7 Days Kathmandu to Lhasa without EBC Overland Tour

7 Days Kathmandu to Lhasa without EBC Overland Tour
Apr - DecBest Time
ComfortableTour Pace
5248mMax Altitude
Physical Demands
This well-organized classic overland route covers most of Tibet’s main historical sights, offers superb natural scenery of the great Himalaya range and features a spectacular ride from the Kathmandu valley to the Tibet Plateau. Across the Himalayas by way of the incredible Nepal-China highway, we will take you to central Tibet’s most important monasteries.
D1: Gyirong Border Pick-up
D2: Gyirong / Shegar
D3: Shegar / Shigatse
D4: Shigatse / Lhasa
D5: Lhasa Sightseeing
D6: Lhasa Sightseeing
D7: Departure Lhasa
Itinerary Details
Includes & Excludes
Tour FAQs
Itinerary Details

Day 1 Kathmandu / Gyirong Town

After finishing immigration formalities both Nepal & China side, you will be picked up by our guide and driver at Gyirong. Acclimatize and have a good rest for today. Overnight in Gyirong Town.

Day 2 Gyirong Town / Shegar (325km, 6.5 hours)

After breakfast, drive along the Sino-Nepal Highway up to Shegar (New Tingri). We also get to enjoy fabulous views of the high mountains including Shisha Pangma (8,013m).Then from old Tingri you will view the amazing scene of Himalaya Range and Mt Everest in far distance. We are not getting into the Mt. Everest Base Camp in  this trip. Overnight in Shegar.

Day 3 Shegar / Shigatse (250km, 6 hours)

Tashilumpo Monastery, Panchen LamaMorning, start to drive forward to Shigatse via Gyatso La mountain pass (5248m) on the Friendship Highway. Shigatse, also named Xigatse, literally means 'the fertile land' in Tibetan language, is the second largest city and an important transportation hub in Tibet. After your arrival in the afternoon, you'll have a visit to the famous Tashilhunpo Monastery, which is home to the official throne of Panchen Lama. Nowadays Tashilhunpo covers an area of 150,000 square meters with 57 chapels, 3600 rooms. Overnight in Shigatse.

Day 4 Shigatse / Gyantse / Lhasa (375km, 7 hours driving)

yamdrok lake, holy lake, namtso lake, gyantse, lhasa to shigThe most important attraction for today is Yamdro-tso Lake and Kubum Monastery in Gyantse. From the top of the pass kangpa-la at 4700m high in clear weather, you can see the fabulous shade of deep turquoise, Yamdro-tso Lake is shaped like coiling scorpion with deep blue in colour. Kubum Monastery, means 100,000 images in Tibetan, is the town's foremost attraction, The 35m-high chorten (stupa) with its white layers trimmed with decorative stripes and its crown-like golden dome, is awe-inspiring. You can visit every chambers in the monastery. In late afternoon of today, we arrive in Lhasa. Overnight in Lhasa.

Day 5 Lhasa Sightseeing

Potala palace, Lhasa tour, tibet, barkhor street Morning section to visit the famous Potala Palace and explore the grandest of this myriad chapels, its audience halls, the jeweled and Golden burial chortens (stupa Tombs) of past Dalai Lamas, and tremendous number of Buddhist frescoes, thangkas, combinations of mandala, figures of the Buddha. Made of precious metal. Afternoon section visiting to the holist temple in Tibet, the Johkang Temple, built during Songtsen Gonpo’s reign by princess Wencheng of tang dynasty, 647 A.D. The inner circuit is also situated inside the temple and is lined with prayer-wheel and murals outlined in gold on red background, which depict the thousand Buddhas, interspersed with stupas and relief-images. Johkang is circuit. The circular pilgrim route around Jokhang Temple is called Barkhor and later flourished, forming the  embryo of the city. The Barkhor market itself is the most active in all Tibet, and it is possible to purchase traditional Tibetan artifacts, religious implements, antiques, books, Tibetan music instrument, Thangkas, and tradition Tibetan clothes etc. Overnight in Lhasa.

Day 6 Lhasa Sightseeing

Drepung MonasteryDrepung Monastery is situated at the foothill of a mountain and was founded by Jamyang Choeje in 1416. It was once home of 10000 monks and Ganden podrang in Drepung is famous it was the government center during fifth Dalai lama and later moved to the famous Potala palace during fifth Dalai lama. In the afternoon explore the Sera Monastery which was founded in 1419 by Tsongkapa’s disciple Jamchen Choeje. The most attractive is that Monks debiting is held there in the courtyard at around 6-7:30 in the afternoon section. Overnight in Lhasa (Notice, the sequence of sightseeing of first two days may be adjusted according to the reservation of visiting Potala Palace). Overnight in Lhasa.

Day 7 Departure Lhasa

Today, transfer you to the airport/train station, tour ends.
Includes & Excludes
What’s included in this tour package?
Transport: Private minivan or minibus with driver
Free Lhasa airport / train pick-up and drop-off
Twin-sharing / double room accommodation in Tibet
Local English-speaking Tibetan guide
All entrance fees of sightseeing places mentioned in itinerary
All necessary Tibet permits
Government tax
What’s excluded in this tour package?
Chinese Visa fee
Tips for the guide and driver
Flight or train tickets into and out of Lhasa
Personal expenses such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone calls, etc
Tour FAQs

※What is a Private Tour?

 A Private Tibet Tour Package means you will have your own private guide, driver, and vehicle for your own disposal. You don't have to share the vehicle with others even if you are a single traveler. You would have full attention of your guide and driver. Our professional guide would love to share local culture, knowledge and stories.
Your private guide would also help you make an easier, comfortable, flexible and enjoyable tour. You can stop on the road to get a rest or take pictures during the drive. You have the flexibility of changing the visiting order of attractions or extending the visiting time at some tourist sites.
When traveling with your family or friends, a private tour would be your first choice.
※Arrival Pick-up / Departure See-off
We will arrange the private airport or train station pick-up and see-off for you. Upon your arrival in Lhasa, you can find our guide waiting at the pick-up area, holding a name sign, welcome you with a warm smile. You will be transferred to hotel. Drink more water, get enough rest, take some time to acclimatize to the high altitude on the first day of your arrival.
※Accommodation Choices
For private tour, we can arrange hotels according to your requirements. There are options of budget guesthouse, 3 star hotel, 4 star hotel, high-end luxury hotel or bouquet heritage hotel. If you have your own preferred hotel, just let us know, we will help you with the booking, everything would be arranged as per your interests.
※Meal Choices  
Our tour packages generally include breakfasts. Meanwhile, lunches and dinners are optional to be arranged either by yourself or by us.
It’s easy to find nice restaurants in Lhasa, and you could also ask for suggestions from your guide. They always know where you can find something tasty.
The price would be different according to different food:
1.      If you choose noodles, around RMB 10-15 per person.
2.      If you like some fast food like KFC, around RMB 20-35 per person. 
3.      If you prefer some food at a decent restaurant, around RMB 50-70 per person.  
4.      The local Tibetan hotpot, around RMB 80-100 per person. That is a really good one too! 
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Client Feedback

From Mr. Gerard Adrien From Mr. Gerard Adrien
GTT-D-2660, 29-07-2023

Hi Daniel. We are already on our way back to Shanghai. We would like to thank you for the great trip we had. Our guide Jampa and our driver did an excellent job. They are both very recommendable! We enjoyed the trip despite the altitude discomfort we experienced during the first 3 days. Thank you!

From Ms. Elena Maria Valisi From Ms. Elena Maria Valisi
GTT-V-3371, 10-09-2019

I highly recommend this agency. I travelled with other 2 couples who booked through different agencies and they paid a lot more to have less assistance, same hotels/tour/guide/car, less flexibility and no travel insurance included.