Lhasa to Kathmandu Tour

Trip Highlights

  1. Popular places of Tibet like Lhasa, Shigatse, Gyantse, Shegar, Sakya.
  2. Potala and Norbulingka Palaces, Tibet Museum, Gyantse Fortress (Dzong), old Barkhor Bazaar.
  3. Jokhang, Drepung, Sakya and Tashilhunpo Monasteries.
  4. High Passes
  5. Himalayan Range.
  6. Tibetan culture and hospitality.
Lhasa to Kathmandu Tour
Photo Khumbum Gyantse, Tibet.
Trip Duration: 6 days(s)
Max Altitude: Gyatso La Pass (5220 m)
Lodging: Hotels
Transportation: Flight / Private vehicle
Communication: Yes
Group Size: Any
Best Season: April-December

Trip Overview

This short tour from Lhasa to Kathmandu gives you the clear glimpse of the Tibet. We can explore the popular places of Tibet like Lhasa, Shigatse, Gyantse, Shegar, Sakya. However, we will not have overnight in Sakya and Gyantse but we can explore the renowned attraction there. In this short excursion we explore the magnificent palaces like Potala and Norbulingka with Tibet Museum, Gyantse Fortress (Dzong) and old Barkhor Bazar. Aslo we will visit the stunning Monasteries like Jokhang,Drepung, Sakya and Tashilhunpo.In this short trip we will pass a few high passes with the magnificent Himalayan Range.

Outline

Day 01: Arrival Lhasa (3650 m)
Day 02: Full day sightseeing of Lhasa
Day 03: Explore Lhasa.
Day 04: Drive to Shigatse (3,900m): 367km, 9 hrs
Day 05: Drive to Shegar (4,190m), 240 km, 4 hrs
Day 06: Drive to Kathmandu (1,300m), 365km, 8 hrs

Service includes

  1. All accommodation in Kathmandu on BB basis.
  2. Guided Tibet tour.
  3. Entrance fees.
  4. All necessary Travel Permits.
  5. All transfer in private vehicle.
  6. Travel Permit.
  7. Tibet Visa Fees.

Service does not include

  1. International flights ticket.
  2. Meals
  3. Travel, Medical and Personal insurance.
  4. Cost of personal nature like tipping, laundry bills, bar bills etc.
  5. Extra cost arises due to unpredicted incidents like cancellation of internal flights, floods, strike etc.
  6. Personal gears.

Itinerary

Day 01:  Arrival Lhasa (3650 m)
We reach in Lhasa Gongar airport directly from Nepal or through Mainland China. From Nepal we can enjoy the spectacular flight with the magnificent Himalayan Range. While flying we are above the World Highest Peak Mt. Everest (8848 m), Kanchenjunga (8536 m) and many other small peaks. Upon arrival you will meet a representative from Adventure Mission Nepal and transfer to the respective hotel in Lhasa. Overnight stay at Lhasa.

Day 02: Full day sightseeing of Lhasa
Today after a delicious breakfast we start our sightseeing of Lhasa. Today we explore the magnificent Norbulinka and Potala Palaces. Potala palace was constructed in 17th century and it grants superb view of the whole city and residence of the Dalai Lama with several impressive rooms and garden. Similarly, Norbulinka literally means "Treasure Park".It is situated at the area about 360000 sq. m and is taken as the one of the largest artificial garden in Tibet and is also the summer Palace of Dalai Lama. On the same way, we explore the Tibet Museum which is taken as the authorized museum of Tibet. Museum possesses more than 1000 permanent artifacts associated to the history and culture of Tibet. Overnight stay at Lhasa.

Day 03: Explore Lhasa.
Today is the second day of sightseeing of Lhasa. Today we explore Sera Monastery, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Bazaar and Drepung Monastery. Drepung Monastery was constructed in 14th century and assumed to have privileged about 10000 monks in the years ago but now there are only few hundreds. Tibetan people are highly concerted in this stunning monastery with the culture, religious belief and history.  Sera monastery is one of magnificent monasteries situated at 5 km north of Lhasa city. This pretty monastery was once a residence of more than 5000 monks. Jokhang Temple lies at the centre of Old Lhasa. It is a residence of Tibet's most valuable spiritual remnant, a golden Sakyamuni Buddha which was brought as a present by the Chinese Princess Wen Cheng on the time of her marriage to the Tibetan King Songtsen Gompo. Similarly, we visit Barkhor market; it is heart of Lhasa with its open shops and mass of pilgrims. Overnight stay at Lhasa.

Day 04:  Drive to Shigatse (3,900m): 367km, 9 hrs
Today we head towards Shigatse. Shigatse is the second biggest city in Tibet. On the way we pass through the Khamba La pass (4794 m), Yamdrok- Tso (Turquoise lake) which is taken as one of the sacred lake in Tibet and also stunning Mt. Nazin Kang Sa (7252 m). On moving forward, we also pass Karo La Pass (5045 m) on the west.  Upon arrival at Gyantse we explore the stupa named Khumbum, Phalkot Monastery and of course Gyantse Dzong. Gyantse Dzong is one of the protected Dzongs in Tibet. We stay overnight at Shigatse.

Day 05: Drive to Shegar (4,190m), 240 km, 4 hrs
Today after early breakfast we explore the renowned places of Shigatse. We see the renowned Tashilhunpo monastery which has both cultural and historical significance by first Dalai Lama in 1447. After that we move towards Shegar through Sakya area. Upon arrival at Sakya area we explore Sakya monastery, it is the inherited and ancient temple of Sakyapa of Tibetan Buddhism. Similarly, today we cross two passes - Tso La Pass (4500 m) and Gyatso La Pass (5220 m). After few hours of drive we reach Shegar. Stroll Shegar area at evening. We stay overnight at Shegar.

Day 06: Drive to Kathmandu (1,300m), 365km, 8 hrs
Today we depart from Shegar to Kathmandu after our delicious breakfast. While driving we pass through the two passes- Lalung La (5,124m) and Shung La (5,200m). Also we can see the stunning and giant views of the Himalayan Range like Cho-Oyu, Shishapangma and massif Gauri Shankar. After that we come down from the dry Tibetan land to the lush vegetation of Zhangmu. After some Km drive from Zhangmu to Friendship Bridge on the Bhote Koshi River takes us to the immigration department in Kodari where we complete some official formalities and say goodbye to our Tibetan guide and moves across the river to assemble with the Nepalese representative. After that about 4 / 5 hours of scenic drive we arrive at Kathmandu. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

Trip FAQs

When is the best time to visit Tibet?
May to October is considered the best time to visit Tibet, especially the Everest base camp trip in Tibet.

What's the weather like in Tibet?
Lhasa - Shigatse - Lhatse - Tingri – Nyalam have good weather throughout the year besides in peak winter as there is snowfall.
Mt.Everest Area: May to October is the best time as there is not snowfall and the temperature is comparatively warmer during this time of the year.
Mt. Kailash and Manasarovar: May to October is the best time as other time of the year the weather is Harsh most of the time with snow and rainfall. May to October also the weather can be bad sometimes but not bad enough that tours can’t be operated.
Eastern Tibet: Don't go to this area in July or August (the rainy season) because the rain could ruin the road, and make terrible landslides. In winter, the road could be frozen.
Northern Tibet: With the average altitude of 4,500m, this area offers very limited time for tourists. Summer (July to August) is the prime time to enjoy the great plain in northern Tibet.

What should I bring to travel in Tibet?
It pretty much depends on where in Tibet you are going.  If you are travelling in May –June casual thirsts and pants are enough with light jackets for the evening and the morning. If you are travelling to high altitudes or Everest region we recommend warm clothes and jackets.  Having sun glasses, sun blocking cream, moisture scream is a must to protect from the not so friendly environmental conditions of Tibet.

What is high season? What is the definition for high season, shoulder season and low season?
High season marks the most popular times of the year for travel in Tibet, due to the weather, holiday periods or other reasons. Therefore hotels, airlines and travel agencies are heavily booked, and prices are higher than at other times.
The seasons are usually defined as follows:
High season: July 1 to October 15.
Shoulder season: May 1 to June 30.
Low season: October 16 to April 30.
Travelers should also be aware that the peak holiday periods: first week in May, first week in October, and Chinese Spring Festival (often takes place in late January or early February) are particularly busy. Prices and bookings will be even higher than usual.

What currency do I have to use in Tibet?
Chinese Yuan or RMB is the currency in Tibet. Foreign currencies are not accepted in any place. You can exchange money in Nepal or at Banks and hotels in Tibet.

Are there ATM machines in Tibet?
Big cities in Tibet like Lhasa and Shigatse have ATM machines in major squares. Smaller towns and villages don’t have ATM so if you are travelling beyond Lhasa and Shigatse having cash is the best idea.

What credit cards are accepted in Tibet?
IN the big cities of Tibet all kinds of credit cards are accepted by some  hotels, restaurants and souvenir shops. You can use Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diner's club, and the JCB card of Japan. Again if travelling to villages and remote areas having cash along with you is the best thing.

What documents do I need if I am planning to travel to Tibet?
You need to have a valid passport, a valid China visa and a Tibet travel permit (sometimes people call it Entry permit or TTB, or Tibet visa).

Do I need Visa for China?
All visitors traveling to mainland China, whether for business or pleasure, require a visa. No Visa is required prior to enter Hong Kong; a Visa will be issued upon arrival. If you travel beyond Hong Kong, even for a few hours, you will need a China visa to enter China.

What is Tibet Travel Permit?
Tibet travel permit is the official document issued by Chinese government to visit Tibet for foreigners.

Does the hotel room have access to internet?
Very few.

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