Lhasa Overland Tour - 9 Days

Lhasa Overland Tour

Potala Palace, Johkang Temple, Backhor Street, Drepung Monastery, Sera monastery, Pelchor Monastery, Kumbum Stupa, Yamdrok Lake, Syaka Monastery, Tashilump Monastery, Drive to Tibet from Kathmandu 

Tibet is rightly located at the center of Asia with a population of some 6 million people. This ancient trading center having an average altitude of 13,000 feet above sea level compasses an area of 2.5 million square kilometers. The earth's highest mountains, a vast arid plateau and great river valleys have associated Tibet to be the most sought tourist destination among the world. One who visited will be rewarding with its enriched culture and impressive natural beauty as a bonus. Wilderness Excursion operates Kathmandu Lhasa Overland Tour. For more information, please kindly write us and send your tour requirements with details such as group size, travel duration, arrival date etc.

Outline Itinerary
Day 01 Join Kathmandu, our company representative will pick you from airport.
Day 02 Culture guided tour in UNESCO listed World Heritage Sites/Preparation.
Day 03 Kathmandu – Zhangmu – Nyelam (3700m) 160 km/ about 6 hours on wheel
Day 04 Nyelam—Old Tingri –Lhatse (4200m) 260 kmm about 6 hours on wheel
Day 05 Lhatse—Syaka—Shigatse (3700m) 230 km, about 5 hours drive
Day 06 Shigatse—Gyantse—Lhasa (3650m) 360 km, about 7 hours on wheel
Day 07 Lhasa sightseeing (Tour of the world heritages and Tibetan history)
Day 08 Lhasa Sightseeing (Tour of the most important monasteries in Tibet)
Day 09 Departure from Lhasa or next destination

Day 01: Join Kathmandu 1300m
Arrive in Kathmandu and you will be received by our company representative and transferred to the selected hotel. And a short brief about your trip. Stay overnight in hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02: City sightseeing in Kathmandu
Full day Sightseeing in UNESCO listed historical sites such as Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath(monkey temple), and Pashupatinath in Kathmandu Valley with experience Tour Guide by private car/van, Stay overnight in Hotel.

Day 03: Kathmandu — Zhangmu—Nyelam (3700) 160 km drive, about 6 hours on wheel
Early morning, drive from Kathmandu to Nepal-Tibet border (Kodari). After finishing immigration formalities at Nepal side, our Tibetan guide at China side will pick you up at the border with the permit. And then, along the longest valley—Zhangmu valley in Tibet, you will continue drive up the steep switch back road to Nyelam town.

Day 04: Nyelam—Old Tingri –Lhatse (4200m) 260 km, about 6 hours on wheel
After Lablung-La pass (5050m), the journey continues across the Tibetan plateau with fabulous peak view of Mt. Shishapangma (Alt.8012m). Old Tingri is an old town from which you can see Mt. Everest and Mt. Cho-Oyu, Afterwards, continue drive to Shegar.

Day 05: Lhatse—Syaka—Shigatse (3700m) 230 km, about 5 hours on wheel
After breakfast, we set off for Shigatse, one of the most historically significant cities in Tibet. On the way, we visit Sakya Monastery which was built during the Yuan Dynasty when Syaka School dominated Tibet Buddhism. Syaka Monastery is reputed as the Second Dunhuang Grotto in China, the murals said to be the most beautiful in Tibet, and also in Syaka Monastery you can find the largest book written in gold at its Buddhism library. In the afternoon, visit Tashilumo Monastery which is the seat of Panchen Lama, the equally important religious figure in Tibet as Dalai Lama. The monastery was built by the first Dalai Lama in 1447.

Day 06: Shigatse—Gyantse—Lhasa (3650m) 360 km, about 7 hours on wheel
In the morning, drive to Gyantse, there you will visit the largest stupa in Tibet—Kumpa Stupa (Ten-thousand stupa), just next to the Stupa is the Pelchor Monastery (optional). Another important site in Gyantse is Dzong Castle which once was a battle field where Tibetan fought against British invasion. Afterwards, drive to the holy city Lhasa via Yamdrok Lake, according to local mythology, Yamdrok Lake is the transformation of a goddess, on the Gangbala Pass, you will have a clear picture of this Tibetan holy lake in turquoise, in distance you can also see the snow capped Summit of Ninjingkangsang.

Day 07: Lhasa Tour of the world heritages and Tibetan history
In the morning, visit the symbol or landmark of Lhasa—Potala Palace, the successive Dalai Lama's winter residence. In the afternoon, visit the center of Tibetan Buddhism—Jorhkang Temple, where you will come across lots of devoted pilgrimages coming from every corner of Tibet. Both sites are under the list of the world cultural heritages by the UNISCO.

Day 08: Lhasa Sightseeing (Tour of the most important monasteries in Tibet)
In the morning, we will visit Drepung Monastery which is the biggest Tibetan Buddhism College with the biggest number of monks in Tibet. The monastery used to be the winter residence of the Dalai Lama before the 5thDalai Lama moved his residency to the Potala Palace. And in the afternoon, we will visit another influential Gelugpa Monastery—Sera Monastery, where the largest scale of scripture debating among monks is famous all across Tibet. We will watch the debate session and you may join in too with the help your guide.

Day 09: Departure from Lhasa or next destination
Tour ends, 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

  • Airport transfers by private car/van depending on group in Kathmandu
  • Guided culture tour in UNESCO listed World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley.
  • 2 Nights deluxe bed room in 3/4/5 star hotel in Kathmandu on double occupancy..
  • Accommodation 3/4 star hotel in Lhasa and rest in normal teahouse during the Tibet Tour
  • Pick up and drop off service by our Tibet tour guide from Zhangmu and Lhasa Gonggar Airport.
  • Meal: all breakfast during the tour in Nepal and Tibet.
  • English speaking local Tibetan Guide.
  • Kathmandu – Zhangmu by private car/jeep/van depending on group size
  • well maintained private vehicle throughout the whole tour according to group size.
  • China Visa and Tibet entry permits.

Trip Cost Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner during the tour (that costs extra U$ 12-+ per person/lunch/dinner)
  • Personal expenses like shopping, phone calls, bar and beverage drinks, laundry etc.
  • Any additional expenses, rescheduling or cancellations, accidents etc caused by reasons beyond our control such as natural calamities, flight delays
  • Personal travel insurance, international air ticket, Nepal visa
  • Personal tour equipment and rescue operation charge in case of emergency
  • Transportation leaving Lhasa (air tickets or train ticket or drive back to Nepal)
  • Your personal entrance fees to all the scenic spots or you can skip some if you do not visit all.
  • Any expenses which arise due to a change of the itinerary or tour extensions
  • Tips for the tour support staffs.
  • Bank charge of payment when pay deposit in our company bank account.  

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.
  • Enough water: Don't dehydrate.
  • 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. Elevation: 4200m
  • Accommodation: St. Regis Hotel
  • Trasnportation: Overland
  • Difficulty: Easy

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