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8 Days Tibet Classic Tour from Kathmandu

Himalaya Overlanding


Take the big convenience of international arrival in Nepal, and extend your trip from Kathmandu to the miraculous Tibet plateau. Go to visit the most classic destinations in Tibet, such as Mount Everest, Shigatse, Gyantse and Lhasa.

Highlights of this tour

  • Get to Tibet through the Tibet-Nepal Border from Kathmandu;
  • Enjoy the magnificent views on the highest peak Mount Everest - flag cloud, sunset, galaxy...;
  • Visit the Golden Triangle Destinations of Tibet - Lhasa, Shigatse and Gyantse.

Important Notice: Good News - Gyirong Port on Tibet-Nepal border, about 89km from Kathmandu and 360km from Mount Everest in Tibet side, is now open for foreign travelers. It is available to travel from Kathmandu to Lhasa, or from Lhasa to Kathmandu by land now. Hurry up to enjoy the Himalaya adventures!

Basic Trip Information

Travel Route:
Kathmandu / Everest / Lhatse / Shigatse / Lhasa
Travel Length:
8 Days and 7 Nights
Tour Code:
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Any day you want

Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Kathmandu - Gyirong

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Today you will drive about 89km from Kathmandu to the border of China and Tibet - Gyirong Port. Once arrival, you will be greeted by tour guide after passing the custom.

Then drive to Gyirong Town for accommodation.

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Day 4 Gyirong - Mount Everest ( B )

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Today, you will drive to the highest peak in the World - Mount Everest. Though it's a long driving about 360km, but it's necessary and worthy your efforts. You have chance to see the clear face of Mount Shishapangma Peak and beautiful Pekutso Lake. 

After arrival at Rongbuk Monastery, you will find all the effort of the trip swept away by the sight of the majestic peak of Everest rising in front of you. You can then rest for a while before visiting this featured monastery of the Nyingma Buddhist sect.

Accommodations are at Rongbuk Guest House or local tents.

Tips for today: 1) prepare some food and drinks to take with you because there are only some basic foods offered at Mount Everest; 2) pack warm and thick clothes for the cold; 3) get fully prepared for the high altitude (5100m).

Mount Everest - Tibetan
Day 3 EBC – Tingri - Lhatse ( B )

Get up early to catch the beautiful sunrise over the stunning landscape around Everest. The morning sunlight shining on the highest peak of the world makes it appear like a golden pyramid. On clear days, you also have a chance to witness the God-given sight of “flag clouds”.

After watching the sunrise, you will take the eco-bus to Everest Base Camp (EBC), located about 8km from Rongbuk Monastery. EBC is the most important base for mountaineers planning to climb even further to the top of Mount Everest. Take a closer view of Mount Everest from the Base’s elevated sightseeing platform with its many colorful Buddhist prayer flags waving in the breeze to witness the clear face of giant Mount Everest in all of its glory.

At the end of this visit return to the Rongbuk area and drive back to Lhatse County along the road you arrived on. After arrival at the day’s destination, check into your hotel. The rest of the day is for you to take a good rest and explore on your own.

Mount Everest - EBC

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Day 4 Lhatse - Shigatse ( B )

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After breakfast, you will drive drive about 50km to visit the head monastery of Sakya Sect of Tibetan Buddhism - Sakya Monastery. Sakya, in Tibetan, means gray and while earth. So you can see many temples and walls painted in gray and white. Sakya Monastery is known as the “Second Dunhuang” because of its rich collection of arts, historical relics, including more than 24,000 Buddhism books, 3,000 Thangkas, Buddha statues, porcelains, wall paintings, etc.

Leave Sakya Monastery, then drive about 4 hours to Shigatse - the second largest city in Tibet. After arrival, go to visit the famous Tashilhunpo Monastery. Tashilhunpo Monastery is one of the biggest monasteries in Tibet covering more than 300,000 square meters. It, together with Sera, Ganden and Drepung Monastery in Lhasa, Ta ’ er Lamasery in Qinghai and Labrang Lamasery in southern Gansu, is famous as “Six Great Monasteries of Gelug”. It was built in 1447 of Ming Dynasty by the disciple of Buddhism master Tsongkhapa, then became the Buddhism center of Tsang region. It has been the traditional seat of successive Panchen Lamas who is one of two most powerful leaders of Buddhists.

Overnight at Shigatse.

Sakya Monastery Grey Soil Tower
Day 5 Shigatse – Lhasa ( B )

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Today you will be transferred from Shigatse to Lhasa (8-hour drive).

En route, you’ll stop at Gyangtse to see the Palcho Monastery and have lunch. Palcho Monastery was built in 1427. It is a traditional Tibetan monastery which is a fusion of Han, Tibetan and Nepali architecture, and has both temples and stupa. Palcho Monastery’s symbol is its Kumbum Stupa which is famous for having 100,000 figures of Buddha in the chapels, niches and wall paintings of Kumbum.

Leave Gyantse for Yamdrok Lake, one of three most famous holy lakes in Tibet. For Tibetans, it is one of the four holy lakes of Tibet and the home of the “wrathful deities”. The scenery of turquoise blue water in the lake with the reflection of surrounding snow-capped mountains is awesome.

Keep driving until arriving at Lhasa City. Stay overnight at Lhasa.

Yamdrok Lake in Gyantse
Day 6 Lhasa ( B )

After breakfast, start an incredible day of exploration in Lhasa city. The grandiose Potala Palace will be the first site to discover. After more than 1300 years of historical changes, this colossal palace still dominates the skyline of Lhasa city. The Palace is the political and religious center of Tibet and has served as the governance and preaching site for the Dalai Lama. Climbing up the sacred steps to the Red Palace and White Palace you will explore their marvelous interiors full of exquisite Thangkas, numerous Buddha statues, vivid wall paintings, and other works of Buddhist art.

In the afternoon, first visit the holiest Buddhist temple in Tibet, Jokhang Temple, where the 12-year-old-like Shakyamuni statue is consecrated. With a history stretching over 1,300 years, this temple combines the architectural styles of Tibet, China, Nepal and India. As a spiritual center of Tibet, Jokhang Temple attracts hundreds of devoted pilgrims to worship there every day. Outside the door of Jokhang Temple is the famous pilgrimage circle, Barkhor Street, where you can join faithful Tibetans in colorful attires walking the circle around Jokhang Temple.

Tips for today: 1) wear suitable headgear and glasses to protect you from strong sunlight, but do not wear any hat while visiting inside the Tibetan monasteries; 2) photography is not allowed inside the chapels of monasteries; 3) have your passport with you all of the time.

Golden-roof of Jokhang TemplePotala Palace

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Day 7 Lhasa ( B )

After breakfast, we start our day with a visit to the summer palace of the Dalai Lamas and also the largest Tibetan garden – Norbulingka Park. The luxuriant trees and flowers, cool ponds and comfortable palaces make Norbulingka the best place for a summer retreat. Then drive about 5km westward to Drepung Monastery. This monastery has played a crucial role in Tibet Buddhism as the school of the Dalai Lamas. As you walk along, immense temples and chapels leap to your eyes one after another. In its heyday, more than 10,000 monks lived and studied in the monastery. Various Buddhist rituals are performed in the monastery during festivals, most famous being the ceremony of Buddha Display in the annual Shoton Festival.

We will then visit the featured six hundred year-old Sera Monastery, famous for its grand ceremony of Buddhist debating and its beautiful temples with sensational icons, murals and history.

Tips for today: 1) please follow the Buddhist manners - talk in a low voice, always be respectful of others, reflect on the Buddha’s teachings in these holy sites, and remain quiet and respectful when visiting temples 2) be sure to carry some water with you.

Sera Monastery DebatingNorbulingka

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Day 8 Lhasa Departure ( B )

Today is free for you until we transfer you to the airport in time for your flight.

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