bag is required request should be made at the time of booking the trip.

    In case of altitude problem

    with a member of the group it is always a priority of the group to attend to the sick person for his safety. Medical facilities are limited and the possibility of medical evacuation is negligible.

    Helicopter option is also possible to visit Muktinath.
  • Day 01: Arrive Lhasa (3650m)

    When you arrive in Lhasa either by train or flight your guide will greet you and take you to your hotel. You can see the Yarlung Tsangpo River/Brahmaputra river – the Longest and largest river in Tibet and Lhasa river on your way to the hotel. After arriving at the hotel, you may take a rest and get acclimatized to Lhasa’s high altitude. If you wish to explore some close by then you can go to the Potala Square or close market. Stay overnight in Lhasa.

    Notes to the first time visitors: to get acclimatized to the high altitude in Tibet it is advised to have a proper sleep in your hotel, drinks lots of water, not to rush and relax in visiting the monuments.
    Day 02: Lhasa Tour - Potala Palace, Johkang Temple, and Barkhor Street (B)

    Today’s tour will first bring you to the Potala Palace. Potala Palace was built in 1645 and completed in 1693. It dominates the landscape in Lhasa. The palace is the former winter residence of the Dalai Lama. It used to be the official residence of 13 Dalai Lamas. The magnificent building has over 1000 rooms. Inside there are many chambers; you can see brilliant frescoes paintings and a great view of Lhasa.

    Next visit after lunch is Jokhang Temple that has valuable relics of Buddha and magnificent statues related to Tibet Buddhism. Often you come across devotees, who have come from far-flung of Tibet, prostrating in and around. The sight of pilgrims prostrating themselves in front of Jhokang must be seen to be comprehended. This is something you can never see elsewhere. Jokhang Temple in Lhasa is the spiritual centre of Tibet where in the summer nomads meet other pilgrims on their way to the high pasture. You then visit to the Barkhor Bazaar outside the Jokhang monastery. This is the bustling flea market where you can buy souvenirs and meet other tourists. Stay overnight in Lhasa.

    Day 03: Visit Drepung and Sera Monastery (B)

    In the morning visit Drepung monastery which is the largest monastery in the world and once housed 10,000 monks and nuns. It was built in 1416, and the second, third and fourth Dalai Lamas lived here and were entombed. A visit to the kitchen of this monastery is a must. Look out for the washing machine in which the monks mix their butter tea.

    In the afternoon you will visit Sera Monastery which is another one of the “great three” Gelug university monasteries of Tibet. The hot attraction would be to see is the Monks debate which happens around 3 – 5 in the afternoon. Besides these, you can visit the Tibetan religious scripture printing house, inside the monastery, see three sand Mandalas and colorful Rock Painting of Buddha. It is a very impressive and well-preserved monastery that has white-washed walls and golden roofs. Stay overnight in Lhasa.

    Day 04: Lhasa (3650m) to Shigatse (3900m) via Gyantse (B)

    Drive from Lhasa to Shigatse . Cross over Gampala pass at 4790m, a glimpse of Yamdrok-Tso lake at 4400m) Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar (7191m) the highest mountain near Lhasa. Pass through Korola Glacier, stop at Simila Mountain Pass for photography before you reach to Gyantse, historically Tibet’s third largest city (after Lhasa and Shigatse). In Gyantse, we will visit the famous Pelkor Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum and enjoy the Far view of Gyangtse Fortress. Next stop is at Shigatse which is the second-largest city in Tibet. In Shigatse, we may visit the traditional Barley Mill and view the landscape of Barley Field. Stay overnight in Shigatse.

    Day 05: Shigatse (3900m) to Everest Base Camp (5200m) via Tingri (B)

    Visit the home of Panchan Lama – Tashilunpo Monastery. Leave Shigatse to Lhatse, it is a small town where we can have lunch. Continue to drive through Tsola (4600m) and Gyatsola Pass (5248m). As you enter Everest reserve you can enjoy the panoramic views from Gawula Pass(5198m) and arrive to Everest Base Camp (5200m). Stay overnight at Rongbuk monastery guest house.

    Day 06: Everest Base camp to Gyirong Border 370km

    Visit Everest Base camp for photography and drive to Kyirong border. Enroute ennoy panoramic view of Mt. Shishapangma and Pekutso Lake. When you cross the Ghungtang Lhamo(5236m) you arrive at Kyirong. Stay overnight in the guesthouse in Kyirong.

    Day 07: Gyirong border to Nepal border Kerung and drive to Kathmandu (175 km - 7 hours drive (B)

    Our guide will assist you to exit China via the Gyirong border. After you go through the customs and enter Nepal, our staff on Nepal’s side will transfer you to your hotel in Kathmandu.

    Tour begins at Lhasa, ends in Kathmandu
  • COST-private Trip:

    • 2 pax     US$1840
    • 3-5 pax     US$1465
    • 6-9 pax     US$1185
    • 10-15 pax   US$1020
    • Single room supplement: US$200

    Cost Includes:

    • Hotel Accommodation on twin sharing basis using 3 star Hotel like Hotel Dhoodgu or Yak or similar
    • Daily breakfast
    • English speaking experienced Tibetan guide
    • Transportation as per itinerary
    • Entrance fees at monasteries
    • Tibet Travel permit
    • Private pickup from Kyirong boarder to and drop at Kathamndu Hotel
    • Mineral water – 2 bottles each day
    Cost Excludes:

    • China/Tibet visa fee if obtain in Kathmandu (applies as per nationalities)
    • Any Airfare
    • All expenses of personal nature, phone calls, laundry, etc
    • Lunch and Dinner at hotels
    • Alcoholic beverages and bar bills
    • Personal health and accident insurance
    • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu

    Note:If you want to join with other international travellers - the cost would be less. Let us know which month you wish to travel so we can put you in there.

    1. Chinese Embassy requires passport physically for 3 full days to process China/Tibet visa
    2. Visa working days are Mondays to Fridays from 11 am onward; receiving visa time is in the afternoon of third day
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