Lhasa Kathmandu Overland Tour Or Vice Versa

Lhasa Kathmandu overland tour offers cultural excursions of Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse. Adventure overland tour along the friendship highway, the breathtaking views of stunning passes and towering peaks including Mount Everest and beautiful pristine lakes are the major highlights of this wonderful overland tour. Lhasa Kathmandu tour is the most popular Trans Himalayan overland tour that starts either in Lhasa; the ancient capital of Tibet or in Kathmandu, the Nepal's capital. The tour begins with a scenic flight over Mont Everest from Kathmandu to Lhasa or a spectacular train journey across the Tibetan plateau to Lhasa.

  • Lhasa Kathmandu Overland Tour Or Vice Versa
  • Lhasa Kathmandu Overland Tour Or Vice Versa

Lhasa Kathmandu Overland tour is one of the most preferred tours where one can explore two different cultures at a same time.  In an incredible city of Lhasa we get to visit the famous Potala and Norbulinkha palaces and the great Drepung and Sera Monasteries with Jokhang Temple. We will also walk amongst the crowded Tibetan market - the bustling Barkhor Bazaar. And, driving through the beautiful Turquoise Lake on the way to the historic town of Gyantse we will see the unique multi-storied Kumbum Stupa.

The Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Tour also allows us to explore the serene Yamdrok Tso Lake and conquer a few high passes. After visiting the Tashilungpo monastery in Shigatse; we start our drive to the Himalayas through the Friendship highway that connects Kathmandu with Lhasa. En-route we pass through many high Himalayan passes over. Meeting the real people of Tibet enjoying the unique landscapes and stunning views of Everest, Shisapangma, Makalu, Cho Oyu and Tibetan Himalayan range and then cross the Nepal Tibet boarder and drive to Kathmandu where we will celebrate our wonderful journey with farewell dinner along with a live culture show will be a trip of lifetime!   

Trip Itinerary

Lhasa Kathmandu overland tour – short itinerary

Day 01:  Arrival in Lhasa by Train or Air

Day 02: Sightseeing in Lhasa

Day 03: Sightseeing in Lhasa

Day 04: Drive from Lhasa to Gyantse

Day 05: Drive from Gyantse to Shigatse

Day 06: Drive from Shigatse to Tingri 

Day 07: Drive from Tingri to Nyalam then to Kathmandu

Tour Cost: Please contact us and let us know the number of members in your group, the category of hotels you would like to stay with and any other special desires and requirements of yours. We will be glad to quote you the price as per your requirements.

Tour Guides:

We can provide the equipment and infrastructure along with the dedicated, multilingual leaders, guides, and drivers needed to make your trek, pilgrimage, or cultural tour of Tibet a memorable, once-in-a-lifetime experience!  Alpine Eco Trek is the pioneer in Tibet tours and treks. Its dedicated team has gained long experience in tourism and hospitality specializing in Tibet tours, Treks and mountain overland tours. During your time in Tibet you will be accompanied by an English speaking Tibetan guide who will not only act as an interpreter but will also provide a valuable insight into the Tibetan culture and way of life.

Hotel and Accommodations:

Now, Lhasa has many five stars hotels; there are so many nice and standard hotels in Lhasa, Gyatnse and Shigatse. We can organize any kinds of hotels and guest houses as per your requirements. Please be noted that the facilities and services along Friendship highway, especially Zhangmu, Nyalam, Tingri, Saga and Kailash part are still very basic. Read more


Lhasa, Tibet is now connected with the Railways network with mainland China. From any parts of mainland china you can take the amazing train journey to Lhasa which takes about two days to reach the capital. Roads and highways in Tibet are pretty much in condition now! Normally we use 4WD jeep, Van or minibus to carry tourists and trucks for kitchen logistics and equipments.


While you are in cities you can get verities of good meals but while you are on a trek or along the highways there are less varieties and not so good food so it is advised to bring some dry food of your own all the time. Due to the high altitude you may feel not so hungry or lose your appetite which is common symptom of altitude, no worry and try to eat as much as you can. You need more energy while you are in the high altitude areas. Many travelers suffer from diarrhea in Tibet, so please be careful with the varieties of food and try to have some light meals with more soups and tea.  Please avoid eating raw food like vegetable salads, etc… always try to eat well cooked meals and drink only boiled or sealed packed mineral water.

High Altitude Sickness in Tibet

What is High Altitude Sickness?
High altitude sickness, also known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), or altitude illness, is a pathological condition at high altitude which is caused by the combination of reduced air pressure and lack of oxygen. An altitude above 3000 meters is usually defined as high altitude, and most places in Tibet are higher than this level. Therefore, AMS is one of the biggest challenges when travelling in Tibet. Read more

Detail Itinerary

Lhasa Kathmandu overland tour – detailed itinerary

Day 01:  Arrival in Lhasa by Train or Air
Upon your arrival at Gonggar airport or Lhasa Train Station, one of our Tibetan guides will come to greet you and with an easy one hour or half hour drive will take you to your final destination. Check in to hotel and rest of the time will be rest and relax. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02: Sightseeing in Lhasa
After breakfast, we start the first day of our tour doing an amazing sightseeing tour of the ancient Lhasa.  First of all, we will visit Jokhang Temple; it is the most revered shrine of the Tibetan world.  No doubt, it is constantly bustling with religious worshippers. After lunch, we will visit Sera Monastery which is located just a few miles North to Lhasa city. It is beautifully preserved Monastery where we can see many of the pictures of Tibet and the buildings with white washed walls and golden roofs. By the evening, drive back to Lhasa or overnight.

Day 03: Sightseeing in Lhasa
Breakfast will be serving from hotel's restaurant; we will first have a glimpse of tremendous Potala Palace performing out from the rest of the city by perching on the red hill. To explore the ancient quarters of the Dalai Lama we will visit Potala Palace in the morning. This palace is regarded as one of the most significantly beautiful palace in the world. After lunch, we will visit Drepung Monastery which was once home for over 10,000 monks. Drepung Monastery is still a beautiful sight to visit. Incredibly it was one of the few sights to escape the Cultural Revolution without widespread damage. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 04: Drive from Lhasa to Gyantse
Another amazing day begins with our overland journey towards Gyantse. We follow the Friendship Highway by jeep and cross the Khamba La at an elevation of 4794 meters from where we can see the stunning views across the waters of Yamdrok-tso Lake to the snowy summit of Nazin Kang SA (7252m). As we head toward the west over another high pass the Karo La 5045 meters, we can view the spectacular sight of a huge glacier tumbling down to within a few hundred meters of the road. We will explore tranquil Yamdruk Tso then we arrive to Gyangtse passing the beautiful valleys and colorful Tibetan villages after few hours of drive. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 05: Drive from Gyantse to Shigatse
Today will be an exciting day as we will visit the fort of Gyantse Dzong. This fort dates back to the 14th century and offers some of the most amazing views of Gyantse and surrounding valleys. Before leaving  to Shigatse we will also visit the famous Gyangtse Kumbum. This magnificent structure is the largest stupa in Tibet. If the exquisite gold dome is not enough, this stupa is packed with Tibetan sculptures and paintings. Thereby, we continue our trip to Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. This city is only 90 km far away from Gyantse Kumbum which takes about an hour and half drive to Shigatse, a city that provides excellent opportunity for both relaxation and exploration. After exploring the local market we will make a detailed visit to the Tashilhunpo Monastery, which one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet. Overnight at hotel.

Day 06: Drive from Shigatse to Tingri  
After breakfast, we start another scenic day driving past small village of Lhatse and cross Gyamtso La Pass at 5520m. As the route opens into plains, many villages, camps of nomadic herders become visible en route to TIngri. Overnight at guest house.

Day 07: Drive from Tingri to Nyalam then to Kathmandu
Today is the last day of your adventure overland tour. You will drive past Tingri crossing Lalung la pass at 5125m and Shug La pass at 5200m. Breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks of Cho Oyu, Gauri Shankar, Mt. Everest and Shishapangma will greet you while descending from barren Plateau to the green, small boarder town of Zhangmu and then continue to Kathmandu crossing the Friendship bridge of Tibet and Nepal. End the trip.

Cost Includes/Excludes

Service Includes:

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car / van / bus
  • Tibet entry travel permit and Chinese visa
  • All monasteries entry fees
    Guided tour as per the program
  • English speaking Tibetan guide during whole trip in Tibet,
  • One hand land cruiser or van during the overland tour,
    Twin sharing hotel in Lhasa on bed and breakfast basis
  • All accommodation enroot in Guesthouses inclusive breakfast during the overland drive.
  • Tibet border to Kathmandu (Friendship Bridge) pick up by tourist bus or jeep
  • All government taxes and official expense

Service Excludes:

  • Any fares of plane or train
  • Lunch, dinner in the cities
  • Travel insurance, Nepal entry visa & re entry visa fess,
  • Tibet Visa fees
  • Any additional expenses caused by reasons beyond our control such as natural Calamities, flight delays, rescheduling or cancellations, accidents etc
  • Tips for guide and support crew (Tipping is appreciated but it is not mandatory)

Why travel with us?

Why travel with us?

Small Group
A Smaller number of people means more attention and better access to the group leader for a more intimate and personalized experience. The primary goal of our trek to the sacred Mount Kailash is to provide our customers with an eco-friendly, well-equipped and well-instructed crew members. A maximum of 20 or fewer pilgrims will be taken for the holy trek at a time. We ensure that the group formed is sufficient for each one of the trekkers to be well attended, as well as large enough to enjoy the journey along with other pilgrims.

Commitment to Safety
The top priority of our company is to provide our valued customers with a strategically approach to their safety and security. Each year we make equal or more efforts to refine the previous operations and work on improving the already existing safety procedures. We make sure the guides and trainers provided to the customers are experienced and knowledgeable in first aid and emergency management. They are also well-trained for any emergency situations that might occur in the higher altitudes or while trekking. However, we request our customers to take precautions beforehand itself, and make precise and necessary food arrangements and give personal hygiene the most preference. Every necessary equipment such as sleeping bags, warm down jacket etc. required for the holy trek will be provided to you. Our customer's health and safety is our prior concern, therefore we carry first aid kits and Portable Altitude Chambers (Gaymow Bag) for any high altitude sickness emergency.

Stress Free Travel
Even tiny hurdles along the way can ruin the excitement of the journey. Alpine Eco Trek aims to minimize almost every hassle and tedium that is most likely to come in the way while trekking. This not only kills the mood but distracts you from admiring the most beautiful parts of the journey. Hence, starting from your arrival day itself, our team fully devote themselves to your service. Our crew members make sure every aspect of the travel including accommodation, transportation, and the food is taken care of beforehand. We make confirmations with every lodges, hotels, private bus and vans for an efficient and reliable service before we start the trek. Every entrance fees for monasteries, palaces, etc. on the way will be included in the itinerary itself and a deluxe van or a regular van will be on standby, giving us the freedom to explore the area if requested.

Quality Service
Compromising the quality of the services that Alpine Eco Trek offers, is never an option under any circumstances. Every trek we organize is an updated version of the previous treks in which we make the necessary changes and reconsider various aspects. From the equipment provided to the travelers, for example, sleeping bags, quality down jackets to the littlest guidance on the trek, every aspect of the trek is precisely focused and worked on, for the comfortable trip of our customers. The main focus is given to the most basic factors of the tourism activities and that is the availability of transportation, comfortable accommodations, and healthy food. The holy trip to Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar requires various equipment which is also taken care by us. We particularly request each of our valued customers to give us their genuine feedbacks on the overall journey to Mount Kailash that helps us monitor our drawbacks and helps design quality operations and adopt approaches useful for a better trek in the future.

Well Trained Staff
We are a firm believer that for every company to run successfully, the internal management and the team must be strong. Hence, we have built a team of professionals who show extreme passion and determination towards their work. We ensure that every customer is accompanied by a well-trained, soft-spoken and an enthusiastic team leader who makes the journey more enjoyable.

Competitive Price
To gain the trust and reliability from any customer, transparency is a must. Therefore, Alpine Eco Trek works on providing the trekkers with an affordable, competitive and transparent cost which remains same for every traveler.

Our Goal
lpine Eco Trek aims to provide the best Himalayan pilgrim travel at the most reasonable price. We believe in building a fine bonding with our customers, keeping quality and reliable services in mind. The mission of our trips is also to offer a wide range of adventure and thrill, covering most the attractions of the region. We take our customers to the most beautiful, worth seeing sites, giving them an insight into the local culture and lifestyle, while also establishing a genuine friendly bond with both, the locals and the crew.

Guidelines& Considerations
Following are some of the guidelines and considerations to make while picking a travel company for your trip:

01) Make sure that the company takes good care of their own staffs and guides by providing them with the necessary equipment, food, proper clothing, along with a good pay for their work. This shows the work ethics of the company and a respect for their staffs. Secondly, observe and be confident on how focused the itineraries provided to you are on promoting the culture and beauty of Nepal.

02) Make sure the company is a certified company and is registered under the appropriate local travel and trekking associations. Also, make sure that it is operating under the laws of the land(s) in which you will travel.

03) Ensure that the travel company you select is experienced and holds an overall knowledge about the local environmental issues of the site you are traveling to. The company should be considerate and sensitive to the issues and should respect the culture, tradition, and privacy of the inhabitants of the region.

04) Make sure that the company gives importance and consideration to the littlest details of the trip such as toilet arrangements, cooking fuel, rubbish disposal, first aid, etc

05) Make sure the company that you choose has an appropriate travel insurance and it abides by the regulations regarding operations of travel and trekking company.

Alpine Eco Trek follows all the above-mentioned guidelines in order to provide its customers with the most trouble free, eco-friendly and safe journey that they desire.


Tibet Tours and Trekking Frequently Asked Questions

Question 01: What kind of permits do I need to visit Tibet?
Answer: Normally you will need two kinds of permits for travelling in Tibet: the entry permit (TTB permit) and the Alien's travel permit (PSB permit).

A. TTB permit – Tibet travel permit
When you fly from Kathmandu or any city to Lhasa you will need to show TTB permit (Tibet Visa) when you check in at the airport. Even while buying a flight ticket to Lhasa you need to show this permit.

B. PSB permit – Alien's Travel permit
if you like to visit restricted area you will need to buy an Alien's travel permit issued by PSB of Tibet.

Question 02: How to get Tibet travel permits?
Answer: To get the travel permits, you need to send us below details:
01) Full Name:
02) Sex:
03) Date of birth:
04) Passport number:
05) Nationality

The details you provide us must be exactly the same as on your passport and you need to tell us your profession because journalists and people that are involved in political matters could be revoked ( they need a different procedure to get a permit).

We suggest you to apply your permit at least 25 days prior to your entry date. Please note that if you do not book any tour with Alpine Eco Trek, we can't help you get the permits. No one can provide permit only service. Tibet Tourism Corporation will not issue travel permits to individuals and will direct you to a travel agency like Alpine Eco Trek. We can organize a travel permit to almost anywhere in Tibet but only if you book a package tour with us.

Question 03: What are the essential points about Tibet Travel Permit?
A. we can provide Travel permit to all kinds of people except Diplomats, Journalists and Governments officials who should travel to Tibet under the arrangement by the Foreign Affairs Office of Tibet Government.

B. After issuing a permit, we could help you to buy your air tickets or train tickets.

C. The permit we provide you is a copy, the original will be with guide, in Tibet you are not allowed to bring permit with you and not even allowed to travel to anywhere you want because except Lhasa you need another permit named as Aliens Permit. Otherwise if you are stopped by the police or army you will be sent out of Tibet or have trouble politically and economically. Tibet is still very sensitive destination in Asia. Moreover, the travel agency which helped to get you the permit will also be in trouble. Therefore seriously not any legitimate travel agency could sell you the Tibet Permit if you do not book a tour with them. We don't think so you would like to be in trouble while you are enjoying your hard earned holiday due to a SOLD Tibet permit after you pay a lot of money for the your trip to Tibet.

D. There is a service charge to get the Tibet Travel Permits. And, it takes time, paper work, transportation fee and delivery fee for us to get a permit for you, so Alpine Eco Trek will charge an extra fee for the permits.

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Further Information:
www.kailashtourtrek.com contains as much information as possible about Tibet tours and Treks. However, if you have any questions regarding trip, please feel free to contact us. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours. If you want to book a trip, you can send us an email or contact us directly by phone: 0977 98510 36844 (Ram Kumar Adhikari).

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Trip Facts

Trip Duration: 07 days

Mode of Trek: Adventure overland drive

Trip starts: Lhasa fly in

Trip ends: Kathmandu or Lhasa

Group size: Minimum 1 & Maximum 10 people

Elevation: Nearly 5500m

Transportation: 4WD Land cruiser or mini buses

Note: The best season to do Lhasa Kathmandu overland tour is from April to December; please try to travel always with a local and direct agent and small group – private departure dates available. All the travelers except Chinese passport holders travelling to Tibet must be in possession of a current passport with at least 6 months of validity remaining.

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