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The Road to Lhasa

Budget trip :: group travel :: special conditions apply*

The Road to Lhasa

12 days (4 nights Kathmandu, 7 nights Tibet)
Best Time: May till October
Highest Altitude: 5220m at Gyatso La pass
Stay: standard hotels (B&B) in Kathmandu, basic during drive, standard in Lhasa

GBP 875.00 per person for fix departure trip

GBP 1299.00 per person for private trip

photo: @ 5050m pass on the road (day 02)             photo: Potala palace in the early morning sun

This road trip will blow your mind away. After arrival in Kathmandu to a warm reception, we conduct a thorough briefing on the trip and high altitude travel. With an introduction to the rich cultural heritage of the valley on the second day, we set off on the third day for an eight day trip into the high plateau of Tibet.

During the entire trip, you never come below 3500m as you drive across three 5000m+ passes to come to Lhasa. Along the way, we stop over in the different monasteries where the guides will explain the basics of Buddhism.

We also visit the Yamdrok Tso, one of the most beautiful turquoise lakes in the world, just south of Lhasa.

After five days on the road, we enter the bustling city of Lhasa and continue our tours to Jokhang Monastery, Potala Palace, Norbulinka Palace and the Sera Monastery.

In the morning of the eight day, we drive to the airport for a flight back to Kathmandu, full of wonderful memories.


Day 01:          KATMANDU - NYALAM. (3750m) – 156 Kms. Early morning drive to Kodari. After doing immigration and custom formalities drive uphill to Zhangmu immigration Post. Complete custom formalities and drive to Nyalamu. Overnight.

Day 02:          NYALAM - LHATSE. (4350m) – 244 Kms. Drive to Lhatse crossing Nyalamu Pass (3800m) & LALUNG LA PASS (5050m). Overnight.

Day 03:          LHATSE – SHIGATSE. (3900m) – 248 Kms

Drive (Approx. 8 hrs) to Shigatse. Overnight.

Day 04:          SHIGATSE - GYANTSE. (3900m) – 90 Kms. In the morning visit Tashilunpo Monastery and the free market of Shigatse. In the afternoon drive to Gyantse and visit Phalkor Monastery and Khumbum Stupa. Overnight.

Day 05:          GYANTSE – LHASA. (3650m) – 259 Kms. Drive to Lhasa crossing two passes THE KARO LA (5010 M.) AND KAMBA LA (4794 m). via Yamdrok Tso lake. Overnight at Hotel Flora or similar.

Day 06/07:   LHASA: Sightseeing tour of Potala Palace, Norbulinka palace, Jokhang Temple, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery and Barkhor Bazaar. Overnight at Hotel Flora or similar.

Day 07:        Transfer to the airport for onward flight to Kathmandu.

                   Overnight at Hotel.

Day 08:        Transfer to Airport for Departure

DEPARTURES:  Every Saturday.


SERVICE INCLUDES: -  In Kathmandu: Accommodation  with Breakfast, Heritage sightseeing tour with guide, On the Tibet tour: Accommodation with Breakfast, Sightseeing tours, Monastery entrance fees, English speaking Tibetan Guide, Private ground transfers and Travel permit, Lhasa – Kathmandu Airfare ($295.-), Airport Tax, Tibet / China Visa fee.   

SERVICE EXCLUDES: - Nepal re - entry visa fee, travel insurance, extra cost in the event of landslide for hiring porters or arranging additional transportation and expenses of personal nature.

* special conditions:

  1. This is a budget trip. People are grouped together from different agencies in Kathmandu and taken into Tibet in land cruisers and big coaches.
  2. Conditions and services in Tibet are unpredictable. We shall not be responsible for any lack of services or thereof by Tibetan counterparts. We would have liked to provide better services but we have no control over what they do.
  3. The guides are selected out of a roster. There is no guarantee of the quality of the guide.
  4. Quality of services are fully guaranteed in Nepalese side.

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