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9 Days Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland Tour with EBC

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Overview

Tour Type: Private Tour: Flexible Travel Date & Travel Routes
Guide & Driver: Chinese-English-speaking guide & air-conditioned
  • Drive all the way from Nepal to Tibet along the sino-Nepal Friendship Highway
  • Visit one of the Six Big Monasteries of Gelugpa – the Tashilunpo Monastery
  • Witness the stunning scenery of Mt. Everest

Itinerary Day by Day

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Day1  Kathmandu to Chinese Border, Gyirong Port . (2000m)
Firstly, you need to travel from Kathmandu to Chinese border yourself, about 120km and 5 hours driving passing through the deep and big gorges. You need to cross the friendship bridge and will be greeted by our Tibetan guide and driver on Tibetan side. From the border to Gyirong Port, you will go through a steep winding road which passes through a mossy gully with cascading waterfall.

Accommodation:Stay overnight in local guesthouse

Day2  Gyirong Port to Old Tingri(4300m) (B)

After breakfast, drive along the Sino-Nepal Highway to Old Tingri. Through a series of switchback bends the road ascends to Nyalam within the Matsang Tsangpo gorge and beautiful waterfalls can be seen on the both side of the road.

We visit Milarepa cave on the way. It is the site of the celebrated philosopher’s meditation. The trip continues to pass over two spectacular passes: Thong La pass (5050m) and Lalung La pass (5082m). Along with the two passes, we also get to enjoy fabulous views of the high mountains including Shisha Pangma (8,013m).

Then from old Tingri, you will view the amazing scene of Himalaya Range and Mt Everest. Before get into Himalaya Natural Reserve, which average altitude is above 5000m, you need thoroughly acclimatize the high altitude at Old Tingri.

Accommodation:Stay overnight in Old Tingri.

Day3  Old Tingri to Everest Base Camp (B)

Today, we drive about 70km bumpy road from Old Tingri to EBC / Rongpuk. From New Tingri to Rongpuk, the road is under construction. From Old Tingri to E.B.C with the very rough road passes the wild grassland, and crosses the torrent and High Mountains.

You can have a glimpse of 4 mountains which are 8000m high or even higher, that is, Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Qowowuyag (8201m), and Mt. Mayalu (8463m).

Accommodation:Stay overnight at Rongphu Monastery (Tent or Guest House).

Day4  Everest Base Camp to Sakya (B)

In the morning, you can see the sun rise on the top of Mt Everest, and have a full view the magnificent Mt. Everest standing like a snow-capped pyramid in front of you at Rongpuk, which is the vantage point for watching Mt. Everest.

Then you may trek from tent to Base camp 4/km one way or go to EBC by local bus.

After base camp, you can visit Rongphu Monastery which is the highest monastery in the world (5000m) and belongs to Nyingma sect.

After noon, drive back on that same bumpy road to reachTingri on Friendship Highway and move to Sakya.

Accommodation:Stay overnight in Sakya.

Day5  Sakya to Shigatse (B)
Today you visit Sakya Monastery founded in 1073 by KhonKunchokGyalpo. It is the principal monastery of the Sakya sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Sakya was once recommended to be listed to World Heritage List in 90’s and was known for its huge collection of Buddhist scriptures and of vivid and artistically amazing murals.

Accommodation:Stay overnight in Shigatse.

Day6  Shigatse to Lhasa via Gyantse (B)

In the morning, we drive 90km to Gyantse, an ancient county between Shigatse and Lhasa, which boasts a variety of important cultural and historical sites – Palkhor Chode monastery (Gyantse Kumbum) and Gyantse Dzong. The Gyantse Kumbum is commissioned by a Gyantse prince in 1427, the 35m-high chörten, with its white layers trimmed with decorative stripes and its crown-like golden dome, is awe-inspiring. Also you can explore the real Tibet town in Gyantse.

In the afternoon, we drive 280km to Lhasa, and we will pass over the Karo la Pass (5010m) and Kambala Pass (4794m). While driving you will see the beautiful Karo la GlacierYamdrotso Lake (Truquoise Lake) and Brahmaputra River and finally reach Lhasa.

Accommodation:Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day7  Lhasa Tour - Potala Palace and Johkang Temple (B)

Today, you will visit the Potala Palace, winter palace of the Dalai Lama. It is started since the 7th Century by the 33rd great king of Tibet. The Palace contains the gilded burial stupas of past Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet.

After lunch, we head to Jokhang temple, founded by the 33rd great king of Tibet in the 7th century, in order to promote the Buddhist religion. Inside you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of twelve, perhaps the single most venerated object in Tibet Buddhism. Around the temple Barkhor street where you can do kora( circle religious sites) with pilgrims and locals, and you can buy the souvenirs.

Accommodation:Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day8  Lhasa tour - Sera and Drepung Monastery (B)

After breakfast, you are going to visit Drepung monastery which is one of the “threegreat”Gelug monasteries of Tibet founded in 1416 by Jamyang choge, one of the Tsongkhapa’s main disciples. Ganden palace is used as Dalai Lama’s palace in the Drepung before he moves to the Potala palace.

In the afternoon, Sera Monastery: It is also one of the “three great” Gelug monasteries of Tibet founded in 1419 by Jamchenchojey, one of the Tsongkhapa’s main disciples. The highlight is that Monks debate at around 3 - 5 in the afternoon.

Accommodation:Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day9  Depart from Lhasa (B)
You will be accompanied with tour guide to airport/train station by private car, see good-bye and end the trip.

Accommodation:

What's Included

All necessary Tibet Travel Permit. (Including Tibet Entry Permit, Alien Travel Permit, Boarder Pass
Private professional English-Speaking local tour guide
Licensed Vehicle with experienced driver
Airport (or train)pick up and drop off
Accommodation listed in the itinerary
Breakfast provided by the hotel
Tourists Accident/Casualty Insurance
A container of Oxygen for emergency use
All taxes, fees and handling charges
Lodging and meal allowance to the guide & driver
Reservation fee for visiting Potala Palace
2 bottles of drinking water per person per day
Meals not specified in the itinerary (All lunches & dinners)
All Entrance tickets to the sightseeing places
Flight/Trian tickets in and out of Tibet
Personal expenses such as laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional tour activities, etc.
Any losses incurred from the force majeure factor like government control, natural disaster etc.
Tips to the guide & driver ( Tips is not required but expected)
Single room supplement

Additional Info

Alterations of Itineraries

The travel date, service items, itinerary and number of visitors, visitors’ ID information, etc. can be modified free of charge 30 days or more before the trip. If the visitor needs to make a second modification, an additional service fee of 5% of the deposit will be charged. Every time the content of the travel contract is modified, the company reserves the right to re-quote.

Cancellation Policy

Once the deposit is paid, your trip is confirmed. If you need to change or cancel your itinerary, please contact your travel consultant by email, phone, instant messenger, etc. There will be a charge for Cancellation or modification. The policy is as follows:

1. Notice of trip cancellation due to personal reasons before the trip starts
Cancellation 30 days or more before the trip starts, 10% penalty of the deposit.
Cancellation 29-15 days before the trip starts, 20% penalty of the deposit.
Cancellation 14-7 days before the trip starts, 30% penalty of the deposit.
Cancellation 6-2 days before the trip starts, 50% penalty of the deposit.
Cancellation within 48 hours prior to the trip starts, no refund of your deposit.

2. Trip cancellation due to irresistible factors before the trip starts

If you have to cancel the itinerary due to irresistible reasons such as traffic, weather, politics, etc., the deposit will be fully refunded by the company (for loss related to air ticket/train ticket, please take reference of the first item).

Reviews

 Vladislav
Travel Date:Oct. 5th 2018

I highly recommend a tour with Asia Odyssey Travel If you want to see the best part of Tibet, you should definitely book a tour with Asia Odyssey Travel. They are very helpful with the permit application and gave me the best impression of the wonderful roof of the world. I am looking forward to seeing our lovely guide and driver again in Tibet. Wish everything goes well with Nancy and her colleagues at Odyssey.

 markofelgenhauer
Travel Date:May 1, 2019

Wir konnten wunderbare Tage auf dem Dach der Welt verbringen - und wenn es heute erneut die Möglichkeit geben würde - Ja ich würde diese Reise noch einmal unternehmen. Dennoch sind es große Anstrengungen und die Touren im Auto sind lang. 2 Tage dauert die Autotour zum BaseCamp - Achtung - bei der Anreise überquert man bereits die ersten 3 Pässe mit über 5000m - daher sollte eine gesundheitliche Abwägung oberste Priorität haben. Tolle Organisation mit AMY - ich kann es nur jeden empfehlen, da Sie wirklich Sehr gut und schnell auf alle Anfragen, Anregungen und Änderungen eingeht. Ein Tip nach Möglichkeit mit der Tourguidin Kelsan Droma reisen - Auch Sie versteht es wunderbar Ihr Land näher zu bringen und lebt so positiv.

 Sharon C
Travel Date:April 23, 2019

Tibet has been one of my top travel destinations. As a Buddhism, visiting places tapping into sacred goddess and Mother Nature becomes a dream for me to achieve. At the age of 40, I am so happy I have finally made my dream come true.

The trip planning to Tibet has never been easy for Taiwanese. To grant a permit by a trust worthy travel agent is already a hassle, my first trip plan didn’t get though two years ago. I am glad I found odyssey travel agent for my second try. The whole process started off with zero trust, trip advisor and Facebook helped me to validate its credibility, and further more I had even asked for reference check from the agent. Thanks Kay for being a nice and patient coordinator during this planning process.

With all had prepared, our group has been one of the most peaceful and harmony travel company I have been with. With years of experience, I have not been with a group of >20 until this time, apart from school and company team building. To spend 9 days with who I meet the first time and could probably the only time caused me zero worry with the brilliant tour guide Xiao Gao!

If you’ll and would like to have a joyful and unforgettable journey in Tibet, going up to the Everest base camp is definitely the only option. So is odyssey travel.

 Bine
Travel Date:June 8th 2018

This is my first trip to Tibet, so I have high expectation to my Tibet trip. First, our guide, Jack, arranged for visit to temples and monasteries. Also, they're able to adjust our itinerary quickly. I'm glad I had a great Tibet trip.

 beno v
Travel Date:June 30, 2019

I had an amazing, memorable trip with Amy/Odyssey: 9 days incl. Lhasa, EBC and Namtso Lake. Amy's service was excellent. From our first contact until after the trip all communication and organisation was very fast, clear and exhaustive. Our guide, Sun, made the whole trip even better. He is a really great, funny and laidback guy, proud Tibetan with very good knowledge of all relevant topics. Take into account that the pronounciation of English by Tibetan people/guides is of a different level than that of native speakers, and when you listen a bit more active than you normally do everything will be clear. The hotels were of a higher standard then expected which was really nice to start and finish the day. I recommend Amy/Odyssey to anyone planning a trip to Tibet! I will definitely go again with them on my next Tibet trip. June was a great time for weather and Tibetan festivities which made trip even more special.

 DaisyPurple
Travel Date:September 18, 2019

We booked the tour with Asia Odyssey after surveying few tour companies as it’s the cheapest among those with excellent reviews. Amy was the agent that contacted us and keep updating of our Tibet visa applications and train tickets arrangement. She is really helpful. She even came to our hotel in Chengdu in order to pass the physical train ticket to us despite we were staying nearby airport, yet she did not ask for any tips or car fare from us. Upon arriving at Lhasa, Amy still cared for us if we have any altitude sickness. She provided all the information we needed to know and get us into contact with the tour guide in Lhasa as well. The tour is superb. We viewed the Mount Everest from far during sunset and sun rise. It’s a lifetime experience never to be missed. Also, the tour guide 大海哥 is very responsible and fun, he make our hectic journey a full of fun, yet with lots of information regarding the history of Lhasa, Monasteries, Potala Palace and many more...The driver is steady, his driving skill is superb The journey to EBC is super winding yet no one had any car sickness Upon leaving Lhasa, Amy still followed up with us and we thank her well.