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Tibet  Overland Tour from Nepal - 8 Days

  • 8 Days
  • Places to Visit in Tibet
  • 4350m
Tibet  Overland Tour from Nepal

Tibet  Overland Tour from Nepal

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Autumn & Spring

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Hotel Lodge

Overview And Highlights

Tibet Overland Tour- Highlights

  •  Multiday overland day tours to the roof of the world, Tibet.
  • Tour various monasteries, including Tashilhunpo, Drepung, and Sera Monastery in Lhasa.
  •  Scenic drive along the picturesque lakes, local markets, and old palaces, including the Potala Palace.
  • Experiencing the trans-Himalayan culture, lifestyle, and surreal landscape of Tibet.
  •  Fully guided Tibet Tour with fixed departures in 2023 with Adventure Nepal Eco Treks.

Tibet Overland Tour- Overview

Tibet Overland Tour from Nepal is one of the most fantastic multi day tours ever. Why? There are countless reasons why Tibet from Nepal is one of the most popular overland tour destinations. To put forward a few, elegant natural scenery, timeless cultural exploration, beautiful mountain scenery, historical sites, off-the-beaten-path adventure, spiritual experience and authentic local cuisines makes Tibet Tours a must in 2023.

Tibet remained closed for a long time after the Covid-19 outbreak. From April 2023, Tibet has also been open for visitors from the Nepal side. Since Tibet sits just next to Nepal and shares the border, many tourists fly to Nepal, get their permits, and start the week-long overland tour.

Here we present some significant highlights you’d experience on an eight day Tibet Tour Package from Kathmandu, Nepal.

Elegant mountain scenery

Upon starting the eight days Tibet Overland Tour from Kathmandu, your eyes feast on the elegant and breathtaking mountain scenery. You'll pass through pristine lakes, alluring valleys, and timeless Tibetan settlements. The drive will leave you in awe as the entire road to the Tibetan border traverses through the Himalayan landscape.

Everest at 8848.86 meters, Cho Oyu at 8,201 meters, and Shishapangma at 8,012 meters are the three 8,000-meter tall mountains you'll see on this tour. And if you want to further customize this tour, from Gyantse, you can even visit Everest Base Camp North and Rongbuk Glacier.

Enriched Tibetan Culture

Tibet is deeply rooted in ancient Buddhism. Buddhism here dates back to the 7th century, and still, it remains intact and timeless. Whether it's along the route's monasteries and stupas or insights into Tibetan Buddhism tradition and way of their lives, you'll experience the Buddhism vibes all along.

Also, in Tibet, you can interact with the locals and view their lifestyles closely. For this, your tour guide manages everything in place for different cultural activities and events.

Revered Historical sites

Known for enriched history and affluent historical sites, Tibet Overland Tour takes you to the home of ancient history and sites. Tibet houses the most pristine living palace of the Dalai Lama, the Potala Palace in Lhasa, one of the most prominent and revered UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Jokhang Temple and Sera Monastery are other historical and cultural sites you'll visit on this tour. These places give you a glimpse of ancient Tibet, leave you in awe, and let you reflect on its richness.

Unique Cultural Festivals

Festivals and Rituals in Tibet are among the best in the world. The Tibetan New Year, Lhosar, is a significant celebration in Tibet. And if you time your Tibet Tours on Feb 10, 2024, you'll get to celebrate it with locals. And if you take your family on this tour, the celebration remains a lifelong memory.

Saga Dawa Festival, Shoton Festival, and Butter Lamp Festival are other popular festivals in Tibet. During these, you'll enjoy masked performances, cultural dance, rituals, and spirituality.

Spiritual experience

You'll get a fantastic opportunity to reflect on your life through the spiritual touch of Tibet. As it's the roof of the world, blessed by ancient Buddhism, the serenity of the landscape provides you with the best time for spiritual growth.

The sacred sites, monasteries, interactions with Buddhist monks, and tranquility lets you connect with your inner self.

Authentic local cuisine

Like history and serenity, the Tibetan region is equally famous for its cuisines. Tibet's unique and flavorful dishes never fail to excite your taste delights.

Popular meals like MoMo (steamed dumplings), Thukpa (Tibetan noodles), Thenduk, and other dishes are delights of Tibet.

Most important Note:

As the Chinese Visa Application takes a week, submitting your application on Sunday, the first working day in Nepal, is better. Thus, we recommend you fly to Nepal and land in Kathmandu on Saturday.

With this, you can wait for your visa with ease. Moreover, in the meantime, you'll have plenty of time for Kathmandu sightseeing tours and other short-day hikes around the city.

A Tibet Overland Tour from Nepal offers a breathtaking journey through some of the most spectacular landscapes and cultural sites in the world. Here are some highlights you can expect from such a tour:

Scenic Drive to Tibet: Embark on an adventurous overland journey from Kathmandu to Tibet via the Nepal-Tibet border at Rasuwagadhi. The drive itself offers stunning views of the Himalayan mountains, deep valleys, and cascading rivers.

Tibetan Plateau: As you cross the border into Tibet, you'll be greeted by the breathtaking Tibetan Plateau, often referred to as the "Roof of the World." The vast, high-altitude landscape dotted with nomadic settlements, yaks, and monasteries is a sight to behold.

Lhasa, the Capital City: Arrive in Lhasa, the heart and soul of Tibet. Explore the iconic Potala Palace, the former winter residence of the Dalai Lama, which stands majestically overlooking the city. Visit Jokhang Temple, Tibet's most sacred temple, and Barkhor Street, a bustling market surrounding the temple.

Gyantse and Shigatse: Journey through the stunning Tibetan countryside to Gyantse, home to the iconic Pelkor Chode Monastery and the Kumbum Stupa. Continue to Shigatse, Tibet's second-largest city, where you can visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery, the seat of the Panchen Lama.

Mount Everest Base Camp (North Face): One of the highlights of the tour is a visit to the North Face Base Camp of Mount Everest. Marvel at the world's highest peak up close and soak in the awe-inspiring views of the Himalayas.

Rongbuk Monastery: Near Everest Base Camp lies Rongbuk Monastery, one of the highest monasteries in the world. Explore this ancient site and take in panoramic views of Everest and its surrounding peaks.

Tibetan Culture and Traditions: Throughout the journey, immerse yourself in Tibetan culture and traditions. Visit local markets, interact with friendly locals, and witness traditional Tibetan dances and rituals.

Natural Wonders: Experience the diverse landscapes of Tibet, from lush valleys and turquoise lakes to rugged mountains and vast plains. Don't miss the stunning Yamdrok Lake and the picturesque views from the Khampa La Pass.

Spiritual Exploration: Gain insight into Tibetan Buddhism by visiting numerous monasteries, stupas, and sacred sites scattered across the region. Participate in prayer ceremonies and learn about the rich spiritual heritage of Tibet.

Overall, a Tibet Overland Tour from Nepal offers a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, combining breathtaking scenery, rich cultural experiences, and spiritual exploration in one of the world's most remote and enchanting destinations.

Day to Day Itinerary

Drive from Kathmandu (1,300 meters) to Kerung (2,700 meters), 145 km/7 hours


After breakfast, early in the morning, you'll start this tour with a drive from Kathmandu to the Kerung border. You'll drive through Dhunche, Syabrubesi, Timure, Rasuwagadhi, and Kerung.

After reaching the Kerung border, your permits will be checked at the immigration center. After completing the immigration, you'll take another two-hour uphill drive to Kerung.

You'll stop at the hotel in Kerung for overnight accommodation.

Drive from Kerung to Tingri/Lhatse (4,350 meters) 225 km, 8 hours


On this day, you'll drive to the Qinghai-Tibetan plateau, the world's highest plateau. From here, you'll get a conspicuous glimpse of the Tibetan landscape. Also, from here, on a clear weather day, you'll see breathtaking views of Mt. Shishapangma and Cho Oyu.

This 8-hour drive remains attractive, serene, scenic, and awe every day.

Mt. Everest becomes visible from Tingri. With this beautiful glimpse, you'll stay overnight at the hotel in Tingri.

Drive from Tingri/Lhatse to Xigatse (3,900 meters), 244 km/6 hours


After breakfast, you'll head on the road. After leaving Lhatse, you'll cross the highest pass, Gyatso La, at 5,220 meters. The road remains scenic throughout the day.

You'll also see the west road that reaches Mt. Kailash.

You'll stop at the Yak Hotel in Xigatse for overnight accommodation.

: Drive from Shigatse to Gyantse (3,950 meters). Sightseeing at Gyantse. Drive to Lhasa (3,656 meters) 271 km, 6 hours.


The 4th day on the Tibet Overland Tour remains picturesque as you'll drive through some incredible high Himalayan Pass and beautiful freshwater lakes.

In the morning, you'll do sightseeing around Panchen Lama's Tashilhunpo Monastery. Here you'll observe the rituals, prayers, and other attributes.

From Xigatse, you'll drive to Gyantse and visit famous sites, including Kumbum Stupa & Phalkor Monastery.

From here, you'll drive to Karola (5,010 meters), Kambala (4,749 meters), Yamdrok Tso, and the Tibetan river Brahmaputra (Yarlung Tsangpo).

You'll stay overnight at the hotel in Lhasa.

Whole day Sightseeing in Lhasa


On this day, you'll tour Lhasa, visiting the most beautiful and serene places.

Potala Palace and Sera Monasteries are the two beautiful places you'll visit today. You'll also visit Barkhor market, Jokhang Temple, and more places.

You'll stay overnight at the hotel in Lhasa.

Sightseeing tour in Lhasa


On this day, after breakfast at the hotel, you'll visit Drepung Monastery. It's also a pristine place for the Dalai Lama. It used to be the palace for the Dalai Lama before shifting to Potala Palace.

On this day, you'll also visit Sera Monastery, one of the "great Gelung monasteries in Tibet". The major attraction of this monastery is the monk's debate session that takes place between 3-5 pm.

Overnight at the hotel in Lhasa.

Drive from Lhasa to Xegar (4,300 meters) or fly back to Kathmandu


After visiting Lhasa, you'll prepare for the return to Kathmandu. You'll have two options: a two-day road trip via Xegar, Kerung, to Kathmandu or a direct flight from Lhasa to Kathmandu.

If you take the road trip, you'll return to Xegar and stop for overnight accommodation at the hotel.

: Drive from Xegar to Kerung and Kathmandu 1350 meters


On this day, you'll leave Xegar for Kathmandu. Before leaving Tibet, you'll go through some checks at immigration at Kerung. From here, you'll drive back to Kathmandu for 10 hours.

It marks the end of your eight days Overland Tibet Tour Package from Nepal.


What Is Included ?

  • Twin sharing lodge/hotel accommodation during the Tibet tour 
  • Everyday Breakfast in staying Hotel/Lodge Entire trip
  • All necessary transportation Kathmandu/Lhasa.
  • Sightseeing tour as per the program.
  • An English speaking Tibetan Guide Entire Trip.
  • And monasteries entrance fees.
  • ANET Appreciation of certificate after the successful trip
  • Tibet travel permit and Tibet Visa.
  • Land Transporttationfrom Lhasa to Kathmandu via Kerung Border
  • Tibet Potala palace Entrance fees

What Is Excluded?

  • Your food (Lunch and dinner) during the tour.
  • All expenses of personal nature,
  • Nepal re-entry visa fee,
  • Travel insurance and Emergency evacuation.
  • In case of landslides extra charge for porters and transportation.

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The number of days you need in Tibet depends on your travel goals, interests, and the specific places you want to visit. Here are some factors to consider when planning the duration of your trip:

Main Attractions: If you're primarily interested in visiting the major attractions in Tibet such as the Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple in Lhasa, the monasteries of Gyantse and Shigatse, and Mount Everest Base Camp, you could plan a shorter trip of around 5 to 7 days.

Acclimatization: Tibet's high altitude can be challenging for some travelers, so it's important to allow time for acclimatization. Spending a few extra days in Lhasa or other lower-altitude areas before venturing to higher elevations can help minimize the risk of altitude sickness.

Remote Areas and Treks: If you're interested in exploring remote areas of Tibet or undertaking trekking adventures, you'll need to allocate more time for your trip. Trekking routes to Mount Kailash or other remote regions typically require at least 10 to 15 days.

Permit Restrictions: Certain areas of Tibet, especially those close to international borders or considered sensitive by the Chinese government, may require special permits or have restricted access. Be sure to check the latest travel regulations and obtain any necessary permits well in advance of your trip.

Travel Logistics: Traveling around Tibet can be time-consuming due to long distances, high-altitude terrain, and limited transportation options. Factor in travel time between destinations, especially if you're relying on overland transportation or taking scenic routes.

In general, most travelers find that spending at least 7 to 10 days in Tibet allows for a rewarding and comprehensive experience, covering major attractions while also allowing time for acclimatization and exploration. However, if you have specific interests or want to delve deeper into Tibetan culture and spirituality, you may choose to extend your stay accordingly.

Yes, it is possible to travel from Nepal to Tibet. There are several routes and methods for making this journey:

Overland Route via Kerung (Kyirong) Border: This is the most common overland route from Nepal to Tibet. Travelers start from Kathmandu and proceed by road to the border town of Rasuwagadhi. From there, they cross the border into Tibet via the Kerung (Kyirong) border. Once in Tibet, travelers can continue their journey by road to destinations such as Lhasa, Shigatse, Mount Everest Base Camp, or Mount Kailash.

Flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa: Another option is to fly directly from Kathmandu, Nepal to Lhasa, Tibet. There are regular flights operated by Chinese airlines between Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport and Lhasa's Gonggar Airport. This option allows travelers to bypass the overland journey and directly access Tibet's capital city.

Helicopter Tours: Some tour operators offer helicopter tours from Kathmandu to various destinations in Tibet, including Lhasa, Mount Everest Base Camp, and Mount Kailash. Helicopter tours provide a quick and scenic way to access Tibet's remote regions.

Trekking Routes: For adventurous travelers, there are trekking routes from Nepal to Tibet, such as the Friendship Highway trek. These routes typically involve trekking through remote mountainous terrain and require careful planning and preparation.

Regardless of the route chosen, travelers must obtain the necessary permits and permissions for traveling to Tibet, as Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) permits and Chinese visas are required. It's also important to be aware of any travel restrictions or regulations imposed by the Chinese government, as access to Tibet can be subject to change. Additionally, travelers should consider the high altitude and rugged terrain when planning their journey and take appropriate precautions to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip.

To obtain a Tibet travel permit from Nepal, you typically need to follow these steps:

Join a Tour Group: Independent travel to Tibet is not permitted for foreign tourists, and all travelers must be part of an organized tour group with a licensed tour operator. Therefore, the first step is to find a reputable tour operator in Nepal that offers tours to Tibet.

Select Your Tour Package: Choose a tour package that fits your preferences, budget, and travel dates. Tour packages vary in duration, itinerary, and destinations covered. Make sure the tour includes the places you want to visit in Tibet, such as Lhasa, Shigatse, Mount Everest Base Camp, or Mount Kailash.

Provide Required Documents: Once you've selected a tour package, you'll need to provide the necessary documents to your tour operator. This typically includes a scanned copy of your passport and visa, as well as any other required information or forms.

Apply for Tibet Travel Permit: Your tour operator will handle the permit application process on your behalf. They will submit your documents to the Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB) in Lhasa and obtain the Tibet travel permit on your behalf. The permit application process can take several days to weeks, so it's essential to plan ahead and apply well in advance of your intended travel dates.

Receive Your Permit: Once your Tibet travel permit is approved, your tour operator will arrange for you to receive the permit. In most cases, you'll need to collect the permit in person from the tour operator's office in Kathmandu. The permit will specify the places you're allowed to visit in Tibet and the duration of your stay.

Join the Tour: With your Tibet travel permit in hand, you can join your tour group and begin your journey to Tibet. Your tour operator will handle all logistics, including transportation, accommodations, and guided tours of the various attractions.

It's important to note that travel regulations and permit requirements for Tibet can change, so it's essential to check the latest information and regulations before planning your trip. Additionally, be sure to work with a reputable tour operator who has experience arranging tours to Tibet and can ensure a smooth and hassle-free experience.

Walking from Nepal to Tibet directly is not practical or feasible due to geographical barriers such as the towering Himalayan mountain range and political boundaries.

However, there are trekking routes that cross from Nepal into Tibet via designated border crossings. One such route is the Friendship Highway, which connects Nepal with Tibet through the Rasuwagadhi-Kerung border. This route involves trekking from Kathmandu to the border town of Rasuwagadhi and then crossing into Tibet via the Kerung (Kyirong) border. Once in Tibet, travelers can continue their journey by road to destinations such as Lhasa, Shigatse, Mount Everest Base Camp, or Mount Kailash.

These trekking routes require careful planning, preparation, and obtaining the necessary permits and permissions from both Nepalese and Chinese authorities. Additionally, travelers should be aware of the high altitude and rugged terrain along these routes and take appropriate precautions for safety and acclimatization.

While trekking from Nepal to Tibet is possible via designated border crossings, it's important to note that it's not a simple or straightforward journey and should only be undertaken by experienced trekkers with proper planning and support.

A Tibet overland tour refers to a journey from Nepal to Tibet via road transportation, typically involving a combination of driving and sightseeing stops along the way. It's a popular way to explore the cultural and natural wonders of Tibet, including iconic landmarks such as Lhasa, Mount Everest Base Camp, and Mount Kailash.

To join a Tibet overland tour from Nepal, you must book a tour package with a licensed tour operator. The tour operator will handle the Tibet travel permit application process on your behalf. You'll need to provide a scanned copy of your passport and visa to facilitate the permit application.

The main destinations covered in a Tibet overland tour from Nepal typically include Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet, as well as other cultural and historical sites such as Shigatse, Gyantse, and Sakya Monastery. Additionally, many tours also visit Mount Everest Base Camp and Mount Kailash.

The best time to undertake a Tibet overland tour from Nepal is during the spring and autumn months (April to May and September to October) when the weather is relatively mild and stable. These months offer clear skies, comfortable temperatures, and minimal risk of road closures due to snow or rain.

A typical Tibet overland tour package includes transportation (such as a private vehicle or tourist bus), accommodations, meals, entrance fees to attractions, the services of a knowledgeable guide, and the necessary permits and paperwork for traveling in Tibet.

The road conditions on a Tibet overland tour from Nepal can vary depending on the route and weather conditions. While major highways are generally well-maintained, some remote areas may have rough or unpaved roads. Additionally, travelers should be prepared for high-altitude driving and possible delays due to road construction or adverse weathe

Essential items to pack for a Tibet overland tour include warm clothing, comfortable walking shoes, sun protection (such as sunscreen and sunglasses), personal medications, a reusable water bottle, and any necessary travel documents. It's also advisable to pack snacks, as dining options may be limited in some areas.

Yes, altitude sickness can be a concern on a Tibet overland tour, as many destinations in Tibet are located at high altitudes. It's important to acclimatize gradually, stay hydrated, avoid strenuous activity, and listen to your body's signals. Travelers with pre-existing health conditions or concerns about altitude sickness should consult a healthcare professional before embarking on the tour.

These FAQs should provide helpful insights for travelers planning a Tibet overland tour from Nepal. However, it's essential to consult with a reputable tour operator for personalized advice and assistance tailored to your specific needs and preferences.


Additional Information

If you want to visit Tibet, the overland tour from Kathmandu is the most convenient one for many reasons.

First, it's an overland tour, possibly on a jeep. Instead of flying in and out, the Jeep ride saves you several hundred dollars. Plus, you'll enjoy the mesmerizing mountain scenery, lakes, and high Himalayan passes while on the road.

Another reason is that Kathmandu is near Kerung Border, just 175 km. And reaching there takes at most 8 hours, on a drive.

The visa process for the Tibet Overland Tour from Nepal requires a special permit and a Chinese visa. Every traveler must access a Chinese Visa from the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu. Furthermore, to tour Tibet, you must also access Tibet Travel Permit.

To get the visa and permit, you need special assistance from registered travel agencies in Kathmandu like us, Adventure Nepal Eco Treks. Once you submit adequate documents to us for your Tibet Tour, our correspondence will make arrangements for your visa and permits.

It takes 6-7 days to get your Chinese visa and Tibet Travel Permit from the date of application submission. Plus, it would help if you were in Nepal to apply for this visa and permits, possibly 7-8 days before the tour.

For this tour, an experienced licensed tour guide is a must. Also, a luxury 4*4 private jeeps are a must for the overland expedition. And all these arrangements become convenient once you book this tour with us.

Update for Indian Travelers in 2023 for Tibet Tour

We're sorry to announce that the Chinese Government has banned Indian travelers from getting Chinese Visas and Tibet Travel Permits. This decision is not best for Indian travelers, especially those planning Kailash and Tibet tours in 2023. We hope this decision changes quickly and everyone can travel to beautiful Tibet.

Since it's an overland tour, you'll get private vehicles as transport throughout this tour. We'll enter Tibet from the Kerung border near Rasuwagadhi.

Based on the group size, we'll provide the vehicle accordingly. Guaranteed, you'll get luxurious air-conditioned vehicles like coasters, tourist buses, Hiace, vans, and jeeps.

If you want to return by flight from Lhasa to Kathmandu, we'll arrange that too. However, it would help if you informed us beforehand so we'd give you proper tour pricing and set the flight tickets early.

The Chinese government has updated some changes to the visa applications.

First, at least five pax must be on tour to access the Tibet Travel Permit. As of this, you'll join other groups or depart with your group of at least five.

Second, visa processing takes 5-6 days after submitting the passport. Also, you must be in Nepal to visit the Chinese visa application center and participate in the biometric test.

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