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7 Days Kathmandu to Lhasa Private Tour via Mount Everest

Roof of the World Expedition

This tour is specially designed for those who want to travel to Tibet from Nepal. It starts from the capital city of Nepal - Kathmandu, then goes northeastward to Lhasa. Highlights come along the way from beginning to the end. You will firstly go to have an exciting adventure on Mount Everest which is not very far away from Nepal side. Then you will travel to the Golden Triangle Destinations in Tibet - Shigatse, Gyantse and Lhasa.

Traveling from Nepal to Tibet, you don't have to apply for a Chinese Tourist Visa ahead. A Group Visa, which can be obtained in the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu, is required. Tibet Discovery will apply for it for you.

Highlights of this tour:

  • Take the chance of the once in a lifetime adventure on the highest mountain in the world - Mount Everest;
  • Enjoy the magnificent high plateau landscape along the leisure driving from Mount Everest to Lhasa, via Shigatse and Gyantse;
  • Experience authentic Tibetan culture by visiting the unique Buddhist monasteries and sites, such as Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Palcho Monastery, etc.

Tour Brief Information

  • Tour price:

    1. This price is based on a group of 2 adult travelers who will take our private tour and share one standard rooms in regular local 4-star hotel in lower seasons.

    2. This price is subject to change according to your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities in your itinerary and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate. If you want a lower price, you can get more people to join you, or use economy class hotels.

    3. This price is only valid to March 31, 2024.

    4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1= RMB 6.85. The final quotation will be adjusted according to the latest real-time exchange rate.

  • Tour code: TD-OT-7C
  • Tour type: Private Customizable Tour Package
  • Destination: Kathmandu - Gyirong - Everest - Shigatse - Gyantse - Lhasa
  • Duration: 7 days and 6 nights
  • Departure: Flexible
  • Travel Theme: CultureTrekkingPhotographyMountain
  • Best Time: SpringSummerAutumn
  • Physical Level
  • Tour Pace
  • Max Altitude
    5,200m

Itinerary Details - Day by Day

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Day 1 Kathmandu - Gyirong / 185km, About 7hrs' Driving

Driving to China-Nepal Border & Picked up by Tibetan Guide

Today you can take a local bus or private car to Gyirong Port (altitude: 1800m) at China-Nepal border. Though the distance is only about 160km, it takes more than 6 hours to drive to Gyirong Port from Kathmandu because the road is narrow and bumpy.

After arriving at Gyirong Port, you will check through the custom, and be picked up by our Tibetan tour guide at Tibet side, then drive about 25km to Gyirong Town (altitude: 2600m) for accommodation.

Tip of today: Make sure your Group Visa and Tibet Travel Permit are issued before departing to Tibet.

Day 2 Gyirong - Mount Everest / 360km, About 7hrs' Driving (B)

Today's Highlights: Mount Everest, Rongbuk Monastery

After breakfast, you will have a long driving to Mount Everest (about 360 km). Though being a long driving of about 8 hours, but the views along the road are stupendous. In clear days, you can see the clear face of Mt. Shishapangma and enjoy the beautiful view of Pekutso Lake. When you finally get to Rongbuk Monastery, and get the first sight of the mighty Everest, you will immerse in a solemn ethereal mood and find all the efforts you have made along the long way are not in vain. Located about 5100 meters above the sea level, Rongbuk Monastery is the highest monastery in the world. It is the best location to take some great photos of the front face of Mount Everest. The rest of today is free for you to visit the Rongbuk Monastery and explore the nearby Everest Base Camp. Take photos with the Everest altitude marker and EBC marker to commemorate your wonderful adventure tour.

Accommodation: if you visit Mount Everest during the off season (November to April), you will accommodate at Rongbuk Guest House near the Rongbuk Monastery; if you visit Mount Everest during the peak season (May to October), you will accommodate in a local Tibetan tent at Everest Base Camp near Rongbuk Monastery which is only run between May and October by local Tibetans. Please note that the accommodation at both places is very simple and basic, only dorm beds with communal squat toilets are available. Duvets, heated blankets and hot water will be provided, and you are suggested to bring your own sleeping bag and toilet paper. There is no running water, sinks or showers. The dining room just offers basic breakfast and dinner without menu. Remember to dress warmly all the time.

Tips of today: 1) the altitudes rise from 2,600 meters to 5,100 meters during the driving from Gyirong Town to Rongbuk Monastery. Please prepare well to avoid high altitude sickness. Not to take any strenuous activity which may cause high altitude sickness easily; 2) bring a warm coat for low temperatures on Mount Everest.

  • Sunset on Mount Everest Sunset on Mount Everest
  • Alfonso's group from Italy visited Rongbuk Monastery to shoot Everest Alfonso's group from Italy visited Rongbuk Monastery to shoot Everest
  • Dining Room of Rongbuk Monastery Guesthouse Dining Room in Rongbuk Monastery Guesthouse

Day 3 Mount Everest - Shigatse / 350km, About 7hrs' Driving

Today's Highlights: Mount Everest Sunrise, Gawula Pass, Tashilhunpo Monastery

Wake up early to enjoy the marvelous sunrise on the highest peak of the world from Rongbuk Monastery. The top part of the Mount Everest is always covered with snow all the year round, and when the sun shines on the mountain, the peak is like a giant white pyramid, which is one of the most famous sceneries of Mount Everest. In bright days, you can also see a wisp of cloud hanging above the top of Mount Everest. It flies eastward in the fast western wind just like a flapping flag. This unique phenomenon is the spectacular Cloud Flag. The cloud will change from surging waves into a thin cooking smoke or from galloping steeds into the mysterious veil of a goddess.

Till now your Mount Everest adventure is about to end. The rest of today is to drive back to Shigatse City. Make a stop at Gawula Pass (5,250) where you’ll feast your eyes on the fantastic view of Himalaya range including several famous peaks over 8,000 meters, including Mt. Makalu (8,463m), Mt. Lotse (8,516m), Mt Everest (8,844m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8,201m) and Mt. Shishapama (8,020m). You will get to Shigatse in the afternoon, then take a visit to the official seat of Panchen Lama - Tashilhunpo Monastery which is also the largest and most influential Gelug Monastery in Shigatse prefecture. Here you will see a giant statue of Future Buddha, the largest one of its kind on earth (26.2 meters high and 11.5 meters wide), decorated with precious pearls, turquoises, corals and ambers.

Accommodate in Shigatse City.

Tips of today: 1) the sunrise usually starts around 6:30 am to 7am on Mount Everest; 2) breakfast is not included.

  • Tashilumpo Monastery Glorious architecture of Tashilhunpo Monastery
  • Our Customer's Photo with Guide in Gawula Pass Our Customer's Photo with Guide in Gawula Pass
  • Our customer Mr. James from USA finished his Everest adventure in May, 2019 Our customer Mr. James from USA finished his Everest adventure in May, 2019

Day 4 Shigatse - Lhasa / 360km, About 6hrs' Driving (B)

Today's Highlights: Palcho Monastery, Karola Glacier, Yamdrok Lake

Today, you will leave Shigatse and drive about 8 hours to Lhasa (altitude: 3,650 m), the capital city of Tibet. It may be a long journey, but there are many things to do along the road. After two hours' driving, you will get to the historical city of Gyantse, then go to visit the mysterious Palcho Monastery (altitude: 4,040 m). The monks and tradition of three important sects of Tibetan Buddhism - Sakyapa, Zhalupa and Gelukpa, peacefully coexist in this monastery. Its Kumbum, which is 35 meters high and has 76 small chapels with hundreds images of Kriyatantras, is believed to be the largest such structure in Tibet.

Keeping driving about 2 hours from Gyantse, you will stop along the road and see the imposing Karola Glacier (altitude: 5,045 m) towering aloft on the left side of the road. Moving on not very far from Karola Glacier, you will reach the holy Yamdrok Lake (altitude: 4,400 m). As the largest fresh lake in the northern of the Himalaya Mountains, it spreads about 675 square meters from south to north, like an eardrop lying in the arms of snow-capped giant mountains. Viewing from a distance, you can see fertile pastures full of yaks and sheep, and some small Tibetan villages along the lakeshore.

Continuing your trip, you will arrive at Lhasa in the afternoon. Have a good rest!

Tips of today: 1) wear warm clothes to prevent from cold and wild; 2) pack some food and drinks with you because you will spend much time on the road.

  • Yamdrok Lake Yamdrok Lake is as beautiful as a sapphire
  • The Kumbu Is the Most Famous Architecture in Palcho Monastery
  • Karola Glaceier Get amazed by the stunning view of Karola Glaceier

Day 5 Lhasa Potala Palace Tour (B)

Today's Highlights: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Zongjiao Lukang Park

Start today's Lhasa exploration with an exciting visit to the landmark - Potala Palace which is the home to the successive Dalai Lama as well as a great masterpiece of Tibetan architecture. The whole palace is divided into the White Palace - living quarters and office to deal with political and Buddhist affairs for Dalai Lamas, and the Red Palace where houses several stupas of previous Dalai Lamas, many historical relics and precious arts. After entering the gate of Potala Palace, you need to walk up about 30 minutes along the zigzag stone paths with white-and-red walls to the White Palace. Remember to ascend the steps slowly and take some stops for sightseeing and rest which will be helpful to reduce high altitude sickness. Then explore the palace in an orderly way from the White Palace to the Red Palace, and exit from the back side. After Potala Palace visit, go to enjoy a leisure stroll in Zongjiao Lukang Park, a lovely park with pleasant scenery built around the lake behind Potala Palace. It is a great place to experience local Tibetans' living styles as you can see local people gathering and chatting, taking exercise, walking the kora, feeding wild birds and ducks, etc. If your day is clear, you can take some great photos of the reflection of Potala Palace on the lake in the park.

Continuing your exploration, you will then get to Jokhang Temple which is considered as the spiritual center of Lhasa and the most revered religious structure of Tibet. In front of Jokhang Temple, you can see crowds of pilgrims polishing the flagstones with their prostration, which is truly a heart-touching scene you will ever see. This temple is also known as the "house of Buddha" because it keeps the precious Jowo Rinpoche, the life-sized (5 foot/1.5m) image of the Shakyamuni at the age of 12. Rise to the top floor of this temple, you can see savor the beautiful golden roof and the view of Potala Palace afar. The last site for today’s exploration is the famous Barkhor Street. It is a circular and wide street encircling the Jokhang Temple. The local people like to walk on the street for several circles usually in the late afternoon as a daily tradition of pilgrimage. The street also has many shops selling a wide variety of traditional Tibetan goods, religious items and handcrafts.

Optional Activity: If your physical strength permits, take a short climb to the viewing-deck of Chakpori Hill to take a panoramic photo of Potala Palace after your Potala Palace visit.

Tips of today: 1) taking photos is not allowed inside the palace; 2) today you will be mainly outside, please bring some water, a hat, sun cream, and sun glasses with you.

  • Exploring Tibet with Your Whole Family Sven explored Potala Place with Tibet Discovery (February, 2017)
  • Prayers at Jokhang Temple Prayers at Jokhang Temple
  • Barkhor Street Barkhor Street

Day 6 Lhasa Tibetan Culture Tour (B)

Today's Highlights: Norbulingka Park, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery Buddhism Detabing

Today you will visit popular attractions in Lhasa city and suburb to explore Tibetan culture. You will firstly go to visit the beautiful Norbulingka which used to be the former summer palace of Dalai Lamas in the ancient time, and now is a public park. Dotted with various kinds of precious flowers and plants, it is the genuine "Plateau Oxygen Bar". In addition to its magnificent buildings and colorful flowers, Norbulingka also features some big Tibet event activities during big festivals, like Tibetan shows in annual Shoton Festival. Next, drive several kilometers to the western outskirts of Lhasa to visit Drepung Monastery. Drepung, in Tibetan, means "prosperity". Since its establishment, Drepung Monastery has always been one of the most important Buddhist monasteries in Tibet. In its heyday, there were more than 10,000 monks lived and studied in the monastery. Throughout its history, many important and famous Tibetan leaders used to study here, especially the Dalai Lamas. So Drepung Monastery is also respectfully known as the "Mother School of Dalai Lamas". You can also enjoy a panoramic view of Lhasa from Drepung Monastery.

In the afternoon, you will be taken to another famous monastery in Lhasa - Sera Monastery. It is famous for the spectacular "Buddhism Debating". As a daily routine, the monks gather in a courtyard, and debate on the Buddhist doctrines with supplemented gestures, which is thought to be helpful to facilitates better comprehension of the Buddhist philosophy to attain higher levels of study. After enjoying the "Buddhism Debating", you will be transferred back to the city. The rest time is your own free time to rest.

The Etiquette of Visiting Monastery: 1) you shouldn't wear short and uncover shoulders; 2) taking off your sunglasses and hat before entering the chapels; 3) taking photos is usually not allowed inside the chapels.

  • Debating Monks of Sera Monastery Debating Monks
  • Entrance of Drepung Monastery Monks Gathered at the Entrance of Drepung Monastery
  • Norbulingka Monastery Enjoy the bright flowers in Norblingka

Day 7 Lhasa Departure (B)

Lhasa Airport / Train Station Drop off

Today is free for you until your tour guide transfer you to the airport in time for your flight or drop you off at Lhasa train station.

Tips of today: 1) please pack your luggage carefully, especially for small things like camera charger, power adaptor, mobile phone, phone charger, wallet and towel; 2) if your flight is arranged in the afternoon, please make sure you check out the hotel before 12pm.

Price & Service Guide

The quotation for this trip is per person

1. This price is based on a group of 2 adult travelers who will take our private tour and share one standard rooms in regular local 4-star hotel in lower seasons.

2. This price is subject to change according to your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities in your itinerary and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate. If you want a lower price, you can get more people to join you, or use economy class hotels.

3. This price is only valid to March 31, 2024.

4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1= RMB 6.85. The final quotation will be adjusted according to the latest real-time exchange rate.

What's included in this price?

  • Private professional English-speaking local tour guide.
  • A comfortable vehicle with a private driver.
  • Airport (or train) pick up and drop off.
  • All necessary Tibet travel permits, including Tibet Entry Permit, Alien Travel Permit, Border Pass, Group Visa.
  • All accommodations listed in the itinerary, based on double-occupancy. Comfortable class hotels in Lhasa and Shigatse, guesthouse or tent in Mount Everest and Gyirong.
  • All meals as listed in the itinerary. (“B” for breakfast; “L” for lunch; “D” for dinner.)
  • Admission fees and activity expenses, as noted in the itinerary.
  • Service Charge (the planning, handling, operational and communication charges) & government taxes.

What's excluded in this price?

  • Single room supplement.
  • China visa, all air tickets and train tickets to and from Tibet.
  • Sightseeing not listed in the itinerary.
  • Meals not listed in the itinerary (all lunches and dinners).
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional activities, etc.
  • Gratuities, tips to guides, drivers, bellboys, etc.

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  • 1. Tibet Permits Guaranteed
    To travel in Tibet, all Non-Chinese passport holders need to have a Tibet Travel Permit which is issued by Tibet Tourism Bureau in Lhasa. And only Chinese travel agencies like Tibet Discovery can apply for the permit on behalf of tourists. You must obtain it before your tour starting because the permit will be checked when you board your flight/train to Tibet. Traveling with Tibet Discovery, you don't have to worry about the complicated procedures of Tibet Travel Permit application. All you have to do is to confirm a tour package with us and send us your passport and Chinese visa copies at least 15~20 days in advance before your tour, then we will take care of all the rest things. Once the permit is issued, we will deliver to your address in mainland China, such as your hotel, local travel agency, etc.
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  • 3. High Altitude Sickness
    The average altitude of Tibet is about 4000 meters above the sea level (Lhasa: 3700m; EBC: 5200m; Namtso: 4718m). You may suffer a bit from High Altitude Sickness in the beginning days of your Tibet trip if you haven’t had rich high plateau travel experience. But don’t worry too much, the high altitude can be acclimatized usually in 2~3 days. Our suggestion is to take a physical examination and get suggestions from your doctor, and also bring some medicines to prevent from High Altitude Sickness before your trip. While in Tibet, you should keep warm all the time, avoid strenuous activities, drink more water and eat more vegetables and carbohydrates. You’d better not take showers during the first two days after your arrival in Tibet. If you don’t feel well, get help from your tour guide or go to the hospital without any delay.
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    Currently, you have two options - flight and overland driving. The most convenient and fastest way is to take a 1.5 hours' flight to Lhasa from Kathmandu directly, and usually there are about 1~2 daily flights operated. Another way is to drive to Tibet from Nepal crossing the border, and it takes about at least 6 hours to the Gyirong Port from Kathmandu by driving. Then you can travel to Lhasa from Gyirong Port to start your Tibet travel. You can stop by to visit Mount Everest, Tashilhunpo Monastery, Yamdrok Lake, etc. en route.
  • 5. Packing and Wearing Ideas
    Firstly you can’t forget your passport and Chinese Visa. A large backpack and a smaller one are recommended (the smaller one can be used for daily activities). Also bring necessary medicine you need. Other stuffs like sunglasses, snow glasses, hats, lip balm, sun block are recommended.
    As for wearing, you are suggested to dress in layers (both thin and thick jackets). Down jacket is necessary in Spring and Autumn. A pair of durable and comfortable shoes is necessary.

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