Kathmandu Lhasa Overland Tour

Kathmandu Lhasa Overland Tour

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An utterly amazing week of high altitude overland travel is in store for you on this tour. The 900- kilometer journey between Kathmandu and Lhasa is rightly considered to be an incredible Trans-Himalayan adventure - a more dramatic journey between such startlingly contrasting cultures and climates is impossible to imagine. En-route you will drive through vast, stunning desert landscape where roads disappear into the horizon. You will encounter nomadic life, pass magnificent monasteries and experience Tibetan culture and history.

The Kathmandu Lhasa group tour is one of the most affordable trips as well that begins in Kathmandu and ends in Lhasa driving along the Friendship Highway through some of the most stunning landscapes on the Planet. Your journey will pass small Tibetan settlements, nomadic herdsmen wandering across the wide arid plains and awe-inspiring mountain peaks. Similarly it is a fascinating of the wealth of cultural interest and you will have plenty of opportunity to discover this side of Tibet, both in Lhasa and the other towns including Shigantse where you pass through on your journey from Kathmandu.

For Kathmandu Lhasa group tour, all travelers need to arrive in Kathmandu at least two days before the trip departure. We will handle all visa and travel permits of your trip as it requires Group Visa.

Trip Facts:

Country: Tibet
Accommodation : Hotel / Tea House
Max Altitude: 4350 M
Group Size: 01 - 12
Trip Duration: 12 Days
Best Season: Mar - May | Sep - Dec
Trip Grade: Moderate
Transport: Drive in - Fly Out

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu, O/N at Hotel on BB Basis(Kathmandu).
  • Day 02: Kathmandu Sight Seeing Tour, O/N at Hotel with BB Plan.
  • Day 03: Visa and Trip Preperation Day, O/N at Hotel with BB Plan.
  • Day 04: Drive Kathmandu to Nyalam (3600m, 133km), 4/5 Hrs, O/N at Hotel.
  • Day 05: Drive Nyalam to Tingri (4350m 244km), 6/7 Hrs, O/N at Guesthoues.
  • Day 06: Drive Tingri to Shigatse (3900m, 245km), 6/7 Hrs, O/N at Guesthouse.
  • Day 07: Drive Shigatse to Gyantse (3950m, 90 km), 5/6 Hrs, O/N at Hotel.
  • Day 08: Drive Gyantse to Lhasa (3680m, 265km), 7/8 Hrs, O/N at Hotel.
  • Day 09: Sightseeing In Lhasa (3680m), O/N at Hotel.
  • Day 10: Sightseeing in Lhasa (3680m), O/N at Hotel.
  • Day 11: Fly Back to Nepal, 1 Hrs, O/N at Hotel with BB Plan.
  • Day 12: Transfer to Airport for your final departure.
  • [NOTE: The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. The trek can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.]
  • Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu, O/N at Hotel on BB Basis(Kathmandu).
    Welcome to Himalayan country of Nepal. Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan intl. airport Global Holidays Adventure representative welcomes you and assists to transfer in your hotel in Kathmandu. After time to get refreshed, evening you'll meet and transfer for welcome dinner in one of the typical Nepalese restaurant in the heart of Kathmandu and briefing about your trip.
  • Day 02: Kathmandu Sight Seeing Tour, O/N at Hotel with BB Plan.
    Today after breakfast you will start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites; including the, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' Swayambunath and Buddhists shrine of Bouddhanath which is one of the largest Stupas in the world and Mediavel city Patan.
  • Day 03: Visa and Trip Preperation Day, O/N at Hotel with BB Plan.
    Today, This is day for Visa preperation. Normally it will take two and half days for Urgent visa. Top urgent visa we can take with in one days but it will be little expensive. Today is your trip preperation day.
  • Day 04: Drive Kathmandu to Nyalam(3600m, 133km), 4/5 Hrs, O/N at Hotel.
    The trip commences from Thamel around 6 AM, driving along the Arniko Highway enjoying the beautiful Nepalese countryside to Kodari on the Nepal Tibet border. After completing the necessary border formalities at the both the Nepalese and Tibetan sides you will change your vehicle and start the two hours adventurous uphill drive to Nyalam.
  • Day 05: Drive Nyalam to Tingri(4350m 244km), 6/7 Hrs, O/N at Guesthoues.
    After breakfast at guesthouse the exciting day starts with an adventure drive through lush, green lower hills into the dry, arid landscape of the Tibetan Plateau. The drive crosses several high passes including the Lalung La 5050m from where you can have a breathtaking panorama of the Himalayan range including Mt Everest - a fitting backdrop to the vastness of the Tibetan Plateau.
  • Day 06: Drive Tingri to Shigatse(3900m, 245km), 6/7 Hrs, O/N at Guesthouse.
    After breakfast you will continue your adventure drive passing by lonely monasteries and the camps of Nomadic herders. The drive crosses the highest pass of your journey, the Gyamtso La 5220m before descending once more to the barren splendor of the plains. Overnight at hotel in Shigatse – the second largest city of Tibet
  • Day 07: Drive Shigatse to Gyantse(3950m, 90 km), 5/6 Hrs, O/N at Hotel.
    Today will have a great chance to visit stunning Tashilungpo Monastery, one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet, just before short and scenic drive to Gyantse - another historical city in Tibet. In Gyantse, you will visit the Pelkor Chode Monastery and the Gyantse Kumbum. Kumbum is a large gold-domed stupa. It is famous for its many chapels house an impressive array of Tibetan Buddhist murals.
  • Day 08: Drive Gyantse to Lhasa (3680m, 265km), 7/8 Hrs, O/N at Hotel.
    After breakfast, start a long drive crossing the Karo La pass 5045m, from where your are treated to the awesome sight of a huge glacier tumbling down to within a few hundred meters of the road. The road follows the bank of a beautiful turquoise lake; the Yamdrok-tso, for about 20 Km. The trip crosses the Khamba La 4794m, and continues on to Lhasa the capital of Tibet.
  • Day 09: Sightseeing In Lhasa (3680m), O/N at Hotel.
    After breakfast in the morning, you will have an easy visit to Jokhang temple. This temple is the most revered shrine in all of Tibet and is constantly bustling with devout worshippers. After lunch in the afternoon, you will visit Sera Monastery, a fifteenth century sprawl of golden roofs and whitewashed walls. The well preserved monastery is located just a few miles North of Lhasa and is home to several hundred monks.
  • Day 10: Sightseeing in Lhasa(3680m), O/N at Hotel.
    After breakfast, group will be led by Tibetan guide to visit the vital Potala Palace. The palace is Lhasa's cardinal landmark and is a wonder of Eastern architecture. Your first site of this massive structure will be a magical moment remembered for years to come. It has been a palace since the fifth or sixth century and was once home to the Dalai Lama. In the afternoon you will visit to the Drepung Monastery. Once the world's largest monastery, home to 10,000 monks, Drepung monastery situated hidden in rocky ridges just beyond the city.
  • Day 11: Fly Back to Nepal, 1 Hrs, O/N at Hotel with BB Plan.
    Today, This is your last moment Tibet, after breakfast you will drive 2 hours to Gonggar Airport, then you will have 1 hour wonderful flight to Kathmandu. Evening its time for shopping soviniours for your friends, Relatives and Fimalies.
  • Day 12: Transfer to Airport for your final departure.
    Global Holidays Representative will transfer you to the Airport for your Final Departure.
  • [NOTE: The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. The trek can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.]
“So What you are Paying For?”
What you are paying for, we would like to explain to you. We are a local company providing world-wide travelers with internationally qualified services. We provide you with the lowest cost possible for fully inclusive trips that have no hidden fees. We guarantee your safety, satisfaction, and long-lasting memories of your experience of Nepal and Tibet Journey.

Cost Include

  • International & domestic airport transfers as per the itinerary.
  • Hotel in Kathmandu with BB Plan.
  • Internal transport and flight within your Nepal staying as per the itinerary.
  • 3 meals a day during the tour Period (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) as indicated by the itinerary.
  • Accommodation while trekking in twin sharing basis tents or local lodges / guesthouses.
  • Temple and monasteries Entry Permit Fees.
  • Professional Tibetan English speaking tour leader, guide.
  • Sleeping Bag and Duffel bag for during Trekking period.
  • A comprehensive medical kit.
  • All government and local taxes.

Cost Exclude

  • International air fare to/ from Nepal.
  • Entry Visa fees - at present $25 for 15 day, US$ 40 for 30 day, and US$ 100 for three month visa on entry into Nepal.
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Tips and gratitude provided to staff.
  • Bar bills and Personal Expenses.
About Tibet:
Tibet Autonomous Region is located in the southwest of China, with a land area of 1.22 million square kilometers (the second largest region of China). Behind the world's highest mountain range is the mystical land, Tibet. The word ‘Tibet' means heaven, which is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Trivistapa'. Tibet's average heights of over 4,000 m, makes it the world's highest plateau, crowning it as the ‘Roof of the World'.

What is Tibet known for?
Tibet is home to some of the world's tallest mountains, several of them making it to the top ten lists. Furthermore, some of the major rivers of Asia have their source in the Tibetan plateau. With its vast grasslands, high mountains and alpine lakes, Tibet is surely a dream destination for tourists, climbers, trekkers and for adventure travelers.

How can I get Tibet Visa ?
Now individual travellers are allowed into the Autonomous Region of Tibet. The Chinese Embassy will issue the visas. Visas can be arranged from Kathmandu (Global Holidays Adventure Pvt. Ltd) easily and we can help you. It is necessary to obtain a travel permit for travel in Tibet. Please carry some passport size photographs plus smaller denomination of US dollars cash for the completions of visa formalities.

This is to notify you for change in the rule of visa applying through chinese embassy for this year 2013 than of previous year. Unlike previous year there won’t be same day visa and visa for individual traveler. We can get visa on normal policy receiving on 4th morning of the applied day; semi-urgent policy receiving on 3rd morning of applied day; and top-urgent policy receiving on 2nd morning of applied day. In case of any emergency to get visa on same day we can manage but you have to pay additional service charge for the emergency assist depending in the situation and feasibility.

Visa Price:
Nationality Normal Semi-Urgent Top-Urgent USA US $ 140 :Us $ 155 Us $ 175 Other Nationality US $50 Us $ 65 Us $ 85 Nepalese Nrs. $2250 Nrs. 3550 Nrs.4000

Visa Day Days Collect Visa Application Distribute Visa
Opening Time Closing Time Opening Time Closing Time Monday-Friday 9:00 AM 2:00 PM 10:00 AM 4:00 AM

By Road: There are five main highways in Tibet, namely:
Sichuan-Tibet Highway – it runs between Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan Province, and Lhasa. Qinghai-Tibet Highway – it runs between Xining, the capital city of Qinghai, to Lhasa. Yunnan-Tibet Highway – it runs between Yunnan province and Tibet. Xinjiang-Tibet Highway – it runs across boundless deserts, lofty and steep peaks. The China-Nepal Highway – it is the only international highway in Tibet By Air: Flying to Lhasa always requires a stopover in either China or Nepal. Lhasa Gonggar Airport is located about 98 kilometers (about 61 miles) to the south of Lhasa City. The only international flight to and from Tibet is between Lhasa and Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. By Rail: The Gormo to Lhasa railway stretches for 1,142 kilometers (710 miles) and serves as a link between mainland China and Tibet.

Do you have Airport pickup facilities?
Definitely!Global Holidays Adventure Pvt. Ltd provides airport pick up facilities for those customers who have booked private tour for any of our packages. We don't charge any money for the service. But, we won't be able to provide the service for those who wish to join a group. They have to pay extra charge if they want us to arrange the pick-up and drop services.

Can I organize a Tibet visa myself? Can I travel alone in Tibet?
Unfortunately, due to China's very strict tourism policy for Tibet, it is not possible for you to get a visa by yourself and it is not possible to travel Tibet on your own. As an authorized travel company, Global Holidays Adventure Will organize everything; visa, permit to enter and all other paperwork.

So, what red tape do I need to wade through for a Tibet trip?
The red tape for Tibet trips is a pain, no doubt about that. But, it's a pain that we're very used to dealing with. Just get a photocopy of your passport to us three weeks before your arrival and we can sort out the rest.

When is the best time to visit Tibet?
The Tibetan climate is not as harsh as many people imagine it to be. Tibet's climate is favorable to travel from April to the beginning of November, and most ideal in August and September. However, Lhasa's climate is more clement than the rest of Tibet, and is suitable to travel year-round. The sun radiation in Tibet is extremely strong. It's not for nothing that Lhasa is called the Sunlight City. The months of May, June and September are the primary tourist season in eastern Tibet.

What do you suggest to include in clothing list if we travel to Tibet?
We suggest traveler to include casual attire and layered clothing in their packing list. In the day time you may need just T-shirt or cotton shirt (short and long sleeved). Usually a jacket also, but at night you may need a coat because temperature decreases dramatically. Down coat will be very effective if you wish to go further than Lhasa and Shigatse to the remote areas like the Mount Everest Camp or further to Mt.Kailash. Sun glasses, sun blocking cream and lip protector, moisture cream, warm cotton trousers, thermal underwear (top and bottom), warm woolen hat and gloves , sandals , towel , sleeping bag (for camping/trekking) , rain jacket , camera will be very helpful if you include them in your packing list.

What currency do I have to use in Tibet?
The unit of currency is Chinese Yuan. The Bank of China can exchange all foreign currencies. The banks in Tibet/China are closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Travelers Cheques and credit cards are very difficult to be cashed outside the banks especially outside Lhasa.

Are there ATMs counters in Tibet?
ATM facilities are easily available in Lhasa and Shigatse; however, it may be difficult to find one in other smaller towns or in remote places.

What kinds of vehicles are available for getting around Tibet?
In Lhasa, there are many options for getting around, such as taxis, busses, minibuses, pedicabs and jeeps. There are also cars and bikes for rent. In more remote areas, the road conditions are not very well developed, making traveling by taxi and bus difficult if not impossible. In such cases, minibuses and jeeps are the only option.

How bad is Altitude Sickness in Tibet, and what can I do to avoid, or treat it?
Known as the Roof of the World, Tibet is one of the highest places on earth. Due to Tibet's high altitudes, many visitors from low-altitude areas may suffer from altitude sickness. Most people suffer minor effects of altitude sickness only, which include headache, loss of appetite, and a tendency to have no energy until their bodies adjust to the high terrain. This adjustment can take anywhere from a few hours, and in rare cases, a few days. If visitors do some simple preparations before going to Tibet, most of the symptoms of altitude sickness can be avoided. Being healthy and in good shape before you arrive in Tibet will help greatly. It is also recommended that you talk to your local physician about AMS pills to help combat altitude sickness. Once arriving in Tibet, walk slowly and take deep breaths. Your tour guide will be there to offer help and suggestions

What vaccination is recommended to Tibet traveler?
Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Hepatitis B are some of the vaccines advised to all travelers who are planning to visit Tibet. Yellow fever vaccines are recommended for those who are coming from Yellow-fever-infected country like Africa or the Americas otherwise it isn’t required or recommended. But the best would be if you consult your doctor or physician prior planning your tour.

Will there be problems with the language barrier?
Visitors to Tibet do not need to worry about the language barrier at all. Each visitor will have an English-speaking tour guide, and most of the front desk staffs in the big hotels can communicate in English. The main languages used in Tibet are Chinese, Tibetan, English and Nepali. If you are a solo traveler, you will get pretty more people who can speak these languages in Tibet's most popular tourist spots.

What is the electricity supply in Tibet and what plugs are used?

Generally, the electricity supply in Tibet is 220V, 50HZ. If you have a plan in future to travel in Tibet and wish to bring some electrical devices with you for basic use then keep in mind that transformer is very essential. Tibet hotels bathrooms have the access of 220V and 110V electrical devices power. But, in the guest room normally only 220V electrical sockets are available.

Is there internet access in Tibet for foreign traveler?
Definitely there is internet access for foreign traveler in Tibet but only on limited areas like Lhasa, Shigatse, Gyantse and Tsedang where some café provides internet facilities. In addition, hotels in some city like Lhasa and Shigatse also provide internet facility to their customers.

What type and standard of accommodation will I encounter?
In most of the cities and towns, hotels and guest houses are available. Lhasa accommodation ranges from the simple guest houses to five star hotels. Shigatse, Gyantse and Tsedang offers up to three star hotels. Moreover, now few government alliance classical grand hotels are also being operated in the big cities. While in other smaller or remote areas, accommodation is available mainly in guest houses and they are very simple.

Are the streets in Tibet safe?
Generally, it is quiet safe in Tibet. Almost all Tibetans are devout Buddhists who believe that good deeds will gain advantages in their next lives and crimes are also very rare in this region. But tourists need pay attention to dogs that are free to move everywhere. So you need to take care while you are travelling alone in the night time. We strongly recommend foreign traveler not to walk in the night time.

Is it safe to travel in winter time, especially from Tibet to Kathmandu?
The Chinese-Nepal Highway is often blocked by the heavy snow during the winter season. Therefore, it is better not to travel along this route from safety measures also.

What is the time Zone of Tibet?
Despite being the large landscape time zone of all the state of china is measured from Beijing, which is 8 hours ahead of GMT standard time zone. Now, we are clear that Tibetan time is 8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). And it is 2 hours and 15 minute ahead of Nepalese standard time and 2 hour and 30 minute ahead of Indian standard time.

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