Overland Tibet Tour, also known as the roof of the world is one among the most electrifying and best way to witness the stunning Tibet. The entire journey starts from Kathmandu to Nepal China borderland and ends at Tibet’s Lhasa through incredible Arniko Highway. This overland tour allows viewing the unique Tibetan and Nepalese villages, their cultures, and inhabitants along with the beautiful panorama of Great Himalayas. Sacred cultures, monasteries and temples, rivers and lakes, and grand snow –capped mountains are just a small number of the exhilarating wonders to be experienced by exploratory tourist. Travelers get an opportunity to encounter major attractions of the areas - Shigatse mystical Buddhist monasteries of Tashilunpo, Gyantse Khumbum Stupa and other most wonderful towns like: Xigatse, and Lhatse.
The best part for this adventure trip will be the challenging high passes over 5000 m, Norbulinka (Retreat Palace of Dalai Lama), Turquoise Lakes, great Drepung Monastery and many more. Through the high challenging passes adorned with vivid flags whipping incessantly, to Namtso (the blue salt lakes), you travel an antique trail living with rituals, colors and ancient history. The exceptional traditions of the Tibetan Lhopas, Moslems, Monpas, and their way of huge thrilling festivals, celebrations will keep you amazed. The tour ends at Lhasa where you will be visiting Potala Palace with its dazzling architecture, Busting Barkhor Bazaar (Old Tibetan Market), Jokhang Temple and other precedent places.
Best season for this enjoying trip will be: April, May, June, July, August, September and October. The complete 11 days tour is a remarkable package intended to fit all the average travelers probably with the most comfortable journey in high plain lands.
Tibet Overland Tour - Cost not Includes:
You can either fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa (3650m.) or take a train from China as per your convenience. You will be warmly welcomed by our special Tibetan guide after your arrival. You will be then transferred to Lhasa city and then to a Tibetan style hotel and stay overnight. After check in, you get a free afternoon for acclimatization or rest.
You will explore around Lhasa city on the second and third day of this trip. This sightseeing tour includes Lhasa's cardinal milestone- Potala Palace, a highest ancient Palace and a construction of gigantic segments. The rooms, chapels and halls of this palace are absolutely incredible and amazing. In a while, visit the Jokhang Temple enlisted in World Heritage list which is the spiritual center of Tibet. You will also get a chance to see the Barkhor Street which is the oldest and unique series of Circular Street in this very traditional Tibetan city and Drepung and Sera Monastery (famous monasteries in the city). Finally, you will stay overnight at the hotel.
Continuation of your trip
Early morning you start your journey with a picturesque drive of 300 Km from Lhasa over Karola (5010 m.) and Kambala (4794). You can view the outstanding "Yamzhog Yumco Lake" and the "Kalais Kora Glacier" all along the route. You then come across the beautiful colorful Yamdrok Lake, which is like a coil, many-armed body of a scorpion and famous Tibetan salvation river Brahma Putra which is popularly known as Yarlung Tsangpo in Tibetan Language. Your drive finally ends after arriving at Gyantse (3950 m.) visit to Khumbum Monastery and Palkhor Monastery in Gyantse. Then take 90 km drive to the second largest city of Tibet, Shigatse visit a numinous Tashilunpo Monastery of Panchen Lama which sprawls on the inclination of Mt. Niser, southwest of Shigatse (3900m.). Overnight at hotel.
Today you continue your scenic ascending drive and cross the highest pass en-route to Lhasa, Gyatchu La (5220m.), and reach Lhatse. (Here the road to stunning Mt. Kailash splits to the west.) After arrival at Lhatse you relax and stay overnight at hotel.
Day drive downhill through the Tibetan plateau of the world with the typical view of Tibetan landscape offering sheer feeling of standing on the roof of the world. from where, weather permitting, breathtaking panorama of beautiful Himalayan ranges including Mt Cho Oyu (8201 M) & Mt Xishapagma (8012M) but dwarfed by the Vastness of the Tibetan plateau. From TINGRI, one can enjoy the magnificence of Mt. Everest (8,848 M). Stay overnight at Guest House
After Breakfast cross Tibet to Nepal side meet with Nepali guide then drive green highway to Kathmandu takes about 7-8hrs drive. Overnight Hotel in Kathmandu.
Note: This itinerary can be customized as per situation.
Certain basic trekking equipment is essential on all routes we described in this site. Depending on the area and season, we will provide you with a comprehensive list of necessities. Here is some recommended Equipments List for trekking in Nepal.
Lightweight walking boots. If new one is being bought, “walk then in” to avoid blisters. Also bring spare laces.
A pair of track shoes. To wear in the camp at night or when the boot is wet.
Warm jacket. Fiber fills or down should be adequate. This is especially necessary during winter from December to February. A rainproof jacket with hood or a poncho. Get the one that is guaranteed waterproof.
Woolen shirts and thick sweaters. During winter months, December through February these items are essential. Thick sweaters can be purchased in Kathmandu. 1 lightweight long sleeved -shirt is particularly suitable for avoiding sun burn.
A pair of lightweight/ heavy weight trousers. Jeans are unsuitable to wear on treks. Cheap loose cotton pants are available in Kathmandu. Heavyweight trousers are useful higher up in the mountains in the morning and at night. Windproof/ waterproof trousers are necessary on all treks going above 10.00ft.
Thermal underwear. These are excellent to sleep in at night in the winter months thermal underwear are quite invaluable.
A tracksuit useful for wearing in camp and in the tent. 2 pair of loose fitting long shorts/ skirts.
As you do not carry it yourself this may be synthetic or down, but it must be 4 season. As most treks pass through a variety of climatic conditions, a long zip is a good idea. A cotton/fleece liner helps keep your sleeping bag clean. Good sleeping bags are expensive but can be rented easily in Kathmandu (Only for treks starting and finishing there)
Choose a high factor suncream (Factor 20 or stronger) to protect your skin against the sun at high altitude. A combination sunblock/lip salve is ideal for facial protection.
You should have your own supply of plasters, aspirin, diarrhea tablets and also a comprehensive blister kit. (Please do not give medicines to local people without consulting the trek leader.)
a) A woolen hat to wear in the morning and at night. During winter it is an essential item.
b) A sunhat and ensure it has a wide brim to cover the face and neck.
b) A pair of gloves. Leather with lining and woolen are best. c) 1 pair of sandals to wear in the cities and in camp.
d) 4 pairs of thin and 4 pair of thick woolen socks.
e) Underwear” normal quantity and swimming costume, hankies.
a) Duffle bag or kit bag to carry to gear while trekking
b) Daypack: This is a small rucksack to carry personal requirement for the day e.g. toilet items, camera, film towel, soap, a boot etc.
c) Water bottle.
d) Snow glasses and sunglasses
e) 2-4 large plastic bags to separate clean clothes from dirty ones.
f) 6 -10 smaller plastic bags to dispose garbage.
g) Wallet and /or money belt with compartment for coins.
h) Toiletries with large and small towels. Toilet paper can buy in Kathmandu and some villages in the mountains.
i) Small headlamp and/ or torch with spare batteries and bulbs
j) candles and lighter to burn toilet paper.
k) Snow gaiters essential during wither and all treks going over at other times.
l) An umbrella (optional), which is quite useful to as a sunshade and useful when it rains.
m) Reading materials, camera and film, game items (optional), note book, rubber band, pen and pencil, envelopes, a diary, a calendar, a pocket knife, binoculars (optional), a small pillow or headrest (optional). Thermoses (optional)- an inflatable sleeping mat, trekking map, adequate quantities of passport photograph