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Nepal to Tibet Overland Tour

Trip Overview

Nepal to Tibet overland tour starts with a drive from Kathmandu with the scenic view of Nepal countryside, its landscape until check into the border of Nepal and Tibet. Continue to drive towards Tingri, land of Tibet after border formalities. The tour from Kathmandu to overland to Lhasa enhance wider Buddhism perspective, considering the transformation of Buddhism in Tibet from Nepal and marriage of prince Bhirkuti to King Tsongtsen Gonpo of Tibet. Tibetan culture, art and history and eventually Lhasa city, Tibetan plateau, great monasteries, caves murals, Yamdrok-Tso and giant mountains, Mt.Everest, Mt.Cho-Oyu, Mount Sisaphangma will be the highlights of the tour. At Lhasa, you will get to visit the imposing Potala Palace, the summer retreat of Dalai Lama, Sera Monastery, Jokhang Temple and the busy Barkhor square. Lhasa city, blessed with matchless landscapes and history, fascinates visitors with extraordinary myths and mysteries and rich cultural and spiritual heritage becoming one of the best destinations for travelers to have an amazing experience.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01:  Kathmandu to Kerung 165km

Day 2: Kerung to Tingri 300km

Day 03: Tingri to Ronbuk(4980m) 70Km – Everest Base Camp – Ronbuk

Day 04: Ronbuk to Shigatse 360km

Day 05: Shigatse to Lhasa via Gyantse. 271km.

Day 06: Lhasa Full day Sightseeing.

Day 07: Lhasa Fullday Sightseeing.

Day 08: Lhasa to Airport.

Itinerary

Day 01:  Kathmandu to Kerung 165km

Our staff will pick up from your hotel in Kathmandu in the morning and then we will drive along small mountain road to the border at Nepalese side; on the way you can enjoy the waterfall, river, gorges, forest. Finally, we will arrive at Kerung

Day 2: Kerung to Tingri 300km

Early in the morning drive to Kerung then you enter Tibet, you will be meeting the Tibetan tour guide at Kyirong border and then you will get transferred from Kyirong to Old Tingri (4300m). On the way, you will enjoy the view beautiful border line and snow-capped mountain and evergreen forest. As you pass Tongla Pass (5100m) , you can appreciate the epic mountain vista of Himalayan range.Stay overnight in hotels in Tingri. 

Day 03: Tingri to Ronbuk(4980m) 70Km – Everest Base Camp – Ronbuk

Drive to Ronbuk and hike and explore around Everest Base Camp.

Day 04: Ronbuk to Shigatse 360km

Today you will drive about 360km to Shigatse. On the way, tourists view the vast plain of Shigatse appreciate the mgnificent murals and biggest Library of Buddhist scriptures in Tibet. In addition, you can also have far view of Mountain Everest. Stay overnight in hotels in Shigatse 

Day 05: Shigatse to Lhasa via Gyantse. 271km.

In the Morning visit Panchen Lama’s Tashilompo Monastery and drive to Gyantese vistit Khumbum stupa and Phalkhor Monastery Overnight at Hotel. 

Day 06: Lhasa Full day Sightseeing.

After breakfast processed for full days Sightseeing of Potala Palace Potala Palace is one of the most beautiful monuments in Tibet with 1,000 room and 13 stores to explore this is probably the most popular tourist attaraction in Tibet and Jokhang tstrongple Jokhang tstrongple which was constructed back on 07 th century attracts hundred of tourists every years. This tstrongple has a very huge sakyanumi Buddha statue and is considered the holiest place in Tibet. Barkhor Market Palace, Barkhor Street is the centrifugal tide of pilgrim then you can see the several small, fascinating tstrongple into the route. 

Day 07: Lhasa Fullday Sightseeing.

After breakfast full day sightseeing of Sera Monastery Sera Monastery specialized in the fundamental precepts of Buddhism. Sera survived the ravage of the cultural revolution with the light damage although many of the lesser colleges were destroyed .Drepung Monastery Drepung Monastery was one of the world’s Largest monasteries it was founded in 1416. Overnight at Hotel. 

Day 08: Lhasa to Airport.

After the breakfast fly bank to Kathmandu or to your onward destination

Equipment List

For Head: 

Sun hat or scarf 
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat 
Sunglasses with UV protection 

Far upper Body:

T-shirts
expedition thermal tops 
Fleece jacket
Wind-Stopper jacket 
Down vest andjacket

For Hands: 
Lightweight warm gloves plus thick gloves 

Lower Body: 
Hiking shorts
Lightweight cotton long pants 
Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms 
Fleece or wool pants 
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

For Feets:

lightweight inner socks  
Thick, warm wool hiking socks 
Hiking boots with spare laces 
Camp shoes 

Accessories: 
Sleeping bag rated to below zero degrees  
Headlamp 
Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag 
Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bag 
Day-pack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches) 
Water bottles  
Toiletries 
Small wash towel
Walking sticks 

Useful Info

Visa Information:

Flying out to Tibet requires a Chinese visa and a Tibet Travel Permit which can both be acquired in Kathmandu with the help of a travel company (Tibet via Nepal). A valid visa for China isn't the same as a Tibet Travel Permit. Those with a Chinese traveler visa will at present need to apply for a Tibet travel permit. The permit is still required for remote foreign traveler travelling to Tibet from territory China. To obtain the permit you have to book a guide for your whole trip and pre-organize private transport for trips outside Lhasa. The trip outside Lhasa likewise requires extra permits which are arranged by the travel agent you are going with.

Passport:

All who intend to enter Tibet must hold at least 6 months valid passport.

Passport - valid for 6 months

Chinese Visa — you can apply for one from a Chinese Embassy or through China Highlights (who entry from China)

Group Visa — who entry from Nepal to Tibet after Tibet tour traveler can visit China mainland with valid group visa.

Individual Visa will be cancel when we apply for group visa (if visa is in the passport)

Tibet Entry Permit — it is issued by the Tibet Tourism Bureau and is an absolute necessity for outsiders entering Tibet.

A few people who wish to travel to specific areas in Tibet must also obtain:

Travel Permit — it is required when you are planning to movement to closed areas in Tibet. These are issued after you land in Tibet.

Military Permit — it is acquired to travel to some militarily sensitive regions.

Safety Guidelines:

Have at least 2 copies of Tibet Permit.

When you feel uncomfortable due to altitude change or have any troubles, report to your guide promptly.

Shop around but avoid undue bargaining with street vendors and never buy wildlife and unknown Tibetan herbal medicine and fake products.

Take your money and important belongings with you all the time.

Respect the religion, customs and avoid taboos in Tibet.

Keep necessary medicines at the consult of your doctor.

In most places, cash is only accepted. Do prepare enough and small change.

If an emergency arises, report it to your guide promptly.

Don’t carry any documents or papers related to Dalai Lama or free Tibet.

We also recommend not carrying any guide book to Tibet.

FAQ

A. General Information:

1. When is the best time to visit Tibet?

The best time to visit Tibet is from April to end of october.

2. What currency do I have to use in Tibet?

Currency in Tibet is Renminbi (RMB). Foreign currencies cannot be used directly. Foreign currencies may be converted into RMB at all banks, bank branches or hotels at the exchange rate quoted on the foreign exchange marker on the day.

3. What credit cards are accepted in Tibet?

Most of the internationally accepted credit cards are usable in Lhasa. They include: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diner's club, and the JCB card of Japan. Credit cards are accepted only in large shopping stores. Credit card symbols are displayed in the visible place in shops and hotels indicating credit cards are accepted.

4. What methods of payment do you accept?

We accept major two ways of payment:

  • Wire transfer [we will send you our company bank account info via email];
  • Credit card [we will send you a credit card authorization letter via email]

B. Travel Document:

1. What documents do I need if I am planning to travel to Tibet?

You need to have at least six months valid passport, a valid China visa (if you are coming from mainland china) Tibet group visa (if you are coming from Katmandu we will do in Kathmandu) and a Tibet travel permit.

2. Do I need Visa for China?

If you are travelling to Tibet from mainland china then you need a valid Chinese visa which you can obtain at Chinese embassy in your home town

3. Do I need double/multi-entry visa if I come to Tibet from China mainland and return China mainland after the trip?

No, because Tibet is a part of China, if enter Tibet from other cities in China mainland and after the trip in Tibet, get back to China mainland again, only a single entry visa is required.

4. Do I need any special requirements on Tibet visa while coming from Kathmandu?

Before you are coming to Lhasa from Katmandu, you must get Tibet group visa from Katmandu because no matter you've already got the visa in your country or not, you must get a visa in Katmandu.

5. What's the procedure to get Tibet group visa in Katmandu?

Step 1: After you book the tour with us, provide us your copy of passport.

Step 2: We will apply the 'Visa Invitation Letter' from Tibet Tourism Bureau with your copy of passport and send it Kathmandu.

Step 3: After your arrival in Katmandu, we will ask your original passport, and then we go to the Chinese Embassy to apply the Tibet group visa. With the 'Visa Invitation Letter', you can get your Tibet group visa easily. Normally, it will take 3 working days.

6. Can I get the Tibet Travel Permit easily?

You can get the Tibet Travel Permit easily through a travel agency except diplomats, journalists, and government officials who should travel to Tibet under the arrangement by the Foreign Affairs Office of Tibet Government.

7. When do I need to apply for the Tibet travel Permit?

You need to apply for the travel permit at least 30 days prior to your entry date.

C. Tour Booking:

1. Do you offer join-in tour or can I join a group?

Yes, we do have Group Tour or joining Tour. Let us know your interest and time then we will provide you options to join the trips.

2. What is your cancellation policy?

  • More than 30 days before trip start date – 10% of land cost
  • 15-30 days before trip start date – 20% of land cost
  • 7-14 days before trip start date – 30% of land cost
  • 4-6 days before trip start date – 50% of land cost
  • Less than 4 days before trip start date – 100% of land cost

Lodging and Dining:

1. What are the hotels like in Tibet?

Hotels in small cities and the Everest Base Camp are very simple.

2. Does the hotel room have access to internet?

Tibet large and deluxe hotels usually provide wireless access to internet for guest rooms. But there are still some hotel rooms, not all, in Lhasa and rest Tibetan cities don’t have access to internet, so you should inquiry yourguide for internet access hotels.

3. is there 24-hour hot water running?

24 - Hour hot water supply depends on different hotels and hostels where you can check first, do some preparation or choose an available one in major cities like Lhasa, Shigatse and Gyantse. But it’s hard to find perfect one in remote and harsh places.

4. What can I eat in Tibet?

Tibet owns its distinctive Tibetan food, like Tsampa,Tibetan Noodle, Momo, Milk Curd, Yogurt and local dishes. With the development of tourism, there are more cuisines brought into Tibet, e.g. Sichuan Cuisine, western food, Nepali food, Indian food and many other Chinese cuisines. In Lhasa, tourists have a wide range of choice while limited options in remote towns and areas.

Transportation:

1. What vehicle do you use in Tibet?

If your arranged tour is mainly in downtown Lhasa, you can easily get to Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street or nearby attractions at short distance by walking or taking a local rickshaw. If you want to tour around Lhasa, we suggest you to use minivan as the road condition around Lhasa is pretty good, and the minivan cost less as well.

Safety & Health

1. What medicines should prepare before coming to Tibet?

Here are the lists of medicine:

  • Diamox (most common medicine for the high altitude sickness).
  • Aspirin
  • flu tablets
  • throat lozenges
  • nasal decongestants.

2. What to do, if started symptoms of High altitude sickness?

Get adequate rest and drink lots of water, Administrating oxygen can help if the symptoms are worsening. The real treatment for acute high altitude sickness is descending down to lower altitude as soon as possible. If the patient doesn’t show any improvement in 3 to 4 hours.  patient should go to hospital for proper treatment. High altitude sickness can be deadly if it is not treated accordingly.

3. Who should avoid visiting Places of higher altitude?

Following are categories of people who should avoid visiting Places of higher altitude;

  • Women with an advance pregnancy
  • Children under three years of age
  • Traveler with severe fever, cold
  • Patient with Acute pulmonary diseases
  • Travelers with acute cardiovascular diseases

From USD650pp

  • The trip can be easily booked
  • We provide budget friendly trips
  • We provide the best price in comparision
Duration 8 days
Transportation Private Van/ Tourist bus
Group Size 2-60
Difficulty Moderate
Max Elevation 4350 m
Accomodation Budget Hotels
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