Kathmandu to Lhasa overland Tour - 7 Days

Kathmandu to Lhasa overland Tour

Accommodation 3 Star Hotel, Pick up from hotel and drive, Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Bahkor street, View of Mt. Shisha Pangma, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Everest, Mt. Qowowuyag and Mt. Makalu, Tashilumpo Monastery, Manak Dam Lake, Korola Glacier, Yamdrok Lake, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery

This exotic 7 days Kathmandu to Lhasa overland tour offers amazing views of the Himalaya and the picturesque Tibetan landscape and scenery. The visit to the old cities such as Lhasa – the capital city of Tibet, Gyantse and Shigatse, will give you a complete insight of Tibet's religion, cultural treasures, and dreamlike landscape. The most highlighted point of this Kathmandu to Lhasa Tour by Road is Everest Base Camp en route will be a life-time memory to overcome you and get higher to the top of the world. Kathmandu to Lhasa distance is 700 miles drive by bus or 4WD drive.

The friendship highway, which runs all the way from Lhasa to Kathmandu via Zhangmu – Kodari border has remained closed due to Nepal earthquake April 2015. Now we follow the newly opened Pasang Lhamu high way from Kathmandu to Rasuwa Gadhi boarder for Lhasa road trip from Kathmandu. The total length of the road drive will be 1125km. Monsoon rain may affect the road in Nepal section if one is driving during rainy season. If you have viewed the scenery of Himalayas in Nepal, the Everest Base Camp in Tibet can be ignored from the tour itinerary. It takes 3 nights 4 days to get to Lhasa then stay in Lhasa for 2-3 days to visit Lhasa’s cultural heritages highlights. It is said that Kathmandu to Lhasa distance via Kerung is to be shorter. Now tourist can enter Tibet by land driving from Kathmandu to Rasuwa Border (Kerung).

The Overland drive in tour had been closed since 2015 earthquakes but it is the boarder reopened between Nepal and China (between Rasuwa and Kerung also spelled Gyirung by Chinese) and travel agencies operate Lhasa tour by road drive from Kathmandu. It could be ideal for adventure lover and keen budget travelers. After visiting Tibet, one can return to Kathmandu by flight or take the new Qinghai-Tibet train to Xi'an, Beijing, Shanghai to reach China Mainland.
Visa and Permits: from Kathmandu to Tibet, you must firstly obtain Tibet Entry Permit and visa invitation letter from Tibet Tourism Bureau, then to hand in the documents to the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu for group tourist visa, tourist visa is valid up to 30 days. We wilderness Excursion – a Nepal based certified travel and trekking agency in Kathmandu can handles all your travel needs for Kathmandu to Tibet tour by overland and flight transportation.

Visa Fee:
USD 85.00 : For Asian and Europeans.
US$D175.00 for Canadian nationals
US$ 175.00 for American Nationals

7 Days Kathmandu Gyirong Lhasa Overland Group Tour Sample Itinerary

Day 01: Drive to Gyirong/Kerung from Kathmandu, 210km.
Day 02: Gyirong/Kerung to Tingri, 300km drive.
Day 03: Tingri to Shigatse, 240km, Approx. 9hrs..
Day 04: Shigatse - Gyantse - Lhasa, 375km.
Day 05: Lhasa sightseeing including Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Bahkor street.
Day 06: Lhasa Tour: Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery
Day 07: Departure from Lhasa.

Day 01: Drive to Gyirong/Kerung from Kathmandu
We drive to Gyirung, also known and spelled as Kerung by Nepalese. We drive through Pasang Lhamu high way road from Kathmandu passing by Syabrubesi - the starting point of famous Langtang Valley Trek. We still continue to Rasuwagadhi Nepal - China boarder, after customs formalities, we will be picked by our Tibet travel agency representative and take to Gyirung and transfer to Guest House. It will be 240km long day drive.

Day 02: Drive to Tingri.
Today after breakfast, you will be transferred to Old Tingri (4300m) from Kerung. En route, you will enjoy the stunning view of Mount Everest (considering the growing high altitude from 2700m to 5200 of the EBC, we arrange the Everest view on the way and the sightseeing stand near Old Tingri instead of Mt. Everest base camp) spend overnight in Tingri. Today, we drive 300km.

Day 03: Drive to Shigatse, 240km, Approx. 9hrs
Today you will travel from Tingri to Shigatse. After we arrive in Shigatse, we will visit Tashilumpo monastery. It is the seat of Panchen Lama, the Tibet’s second highest Buddha incarnation. There we can also see the largest statue of the future Buddha in the world, it is called Jampa Buddha. Stay overnight in Shigatse

Day 04: Shigatse - Gyantse - Lhasa.
After the breakfast, we will drive from Shigatse to Gyantse first. There we will visit Khumbum, Palkhor Chode Monastery and magnificient vista of Gyangtse Fortress. Then, we drive 280km to Lhasa, en-route we will pass Manak Dam Lake, we will have a stop and you can enjoy the good view or hang pray flag at Simila Mountain Pass; This afternoon, we will have a close view of Korola Glacier on the roadside; and enjoy the wonderful view of Yamdrok Lake, one of the most sacred lakes in Tibet. Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 05: Lhasa sightseeing: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Bahkor street
Today's tour will first bring you to the Potala Palace which is the winter palace of the Dalai lama. It was put to use since the 7th Century by the 33rd great king of Tibet. The most valuable collections of Potala Palace are the gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet. Then after lunch, tourists head to Jokhang temple which was founded by the 33rd great king of Tibet in the 7th century. Inside you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of twelve. Outside, you can see pilgrims making prostrating in front of Jokhang Temple. Around the temple is Barkhor street, where you can do kora (a religious circle of a building or mountain) with pilgrims and locals, and explore the old market. Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 06: Lhasa tour - Drepung Monastery,Sera Monastery
In the morning ,you are going to visit Drepung monastery which is one of the “great three” Gelug monasteries of Tibet, founded in 1416 by Jamyang choge, one of the Tsongkhapa’s main disciples. You can visit biggest monastery kitchen inside the monastery and enjoy Buddhist Sculpture Carving workshop near Drepung. In the Afternoon, Tourists will visit Sera Monastery which is another one of the “great three” Gelug monasteries of Tibet. The hot attraction is the Monks debate at around 3 - 5 in the afternoon. In addition, you can tour the Tibetan religious scripture printing house; inside the monastery, you can see three sand Mandalas and colorful Rock Painting of Buddha. Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 07: Lhasa departure
Your Tibet tour comes to end now, our guide and driver will drop you off at airport in Lhasa. Welcome to Tibet next time. Departure from Lhasa or next destination.

Trip Cost Includes


  • 6 Nights, twin room in the 3 star hotel or guesthouse as per package price.
  • Transportation
  • Airport transfer on the last day.
  • Travel vehicle according to group size, fuels and parking fee.


  • Experienced local English-speaking Tibetan tour guide.
  • Driveer during the tour.

Fees and taxes

  • All attraction entrance fees mentioned in itinerary.
  • Travel Agency Liability insurance.
  • All government taxes

VISA & Permits

  • Chinese Visa from Kathmandu.
  • Tibet Tourism Bureau Permit (TTB); Alien's Travel Permit(PSB);


  • All breakfast during the tour as per itinerary.
  • Two bottles of mineral water per person per day
  • All meals for your guide and driver.

Trip Cost Excludes

  • Lunches and Dinners durign the tour.
  • Tips to driver and tour guide.
  • Air or train tickets to arrive in Lhasa.
  • Single room supplement fee if ever.
  • Bank service fee when you make deposit to us.
  • Chinese visa fee: USD 85.00 : For Asian and Europeans, USD155.00 for Canadian, USD 175.00 for Americans.
  • Flight fare if any to Kathmandu from Lhasa USD 600 per person (subject to change)

Tibet Entry Permit

  • A Tibet Entry Permit is the most important thing. You should leave at least 30 days to arrange it before your trip.

Clothing: the Warmer the Better

  • As Tibet is quite high it is cold even in summer. The higher the elevation is, the colder it is. And the temperature changes dramatically between daytime and night. So even if you travel to Tibet in summer, we recommend you to pack warm boots, a woolen sweater, thick pants, and a warm coat or down jacket for Everest Base Camp Hike


  • Boots are a good choice to protect your feet from little stones and sand, as well as for keeping warm. Pair of slippers/sandals is useful in some simple hotels that you will need for shower etc. If you want to climb mountains or go hiking, a pair of trekking shoes is needed.


  • There are no Western restaurants in Tibet, and only a few hotels offer Western food. Bring some food you like in case you don't like Tibetan food. If you are going to visit remote and high areas, bring some food that can replenish energy quickly, like chocolate, nuts, and compressed biscuits.

Personal Tour Equipment

  • Strong rucksack or large hold all to be carried by vehicle/yak/porters.
  • Day sack to carry valuables such as passport, cash, camera, travel documents personally.
  • Plastic bags or stuff sacks to store/separate trekking gear inside your main bag, Personal first aid kit to include essential items, Adjustable 3 section trekking pole if required
  • 3-4 season sleeping bag, Camera and memory cards, charger, tripod if necessary, towel and toiletries., rain cover for yourself and luggage, multi-purpose pocket or hiking knife.


  • Wool or fleece hat, or balaclava
  • Hat or cap for sun protection while trekking
  • Sunglasses/snow glasses or goggles
  • Warm gloves
  • Buff and higher and colder place.
  • Tibet enjoys a dry climate and strong sunshine all year round. To protect yourself from sunburn and drying out, bring a pair of sunglasses, sunhat,lip balm, moisturizer, and sun block.


  • In some stops on your Tibet trip there are toilets. However, they often don't provide toilet paper. So, if you have to go to the toilet, bring some in your pocket/bag.
  • Hotels in some areas may not provide toiletries. Bring shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, and a (quick-drying) towel with you.
  • Wet tissues or disinfectants are helpful since it is inconvenient to wash your hands and face in many areas.

Medical Supplies

  • Medicine for altitude sickness: Before your trip, ask your doctor for suggestions, and bring some medicine in case of emergency situations, such as medicine for colds, headaches, stomach ache, and fever. Read more about and its treatment.
  • Medicine for injury: Band-Aids, gauze, bandages, etc.
  • Medicine for insect stings/bites.

Other Things

  • Vacuum flask: Warm drinks help you keep warm on the plateau.
  • Gifts for locals: Bringing some small gifts for local kids is a friendly act to show your kindness, such as pens, notebooks, and candy.
  • Flashlight or candles: These are helpful at night in some hotels (with poor lighting or power failure) or when you want to enjoy the night view of Tibet away from the street lights.
  • Extra batteries: You may not be able to charge batteries for your camera, phone, flashlight, etc., overnight in remoter areas, or if there is a power outage.
  • Light windproof raincoat: You won't want to wear your thick warm coat when hiking.
    Preparing Well Is Recommended

If you don't want to pack too many things or forget something, most items above like warm clothes, food, daily articles, medicine, are available in Kathmandu/Lhasa. Of course it's better to prepare well and save your precious time in Tibet for things other than shopping. See also our general Packing List for Nepal Trekking.


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Trip Facts

  • Max. Altitude: 3700
  • Group Size: Min. 4 Pax
  • Best time: May - Oct
  • Mode Transport: Overland

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