There are a variety of tours you can consider when entering Tibet from Nepal. Some options include trekking and visits to more remote parts of the country, which take a bit longer to get to. These tours can take from 15 to 30 days and can cost considerably more. The best option that remains is an overland group tour across what we call the ‘Friendship Highway’ in Tibet from Kathmandu to Lhasa. The Sino-Nepal Friendship Bridge connects Kodari of Nepal with Zhangmu of Tibet. The entire trip will take seven to eight days and give you two full days in the city of Lhasa. On the eighth day you’ll fly back to Kathmandu.
Our 7 Nights/8 Days Kathmandu – Lhasa overland tour is a budget way to see the best Tibet has to offer. If you are planning your trip from Nepal better drive in and fly out from Lhasa. Your trip begins with a scenic 4-5 hour drive to Kodari, near the Nepal-China border. After crossing the Friendship bridge you head to the town of Nyalam situated 40 km from the Nepalese border. From Nyalam, a pleasant drive takes you across a barren and remote Tibetan landscape before you stop in Lhasa.
Two full days in Lhasa, gives you plenty of time to visit all the popular places there, including the Potala Palace, Jokhang temple and the Norbulingka palaces. These monuments are places of great cultural and religious significance to Tibetan Buddhists. Among these places, the rich history and grandeur of the Potala Palace is unparalleled as it continues to dominate the skyline of this holy city.
|Day 1||Kathmandu (1300m) - Zhang (2,500m) - Nyalam (3700m) 156km
The trip begins with a 4-5 hour drive to Kodari, near the Nepal-China border. The Sino-Nepal Friendship Bridge connects Kodari of Nepal with Zhangmu of Tibet. After crossing the bridge we head to the town of Nyalam situated 40 km from the border.
|Day 2||Nyalam - Tingri (4390m) 147km
From Nyalam we drive uphill, cross the famous La-Lungla Pass (5050m), enjoying the beauty of the Tibetan landscape through out our journey. La-Lungla offers an unsurpassed panoramic view of the Cho Oyu (8201m) and Shishapangma (8012m) peaks. Our ride comes to a stop in Tingri where we stay at a local guesthouse.
|Day 3||Tingri -Lhatse - Xigatse (3900m) 90km
Today we continue our road journey as we cross the Gyatchula Pass (5220m), arrive in Lhatse and head to Xigatse. We stay in a hotel in Xigatse.
|Day 4||Xigatse - Gyantse (3950m) 95km
Before leaving for Gyantse we visit the Panchen Lama’s Tashilhumpu Monastery. On reaching Gyantse we visit the Kumbum Stupa and Phalkor Monastery. Overnight in hotel.
|Day 5||Gyantse - Lhasa (3650m) 261km
A long drive from Gyantse to Lhasa takes us across Karola (5020m), Kambala (4794m), the mighty Bramhaputra river and the colorful Yamdrok lake.
|Day 6-7||Explore Lhasa
Two full days in Lhasa gives us enough time to visit the Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Bazaar, and Potala Palace. We also visit the Drepung and Sera Monasteries. Overnight in hotel.
|Day 8||Lhasa – Kathmandu
After breakfast, a scenic flight takes us to Kathmandu.
Land Transportation costs(Jeep, 4WD Land Cruiser or Bus)
02) Monastery entrance fees
03) Bed and breakfast on a twin sharing basis
04) English speaking Tibetan Guide
05) Group Tibet Permit
01) Flight ticket USD $480 per person
02) Airport taxes
03) Personal travel insurances
04) Personal expenses
05) Tips for staff and any unforeseen expenses in case of emergencies
06)Visa Fee for Europeans $114 per person .Visa Fee for Americans $198 per person .