Tibet Overland 12 days
Tibet Overland 12 days Well Plan Treks offers Tibet Overland Journey, where you will be within Tibet immense cultural background including beautiful high peaks and unique landscapes. Tibet Overland, where drive from Kathmandu to Lhasa leads you with grand views of Mt. Everest (8,848m / 29, 028ft) Lhotse (8,516 m-24,940 ft), Ganesh Himal (7,405 m) Langtang Lirung (7,234 m), Dorje Lakpa (6,980m/22,929ft) Mt. Gauri-Shanker (7,145 m) and Cho-Oyu 8,201 m / 26,906 ft, Shishapangma 8,013 / 26, 289 ft.
Tibet Overland includes acclimatization days to cope with the altitude and to continue higher around the world’s largest and highest Tibetan plateau.
This trip starts with an interesting drive on Nepal / Tibet- China Friendship highway through the town of Kyirong and towards the high pass of Laylung-la at 5,050 m with mountain views and then towards Lhasa with Mt. Everest and Cho-Oyu views on a drive.
Drive leads to Tibet and towards the 2nd largest city at Shigatse seat of great Panchen Lama visiting the golden-roofed Tashilumpo monastery after crossing the highest point at Gyatso-la pass 5,220 meters, and then drive to beautiful Turquoise Lake Yamdrok Tso and finally over the last Khamba-la pass at 4,800 meters to reach Lhasa.
In Lhasa visit famous historical and cultural places and monasteries Drepung, Shera, Jhorkang Temple and busy old Barkor market square includes the visit of famous Potala palace and then return journey bring you back at Kathmandu with a sweeping scenic flight to conclude marvelous journey, Tibet Overland.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu 1,345 m and then transfer to respective Hotels
Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing tour and preparations for Tibet.
Day 03: Drive to Syabrubesi 1,460 m – 07 hrs journey.
Day 04: Drive to Kyirong Nepal-Tibet Border 2,890 m – 04 hrs drive.
Day 05: Drive to Shegar or New Tingri 4, 350 m – 06 hrs.
Day 06: Drive to Shigatse 3,900 m – 04 hrs afternoon visit Tashilumpo Monastery.
Day 07: Drive to Gyantse 3,950 m visit Phalkor Monastery and Kumbum Stupa -03
Day 08: Drive to Lhasa 3,650 m via Yamdrok Tso Lake – 05 hrs.
Day 09-10: In Lhasa with a sightseeing tour at places of great interest.
Day 11: Drive to Lhasa / Gongor Airport and fly to Kathmandu – 1 hr: 15 mins flights.
Day 12: International departure for homeward bound.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu 1,345 m and then transfer to respective Hotels.
On reaching Kathmandu via respective airlines well received by company guides and staff for short drive in the hub of Kathmandu city where your hotels located. After checking into your lovely rooms getting refreshed join in at the Hotel lobby for group briefing regarding Tiber Overland with other useful information to make your stay in Nepal and Bhutan more enjoyable and pleasant. The evening includes group welcome dinner in nice Nepalese restaurants with cultural programs as entertainment with the dinner.
Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing tour, trek briefing, and preparations.
Morning after hearty breakfast, as per the given time our city and tour guide will lead you into the heart of Kathmandu city, for exciting historical and heritage tour of old Durbar (royal palace and courtyard) square of historical importance includes Temple of Kumari (Living young virgin Goddess) Kastamandap Temple where Kathmandu name derived from, a temple built with the wood of a single tree, tour of old palace during the reign of Malla and late Shah kings.
Tour leads to famous landmark of Nepal at Swayambhunath Stupa of more than 2,500 years old a Buddhist Chaitya or Stupa with all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha, afternoon back to the hotel, after an interesting tour rest of the day free at leisure and preparation for Tibet Overland.
Day 03: Drive to Syabrubesi 1,460 m - 07 hrs journey.
Starting our marvelous journey with an overland drive towards North West of Kathmandu past farm villages and towns with grand views of snowcapped peaks and then reaching at cooler areas within Langtang Himal in Dhunche 1,900 m high, a main and headquarter town of Rasuwa district around Langtang area, populated by Tamang people the hill tribe of Nepal. From here downhill for two hours with overnight at Syabrubesi, the door to Langtang, Ganesh and into Tamang Heritage Trail and as well to Tibet border.
Day 04: Drive to Kyirong Border 2,890 m -04 hrs drives.
From Syabrubesi morning drive on newly built road linking Nepal / Tibet border to Rasuwagadhi (1800m / 15 km / 1 hr min from Syabrubesi), here received by our Tibetan counterpart guide and drivers, after completing immigration & custom formalities on both side of the frontier Nepal / Tibet at Rasuwagadhi, continue drive further to Kyirong county with first overnight stop in Tibet accommodation at local guest-house.At Kyirong afternoon with time to relax and enjoy views of Ganesh and Langtang Himal that borders Nepal and Tibet.Kyirong famous as the religious and historical place, home of 11th Centaury great saint and Guru Milereppa known for his tantric wisdom as well a poet and folk singer, his song are still remembered by local herdsman and villagers.
Day 05: Drive to Shegar or New Tingri 4, 350 m - 06 hrs.
From Kyirong onward where Tibetan high plateau begins as morning drive leads past Tibetan farm villages to reach on top of Lalung-la Pass (5,050m) with views of Mt. Shisapangma (8013m highest within Tibet).After Lalung-la drive leads on vast Tibetan plateau with high and dry terrain to Old Tingri with the first glimpse of Everest and Cho-Oyo peaks, from here few hour drive to Shegar also known as New Tingri and then transfer to your hotel or lodge for the overnight stop.
Day 06: Drive to Shigatse 3,900 m - 04 hrs afternoon visit Tashilumpo Monastery.
From Larze town, morning drive is short of few hours on the good road to reach Tibet's second largest city in Shigatse drive continues past rural farm villages and well-tended fields of barley-wheat and yellow mustard. After an enjoyable ride reaching Shigatse where hotels are much better than past few nights stops, in Shigatse transfer to excellent hotels with modern facilities of Wi-Fi and money change at its exchange counters. Having lunch getting refreshed a short drive in the hub of Shigatse for the marvelous tour of famous Tashilumpo Monastery complex adorned with Golden Roofs here visit the monastery interior of great interest with tomb stupa of several late and past Panchen Lama.
Panchen Lama the 2nd biggest priest and holiness after Dalai Lama (present XIV Dali Lama who is the exile in India) With the enjoyable tour of the monastery and the seat of Panchen Lama visit the local colorful Tibetan market and return back to the hotel.
Day 07: Drive to Gyantse 3,950 m visit Phalkor Monastery and Kumbum Stupa -03 hrs.
Morning getting refreshed with breakfast, continue to drive towards eastward for few hours to reach at Gyantse another large city of Tibet, where in early 19th and 20th century was a flourishing place where trade between Nepal-Bhutan and Sikkim used to take place.
On reaching at Gyantse transfer to another nice hotels or guest house with the afternoon tour of old Phalkor Monastery and great terracotta Stupa of Kumbum, famous historical monuments located within great surrounding walls of this holy complex.
Day 08: Drive to Lhasa 3,650 m via Yamdrok Tso Lake - 05 hrs.
Morning our drive leads to our next highlight of the journey heading towards the fabled city Lhasa, drive leads past Simi-La pass within great Tibetan plateau where you can watch Yaks and other cattle grazing on huge green meadows.
As the ride progress heading towards a scenic Karo-La pass of above 5,050 m with close views of Nzongkhangsa peaks at 7,100 m high where ice falls and glaciers flows near to the road ahead.
Here enjoy the views as well observe the traditional life of Drokpa (Nomads) and Yak herder then reaching Nagarktse town and beyond towards beautiful turquoise Lake of Yamdrok Tsho then on high hills to reach another scenic Khamba-La pass at 4,800 m high.
Khamba-La offers the upper panorama of Tibetan tableland and landscapes with distant views of snowcapped peaks and of Yamdrok Tsho Lake.
From here after marveling the scenery heading downhill to come across a bridge over Yarlung Tsangpo / Brahmaputra River, slowly our overland journey reaches in the heart of Lhasa city in the backdrop of magnificent Potala Palace.
At Lhasa our hotels located on the old part of Lhasa within east areas near colorful and exciting Barkhor Square and its markets.
Day 09-10: In Lhasa with sightseeing tour at places of great interest.
These two days engrossed with the very exciting tour around Lhasa important places of immense interest within its historical and religious sites, beginning with the short drive west of Lhasa towards a hilltop with the our of old Drefung Monastery, in the early day home of all high priest and Dalia Lamas before Potala Palace was built. Here visit the main prayer halls with monks on deep prayers where Drefung means a heap of rice with its white washed buildings as it looks from distance views, after a great interesting visit drive to Shera Monastery where you can witness young monks on exciting debate, which deepens their knowledge of all types to reach their priesthood.
Shera monastery located north of Lhasa after an interesting time with the lunch break in local Tibetan / Chinese restaurants, afternoon tour of magnificent Potala Palace known as 'Heavenly Realm' with 1,000 rooms where visitors can tour only the main important interior of 8 to 10 rooms of great significant.
Potala Palace stands as Landmark of Tibet situated in the hub of the city, where high and superior priests Dalai Lama lived till the last 14th Dalai Lama, at present turn into a museum.
After a grand tour head back into busy and colorful Barkhor Market Square with time to visit Jhorkhang Temple, the oldest religious sites of Tibet.
As the day end in Lhasa, with time for individual activities around Lhasa before dinner time on last day in Lhasa.
Day 11: Drive to Lhasa / Gongor Airport and fly to Kathmandu - 01 hr: 15 mins flights.
Morning as per the given time by our Tibetan guide, depart from the hotel for an hour drive which leads outskirt of Lhasa city area and then on the nice newly built highway entering few wonderful tunnels to reach at Gongar airport. Here bidding farewell to our Tibetan guides and ever smiling friendly drivers entering the terminal for visa and passport formalities with the customs check. Board in Air China for the super panoramic flight of over a hour to Kathmandu during airborne breathtaking views of the Himalayan chain of peaks with close views of Mt. Everest and Mt. Makalu as the flight finally lands at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport. Here after migration and visa formalities heads outside the terminal, where our staff transfer you back into your hotel, with much time in the afternoon for individual activities and shopping.
Day 12: International departure for homeward bound.
Last day in amazing Nepal, after a wonderful time on Tibet Overland with grand services of Well Plan Treks, as per your international flight departure and reporting time, our guide and staff transfer you to the airport for your onward flight homeward bound or to next respective countries.
- Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car / van / bus.
- Accommodation in Kathmandu
- Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle inclusive of all entrance fees
- Tibet entry travel permit and Chinese visa
- All monasteries entry fees
- Accommodation during Tibet tour on twin sharing basis inclusive of breakfast
- Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine for all Tibetan staff
- Tibet Tourism Board (TTB) approved Tibetan guide
- Tibet border to Kathmandu (Friendship Bridge) pick up by tourist bus or jeep
- All government taxes and official expense
- Lunch & dinner
- Travel insurance
- Nepal entree visa
- All cold drinks such as alcoholic beverages, mineral water, Coke, Fanta, juice, etc.
- Personal shopping and laundry
- Personal equipment
- Tips for guide and drive
Cost includes and excludes section may give you the better idea on how the trip is organized. Once you let us know the number of interested travelers and departure date we would get back to you with actual cost for the trip.