This is the most popular of all our tours in Tibet.
Travel Tibet Everest Base Camp - Lhasa to Kathmandu overland tour via Everest Base Camp passes through the cultural centers of Tibet and Lhasa, Shigatse and Hyantsze, promotes high above steps and beautiful turquoise colored lake and finally takes you to the northern foot of Mount Everest before reaching Kathmandu.
This is the most popular of all our tours in Tibet, covering all the best that the country has to offer. The tour starts with a spectacular flight over the Himalayas from Kathmandu to Lhasa.In this tour we explore the historic sites, the most important monasteries and old traditional area of the city .Some of these include the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Drepung and traditional Bharkhor market and sera monasteries. We leave Lhasa in a 4WD jeep and on the way of our Overland Tour Tibet we pass through ancient Buddhist monasteries Tashilumpo in Shigatse, the Kumbum Stupa at Gyantse, and drive past the beautiful turquoise lakes.
We reach a beautiful mountain landscape Rongbuk Monastery and the base camp of Mt Everest itself. The view is simply breathtaking. Finally, we cross the border to Tibet Nepal and drive to Kathmandu along the lush forest and agricultural terraces, in contrast to the arid and dry Tibet.
Below you will find two different routes, the first journey from Lhasa to Kathmandu and the second drive from Kathmandu to Lhasa to find the opposite way.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to hotel
Our guide will welcome you at Kathmandu airport, takes you to hotel and helps you with the check in formalities. Free time to explore interesting streets of Kathmandu on your own or rest .
Day 02: Chinese visa processing , guided tour of Kathmandu.
While we collect your passport and apply for Chinese visa at the Chinese embassy in Kathmandu, you will go for sightseeing tour. We cover the Kathmandu Durbar square, Swoyambhunath stupa and Bouddhanath stupa. Evening briefing about your Tibet tour .
If you are not entering Tibet from Kathmandu but from mainland China/ Hong Kong/ Chengdu etc, your tour starts from here .
Day 03: Fly ( Kathmandu etc ) to Lhasa (3650m)
Enjoy the fantastic trans Himalayas flight that flies past mt Everest to Lhasa .
Our Tibetan guide receives you at Lhasa’s Gongkar airport and takes you to Lhasa city through and scenic drive of 1.5 hr. Explore the nearby streets on your own or rest and acclimatize .
Day 04: Guided tour of Potala palace, Jokhang temple and Bharkhor street .
The tour today covers the Potala palace of the Dalai Lamas, the holiest of the Tibetan temple- Jokhang and visit to the traditional Bharkhor street .
Day 05: Guided tour of Drepung and Sera monastery .
We visit the two biggest Gelugpa monasteries of Tibet where there used to be up to 10000 monks living in the bygone days . These monasteries also serve as University to learn Buddhism for the monks and the spiritual debate among monks is the thing not to miss here.
Day 06: Drive Lhasa to Gyantse (3950m) – 261 km
We drive on a 4WD jeep through fabulous scenery . We drive past Khamba La, at 4794 meter, with a brief halt to savor majestic views of Yamdrok-tso Lake and Nazin Kang Sa, standing at 7252 m. Further westwards, we come across another pass, Karo La at 5045m where you can see huge glaciers tumbling down. After driving 261 km, beautifully landscaped Tibetan villages become visible as you enter the town of Gyantse.
Day 07: Gyantse sightseeing & drive to Shigatse (3900m) – 90 km
Guided tour of Kumbum stupa and Pelkhor temple in Gyantse then drive to Shigatse . In Shigatse we visit the famous Tashilhunpo monastery, the seat of the panchen Lamas.
Day 08: Shigatse sightseeing & drive to Shegar (4050m) – 244 km
It is yet another scenic day driving past small town of Lhatse and cross Gyamtso La pass at 5220m. As the route opens into plains, many monasteries and camps of nomadic herders become visible en route to Shegar.
Day 09: Drive to Rongbuk Monastery (5000m) –68 km
We drive southward and cross Pang La pass at 5150m. Enjoying superbly beautiful mountain scenery, we reach to Rongbuk at 5000m . On a clear day, one can see a long range of the Himalaya including peaks over 8000, Makalu, Lhotse, Everest, Gyachung Kang and Cho Oyu. Rest and explore the area .
Day 10: Explore Everest base camp & drive to Tingri (4390m) – 65 km
Reaching to the very base of mt Everest at 5150 m would be the highlight of the whole trip – and that is today! The scenery is simply breathtaking . The mountains look even better during sunrise and sunset. We drive back Tingri ( on the main highway from where we deviated to the base camp the previous day) for our overnight stay.
Day 11: Drive to Zhangmu (2300m) – 181 km
You will drive past Tingri crossing Lalung La pass at 5124m and Shug La pass at 5200m. Spectacular views of the surrounding peaks of Shishapangma, Cho Oyu, Menlungtse and Gauri Shankar will greet you while descending from arid Tibetan Plateau to the green , small town of Zhangmu near Nepal Tibet boarder.
Day 12: Drive to Kathmandu (1400m) -123 km
Complete the immigration formalities, leave your vehicle form Lhasa at the boarder. Our guide from Kathmandu will receive you at the boarder, get Nepal visa ( if you do not have one ) and drive along a superbly scenic highway to Kathmandu. Rest .
Day 13: Fly onward destination
Note : If you have limited time this tour can be done even on 12 days .