Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Tour via EBC - 8 days

Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Tour via EBC - 8 days

The adventurous Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Tour via Everest Base Camp (EBC) is the most remarkable road trip in Tibet. This roadside journey will take you through some of the best countrysides on the Tibetan plateau. Also, this comprehensive tour includes all the major cultural and historical attractions of Tibet. 

8 days- Lhasa overland tour commences from Lhasa and following the classic route to Gyantse, Shigatse, and EBC and finally winds up at the Kyirong (Gyirong) border before you exit to Nepal. The beautiful high passes, the picturesque Tibetan landscape, typical rural villages, nomad Tibetan peoples, high altitude lakes, famous glaciers are significant features of this Lhasa overland tour. 

The tour begins by exploring Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet. You'll discover the stunning holy city by visiting several important landmarks such as Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Drepung, and Sera Monastery. All these iconic landmarks hold both religious and cultural significance. While sightseeing these places, you'll learn about Tibetan Buddhism, culture, and religion and get spiritual experience too. 

Further, you'll take a scenic drive to Shigatse via Gyantse. On the way, there are several small side roads off the highway that leads to pristine Yamdrok Lake and high passes like Karo La and Khamba La. In Gyantse, you can explore Khumbum Stupa and Phalkot Monastery. You can even enjoy the distant view of Gyantse Fortress. 

From here, you continue your road trip to Shigatse, the second-largest city in Tibet. It is also famous for the massive Tashi Lhunpo monastery. You can explore the monastery and admire the beautiful ancient mural paintings. Then you proceed towards Rongbuk Monastery, one of the major attractions of Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Tour. It is one of the highest Tibetan monasteries in the world that lies near to base camp of the north side of Mt. Everest. 

Nonetheless, you can enjoy the panorama of mighty peaks, including Mt. Everest (locally known as Mt. Chomolungma) (8,848m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516m), Mt. Makalu (8,485m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8,188m). While touring around Rongbuk Monastery, you'll get an excellent chance to experience the authentic life of Tibetan monks and nuns. The next day, you'll enjoy the sunrise view over the peak of Mt. Everest. Then you visit the North Everest Base Camp and get close sight of the mighty Everest peak. 

After spending a fabulous moment in base camp, continue your drive on the Friendship Highway to Kyirong (Gyirong) town near the Nepal border. This day you'll get a stunning backdrop of Pleiku Tso Lake, Mt. Shisha Pangma (8,027m), and many other giant peaks. Finally, after crossing the Kyirong (Gyirong) border, you enter Nepal. Passing through picturesque villages, green hills, waterfalls, you'll arrive in Kathmandu. With some great memories, you'll fly back to your home and end your Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Tour via EBC. 

How Much Does This Trip Cost?

The trip's price depends on the type of services chosen by our clients and the group size. The cost of each trip we organize is different because we see travelers as individuals having their own particular needs and preferences.

Get ready for an incredible journey tailored to your interests and preferences, whether you're looking for a budget-friendly adventure or a luxurious getaway. Leave the planning to us as we take care of all the details, ensuring your dream trip becomes a reality. You can relax and focus on creating unforgettable memories that will stay with you forever.

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Trip Highlights

  • Excursion of Potala Palace, the winter residence of the Dalai Lama
  • Enjoy the religious walk around Jokhang Temple
  • Walk around the bustling Barkhor Street and get familiar with local Tibetan culture
  • Explore one of the three great monasteries of Gelug Sect- Drepung Monastery
  • Learn about Buddhism scripture debate at Sera Monastery
  • Capture the imposing sight of the white Karola Glacier from the highway to Gyantse
  • Visit an ancient monastery in Gyantse such as Pelkor Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum
  • Admire the distant view of Gyantse Fortress
  • Catch a wonderful glimpse of Yamdrok Lake and holy mountain Noijin Kangsang 
  • Explore Shigatse, the second-largest city in Tibet
  • Pilgrimage tour in Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, the largest Gelug monastery in Tibet
  • Crossing some enthralling high passes such as Simila Pass (4,200m), Tsola Pass (4,600m), Gampa La Pass (4,790m), and Gyatso La Pass (5,248m), 
  • Relish the sunset and sunrise view over the Everest peak from Rongbuk Monastery
  • Get wind with the most ancient sect of Tibetan Buddhism
  • Catch the dramatic scenery of the famous Rongbuk Glacier
  • An exhilarating drive to the base camp of the world's highest peak, Mt. Everest
  • Northside of Everest Base Camp (EBC) tour from the Tibet side
  • Breathtaking vistas of Mt. Shisha Pangma, Mt. Everest, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu from Gawu La Pass 
  • Make a stop at a picturesque highland, Pekutso Lake, at the foot of Mt. Everest

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights
Day 1 Arrival in Tibet, Lhasa (3,650m/11,980ft) - Transfer to Hotel and tour Preparation
Day 2 Lhasa Tour - Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
Day 3 Lhasa Tour - Drepung Monastery, Sera and Norbu Lingka Monastery
Day 4 Drive from Lhasa to Shigatse (3,800m/12,470ft) via Gyantse (4,000m/13,120ft) - 353 kilometers drive
Day 5 Drive from Shigatse to Rongbuk Monastery (5,000m/16,400ft) - 365 kilometers drive
Day 6 Explore Everest Base Camp (5,200m/17,060ft) and drive to Kyirong (Gyirong) Border (2,700m/8,860ft) - 325 kilometers drive
Day 7 Drive to Kathmandu - 6 to 7 hours (160km) drive
Day 8 Final Departure or Extend Trip in Nepal

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in Tibet, Lhasa (3,650m/11,980ft) - Transfer to Hotel and tour Preparation

Welcome to Tibet, often called the roof of the world! Our Tibetan guide will greet you at the airport and transfer you to the respective hotel in Lhasa upon your arrival. On the way to the hotel, you can enjoy the incredible views of Potala Palace, the lovely free-flowing Lhasa river, and the colorful Lhasa city. After check-in at the hotel, you can take a rest and acclimatize to the thin air on Tiebtan's plateau. Make sure to keep yourself hydrated, so drink plenty of water and let your body get adjusted to the high altitude of Tibet. 

Overnight stay in Lhasa. 

Day 2
Lhasa Tour - Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street

Barkor Street Lhasa Barkor Street Lhasa

After having a filling breakfast, begin your incredible day of exploration in Lhasa city. At first, you'll discover the historical Potala Palace, which is also considered the paramount landmark of Tibet. It is well-known for its Tibetan architecture with stone and wooden structures. 

Situated at an altitude of 3,750m, the Potala Palace is the highest castle in the world. You'll witness two palaces, i.e., a white palace built earlier and functioned as the offices of the Tibetan government, assembly halls, and the Dalai Lama's residence. The red palace is mainly devoted to the religious study and prayer of Buddhism. 

Afterward, you'll head toward the heart of Lhasa's old town to visit Jokhang Temple. It is another cultural landmark of Tibet and the most sacred building in Tibetan Buddhism. You'll get a splendid view of Barkhor Street and the Potala Palace from the top of the temple. Besides spiritual significance, the iconic golden roof, sacred Buddhist chambers, and multiple construction styles are prominent features of this historic temple. You'll also witness the most sacred statue of Buddha- the Jowo Shakyamuni in the main hall on the temple's ground floor. 

Finally, you'll wander around the most classical ancient Barkhor Street. You can walk clockwise around the street with other pilgrims, especially in the late afternoon. You can also buy traditional handicrafts such as Tibetan carpets, knives, Buddha statues, prayer wheels, national customs, shoes, hats, jewelry, etc. 

Overnight stay in Lhasa. 

Day 3
Lhasa Tour - Drepung Monastery, Sera and Norbu Lingka Monastery

Drepung Monastery Drepung Monastery

Grab your breakfast and begin your Lhasa tour with a visit to Drepung Monastery. It is considered one of the three great monasteries in Tibet. In the Tibetan language, it means monastery of collecting rice. Once, it was one of the biggest monasteries in the world, with over 10,000 monks living here. It used to be the residence of Dalai Lamas. 

The major attraction of Drepung Monastery is the large Cuoqin Hall. There are 183 pillars and lots of room around the hall in which a Buddha statue sits. Many monks chant inside the hall and gather outside to debate in the afternoon. 

Later on, you'll visit the Sera monastery built-in 1419 by Tsongkapa's disciple Jamchen Choeje. You'll witness a planted rose everywhere in the monastery, so it is also called "the court of wild rose." Inside the monastery, you can discover a lot of mysterious wall paintings. You can even be part of a famous debate session of the monks. 

Norbu Lingka  Monastery is the first summer Palace which the seventh Dalai Lama founded in 18 th century and the first Palace Kelsang Podrang was also constructed as the same name as the 7 th Dalai Lama, Kelsang Gyatso. The eight Dalai Lama Jampel Gyatso (1758-1804) did more initiated work on the Norbulingka, expending the gardens and digging a lake which can be found south of the new summer Palace. The thirteenth Dalai Lama (1876-1933) was responsible for the three Palaces in the north west corner of the park and the fourteen the Dalai Lama built the new summer Palace in 1956. 

Overnight stay in Lhasa. 

Day 4
Drive from Lhasa to Shigatse (3,800m/12,470ft) via Gyantse (4,000m/13,120ft) - 353 kilometers drive

Leaving behind the glorious Lhasa city, you'll drive through some of Tibet's most scenic areas. You'll traverse Gampa La Pass and see a whole bunch of mountains and farmland. On the way, you'll get a spectacular view of Holy Yamdrok Lake (4,400m/14,435ft), surrounded by towering mountains. It is the largest sacred lake in Tibet. 

Besides, this stunning drive bestows you with the grand vista of Mt. Noijin Kangsang (7,191m/23,590ft). On the way, enjoy the splendid scenery of white Karola Glacier and Manak Dam Lake too. As you head towards Gyantse, you'll make your way through the Simila Pass at 4,200m/13,780ft above sea level. The pass is immensely beautiful as you see countless colorful Tibetan flags. 

Eventually, after capturing perfect moments and photos in this pass, continue your drive, and you'll arrive in Gyantse. It is one of the third-largest cities in Tibet after Lhasa and Shigatse. While you are here, visit the famous Pelkor Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum. In addition, you'll enjoy the distant view of the astonishing Gyantse Fortress. 

Later, after few hours of drive, you arrive in Shigatse, the second-largest city in Tibet. It is also the gateway to Mt. Chomolungma (Everest) for anyone traveling to the base camp from Lhasa. 

Overnight stay in Shigatse. 

Day 5
Drive from Shigatse to Rongbuk Monastery (5,000m/16,400ft) - 365 kilometers drive

Rongbuk Monastery Rongbuk Monastery

Start the day with a visit to the home of Panchen Lama- Tashi Lhunpo Monastery. The main attractions of the monastery are its unique architecture and historical sites such as the thangka wall, the biggest statue of Maitreya Buddha inside the chapel, Kelsang temple, the stupa-tomb of the tenth Panchen Lama, exquisite wall painting, etc. 

After that, you'll get your Alien's travel permit and leave Shigatse and then continue your drive to Rongbuk Monastery near the base camp of Mt. Everest. The route comprises several enthralling high passes, and you'll get the first glimpse of Mt. Everest from the Gyatso La Pass.

Further, you'll cross Gawu La (Geu La) Pass at 5,200m/17,060ft, and from here, you'll get jaw-dropping vistas of snow-capped peaks, including Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Cho Oyu, and Mt. Shisha Pangma. This pass is one of the major highlights of this overland journey, as the backdrop of the Himalayas is truly breathtaking! As you descend from this pass, you'll traverse through a small village like Basum. Then, you continue your ride on the zigzag road to Rongbuk Monastery, a final viewpoint area. 

Rongbuk Monastery is the highest Tibetan monastery globally and proudly sits in front of the massive backdrop of Mt. Everest's north face. It is an iconic place to admire the panorama of Mt. Everest, which looks like a giant pyramid standing among other towering mountains. 

Overnight stay in Rongbuk Monastery. 

Day 6
Explore Everest Base Camp (5,200m/17,060ft) and drive to Kyirong (Gyirong) Border (2,700m/8,860ft) - 325 kilometers drive

Everest Base Camp from Tibet Everest Base Camp from Tibet

Wake up early in the morning to enjoy the first rays of sunlight on Mt. Everest. Savor the moment! Watching the sunrise over Everest peak is an absolute prominent feature of this classic overland tour. Enjoying the sunrise view and after having a filling breakfast, you can tour around Rongbuk monastery. 

Inside the monastery, you can appreciate the beautiful mural paintings and statues of Sakyamuni Buddha and Guru Rinpoche. You can interact with monks and nuns living here. Walking forward from the monastery, you'll catch the magnificent sight of the famous Rongbuk Glacier. It is one of the largest glaciers among all the hundreds of glaciers formed around Mt. Everest. 

Saying goodbye to this religious and spiritual place, you'll head towards Everest Base Camp. Here you'll make a short stop to take pictures of Mt. Everest. You'll once again adore the close-distance view of mighty Everest. 

After relishing the magnificent scenery of snow-capped mountains, you'll continue your Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Tour by driving towards Kyirong (Gyirong) town. Today, you'll ride on a good paved road and enjoy the fine scene of Mt. Shisha Pangma, which is the 14th highest peak in the world. Further, you'll catch an unforgettable glimpse of Pekutso Lake and Ghungtang Lhamo. Finally, after a long ride with tons of unforgettable memories, you'll arrive at Kyirong (Gyirong) one step close to the Nepal-Tibet border. 

Overnight stay in Kyirong (Gyirong) town.

Day 7
Drive to Kathmandu - 6 to 7 hours (160km) drive

Finally, today you'll depart from Tibet territory and head towards the border to enter Nepal. On the Tibet side of immigration, the Tibetan guide and driver will bid you farewell as they will not be crossing the border with you. However, once you cross the border, our Nepalese guide and driver will receive you and help you complete the remaining border formalities on the Nepal side. 

Likewise, after you complete immigration formalities and get Nepal Visa, you'll drive to Kathmandu via Rasuwagadi, Trishuli, Syabrubeshi, and Dhunche village. Along the way, you'll witness a fantastic sight of cascading waterfalls, free-flowing rivers, gorges, dense forests, green rolling hills, and small charming settlements. Arrival in Kathmandu marks the end of your Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Tour via EBC. 

After the hotel check-in process, you can rest or stroll around Thamel, a popular tourist hub. There are lots of cafes, restaurants, and nightclubs to hang around. Celebrate your successful completion of the short overland tour from Lhasa to Kathmandu. You can even do souvenir shopping for your loved ones. 

Overnight stay in Kathmandu. 

Day 8
Final Departure or Extend Trip in Nepal

Depending on your flight schedule, the representative from Third Rock Adventures will drop you at Kathmandu International Airport. So either take the final flight back to your home, or you can also extend the trip to Nepal. In that case, we can also arrange multiple activities such as the cultural and city tour, day hikes, heli tour, cultural sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley, etc. 

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Evan Slater
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Jun 26, 2023

5-star experience

I recently embarked on the Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Tour via EBC, and I must say it was superb experience. The price was affordable and the facitilites and guide-service was exceptional. The tour was flawlessly organized, and the attention to detail was commendable. The knowledgeable guides ensured that every moment was filled with fascinating insights and historical context, enhancing the overall experience. They effortlessly blended professionalism with friendliness, making us feel like a close-knit family throughout the tripFrom cozy guesthouses nestled amidst picturesque valleys to charming hotels with stunning mountain views, each stay was a delightful retreat. The well-planned itinerary also allowed for ample rest, ensuring a balanced and enjoyable experience.In conclusion, the Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Tour via EBC is an extraordinary adventure that exceeds expectations. I wholeheartedly recommend this tour for an unforgettable five-star experience to everyone who loves adventure and nature.
Best Destination,
Yaropolk Pushkin
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Jun 26, 2023

Lhasa Ktm Overland tour

The journey from Lhasa to Kathmandu via Everest Base Camp was an incredible adventure. Mountain peaks and impeccable lakes left vivid impressions, creating unforgettable pictures. A particularly impressive moment was reaching Everest Base Camp (EBC). Standing at the foot of the highest mountain in the world was humility and an unreal experience that left a memory for a lifetime. It was great time and I am thankful to Naba and his great guides for amazing trip.
Good Value,
Maggie White
Jun 26, 2023

Exceptional Tour

The Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Tour via EBC was an incredible eight-day adventure that exceeded all expectations. From the majestic landscapes of the Himalayas to the cultural immersion in Tibetan and Nepali heritage, every moment was filled with awe and wonder. The knowledgeable guides, comfortable accommodations, and camaraderie among fellow travelers added to the overall experience. Although physically demanding due to altitude, this trip is a must-do for adventure seekers looking for a short but unforgettable journey through the heart of the Himalayas.
Best Destination,Good Value,
Nathaniel Rollins
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Jun 26, 2023

Lhasa Kathmandu Tour

This incredible eight-day adventure took me through the heart of the Himalayas, offering breathtaking landscapes, rich cultural experiences, and an extraordinary sense of accomplishment. The tour was well-organized and efficiently executed. The local guides were knowledgeable, friendly, and always ready to answer questions or provide valuable insights about the region's history and culture. Visiting iconic sites such as the Potala Palace in Lhasa and the Swayambhunath Stupa in Kathmandu offered a glimpse into the spiritual and historical heritage of the region.hasa to Kathmandu Overland Tour via EBC is an absolute must-do for adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers.
Good Value,
Anthony Evans
flagsUnited Kingdom
Oct 03, 2019

Beautiful Tour

We had a family trip to Nepal and Tibet. It was for 8 days and Naba and his staff did a wonderful job. It was fantastic. I would highly recommend them to anyone. We felt like we were taking care of my family. We will be doing a Bhutan tour with them after a year.

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