Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Small Group Tour
|Tour Length & Outline:|
|7 Days & 6 Nights|
Lhasa (3N) - Shigatse (1N) - EBC (1N) - Tingri (1N)
|Best Time to Visit:|
|all year round|
|Very leisure tour; light physical demand for the high altitude|
Price From: USD 950
The price is based on 2 people, 3-star hotels in low season.RESERVE THIS TRIP TAILOR THIS TRIP Printable Version
Overland from Lhasa to Kathmandu
Yamdrok Tso Lake
Everest Base Camp Trek
Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Small Group Tour
from: USD 950
Tour Months of 2017
The overland tour from Lhasa to Kathmandu is one of the most popular travel route in Tibet. Here we offer the 7 days Lhasa to Kathmandu overland tour in small groups, which will take you visit the most essential parts along the Friendship Highway and experience the different culture and religions in different parts of Tibet. Also, a lifetime trip to the Everst Base Camp will be the most memoribel part of your Tibet overland trip.
- [Potala Palace] Touch this bright and flawless jewel in the roof of the world;
- [Jokhang Temple] Marvel at the solemn silence with the serene sounds of chanting scriptures;
- [Barkhor Street] Follow the footsteps after the pilgrims and find the peace in your heart;
- [Sera Monastery] Listen to the scriptures debating and comprehend the essence of Buddhism;
- [Yamdrok Lake] Touch the pure water to see if you can turn young again;
- [EBC] Get close to the mighty Mount Everest and have a panorama view of it;
Day 1: Arrival in Lhasa
Upon your arrival in Lhasa, our tour guide will meet you and escort you at the Lhasa Gonggar Airport (or Lhasa Railway Station) to your hotel in Lhasa. After checking into your hotel, the rest of the day is free for you to have a good rest and acclimatize yourself to the high altitude at Tibet. Get prepared for your tour in Lhasa.
- Altitude: Lhasa (3650m)
- Lhasa Business Hotel
Day 2: Lhasa
After breakfast in your hotel, your personal private will pick you up to visit the splendid Potala Palace, the cardinal landmark in Lhasa. The whole morning is for you to appreciate this world-level architectural work.
In the afternoon, you will visit the Johkang Temple, the spiritual center of Tibet. Tibetan people from all over the world come here to kowtow in the front of the entrance with their pure heart.
Finally, you can spend some time walking on around the Jokhang Temple in Barkhor Street where is full of religious atmosphere.
- Drive depends on your location of hotel
- Altitude: Lhasa (3680m)
- Lhasa business hotel
Day 3: Lhasa
After breakfast in your hotel, you will be picked up to visit Drepung Monastery, one of the "Great Three" Gelug monasteries of Tibet.
In the afternoon, you will head to visit Sera Monastery, another one of the "Great Three" Gelug monasteries in Tibet that founded in 1419 by Jamchen Chojey, to see the famous scriptures debating in this monastery.
- Drive about 20km
- Altitude: Lhasa (3680m)
- Lhasa business hotel
Day 4: Lhasa to Shigatse
Today, you will be driven to view the Yamdrok Lake, one of the three largest sacred lakes in Tibet which you can never have a panorama. It is surrounded by snow-capped mountains and fed by numerous small Himalayan streams. Just enjoy the breathtaking blue Yamdrok Lake.
Then, you will head to Gyantse and visit the Pelkor Monastery where displays sculptures, murals and carvings.
After that, you will drive about one hour to Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. Upon arrival, you will visit Tashilumpo Monastery, the oldest and largest Gelugpa Monastery in Tibet.
- Drive about 260km
- Altitude: Yamdrok Lake (4441m), Shigatse (3900m)
- Shigatse Business Hotel
Day 5: Shigatse to Everest
the way to Everest Base Camp
After getting your Alien's Travel Permit, we will firstly drive to Lhatse and take lunch there.
After lunch, we will keep driving to Shegar, where you may see the Mt.Everest in the distance if the weather is clear.
After dirving about 4 to 6 hours, you will reach to Rongbuk Monastery,the the highest monastery in the world with a height of 4,980 meters. On the way, you will pass Pang-la Pass at 5050 meters above the sea level, where you could see the whole five highest peaks in the world.
- Drive about 340km
- Altitude: Pangla Pass (5050m), Rongbuk Monastery (4980m), EBC (5200m)
- Rongbuk Monastery Guest House
Day 6: Everest to Old Tingri
Everest Base Camp Trek
Get up in the early morning, you will view the sunrise over the Mt.Everest on a clear day. Then you may trek from tent to Base camp or go to EBC by local eco-bus.
After visiting base camp, you can visit Rongphu Monastery, the highest monastery in the world (5000m) and belongs to Nyingma sect.
Then, we will drive to Old Tingri where you can enjoy the beauty of whole Himalaya range.
Stay overnight in Tingri.
- Drive 120km(about 4 hours)
- Altitude: Everest Base Camp (5200m), Old Tingri (4300m)
- Tingri Local Hotel
Day 7: Old Tingri to Kathmandu via Gyirong Port
Today, we will depart early in the morning to Gyirong Port, the China-Nepal border. On the way to Gyirong, you will pass a Nyalam Tong Pass at 5150 meters above the sea level.
Arriving in the border in the afternoon, our guide will drop you off at the border bridege and you will move to Kathmandu.
- Drive about 195km
- Altitude: Gyirong (2600m)
Date & Price
We reward our guests with lower pricing and more dates to choose from the earlier you book. Rest assured, once you book your price and date are guaranteed.
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Price Details & Guide
- All travel documents needed in Tibet, including Tibet Travel Permit, Alien’s Travel Permit, Foreign Affairs Permit and Military Area Entry Permit;
- Group-shared transportation to the destinations and sites listed in the itinerary; ranging from 7 seats Van to 22 seats tourist bus depending on the group size;
- Lodging: four nights in Lhasa 3-star hotel; two night in Shigatse 3-star hotel; one night in Guest house or tent hotel in Everest Base Camp; one night in Tingri 3-star (single room supplement is required in Lhasa, Shigatse and Tingri, if you travel individually and don’t what to share the room with another tourist);
- Experienced English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide;
- Entrance ticket fees for all the sight spots listed in the itinerary;
- Welcome dinner at Lhasa when group members meet;
- First aid kit;
- A coverage of 300,000RMB Chartis travel insurance;
- International and domestic flight/train to Lhasa (Note: we accept the domestic flight/train tickets booking to Lhasa from other cities in advance, check the updated ticket availibility and cost with your travel consultant);
- Meals that are not specified in the itinerary (Averagely a meal in the 3rdpole region cost 3~15USD per person in Tibet Autonomous Region);
- Tips and gratuities for the trip leader and driver;
- The expense of a personal nature like alcoholic beverages, laundry, phone call, etc;
- Optional activities and excursions not specified in the itinerary;
- China Entry visa fees;
Once we receive your tour deposit, which is followed by signing the contract, your reservation is secured with legitimacy. Our staff will reserve the accommodation, vehicle, site tickets, meals and more, and pay the deposit for our suppliers. So if you want to alter to another itinerary, you need to cover the deposit we've paid, while no service charge is needed if you make some changes on the itinerary you booked.
Cancellation and Refund Policy
If you cancel the tour beacuse of your personal issues, you will be liable to pay cancellation charges that are bounded by 3rdpoletour.com cancellation policy as follows:
1.) If you cancel the tour more than 30 days before the trip starts, you will forfeit 10% of the total land cost per person;
2.) If you cancel the tour 15-30 days prior to your trip start date, 20% of your total land tour cost will be forfeited as a cancellation fee.
3.) If you cancel the tour 7-15 days before the trip starts, you will forfeit 30% of land cost.
4.) If you cancel the tour 7 days prior to your tour start date, you will forfeit 50% of land cost.
5.) If you fail to show up or cancel at your scheduled arrival time without prior notice or later than that, you will forfeit 100% of the land cost.
If the tour has to be cancelled because of the natural disaster or the government restrictions that is beyond both parties control, we will charge only USD50 per person, this is just the service fee and larbor fee during the preparation. This is a rare occurrence!
The cancellation fee charged by 3rdpoletour.com will be kept under your name (person who contacted us) for a usable period of 2 years. Within the applicable period you can use it for next time or you can kindly pass your authority to any of your family, friends or colleagues to use by booking a tour with 3rdpoletour.com. A certifying email from you is necessary to pass the cancellation fee to others, but it is only applicable for private group.
Know Before your Go
Eating is a big part of traveling. Traveling with 3rdpoletour you will experience the vast array of wonderful local food that is only available in the places we visit. We have most of the breakfast in the hotels except for the camping; for the long-driving and transportation day the lunches are included as well; the featured local flavor dinner is arranged as well in some places. Included breakfasts will usually be asian style consisting of noodles or congee (rice porridge) or bread and eggs, although in some remote areas the choice maybe very limited. Generally, the food in the plateau areas is worse than in the morden cities of the plains, but it's much cheaper, about 3~10 dollars one person one meal. No group dinner.
For the Meals not included in the trip price, we would like to leave you a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, when and what to eat. Our trip leader will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. Vegetarians will be able to find a range of different foods, although in some areas the choice may be limited.
In most of the 3rdpole area (Western Sichuan, Yunnan, Tibet, Qinghai, Xinjiang and Gansu) they might not be like what you are used to back home as service and efficiency can vary. In some areas we stay in simple local guest houses in stunning locations, and rooms are small and simple and there may only be shared toilet facilities and showers. But we guarantee to arrange the best local hotels for our guests. The accommodation condition of every night is shown on the itinerary description, please refer for the details.
All 3rdpoletours trips are accompanied by one of our professional English-speaking trip leaders who are different from the tour guides you may book from most of the online China travel agencies. Our trip leaders are trained strictly and they are not allowed to take guests to commission shopping factories. All of them are our full-time staff and work 8 hours every day in our office to do the editing and website friendly design when they don't have the trip on the road. Not like most agencies who pay their guides and themselves with commision earnings, we put the cost of paying our guides a good wage straight into the tour price so they are happy and not reliant on guests spending money shopping to earn their own salaries. Thus they concentrate on your needs and being the best hosts to you that possibly can.
They know the areas like their backyards and have explored like hundreds of times. With a experience of more than ten years, everyone of them has served more than hundreds of guests from all over the world. They are responsible, trustworthy and have their own life experience and story to share which will add more fun and safety to your trip in the plateau highland.
We include all transportation during the trip except for the international flight or train, although you need to pay by yourself for the horse riding, cablecar, and more that are not included in the price quotation in some destinations.
We will be using a variety of types of vehicle on our trips, mainly depending on the number of your group. Land cruiser 4WD is the most popular vehicle in 3rdpole tourism that is suitable for rocky and bumpy road in off-the-bitten-path. Capacity of the vehicle is 4 passengers and bags can kept in the trunk. Most of our land cruiser are almost brand new. The van and mini-bus are mostly used for groups ranging from 5 to 15 people, and most of the vans and mini-buses are pretty new and in a very good condition. Buses are mostly used for bigger groups ranging from 20-40 people.
Our drivers are professional and always consider the safety and comfortable as the priority, although most of them don't speak English. It is our company policy to provice you with unlimited free drinking water, an air pillow and a headscarf for each one to make your driving more relaxing and comfortable.
Your trip leader is the one you could contact at the first place, should you need to contact us during a situation of dire need. If for any reasion you do not receive a satisfied answer, please call or email your travel consultant who organized the trip for you, and they will assist you 7/24. Our office number is 028-85552138, open 7/24.
Visa & Travel Pemit
Except Tibet, you can travel all of the destinations and cities of 3rdpole region with only a Chinese visa. For a visit to Tibet, we will apply for a Tibet travel permit for you in advance.
Tipping for your trip leader and driver is expected - though not compulsory - and shows an expression of satisfaction with them who have assisted you on your tour. Tipping is appreciated if they did an excellent job for you.
High Altitude Sickness
Average altitude in 3rdpole area is more than 2000M, and you may be worried about the altitude sickness. We prepare the medicine to reduce high altitude sickness symptoms. Please load this page to read the detailed information about the 3rdpole elevation and high altitude sickness.
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