Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland Tour via EBC is a tour package which begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa, following the sightseeing program in Lhasa, then forwards to the EBC passing through the famous city like Gyantse, Shigatse and Rongbuk. The tour offers the spectacular sightseeing in Lhasa which includes the famous sites like Potala Palace, Norbulinka Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Tibet Museum along with Sera and Drepung Monsteries.
Lhasa, whose name means “the Land of Gods” in Tibetan, located at an altitude of 3,700 meter is the capital of Tibet Autonomous Region. Due to its sufficient sunshine annually, it is also famed as “The Sunshine City”. It is considered to be highest region in the world and is often called as “The Roof of The World”. Offering the spectacular Potala Palace, Drepung Monastery, Barkhor Street and Norbulingka Palace, Lhasa serves as the popular destination for the traveler. Lhasa has many sites of Historic interest, including Potala Palace which was the chief residence of the Dalai Lama. The Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Norbulingka Palace are included in UNESCO world heritage sites.
What to Expect?
Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland Tour via EBC offers the spectacular sightseeing in Lhasa which includes the famous sites like Potala Palace, Norbulinka Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Tibet Museum along with Sera and Drepung Monsteries, then forwards to the Everest Base Camp passing through the famous city like Gyantse, Shigatse and Rongbuk.
Day 01: Fly Kathmandu (1,300m) to Lhasa (3,650m)
Commence your Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland Tour via EBC with a flight from Tribhuwan International Airport and fly towards the majestic city Lhasa. Then drive to the hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Lhasa
Today we observe the famous places like Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace and Tibet Museum. The heart of Lhasa Potala Palace situated in the Red Hill by the side of the Lhasa River is a treasure house where you can view precious arts and learn Tibetan arts, crafts and tasty cuisines. Norbulingka Palace located on the west of Lhasa is a short distance to the southwest of Potala Palace. It is regarded as the summer palace of Dalai Lama and it’s well preserved murals, superb mandalas and frescoes are fascinating sights not to be missed. It is the largest garden, with the best scenery and the most historical site in Tibet. Tibet museum is located in the southeast corner of Norbulingka Palace and covers an area of 23,508 square meters. The museum buildings is a pioneering institution in the history of the region. The complex is a wonderful combination of Chinese and Tibetan architectural styles. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 03: Excursion in Lhasa
After breakfast we continue our sightseeing tour in Lhasa with the fabulous view of Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street and Sera and Drepung Monasteries. The Jokhang Temple is located in Centra Lhasa and is the ultimate pilgrimage destination for Tibetan Pilgrims. It is four-storey timber complex with a golden top. The Jokhang Temple is surrounded by the Barkhor Street which comprises a series of circular streets that encompass numerous merchants and vendors offering a wide variety of Local Tibetan arts, crafts and delicious foods. The Sera Monastery is situated 5 km north to Lhasa. The magnificent monastery covers an area of 114,946 square meters (28 acres). The Drepung Monastery lies 8 km west of Lhasa and is largest Monastery in the Tibet that occupies over 10,000 of Monks. The ground of Monastery is organized on the caves and temples for Jamyamg Qoigyi, together with two magnificent white pagodas. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04: Lhasa to Gyantse (3,950m)
On the third day of Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland Tour via EBC we cover the distance of about 325 km for about 5 to 6 hours and reach Gyantse (3,950m) which was historically considered the third largest and most prominent town in the Tibet region after Lhasa and Shigatse. We take route via Karo La Pass and Yamdrok Lake. The scenery between Yamdrok Lake and the Glacier is truly magnificent. As you go around the lakeshore to stop in Nangartse, you see snow peaked mountains contrasted with blue sky and turquoise waters, yaks and Tibetans. Overnight at hotel.
Day 05: Gyantse to Shigatse (3,900m)
After breakfast we head for Shigatse (3,900m), Tibet’s second largest town and the traditional capital of Tsang province is a modern, sprawling city, with wide boulevards humming with traffic. While traveling 95 km from Gyantse to Shigatse for about 2 to 3 hours we encounter the beautiful Shalu Monastery which is very popular for its murals and paintings that you can find inside the chapels and assembly hall and this is the only monastery that consist both Tibetan and Han arts inside the monastery. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 06: Shigatse to Rongbuk (5,000m)
Today we drive for comparatively longer time covering the distance of about 355 km and for about 6-7 hours towards Rongbuk (5,000m). In the way we pass through the wonderful Sakya Monastery which is famed as the “Second Dunhuang” due to its colossal collection of numerous Tibetan Buddhist scriptures, murals and thangkas. Monastery also treasures some historical relics, such as seals, Buddhist figures, porcelain wares and embroidery from the Song and Yuan Dynasties. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 07: Rongbuk to Tringri via Everest Base Camp (5,200m)
On the seventh morning of Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland Tour via EBC, we make the short 8km drive to Everest Base Camp (5200m) where we are 15km from this magnificent mountain(Mt Everest; 8848m high; known as Chomolangma to the Tibetans, and translated to Qomolangma by the Chinese. In Nepal, it is Sagarmatha.) We enjoy the breathtaking view of the world tallest mountain Everest and its surroundings. Then we drive for the Tringri. Overnight at hotel in Tringri.
Day 08: Tringri to Kerung (2,700m)
Today we ride a comparatively long but an exotic drive from Tringri to Kerung enjoying the dramatic landscapes and the scenic beauty. Overnight at hotel.
Day 09: Kerung to Kathmandu (1,300m)
Your Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland Tour via EBC terminates today so after breakfast drive towards Kathmandu. The distance from Kathmandu to Rasuwa Bridge of Gyirong (Kerung) Port, the China-Nepal border, is about 160 km and will take about 6 hours. We enjoy the striking drive viewing the landscapes of both Tibet and Nepal till reaching the Kathmandu.
- Private transportation as per the group size.
- English speaking Tibetan Guide.
- Accommodation on twin sharing room basis except guest houses.
- Daily breakfast.
- Everest base camp entry permit.
- All Monastery entry fees as per your itinerary.
- Tibet travel permit.
- Lunch & Dinner.
- Train or Air fare of any sectors.
- Insurance of any kind.
- Natural or political disturbance which beyond our control.
- Personal expenses such as drinks, tips, porter charge etc.
- Nepal re- entry visa fee (If coming to Nepal)
During the trip; weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factor, that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered. We will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy going nature will be an asset!