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Friendship Highway Adventure: Lhasa to Nepal Overland Journey (7 days / 6 nights)

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07 days
Availability : All year round
Lhasa, Tibet
Kathmandu, Nepal
Min Age : 16+
Max People : 18
Home » Holiday Packages » Tibet Tours » Friendship Highway Adventure: Lhasa to Nepal Overland Journey (7 days / 6 nights)

Embark on an extraordinary 7-day odyssey along the Friendship Highway, a spellbinding overland expedition from the heart of Tibet, Lhasa, to the enchanting Nepal Border. This journey promises an immersive cultural experience, awe-inspiring landscapes, and spiritual exploration, creating unforgettable memories.

Arriving in Lhasa via Mainland China: A Gateway to the Roof of the World

Before you set foot on the Friendship Highway, your journey commences with an arrival in Lhasa. Conveniently connected to major Chinese cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, and Xining, travellers can choose between flights and trains to reach the mystical Tibetan capital.

By Flight:

Major cities in mainland China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, and Xining, offer direct flights to Lhasa Gonggar Airport. These flights provide a swift and comfortable option for those looking to minimize travel time. As you approach the Lhasa Valley, the stunning aerial views are a prelude to the grandeur that awaits.

By Train:

For those seeking a scenic and adventurous route, the train journey to Lhasa is an experience. Trains from mainland China to Lhasa, particularly from Xining, offer breathtaking views of the Tibetan Plateau. However, securing train tickets requires careful planning.

Train tickets typically go on sale around 15 days in advance and are in high demand, often selling out rapidly. To ensure a hassle-free journey, booking tickets as early as possible is advisable. To provide a seamless experience, consider booking through the tour operator, as they can make arrangements through their ticket agent.

The trains departing from Xining to Lhasa are numerous, offering flexibility in travel plans. It’s important to note that securing specific trains or keeping a group together may not be guaranteed due to high demand. However, requests for seat/bed changes are common in China, allowing adjustments during the journey.

In the case of Beijing, Shanghai, and Chengdu, there is typically one daily train and every other day from Chengdu. Tour operators like NepalHiking.com will arrange the best route to connect trains if direct tickets are unavailable. This might involve stopping at Xining before continuing the journey to Lhasa.

Tibet Travel Permit

Tibet Permits are a prerequisite for obtaining train tickets and can be processed 1-2 days before the train departure. The tour operator will guide travellers through this essential step, keeping them informed.

It’s crucial to note that train tickets are non-refundable from the operator’s side. In cancellations, travellers must visit the train station ticket office with their original passport for any changes or refunds.

Train Classes: Soft Sleeper vs. Hard Sleeper

Understanding the difference between soft sleeper (1st Class) and hard sleeper (2nd Class) accommodations can enhance your train journey experience:

  • Soft Sleeper (1st Class): A compartment with four berths and a door providing greater privacy. The carriage is equipped with Western-style toilets for added comfort.
  • Hard Sleeper (2nd Class): A compartment with six berths, lacking a door for privacy, and featuring squat toilets in the carriage.

Choosing between these classes allows travellers to tailor their journey to their preferences and comfort.

As you embark on this extraordinary adventure from Lhasa to the Nepal Border, the diverse modes of transportation enrich the overall experience, making it a once-in-a-lifetime expedition through the roof of the world.

Tour Details

Departure & Return Location

Lhasa

Departure Time

Between 7 – 9 am

Price Includes

  • Accommodation in LhasaBanakShol 3* hotel in the Barkhor Old Quarter.
  • Accommodation in ShigatseGesar Hotel 4* (VIP building).
  • Accommodation in Rongbuk (Everest)Mt. Everest Tourist Camp Dormitory Tent or Rongbuk Monastery Guesthouse.
  • Accommation in KyirongPort Business Hotel or similar.
  • Accommodation in KathmanduHotel Kathmandu Suite Home - 3* hotel in Thamel
  • All necessary travel permits in Tibet.
  • Entrance fees to temples, monasteries, and palaces.
  • Environmental fees to lakes, glaciers, and National Parks.
  • Accommodation on a double room basis with breakfast as described in the itinerary.
  • Experienced Tibetan guide (English language).
  • Transportation in Tibet (Airport/train station group pick up and drop off) and from the border to Kathmandu.
  • Driver and guide's food and accommodation.
  • Vehicle fuel, tools, and repairs (if necessary).
  • Oxygen tank & bottled mineral water are available in the group vehicle.

Price Excludes

  • China Visa
  • Plane or train tickets in/out of Tibet.
  • Meals, drinks, and any other personal expenses.
  • Extra expenses due to unexpected natural events (delays, road washouts, snowfall, etc.).
  • Tips to guide and driver.
  • Flight Fare
  • Anything not specified in the "included" section.

Complementaries

  • T-Shirt
  • Farewell dinner
Itinerary

Day 1Lhasa Arrival [3650m]

Upon arrival in Lhasa, situated at 3650 meters, travellers will be greeted by the crisp mountain air and the city’s rich Tibetan culture.

Day 2Lhasa Sightseeing – Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple

Explore the iconic Potala Palace, an architectural wonder and former residence of the Dalai Lama. Visit the sacred Jokhang Temple, a spiritual focal point for Tibetan pilgrims.

Day 3Lhasa Sightseeing – Drepung and Sera Monasteries

Delve into Tibetan Buddhism at Drepung and Sera Monasteries, where ancient traditions come to life amidst stunning mountainous surroundings.

Days 04Lhasa to Shigatse [354Km, 3840m]

Embark on a scenic drive to Shigatse, covering 354 kilometres. Along the way, witness the splendour of Yamdrok-to Lake, the Karo-la glacier, and the Pelkor Chode Monastery (Kumbum Stupa).

Day 5Shigatse to Everest North Face at Rongbuk [334Km, 5000m]

Continue the journey to the Everest North Face, reaching an altitude of 5000 meters. Visit Tashilhunpo Monastery, take the eco-bus to Rongbuk Monastery, and marvel at the awe-inspiring Everest Base Camp (subject to access permissions).

Day 6 & 7Rongbuk to Kyirong [400Km, 2800m]

Travel from Rongbuk to Kyirong, covering 400 kilometres. Enjoy panoramic views of Cho Oyu, Shishapangma, and Peiku-to Lake.

 

Day 7Tibet Departure – Kyirong to Nepal Border [20Km] –  Transfer to Kathmandu [170Km, [Extreme Road Condition]

Bid farewell to Tibet as you journey from Kyirong to the Nepal Border. Extend your adventure by transferring to Kathmandu and navigating challenging yet rewarding roads.

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