Overview: With Gyirong Port (aka. Kerung, Kyirong) is newly opened to foreigners on 29 Aug 2017, it is now possible to travel overland from Nepal to Tibet via Rasuwagadi/Gyirong Port. This group tour takes you from Kathmandu all the way to Lhasa. Due to the rapid altitude gain to travel in this order, we didn’t include Everest Base Camp, however along the road, you will still have great far view of Himalayan ranges, such as Mt Shishapangma【8,027m】, Mt Lhotse【8516m】, Mt Everest【8848m】, Mt Qowowuyag【8201m】, Mt Mayalu【8463m】on a clear day. Besides to travel overland you will save one-way international flight between Nepal and Tibet.
|Day||Route||Distance/Driving Hours||Overnight||Daily Activities|
|D1||Kathmandu【1400m】> Rasuwagadi【1983m】> Gyirong【2700m】||145Km/7hrs||Gyirong, Guesthouse||Group transfer from hotel in Kathmandu|
|D2||Gyirong【2700m】> Tingri【4300m】||255km/6hrs||Tingri, Guesthouse/3★||View of Mt Shisha Pangma, Mt Lhotse, Mt Everest, Mt Qowowuyag, Mt. Mayalu from afar|
|D3||Tingri【4300m】> Shigatse【3850m】||240km/4hrs||Shigatse, Guesthouse/3★||Tashilumpo Monastery|
|D4||Shigatse【3850m】> Gyantse【4040m】> Lhasa【3650m】||360km/7hrs||Lhasa, Guesthouse/3★||Pelkor Chöde Monastery with Gyantse Kumbum, Karola Glacier, Yamdroktso Lake|
|D5||Lhasa【3650m】||50km/1.5hrs||Lhasa, Guesthouse/3★||Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street|
|D6||Lhasa【3650m】||50km/1.5hrs||Lhasa, Guesthouse/3★||Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery|
|D7||Departing from Lhasa||50km/1.5hrs||Group transfer to Lhasa Airport/Railway|
Days in Kathmandu: to travel by this route, we need to apply China Group Visa (≠ China Visa) for you in Kathmandu with your original passport at an extra cost, which takes abt 3-full-working-day and available from Mon~Fri only, and holidays aside.
Day 1: Kathmandu > Rashuwaghadi > Gyirong
Overnight: Gyirong, Guesthouse
Our Nepali staff will pick you up at your hotel in Kathmandu around 6:00am, then take the 7hrs-ish drive to Rashuwaghadi, Nepal-side of border. After immigration formalities, cross the border to arrive at Gyirong Port, Tibet-side of the border. Out Tibetan guide & driver will be there waiting to transfer you to hotel in Gyirong Town.
Day 2: Gyirong > Tingri
Overnight: Tingri, Guesthouse/3★
Drive along the Friendship Hwy to Tingri today, en route you will have marvelous views of the Himalayan ranges, such as Mt Shishapangma【8,027m】, Mt Lhotse【8516m】, Mt Everest【8848m】, Mt Qowowuyag【8201m】, Mt Mayalu【8463m】.
Day 03: Tingri > Shigatse
Overnight: Shigatse, Guesthouse/3★
Sights: Tashilumpo Monastery
Continue the drive along the Friendship Hwy to Shigatse, the 2nd largest city in Tibet. Here we will visit Tashilunpo Monastery, which is one of the Six Big Monasteries of Gelugpa (or Yellow Hat Sect) in Tibet. Also called the Heap of Glory, the monastery is located at the foot of Drolmari (Tara’s Mountain). Founded by the First Dailai Lama in 1447, the monastery’s structure was expanded by the Fourth and successive Panchen Lamas. It covers an area of nearly 300,000 square meters. The main structures found in the monastery are Maitreya Chapel, Panchen Lama’s Palace and Kelsang Temple. Tashilhunpo is the seat of Panchen Lama since the Fourth Panchen Lama took charge in the monastery, and there are now nearly 800 lamas.
Day 04: Shigatse > Gyantse > Lhasa
Overnight: Lhasa, Guesthouse/3★
Sights: Pelkor Chöde Monastery with Gyantse Kumbum, Karola Glacier, Yamdroktso Lake
The sprawling compound in the far north of town houses Pelkor Chöde Monastery and the monumental Gyantse Kumbum, a chörten filled with fine paintings and statues. Both are deservedly top of the list on most travellers’ must-sees. Palkhor lies at the foot of Dzong Hill. It is well-known for its Gyantse Kumbum, which has 108 chapels in its four floors. The multi-storied Kumbum Stupa was crowned with a golden dome and umbrella, surrounded with more chapels filled with unique religious statues and murals.
Mt Nojin Kangsang stands tall with an elevation of 7191m between Gyantze County and Nagarzê County, with several snow-capped mountains over 6000m surrounding it. Mt Nojin Kangsang is the most accessible glacier site on the Tibetan Plateau. The famous Karola Glacier【5560m】is below the south ridge of Mt Nojin Kangsang.
The dazzling Yamdrotso Lake【4441m】lies several hundred meters below the road, and in clear weather is fabulous shade of deep turquoise. Far in the distance is the huge massif of Mt Nojin Kangtsang【7191m】.
Day 05: Lhasa
Overnight: Lhasa, Guesthouse/3★
Sights: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
Potala Palace is the landmark of Lhasa, and one of the great wonders of world architecture. Potala Palace, winter palace of the Dalai Lama since the 7th century, symbolizes Tibetan Buddhism and its central role in the traditional administration of Tibet. The complex, comprising the White and Red Palaces with their ancillary buildings, is built on Red Mountain in the centre of Lhasa Valley, at an altitude of 3,700m.
Included on UNESCO’s World Heritage list in 2000 as part of Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple is located in central Lhasa. With an area of 25,100 square meters (about six acres), it is the ultimate pilgrimage destination for Tibetan Pilgrims. In front of the entrance to Jokhang is a forecourt that is perpetually crowded with pilgrims polishing the flagstones with their prostrations.
Barkhor Street is a very ancient round street surrounding Jokhang Temple at Lhasa Old Town. It’s said that in 647, the first Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo (617-650) built Jokhang Temple. Due to its magnificence, it quickly attracted thousands of Buddhist pilgrims. As a result, a trodden path appeared. It was paved by hand-polished stone boards. Though it is not broad, it accommodates thousands of pilgrims and tourists every day. Varied shops stand on its both sides and thousands of floating stands are on every corner.
Day 06: Lhasa
Overnight: Lhasa, Guesthouse/3★
Sights: Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery
Situated at the foot of Mt Gambo Utse, 5km from the western suburb of Lhasa, Drepung Monastery is known as the most important monastery of Gelugpa in Tibetan Buddhism. Covering an area of 250,000 sq meters, Drepung Monastery is the largest-scale monastery among its kind. Seen from afar, its grand white construction gives the appearance of a heap of rice. Thus the name was given, Drepung literarily means collecting rice in Tibetan.
Located at the foot of Tatipu Hill in the northern suburb of Lhasa, Sera Monastery is dedicated to the Gelugpa or Yellow Hat Sect, a branch of Tibetan Buddhism, and built it in 1419 during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Sera literarily means wild rose in the Tibetan. When the monastery was built, the hill behind it was covered with wild roses in bloom, the name was thus decided. Between 3pm~5pm from Monday to Friday, monk debating is held in the monastery’s debating courtyard, which is a sight so extraordinary and enchanting even you don’t understand a word they’re saying.
Day 07: Lhasa > Airport/Railway
Your 7-day Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland Group Tour ends today. After breakfasts, you will be free for the morning. Our staff will collect you at your hotel to transfer to Lhasa Airport/Railway. End of service!