Tibet Overland Tour - 8 Days

"Exploring the Wonders of the World: An 8-Day Overland Tour."
Good to Know
  • Duration 8 Days
  • Difficulty Level Easy to Moderate
  • Max. Altitude 5010m/16438 ft
  • Group Size 4+
  • Trip Starts Kathmandu
  • Trip Ends Kathmandu
  • Group Style Group and Private
  • Activities Tibet Overland tours
  • Best Season April to October

Highlights

  • Travel towards Lhasa, the heart of Tibet.
  • Potala Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the former winter residence of the Dalai Lama.
  • Jokhang Temple is a sacred Buddhist site and a vibrant pilgrimage destination.
  • Barkhor Street, a bustling market area surrounding Jokhang Temple, is known for its unique Tibetan goods.
  • Pelkor Chöde Monastery is famous for its Kumbum stupa, featuring numerous chapels and intricate murals.
  • Tashilunpo Monastery is the seat of the Panchen Lama and home to a giant statue of Maitreya Buddha.

An Advantage of Booking a Trip with a Trekking Planner Nepal.

  • Private vehicles pick up and drop off passengers at all airports.
  • First-aid kit box.
  • Trekking Planner’s down jackets, t-shirt, and cap, if necessary.
  • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (you should have insurance for emergency evacuation, which will be paid for by your travel insurance company).
  • We use an oximeter to check your pulse, oxygen saturation, and heart rate, and we provide oxygen.
  • Sim cards are provided by our company for travelers, so there won’t be any networking issues.

Trip Introduction :- Tibet Overland Tour-8 Days

Welcome to the mystical land of Tibet, a destination that promises an unforgettable overland journey through awe-inspiring landscapes, ancient traditions, and spiritual wonders. Embark on a captivating adventure that will take you through some of the world's most breathtaking scenery, rich cultural heritage, and remarkable landmarks of Tibet.

Tibet Overland Tour is not just a trip, it's an exploration of a land steeped in spirituality, surrounded by towering mountains, and adorned with monasteries that seem to touch the sky. From the bustling streets of Lhasa, the heart of Tibet, to the serene shores of sacred lakes and the foot of the world's highest peak, your journey will be marked by experiences that touch your heart and leave an indelible mark on your soul.

Imagine wandering through the ancient corridors of the Potala Palace, once home to the Dalai Lamas, and feeling the weight of history in every stone. Picture yourself walking the timeless Barkhor Street, where pilgrims from all corners of Tibet gather to circumambulate the revered Jokhang Temple. Imagine the vibrant prayer flags fluttering in the Himalayan breeze, sending wishes for peace and harmony to the heavens.

Traveling overland, you'll traverse mountain passes offering panoramic views of glaciers and valleys. You'll encounter nomadic herders in their traditional tents, gaining insight into a way of life that has remained unchanged for generations. Marvel at the beauty of turquoise lakes like Yamdrok, whose serene waters reflect the purity of the Tibetan Plateau.

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Where does the Overland Trip Begin and End?

Your journey begins in the enchanting city of Kathmandu, Nepal. From here, travel towards the Kerung Border, covering a distance of 145 km in 6-7 hours. Prepare to cross into Tibet, a land of unparalleled beauty and spirituality. After crossing the border, continue your adventure to Tingri, where Tibet's rugged landscapes and high-altitude charm will greet you. The elevation reaches 4300 meters, offering a taste of the heights that await you. Embark on a 390-kilometer journey from Tingri to Shigatse. Along the way, marvel at the changing vistas as you drive through remote areas, catching glimpses of Tibet's diverse landscapes. The road to Lhasa takes you through 260 kilometers of captivating scenery, offering a glimpse into Tibetan culture and heritage. As you approach Lhasa, you'll feel the anticipation of exploring this ancient city at 3650 meters above sea level.

Immerse yourself in the splendor of Lhasa, where you'll spend two days exploring its iconic sites. Lhasa's treasures await your discovery, from the majestic Potala Palace to the bustling Barkhor Street and sacred Jokhang Temple. Embark on a 260-kilometer journey to Gyantse, a town steeped in history and culture. Discover the Pelkor Chöde Monastery and the impressive Kumbum Stupa, showcasing Tibet's artistic and religious heritage.

The journey continues with a drive from Gyantse to Xegar (also known as New Tingri), offering you more opportunities to soak in the breathtaking landscapes that define Tibet. As your Tibetan adventure draws closer, travel back to the Kerung Border, where you'll bid farewell to Tibet's awe-inspiring vistas.

Your overland expedition ends with a return to Kathmandu, completing the full circle of this remarkable journey.

This overland tour is more than just a trip; it's a transformative experience that takes you through diverse landscapes, cultural wonders, and the spiritual essence of Tibet. From the moment you depart Kathmandu to the final stretch of the return journey, you'll be captivated by the beauty and mystique of this extraordinary part of the world.

How do I get Prepared for this Tibet Overland Tour?

Preparing for a long overland trip like the Tibet Overland Tour requires careful planning and consideration, especially given the high altitude and diverse landscapes you'll be traversing. Here's a comprehensive guide to help you prepare for your journey from Trekking Planner Nepal:

  • Engage in regular physical exercise to improve your stamina and endurance for long drives and walks.
  • Consult a doctor before the trip, especially if you have pre-existing health conditions. Discuss altitude sickness prevention and medications.
  • The high altitudes can lead to Altitude Sickness. Consider arriving a few days early at a nearby location at a lower height to help your body acclimate gradually.
  • Layering is critical, as temperatures vary widely throughout the day.
  • Invest in sturdy, comfortable shoes for walking.
  • Carry a waterproof jacket and pants to stay dry during unexpected showers.
  • Carry prescription medications, altitude sickness remedies, and a basic first-aid kit.
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, and a wide-brimmed hat to shield yourself from intense UV rays.
  • Ensure your passport is valid for at least six months beyond your planned return date.
  • Arrange the necessary travel permits, and keep all documents organized and easily accessible.
  • Obtain travel insurance that covers medical emergencies, trip cancellations, and evacuations, especially in remote areas.
  • Carry a mobile phone with international roaming or a local SIM card. Check coverage in remote areas.
  • A portable charger for your devices, as you can only sometimes access power outlets.
  • Carry enough local currency for expenses in remote areas where ATMs may be scarce.
  • Staying hydrated is essential at high altitudes. Carry a reusable water bottle and drink regularly.
  • Bring energy bars, nuts, and dried fruits to keep your energy levels up during long drives.
  • If you're a photography enthusiast, pack your camera, extra batteries, memory cards, and any necessary equipment.
  • Research local customs and traditions to show respect to the local population. Dress modestly when visiting monasteries and religious sites.
  • Bring books, music, podcasts, or other forms of entertainment to pass the time during long drives.
  • Embrace the journey with an open mind and a positive attitude. Long drives can provide unique opportunities for reflection and bonding with fellow travelers.

By preparing adequately for Tibet Overland Tour, you'll be better equipped to handle the challenges and enjoy the remarkable experiences that await you on this incredible journey.

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What are the Major Attractions on the Tibet Overland Tour?

Here are some of the major attractions you will be observing, and the trekking planner recommends some of the best sites that must be witnessed when going on a trip to Tibet. We have prepared a list for you.

  • Potala Palace (Lhasa): An iconic symbol of Tibet, the Potala Palace was the winter residence of the Dalai Lama. This magnificent palace complex features stunning architecture, intricate murals, and historical artifacts.
  • Jokhang Temple (Lhasa) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most sacred temples in Tibet. Pilgrims from all over Tibet gather here, and its Barkhor Street pilgrimage circuit is a bustling hub of activity.
  • Barkhor Street (Lhasa): The heart of the old city, this ancient market area encircles the Jokhang Temple. It's a vibrant place to witness Tibetan daily life, shop for unique souvenirs, and soak in the spiritual atmosphere.
  • Yamdrok Lake is a stunning turquoise lake surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Its beauty is breathtaking and holds deep spiritual significance for Tibetans.
  • Gyantse Kumbum and Pelkor Chöde Monastery: The Kumbum stupa is a remarkable architectural structure with numerous chapels containing intricate murals. The Pelkor Chöde Monastery also offers insights into Tibet's religious history.
  • Tashilunpo Monastery (Shigatse): One of Tibet's largest and most important monasteries, it houses a towering statue of the Future Buddha. It's also the traditional seat of the Panchen Lama.
  • Tibetan Nomadic Life: Interact with local nomads and gain insights into their traditional way of life, including their unique tents and herding practices.
  • Cultural Festivals and Events: Depending on your visit, you might have the opportunity to witness and participate in traditional Tibetan festivals, adding a vibrant cultural dimension to your tour.
  • Stunning Landscapes: Throughout the journey, you'll be treated to breathtaking vistas of the Tibetan plateau, mountain ranges, high-altitude plains, and dramatic scenery.

Note: Everest Base Camp in Tibet, also known as the North Base Camp or Base Camp of Everest, can be visited at an additional cost of $250–300.

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What is The Best Time to go on an Overland Tour in Tibet?

From years of experience regarding the Tibet overland tour and Trekking Planner Nepal recommends the best time to embark on a Tibet Overland Tour depending on your preferences and the experiences you wish to have during your journey. Tibet's weather and conditions vary significantly throughout the year. The primary tourist season in Tibet is from late spring to early autumn due to more favorable weather conditions.

  • Spring (April to July): Spring is one of the most popular times to visit Tibet. During this period, the weather is relatively mild, and the landscapes are adorned with colorful wildflowers, creating picturesque views. The temperatures are comfortable, and the clear skies provide excellent visibility of the stunning mountain ranges, making it an ideal time for photography. However, remember that some parts of the region might still be chilly due to the high altitude.
  • Autumn (September to October): Another excellent time to visit Tibet is during the autumn months. The weather remains relatively stable, and the skies are often straightforward, offering breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks. The landscapes take on warm hues, creating a picturesque backdrop for your journey. The temperatures are comfortable during the day, but nights can still be chilly at high altitudes.

While these two seasons are generally considered the best times to visit Tibet, preparing for the high-altitude conditions is essential. Altitude sickness can affect some travelers, so acclimatization is crucial. Also, remember that Tibet's weather can be unpredictable, and conditions can change rapidly, especially in higher-altitude regions.

It’s a good idea to consult with a Trekking Planner Nepal tour operator to get detailed, specific advice based on your travel dates, preferences, and any travel restrictions or requirements during your visit.

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What are the Documents Required for Traveling to Tibet?

Traveling to Tibet, particularly overland, requires specific documents and permits due to the region's unique political and cultural situation. Here are the essential documents, permits, and licenses you will need:

  • Chinese Visa for Tibet: Since Tibet is an autonomous region of China, you'll need a valid Chinese tourist visa to enter Tibet. Apply for this visa through the Chinese embassy or consulate in your home country before your trip.
  • Tibet Travel Permit (TTP): This is the primary permit required for entering Tibet. You can only board a flight or train to Tibet with it. However, you can't apply for this permit individually; a registered travel agency usually arranges it as part of your tour package.
  • Aliens' Travel Permit for Tibet (ATP): If you plan to visit areas outside Lhasa, you'll need the Aliens' Travel Permit. This permit is obtained after arriving in Tibet, and Trekking Planner Nepal will handle the application process.
  • Military Permit for Permit: You might need a military permit if your itinerary includes sensitive border areas or certain restricted areas. Trekking Planner Nepal will arrange this if necessary.
  • Group Visa for Tibet: If you're entering Tibet from Nepal, you'll need a group visa instead of an individual Chinese visa. Trekking Planner Nepal arranges this.
  • Passport: Your original passport is required throughout your journey. Ensure it's valid for at least six months beyond your departure date.
  • Tibet Travel Itinerary: Trekking Planner Nepal provides your detailed Tibet travel itinerary, including places you plan to visit, accommodations, and travel dates.
  • Tour Confirmation Letter: This letter, provided by Trekking Planner Nepal, confirms your tour arrangements and helps facilitate the issuance of permits.
  • Additional permits (if applicable): Depending on your itinerary, you might need additional permits, like the Frontier Pass, to visit certain border areas.

Remember that regulations and requirements for travel to Tibet can change, so it's crucial to stay updated and work with a reputable travel agency to guide you through the permit application process and ensure a smooth legal journey. It's also advisable to plan your trip well in advance to allow sufficient time for permit processing.

Trekking Planner Nepal prepares all these necessary documents and permits for Tibet for your trip to make your experience hassle-free.

Note: After coming to Nepal, obtaining all these permits takes at least three days, so we advise you to keep some extra days in Kathmandu to prepare the necessary documents. Original passports are required to complete the documents and travel permits, and e-passports don’t work.

  • Trekking Planner Nepal prepares all the necessary documents for your trip to Tibet after your arrival and submission of passport details.
  • E-passports do not work. A physical original passport is required throughout the trek.
  • You must apply for a form and submit the form to Trekking Planner Nepal.

Currently, the only option to get to Tibet is by car, and the closest destination to go through from Nepal is Kerung, which is around a 5- to 6-hour drive from Kathmandu.

Itinerary
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  • AccommodationHotel
  • Max. Altitude/Time2,700 me/8,900 ft

Note: Travel times can vary based on road conditions, traffic, and other factors.
Morning :

  1. Depart from your accommodation in Kathmandu early in the morning to make the most of the day.
  2. Enjoy breakfast at your accommodation or a local restaurant before starting the journey.

Route:

  1. The route takes you from Kathmandu to the Kerung Border, the Nepal-Tibet border crossing point.

Driving Directions:

  1. Start from Kathmandu and head northwest on the Prithvi Highway (the Tribhuvan Highway).
  2. You'll pass through scenic landscapes, local villages, and towns.
  3. The drive will take you through twists and turns as you navigate the mountain roads.

Lunch:

  1. I plan to have lunch on the way. There are local eateries and roadside restaurants where you can enjoy traditional Nepali cuisine.

Afternoon:

  1. Continue your journey toward the Kerung border.
  2. The road will gradually climb in altitude, and you'll experience changes in scenery and climate.

Arrival at the Kerung Border:

  1. You'll arrive at the Kerung Border, the border crossing point between Nepal and Tibet (China).
  2. Complete the necessary border formalities, including immigration and customs procedures. Make sure you have all the required documents ready.

Evening:

  1. After crossing the border, you might need to continue your journey into Tibet if your destination is beyond the wall.
  2. Check into your accommodation in the Tibetan town of Kerung or continue your journey if you have further travel plans.

Dinner:

  1. Enjoy dinner at your accommodation or a local restaurant in Kerung.
  2. Please note that road conditions and travel times can vary, so it's a good idea to be prepared for unexpected delays. Trekking planner Nepal checks the latest travel advisories, entry requirements, and border regulations before embarking on your journey, as these can change over time.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast

Note: Altitude changes can affect individuals differently. Take precautions to acclimatize and consult with a medical professional if you have concerns about high altitudes.

Morning:

  1. Start your day early to make the most of your travel time.
  2. Have breakfast at your accommodation in Kerung before setting off.

Route:

  1. You'll be traveling from Kerung to Shigatse via Tingri.

Driving Directions:

  1. Leave Kerung and continue along the road that takes you deeper into Tibet.
  2. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Himalayas as you drive through high-altitude landscapes.

Lunch:

  1. Plan to have lunch in Tingri or along the route at a local eatery.

Afternoon:

  1. Continue your journey towards Shigatse.
  2. Traveling through the Tibetan Plateau, you'll experience a unique blend of scenery, including vast plains, rugged mountains, and traditional Tibetan villages.

Arrival in Shigatse:

  1. You'll arrive in Shigatse, the second-largest city in Tibet and an important cultural and administrative center.
  2. Check into your accommodation and freshen up.

Visit Tashilunpo Monastery:

  1. Shigatse is home to the Tashilunpo Monastery, an iconic Tibetan Buddhist monastery founded by the first Dalai Lama.
  2. Spend time exploring the monastery complex, which houses impressive statues, murals, and other religious artifacts.

Evening:

  1. After visiting the monastery, stroll around the city to soak in the local atmosphere.
  2. You can also explore local markets and shops for souvenirs or traditional Tibetan handicrafts.

Dinner:

  1. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant in Shigatse, where you can savor Tibetan cuisine.

Overnight:

  1. Spend the night at your chosen accommodation in Shigatse.

Altitude sickness is a concern when traveling in high-altitude areas like Tibet. Take your time to acclimatize, stay hydrated, and be aware of any symptoms of altitude sickness. It's recommended to consult a medical professional before embarking on journeys to high-altitude regions. Additionally, road conditions and travel times can vary, so be prepared for potential delays and changes in the itinerary.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Max. Altitude/Time3,650 m/ 11,975 ft
  1. Morning sightseeing at the Panchen Lama's Tashilunpo Monastery

Note: Take precautions for high altitudes and adjust your itinerary according to road conditions and travel advisories.
Morning:

  1. Begin your day with breakfast at your accommodation in Shigatse.
  2. Check out and ensure you have all your belongings packed for the onward journey.

Route:

  1. You'll be traveling from Shigatse to Lhasa, the capital of Tibet.

Driving Directions:

  1. Leave Shigatse and follow the road that leads to Lhasa.
  2. Enjoy the stunning scenery as you drive through the Tibetan landscape, passing small villages, monasteries, and valleys.

Visit Sakya Monastery (optional):

  1. Along the route, you can visit the Sakya Monastery, one of the most important monasteries in Tibetan Buddhism. The monastery is known for its unique architecture and historical significance.

Lunch:

  1. Plan to have lunch at a local restaurant or a suitable stop along the way.

Afternoon:

  1. Continue your journey towards Lhasa.
  2. As you approach Lhasa, you'll notice the landscape gradually changing as you enter the city's vicinity.

Arrival in Lhasa:

  1. You'll arrive in Lhasa, the cultural and administrative capital of Tibet.
  2. Check into your accommodation in Lhasa and take some time to relax.

Visit Potala Palace (optional):

  1. If time permits and you have the energy, consider visiting the iconic Potala Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and former residence of the Dalai Lama. The palace offers stunning panoramic views of Lhasa and its surroundings.

Evening:

  1. Take a leisurely walk around the Barkhor Street area, a bustling market area, and a pilgrim circuit around the Jokhang Temple.
  2. Immerse yourself in the local atmosphere and observe the vibrant mix of Tibetan culture.

Dinner:

  1. Enjoy a traditional Tibetan dinner at a local restaurant in Lhasa.

Overnight:

  1. Spend the night at your chosen accommodation in Lhasa.

Please continue monitoring your well-being at high altitudes and following proper acclimatization practices. Monitoring local regulations and any travel advisories affecting your journey is also advisable. Additionally, some attractions might require reservations or specific opening hours, so planning is a good idea.

 

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Max. Altitude/Time3,650 m/ 11,975 ft
  1. Two full days sightseeing tour to Lhasa, including Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Bazaar, and Potala Palace Drepung and Sera.

Monasteries Morning:

  1. Start your day with a hearty breakfast at your accommodation in Lhasa.
  2. Today, you'll explore some of the city's iconic cultural and historical sites.

Visit Jokhang Temple:

  1. Begin by visiting the Jokhang Temple, one of Tibetan Buddhism's most sacred and revered temples.
  2. Take your time to explore the temple's intricate architecture, colorful murals, and religious artifacts.
  3. Join pilgrims as they circumambulate the temple, a unique experience that offers insights into Tibetan religious practices.

Barkhor Street Exploration:

  1. After visiting the Jokhang Temple, explore the bustling Barkhor Street, a vibrant market area that encircles the temple.
  2. This area is known for its traditional shops, local handicrafts, and lively atmosphere.

Lunch:

  1. Enjoy a leisurely lunch at a local restaurant in the Barkhor area.

Afternoon:

  1. In the afternoon, visit the Sera Monastery, one of Tibet's three great Gelug University monasteries.
  2. If you time your visit right, you can witness the fascinating tradition of monks engaging in philosophical debates in the monastery courtyard.

Dinner:

  1. Have dinner at a local eatery in Lhasa, where you can savor more Tibetan cuisine.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Max. Altitude/Time3,650 m/ 11,975 ft

Morning:

  1. Have breakfast and get ready for another day of exploration in Lhasa.

Visit Potala Palace:

  1. Start by visiting the iconic Potala Palace, a symbol of Tibet and its rich cultural heritage.
  2. Explore the palace's various chambers, chapels, and halls, which offer a glimpse into the life and history of the Dalai Lamas.

Lunch:

  1. Enjoy lunch at a nearby restaurant or your accommodation.

Afternoon:

  1. Visit the Norbulingka Palace, the former summer residence of the Dalai Lama.
  2. Wander through the beautifully landscaped gardens and explore the various buildings that make up the palace complex.

Explore the Tibetan Museum (optional):

  1. Consider visiting the Tibet Museum to understand Tibet's history, culture, and art through its exhibits.

Evening:

  1. Spend your evening enjoying a relaxed stroll around Lhasa or doing some last-minute souvenir shopping.

Dinner:

  1. Indulge in a final dinner in Lhasa, perhaps trying out a different restaurant or trying more local delicacies.

Overnight:

  1. Spend your last night in Lhasa reflecting on the rich experiences and sights you've encountered during your stay.

Remember to pace yourself during sightseeing and allow breaks to acclimate to the altitude. Additionally, some attractions might have specific visiting hours or require reservations, so it's wise to plan your itinerary accordingly. Enjoy your exploration of Lhasa!

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Max. Altitude/Time3977m/13048ft

Note: Monitor your well-being at high altitudes and follow proper acclimatization practices.
Morning:

  1. Begin your day with breakfast at your accommodation in Lhasa.
  2. Check out and ensure you have all your belongings packed for the onward journey.

Route:

  1. You'll travel from Lhasa to Gyantse, another important town in Tibet.

Driving Directions:

  1. Leave Lhasa and follow the road that takes you to Gyantse.
  2. As you leave Lhasa, you'll be treated to more picturesque landscapes on the Tibetan plateau.

Visit Yamdrok Lake (optional):

  1. If you have time and the weather is favorable, consider making a detour to visit Yamdrok Lake, one of Tibet's stunning sacred lakes.
  2. The lake's turquoise waters and surrounding mountains create a breathtaking scene.

Lunch:

  1. Plan to have lunch along the route at a suitable stop.

Afternoon:

  1. Continue your journey towards Gyantse.
  2. The road will take you through vast open spaces, allowing you to appreciate the vastness of the Tibetan plateau.

Arrival in Gyantse:

  1. You'll arrive in Gyantse, a historic town known for its well-preserved architecture and cultural heritage.
  2. Check into your accommodation and take some time to relax.

Visit Gyantse Kumbum:

  1. One of the highlights of Gyantse is the Gyantse Kumbum, a unique multi-storied chorten (stupa) known as the "Kumbum of 100,000 Images."
  2. Explore the Kumbum's interior, which features numerous chapels adorned with murals and sculptures.

Evening:

  1. Enjoy a stroll around Gyantse, observing local life and architecture.

Dinner:

  1. Have dinner at a local restaurant in Gyantse, sampling more Tibetan cuisine.

Overnight:

  1. Spend the night at your chosen accommodation in Gyantse.

Please remember that the journey between Lhasa and Gyantse can take some time due to road conditions and altitude considerations. Take breaks as needed, stay hydrated, and continue to acclimate to the altitude. As always, be flexible with your plans, as weather and other factors can impact travel in high-altitude regions.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Max. Altitude/Time4348m/14265ft

After breakfast, drive to Tingri—an optional trip to EBC at an extra cost of $200.
Note: Altitude changes can affect individuals differently. Continue to take precautions at high altitudes and monitor your well-being.
Morning:

  1. Start your day with breakfast at your accommodation in Gyantse.
  2. Make sure you're well-rested and prepared for the journey ahead.

Route:

  1. You'll be traveling from Gyantse to Xegar (New Tingri).

Driving Directions:

  1. Leave Gyantse and continue your journey westward toward Xegar.
  2. The road will take you through varying landscapes, including valleys, plains, and perhaps even glimpses of the Himalayan mountains.

Lunch:

  1. Plan to have lunch at a local eatery or a suitable stop along the route.

Afternoon:

  1. Continue your drive towards Xegar or Tingri.
  2. As you approach Xegar or Tingri, you'll likely start to notice the effects of the higher altitude.

Arrival in Xegar or Tingri:

  1. You'll arrive in Xegar (New Tingri), a town located at a relatively high altitude on the Tibetan Plateau.
  2. Check into your accommodation and take some time to rest and acclimate.

Scenic Views (Optional):

  1. If you have time and energy, consider making a short detour to Rongbuk Monastery, which offers spectacular views of Mount Everest (Chomolungma) and the surrounding peaks.
  2. Keep in mind that road conditions and accessibility to Rongbuk Monastery can vary.

Evening:

  1. Spend your evening relaxing and enjoying the serene atmosphere of Xegar or Tingri.

Dinner:

  1. Have dinner at your accommodation or a local restaurant in Xegar or Tingri.

Overnight:

  1. Spend the night at your chosen accommodation in Xegar or Tingri, preparing for further exploration of the region.

Please remember that the journey to Xegar or Tingri involves higher altitudes, so take it easy and allow yourself time to acclimate. Pay attention to your body's signals and stay hydrated. Additionally, road conditions and travel times can vary, so it's a good idea to be prepared for potential changes in the itinerary.

  • MealsBreakfast
  • Max. Altitude/Time1,350m/4,429ft

Note: Be sure to check border crossing procedures, travel advisories, and road conditions before embarking on this final leg of your journey.
Morning:

  1. Start your day with an early breakfast at your accommodation in Xegar or Tingri.
  2. Check out and ensure all your belongings are adequately packed.

Route:

  1. You'll travel from Xegar or Tingri to the Kerung Border and then back to Kathmandu.

Driving Directions:

  1. Leave Xegar or Tingri and head east towards the Kerung Border.
  2. The road will take you through scenic Tibetan landscapes, and you may even catch more glimpses of the Himalayan mountains.

Crossing the Border:

  1. Reach the Kerung Border, the border crossing point between Tibet (China) and Nepal.
  2. Complete the necessary immigration, customs, and border crossing procedures on both sides.

Lunch:

  1. Depending on the timing of your border crossing and the available facilities, you can have lunch either at the border or on the Nepali side.

Afternoon:

  1. After successfully crossing the border, you'll continue your journey back to Kathmandu.

Route to Kathmandu:

  1. You'll follow the Araniko Highway, which connects the Nepal-China border to Kathmandu.
  2. As you descend in altitude from the border, you'll notice the change in landscape from the high plateaus to the lush valleys of Nepal.

Arrival in Kathmandu:

  1. You'll arrive back in Kathmandu, marking the end of your journey.
  2. Check into your chosen accommodation and rest after the long day of travel.

Evening:

  1. If you have the energy, spend your evening reflecting on an inedible journey and exploring some local areas in Kathmandu.

Dinner:

  1. Enjoy a farewell dinner in Kathmandu, celebrating the successful completion of your cross-border adventure.

Overnight:

  1. Spend your last night in Kathmandu reminiscing about your wonderful experiences during your trip.

Please remember that border crossing procedures, road conditions, and travel times can be subject to change, so it's essential to stay informed and prepared. Also, be mindful of potential fatigue after a long day of travel. Take your time to relax and rest before concluding your journey.

Not satisfied with this regular itinerary? Make your own.

Inclusions
What's Included
  • Kathmandu to Border by tourist bus and border to Lhasa 4WD drive.
  • Tibet special permit
  • Chinese visa
  • An English-speaking Tibetan guide in Tibet with all the entrance fees in Lhasa and en route.
  • First aid kit box.
  • Nepal Trekking Planner’s sleeping bag, down jackets, T-shirt, cap, duffle bags, city and trekking route maps – if necessary.
  • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company).
  • Twin-sharing standard accommodations with breakfast.
What's Excluded
  • The international flight ticket
  • all meals and accommodation in Nepal
  • Lunch and dinner in Tibet tours.
  • Nepal visa fee.
  • Travel and health insurance, insurance for helicopter evacuation.
  • The Tips to the trekking crews and drive.
  • Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather conditions, or any event out of our control.
Departure Dates
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Departure DateDeparture DateDec 09, 2023 Dec 16, 2023Trip StatusTrip StatusAvailablePriceStarting fromUS$1499
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Departure DateDeparture DateDec 23, 2023 Dec 30, 2023Trip StatusTrip StatusAvailablePriceStarting fromUS$1499
Departure DateDeparture DateDec 30, 2023 Jan 06, 2024Trip StatusTrip StatusAvailablePriceStarting fromUS$1499
Essential Info

Note: After coming to Nepal, obtaining all these permits takes at least three days, so we advise you to keep some extra days in Kathmandu to prepare the necessary documents. Original passports are required to complete the documents and travel permits, and e-passports don’t work.

  • Trekking Planner Nepal prepares all the necessary documents for your trip to Tibet after your arrival and submission of passport details.
  • E-passports do not work. A physical original passport is required throughout the trek to prepare the necessary documents and permits for the Tibet tour.
  • You need to apply for a form and submit the form to Trekking Planner Nepal so we can prepare all the necessary documents, permits, and border passes.
  • Currently, the only in-and-out option to Tibet is by driving, and the closest destination to go through from Nepal is Kerung, which is around a 5–6-hour drive from Kathmandu.
  • Currently, flights to Lhasa are not taking place. The only option is to drive in and drive out.

Suggested Equipment List

  • Duffel/Rucksack bag/Suitcase (We provide one complimentary Trekking Planner duffel bag that is to be returned after the trip).
  • Day pack.
  • Trekking shoes.
  • Sports shoes or sandals.
  • Sun Hat/cap.
  • Warm woolen cap.
  • Warm fleece jacket or puffy jacket.
  • Waterproof Gore-Tex layer.
  • Pullover or warm sweeter.
  • Raincoat.
  • 4/5 pairs of good quality socks.
  • Hand gloves.
  • 2/3 pairs of trekking trousers.
  • 3/4 pairs of trekking shirts.
  • 3/4 pairs of underwear (noncotton preferred).
  • Sunglasses.
  • Water bottle.
  • 4-season sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it. It is to be returned after the trip).
  •  Flash or Torch light.
  • Camera and batteries.
Client Reviews
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    Tibet / Katmandu Oct.2014

    Thanks Dipak,
    Dipak and his team did a perfect job!
    I went to KTM and Tibet ,This was a incredible experience! The trip organiser took care of all detail with great care. On the trek my guide was realy friendly and fun . My guide looked after all always, Go to Tibet is not easy ,but of detail and required were coverd By Trekking Planner .Each day of the Tour surprise me with nice places . I can recommend Trekking Planner highly enough and will use them again next time ,now planning Annapurna next Year 2015.Silvina ,Argentina 10/2014

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    silvina fArgentina,Nov 01, 2014
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