Nepal to Tibet Accommodation

The road from Kathmandu to Gyirong Port, and from Gyirong Port to Lhasa, connects the two neighboring regions in Nepal and China. Many overseas tourists choose to travel both of them by taking the overland road trip, crossing the natural border, the west-to-east mountain range, the Himalayas, and enjoying the sightseeing and cultural attractions along the route. Below is some info on the distance and accommodation of Nepal to Tibet Road.

Gyirong Port
Gyirong Port

The Main Stops along the Nepal to Tibet Road (via Everest Base Camp)

  1. From Kathmandu, Nepal to Gyirong Port: 170 kilometers; the road is not paved nearly all the way and winds through mountains with only one lane which requires at least a 7-hour drive;
  2. From Gyirong Port to Gyirong Town: 23 kilometers; the road condition in the Tibetan part of this route is now better, paved and wider. This short route needs around 20 minutes to drive;
  3. From Gyirong Town to Gyirong County: 70 kilometers; 1 hour and 30 minutes to drive;
  4. From Gyirong County to Old Tingri (pinyin: Dingri): 265 kilometers; 5-hour drive;
  5. From Old Tingri to Everest Base Camp: 70 kilometers;
    Note: The trail from Old Tingri to Everest Base Camp is a very popular trekking route which normally takes four days to accomplish. Contact our trip advisor for more information if you’re interested in trekking to Mount Everest.
  6. From Everest Base Camp to Shigatse: 243 kilometers; this will be a whole day drive, along which you’ll pass by Lhatse County where you can have lunch and a short break before heading to Shigatse for an overnight stay.
  7. From Shigatse to Lhasa, via Gyantse and Yamdrok Lake: 360km; this anti-clock semi-circular route takes about 7 hours to finish, including sightseeing at Shigatse, Gyantse and Yamdrok Lake. A two-day trip is recommended rather than a day trip because then you can take a culture trip for one day in Shigatse and visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery and visit Pelkor Monastery for the famous Gyantse Kumbum and have a day of nature by experiencing the wild side of Tibet and the beautiful Yamdrok Lake.

Lodging Stops and Accommodation

The road trip is comprised of three sections: the Nepali part, the border area, and the Tibetan part. To ensure that you have a reasonable length of time to drive per day, several intervals for taking breaks and comfortable overnight stay is very important for both your safety and trip satisfaction.

1. In Nepali Part: It takes a good seven-hour drive from Kathmandu to Rasuwa Gadhi and Gyirong Port, the bilateral border between Nepal and Tibet. We recommend that you start the day trip from Kathmandu in the early morning so that you can arrive at the border and finish the immigration formalities before the closing time (business time: 10:00-17:30). You can stay overnight in family-run guesthouses in Rasuwa Gadhi, such as the well-reputed “Paldor Peak Guesthouse.”

Paldor Peak Guest House in Rasuwa near  Gyirong border
Paldor Peak Guest House in Rasuwa near Gyirong border

2. At Gyirong Port: You’ll need a valid Group Chinese Visa to enter the territory of China into Tibet. And your guide will pick you up at Chinese Custom with the original Tibet permit issued by Tibet Tourism Bureau. And then you can officially enter Tibet. It is 23 kilometers from Gyirong port to Gyirong Town, where you can find clean and cozy commercial hotels and hostels in Gyirong Town, though none of them are luxurious or ranked with stars, you can have a good sleep here.

3. In Tibetan Part: Once leaving Gyirong, you can choose to head for Lhasa directly, via Gyirong county, Lhatse, Shigatse; or take detours to the Everest Base Camp to witness the mighty roof of the earth, by taking the route with Gyirong, Old Tingri, E.B.C, Shigatse, Gyantse, Yamdrok Lake and then finally get to Lhasa. Either option could be done in seven days. The lodging stops in the Tibetan part, and the recommended accommodations are as follows;

1. Gyirong County: You can find well-conditioned hostels as cheap as 50RMB per night for a bed, or cozy hotels with standard rooms at the price of 100RMB to 239RMB in Gyirong County. Accommodations in Gyirong County can be reserved online either through Ctrip.com, Booking.com, or Qunar.com.

Gyirong Hotel
Gyirong Hotel

2. Old Tingri (Gangga Town): You may find it tricky to book hotels online by searching Old Tingri or Gangga Town because you’ll end up with the information on the accommodation of Shekhar, which is also called New Tingri. You can ask help from your trip advisor or guide for making hotel reservations.

3. Everest Base Camp: There are only tent guesthouses at the base camp, where a big tent accommodates around 10 people; or there are limited standard rooms in the Rongbuk Monastery Guesthouse.

Tent Guesthouse at Everest Base  Camp
Tent Guesthouse at Everest Base Camp

4. Lhatse: It is an important transport hub, but the power shortage may occasionally happen. It’s better to ask your trip advisor to book the hotel for you because most lodging options are not listed online.

5. Shigatse: This is the second-largest city in Tibet Autonomous Region. There are plenty of options now for overnight stay, meeting the needs of various budgets and travel types. As the tour package for foreign tourists normally includes accommodation of 3* hotels in Shigatse and Lhasa, you may now have a comfy stay here.

6. Lhasa: From luxurious hotels to comfortable class, or budget-friendly backpacker hostels, you can easily book the accommodation by yourself through booking.com, ctrip.com, or the websites of the hotels. You can also choose the tour package inclusive of the accommodation.

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