Overland Adventure to Tibet

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Annapurna Encounter offers Overland Adventure to Tibet an amazing trip on the roof of the world within highest and largest plateau on earth, this trip to Overland Adventure to Tibet starts with a picturesque and impressive drive from Kathmandu with awesome panorama overlooking chain of world’s highest mountains including Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu and Cho Oyu on crossing high passes on the roof of the world, driving overland to Lhasa and visiting other major cities of Shigatse and Gyantse in Tibet.

From Kathmandu on reaching the world highest country Tibet through the town of Zhangmu and Nylam and over the plateau with high passes of Lalung-la 5,050 m and Gyatso-la 5,220 meters pass the highest point of this trip with awesome views chain of Himalayan mountains after an overnight at Shegar town and reaching Shitase and Gyantse citys both important cities in Tibet, with a tour around its marvelous monasteries and monuments and Tashilumpo golden roof monastery seat of Panchen Lama, and of Khumbum terracotta Stupa in Gyantse.
Journey continues over high pass at Karo-la 5,030 m with amazing views of Nozungkhansa and its glaciers just by the roadside and driving through picturesque Yamdrok Tsho lake and then over the last high pass of Khamba-la to reach Lhasa 3,660 meters world’s highest capital city.

In Lhasa, tour of classic old areas visiting important monasteries and places of interest with incredible majestic Potala palace a dominant monuments of Lhasa, after an impressive times in Lhasa with tour of Potala Palace, Drefung, Sera monasteries and Jorkang Temple within the old part of Lhasa with colorful Barkhor market, the hub of the city where the Tibetans way of life with old cultures and traditions can be observed as it for centuries, after Lhasa with farewell to Tibet, a scenic flight to Kathmandu with amazing views range of high mountains all the way to Kathmandu during this one hour pleasant flight.

On reaching Kathmandu transfer back to respective hotels in the hub of Kathmandu at Thamel area, on completing a remarkable Overland Adventure to Tibet with Annapurna Encounter.

Trip Facts

  • Trip Mode : Hotels, Lodge & Guest House
  • Total Trip : 07/08 days
  • Higest Point : 5,220 meters at Gyatso-la
  • Trip Grade : Moderate & high passes
  • Season : April to November

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Drive to Nylam 3,550 meters via Zangmu 2,300 m - 06 hrs.
Day 03: Drive to Shegar (Xegar) 4,350 m - 05 hrs.
Day 04: Drive to Shigtse (Xigatse) 3,900m - 06 hrs.
Day 05: Drive to Gyantse 3,950 m - 03 hrs.
Day 06: Drive to Lhasa 3,660 m via Yamdrok Tsho – 05 hrs.
Day 07: In Lhasa Tour of famed monasteries including Barkhor.
Day 08: In Lhasa Tour of Potala Palace and places of interest.
Day 09: Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels
Day 10: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour and at leisure.
Day 11: International departure for homeward bound.

In Kathmandu activities and extension to other interesting places:
Para Gliding- Rafting at – Bhote Kosi, Trisuli River - Jungle Safari in Chitwan National Park.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
On reaching Kathmandu international airport our AE staff will receive with a transfer to hotel in the hub of Kathmandu around Thamel area, an interesting place with shops, stores, international standard restaurants. Our AE staff will meet and inform you with details of the hotels and of overland adventure to Tibet and more.

Day 02: Drive to Nylam 3,550 m via Zangmu 2,300 m - 06 hrs.
Starting early morning with a drive towards Nepal/ Tibet border passing interesting villages town of Banepa and Dhulikhel with great views of mountain panorama along the drive then following the Bhote Kosi river for a while till Kodari at Nepal frontier after going through immigration and visa process a short walk to the Nepal-Tibet Friendship bridge, here received by our Tibetan guide and driver for a short drive uphill to Zhangmu town, here again with visa and Tibet permits process with time to change Nepali rupees for Chinese Yuan and change of time also which is Beijing Standard 2 hrs and 15 minutes ahead than Nepal time. From here another few hours of drive through a gorge of Bhot Kosi river with beautiful woodlands of rhododendron and pine trees and waterfalls on this winding uphill drive, on leaving the forested areas and tree lines reaching at Nylam town, from here onwards starts the Tibetan plateau and arid landscapes.
Overnight in simple lodge or guest house in Nylam which is a moderate size town, which is important to stay here for acclimatization at this high elevation of 3,550 meters high.

Day 03: Drive to Shegar (Xegar) 4,350 m - 04 hrs.
From Nylam in different environment with dramatic change in landscapes and vegetation, where only few trees and bushes survives on this high dry terrain with first night in Tibet at Nylam drive continues leading up to Lalung-la pass at 5,050 meters with panorama of snow capped mountains that borders Tibet and Nepal great bulk of Mt.Shisapangma 8,013 meters which is within Tibet side close to the bordering mountains of Nepal Langtang, Dorji Lakpa, Gaurishanker and Numbur peaks, continue drive descending to flat valley and reaching at Old Tingri with first view of Mt, Everest and Mt. Cho-Oyu towards east, after a stop here for refreshment carry on driving for an hour to Shegar town also called as New Tingri here check into lodge or guest house for overnight. Shegar will be the highest overnight stop of this trip at 4, 350 meters. This town located on the main road in windswept plateau..

Day 04: Drive to Shigtse (Xigatse) 3,900m - 05 hrs.
After an overnight in the highest spot, morning drive leads higher up to Gyatso-la 5,220 meters pass, the highest spot of this journey with a short break here, continue drive with a descend to Larze town located on the midway of Lhasa / Kathmandu highway and to Mt. Kailash route towards Far South Western Tibet.
From here another three hours of good drive reaches at Tibet’s 2nd largest city Shigatse after Lhasa. Here in the comfort of nice hotels, with time in the afternoon visit the local market, time permitting visit Tashilumpo monastery seat of Panchen Lama with golden roofs or next morning before going to Gyantse city.

Day 05: Drive to Gyantse 3,950 m- 03 hrs.
Morning visit of Tashilumpo monastery (if not visited previous day on arrival at Shigatse) in and around the beautiful large Tashilumpo monastery with its golden roofs, this wonderful complex is also the seat of his holiness Panchen Lama, classed as second head of state after Dalai Lama, here visiting many chambers and halls with tall bronze statue of future Buddha (Matriya) at 21 meters, time permitting visit the local market.
From Shigatse a half day drive of 2-3 hours to Gyantse city passing beautiful farm lands and villages with farmers tending the barley field, and then reaching at Gyantse the last city before Lhasa, at Gyantse afternoon time tour of Dzong the fort that guards the famous monastery and beautiful Terra-cotta pagoda like Khumbum stupa.

Day 06: Drive to Lhasa 3,660 m via Yamdrok Tsho lake – 05 hrs.
Today finally the journey reaches to our destination in Lhasa, as the morning leads over Simi-la and towards Karo-la pass at 5,030 meters with awesome views of Nozongkhangsa peak with its tumbling ice falls and glacier stretching near by the road side, after a catching up the spectacular views journey continues to emerald Yamdrok Tsho with its turquoise color lake, following the lake for some time and then heading to the last pass of this trip at Khamba la at 4,800 meters high with impressive views of Tibetan plateau landscapes with Yamdrok Tsho below and of snow capped peaks in the distance, drive descends following Bhramaputra or Yarlang Tsangpo river and then reaching the Lhasa valley and into the city area looking at majestic Potala Palace that dominates the Lhasa city. In Lhasa transfer to nice hotels in old part eastern part of Lhasa.

Day 07-08: In Lhasa with full day guided tour at places of interest.
Here in Lhasa with another two full days for acclimatization and tour of Lhasa important places of interest which includes Drefung, Sera monasteries, Jhorkang Temple and the main highlight a tour inside magnificent Potala palace as this is beautiful palace is translated as ‘ The Heavenly Realm’ with thousand of rooms, but due to time restriction and by the law of local government only an hour is allowed for visit inside the Potala palace, our Tibetan guide will inform and brief on the history and stories regarding the palace and of other interesting monasteries Drefung, Sera and Jorkang Temple that you will be engrossed in this two days of sightseeing tour in Lhasa. Dinner and lunch either in hotel restaurant or outside places at present around Barkor area there are many interesting and excellent restaurants serving all kinds of meals from western, Tibetan, Nepali, Indian to Chinese most of the eating places has Nepali cooks and chefs.

Day 09: Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels
Morning drive to Lhasa international airport at Gongor which is an hour journey, on reaching the airport terminal, farewell to Tibetan guide, driver and Tibet. The flight in China Air big plane, normally the flight takes off for Kathmandu around 11 a.m. Beijing Standard Time an hour flight with panoramic views of snow capped mountains including Mt. Everest. On reaching Kathmandu received by AE staff and transfer back to hustle bustle Kathmandu and to respective hotels, with afternoon free at leisure.

Day 10: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
A day in Kathmandu with tour, as per the planned itinerary, morning guided sightseeing tour at places of interest. Kathmandu city and the surrounding valley steeped with history, culture. Kathmandu is full of World Heritage Sites with old Temples, Monasteries, Stupas, Royal Courtyard and Palaces, afternoon free at leisure for souvenirs shopping.

Day 11: International departure for home ward bound.
Last day in Nepal with memorable moment and awesome experience in Tibet, and good time with Annapurna Encounter services, as per the international flight time our AE staff will transfer you to airport for the flight back home or to respective countries.

A picturesque overland drive on the world’s largest and highest plateau
visit of classic old monasteries and magnificent Potala palace
A modern city with touch of historical area retaining old culture
A scenic flight back to Kathmandu after Lhasa world’s highest city
visit of 3 major cities Shigatse, Gyantse and Lhasa with view of Mt.Everest