Tibet Overland Tour


The most demanding & the popular tour to Tibet is a 08 days package, where people start their one of the most spectacular overland journey on the 920 km stretch of road, known as the Friendship highway, between Kathmandu & Lhasa and fly back from there. The trip allows a number of detours to the highlights of the Tsang Province and the Lhasa City. The trip offers a spectacular insight into the life and culture of the friendly Tibetan people, from the ancient monasteries with chanting monks, to the tranquil shores of the Turquoise Lake Yamdrok tso, to the kumbum (literally100,00 images), the most stunning architectural wonder of Tibet & to the city of wonders, the Lhasa.  This trip concludes with the breathtaking Trans-Himalayan flight from Lhasa to Kathmandu.

This trip starts early morning at 05:30 am.The distance from Kathmandu to the Friendship bridge, Kodari (Nepal/Tibet Border) is 116km and takes a 05hrs on drive. After completing immigration formalities on the Nepal side we continue drive / walk to Zhamgmu Immigration, which is 09 km away. At Zhangmu, our representative from Tibet will meet you and transfers you to the hotel. He will then take care of your entire tour arrangements till your departure from Lhasa to Kathmandu or abroad. The detailed itinerary is as below:



DAY1:  KATHMANDU – ZHANGMU: Departing at 0530 AM from Kathmandu office, approx. 05 hrs drives along the Arniko Highway,will take us to Kodari (China / Nepal Border). We cross the Friendship Bridgeat the border & drive to Zhangmu by jeep (or truck) where after completion of immigration formalities, we will enter to the Chinese Autonomous Region & start the first night in the Tibetan plateau. We will be staying at thehotel /guest house nearby Zhanmgu. Overnight at Zhamgmu.


DAY2:  ZHANGMU – XEGAR:  From Zhangmu, we drive to Lhatse, followingthe Bhote Koshi River valley with the plenty of waterfalls on our eyes. This route is the most adventurous route among the others as it offers the panoramic views of the high mountains including the highest peak Everest (8848m) with Langtang (7367m), Xixapangma (8012m), Makalu (8464m) Lhotse (8516m), Cho Oyu(8153m). We get chance to pass by the high passes like Nyalam Pass (3750 m),Tong-La (5120m) La Lung-la (5124m) & Gyatso-la (5220 m). We continue our drive passing Tingri (4390 m) & stay at Xegar (also known as New Tingri,). Overnight at Xegar.


DAY3:  XEGAR – XIGATSE: From Xegar, we continue our drive to Xigatse, tibet's second-largest city, lying near the union of the Nyang Chu and the Tsang Po, on the main route between Gyantse and West Tibet. It is the place of famous Tashilumpo Monastery. Overnight at Xigatse.


DAY4:  XIGATSE – GYANTSE: In Xigatse, wevisit Tashilumpo Monastery, one of the four great Gelug monasteries renowned asthe seat of the Panchen Lama until his death in 1989. After visiting Tashilunpo Monastery in the morning including the Bazaar of Xigatse, We drive to the capital of the small kingdom in 15th century. Gyantse. Visit Gyantse Kumbum (the highest Chorten in Tibet) & Pelkor Chode Monastery founded in 1418.Overnight at Gyantse.


DAY5:  GYANTSE – LHASA: Drive to Lhasa, crossing the Karo-la Pass (5045m), we pass by the Yamdrok Tso, the turquoise lake & one of the four holy lakes in Tibet. Then after passing the Kamba-laPass (4794m), we find ourselves close to the Lhasa Valley. After crossing the Brahmaputra River, we reach Lhasa, our final destination. Lhasa lies in theKyichu river valley at 3,595m and is dominated by the magnificent Potala Palace, built in the 17th century by the Great Fifth Dalai Lama. The accompanied guide will reconfirm your onward airline ticket. Overnight atLhasa.


DAY6 & 7:  LHASA: These days you will been grossed with sightseeing and excursion of the Potala Palace (A great museum with its proportions and priceless treasures) Jokhang Temple (the holiest of Tibetan shrines, houses two images of the Buddha brought as dowry by Songtsen Gampo's Nepali and Chinese queens) along the bustling street of Barkhor Market. In Lhasa you will also visit Norbu Lingka (the summer palace of the Dalai Lamas), Drepung and Sera Monasteries. Overnight at Lhasa.


DAY8:  LHASA – KATHMANDU:  Transfer Gongkar airport for the onward flight to Kathmandu. Our representative will assist you. The flight is of 01 hours 10 minutes departing at 10 am CST & arriving Kathmandu at 09 AM NST. You may fly to other destinations like Chengdu, Chamdo, Chongqing, Xian, Xining or other Chinese destinations or you may explore the city on your own too.


The cost depends up on group size, mode of accommodation & transportation.


  •     All sightseeing & transportations.
  •     Tibet permits, Guide, Landcruser in Tibet.
  •     Night's accommodation on BB Basis in Tibet


  •     Personal beverages, Photography charge
  •     Chinese visa charge
  •     Lhasa- Kathmandu airfare.
  •     Personal tips.
  •     Nepal entry and re-entry visa fee.
  •     Personal insurance & personal tips.
  •     Cost not mentioned in cost includes.


Trip Facts

  • Trip Days: 8 Days
  • Best Time: March - November
  • Difficulty: Easy