Nepal Tibet Overland Tour – itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu.
Arrival in Kathmandu Airport, meet our representative and transfer to hotel. Check in to the Hotel. Our tour specialist will give pre tour information. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour.
After Breakfast sightseeing tour of Pashupatinath temple which is very famous Hindus temple in Nepal where you can see different environment of Temple, death burning body, devotees etc. Then you will proceed to Tour of Patan to have a look and study many beautiful and interesting arts and architecture and historic and cultural phenomena. Then after Sightseeing Tour of Bhaktapur City is just a 14 kms east of Kathmandu. Bhaktapur means the city of devotees and is a center of potter and intriguing masks. The major sightseeing places are, Durbar Square, of 55 windows, Nyatapola, Bhairavnath Temple, Dattatreya Temple etc. O/n at Hotel.
Day 3: Kathmandu - Chitwan National Park (155 km).
After breakfast, 5 hours drive to Chitwan National Park, Lunch at resort. Check in Resort. Jungle activities will be followed by different programs. Dinner will be served. O/n at Resort.
Day 4: Chitwan National Park.
Full Day explore the Jungle by different program such as Elephant Ride Safari, Jungle walk, Canoe Trip, Elephant Breeding center visit etc. Afternoon Lunch & evening Dinner. After Dinner Tharu cultural Show can be seen. O/n at Resort.
Day 5: Chitwan - Pokhara (910 m) After Breakfast 4 hrs Drive to Pokhara through good scenery of River and countryside. Check in to the Hotel. Afternoon, tour around Pokhara valley including Davis fall, Kumbheshore Cave, boating at Fewa Lake and take a walk around Lakeside. O/n Hotel.
Day 6: Pokhara - Kathmandu.
Early morning, a 30 min drive to Sarangkot from where you can obverse sunrise view with some awesome Annapurna ranges. Back to the Hotel and time for Breakfast. After Breakfast drive back to Kathamndu. O/n Hotel.
Day 7: Fly Kathmandu - Lhasa, 3700m.
In the morning, we will convene at the Kathmandu airport for the spectacular hour long flight to Lhasa. The Air China will fly us over much of the magnificent Himalayan range providing us with mountain views the entire way. Once landed at Gonggar airport the tour group will meet with our Tibetan guide. We must travel two hours by Land cruisers to reach the actual city of Lhasa. Overnight at hotel.
Day 8: In Lhasa.
On the second day, our guide will lead you through several of Lhasa’s many monasteries. The first one we will visit is Sera Monastery, a fifteenth century sprawl of golden roofs and whitewashed walls. This well preserved monastery is located just a few miles North of Lhasa and is home to several hundred monks. In the afternoon we will visit the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, Norbulingkha, as well as the Jokhang Temple. This temple is the most revered shrine in all of Tibet and is constantly bustling with devout worshippers. We will also be given the opportunity to shop in Barkor, the crowded central market of Lhasa. Overnight at hotel.
Day 9: In Lhasa.
A trip to Tibet would not be complete without experiencing the vital Potala Palace. This palace is Lhasa’s cardinal landmark and is a wonder of Eastern architecture. Your first site of this massive structure will be a magical moment remembered for years to come. It has been a palace since the fifth or sixth century and was once home to the Dalai Lama. This truly amazing day will ended with a visit to the Drepung Monastery. Once the world’s largest monastery, housing 10,000 monks, Drepung monastery lies hidden in rocky ridges just beyond the city. Surprisingly much of the building was left untouched throughout the Cultural Revolution. Overnight at hotel.
Day 10: In Lhasa.
This last day in Lhasa will be one of leisure, exploration, and relaxation. The members of the tour group will have many choices of what to do. Many choose to explore Lhasa further, revisit their favorite monastery, tour additional monasteries, or simply relax around Lhasa. There are many wonderful cafes and shops throughout Lhasa. This is the last chance for acclimatization before we depart so once again we recommend you take it easy. Overnight at hotel.
Day 11: Drive Lhasa - Gyantse, 261 km - 4200m.
Today we finally began our overland journey culminating in Kathmandu, Nepal. One of the first sites we will see while traveling along the majestic Friendship Highway is the Khamba La. The breathtaking view at Khamba La allows one to see all the way to the summit of Nazin Kang Sa. Truly an amazing view! While continuing westward we will travel over the Karo La, a high pass surrounded by stupendous glaciers. The rest of the day will be spent enjoying the many magnificent valleys and exquisite Tibetan villages we pass through. The day will end in the town of Gyantse. We will spend the night in a hotel in this historical city. Overnight at hotel.
Day 12: Drive Gyantse - Shigatse, 90km - 3800m.
First thing in the morning we will visit Gyantse Dzong. This fort dates back to the fourteenth century and offers some of the most amazing views of Gyantse and the surrounding valley. Before leaving we will also visit the famed Gyantse Kumbum. This magnificent tiered structure is the largest stupa in all of Tibet. If the exquisite gold dome is not enough, this stupa is packed with Tibetan sculptures and paintings. Overnight at hotel.
The drive today, only 90 km, takes us to the second largest city in Tibet. Shigatse is a laid back city that provides excellent opportunity for both relaxation and exploration. As a group we will explore the local market and the Tahilhumpo Monastery. Tahilhumpo Monastery is one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet and was able to last through the Cultural Revolution nearly unscathed. It is a great pleasure to spend some time exploring the busy cobbled lanes twisting around these ancient buildings. At night we will relax and rest in the Shigatse Hotel or Similar.
Day 13: Drive Shigatse - Shegar, 244km - 3900m.
The views of this desert plateau provide for wondrous entertainment as we travel along the Friendship Highway. This stretch is some of the most spectacular landscape in Tibet. After passing through the small town of Lhatse we will cross Gyatmso La, the highest pass on our journey. The land quickly descends to plains after Gyatmso La. While traveling through the plains we will see many nomadic herders, quiet countryside, and secluded monasteries. The night will be spent in Hotel Quomolongma or similar in Shegar. Overnight at hotel.
Day 14: Drive Shegar - Rongbuk, 68km - 5100m.
After leaving Shegar we will travel only a short while before turning off the Friendship Highway. Our four wheel drive vehicles will takes us South towards the main Himalayan range while passing over Pang La. The view from the top of Pang La is truly stunning. One is able to see all the way from Makalu to Shishapangma. In the afternoon we will descend into the Rongbuk valley and Everest will jump quickly into view. This is your first chance to catch a glimpse of this awe-inspiring mountain. We will spend the night at the Gompa Guest House or similar standard.
Day 15: Drive Rongbuk - Tingri, 65km - 4100m.
This morning is the highlight of the trip for many. You are given the opportunity to explore the Everest Base camp. The views of Everest from so close make the mountain seem even more impressive than before. It is a truly breath taking experience to stare up at the sheer North face of this highest mountain in the world. Mount Everest towers above you in a looming yet magical way.
After Lunch we will get back on the Friendship highway and continue our amazing journey. Overnight at guest house.
Day 16: Drive Tingri - Zhangmu, 181km - 2300m.
Continuing along the Friendship Highway we will leave Tingri and cross the Lalung La and the Shung La, two more incredible passes. The views from these passes are breathtaking once again. While standing on these passes one is surrounded by grandiose mountains such as Shishpangma, Cho Oyu, Gauri Shankar, and many more.
In the afternoon we begin descending from the arid Tibetan plateau to a small town of Zhangmu. Zhangmu is much lower in elevation and as a result is much more lush and green than what we have experienced so far. The Zhangmu Friendship Hotel provides great rooms to relax and rest on one of our last nights. Overnight at guest house.
Day 17: Drive Zhangmu - Kodari - Kathmandu, 123km - 1300m.
We will leave Zhangmu in the morning and head to the Nepalese border. The Friendship Bridge lies at the Border of China and Nepal and is only a few kilometers from Zhangmu. It spans the impressive Bhote Koshi River. Sadly we must say goodbye to our Tibetan guide and driver at this point. Our Nepalese staff will meet you at the immigration Control in Kodari and help with all the reentry formalities. The city of Kathmandu, our end destination, only five hours drives to the south.
Day 18: Departure.
Today sadly your Nepal Tibet Tour comes to the end; we will drop you to Airport for final departure.
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Recommended Equipment list for Nepal Tibet Overland Tour :
- Duffel or Rucksack bag (where you can put all your stuffs)
- Daypack (this is for you to carry during the tour, where you can put your passport, camera, money, water etc.)
- Walking shoes
- Walking pants
- Waterproof jacket or raincoat (Only if you are travelling during May to September)
- Full - sleeves shirt (If you are comfortable with)
- Jumper or pile jacket
- T - shirts (4 pieces)
- Woolen socks (only in winter: December to mid February)
- Sun hat
- Sun block for lips
- Sun lotion
- Thermal Long underwear (only in winter: December to mid February)
- Sewing kit
- Medical & first aid kit
- Flash light
- Batteries and bulbs
- Swiss army knife (Optional)
- Personal toiletries and medication which should be labeled
- Swim suit
Add some warm cloths such as down jackets, sleeping bags and warm woolen sweaters had hats for Tibet trip.
The above list is just a guideline. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment, use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipments can be easily find in stores around Thamel in much cheaper price. You can let us know if you need our assistance to find the stores.