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Tibet Nepal Overland Tour

Trip code 1201
Package name Tibet Nepal Overland Tour
Duration 9
Max. elevation 4300 m
Level EASY
Transportation Private Tourist Vehicle.
Accomodation 3-Star hotel.
Starts at Kathmandu
Ends at Kathmandu
Trip route
Cost USD 0 per person

Highlights

Overview

Tibet Overland Tour, one of the best ways to get in-depth of Tibet and to observe the rural traditional life. As this exciting adventure with Namaste Nepal starts from fascinating fabled Lhasa city visiting great monasteries steeped with ancient history. Includes tour of beautiful and most magnificent Potala Palace the highlight and landmark of Tibet with other interesting sites.

Tibet Overland Tour allows travelers with ample time to soak into a local impressive culture and lovely custom of Tibetan. The visit takes you around the best places that country has to offer with all-important monasteries. Drepung, Shera, and Jokhang Temple, besides religious importance, where you can observe Tibetans from all walks of life from various areas of Tibet on pilgrimage. 

On covering interesting places within Lhasa city, our tour takes you further east of Lhasa on the high scenic hill. Where grand Ganden Monastery is located at the height of 4,300 m, a lovely spot facing a grand view of surrounding country landscapes. The monastery was built by the order of great Tsong Khapa who founded the Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism in 1409 A.D.  

Completing all great places in and around Lhasa in the comfort of nice hotels with the friendly service of Tibetans. Our return journey to Kathmandu leads towards the south of the country on a scenic highway with a vast plain of Tibetan plateau.

Exciting overland journey heads outside of Lhasa outskirt around rural farms, villages, and towns to reach high Khamba-la pass. At the height of 4,800m, high offers a tremendous panorama of Tibet dramatic country with snow-clad peaks and Lake Yamdrok Tsho.

The drive continues downhill towards beautiful and holy Yamdrok Tsho, turquoise lake, and then over another scenic high pass of Karo-La. Enjoy stunning views of 
Mt. Nzongkhangsa rises above 7, 000 m high with massif Ice-fall and glaciers close to the pass.

Our scenic journey continues to reach Gyantse city, which houses the famed Kumbum pagoda-style stupa outlined by Gyantse Dzong (fort). A short drive towards Tibet's second large city at Shigatse, with the famous golden roofed Tashi Lumpo Monastery the seat of Panchen Lama. The next highest priest and head of state after Dalai Lama, an impressive tour of the beautiful monastery interior.

From Shigatse city, our fabulous tour of monasteries and religious sites completes, as our overland adventure continues heading further south-west.

A scenic drive to cross over the highest point at Gyatso-La Pass, which is above 
5,220 m and 17, 126 feet high. The journey continues towards Shegar and Old Tingri towns, situated on the main Lhasa-Kathmandu Friendship Highway with grand views of Mt. Everest.  
The south of Tibet is much scenic where the Himalayan mountain ranges straddle the border of Nepal and Tibet / China. A grand panorama along the drive facing views of world three highest Mt. Everest, Cho-Oyu and Shisapangma with Langtang Himal. Driving at the end of Tibetan plateau past nomad camps and Yak grazing fields. As the mountain follows parallel till to the border town of Nepal and Tibet at Kyirong, for the last overnight in Tibetan soil.

The next day, cross the border and bid farewell to our Tibetan guide and drivers, then on the road to Kathmandu. A pleasant drive within tall tree lines and green vegetation on the downhill drive to reach hustle and bustle city life of Kathmandu.
 
Our fabulous adventure and great experience on Tibet Overland Tour concludes in Kathmandu with the grand service of Namaste Nepal. 

Outline Itinerary 

Day 01: Scenic flight to Lhasa / Tibet with a short drive to Lhasa at 3,660 m.
Day 02: Full day tour of Lhasa, Drepung, and Shera Monasteries visit Jhorkang Temple 
Day 03:  Tour Potala Palace and Norbulingka summer palace.
Day 04:  Drive to Ganden Monastery 4,300 m - 5 hours both ways. 
Day 05:  Drive to Shigatse 3,900 m via Gyantse 3,950 m visit Phalkor Monastery and Kumbum Stupa at Gyantse - 6 hours.
Day 06:  Morning visit Tashilumpo Monastery with a tour of the market in Shigatse.
Day 07:  Drive to Old Tingri 4,100 m - 6 hours drive. 
Day 08:  Drive to Kyirong border town 2,890 m - 6 hours.
Day 09:  Drive to Kathmandu via Dhunche town 1,900 m and then end of the trip -6 hours.


Note:

The above tour at places of interest is just a guideline which includes most of the great places of the area, can change from one place to another as time permits, and our guide will inform you places of interest and important sites to visit accordingly.
As for the guide for Tibet, we use a local native Tibetan guide who knows the country best than other foreign guides, in a larger group we sometimes assign Nepalese group escort throughout the tour from Kathmandu to Kathmandu

Tibet Weather, Climate and the Best time to visit

Many people in the world think Tibet is a cold of arctic zone climate. 
But it is not always cold with freezing temperatures, depends upon the seasons of visit and the region of the visit.

Tibet with four main seasons, spring (March to May), summer (June to August), 
Autumn/fall (September to November), and winter begins from December to February months. Due to high altitude and thin air above 3,000 meters high, summer is warm with bright sun-lights of strong UV (Ultra Violets). 

Where travelers’ needs sun-glass, sunblock creams, wearing long sleeves shirts and trousers with a sun hat for the day. Morning and late afternoon can get colder and the wind chill factor adds more freezing temperatures, from mid-afternoon till dusk can get very windy.

Late spring and summer till mid-autumn of October will be the best time to travel, when most days are crystal clear. With blue sky for excellent views of snow-peaks and its amazing landscapes. Tibet gets very little rain as the southern monsoon heavy dark clouds blocked by the mountain range of the Himalayas. 

That is why Tibet a dry and arid country, but can get heavy snow during the winter and early spring seasons.
In late spring and summer temperatures can reach a maximum of 25 degrees Celsius with a minimum of 0 to 5 degrees. That is in the morning and nighttime as well in shades away from sun lights. September to November clear and sunny most of the days, can be very cold morning and in the late afternoon till night time.

But one can enjoy the bright starry night sky, and with full moon nights reflecting on snow mountains.

Health and Safety measures against AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) in Tibet.

For travel to Tibet, where all visitors must be in good sound health and most important getting acclimatized. Tibet is located at an average altitude of 3,000 meters high above sea level. No wonder it is known as the Roof Top of World, most areas of Tibet are arid with dry landscapes. With very little vegetation and forested areas, and yet the native has survived for thousands of years settled on this harsh terrain. 

With less air to breathe, if one is not careful adjusting with its environment and high altitude. Travelers require at least a minimum of two overnights, staying in the same place and heights of above 3,000 meters. 

One of the best ways for acclimatization is to climb higher and then rest and sleep in a low place. Actually, there is no medicine to avoid the AMS, except taking advice from your doctor and local guide or group leader.

Take things slowly, enough rest, and drinking much water, for slight headaches, one can take aspirin or paracetamol pills. To get relief from headache and fever, some travelers take Diamox a brand name for Acetazolamide a "water pill" (diuretic). Used as preventive measures to reduce the symptoms of altitude sickness, but it depends on how and where you take it. Best before entering Tibet or high altitude continues till the end, even though you feel better. Side effects are like nibbling of fingers makes you pee a lot, for travelers in doubt can buy portable oxygen. Available in town and cities big shops and stores in Tibet, where your local Tibetan guide will help you.

Information regarding altitude mountain sickness or AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness), the worst symptom is HACE (High Altitude Cerebral Edema). 
This means water in the brain, similarly HAPE (High Altitude Pulmonary Edema), a symptom of water in the lungs.

Travelers with the above symptoms should descend to the lower level with an accompanying guide, staff, and close friends or relatives. To reach back to Kathmandu or the nearest Tibetan city, towns with good hospitals.

Flights to Tibet

Whether you fly from cities of China or from Chengdu, a Tibetan city close to the mainland, where Air China. As well China South Airlines fly almost daily flights to Lhasa city airport at Gonggar, Tibet International Airport.

From Kathmandu to Tibet or vice versa Air China flight departs every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from Kathmandu. Which is Nepal Tribhuvan International Airport (flight code KTM). Lands at Lhasa Gonggar, Tibet International Airport (flight code LXA). Flight duration of 1 hour 15 minutes covering an aerial distance of 570 km, flies over great Himalaya range. 

During air views of the world most highest peaks with Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho-Oyu, and Shisapangma. On reaching Tibetan soil at Lhasa Gonggar airport, received by Tibetan guide and drive for an hour or less to enter the fabled city in Lhasa.

AC power to charge your electronic device and gadgets

In Kathmandu / Nepal capacity 609 MW in Integrated Power System, of 230 volts in A.C. single phase and 400 volts in three phases for general.
 
Electricity in Tibet / China is 230 volts AC, 50 cycles. We do have two pins & 3 pins power sockets, you better have two Pin travel plug adapter which will be useful to charge your batteries.

Time zone and currencies used in Tibet

In the whole Tibet like in mainland China use Beijing Standard Time. Which is 8 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) 2 hours and 15 minutes ahead of Nepal Standard Time Zone. 
 
In Tibet use Chinese currency which is about the US $1 equals 6: 50 Chinese Renminbi Yuan, which is the official currency of the People's Republic of China, and translates to “people's money.

 Entrance Fees of Monastery, Temple, and Parks in Tibet

Potala Palace, Lhasa

200

Genden Monastery, Lhasa

50

Summer Palace, Lhasa 
65
Jokhang Temple, Lhasa
85
Sera Monastery, Lhasa
50
Drepung Monastery, Lhasa
60
Yamdrok Lake, Shannan city
60
Karola Glacier, Gyantse
50
Palcho Monastery, Shigatse
60
Sakya Monastery, Sakya
45
Tashilhunpo Monastery,  Shigatse
100
Rongbuk Monastery, Shigatse
30
Pelkor Chode Monastery, Gyantse
50
Everest Base Camp
90
Mapangyuntso Lake or Lake Manasoravar
150
Namtso Lake
120
Yangpachen Hotspring
98
Everest National Park Vehicle Fee
400(Land Cruiser), 600(minivan)

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 : Morning transfer to Kathmandu and Nepal International airport for scenic flight to Lhasa / Tibet with a short drive to Lhasa.

Arriving at Kathmandu a few days earlier with a pleasant time, get ready for an exciting journey for Mt. Everest base camp tour. After a good breakfast then transfer to Kathmandu and Nepal international airport for a scenic flight of an hour to reach on Tibet soil. On flight boarding in Air China, enjoy a sweeping panorama of Himalayan peaks, with Mt. Everest and other world's highest mountain ranges. 

Soon plane flies over the Himalayas to land at Gongar, in Tibet international airport, after going through immigration with visa formalities, and the head outside of the air terminal. Namaste Nepal Tibetan counterpart tour agent native Tibetan guide and driver receives you. Then take a short smooth drive to reach Lhasa city and then check into a nice Tibetan-style hotel with well-furnished rooms.

The hotel is located in the old part of Lhasa near Barkor square a great place populated mostly by Tibetans. Time in the afternoon after checking into your nice room for a leisure walk around the market square around busy Barkor. 

Day 2 : Full day tour of Lhasa, Drepung, and Shera Monasteries with visit Jhorkang Temple and Norbulingkha summer palace.

Morning after breakfast our native Tibetan guide takes you for a short drive west of Lhasa. The city with modern buildings and wide road, and yet retaining the age-old glory of past centuries cultural heritage.

Drive leads uphill to Drepung Monastery complex, the largest and important monastery of Tibet, built as a university for Tibetan Buddhism learning in the early centuries. The word Drepung means a heap of rice, as you look from the distance with the whole monastery washed in white paints of lime.

Drepung with religious history as well a resident of many high priest till 5th Dalai Lama, then shifted the residence after Potala Palace was completed. 

Enjoy a tour of Drepung Monastery interior and prayer main hall, and then head towards Jokhang Temple the first Buddhist religious building built, during the time of King Songsten Gampo. Situated in the main center of Lhasa, within busy Barkhor market. 

Visit the Buddhist temple of historic importance and tales of ancient times, tour of temple interior with color religious painting, visit the scenic terraces, for the scenic photograph of colorful busy Barkhor Market surrounding with close views of Potala Palace. 

Day 3 : Tour Potala Palace and Norbulingkha summer palace

Morning tour takes you to the most important site at majestic Potala Palace located on a red hill, in the center of Lhasa dominating the whole city within Kyuchi valley.

Out of 100 rooms, visitors are allowed to enter few main halls and prayer rooms, including the meditation cave of King Songsten Gampo, magnificent Potala Palace, which was built in early 640 A.D. over the cave during the time of the 5th Dalai Lama.

A beautiful palace holds as a landmark of Tibet, after an interesting visit with a free afternoon for individual activities and shopping souvenirs. 

Afternoon tour a short drive to the southwest to reach Norbulingkha, a summer palace of the semi-modern interior with lovely large garden and tall trees, our guide will explain the history and story behind this summer palace.

Our tour ends continues towards another important Shera monastery and watch young monks students practice debates of great interest.

From here ends the day tour for the day with time for refreshing rest and a short stroll around the happening areas of Barkor.

Day 4 : Drive to Ganden Monastery 4,300 m - 05 hours both ways

Morning tour takes you east of Lhasa, an interesting scenic drive past lovely farm villages and town, and then on winding road uphill, with time for shortstop near a farm village. Where some visitors are allowed inside the house to catch glimpse of Tibetan domestic life and custom. Drive continues after a refreshing break to reach a high hill near Ganden Monastery, the monastery complex building situated on a U amphitheater shape. Enjoy the tour of this nice monastery and feeling great in these tranquil surroundings.

The history of Ganden Monastery or Ganden Namgyeling or Monastery of Gahlden, one of the "great three" Gelugpa monasteries as university of Tibet. 

 Located east in Dagzê farm County outskirt of Lhasa. Ganden Monastery was founded in 1409 by Je Tsongkhapa Lozang-dragpa, founder of the Gelugpa order.

The name Ganden means "joyful" and is the Tibetan name for Tuṣita, the heaven where the bodhisattva Maitreya is said to reside. After a wonderful morning tour of Ganden and an interesting scenic drive, head back for last overnight in Lhasa.

Day 5 : Drive to Shigatse 3,900 m via Gyantse 3,950 m visit Phalkor Monastery and Kumbum Stupa at Gyantse - 06 hrs

Start early morning having breakfast, depart from the hotel for a long scenic drive beyond Lhasa city reaching around rural farm areas with nice villages. As ride leads on winding uphill to Khamba-La pass at 4,800 m high. The top offers a breathtaking panorama of Tibetan plateau beautiful landscapes with distant snow peaks, and of Yamdrok Tsho the turquoise holy lake.

After a wonderful moment with dramatic views, a downhill drive close to Yamdrok Tsho Lake to reach Nagarktse town for warm lunch in nice Tibetan restaurants.

The journey continues crossing another pass of Kara-La at 5,050 m high facing incredible views of Nzongkhangsa peak with massive ice-fall and glaciers close to the road. Drive then heads to flat country with nomads camps and yak grazing on a vast field of meadows to reach Gyantse town.

Here, as time permits tour of the famous Gyantse Dzong (fort) Pelkor Chode Monastery and Kumbum Stupa, and then a few hours’ of good drive brings you to Tibet second-largest city in Shigatse for two overnights stop. 

Day 6 : Morning visit Tashilumpo Monastery with tour of market

After breakfast, a short drive to the outside of the famous Tashilumpo huge monastery complex adorned with a shining golden rooftop.

Our guide leads you inside the main monastery visiting prayer rooms and big main halls. This monastery, the seat of his holiness Panchen Lama, the second head of state after Dalai Lama.

Enjoy an interesting tour and witness, a tall bronze statue of Maitreya the future Buddha, stands at 21 meters. After a pleasant visit to the monastery with lunch in a local nearby restaurant with tourist standard food served including typical Tibetan cuisine.

Afternoon tour of interesting Shigatse market on the main Tibetan shopping and bartering area, a good place to witness Tibetan culture and traditions.

After the tour back to the hotel, with time to relax or for a short stroll around the streets of Shigatse city.

Day 7 : Drive to Old Tingri 4,100 m - 06 drive

Early morning start for another long and exciting drive heading south of Tibet to reach Nepal and Tibet, with an overnight stop on route at Old Tingri. 

After Shigatse city drive on the outskirt enjoy looking around the rural country village and farm life. A drive takes you to Larze town, located on the junction of Mt. Kailash and Kathmandu-Lhasa highway.

From Larze drive climb to reach on top the highest point of the adventure at Gyatsho-La of above 5,220 m / 17, 126 feet, festooned with prayer flags and religious objects. Enjoying views from the pass head down to Shegar town, as drive continues on Lhasa-Kathmandu Friendship Highway to reach at windblown town at Old Tingri for overnight halt. A town on the roadside with grand views of Mt. Everest and Cho-Oyu peak.

Overnight in local simple lodge/guest house, but warm and comfortable environment inside the rooms, with Tibetan / Chinese or Nepalese Dal Bhat for dinner.

Day 8 : Drive to Kyirong border town 2,890 m - 06 hours

Morning enjoys glorious views of towering world number one Mt. Everest with 6th high Mt. Cho-Oyu. After a good breakfast, our journey starts driving with beautiful scenery and then getting close to Laylung-La pass at 5, 050 m high.

A super panorama from near the high point of the pass, enjoy looking world last 14th Mt. Shisapangma includes an array of peaks, with views of Gaurishankar, Melung Tse, Dorji-Lakpa, and Langtang Himal range.

As drive leaves the main Friendship Highway, heading closer towards Himalayan Mountain range, that borders with Nepal and Tibet / China. The journey continues on a wide terrain past few villages, to reach further south and then the road narrows following a Bhote Kosi River downstream to reach our overnight stop in Kyirong a small county town, just near the frontier of Nepal, at Rasuwagadhi.

Last overnight in Tibetan soil, in a nice lodge/guest house facing views of North Face of Langtang and Ganesh Himal. 

Day 9 : Drive to Kathmandu via Dhunche 1,900 m end of a trip-06 hours

Today could be a long day depending on rough road conditions, a newly built motorable road till Syabrubesi, and the town of Dhunche.

Morning walks towards the immigration checking point in Kyirong, on the Chinese side, and then enter Nepal, after completing visa and passport formalities and then bid farewell to our cheerful and friendly Tibetan guide and drivers.

At Nepal border, with entry visa to obtain and then our vehicle as size of a group will be at your disposal, and then drive on river gorge to reach at Syabrubesi village, the starting point of many treks to Langtang and Ganesh Himal area.

From here a short winding uphill to reach at Dhunche the headquarter town of Rasuwa district within the Langtang Himal region. After a short refreshing stop drives downhill to low warmer areas of Trisuli Bazaar, and then reach into the busy hustle, bustle city in Kathmandu.

On reaching your respective hotels, our wonderful adventure of a lifetime experience on Tibet Overland concludes.   

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