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8 Days Join-in Tibet Highlights Tour from Kathmandu

Amazing Overland Driving Expereince

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Traveling in Tibet promises a truly unforgettable experience! With its magnificent palaces, Buddhist monasteries, sacred lakes, snow-capped peaks, and the warm presence of devoted pilgrims, every moment is filled with wonder. Take this 8-day tour that covers all the major destinations, including Mount Everest, Lhasa, Gyantse, and Shigatse, offering you an incredible overland driving trip from Kathmandu to Lhasa. Along the way, you'll visit natural & cultural wonders that will captivate your senses before reaching Lhasa. Undoubtedly, the holy city of Lhasa will enhance the enjoyment of your trip.

In addition to the mesmerizing itinerary, joining a small group is also an enjoyment to share travel experience and expenses with compatible travel mates. So why hesitate?

Highlights of this tour:

  • Be awe-inspired by the grandeur of Mount Everest and be treated to breathtaking sunrise and sunset vistas, weather permitting;
  • Indulge in the profound Buddhist ambiance and architectural splendor as you explore historic sites like the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Tashilhunpo Monastery, Palcho Monastery, and more;
  • Immerse yourself in the tranquil azure beauty of Yamdrok Lake and take a leisurely stroll along its shores.

Basic Trip Information

Price:
from $1362
  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:
Kathmandu / Gyirong / Everest / Shigatse / Gyantse / Lhasa
Travel Length:
8 Days and 7 Nights
Tour Code:
CD-TGT-08B
Group Size:
≤ 12 PAX
Experience:
ArchitectureCultureHikingPhotographReligious
Departure:
Fixed Departure
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Your tour - at a glance

Full Itinerary Day by Day

Day 1Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (137 km, about 7 hours' drive)

Our local team will conveniently collect you from your hotel in Kathmandu and transport you to the charming village of Syabrubesi, located near the Nepal-Tibet border. This scenic route passes through the renowned Langtang National Park, renowned for its exceptional trekking trails. As you journey, you'll be treated to awe-inspiring views of lush green hills, deep valleys, and the majestic Trisuli River.

Upon arrival, settle into comfortable accommodation at a guesthouse in Syabrubesi Village.

Day 2 Syabrubesi Village to Gyirong Town (40 km, about 4 hours' drive)

After breakfast, you will be escorted to the border for your entry into Tibet. Once you complete the necessary immigration formalities at Gyirong Port, our knowledgeable local guide will be there to welcome you. From there, we will start a scenic drive to Gyirong Town. During our stay in Gyirong, You can visit the captivating Paba Temple, a Nepali-style temple with a fascinating history. It is believed to have been constructed by Songtsan Gambo during his marriage to Princess Bhrikuti of Nepal. In the afternoon, you can choose to rest and relax at the hotel or take a leisurely stroll in the surrounding area.

Accommodated at a guesthouse in Gyirong.

Day 3 Gyirong - Mount Everest - Tingri (480 km, about 11 hours' drive)

In the morning, you will drive to Mount Everest along the picturesque highway. Throughout the drive, you will be treated to awe-inspiring views of Peikutso Lake and the majestic Himalayan Mountain Ranges, including prominent peaks such as Mount Shisha Pangma (8,012 m), Mount Lhotse (8,516 m), Mount Everest (8,848 m), Mount Qowowuyag (8,201 m), and Mount Makalu (8,463 m). The panoramic vistas will leave you in awe. Upon reaching Everest Base Camp, prepare to be captivated by the awe-inspiring sight of Mount Everest. Marvel at its grandeur and let the magnificence of the world's highest peak sink in.

After a fulfilling day of sightseeing, we will continue our journey and drive to Tingri for a rest.

  • 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

Day 4 Tingri - Shigatse (240 km, about 4.5 hours' drive)

Today, you will drive from Tingri to Shigatse. As you get to Shigatse, you will pay a vsit to Tashilhunpo Monastery, which is located in the northwestern corner of Shigatse City. Tashilunpo Monastery is famous as the seat of successive Panchen Lama who is another leader of Tibetan Buddhism. The monastery is an interesting sprawling amalgam of traditional Tibetan monastic style halls, chapels and other structures connected by precipitous steps and narrow cobblestone alleys.

Stay overnight at your hotel in Shigatse.

  • Tashilumpo Monastery Tashilunpo Monastery

Day 5 Shigatse - Gyantse - Lhasa (B) (375 km, about 7 hours' drive)

AAfter breaktast, you will start your journey to Lhasa via Gyantse. Arriving in Gyantse, you will first visit 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. Keep driving, 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. Drive forward, and you visit another attraction – 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.

Have a good sleep in Shigatse city.

Have a good rest at your hotel in Lhasa.

  • Akhilesh from Singapore - Palcho Monastery Palcho Monastery, Shot by Akhilesh from Singapore in June, 2022
  • Akhilesh from Singapore - Yamdrok Lake Yamdrok Lake, Shot by Akhilesh from Singapore in June, 2022

Day 6 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.

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

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

  • Tibet Potala Palace Visit Potala Palace
  • Jokhang Temple Jokhang Temple
  • Meet with Tibet locals at Barkhor Street Meet with Tibet locals at Barkhor Street

Day 7 Lhasa City Tour (B)

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, start your journey to the Tibet Museum featuring two floors with distinct perspectives. On the first floor, you can delve into the vibrant tapestry of daily life in Tibet exhibits (including traditional dietary practices, indigenous clothing, architectural wonders, transportation), the panorama of production customs from agricultural and pastoral traditions to intricate handcraft techniques, as well as the joyous celebrations of Tibetan culture. The second floor exhibition hall comprehensively covers the region's history from prehistoric times to contemporary urban development. This insightful exploration promises to unveil the unique and enigmatic customs of Tibet, making your visit a captivating cultural experience.

Following this, your adventure continues to Norbulingka, once a quintessential Tibetan royal garden and the summer retreat for Dalai Lamas. Transformed into a public park, it now boasts a stunning array of precious flowers and plants, inviting visitors to explore the tranquil beauty that once served as a haven for Tibetan royalty.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

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

Tips of 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.

  • Neubert from Germany - Norbulingka Neubert from Germany visited Norbulingka, Lhasa in June 2022
  • Neubert from Germany - Drepung Monastery Neubert from Germany visited Drepung Monastery, Lhasa in June 2022
  • A Traditonal Tibetan Kitchen Exhibted in Tibet Museum A Traditonal Tibetan Kitchen Exhibted in Tibet Museum

Day 8 Lhasa Departure (B)

Today is free for you until your driver transfer you to catch your flight (or train) leaving Tibet. Please check your luggage and make sure everything is packed, and then check out from your hotel before 12pm.

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