Tibet Overland Tour

(TripID #NV-00 133)

Trip Details

Trip Length 8 days Activities Sightseeing, Climbing & Expedition
Difficulty Moderate to Strenuous Max Elevation 4,350m/14,270ft at Lhatse
Trek/Tour Style Teahouse trekking Meal Breakfast basis
Accommodation Hotel/Lodge Transportation Private Vehicle
Best Month March - October Group Size 2 pax min, 10 pax max
Trip includes 4 star deluxe hotel in Kathmandu, best available hotel/lodge while in trip.
* Land costs only - international airfare not included.

Trip Overview

Overland tours in Tibet offer some of the most exciting sightseeing experiences of Himalaya and high-altitude valleys. Tibet, still largely unexplored, makes a perfect destination for adventure seekers and holidayers. The ancient monasteries scattered in the region, prayer flags flying across the alleys, pilgrims making miles of journey on foot, the complete remoteness and isolation, gives an awed expression to the travelers.

The fascinating history of Tibet; exile of Dalai Lama, the Chinese Occupation and first-hand encounter by Heinrich Harrer, gives an impression of exploring an unknown territory and crossing unexplained boundries. Lhasa, “The Forbidden City,” long kept discreet and away from foreign intrusion is one of the greatest attraction of Tibet. It is also a spiritual and cultural hub of the region.

Mt. Kailash, situated in the western region of Tibet, is another major attraction. The mountain of Kailash is considered Holy by Hindus and Buddhist alike. Pilgrims from various parts of Indian subcontinet make miles of journey to Kailash.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01:
Kathmandu to Nyalam (3,750m/12,300ft)-162Kms
Day 02:
Nyalam to Lhatse (4,350m/14,270ft)-220Kms
Day 03:
Lhatse to Shigatse (3,900m/12,790ft)-244Kms
Day 04:
Shigatse to Gyantse (3,950m/12,955)-90kms
Day 05:
Gyantse to Lhasa (3,650m/11,970)-259kms
Day 06/07:
Lhasa Sightseeing Tour
Day 08:
Lhasa to Kathmandu Trans Himalayan Flight (1,300m/4,264 ft)

Detail Itinerary for Tibet Overland Tour

Day 01: Kathmandu to Nyalam (3,750m/12,300ft)-162Kms
We start our tour with an early morning drive to Kodari, the Nepali border post. After completing immigration and custom formalities drive up hill to Zhangmu (2,300m/75,44ft). This is Tibetan border town. After the formalities we continue our journey through a beautiful gorge to Nyalam crossing the Himalayan range. The Tibetan Guide will meet the Group on arrival at the check post. On the way you will see fantastic view of deep valley with some overflowing waterfalls. Overnight at Nyalam
Day 02: Nyalam to Lhatse (4,350m/14,270ft)-220Kms
After breakfast drive to Xegar crossing two spectacular passes approx 7 hours to reach Lhatse crossing through the Nyalam pass (3,800m/12,464ft) and Lalung La pass (5,082m/16,670ft). This day offers fantastic view of the high mountains including, Mount Everest (8,848m/29,021ft) Jugal Himal, Mt. Makalu (8464m) etc. Overnight in Lhatse
Day 03: Lhatse to Shigatse (3,900m/12,790ft)-244Kms
Today we visit the place of famous Tashilunpo Monastery and seat of Panchen Lama until his death in 1989 with its huge Thangka wall which is clearly visible from the north side of the road. We drive approx 6 hours to reach Shigatse for overnight.
Day 04: Shigatse to Gyantse (3,950m/12,955)-90kms
Today we visit the Tashilunpo Monastery and the open market of Xigaste in the morning time. After getting lunch we start our short drive to Gyantse where you visit the Khumbum Stupa and Phalkot Monastery and overnight.
Day 05: Gyantse to Lhasa (3,650m/11,970)-259kms
Today we reach Lhasa after long drive approx 8 hours on the way crossing the Karo La (5010m/16432ft) and Kamba La (4794m/15724ft) pass and Lake Yamdrok Tso. You will cross the Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahamaputra) river and see the distant views of the Potala Palace. Overnight in Lhasa
Day 06/07: Lhasa Sightseeing Tour
These two days you will be engaged with sightseeing and excursion of the Potala Palace (A great museum with its proportions and priceless treasures), Jokhang Temple (the holiest of Tibetan shrines, houses two images of the Buddha brought as dowry by Songtsen Gampo's Nepali and Chinese queens) along the bustling street of Barkhor Market. In Lhasa you will also visit Norbu Lingka (the summer palace of the Dalai Lamas), Drepung and Sera Monasteries. Overnight at Lhasa.
Day 08: Lhasa to Kathmandu Trans Himalayan Flight (1,300m/4,264 ft)
Today as per the flight schedule you will transfer to Gongkar airport for the onward flight to Kathmandu. The flight is of 1hour 10 minutes and is one of the most beautiful flights in the world. On your flight (don't forget to get right side seat) you can see the Yalung Tsangpo River, Lake Yamdruk, kancenjunga (8,586m/28,160ft), Makalu (8,463m/27,760ft) and Mt. Everest (8,848m/29,021ft).

We wish you a wonderful Himalayan adventure with us!


US $1490 per person
US $ 0 Single Room Supplement

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.

Cost Included:

Airport Pick Up & Drop Services:
  • » Drop to Airport » :transferred to intl. airport for your flight Lasha to Kathmandu
  • » All the pick up and drop as per the itinerary
Trip Briefing & Information:
  • » We provide you Eco-friendly Tour file consisting broad trip information 
Sight Seeing:
  • » Sightseeing » : Sightseeing in Potala palace
Accommodations & Meals:
(All twin sharing basis) 
(Single room also served with extra charge) :
  • » Accommodation in Lhasa on twin sharing basis with breakfast
Flight / Transportation:
  • » Hotel arrival and departure transfer by private vehicle
  • » Transport » : Kathmandu to Kodari (Tibet boarder) Zhang-Mu transportation by comfortable vehicle
  • » Lhasa to Zhang-Mu transfer by non AC Land Cruiser (4WD TOYOTA)
Tour permit :
  • » Getting Chinese visa and Tibet Travel permit
  • » All necessary Tibet travel permits
National Park Fare:
  • » All fees for sightseeing and Monasteries as per the itinerary
First Aid:
  • » N/A
Tour crews :
  • » Guide » : Government Registered, well trained English speaking Tibetan guide
Porter Equipment :
  • » N/A
  • » Guide » : Company provide insurance for our guide and porters as per state law.
Tour Equipment :
  • » Nepal Vision Duffel Bag and a t-shirt
  • » Nepal Vision adventure certificate 
  • » All applicable taxes and service charges

Cost Excluded:

  • » Nepal » Nepal entry visa fee is not included
  • » Chinese visa fee (US$ 175 for the US citizens and US$ 85 for the other national people)
  • » Intl. airfare: Lhasa/Kathmandu & airport departure taxes
  • » Accommodation and meals in Kathmandu
  • » Meals other than breakfast in Tibet
  • » All cold drinks and any beverages are not included on trip price.
  • » Drinking Water » : Drinking water is not included in the trip price. 
  • » You have to make your travel & rescue insurance by yourself before leave for travel. 
Optional Excursion:
  • » Provide such service with extra charge on your request. 
  • » Optional Excursions » Our optional excursions are culture trips, ethno trips, and festival trips, monastery meditation with Lama & monks, nature medicine trips, bird watching, sports, farming trips and other incentive trips as per the client’s interest.
Trekking Equipment:
  • » You have to arrange your personal trekking equipment such as trekking poles, water bottle etc… by yourself (see our equipment list).
  • » Tips for driver, guides and porters are not included in the cost.
  • » Personal expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, bar bills & extra porters.
  • » Hot Shower in during the trekking period is not included.
  • » Cost arising out of landslides, road blockade, and rescue of any form, cancellation of flight or reasons beyond our control.
  • » Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section. 

Departure Dates for Tibet Overland Tour

We provide a series of fixed departure trek, tour and expeditions in Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet and India. If you are single and wishing to be with a group, you can join our fixed departure schedule. If the schedule dates are not convenient for you, contact us & let us know; we are more than happy to customize our trips to suit your needs. If any individuals or group doesn’t want to join with our other group, we can operate as per your wish and requirement. We are ground operator of these Himalayan destination and able to arrange your trip as per your interested date and choice.

Note: All Departure Are 100% Guaranteed If you are booked you are going

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  • 22 Dec, 2017
  • 29 Dec, 2017
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  • US $1490
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  • 31 Dec, 2017
  • 7 Jan, 2018
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Any Dates are available for the chosen product in the year 2018 .
Please contact us to inquire about your desired package.

Useful information before joining this trip

Our Effort
Our every effort will be made to keep to the proposed itinerary, however as this is adventure travel in a remote high Tibetan land, we cannot guarantee it. The health of member, weather conditions can all contribute to changes the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if necessary. if there are some additional expenses due to unforeseen circumstances, this to be deal by the clients by them self.

Tour Group
This overland tour is a group departure tour to Tibet so the group size is depends on how many are signing up. Usually in our group, the minimum number will be 2 persons and the maximum number will be 15 persons or more on request. For single travelers, we do also organize the trip with single supplement but it is suggested to join this tour at any of our fixed group departure as we can depart tour at 2 times in a week, Tuesday and Saturday.

Physical Requirements
This overland Journey to the Lhasa is not difficult, does not involve any walking/hiking as this tour is designed completed by comfortable four wheel drive. As you know this tour drive up to 4350m, so it is essential that you having a moderate health and moderate fitness to plan this tour. Previous hiking or walking is not necessary; it is an additional benefit if you have but over all required a positive attitude and strong determination of the trip. However we advise specially the guest(s) with known heart or lungs or blood diseases to consult their doctor before traveling to this tour and request to report us while booking a tour with us.

Our Tour Staffs
For this tour, there will be one Tibetan tour Guide and driver during the Tibet visit. Our Tibetan tour guides are professional and experienced but note that Tibet is china dominant country so sometimes your Tibetan guides are not as friendly as your Nepalese guides. However they having a very good knowledge of the tour you will be undertaking and treat you well during your entire journey. Our Tour guide is trained, certified and licensed from TTB (Tibet Tourism Board).

Pre trip meeting
We will have pre trip meeting of our entire Tibet tour at a day earlier than your tour starts from kathmandu. Meeting will be at 5:00 PM at our central office located in Kathmandu, Nepal. All the trip briefing and remaining payments of the trip will be settled by the same time.

Meals and Accommodation
This tour is inclusive with bed and breakfast. While in tour, we provide the twin sharing accommodation. Your accommodation in Lhasa and Gyantse will be deluxe, Sighaste hotel is a tourist standard and accommodation at Nylam and Lhatse will be basic guest house. This is a transit way to Lhasa so for the first two nights’ accommodation are relatively poor than other days, as they are the only options available for touring groups at this route.

Our entire Tibet tours are with the breakfast basis. You do have to look after your lunch and dinner by yourself but no worries, there are a lots of Tibetan/ Chinese restaurant for your foods at the every places you will overnight and you may have different choice of the food as well. You may estimate approx of US$-15 to 20 dollars for you lunch and dinner per day.

Your hotel in Kathmandu do not includes in the tour but you may ask us to reserve and we would assist you to book your hotel in Kathmandu as per your preferred budget on additional cost.

Clothing and Equipment
For your traveling to Tibet, it is most essential to know what to bring with you and what are the essential clothing and equipments during the travelling time. Basically, we suggest bringing clothes based on season and altitude. During the trip you'll needed down, medium fabrics and good hiking shoe. Please find the equipment list below for your personal use during your travel to Tibet with us:

A pair of light hiking/trekking boots depend on your season and altitude, a pair of sandals, 2 pairs of woolen socks and some pair of hiking socks, 1 medium poly pro shirt, 1 pile jacket, 1 down jacket, 1 woolen hat , a pair of sunglasses, a pair of glove with liner, a pair of woolen gloves, one day bag, sunscreen lotion SPF 10 to 25 and sunscreen stick SPF 10 to 30, some reading books (optional), 1 walkman (optional) and music tapes (optional), a one liter water bottle, 1 flash light with few sets of batteries, 1 sleeping bag (-5 to -20) depends on your season and altitude, few t-shirts and few long and warm trousers, one wind and water proof trouser, rain poncho, nail cutter, Swiss knives etc. are the recommended to bring with you. Also most of the equipments can buy or hire in Kathmandu.

Our Tibet tour is designed specially with keeping maximum days en route while driving to high elevation so nothing to be worried.

Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is most essential for travelling to Tibet; which protect your financial securities and compensate your lost property as well as life security. Please make sure that you are bringing a copy of your travel insurance and report this to us during your pre-trip meeting with us at our head office in Kathmandu before the tour starts on following day morning. Travel insurance should cover any emergency evacuation, trip cancellation and medical expenses for your Tibet trip.

Climate and Weather
Climate in Tibet is totally different than climate in Nepal. As Tibet is a rain shadow part of the Himalayas, the Tibetan climate is not as harsh as many people imagine it to be. The best time to travel to Tibet is from March to the beginning of November, but among them, August and September are the most recommended. But if you only stay in Lhasa, you can go there any time of the year. Sun radiation is extremely strong in Tibet. The sunlight in Lhasa is so intense that the city is called Sunlight City. The thin air can neither block off nor retain heat so that the temperature extremes can be met in daytime and the same night respectively in Tibet.

Passport and Visa Requirements & permit
Before you traveling, check your passport and validity date. You most require a valid passport to visit Tibet. Passports most have at least 6 months validity after finish date of your trip. We most require your copy of your passport details either fax it or scan copy to our email during your booking of Tibet tour with us through which we would make your Tibet travel permit in advance.

For making your Chinese visa/Tibet visa; Chinese embassy require your original passport to obtain the Chinese visa which we do upon on your arrival in Kathmandu and even if you have already obtained Chinese visa from your homeland county this visa doesn't work travelling to Tibet from Nepal side so we have to get you a new Tibet/china visa and your previously existing visa will be cancelled. Recently, Chinese embassy in Kathmandu is providing visa on Monday, Wednesday and Friday so you should arrive at least two days in prior to Kathmandu before departing to Tibet tour.

Your Tibet traveling permit and your Chinese visa will be valid for approx of 2 weeks to 21 days and within that timeframe, you have to exit from this country. Please do write us if you traveling to mainland to china so you would required longer visa. Individual visa to Tibet is not possible if you not taking any tours; your Tibet/Chinese visa is a group visa along with the groups. Always keep your passport with you and check your original visa while entering to Tibet and leaving this beautiful country after your tours ends.

Our Experience
Nepal vision trek has been stabilized in 1992 with Govt. registered company based in Kathmandu, Nepal and we are working in adventure travel in the Himalaya of Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India carries long experience and built up own history in tourism. Our long experience in adventure travel, we are even more dedicated to fulfill our clients' requirement and always sincere with clients gratification. We are also delighted to say that many of our clients return again and again to travel with us and many of our new clients are through recommendations and word of mouth from happy and satisfied clients who have previously traveled with us.

How to Book
While you have chosen your trip, contact our head office by mail or phone to check the availability dates, groups or any remaining question you may have. We are happy to help and reply responsively as soon as possible. We'll hold your booking with us before your final decision. Please read properly our trip booking terms & conditions before your booking and fill up the booking form (download from our website) along with the appropriate deposit of 20 % per person in advance and payment made through the bank transfer or submit your credit card (visa/master card) details with booking form. When you choose the method of advance payment in an appropriate way, a signed and completed booking form will still be required for confirmation of booking. Bookings will only be confirmed once we receive a completed and signed booking form along with appropriate payment and passport photo copy.

The final balance for your booking will be on arrival in Kathmandu. We will invoicing you after your arrival for the final balance along with other final pre departure details as appropriate. Your final invoice will show the price based on the previous quote at the time of invoicing.

We wish you a wonderful Tibet tour with us!

Clothing and Equipment

Trekking in Himalaya means uphill and downhill walking in remote part. So your health and physical fitness plays the vital role for completing this trek. If your level of fitness is good and your health is excellent, you can join this trek even you never done trekking in the high Himalayan region.
Credit cards are not accepted in during your trekking period so you have to use only Nepalese Rupees cash. In Kathmandu and other major cities modern banking facilities are available.
  • Valid Passport – must be valid for up to 6 months after you return from your tour, keep a separate photocopy with Nepal visa.
  • Travel insurance, keep a separate photocopy
  • Return flight tickets
  • Insurance coverage policy
  • Cash and Traveler’s Checks, keep numbers and proof of purchase separate
  • Emergency contact numbers for T/C’s, banks, insurance, family contacts.
  • Bring a pen and a diary
The teahouse accepts Nepalese currency so you must have enough Nepalese currency with you.
You can get money exchange at your hotel or we will recommend you the better place where you get good exchanging rates. So once you are here in Kathmandu consult with your dealing manager for money exchange.
Nepal Immigration accepts US dollars only for visa. Please bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs
In the tea house trekking arrangement, they will provide private rooms. And most of the places, the bathrooms are shared and running water facility.
Most of the tea houses we get electricity facility in during the trekking period. You can charge your electronic devices.
No there is not any extra fees charges during the trek.
If you need to purchase some gear or supplies you can get it in Thamel area in Kathmandu. In Thamel you can get different international brand as well as local brand.
Our airport representative will be waiting you at the arrival gate of the airport holding your name so find your name at the arrival gate of the airport.
Mountains weather is difficult to predict. Although; at night it is generally more cool and the days are warm. Winter (January and February) will be colder but the days can be warm if the sun is out. There will be bit of snow during the month of January, February and December. It is also important to make sure that you can stay warm and dry in just about any conditions. Expect the unexpected! Average Temperatures in Nepal (in Degree Celsius)

Height Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May
Katmandu 16/28 14/26  7/22 1/20 1/18 4/20 7/25 12/28 16/30
1000 m 20/28 16/25 11/22 6/20 5/19 8/20 11/25 15/29 17/30
2000 m 13/22 10/21 4/17 1/14 0/13 1/14 4/18 8/22 12/23
3000 m 11/19 6/18 1/15 -2/13 -3/12  -1/13 2/16 5/19 8/20
4000 m 1/13 -3/12 -8/8 -10/6 -12/4 -10/5 -6/9  -3/12 -1/13
5000 m -1/10 -6/8 -11/6 -13/4 -18/3 -14/5 -8/7 -4/11 -2/12
In Tea House trek you will served a variety of local foods including such items as Tibetan fried bread, soups, momo’s (steamed dumplings), daal- bhat (lentils and rice), tarkari (steamed, fried, or curried vegetables), potatoes (prepared in dozens of ways), pastas and even a version of pizza. Meats are rarely eaten although you may have canned tuna or sardines and the occasional yak stew. Breakfasts typically consist of eggs (prepared in many ways), hot porridge, muesli, toast, peanut butter and honey.
A backpack (also called rucksack, knapsack, packsack, and pack) is, in its simplest form, a cloth sack carried on one's back and secured with two straps that go over the shoulders.
It is difficult to wash your clothes in during your trekking period.
Bring Diamox (altitude sickness medicine) and your personal medication with you.
A trekking holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. Along your trekking we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food if you inform us prior enough time to manage extra day/s trekking.
The weight limit for the trek is 15kgs/33 pounds (LBS) per guest, as it is the maximum weight that the porters can carry. It is also important to note that "hard" luggage poses a problem: soft "duffel-bags" are recommended.
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