Overview:With Rasuwagadi/Gyirong Port newly opened in Aug 2017 to foreigners, now it is possible travel overland from Kathmandu to Lhasa. This 8-day Nepal to Tibet Overland with EBC Tour via Rasuwagadi/Gyirong Port is a very classic route starting at Kathmandu & ending at Lhasa, with Mt Everest being its star attraction as long as all major sites along the Friendship Hwy. But one thing of note is that this itinerary isn’t ideal for altitude acclimation due to the rapid altitude growth in short time. For elders, an extra day of rest at Gyirong is strongly suggested. Contact us for tailor-made itinerary to suit you better.
|Day||Route||Distance/Driving Hrs||Daily Activities|
|Arrival in Kathmandu||Our Nepali staff will come to your hotel to pick up your original passport + 1 headshot,
also to have you fill in China Group Visa application form
|China Group Visa Application (Mon~Fri only, and holidays aside)|
|China Group Visa Application (Mon~Fri only, and holidays aside)|
|China Group Visa Application (Mon~Fri only, and holidays aside)||Deliver passport back with China Group Visa done|
|D1||Kathmandu【1400m】> Rasuwagadi【1983m】> Gyirong【2700m】||145Km/7hrs||Early morning pick up from hotel in Kathmandu, then transfer to Rasuwagadi.
Say goodbye to Nepali driver. Clear customs to arrive at Tibet part of the
border, Grirong. Tibetan guide & driver will be there waiting with your Tibet
Permit for authority to check. Afterwards transfer to hotel
|D2||Gyirong【2700m】> Old Tingri【4349m】||190km/5hrs||Peikutso Lake|
|D3||Old Tingri【4349m】> EBC【5200m】> Rongbuk【5150m】||75km/2hrs||Everest Base Camp, Rongbuk Monastery|
|D4||Rongbuk【5150m】> Tingri【4300m】> Shigatse【3850m】||360km/7hrs||Tashilhunpo Monastery|
|D5||Shigatse【3850m】> Gyantse【4040m】> Lhasa【3650m】||360km/7hrs||Pelkor Chöde Monastery with Gyantse Kumbum, Kharola Glacier, Yamdrotso Lake|
|D6||Lhasa【3650m】||50km/1.5hrs||Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery|
|D7||Lhasa【3650m】||50km/1.5hrs||Potala Palace, Zang Gyab Lukhang Park, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Plaza|
|D8||Departure from Lhasa||50km/1.5hrs||Transfer to Lhasa Airport/Railway|
Days in Kathmandu: China Group Visa application in Kathmandu takes 3-full-working-day, which available from Mon~Fri only, and holiday aside.
Day 01: Kathmandu > Rasuwagadi > Gyirong
Early morning our Nepali driver will pick you up from your hotel in Kathmandu then transfer to Rasuwagadi, Nepal-Tibet border of Nepal side. Say goodbye to Nepali driver, cross the border to arrive at Gyirong, Nepal-Tibet border of Tibet side. Your Tibetan guide & driver will be there waiting with your Tibet Permit for authority to check. After this immigration formalities, transfer to hotel in Gyirong town.
Day 02: Gyirong > Old Tingri (= Kangga)
Overnight: Old Tingri
Sights: Peikutso Lake
Drive Gyirong to Old Tingri today. En route, you will see Peikutso Lake【4580m】, 18km south of Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra) River, near Mt. Shishapangma, the 14th highest mountain in the world. Peikutso Lake is 27km long and 6km wide at its narrowest, of a fabulous turquoise color all year round, and surrounded by Himalaya Mountains reaching 5700 to 6000 meters. There is also usually a lot of wildlife in this area including wild horses, wolves, foxes, deer, gazelle, black-necked cranes as well as yaks and sheep.
Afterwards drive to Old Tingri for the night. Old Tingri, also named as Gankar, overlooks a sweeping plain bordered by towering Himalayan peaks. On clear days there is stunning view of Mt Cho Oyu from here.
Day 03: Old Tingri > EBC > Rongbuk
Overnight: Rongbuk, Guesthouse (dorm bed)
Sights: Everest Base Camp, Rongbuk Monastery
Today you will travel from Old Tingri to EBC and later overnight at Rongbuk Monastery. Everest Baes Camp in Tibet is located in Qomolangma National Nature Reserve. Everest Baes Camp in Tibet is originally built as a protective zone to shield focal area of Mt. Everest Region from pollution. Now EBC has multiple purposes: scientific observation, Mt. Everest mountaineering headquarters, and Mt. Everest tourist attraction. To most of tourists, Everest Base Camps in Tibet is the closest, safest and most achievable place to view Mt. Everest【8844m】at a short distance.
Rongbuk Monastery【5150m】is the highest monastery in the world, lies near the base of the north side of Mt Everest, at the end of Dzakar Chu Valley, about 8km away from Everest Base Camp. A perfect spot for taking photos of Mt Everest. As one of the Nyingmapa Sect monasteries built in 1899, Rongbuk Monastery houses both monks and nuns here, which is quite special and different from other monasteries. Only several buildings remains, Rongbuk has a sense of untouched beauty for its quietness.
Day 04: Rongbuk > Tingri > Shigatse
Sights: Tashilhunpo Monastery
Early morning, you can rise up early to watch the sunrise at Rongbuk Monastery. After a simple breakfast, we head to Shigatse via Tingri (=Shegar=New Tingri) and Lhatse. Upon arrival at Shigatse, the 2nd largest city in Tibet, we will visit Tashilhunpo Monastery, covering 70,000 sq meters, the largest functioning religious institution in Tibet with 57 halls and 3600 rooms and the seat of successive Panchen Lamas.
Day 05: Shigatse > Gyantse > Lhasa
Sights: Pelkor Chöde Monastery with Gyantse Kumbum, Kharola Glacier, Yamdrotso Lake
Drive via Southern Friendship Hwy, from Shigatse to Lhasa via Gyantse. Visit Pelkor Chöde Monastery with Gyantse Kumbum at Gyantse. The sprawling compound in the far north of Gyantse 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 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. Mount Nojin Kangsang is the most accessible glacier site on the Tibetan Plateau. The famous Kharola 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】. Yamdrotso Lake is 130km long from east to west and 70km wide from north to south with a total perimeter of 250km and the surface area of 638 sq km, average depth of 20-40 meters.
Day 06: Lhasa
Sights: Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery
About 8km west of central Lhasa, Drepung Monastery was once the world’s largest monasteries. The word Drepung literally translates as ‘rice heap’, a reference to the huge numbers of white monastic buildings that piled up on the hillside.
Approximately 5km north of central Lhasa, Sera Monastery was one of Lhasa’s two great Gelugpa monasteries, second only to Drepung. Between 3pm~5pm (not weekends), monk debating is usually held in Sera Monastery’s debating courtyard.
Day 07: Lhasa
Sights: Potala Palace, Zang Gyab Lukhang Park, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Plaza
Lhasa’s cardinal landmark, Potala Palace is one of the great wonders of world architecture. Potala Palace is a structure of massive proportions, with over 1000 rooms, and an awe-inspiring place to visit. The complex of Potala Palace, 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.
Zang Gyab Lukhang Park, situated right behind Potala Palace, Zang Gyab Lukhang Park is a lovely place where locals and tourist hang out, with a lovely lake built during the construction of Potala Palace.
Jokhang Temple is the most revered religious structure in Tibet, thick with the smell of yak butter, the murmur of mantras and the shuffling of pilgrims. In front of the entrance to Jokhang is a forecourt that is perpetually crowded with pilgrims polishing the flagstones with pilgrim prostrations all year long.
Barkhor Plaza, a quadrangle of streets that surrounds Jokhang Temple at Lhasa Old Town. Barkhor Plaza is an area unrivalled in Tibet for its fascinating combination of sacred significance and push-and-shove market economics. Barkhor Plaza is both the spiritual heart of the Holy City Lhasa and the main shopping district for Tibetans.
Day 08: Departure from Lhasa
The last day of your Nepal to Tibet Overland Tour with EBC via Rasuwagadi/Gyirong Port. You can further your trip to mainland China or return to Nepal. Guide & driver will collect you from hotel then transfer to Lhasa Airport/Railway according to your travel plan.