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Kathmandu – Lhasa Overland Tour (Drive in / Drive out)

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Home » Holiday Packages » Tibet Tours » Kathmandu – Lhasa Overland Tour (Drive in / Drive out)

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Experience the enchanting journey from the heart of Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, to the mystical land of Lhasa in Tibet. This 7-night, 8-day Kathmandu – Lhasa Overland Tour offers an unforgettable adventure, taking you through diverse landscapes, ancient monasteries, and cultural landmarks. Discover this region’s rich heritage, stunning views, and unique culture as you traverse the road less travelled.

Tour Highlights

Cross the border between Nepal and Tibet, witnessing changing landscapes and cultures. Marvel at the dramatic views of the Himalayas, including Mt. Cho Oyu and Mt. Xishapangma.Explore the historic town of Gyantse and its cultural attractions. Visit Lhasa’s sacred monasteries and landmarks, delving into Tibetan Buddhism and heritage. Experience the enchanting Tibetan plateau and its unique culture. Enjoy the comfort of hotel accommodations and the guidance of experienced guides.

Tour Cost and Inclusion

The tour cost may vary, including transportation, accommodations, and guided sightseeing. Inclusions typically involve transportation by van/bus, a Tibetan travel permit, an English-speaking Tibetan guide, twin-sharing room basis accommodations, daily breakfast, and monastery entrance fees.

Important Notes

This tour involves overland travel and driving through varying road conditions and altitudes. Itineraries and cost details may change depending on factors like permits and availability. Visa fees, lunch, dinner, and personal expenses are usually not included in the tour cost.

Tour Details

Discover the details of a 7-night, 8-day Kathmandu-Lhasa overland tour. Begin your journey from Kathmandu, driving through Kerong and Tingri, before reaching Lhasa. The tour concludes with a return drive to Kathmandu.

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Departure & Return Location

Lhasa, Tibet

Departure Time

Between 7 – 9 am

Price Includes

  • Transportation by van/bus
  • Tibet travel permit
  • English-speaking Tibetan guide
  • Daily breakfast
  • Accommodation on a twin-sharing room basis
  • Sightseeing tour and monastery entrance fees as per itinerary
  • 2 nights accommodation in Kathmandu (pre and post tour)
  • Boarder Pick up and transfer
  • Airport pick up and drop-off in Kathmandu

Price Excludes

  • Travel insurance and unforeseen natural problems
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Personal expenses such as drinks and tips
  • Visa Fee: US$ 125.00 (extra $100 for USA, Canadian, Argentina and Romania)


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What to Expect

  • Stunning LandscapesTraverse through picturesque landscapes as you drive across high mountain passes, vast plains, and serene lakes. Capture awe-inspiring views of the Himalayas and other mountain ranges.
  • Cultural ExplorationImmerse yourself in the rich Tibetan culture and heritage. Visit historic monasteries, explore traditional markets, and interact with friendly locals to gain insight into their way of life.
  • Historical SitesExplore the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera and Drepung Monastery. These sites offer a glimpse into Tibet's history and spirituality.
  • Scenic DrivesEnjoy scenic drives through winding roads, offering panoramic vistas of mountain ranges and unique Tibetan landscapes.
  • Local CuisineIndulge in authentic Tibetan cuisine and savour local dishes essential to Tibetan culture.
  • Breathtaking LakesEncounter beautiful lakes like Yamdrok-Tso, reflecting the clear blue skies and surrounded by snow-capped peaks.

Day 1Drive from Kathmandu (1300m) to Kerong Border (145 Km) - 06-07 hours

Embark on an early morning scenic drive to the Kerung Border on the Nepal-Tibet border. Journey through the picturesque Nepalese countryside, complete the necessary border formalities at the Nepali immigration and cross the bridge for Chinese immigration. Continue driving to Kerong Town and spend the night on the Tibet side at Kerung Hotel.

Day 2Drive from Kerong - Tingri (4300m) to Lhatse (4,350m) - 235 km 5-6 hours

After breakfast, drive uphill to the high plateau of the world, where the typical Tibetan landscape greets you. Marvel at the panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges, including Mt. Cho Oyu (8,201m) and Mt. Xishapangma (8,012m). En route, you’ll encounter the stunning Pikucho Lake before retiring for the night at Hotel.

Day 3Drive from Tingri/Lhatse to Shigatse (3,900m) - 245 Km - 5-6 hours

After breakfast, continue your scenic drive, crossing the Gyatchu La (5,220m), the highest pass on the way to Lhasa via Lhatse. This route takes you to the west towards Mt. Kailash. Spend the night at the Yak Hotel in Shigatse.

Day 4Shigatse - Gyantse (3,950m) - Lhasa - 350km

Explore the Panchen Lama’s Tashilhumpu Monastery in the morning before driving to Lhasa via Gyantse and admiring the Yamdrok-Tso Lake and the Brahmaputra River. Arrive in Lhasa and stay overnight at a hotel.

Day 5Sightseeing in Lhasa

Explore the Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Bazar and Potala Palace. Stay overnight at a Lhasa hotel.

Day 6Lhasa sightseeing and its surroundings

Visit Drepung, and Sera Monasteries. Experience the city’s rich heritage and history. Stay overnight at a Lhasa hotel.

Day 7Drive back from Lhasa to Shegar - 655 Km - 8-9 hours 

Embark on a drive from Lhasa to Shegar and stay overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 8Drive from Shegar - Kerong to Kathmandu - 425 km - 9-10 hours.

Conclude your journey with a drive from Shegar back to Kerong and then to Kathmandu. 

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