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Tibet Overland Tour

The Tibet Overland Tour, also known as the 'Roof of the World Tour' or 'Nepal-Tibet Overland Tour,' is a captivating journey that grants exceptional access to Tibet's stunning landscapes, ancient culture, and sacred monasteries. This tour, synonymous with discovering the hidden gems of the Himalayas, offers travelers a unique opportunity to witness the awe-inspiring beauty and spiritual richness of this mystical region.

Experience the captivating Tibet Overland Tour, a famous journey through Tibet's stunning landscapes, showcasing the Himalayas, ancient monasteries, and historic sites. This adventure takes you through the high Tibetan plateau, including "Tibet Overland Tour: Discover Majestic Landscapes, Ancient Monasteries, and Cultural Riches in Lhasa, Gyantse, and Shigatse" cities like Lhasa, Gyantse, and Shigatse. As you ascend to 3,000 to 5,000 meters, you'll witness breathtaking views of the Gobi desert and towering peaks, including Mt. Everest, at 8,848 meters.

The Tibet-Lhasa Overland Tour offers a perfect blend of relaxation and adventure within a condensed timeframe. Delve into the cultural heritage by exploring age-old monasteries, caves, and historically significant towns like Lhasa. The vibrant cities of Lhasa, Gyantse, and Shigatse open doors to uncovering ancient Buddhist traditions, captivating landscapes, and intricate monastic life.

During the tour, you'll visit iconic sites like Potala Palace, Norbulingka, Drepung Monastery, and Jokhang Temple. Experience Tibetan life at the bustling Barkhor Market in Lhasa. The journey concludes with a seamless transition to Gonggar Airport near Lhasa, allowing you to return to Kathmandu or continue your travels. This Nepal-Tibet Overland Tour combines natural beauty, cultural immersion, and historical exploration.

Tibet Overland Tour

Tibet Overland Tour Highlights and Attractions

Region

Tibet

Duration

8 Days

Starting Price

USD 900.00 Per Person

Group Size

2-15 Pax

Activities

Tour

Transportation

Overland l Plane

Accommodation

Lodge l Hotel

Meal Plan

BB

Max. Altitude

5,200m

Best Season

Spring and Autumn


Trip Itinerary

  • 01 Kathmandu to Kyirong (145km)

    Our team will arrange for your pickup from your hotel in Kathmandu early in the morning. Subsequently, we will embark on a picturesque drive along a scenic mountain road towards the border on the Nepalese side. En route, you will have the opportunity to relish the breathtaking views of cascading waterfalls, meandering rivers, stunning gorges, and lush forests. After this captivating journey, we will reach the border and conclude the day by accommodating you at a Guest House on the Nepal side.

  • 02 Kyirong to Old Tingri (4,350m/230km)

    Embarking from the peaceful Nepalese countryside, our path winds towards the Nepal-Tibet border. Swiftly managed formalities at both Nepalese and Tibetan Immigration will take roughly an hour. The journey then takes an exciting twist as we ascend towards Kyirung, arranging the essential PSP permit along the way. Around midday, after about 40 kilometers, a satisfying lunch break awaits at the Kyirong border. Along this scenic route, you'll catch sight of the alluring Mila Repa cave and its accompanying waterfall. A hike to the cave from the main road takes around half an hour to forty minutes for those interested. Continuing on, we'll conquer the Kyirong Pass towering above 4900 meters, followed by a route along the serene Pekutso Lake on the left and the majestic Shisha Bangma Snow Mountain on the right. Covering roughly 180 kilometers from Kyirong county, the journey concludes in the captivating Old Dingri, treating you to breathtaking nature and grandeur.

  • 03 Old Tingri to Shigatse (3,836m/300km)

    Weather permitting, an exceptional sight of Mount Everest awaits you in Old Tingri, offering a stunning backdrop. Our journey advances along the friendship highway, traversing the renowned Gyatso la, the highest pass towering at 5,200 meters. Along this route, vibrant prayer flags flutter in the breeze, adding to the picturesque landscape. Progressing onward, the road leads us to Shigatse. En route, you will pass through Lhatse County before reaching Shigatse, covering a distance of about 150 kilometers. The path is adorned with charming Tibetan farmers' villages, characterized by their traditional houses adorned with prayer flags atop the rooftops, providing a picturesque glimpse into Tibetan life and culture.

  • 04 Shigatse to Gyantse (3,977m/90km)

    In the morning, following a visit to the Tashi Lumpo Monastery, we will embark on a 2-hour drive to the captivating town of Gyantse. This historical town, brimming with significance, is nestled 264 kilometers southwest of Lhasa, resting on the northern bank of the Nyang Chu River. With roots dating back to the 15th century, Gyantse once stood as the capital of a modest kingdom. A highlight of the visit includes the Kumbum Chorten, a remarkable structure constructed around 1,400 AD. As the day winds down, we will spend the night in Gyantse, indulging in its rich history and cultural charm.

  • 05 Gyantse to Lhasa (3,656m/261km)

    Commencing at approximately 9 am from your hotel, the journey unfolds as we head toward Lhasa. Our route will navigate through three significant mountain passes: Simila, Karo La, and Kampa La. Notably, Karola stands as the loftiest among them, reaching heights exceeding 5,000 meters. This pass treats us to the splendor of its stunning glaciers. En route, a remarkable sight awaits—the exquisite Yamdrok Lake, emerging like a coral-hued gem from the apex of the Kampala pass. A halt for lunch is scheduled in Nakartse country, positioned conveniently between the captivating Yamdrok Lake and the Karola glacier.

  • 06 Lhasa City Tour

    After your morning breakfast, set out on a comprehensive day of exploration. Your schedule encompasses visits to three notable sites:

    • Potala Palace: This iconic palace stands atop a solitary hill and carries deep historical significance for Tibet. Built by Tibet's inaugural ruler, Songtsen Gompa, it stands as a powerful emblem of the region.
    • Ramoche Monastery: Delve into the spiritual atmosphere of the revered Ramoche Monastery, an important religious destination.
    • Norbulingka: Immerse yourself in the splendor of Norbulingka, often referred to as the 'Treasure Park'. Its vast expanse of around 3,600 square meters makes it Tibet's largest human-made garden.

    Upon concluding your sightseeing ventures, you'll be transferred back to your hotel for an overnight stay in Lhasa.

  • 07 Lhasa City Tour

    After your morning breakfast, embark on a full day of sightseeing encompassing three prominent locations:

    • Sera Monastery: Situated 5 kilometers north of Lhasa, Sera Monastery holds an exquisite setting and is among Lhasa's most picturesque monastic sites. In its prime, this monastery accommodated over 5,000 monks before facing a significant decline due to Chinese influence.
    • Jokhang Monastery: Nestled at the heart of Old Lhasa, Jokhang Temple shelters Tibet's most treasured religious relic—an exquisite golden Shakyamuni Buddha. This precious artifact was bestowed as a gift by the Chinese Princess Wen Cheng during her marriage to Tibetan King Songtsen Gompo.
    • Barkhor Market: Explore Barkhor Market, a bustling center with both religious and social importance in Lhasa.

    Upon completing your sightseeing endeavors, you'll be transported back to your hotel for an overnight stay in Lhasa.

  • 08 Fly: Lhasa to Kathmandu

    Following breakfast, you'll be transferred to Gonggar Airport, a journey lasting approximately 2 hours spanning 70 kilometers. Your flight to Kathmandu from Lhasa, likely an Air China flight scheduled around 10:00 AM, promises captivating aerial views. Along the flight path, you'll be treated to breathtaking sights, including the Yarlung Tsangpo River, the picturesque Lake Yamdrok, towering peaks such as Mt. Kanchenjunga (8,586m), Mt. Makalu (8,463m), and, weather permitting, the majestic Mt. Everest (8,848m).

Included in package cost
  • Transportation: Seamless transportation is provided for your entire Tibet tour, ensuring your exploration is hassle-free. This also includes border transfers from Kathmandu to Kyirung, marking the beginning of your adventure. 
  • Best Available Guest House and Hotel Enroute: Experience the charm of the journey with stays at the finest guest houses and hotels en route, all on a Bed and Breakfast (BB) plan for your comfort.
  • Hotel Accommodation in Lhasa: Hotel Accommodation: You'll be provided with a comfortable twin room for 2 nights in Lhasa. The package includes breakfast (BB plan), allowing you to start your day with a refreshing meal.
  • Sightseeing Tour: Immerse yourself in captivating sightseeing tours as per the program, allowing you to witness the most iconic and culturally significant landmarks along your journey.
  • English-Speaking Tibetan Guide: Benefit from the expertise of an English-speaking Tibetan guide who will enhance your experience by providing insights into the local culture, history, and traditions.
  • Monuments and Monasteries Entrance Fees: Gain access to various monuments and monasteries without worry, as all entrance fees are covered, allowing you to fully appreciate the rich heritage of the region.
  • Tibet Travel Permit: Travel confidently with the Tibet Travel Permit, ensuring a smooth and authorized exploration of the region.
  • Airport Transfers: Your journey begins with an airport pickup in Kathmandu, followed by a drop-off at the airport in Lhasa, ensuring a smooth transition between destinations.
Not included in package
  • Lunch and Dinner in Tibet: Please note that lunch and dinner expenses in Tibet are not included in the tour package.
  • Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu: Accommodation in Kathmandu is not covered as part of the tour.
  • Personal Insurance: Personal insurance covering travel, accidents, medical emergencies, evacuation, and lost luggage is not provided in the tour package.
  • Expenses of Personal Nature: Additional expenses for personal activities like drinks, laundry, postage, telephone usage, etc., are not included.
  • Tips and Bonuses: Gratuity for guides, drivers, and service staff, as well as any additional bonuses, are not covered in the package.
  • Airfare: Lhasa to Kathmandu: The airfare for the journey from Lhasa to Kathmandu is not included.
  • Tibet or China Visa Fee: Please be aware that the visa fee for Tibet or China is not part of the tour package.

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Nepal-Tibet Lhasa Overland Tour is a popular trip from Kathmandu, Nepal's capital, to Lhasa, the capital of Tibet in China. It's a chance to see the landscapes, cultures, and traditions of both places. The journey goes by road from Kathmandu to the Tibet border, then through picturesque scenery like valleys and mountains. Travelers can see the Himalayas, including Mount Everest. The tour includes visits to cultural sites like temples and palaces in Nepal and Tibet. However, it's important to know that the journey is at high altitudes, which can cause altitude sickness, so being prepared is crucial.

Nepal-Tibet Lhasa Overland Tour is filled with captivating highlights that showcase the natural beauty, cultural heritage, and unique experiences of both Nepal and Tibet. Some of the major highlights include:

Yes, a permit is required to visit Tibet, including Lhasa and other regions within the Tibet Autonomous Region. This permit is commonly referred to as the "Tibet Travel Permit"; or "Tibet Entry Permit". It is issued by the Tibet Tourism Bureau and is mandatory for all foreign tourists, regardless of whether you are traveling independently or with a tour group.

Tibet Travel Permit is typically arranged by the travel agency or tour operator you are working with, as individual travelers cannot obtain it directly. To apply for the permit, you will need to provide your passport copy and other necessary details to the agency.

The best time to embark on the Nepal Tibet Overland Tour depends on your preferences and the specific experiences you want to enjoy. Generally, the most favorable times are during the spring and autumn months. Here are the details for each season:

Spring (April to June):

The Nepal-Tibet Lhasa Overland Tour can vary in how physically demanding it is, based on factors like the route, duration, and fitness level. Some things to think about:

Yes, we offer the flexibility to customize the Nepal-Tibet Overland Tour itinerary to some extent. Customization allows you to tailor the tour according to your interests, preferences, and available time. Here's how you can go about it:

For the Nepal Tibet Lhasa Overland Tour, you will need several travel documents to ensure a smooth and hassle-free journey. Here is a list of essential documents:

We are dedicated to ensuring an exceptional and unforgettable journey. Ethic Himalaya Treks & Expedition (P) Ltd is committed to providing seamless experiences. Services align with the agreed terms during booking, subject to our policies and Tourism Authority regulations.

By agreeing to the terms, you acknowledge inherent risks and take responsibility for your actions. This adventure demands flexibility as conditions, weather, and unexpected changes can occur. High altitudes require careful acclimatization due to potential risks. Expeditions often venture into remote areas, where emergency services are limited. Evacuations, even by helicopter, might be challenging due to weather.

Please understand that circumstances beyond our control, like government restrictions or weather, may lead to changes. Additional costs resulting from such situations are your responsibility. Comprehensive travel insurance, covering cancellations and more, is essential. Evidence of this insurance is required at the start of the trip. Your safety and satisfaction are our priority, and while challenges may arise, our commitment to an extraordinary journey remains unwavering.

During your Nepal-Tibet Overland Tour, a certified Tibetan Fluent English-speaking city or cultural Tour Guide, endorsed by the Tibet Government, will lead the Nepal-Tibet Lhasa Overland Tour. From the moment you arrive in Kyirong until your departure, this guide will be your dependable companion. His/Her expertise is a cornerstone of your tour's success. Don't hesitate to interact with them for inquiries and, above all, consider their guidance. Your guide's valuable insights contribute significantly to ensuring the excellence of your tour.

Accommodation during the Nepal-Tibet Lhasa Overland Tour can vary based on the specific itinerary, the route taken, and the preferences of the travelers. Here's an overview of the types of accommodations you might encounter:

During the Nepal-Tibet Lhasa Overland Tour, you'll have the opportunity to sample a variety of local cuisines in Tibet. Here's what you can expect regarding food:

We provide a diverse selection of vehicles, ranging from 7 to 23 seats, to cater to various group sizes. Our goal is to ensure that we can accommodate your group comfortably. We carefully allocate enough space for both passengers and luggage, enhancing the overall comfort of your journey. Our team of local drivers boasts considerable experience and is well-versed in the Tibet itinerary and road conditions.

We uphold stringent standards in selecting drivers and vehicles for your safety and peace of mind. Our drivers are chosen based on their extensive driving expertise, and each vehicle undergoes a meticulous assessment process. These stringent criteria guarantees that you can travel in Tibet with confidence, knowing that safety and security are paramount to us.

The Nepal-Tibet travel options include air and land routes, each offering its own unique experience and advantages:

Nepal by Air:

Traveling to Tibet necessitates both a Chinese visa and a Tibet Travel Permit, both of which can be facilitated in Kathmandu with the assistance of a travel company, particularly when entering Tibet via Nepal. It's vital to recognize that a valid Chinese tourist visa is distinct from a Tibet Travel Permit. Even travelers possessing a Chinese tourist visa are mandated to secure a Tibet travel permit. This stipulation remains applicable for foreign travelers journeying to Tibet from mainland China as well.

Acquiring the Tibet Travel Permit involves several prerequisites. These encompass enlisting a guide for the entire trip and arranging private transportation for excursions beyond Lhasa. Ventures outside Lhasa mandate supplementary permits, and these are adeptly organized by the travel company you are journeying with. This comprehensive approach is instrumental in ensuring your smooth and lawful access to Tibet, while guaranteeing a fulfilling and well-structured travel experience.

For your Lhasa tour, it's important to pack a few essential items to ensure your comfort and convenience. Here's a simplified list of equipment to consider:

Clothing:

Your health plays a vital role in ensuring a safe and enjoyable Nepal-Tibet Lhasa Overland Tour. Given the high-altitude environment and potential challenges, it's recommended to consider the following:

At the time of booking, it is imperative to inform the Company in writing about any existing medical conditions, physical challenges, or mental or physical conditions that could impact your fitness to travel. This includes any medical conditions that may arise during the trip. Should you fail to communicate such conditions to the Company and subsequently need to cancel your trip due to these undisclosed conditions, you will be subject to 100% cancellation fees.

We prioritize your safety and comfort and having this information ensures we can make necessary arrangements and recommendations to accommodate your needs appropriately. Your proactive communication is crucial in ensuring a smooth and enjoyable travel experience.

For the safety and well-being of all our travelers, travel insurance is mandatory and must be arranged at the time of booking. Your travel insurance policy should cover the following areas with a recommended minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for each category:

In the event that you encounter any concerns or complaints during your tour, it is imperative that you promptly communicate these issues to both the hotelier and our team on-site. By notifying us during your trip, we are given the opportunity to address and rectify the problem in a timely manner. Failing to alert us at the time of occurrence may not warrant the company's acceptance of liability for any issues that arise after you have returned to your home country.

Should the complaint not find resolution at the moment of occurrence, we kindly request that you provide a written account of the matter within 30 days following the conclusion of your trip. It is crucial to adhere to this timeframe. It's important to note that neglecting to follow this outlined procedure might limit or nullify any entitlement you have to initiate a claim against our company. Your cooperation and adherence to this procedure are greatly appreciated, as they ensure that we can diligently address and resolve any concerns you might encounter during your travel experience.

The cost on our website applies to groups of 6 to 15 people joining the Nepal-Tibet Lhasa Overland Tour. We also offer the option of a private tour if your group size is at least two people. Many clients ask about preferred travel dates. It's important to know that the cost depends on:

The itineraries or programs we provide are subject to potential alterations without prior notice due to circumstances beyond our control, including but not limited to weather-related hazards, landslides, political disturbances, road closures, avalanches, sudden illnesses, and more. Customization of the program is possible based on client interests. In the unfortunate event of trip cancellation due to factors such as war, natural calamities, political instability, adverse climate conditions, etc., Ethic Himalaya Treks & Expedition P. Ltd. would be delighted to offer you an alternative trip of comparable quality. This alternative option will be held for your convenience for up to one year, not exceeding this duration.

To secure your booking for Nepal-Tibet Overland Tour, a non-refundable deposit of USD 500 per person per trip is essential. This deposit ensures the confirmation of your reservation. If you make your booking within 30 days of departure, the full amount is due at the time of booking. You have the flexibility to pay the remaining amount either before your arrival in Nepal or upon your arrival before the trip commences.

The non-refundable deposit must be remitted to our company. In case the deposit amount differs from what is stated in this clause, the company will provide you with the appropriate information at the time of booking.

You have the convenience of making booking deposits through bank transfers or by Credit Card (Visa or MasterCard). Please refer to the details provided on the booking form to ensure accurate payment processing.

For the Nepal-Tibet Lhasa Overland Tour Tour, your final payment can be settled upon your arrival in Nepal. This affords you flexibility and ease in managing your trip costs. Various payment options are available, including bank transfers, travel checks, cash, or Credit Card payments (Visa or MasterCard).

It's important to note that a 4% surcharge applies when using Credit Cards for payment. This surcharge is applicable to all types of payments, encompassing deposits, final balances, trip extensions, and incidental purchases. This policy ensures transparency and convenience in your financial transactions throughout your journey.

Please be aware that we maintain the prerogative to adjust pricing rates when necessary. Such revisions may occur if the prices displayed in our marketing materials and on our website face alterations due to circumstances beyond our control, such as shifts in exchange rates or government-imposed actions. It's important to note that domestic flight fares are particularly susceptible to fluctuations caused by increases in fuel prices.

Rest assured, our commitment to you is to always strive for transparency and to present the most current and accurate pricing in our tours. While external factors can sometimes exert pressure on pricing, we make every effort to minimize such impacts and maintain a fair pricing structure.

Upon payment of your deposit, your trip reservation is confirmed, contingent on settling the balance of fees 90 days before the scheduled trip commencement. If a member decides to cancel participation, the following guidelines will apply:

We retain the right to cancel a trip up to 30 days before the scheduled departure. We also maintain the option to cancel a trip prior to departure if circumstances such as terrorism, natural disasters, political instability, or other external factors render it unfeasible to carry out the planned itinerary. If such a cancellation occurs, you have the choice to transfer the amounts paid to an alternative departure date or receive a complete refund. In cases where external events beyond our control lead to cancellation, refunds will be adjusted to account for any unrecoverable expenses.

It's important to note that we are not accountable for any ancillary expenses you may have incurred due to your booking, including but not limited to visa costs, vaccinations, travel insurance deductibles, or non-refundable flight fares. Please be aware that differing cancellation terms might be applicable to specific trip styles; your booking consultant will provide guidance if such variations exist.

If you wish to make changes to your booking, such as transferring to a different trip or transferring you’re booking to a third party, we require you to notify us a minimum of 30 days before the proposed departure date. A fee of USD 500 per person per change will be applicable, in addition to any charges imposed by hotels, ground operators, or airlines.

Should you notify us of changes less than 30 days before the proposed departure date, the refund policy applicable to cancellations will take effect. Transfers to a third party are permissible only if the transferee meets all the trip requirements, and transfers to another departure are limited to within the current validity period.

For amendments to other arrangements made in conjunction with your trip, an administration fee of USD 300 per booking per change will apply. This fee is separate from any charges levied by hotels, ground operators, or airlines.

Please note that no amendments can be made to your booking within 10 days of departure. This policy ensures effective management of trip arrangements and associated services.

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