Kathmandu To Tibet Tour: Travelling from Nepal to Tibet has been made easy by Eyes on Nepal! Join our fixed departure tours, where we operate the Kathmandu to Lhasa fixed departure overland tour every Saturday. The Nepal Tibet Tour starts from the Kathmandu to Kyirong border, and ends in Lhasa, Tibet.
Please note that to travel to Tibet from Nepal, we will need a copy of your passports to be emailed to us at least 21 days before your departure date. Thereafter, you will need to pass us your passports when you arrive in Nepal – where you will then need to stay in Nepal for a minimum of 5 working days before departing to Tibet.
NOTE: Kindly note that the Everest Base Camp has been closed off in Tibet for the year of 2019 until further notice. Visiting the Everest Base Camp from Tibet is therefore not possible until further notice.
0800am: Pick up from hotel in Kathmandu and depart to Kyirong border via Jeep. You will arrive at the Kyirong border from Kathmandu at about 0200pm.
After a 150km drive from Kathmandu, you will arrive at the Nepal Tibet Kyirong Border. This is a newly opened entrance point for tourists, opened only in August 2017. Your Tibetan guide and driver will pick you up from the border and handle all the necessary immigration paperwork. Upon completion, your journey to Kyirong town approximately 20km from the border will continue via Jeep.
Today, you will travel a total of approximately 170km on rough terrain.
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After breakfast, you will begin your journey to Old Tingri (4300m).
We will pass by the most sacred cave of Milarepa Yogi which dates back to the 11th century. This is also the birthplace of Milarepa.
We will drive through Kyirong Pass (4900m), and drive along the beautiful Peikutso Lake (4600m) and continue to Old Tingri (4300m) which is 180km from Kyirong (2800m).
The scenery here is breathtaking with the beautiful Shisha Bangma snow mountains on your right, and Peikutso Lake on your left. If the weather is good, you will be able to get clear views of the giants of the Himalaya Range – Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Shishapangma (8012m), Mt. Qowowuyag (8201m), Mt. Lhotse (8516m), and Mt. Mayalu (8463m). The beautiful Peikutso Lake will be within clear view as well if the weather condition is good.
You will be driving on the Friendship Highway and reach Lhatse after crossing the highest pass called Gyatsola at the elevation of 5200m.
After breakfast, we will get an early morning start. We will drive towards Shigatse, passing by 3 big mountain passes:
We weill arrive at Shigatse (3900m) in the evening and rest in the hotel.
0900am: We will begin our drive to Gyangtse – the third largest city in Tibet.
Upon arrival in the noon, we will have lunch in Gyangtse and check into the hotel. Thereafter, we will visit the Palchoe Monastery and Kubum Pagoda Stupa. In the evening, we will explore the old town of Gyangtse.
Palchoe Monastery was founded in the year 1436. This monastery is famous for its Kubum Pagoda Stupa, a magnificent stupa and a symbol of the monastery. The Myriad Buddha Stupa comprises hundreds of chapels arranged in layers, and houses 100,000 images of Buddhas.
This one of the top four Buddhist holy lakes in Tibet. It is approximately 150km from Lhasa and takes about 2½ hours to get here by car.
Perhaps the most intriguing part of this monastery is its “One Hundred Thousand Buddhas Pagoda”. It has 9 floors, 77 chambers, and 108 doors. Every one of the chambers has a very low doorframe, where visitors have to bow to enter.
0900am: We will begin our drive towards Lhasa via 3 big mountain passes:
Karo La is the highest pass among the 3 mountains at 5035m. From this pass, you will be able to view beautiful glaciers. The beautiful Yamdrok Lake can also be seen as coral colour from the top of Kampa La Pass.
NOTE: Yamdrok Lake is one of the top four holy Buddhist lakes in Tibet. It’s about 150km from Lhasa and takes about 2½ hours to get there by car. Taking photos with a yak or Tibetan mastiff by the lakeside costs around 20 yuan per person.
Noon: We will have lunch at Nakartse Country, located between the Yamdrok Lake and Karo La glaciers.
Evening: Drive to Lhasa, where we will spend the night.
Morning: After breakfast, we will go to the must visit attraction of Tibet – Potala Palace. It is known as the highest palace in the world standing on the Red Hill of Lhasa. The Potala Palace is a house of Tibetan history, culture, religion, and art.
NOTE: You should be physically ready for the Potala Palace, which has a lot of steps. Be prepared to enjoy resplendent chambers and exquisite wall paintings.
Noon: There will be two attractions for you in the afternoon – Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street.
NOTE: Bharkor Street is the most colourful market in Tibet and is the best place to shop at.
Known as the Dalai Lamas’ Winter Palace, the Potala Palace houses countless treasures including 8 Dalai Lamas’ holy stupas. The most luxurious stupa is the 5th Dalai Lama’s, which comprises 3,721 kilograms of gold, 52 tons of silver, and over 15,000 jewels and pearls.
The Potala Palace is composed of a white palace and a red palace, and the walls of the white palace taste sweet! This is due to the coating, which contains milk, honey, and white sugar, and these ingredients make the coating bright and stable.
Before entering the Potala Palace, you will need to climb about 360 steps, which will take about 30 minutes. Take it easy and have a short break if you like, enjoy the views and take some photos along the way.
This is the “Mecca” for Buddhists, as the Jokhang Temple preserves a life-sized golden sitting statue of Sakyamuni when he was 12 years old.
Morning: Enjoy breakfast in your hotel and start your day with a trip to Norbulingka. We will then drive 15 minutes to the Drepung Monastery, where you will climb the stairs up to the hill and visit the delicate temples. If you are lucky, you will get to hear the monks chanting together, a precious experience indeed!
Noon: Have lunch in a local restaurant and try some Tibetan food, such as yak butter tea, which will help you to adapt to the altitude.
Evening: Visit the Sera Monastery and watch the monks’ debate. Guess the meaning of their gestures and grasp the chance to take splendid photos!
General rules for visiting temples in Tibet: –
After breakfast, you will catch your train/international flight to Kathmandu/Chengdu. Bon voyage until we meet again!
USD850 per pax, based on 1 pax. We have a fixed departure group every Saturday, with confirmed departure.
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