Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland Tour

Tour Highlights:

  • Hike for 8 hours to Everest Base Camp
  • Khumbum Stupa and Phalkot Monastery
  • Scenic 1 hour flight from Kathmandu to Nyalam
  • Shakya Monastery, Potala Palaca, Zokhang Temple, Barkhor Bazar
  • Drepung Monastry, Sera monastery,  Tashilumpu Monastery


Trip Cost Includes:

  • Accommodation in Standard Hotels on Twin Sharing Basiis
  • Local Guide & Support Staff
  • All Private Ground Transportation Including Airport Transfer
  • Meals (Breakfast) 
  • Tibet Travel Permit

Day 01: DRIVE FROM KATHMANDU (1300m) TO NYALAM  (3750m) 5-6 Hrs

After early breakfast we set on a drive to Tibet border. We take lunch at the border. At the border, first of all we clear Nepali customs/immigration and we walk for 15 minute across Friendship Bridge to Tibet where the Chinese border police will check our passport and visa. It is at this point where we will find our Land Cruiser waiting for us which accommodates 4 passengers and 1 driver per vehicle.  After driving for 30 minute we reach Zhangmu , where second immigration formalities have to be done. After immigration formalities, again we continue our drive for an hour to Nyalam.
Overnight: Guest House in Nyalam

Meals: Breakfast


In the morning, we take some walk around Nylam which would help us to acclimatize with the high altitude. Then we rest for some time, take our breakfast, and head for Tingri. We cross two high passes: Nyalam La (3800m/12,464 ft) and Lalung La pass (5082m/16,668 ft).  We enjoy the breathtaking panorama of the Himalayan range including Mt. Everest – a fitting backdrop to the vastness of the Tibetan plateau.

Overnight: Hotel in Old Tingri

Meals: Breakfast


After breakfast easy 105km drive to Rongbuk. Rongbuk monastery is the highest monastery in Tibet. From Rongbuk we hike for 8 hours to reach Everest Base Camp. The base camp itself is dry and barren but the amazing view of Everest and the excitement of being face to face with the world’s highest mountain compensate all.

Overnight: Hotel in Rongbuk

Meals: Breakfast


Morning drive to Sakya to visit famous Sakya Monastery. Sakya Monastery is the ancestral temple of Sakyapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. The monastery was founded by Khon Konchog Gyalpo of the Song Dynasty (960-1279), also the founder of Sakyapa sect of Lamaism. Sakya, means "Grey Soil" in Tibetan since the soil surrounding it is gray. The monastery is to the Sakyapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism.  In the evening we arrive in Xigatse, the second biggest city in Tibet.

Overnight: Hotel in Xigatse

Meals: Breakfast

Day 05:  DRIVE XIGATSE~GYANTSE~LHASA (3650m/11,972 ft): 365 Kms/ 7 hrs  
In the morning visit the Tashilunpo Monastery. After breakfast, embark on a pleasant 2 hours drive to Gyantse. Here, we visit the Khumbum Stupa and Phalkot Monastery. From Gyantse, we continue to Lhasa: cross the Karo La (5010m/16,432 ft) and Kamba La (4794m/15,725 ft) pass and lake YamdrokTso(Turquoise Lake).  You will cross the YarlungTsangpo (Brahamaputra) river and see the distant views of the Potala Palace.

Overnight: Hotel in Lhasa

Meals: Breakfast


Day 06: LHASA SIGHTSEEING: Sera Monastery,Norbulingkha, Jokhang Temple & Barkhor Market

Foremost, our tour begins with a visit to Sera Monastery. An experienced tour guide also working as an interpreter will guide us through this preserved monastery of white-washed walls and golden roofs. Then we visit the Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. Jokhang Temple is another important sacred site which unravels more deep seated mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism. Visit to Barkhor Market can be quite a change from other visits as we roam around the city.

Overnight: Hotel in Lhasa

Meals: Breakfast


Day 07: LHASA SIGHTSEEING: Potala Palace & Drepung Monastery

Like the previous day, you experience invaluable insights during your visits to Potala Palace and Drepung Monastery. The 17th century Potala Palace offers an awesome view of entire city and also has private quarters of the Dalai Lama, numerous grand state rooms and chapels. Ancient history has it that Drepung Monastery which was built in 14th century used to shelter around 10,000 monks but as now there has been quite a declination resulting in only few hundreds. Tibetans' respect and belief are immensely knotted with this monastery.

Overnight: Hotel in Lhasa

Meals: Breakfast



Your trip ends today. Till your flight time you have the leisure time on your own. Our representative will drop you at airport for your scheduled departure flight.

Meals: Breakfast

Please email us or call us at +977 9841414582 and we will happily organize your trip on the date appropriate for you.


Best Months

The best months for this tour is between March to October


The weather in the mountains is difficult to predict. Nights are generally cooler than the daytime. It is also important to make sure that you can stay warm and dry in just about any conditions. Depending on the season the temperature could range from -15°C to 20°C.


Tibetan-standard two-star hotel accommodation (mostly twin-sharing room) in Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse and basic guesthouse accommodation for rest of the town in Tibet.

We try our best to provide the best accommodation available but please do keep in mind that you are taking an adventure tour, and sometimes the arrangement may be basic. Traveling in Tibet is a fantastic experience but sometimes you have to put up with a bit of discomfort. To enjoy this trip you need to have an adventurous spirit and the ability to adapt to minor discomforts.



All the restaurants that we dine at cater for Continental, Chinese, Mexican, American based cuisine with some local influences, always plenty to choose from.

There are small Tibetan restaurants which serve authentic Tibetan food. Your Tibetan guide will help you find a good place with reasonable price . You can try ethnic Tibetan cuisine. Have some momos or gyantok, and wash it down with a cup of salted Tibetan butter tea. Meals will either be in the hotel or at a restaurant. While on the road, lunch will be at one of the many Chinese tea shops along the way which generally serve a variety of noodle and vegetable dishes and meat where available. Expect to spend around USD 15 to 20 per day for meals.



We use private vehicles for sightseeing, city tours and pickups and the best 4WD SUVs for the overland drive across the Tibetan highland. These vehicles are extremely sturdy, spacious and reliable and they make the journey as comfortable as possible. For larger groups, we also use supported trucks to carry your luggage.


Visa & Tibet Travelling Permit

Visas for individual travel in China are easy to get from most Chinese Embassies. But the Chinese Visa and Tibet Permits are different. All travellers entering Tibet must also obtain SPECIAL TRAVEL PERMITS from the Tibetan Tourism Bureau (TTB), Lhasa which is required to buy an air ticket into Tibet. One cannot travel to Tibet with Chinese Visa. So, visitors need to enter Tibet either through mainland China or Nepal. TRAVELLERS MUST OFFICIALLY BE PART OF A GROUP TOUR with a guide who will help dealing with the Chinese authorities at checkpoints. If you are traveling to Tibet via Nepal, you must obtain the Chinese visa which must be issued by the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu but if you are planning to enter Tibet via mainland China, you need to get the Chinese visa from Chinese Embassy in your home country. As soon as you book the trip, Eve Holidays will arrange for the Tibet Travel Permits, for which you need to send us the copy of your passport if you wish to enter Tibet via Nepal and copies of your passport and Chinese Visa if you wish to enter Tibet via mainland China.

1. Your passport should be valid for at least six months before travelling. Visa is not provided to the passports with less than six months' validity. You need two passport-sized photos for the visa application.

2. All Tibet permits can be obtained using photocopy of your passport but you need your original passport to apply for Chinese visa. Visa section in Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu is open on every Monday, Wednesday and Friday only from 10:00 hrs to 11:30 hrs for submitting and collecting passports. Normally Chinese Embassy takes 5 working days to issue the tourist visa but they issue visa even in a day charging an extra Urgent Visa Fee on top of normal fee

3. Travellers must use the same passport for Nepal and Tibet.

4. Itinerary and the places to visit in Tibet must be stated clearly and finalized in advance because while applying for a Chinese visa from Kathmandu, a copy of this should be attached. Travel permit from the Tibet Tourism Bureau (Lhasa) is obtained according to the places mentioned in the itinerary.

5.The Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu does not issue Chinese visas to individual travellers and will even cancel any existing Chinese visa once you apply for it from Nepal.

6. Travellers are not allowed to carry any Tibetan religious books, literatures, photographs, especially related to Dalai Lama during your travel to Tibet. Possessions of such are confiscated and you are not allowed to enter Tibet

7. Rules and regulations regarding Chinese visa and Tibet travel permit keeps on changing very often, therefore we suggest our customers to consult us regarding the visa issues so that your all programs and plans goes smoothly without any obstacles.


Tour Guides

English speaking Tibetan guide 


Insurance Coverage

A travel insurance policy that covers medical expenses, evacuation, theft and loss is recommended.


Contact Us

Information required for this trip is provided here. If you want to consult us regarding any aspect of the trip, please feel free to email us or give us a call at +977 9841414582