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7 Days Join-in Lhasa to Kathmandu Tour via Mount Everest

Amazing Overland Driving Experience


Travelers who are drawn to the natural beauty and cultural heritage of the Himalayas often choose to visit both Tibet and Nepal. For those seeking an overland driving journey from Lhasa to Kathmandu via Mount Everest, this 7-day join-in tour is an excellent option. Whether you're an experienced traveler or embarking on your first adventure, this tour is sure to provide an affordable and unforgettable experience.

Starting in the Holy City of Lhasa, the tour takes you on a scenic drive to Gyirong Port, where you'll encounter stunning Buddhist monasteries, breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains, and shimmering turquoise lakes. Along the way, you'll explore all the iconic destinations of Tibet, including the Holy City of Lhasa, historic Gyantse, Shigatse, and the magnificent Mount Everest. While the driving journey may be long, the stunning landscape and camaraderie with like-minded group members make the time fly by.

Highlights of this tour:

  • Enjoy an awe-inspiring view of Mount Everest - the highest mountain in the world from the best viewing deck in Rongbuk Monastery;
  • Get amazed by the breathtaking landscape of the azure Yamdrok Lake and enjoy a leisure walk around the lake;
  • Visit the landmarks in the Three Golden Cities (Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse), including magnificent Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Tashilhunpo Monastery, Palcho Monastery, etc.

Basic Trip Information

from $966
  1. 1. This price is for one person, based on 2 adults sharing one double-bed room;
  2. 2. This price is subject to change according to your traveling season, hotel class and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
Travel Route:
Lhasa / Gyantse / Shigatse / Everest / Gyirong
Travel Length:
7 Days and 6 Nights
Tour Code:
Group Size:
≤ 12 PAX
Fixed Departure
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Your tour - at a glance

Full Itinerary Day by Day

Day 1 Lhasa Arrival

Welcome to Tibet! Your local guide will pick you up upon your arrival at Gonggar airport or Lhasa Train Station, then escort you to your hotel in Lhasa. Enjoy the heart-stopping views along the road.

After arrival at your hotel, the rest of the day is free for you to explore the local area and acclimatize yourself to this high altitude city.

High altitude acclimatization tips: 1) Keep taking medicine for preventing high altitude sickness 2 days before going to Tibet; 2) Go for some walking to acclimate but avoid strenuous activity after arrival in Lhasa; 3) You’d better not have bath; 4) Drink more water.

Day 2 Lhasa City Tour (B, D)

After breakfast, your tour guide will pick you up in your hotel. Then drive about 30 minutes to visit the Drepung Monastery. This Gelug monastery has a history of more than 500 years. It used to be the largest monastery in the world with totally 10,000 monks there. Many precious stupas, sculptures, paintings, Thangka...are displayed in the hundreds of chapels. And the annual Shoton Festival is organized here.

In the afternoon, you will visit another famous Gelug monastery around Lhasa city - Sera Monastery, which is famous for its Buddhism Scriptures Debating. It is only 3km away from Lhasa city. Enjoy the debating.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

This evening, a welcoming dinner will be held to welcome all the members in your group tour.

Tips for today: 1) Feel free to ask tour guide questions about Buddhism or else; 2) If you have no idea where to have dinner, ask your guide for suggestions. Restaurant in your hotel is one of the choices.

  • Buddhism Scriptures Debating at Sera Monastery Buddhism Scriptures Debating at Sera Monastery
  • Monks at Drepung Monastery Entrance Monks at Drepung Monastery Entrance

Day 3 Lhasa City Tour (B)

After breakfast, go to visit the No.1 attraction in Tibet - Potala Palace. It is known as the highest palace in the world and one of the most famous architectural works in the world. Standing on the Red Hill of Lhasa, the Potala Palace is a treasure house of Tibetan history, religion, culture, and art. The palace is well worth visiting for its artistic value, historic purposes, and cultural awareness. Importantly Potala Palace is the winter palace of Dalai Lama. You will see many chapels in which Dalai Lama used to study, meditate, work and rest. Many famous past Dalai Lama's stupa are also housed here and decorated with golds, jades and jewels.

There are two attractions for you to visit in the afternoon. First, you’ll visit the Jokhang Temple. As the house of the Buddha, Jokhang is the holiest destination for all Tibetan pilgrims; as the spiritual center of Tibet, Jokhang Temple is the perfect place for you to experience the devotion of Tibetans. Last activity is wandering around the bustling Barkhor Street. Whether you are there to visit the religious site, to do a bit of souvenir shopping, to taste some Tibetan or Chinese food or just for simple sightseeing, the Barkhor Street area is the right place to go.

Tips for today: Wear hat and sunglasses to prevent ultraviolet radiation, but remember to take off when visiting in the monasteries.

  • Potala Palace Magnificent Architecture of Potala Palace
  • Jokhang Temple Jokhang Temple
  • Meet with Tibet locals at Barkhor Street Meet with Tibet locals at Barkhor Street

Day 4 Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse (B) (360 km, about 7 hours' drive)

Today, you will start your lifetime journey to Mount Everest. After breakfast, drive about 1.5 hours via Nyangchu Valley to visit the first attraction of today - Yamdrok Lake. It is known as one of "Three Holy Lakes" but featured in clearest lake views. The water is as clean as crystal, and the glimmering water will shock you in sunshine. With it being branded as the crystal holy lake, one will always carry a sense of worship when standing beside the lake. Leaving Yamdrok Lake, drive ahead to Gyantse, you will see the imposing Karola Glacier. At 5,560 m (18,241 ft) above sea level, and with an area of 9.4 sq km (3.6 sq mi), this imposing glacier is visible from the window.

Keep driving forward, you will arrive at Gyantse city and have lunch there. Then visit the characteristic Palcho Monastery which is located in northern corner of Gyantse city. Found in 1436, this monastery is famous for its Kumbum, a magnificent stupa and symbol of the monastery. It consists of hundreds of chapels arranged in layers, housing some 100,000 images of Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, vajras, dharma kings, arhats and disciples of the different schools from throughout Tibetan Buddhist history with 3,000 statues in total. After visiting at Palcho Monastery, drive about 2 hours heading to Shigatse.

Have a good sleep in Shigatse city.

Tips for today: 1) Wear warm clothes to prevent from cold and wild; 2) Prepare some food and drinks in advance because you will spend much time on the road.

  • Clear Yamdrok Lake Holy Yamdrok Lake
  • Palcho Monastery and Monks Palcho Monastery and Monks

Day 5 Shigatse - Mount Everest (B) (350 km, about 7 hours' drive)

After breakfast, leave Shigatse city and drive westwards along the Friendship way to Lhatse with a good road condition. Keep driving from Lhatse, after about two hours driving, turn left to the new-paved highway to Rongbuk Monastery. En route, enjoy the fabulous landscapes, also witness four giant peaks over 8,000 meters at the sightseeing platform of Gawula Pass (5,250m) - Lhotse, Everest, Gyachung and Cho Oyu.

You will arrive at Rongbuk Monastery which is the highest monastery by altitude in the world. Here is the best location to catch the incredible views of Mount Everest. Also explore Everest Base Camp where you can see many Marnyi Stones and take photos with the marker of EBC.

Accommodate at Tent or Guest House near to Rongbuk Monastery. Please note that the accommodations at both places are very simple and basic. There are dorms with beds, duvets, heated blankets and hot water provided. You are suggested to bring your own sleeping bag if you have one. There is no running water, sinks or showers. The guest house only offers basic breakfast and dinner without menu. There is no private bathroom in the dorms. Only communal squat toilets are available. Remember to bring your own toilet paper.

Tips for today: 1) Bring more food and drinks for long driving; 2) Bring a warm and thick coat for low temperature in Everest. 3) Avoid strenuous activity.

  • Our Group Tourists in Kyawulha Pass on the Way to Everest Our Group Tourists in Kyawulha Pass on the Way to Everest
  • Mount Everest - Rongbuk Monastery Mount Everest - Rongbuk Monastery
  • Accommodation in Mount Everest Accommodation in Mount Everest

Day 6 Everest - Gyirong Town (370 km, about 8 hours' drive)

Get up early to catch the beautiful sunrise over the stunning landscape around Everest. You can see the Mount Everest appears gradually as the clouds are being blown away by the strong wind. The sleeping pure peak puts on a shining costume that is lit by the orange sun. And then, when the sun all rises up, the mountain shows her bright red face completely like a young girl putting up the best blusher ever, with the red cloud fairies dancing by side. If you are lucky, you will have chance to see the famous "flag clouds" which is a famous wonder on Mount Everest. You will see milk white streamer floating above the peak, and flutters toward one side like a banner in the wind. Sometimes, you can see it change the shape, like the huge waves on the sea or the impetuous horses on the ancient battlefield, and so forth. Once in a while, it is lucky to see the plateau eagles flying above the banner cloud, which is especially a particular sightseeing. 

After Everest trip, you'll take a scenic drive to Gyirong, a town located near the border of Tibet and Nepal. En route, you'll enjoy the breathtaking vista of Mount Shishapangma and Pekutso Lake. As you pass through the Ghungtang Lhamo (5236 m), you'll finally reach Gyirong in the late afternoon. Check into your guesthouse in Gyirong and take some rest to prepare for the next day's adventure.

Take a rest at your guesthouse in Gyirong.

Tips for today: 1) the sunrise usually starts around 6:30 am to 7am on Mount Everest; 2) keep warm all the time.

  • Amzing Sunrise in Mount Everest Amzing Sunrise in Mount Everest

Day 7 Gyirong - Nepal Border

On the last day of your Tibet tour, you'll depart from your hotel and drive for approximately 40 minutes to reach Gyirong Port at the border. This marks the end of our services, and you'll check in at Nepal Customs and make your way to Kathmandu or other destinations in Nepal on your own. We hope you had a wonderful time exploring Tibet and wish you safe travels on your onward journey.

Tips for today 1) We can arrange a jeep for transfer from Gyirong to Kathmandu at an extra fee, or you can opt to take a bus to Kathmandu; 2) Due to poor road conditions, the journey from the border to Kathmandu City takes around 7–8 hours. During the rainy season, it may take longer.

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