Tibet Overland Tour

"The Tibet Overland Tour is the most popular tour in Tibet. In this trip, you will get a chance to explore Nepal and “The Roof of the World"
Good to Know
  • Duration 12 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Max. Altitude 5010m
  • Group Size 2+
  • Trip Starts Kathmandu
  • Trip Ends Kathmandu
  • Group Style Group and Private
  • Activities Tibet Tours
  • Best Season March to November

Introduction: Tibet Overland Tour

Tibet is the highest region on the earth, with an average elevation of 4,900 meters. Its capital Lhasa is the site of Potala Palace. Although Tibet is part of China, it has its distinct culture.

Tibet Overland Tour starts from Kathmandu. Here in Kathmandu, you will visit several UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Nepal: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, and Boudhanath. After a full day of sightseeing in Kathmandu, our representative will transfer you to Nepal – the China border and introduce you to our Tibetan guide. The drive to the border is through scenic countryside with nice views of the Himalayan Mountains.

After the completion of all immigration formalities, the actual Tour to Tibet starts. In our Tibet Overland Tour, you will enjoy sightseeing in Lhasa. Potala Palace is the highest ancient palace in the world. Norbulingka palace is the largest man-made garden in Tibet.

Drepung Monastery is the largest of all Tibetan monasteries. Sera Monastery is located at the foot of Tatipu Hill. Jokhang temple is the most celebrated temple in Tibet because the temple is not controlled by any particular sect of Tibetan Buddhism. You can also browse Tibetan Barkhor Street in Lhasa. It is a magical place full of exotic and religious items. This tour can be any time of the year. However, March to November is the best time to go.

Along with tours in Nepal, Trekking Planner also organizes Tibet overland tours. We will provide all the necessary information for visiting Tibet and suggest the main places to visit in Tibet as per your interest. Feel free to contact us for your hassle-free and memorable holiday in Tibet and Nepal.

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    Upon arrival, you will be picked up at the International Airport in Kathmandu and transferred to the hotel by our driver. After refreshments, you have a free afternoon to explore the town. Later on this evening, you will be picked up from your hotel for a cultural dinner. Stay overnight at the hotel.

      Today you have a full day of guided sightseeing tours to the Buddhist and Hindu sights in Kathmandu: first Durbar Square, then a visit to “Swyambhunath” a Holy site for Hinduism and Buddhism. It is also known as “the monkey temple” due to a large number of holy monkeys living in the north-west part of the temple.

      Next, you will be taken to “Pashupatinath, a sacred Hindu temple situated on the bank of the Bagmati River. You will then be driven to “Boddhanath Stupa” one of the biggest and oldest stupas in the world.

      Later in the afternoon, there will be a pre-trip meeting with our representative in your hotel, and we will brief you regarding the Tibet Tour as well as providing you the opportunity to ask any questions of the upcoming trip. Second overnight in Kathmandu.

        In the early morning, you will be picked up from your hotel and driven to Kodari at the border. We will stop for Breakfast somewhere on the way.

        After completing Nepali emigration and customs formalities, we drive uphill to the Zhangmu immigration post. After completing customs formalities, we drive to Nyalam. Stay overnight at hotel.

          From Nyalam, the road follows the Bhote Koshi River in the deep valley with plenty of Waterfalls. After 1.5 hrs, our drive brings us to the Nylam Pass (3800m) with the Jugal Himala in view. Driving further past Lalungla (5050m), we will see Mt. Dorje Lakpa (6980m), Mt. Makalu (8464m), Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Lhotse (8516m) & Mt. Shigatse.

            Today after breakfast you will start your drive with nice views of the mountains, until we stop at Shigatse, and visit famous Tashilunpo, a small but very nice and historical town which is located on the northern bank of the Nyang Chu River. Stay overnight at the hotel.

              After a wonderful visit at the Tashilunpo Monastery in Shigatse, we drive to Gyantse, passing through several towns. Gyantse is a small but very nice historical town which is located on the northern bank of Nyang Chu River. Stay overnight at the hotel.

                Today after an 8-hour drive, we reach the Lhasa crossing, the Karolap Pass (5010m) and Kambala Pass (4794m). Today you will have a nice view of the Turquoise Lake and Brahmaputra River. After reaching Lhasa we will check into the hotel. Your guide will ask you about your onward flight ticket for reconfirmation. Stay overnight at the hotel.

                      After your wonderful visit to Tibet, today after breakfast at the hotel you will transfer to the Gonggar Airport and fly back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport you will be picked up by our driver and driven to the hotel.

                        Today you will have free time to further explore the city and surrounding area.

                          Today you will transfer to the Kathmandu International Airport for your flight, or perhaps join us for your next trip.

                          Not satisfied with this regular itinerary? Make your own.

                          What's Included
                          • All airport Pick up drops by private vehicle.
                          • 04-night twin/double shearing accommodation on BB in Kathmandu.
                          • Guided sightseeing tours in Kathmandu with private vehicle and necessary entrance fee.
                          • Kathmandu to Border by tourist bus and border to Lhasa 4WD drive.
                          • Tibet special permit and visa and an English-speaking Tibetan guide in Tibet with all the entrance fees in Lhasa and en-route.
                          • Welcome dinner in Authentic Restaurant.
                          • 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).
                          • 04 nights stander accommodation en route to Lhasa and 03 nights twin share accommodation on BB in Lhasa.
                          What's Excluded
                          • The international flight ticket with airport departure tax.
                          • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Tibet tours.
                          • Nepal re-entry 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.
                          Essential Info

                          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.

                          Additional Informations

                          Permits that are required in Tibet

                          • Tibet travel permit

                          Visiting Lhasa, Shigatse, Lake Namtso, and places around this region require a Tibet travel permit.

                          • Aliens travel permit

                          To visit the base camp of Everest and the place called Nyingchi, travelers need an alien travel permit, and a Tibetan guide is compulsory, which will be arranged by the travel agency.

                          • Military area permit

                          For visiting restricted areas, a military permit is required for places like Nang country, Naidong, Gajah, Shannan, Bome, and Rawu (Rakwa Tso) a military permit is required.

                          Note that some locations are restricted and cannot be visited in Tibet, like Nanyi Valley, Yatung (Yadong), the Brahmaputra Grand Canyon, Tsonag Chamdo, tombs of the Tibetan kings, and Shanan Lhamo Lhatso.

                          Note - Tibet cannot be visited at the Tibetan New Year, known as Lhosar in Nepal. During this period, Tibet was closed to the outside world as this was the time when the country was celebrating. Still, it opened back up again after the new year.

                          Things Not To Do In Tibet

                          • Don't take photos of the locals without their permission.
                          • Don't take any photos inside the monasteries.
                          • Don't take pictures with yaks and Tibetan mastiffs as an attraction.
                          • Don't wear hats and sunglasses while entering the monasteries.
                          • Don't touch the sculptures and statues of Buddha or any other gurus.
                          • Don't wear short clothes while visiting holy areas.
                          • Don't touch and don't place your foot in the mani stone.
                          • Don't touch any Tibetan civilian heads.
                          • Don't carry any books.
                          • Don't carry any statutes.

                          Things To Avoid At The Tibet Border

                          • Transporting or organizing trips and people without valid border passes or approval from the relevant areas.
                          • Surveying and mapping equipment.
                          • Mining, logging and blasting equipment.
                          • Scientific investigations and mountaineering.
                          • Carrying traditional books, even books related to Tibet or any religion.
                          • Audiovisual books related to religion.
                          • Don't carry any statues.
                          • Don't carry any pictures.
                          • Photos and videos on your phone that are offensive or related to religion.

                          People With These Things Cannot Travel To Tibet

                          • Travelers with poor health conditions cannot travel to Tibet.
                          • Pregnant women are advised not to visit Tibet.
                          • People without travel permits cannot travel to Tibet.
                          • Tibet cannot be traveled solo. A guide or small group of an agency is required.
                          • Journalists who intend to do journalism in Tibet must ask for permission.
                          • Diplomats cannot travel to Tibet.
                          • Indian passport holders cannot travel to Tibet.
                          • People without a detailed travel itinerary is required to visit Tibet.
                          • Tibet travel cannot be done independently.
                          Client Reviews
                          • rating star

                            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

                            silvina fArgentina,Nov 01, 2014
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