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Tibet Overland Tour - 8 Days

Tibet Overland Tour
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Tibet overland tour is a beautiful journey to Tibet. Drive in and fly out tour through a circular route from Kathmandu to Lhasa in the heart of Tibet, offers you some of the most amazing landscapes on Earth creating a real Adventure trip for travelers on a limit of time and Money.

8 days Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland tour via Kerung is one of the popular travel itineraries in Tibet. The approx 1000Km friendship Highway between Lhasa and Kathmandu in Nepal is a classic overland journey and easily the most popular travelers’ route.

The trip starts from Kathmandu and drives through the Rasuwagadi Kerung route (150KM). After finishing the border formalities at Kerung border crossing; you will be met by Tibetan guide and proceed your trip to Tibet officially. The 7 nights 8 days Kathmandu to Lhasa overland Tour goes thorough Tingri county with a wonderful view of Mt. Cho oyu. A drive to Shigatse and visit of impressive Tashilhunpo Monastery and Khumbum and Phalkhor monasteries in Gyantse will take your breath away. From Gyantse you can head straight to the coiling scorpion-lake of Yamdrok-tso.

The Lhasa sightseeing for two days give you another impression of Tibet. There’s enough to see in and around Lhasa; Highlights includes the Potala Palace (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the Jokhang Temple and the Barkhor Pilgrimage circuit. The huge monastic institutions of Drepung and Sera lie on the edge of town.

Day 1
Day 01- Arrival in Kathmandu, Nepal (1400 meters)

Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport after completing your custom formalities Visa, etc. pick up your luggage and look for our airport representative from Himalaya Discovery Adventures, who will display your name on the board at the arrival gate. You will be greeted by our representative and transferred to the hotel by private tourist vehicle. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2
Day 02- Kathmandu (1400m) - Kerung Border (2800m) 185 km. 7 – 8 hours drive

Early in the morning scenic drive to Kerung border Nepal Tibet border through the beautiful Nepalese countryside and after necessary border formalities at Nepali immigration and cross the bridge process for all necessary formalities in Chinese immigration continue to drive to Kerung town. Overnight at Guesthouse.

Day 3
Day 03- Kerung Town (2800m) - Tengri (4,300m) / Lhatse (4,350m) 370 km 5 - 6 hours drive.

After breakfast drive uphill to the height plateau of the world with the typical view of Tibetan landscape offering sheer feeling of standing of the roof of the world from where weather permitting, breathtaking panorama of beautiful Himalayan ranges including Mt. Cho Oyu (8,201m) and Mt.Xishapangma (8,012m) but dwarfed by the vastness of the Tibetan plateau. From Tingri one can enjoy the magnificence of Mt. Everest (8,848m). Overnight at Guesthouse.

Day 4
Day 04- Tengri (4,300m) / Lhatse (4,350m) – Shigatse (3,900m) 235 km / 265 km 5 - 6 hours drive.

After breakfast continue to drive scenic crossing over Gyatchu La(5,220m), the highest pass en route to Lhasa via Lhatse from where a road to Mt.Kailash Bifurcates to the west. Overnight at a hotel.

Day 5
Day 05- Shigatse (3,900m) – Gyantse (3,950m) 90 km 4 - 5 hours drive.

After breakfast morning sightseeing to the Panchen Lama’s Tashilhumpu Monastery. Drive to Gyantse and visit Kumbum Stupa and Phalkhor monastery. Overnight at a hotel.

Day 6
Day 06- Gyantse (3,950m) - Lhasa (3,650m) 261 km 5 - 6 hours drive.

After breakfast full day picturesque drive crossing over Karola(5,010m), Kambala (4,749m), colorful Yamdrok-tso Lake and the Tibetan lifeline river Brahma Putra (Yarlung Tsangpo). Overnight at a hotel.

Day 7
Day 07- Sightseeing in Lhasa (3,600m)

After breakfast Two full days sightseeing tour to Lhasa including Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Bazar, Potala Palace, Drepung and Sera Monasteries.

You experience invaluable insights during your visits to Potala Palace and Drepung Monastery. This 17th century Potala Palace offers an awesome view of entire city and also has private quarters of the Dalai Lama, numerous grand state rooms and chapels. Ancient history has it that Drepung Monastery which was built in 14th century used to shelter around 10,000 monks but as now there has been quite a declination resulting in only few hundreds. Overnight at a hotel.

Day 8
Day 08- Lhasa to Kathmandu.

After breakfast drive to Gonggar Airport or train station for your departure flight to Kathmandu or to your onward destination.

Price Includes

  • Airport pickup and drop by private car / jeep.
  • Three-star accommodation in Lhasa with basic hotel accommodation for rest of the Tibet tour breakfast included. (Mostly twin sharing room)
  • A government licensed English speaking Tibetan guide during the tour.
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine for all staff.
  • Land Cruiser (4WD) and support truck during the Tibet tour.
  • Flight from Lhasa – Kathmandu.
  • Tibet entry permission, Chinese visa, monasteries entry fees etc.
  • Sightseeing and monastery entrance fees as per our itinerary.
  • All Transportation from and to Kathmandu.
  • All government taxes and office expenses.
  • Farewell dinner with culture show.

Price Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner (allow US$ 12 to 20 per person per day).
  • International airfare.
  • Nepal entry visa, you can obtain easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (US$ 25 is required to obtain Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 15 days. Likewise, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days can be obtained by paying US$ 40 Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days can be obtained by paying US$ 100. You will also require 2 passport size photos.)
  • Alcoholic drinks and cold drinks.
  • Personal tour Equipment.
  • Internet, telephone calls, tips for guide, driver and staff.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned in price include section.

Q. Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon my arrival?

A. Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying an Himalaya Discovery Adventures sign board outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by our tourist vehicle.

Q. When is the best time to travel to Nepal?

A. For the trekking regions of the Annapurna, Everest, Langtang, Jumla Rara Lake, Makalu, Kanchenjunga and Manaslu we recommend the periods February to May and September to December as the best time for travelling.

  •  For trekking in Mustang or Dolpo region we recommend May to September.
  • The Poon hill  trek  in the Annapurna region takes place throughout the entire year.
  • Cultural tours takes place throughout the entire year. For the best mountain views the periods February to May and September to December are recommended.

Q. How is the climate (temperatures) during the seasons?

A. Winter – January and February. Pleasant temperatures. The nights, mornings and evenings can, however, be quite cold (approx. 0°C – 5°C. Throughout the day, it is mostly sunny with cooler temperatures (approx. 18°C – 20°C).

Spring – March to May. Hot and dry pre-monsoon season (approx. 25°C – 30°C during the day, and approx. 7°C – 20°C at night). May is the hottest month in the lowlands. June is the hottest month in the mountains.

Summer – Monsoon from June to August (approx. 28°C – 30°C during the day, and approx. 20°C at night). Strong rainfall, continuous sultriness and high humidity.

Early autumn – From September the monsoon season is constantly interrupted by periods with only a slight rainfall. Towards the end of August the pauses in rainfall become more frequent and longer.

Late autumn – Post-monsoon season from October to December. The nights, mornings and evenings can be relatively cool (approx. 5°C – 10°C). During the day the sun shines and it is warm (approx. 20°C – 27°C).

Q. Where can I change money?

A. Any cash you have taken with you can be exchanged into Nepalese rupees at the banks, large hotels and the numerous bureau de changes.

Q. Can I use my mobile phone in Nepal?

A. The network coverage is meanwhile quite good in the Kathmandu Valley, Pokhara and other parts of the Terai (in the rural areas it is very unpredictable).

Basically, foreign SIM cards (providers having international roaming contracts with Nepal) can also be used. However, it is cheaper to buy a local SIM card (Mero Mobile, NTC (GSM) – for approx. NPR 500 or more) and top this up.

Q. Can I use the tap water for drinking and brushing teeth?

A. Tap water is not suitable for drinking in Nepal and it should not be used for cleaning your teeth, either. As there is often a scarcity of water in the countryside, water should be used very sparingly.

Q. What should I concern during my stay in Nepal?

A. Nepali people are very kind and friendly, but there are some things that you should be aware of:

  • Do not take photos of anyone without their permission; always ask permission first!
  • Do not wear hot pants/short paints or stylish clothes in the remote area! (shoulders and legs should be covered)
  • Do not wear hats or caps when you enter a chapel!
  • Do not touch Buddha statues or ritual offerings inside of a monastery!
  • Do not kiss or hug in public places, especially in monasteries!
  • Do not step across someone’s feet, cups or cooking gears!

Q. What documents do I need to visit Nepal?

A. A tourist visa is required for entering Nepal. The tourist visa can be applied for, for different lengths of stay. A visa is required for children under 10 years but no fee is charged. The entry to Nepal must take place within 6 months of issuing the visa.

Q. How much does the Visa for Nepal cost?

A. The fees for the tourist visa (fees valid since 16.07.2008) are staggered as follows:

  • 15 days (several entries possible)  $ 25 (approx. EUR 20.00)
  • 30 days (several entries possible)  $ 40 (approx. EUR 35.00)
  • 90 days (several entries possible)  $ 100 (approx. EUR 85.00)

An extension of the visa to a maximum of 150 days is possible (per year – January to December). The extension must be made at the Immigration Office in Kathmandu. A fee of $ 2.00 is charged in Nepalese rupees (NPR) per day of extension.

Q. Can I find a hospital with western doctors?

A. CIWEC Clinic with western doctors is located in Lazimpat, Kathmandu, Tel. +977 1 442 4111, info@ciwec-clinic.com.

Q. Do I need an international health and travel insurance?

A. It is recommended taking out a travel and health insurance covering the following risks:- Emergency and personal accident transport/emergency evacuation (helicopter rescue, rescue costs in a case of illness or accident), medical and personal accident risks, repatriation, tour cancellation, damages and theft of baggage.

Q. What happens in bad weather periods?

A. There is virtually always a possibility of a flight delay or postponement owing to highly unpredictable weather conditions that may occur in Himalayan regions, in particular, in the Everest region (Lukla), Jomsom, Dolpo, Simikot and the Jumla region, etc.

When trekking in remote areas or those described above, and especially outside the trekking season, the clients are strongly advised to reserve extra days for making  allowance for possible delays, and thereby avoid any frustrating consequences. In the case of a delayed flight prior to commencing the tour, or at the end of the tour, the participants shall pay for their own accommodation, food costs, etc.

Q. Where can I store my unneeded luggage during trekking?

A. As a rule there is the possibility before commencing the trek, of depositing part of the baggage in the hotel in Kathmandu or in Pokhara.

Q. What kind of meals I can have during the trekking?

A. All Meals on full board basis will be provided during trekking. Freshly cooked food is served at all times (western, continental and Nepalese, Chinese, Indian and Tibetan meals are available in all places).

Q. Is there any communication while we are on trekking?

A. There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides are equipped with the local mobile phone. You may wish to pass the number of our guide to your family for the callback or you can make a call from the guide’s mobile and pay him directly for the international call too.

Q. Can I re-charge camera batteries along the trek?

A. Yes, Most of the places, you can charge batteries along the trek (per hour USD 2 – 3 for charging).

Q. What kinds of banking facilities in Nepal?

A. Nepal has modern banking facilities and some international banks even have offices in Kathmandu. Almost all foreign currencies along with credit cards such as American Express, Visa, and Master card are accepted in Nepal. Nepal has also ATM facilities as well.

The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. This itinerary can be customized according to the duration of your holiday. We have many options for shorter visits based on your interests and budget.

On an adventure trip of this type, weather, political strikes, transport or a multitude of other factors beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is however very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.

Special Note: The price of the trip will be adjusted according to the group size and the customization.

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Price From USD$1,475 USD$1,293/person
1,293
Total $ 1,293 USD

Trip Facts

  • 8 Days
  • Moderate
  • Min. 2 to Max.12 Persons
  • March, April, May, June, July, August, September and October
  • 5220 M
  • The price of the trip will be adjusted according to the group size and the customization.

MD & Trip Planner