Overview: Tibet Nepal Overland Tour used to be a very regular tour route here until rudely interrupted by the 2015 earthquake. At long last, Kyirong Port has been opened to foreigners in Aug 2017. Now overland tour between Tibet and Nepal is available again. To travel from Tibet to Nepal makes much more sense with altitude acclimation than the reversed route from Nepal to Tibet, for the altitude gain is more gradual allowing you enough time to get used to the highland environment. Check this 8-Day Tibet-EBC-Nepal Overland Tour via Kyirong with daily altitude specified at different parts of Tibet. Starting in Lhasa, travel by the Friendship Hwy with prominent sights along the way, then detour to Everest Base Camp before head to Kyirong border. Nepali guide & driver will wait you at Rasuwagadi, Nepal-side of border, to transfer you to hotel in Kathmandu, thus not only you save yourself the expense of an international flight from Tibet to Nepal, but also enjoy the view of Nepal countryside.
|Day||Route||Distance/ Driving Hrs||Daily Activities|
|D1||Arrival in Lhasa||50km/1.5hrs||Transfer from Lhasa Airport/Railway|
|D2||Lhasa【3650m】||50km/1.5hrs||Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery|
|D3||Lhasa【3650m】||50km/1.5hrs||Potala Palace, Chagpo Ri Rock Carving, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street|
|D4||Lhasa【3650m】> Gyantse【4040m】 > Shigatse【3850m】||360km/7hrs||Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkor Chöde Monastery with Gyantse Kumbum|
|D5||Shigatse【3850m】> Tingri【4300m】||240km/4hrs||Tashilump Monastery|
|D6||Tingri【4300m】> EBC【5200m】> Rongbuk【5150m】||110km/2.5hrs||Everest Base Camp, Rongbuk Monastery|
|D7||Rongbuk【5150m】> Old Tingri【4349m】> Kyirong【2700m】||350km/7hrs||Peikutso Lake|
|D8||Kyirong【2700m】> Rasuwagadi【1983m】> Kathmandu【1400m】||145Km/7hrs|
Day 01: Arrival in Lhasa
Arrival in Lhasa either by train or flight. Our Tibetan guide & driver will wait you at Lhasa Airport/Railway holding your name board. Based on Tibetan tradition, a white Hada presentation will be performed to welcome you to Tibet. Afterwards enjoy a scenic ride to hotel in downtown Lhasa. Friendly Reminder: you will have the rest of the day all to yourself. The colourful water fountain at Potala Square in the evening is a good choice to visit by yourself. Have a good rest for the night to prevent AMS.
Day 02: Lhasa
Sights: Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery
Drepung Monastery, literarily meaning “Rice Heap Monastery”, located at the foot of Mount Gephel, is one of the “great three” Gelug university monasteries of Tibet. Drepung is the largest of all Tibetan monasteries and is located on the Gambo Utse Mountain, 5km from the western suburb of Lhasa. The Ganden Potrang, once the residence for Dalai Lamas (1-5th) before the 5th Dalai Lama built Potala Palace, is the most featured historical building here, which makes Drepung Monastery enjoys the highest status among Tibet monasteries.
Sera Monastery, literarily meaning “Wild Roses Monastery”, is one of the “great three” Gelug university monasteries of Tibet, located at the foot of Tatipu Hill abt 2km north of Lhasa. The origin of its name is attributed to a fact that the site where the monastery was built was surrounded by wild roses in bloom. Lama debates on Buddhist doctrines are held here between 3pm~5pm from Mon~Fri.
Day 03: Lhasa
Sights: Potala Palace, Chagpo Ri Rock Carving, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
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 3700m with over 1000 rooms.
ChagpoRi Rock Carvings, a hidden corner of Lhasa features over 5000 printed rock carvings that were created on the back side of Chagpo Ri Hill over the course of a millennium. Throughout the day pirgrims perform full body prostrations in front of ChagpoRi Rock Carvings, while stone-carvers at the far end of the courtyard contribute to a large chorten built entirely of the carvers’ mani stones.
Jokhang Temple is the spiritual center of Tibet and the holiest destination for all Tibetan pilgrims. Jokhang is listed in the World Cultural Heritages with Potala Palace & Norbulingka. Situated at the heart of Lhasa Old Town and surrounded by Barkhor Street, this 4 storied building, built in the 7th century by Songtsan Gambo, with roofs covered with gilded bronze tiles, demonstrates a combination of the architectural style of Han, Tibetan, India and Nepal, as well as a Mandala world outlook of Buddhism. Jokhang means the ‘House of the Buddha’ in Tibetan.
Barkhor Street is a very ancient street surrounding Jokhang Temple at Lhasa Old Town. Many Tibetan pilgrims walk clockwise here while spinning their prayer wheels, and others perform full body-length prostrations. For travellers, Barkhor Street is a magical place showing the original outlook of Lhasa. It was paved by hand-polished stone boards. Though it is not broad, it accommodates thousands of tourists & pilgrims every day. Varied shops stand on its both sides and thousands of booths are on every corner. Most of them offer the prayer wheels, traditional Tibetan clothes, Tibetan knives and some religious articles for sale. Furthermore, there are many Thangka workshops. Thankga, the Tibetan scroll painting, is an unique art of Tibet with the themes of religion, history, literature, science and customs.
Day 04: Lhasa > Gyantse > Shigatse
Sights: Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkor Chöde Monastery with Gyantse Kumbum
On the way from Lhasa to Gyantse, drive over Gampala Pass【4790m】, and you will have a glimpse of Yamdroktso Lake【4400m】.The Lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains and in the distance you can have spectacular views of holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar【7191m】, the highest mountain near Lhasa .
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 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.
Day 05: Shigatse > Tingri
Sights: Tashilump Monastery
At Shigatse, the 2nd largest town in Tibet, you 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. The huge golden statue of the Future Buddha is the largest gilded statue in the world. Afterwards head to Tingri for the night.
Day 06: Tingri > EBC > Rongbuk
Overnight: Rongbuk, Guesthouse (dorm bed)
Sights: Everest Base Camp, 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 07: Rongbuk > Old Tingri > Kyirong
Sights: Peikutso Lake
Today we head from Rongbuk to Kyirong border via Old Tingri. En route, we will visit 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.
Day 08: Kyirong > Rasuwagadi > Kathmandu
Early morning transfer to Kyirong Port. Say goodbye to Tibetan guide & driver. Clear customs by having Nepal visa-on-arrival at your own expenses. Cross the border to arrive at Rasuwagadi, Nepal-side of the border. Our Nepali guide & driver will be there waiting for you, then take the scenic ride across the countryside of Nepal to Kathmandu, and drop you off at your hotel here. End of service.