Tibet overland tour to base camp

Tour from Kathmandu to Lhasa

On this tour we will encounter the wealth of cultural diversity between Nepal and Tibet. We spend time in Tibet with some 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. We will also have a chance to see some of the Tibetan Plateau.



Tibet Lhasa and Tsedang Tour Overview

Day-1: Kathmandu

Day-2: Kathmandu

Day-3: Kathmandu to Lhasa to Tsedang

Day-4: Tsedang

Day-5: Tsedang to Gyantse (3950m)

Day-6: Gyantse (3950m) to Shigatse (3900m)

Day-7: Shigatse to Lhasa

Day-8: Lhasa sightseeing

Day-9: Lhasa sightseeing

Day-10: Lhasa to Kathmandu

Day-11: Departure



Kathmandu to Lhasa 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 to Tsedang
Transfer to the airport for the hour-long flight across the main Himalayan range. You will be met here by your guide and then proceed to Tsetang where you will have rooms reserved for you at the Tsetang Hotel. Rest of the day will be free.

Day-4: Tsedang
Your, encounter with Tibet will begin with a visit to the palace of Yambulakhang which was built by the first Tibetan king Nyatri Tsenpo in the second century BC. Local folklore has it that the king was descended from heaven. Next you will visit Chedruk Temple to round off our visit to Tsetang.

Day-5: Tsedang to Gyantse (3950m)
Travelling by jeep along the Friendship Highway we cross the Khamba La (4794m) and continue westwards over another high pass the Karo La (5045m) with incredible glacial views. We spend the night in a Hotel at Gyantse. (261km)

Day-6: Gyantse to Shigatse (3900m)
After an early morning tour of some of the Gyantse Dzong (14th Century fort) and the Kumbum, a large stupa, we head off on a short 90km drive to Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. In the afternoon we will explore the area, local monasteries and market. Overnight at the Hotel. (90km)

Day-7: Shigatse to Lhasa
Today we will retrace our journey back to Lhasa

Day-8: Lhasa
You, will visit the Potala Palace. The palace of the Dalai Lama a treasure of Tibetan culture was, till 1965, the seat of both religion and politics in Tibet and quite possibly, the singularly most important building in all Tibet. It was built in the seventh century by Tsongtsen Gampo as a fort and later renovated by the fifth Dalai Lama in the seventeenth century to its present specifications. Your next stop will be Norbulingkha, the winter palace of the Dalai Lama, which was built, in the eighteenth century..

Day-9: Lhasa
Today you will visit the Drepung monastery. This is the largest monastery in the world and once housed 10,000 monks and nuns. It was built in 1419 and the second, third and fourth Dalai Lamas lived and were entombed here. Your next stop will be the Jokhang Temple. This is the holiest shrine in Tibet and houses a golden statue of the Buddha, which was brought to Tibet by the Chinese princess "Wen Chen". You then stop off at Barkhor Bazaar outside the Jokhang monastery. This is a bustling flea market and is, generally, the place to buy souvenirs and meet other tourists.

Day-10: Lhasa to Kathmandu
This morning you will fly back to Kathmandu and spend the remainder of the day at leisure

Day-11: 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 11 Days
Best time April to October
Sleeping Hotels


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

overland tour tibet

Price includes
All travel permits
Accommodation 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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