This is one of our most popular tours and provides a good overview of Tibet for those with limited time. We take the Friendship Highway between Kathmandu to Lhasa, along the way visiting such important sites as the Sakya Monastery, Shigatse, the Shalu Monastery and Gyantse. You will spend two days on a guided sightseeing tour of Lhasa that covers all of the major historical sites. On the eighth day we transport you to the airport for your flight to your next destination.
We can accommodate individuals and small groups (including families) on this tour. We arrange all necessary travel permits for Tibet, which requires some preparation time before we can depart in order to file the necessary paperwork.
Trip Itinerary of Tibet Overland Tour - Drive in fly out
Day 01: Kathmandu (1300) -Kerung Border (145 Km) 06-07 hours drive Early in the morning scenic drive to Kerung Border (Nepal-Tibet Border) through the beautiful Nepalese countryside and after necessary border formalities at Nepalese immigration, an hour adventurous uphill drive by Bus & Van (normally) or 2 hour walks uphill (in case of landslide to Chinese immigration, check-in to hotel or Continue drive to Kerung. Stay overnight at Guest House.
Day 02: Kerung - Tingri (4300m) / Lhatse (4,350m): 225 Km/244 Km Day drive uphill to the highest plateau of the world with the typical view of Tibetan landscape offering sheer feeling of standing on the roof of the world. from where, weather permitting, breathtaking panorama of beautiful Himalayan ranges including Mt Cho Oyu (8201 M) & Mt Xishapagma (8012M) but dwarfed by the Vastness of the Tibetan plateau. From TINGRI, one can enjoy the magnificence of Mt. Everest (8,848 M). Stay overnight at Guest House
Day 03: Tingri/Lhaste - Xigatse (3,900 M): 244 Km Continue scenic drive crossing Over Gyatchu La (5,220M), the highest pass en route to Lhasa via Lhatse from where a road to Mt Kailash bifurcates to the west. Stay overnight at hotel.
Day 04: Xigatse - Gyantse (3,950m): 90 Km Morning sightseeing to the Panchen Lama's Tashilhumpu Monastery. Drive to Gyantse and visit to the Kumbum Stupa & Phalkor Monastery. Stay overnight the Hotel.
Day 05 Gyantse - Lhasa (3,650m): 261 Km Full day picturesque drive crossing over Karola (5,010m), Kambala (4,749m), Colorful Yamdrok-Tso Lake and the Tibetan lifeline river Brahma Putra (Yarlung Tsangpo) – Stay overnight at Hotel.
Day 06-07: Sightseeing In Lhasa Two full days sightseeing tour to Lhasa including Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Bazaar, And Potala Palace Drepung & Sera Monasteries. Stay overnight at Hotel.
Day 08: Lhasa - Kathmandu: Early morning drive to Gonggar airport or train station for your departure flight to Kathmandu or to your onward destination to Mainland China.
All travel permits for Tibet
English speaking Tibetan tour guide
All transportation in Tibet as per the itinerary
Pick up and drop off by airport bus
All lodging listed in the itinerary; If you travel individually, you will need to share one room with another tourist; while if you prefer to stay in one room by yourself, you will have to pay the single room supplement.
Breakfast each morning
Entrance fees for the places listed in the Itinerary
One time welcome meal for the group
One box of mineral water plus shared Oxygen tank in car.
Transportation costs to and from Tibet
Chinese visa fees and passport fees
Lunch and dinner
Personal expenses (laundry, photography fees, souvenirs etc)
Tips to the driver and guide
Shuttle Service between hotels and Airport/Train Station: As for Lhasa Gongar airport is 70km from the downtown, it is hard for us to arrange free shuttle service at any given time. So, our travel agency can only offer free shuttle service to pick up/drop off tourists between hotels and Gongga airport twice a day at a designated time. Some of the tourists may have to wait for others for a longtime beyond our designated time.
The free airport pick-up time is as follows on the day the itinerary begins: Pick up tourists around 12:20 pm ( for flights arrival at airport before 12:20pm) Please join on this time.
The free airport drop time is as follows on the day the itinerary closes: Pick up tourists from hotel around 11:00am (for flights which depart after 13:30pm)
All the shuttle service from/to the train station on the date of tourists’ arrival and departure would be free.
Exception If tourists want shuttle service not included in the designated time frame or they prefer not to wait for the free shuttle service, they are required to pay extra 50USDollar/airport for airport shuttle bus service, which needs a report to travel consultant when booking the tour. If any clients need private vehicle pick up or drop off. It is 2USDollar per kilometer and its 140kms.