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Lhasa to Kathmandu tour 9 days

  • Destination:- Lhasa, Ganden monastery (optional), Drak yerpa hermit, Gyanste, Sakya monasteryShigatse, Mount Everest Base Camp and Departure into Nepal 
  • Duration:- 9Days and 8 nights
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Best Time to Travel:- April to February

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Attractions of Lhasa to Kathmandu tour:

Potala palace, Jokhang Temple, Norbulingkha (the Summer palace), Sera monastery, Drepung Monastery, Nechung monastery, Ganden monastery, Drak yerpa hermit, Yamdrok lake, Gyantse monastery, Tashi lhunpo monastery, and North Everest Base Camp.


  • Experience local Tibetan life by participating in their life.
  • Visit all the cultural and architectural marvels of Tibet.
  • In Lhasa you can eat and drink tea with locals and take part their group dance in the park.
  • Visit all the attractions of Tibetan civilizations to greatest of the great building in Tibet.
  • Learn about the basic teaching of Buddha from your Tibet tour guide.
  • Drive along the mighty Yarlung Tsangpo river.
  • Travel to Everest base Camp with hardship and enjoy mesmerizing view to Mount Everest from Tibet.
Lhasa to Kathmandu Travel map

Lhasa to Kathmandu tour is the most popular choice for the travelers. This tour consist all the tourist attractions in Lhasa, in central Tibet and the Mount Everest Base Camp. The tour will start from Lhasa, where you will stop for three days which gives you the great opportunity to get proper acclimatization and it also gives you a great opportunity to explore the local culture and local way of life.

Then gradually you will be visiting the great town of central Tibet and then to Everest Base Camp. After visiting the Everest Base Camp, You either return to Lhasa to return back to your next destination or you can continue into Nepal.

Best suit for: Every One

prayer flag on the roof top on Tibet

Day 1) Arrival and acclimatization

We will welcome you at the Airport or The Lhasa train station. Then you will be escort to your hotel. It is always advice the travelers to take a good rest for proper acclimatization. please do not any activities which would lead you to dehydrate, like taking bath. And avoid hard work for the first day. Many traveler prefer to take a nap. by the evening i will come to meet you at the hotels and discuss about the itinerary and other stuff. If time let we will have a dinner at Tibetan restaurant.

jokhang temple build by Songtsan gampo

Day 2) Lhasa sign seeing.

Visit to Jokhang Temple and Sera monastery
In the morning after having your breakfast your guide will meet you at the hotel. Then you will first go to the Jokhang Temple, the holiest temple in Tibetan Buddhism. Since you hotel is in the Tibetan quarter of Lhasa city, you will walk to the Jokhang Temple. After visiting the Temple you can some time to explore the Old Lhasa city by your own for couple of hours.
The guide will fix you a time and place to visit. In the afternoon, you will visit the Sera monastery. This is a most well-preserved monastery in Tibet. The monastery you can sit in the courtyard where monks will be debating on Buddhist philosophy. you can stay there for some times. this is a very good opportunity for many travellers to take a picture of monks debate. You can tell your guide to give you some free times to explore the monastery by your own, if you would like to live in peace for some times

Potala palace of Tibet

Day 3) Lhasa sign seeing.

Visit to Potala palace, Norbulingkha (the Summer palace), and Drepung Monastery, Nechung monastery (There are near by)

In the morning you will visit the grand Potala palace. Your guide will fix and time as per the ticket timing. please do not bring any drinking water or any liquid to drink. you will be ask to either drink it or throw it at the check point. Plus please do not take a picture inside of the palace is restrict. there is a time limited of two hours to stay in side the palace to fit in all those travelers in limited time and state of vulnerability of century old palace against thousands of visitor alike. you guide might hurry you. But if you would like to see some thing or spend a few moment in specific place please let know her.
After the visit is over you will be descending from back side of the palace. I always take my group to take a rest and have a tea with locals in tea shop in garden. many travelers like it. Yet prepare to have a load of people focusing on you. its new to them, if you don’t look Asian. but a smile and cheerful aptitude would do the cure and would make it a memorable time. in the garden there is a small island in the pool. the temple is dedicate to the King of Nagas, living in our world yet not visible to our eyes. you might want to visit it. If you are a family travelling with a children i would suggest you to rent a paddling boat and paddle in the pool.
after spending few times in the garden, then i would suggest you to go to Norbulingkha.There is Tibetan restaurant near the Norbulingkha which serves a very good Tibetan food. you will then visit Norbulingkha palace. please buy a bottle of water before entering the gate. It is a not a single one building palace. its more like a resort with one palace for two Dalai Lamas.
After the Norbulingkha Palace, your guide will ask you if you still have the visit Drepung Monastery and Nechung monastery. If you do, then you can visit the Drepung monastery and Nechung monastery. Nechung is find at the foot hill of Drepung monastery. in total this two monastery would take about two hours. beware that there is a quite a lots of high stair case you have to climb up to.

Yamdrok Lake

Day 4) Drive from Lhasa to Gyantse via Yamdrok lake and Carola Pass  Distance: 263km  Drive: 6hrs

It is advise to start the journey little earlier in the morning. So in most of the cases we leave Lhasa at 7 in the morning after having breakfast at your hotel. by 11:00 Am you will reach the Kampa-la pass (4700 m) . The car will stop here for some time of the beautiful view to Yamdrok Lake below the pass and the mighty mount Mount Nojin Kangtsang (7191 meters). After some times at the pass for the picture, we will then drive down to the Lake. It is about a 15 minutes drive and we will descend about 700 meters to the shore. We will stop at the shore and you will have some times to enjoy the beautiful lake from its shore.
After the Lake we will continue to drive to the Nangartse town for lunch. From Yamdrok lake to Nangartse is 50 kms and we will drive along the shore until we divert to the Town. If you are traveling during the winter you can see lots of wild birds on this road. It is advise to bring a binocular if you are bird lover. Once when we reach the town we will stop here for the lunch and after the lunch you can explore this little Tibetan town for some times.
You will then continue to Gyantse town. You will reach at the Gyantse town about the 3:00 pm. We will then check in to our hotel for the night and then we will continue to visit the Gyantse monastery. Visiting the monastery would take about one and half hours. If you still have some energy, we can visit the Gyantse fort.

Tashi Lhunpo monastery

Day 5) Drive from Gyantse to Shigatse via Shula monastery  Distance: 95kms  Drive: 2:30hrs

You will start you journey at about 9:00 am. Once when you drive out of the Gyantse town, we will stopped at photography spot outside the town. From there you can see entire town of Gyantse including its monastery, stupa and the fort. It is one of my favorite place in Tibet to take picture.
From Gyantse we will first go to Shalu monastery. Many travel and tour operator in Tibet skips in their itinerary. But to me it is a must place to visit. The painting in side the monastery is very different. Those are the original Newari style paintings.
After Shalu Monastery we will continue to Shigatse. On arrival to Shigatse we will first visit the Tashi lhunpo monastery. Built by the first Dalai lama and official residence of Penchen lama. Then we will drive to the hotel and rest of the day is free for you and the group members. But i will have to go to apply for the permit for Everest base camp.

Mighty Mount Everest viewed from the Tibetan side

Day 6) Drive to new Tingri via Sakya monastery Distance: 286kms  Drive: 7hrs

We will start our day little earlier today to have more time Sakya monastery. We will drive on friendship road. From Tibetan town of Lhatse, we will take a detour to Sakya monastery. The monastery is a main principle monastery of the Sakyapa school of Tibetan Buddhism. The monastery looks like a medieval fort. This architecture and painting of the Sakya monastery is completely different form any other attraction you will visit in this tour. There are lots of thing you can see in the monastery that is why we leave from Shigatse earlier. After the Sakya Monastery we will continue driving to Tingri and we will stop for the night before going up to Everest base camp.

Everest Base Camp

Day 7) Drive to Everest Base Camp  Distance: 110kms  Drive: 4hrs

If you would like to see the sun shine over the mighty Himalayas and Everest in the morning you will have to start the journey earlier before sunshine. I always recommend all the travelers to leave before the sun shine to see the beautiful sun shine over Everest and its sisters mountains. Once when we reach at the Rungbuk monastery. We will take some time in our tent guest house and then we will go ahead to Everest Base Camp. We can’t take our car and we will have to either take the Eco-bus or walk up. Walking up is about four kilo meters and could take about two hours. There is a small cave of Guru padmasambahva. You can visit if you walk.
We will spent a night in EBC in the tent guest house. The tent could become smoky some times. If you think you have an altitude issue, we can return back to Thingri. Please be decisive and decide before every one sleeps.

Mt Everest View from Tibet

Day 8) Drive from EBC to Kyirong Distance: 350kms  Drive: 7hrs

Today you will have one more opportunity to get close with mighty Everest. Its recommended to try to get up early and go near the Everest to see the beautiful sun shine over it. After the sun shine we will go back to the car and drive to Kyirong. We will spend the last night at the town before we leave to Nepal the Next morning.


Day 9) Departure

It’s a departure day for you. Your guide will assist you at Custom at the border. they will be plenty of Jeep leaving to Kathmandu. If you need a private car arrangement we can help make arrangements

Please book the tour a month before the real date of visit. i need at least 17 days to process the Tibet Travel Permit
The copy of your Passport and the Visa has to be clear enough to read all the letter on it. The copy of passport must be of the passport one which you have or have your visa on.
Please read this page for clear concise information about traveling to Tibet and thing to do before traveling into Tibet.
Remember coming in from Nepal and china is different. if you are coming from Nepal (flight or overland), you need to have visa applied for PRC embassy in Kathmandu. We will send your visa invitation to friend agency in Nepal.

Please read our terms and conditions before booking the tour with us.

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We are fully committed to responsible and Sustainable tourism practice in Tibet. We have a privilege to be able to host you in Tibet, yes we also understand that we have a responsibility in protecting and contributing back to nature and our local follow people and economy.

We are a Local Tibetan travel agency in Lhasa.  Our agency is 100% staffed with local Tibetan tourism professionals. We only hire local Tibetan guides and other tours crews. We used service from local business only. 100% of the travel money goes to local Tibetan families where you are visiting. We use 20% of the net profit into Environmental conservative projects with local governments and individuals.

We are all born in Tibet. We know how important Tibetan environment is for the eco-system of the entire world. We will love of mountains, glacier, and rivers. We will do our best to reduce environmental impact from your tours in Tibet.

Following are Our ways:

    • No Plastic Bottles in the tour
      We will provide your drinking water in a bigger container, each and every traveler are request to bring their own reusable water bottle. In this way, we can reduce hundreds of water bottles each tour against few big container, which we can later reuse.
    • Incentives on guide and Driver
      We provide incentives to our guides and drivers base on their initiatives in conserving the natural environment. We often decide not to hire guide how are unethical toward sustainable and responsible tourism.
    • Staff Training every winter
      Winter is a low season in Tibet tourism, we always use this window of opportunity provide skills required for Responsible tourism, Sustainable tourism practice, first Aids and emergency first responder training. One of our managers is certified Humanity Supply Chain management from by fritz institute. We also work closely with individuals from Tibetan Village project, Tibet Eco Travel initiatives and Local Tibet Red Cross society and other NGOs.
    • We plan a tree for every three tours.
      Every spring we plant trees for every three tours we organize in Tibet. Tibet’s weather is very harsh for a young sapling to grow with a help. So we would buy the trees and ask local farmers to adopt trees. We Tibetan consider planting a tree helps themselves in holistically. So far are we are very successful in planting trees against the small number of tours we organize. We hope in future we will work closely with local government to plan trees with their help.
    • Smaller group size
      We do not believe in touristy tours for Environmental Impact. Traveling in groups of small numbers has less impact on committed in an area than traveling in the 60s to 70s people together. So all our tours are less than 12 people normal road travel and less for trekking tours
    • Trekking tours and environmental care in the wilderness of Tibet
      During your trekking in Tibet, you will be walking across a very fragile ecosystem.  We do take extra care in our trekking tours preventing environmental effects.

Following are how are take care of our environment our trekking tours.

  1. We nothing leave nothing behind.
    We make sure we take all our rubbish and leave nothing behind.
  2. We protect the grassland
    A little destruction on Tibet’s fragile environment is irreversible. So, in the trekking tours we will not make drainage surrounding your tent, rather we will provide trekkers with a better tent with bathtub style floors to prevent rainwater getting into your tent. We will not dig the grassland and put small tent to make a toilet. Even when we try to the put the grass back, it is not the same. So when you are answering your nature called please enjoy the nature. Maybe you are you will not enjoy the natures call in the wilderness for sometimes.
  3. Collecting the garbage along the way.
    We have a saying in Tibet, if you can’t help, don’t harm. Here is our helping part. We always extra yaks carrying the Garbages, our yak men will be collecting while waiting for the clients at the campsite. Yak man walks faster than all and they have a free time at the camp. While cook prepares for meals and drinks, We pay yaks men’s incentives in collecting the rubbish around the camp.

We always identify our business as a social enterprise. We dedicate 30% of our annual net profit to Social and environmental projects. Every winter we will buy a huge amount of winter cloth from the market for small children to donate to schools. In this way, we are providing the warm winter cloth for children and encouraging them to go to school.

Any purchase related to business, we do with the local business. We also encourage travelers to purchase the products directly from the local producer, which is why we always trees for guide to take the visitor to the local handicraft centers and producers.

Whenever there is someone need for medical help. Our company staff member would gather money for it. The management has decided how much ever is donated by our staff, Company will double that amount by donating the equal amount, what has been collected from the staff’s members. And all our staffs are very generous.

We always inform all our clients about local customs, beliefs, and ethics. So that it would be easier for our home visit, and culture programs.

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