Tibet overland tour to base camp

Tibet Tour to Lhasa and Ghanden Monastery

On this tour we will encounter the the wealth of cultural diversity between Nepal and Tibet. We spend 3 nights in Lhasa, staying right in the centre of the old city. This will allow both plenty of time to visit the city's main attractions - the Potala Palace and the Jokhang Temple. Leaving Lhasa we will head to Ghanden and fully immerse ourselves in the Buddhist culture.



Lhasa and Ghanden Tour Overview

Day-1: Kathmandu

Day-2: Kathmandu

Day-3: Kathmandu to Lhasa (3660m)

Day-4: Lhasa

Day-5: Lhasa

Day-6: Ganden Monastery and back to Lhasa

Day-7: Lhasa to Kathmandu

Day-8: Depart



Tibet Tour to Lhasa and Ghanden Monastery Detailed Itinerary

Day-1: Kathmandu
Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel

Day-2: Kathmandu
Explore the Kathmandu Valley and visit some of the world heritage sites.

Day-3. Kathmandu to Lhasa (3660m)
Transfer to the airport for the hour-long flight across the main Himalayan range. Afternoon at rest to acclimatise to Lhasa's high altitude.

Day-4: Lhasa
We will visit Lhasa's many monasteries and sites, such as the Sera Monastery, and the Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama.

Day-5: Lhasa
We visit the Potala Palace and Drepung Monastery founded in the 14th century, and once the largest in the world, with a population of around 10,000 monks. The afternoon, is a time to relax or further explore the area.

Day-6: Ganden Monastery and back to Lhasa
Today you will take a day trip to Ganden monastery. Ganden Monastery is located on Wangbur Mountain, on the southern bank of Lhasa River. Ganden Monastery is one of the earliest and largest Buddhist monasteries in Tibet, and stands atop of the six famous temples of Gelugpa - a branch of Tibetan Buddhism. This compact monastery was once gutted by fire but the restoration is now complete. Drive back to Lhasa in the afternoon.

Day-7: Fly to Kathmandu
Remainder of the day at leisure. Overnight Hotel

Day-8: Departure
Transfer to the airport

End of services
Kathmandu Lhasa Tour



Tibet Tourism and Visas

Tibet is new to tourism and as such, you may often encounter things running a little differently to the way they do in the west. Time adherence can be slow and facilities e.g. some restaurants and public toilets seriously "wanting."

The roads are also prone to wash ways causing delays or detours and often sections of a road will be closed without prior notice. As such, a good degree of patience is required when travelling to Tibet. We do however, endeavour to make your journey run as smoothly as possible despite these issues.

When entering Tibet from Nepal, Chinese Visas cannot be used. As such, the visa for Tibet must be obtained from the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu. As visa's are only issued on Mondays, Wednesday's and Thursdays (except if they fall on a Chinese Holiday), tours need to be arranged to suit these visa issue dates, i.e. any one going on a tour departing for Tibet from Nepal, needs to arrive in Kathmandu at least three days before entering Tibet.  

When you confirm your trip with us, we will organize your Travel Permit for Tibet, Visa Approval Documents and apply to the Chinese embassy to obtain your visa. We will thus require your full passport details, 3 weeks prior to your arrival at Kathmandu. The final documentation will be done on arrival in Nepal.   Please note that visa for Tibet obtained elsewhere has still got to be endorsed by the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu.

Tibet base camp overland
Duration 12 Days
Best time April to October
Sleeping Hotels and Gueshouse


Dates and Costs

All of the overland tours are arranged on a private basis and costs vary according to the number of people travelling

For current prices

Everest base camp overland tour tibet

Price includes
All travel permits
3 nights hotel in Lhasa with breakfast
1 night hotel staying Gyantse with breakfast
1 night hotel staying Shigatse with breakfast
1 night hotel in Shegar with breakfast
1 night hotel/Guesthouse in Zhangmu with breakfast
Local English speaking guide
Entrance fees
Hotel in Kathmandu (twin sharing, including breakfast).
One full day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley (for Kathmandu joining)
All ground transfer as per our itinerary
Dinner with Nepalese Cultural program (for Kathmandu joining)
Visa fee for Kathmandu joining, excluding $100 supplement for US Nationals.


Prices excludes
International flights
Required airport taxes
Visa's and vaccinations
Porters tips
Items of clothing, sleeping bags and miscellaneous drinks, etc.
Airport Taxes (see below)
Visa fee supplement of $100 for US Nationals
Extra expenses and/or additional days caused due to unexpected events (delays, porterage because of land slides and other natural events.)


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