Lhasa to Kathmandu Tour

Lhasa to Kathmandu Tour
Overland Tours
  • Trip Grade
  • Max Altitude
    5220 m
  • Group Size
    Min. 2 People 
  • Accommodation
    3-Star Hotels 
  • Best Time
    April - November 
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All Inclusive Price: $1,815USD

Trip Overview

Lhasa to Kathmandu Tour takes you on an epic overland journey from Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, to Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. In a short span of ten days, you can visit ancient palaces, Buddhist monasteries, temples, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Your ride through the stunning Tibetan countryside will give you an insight into the Tibetan nomadic lifestyle and culture. As you drive towards the Nepal border, you are presented with breathtaking views of 8000-meter peaks – Mount Everest, Shisapangma, Makalu, and Cho Oyu.

Your start your trip with a visit to Kathmandu’s historical and cultural sites. A flight over the grand Himalayan range transports you from Kathmandu to Lhasa. After reaching Lhasa you will get to visit the magnificent winter and summer palaces of the Dalai Lama -Potala Palace and Norbulingka. We will take you on a walk through the busy Barkhor Market and Jokhang Temple, one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Tibet. At Drepung and Sera Monasteries you will meet the monks and witness their lively debates.

Leaving Lhasa you begin your overland journey and drive to Shigatse via the gorgeous Yamdrok Tso Lake. En route, you stop at Gyantse to explore the cultural heritage sites – Gyantse Kumbum and Pelkor Choede Monastery.

Shigatse is Tibet’s second-largest city. We take you to the sacred Tashilhunpo Monastery, the seat of Panchen Lama. After Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama is the most important spiritual leader of the Tibetans. You continue your journey on the Friendship Highway after a quick visit to the local market.

After Shigatse the next stop on your overland adventure is Shegar. You drive via Lhatse and the high mountain pass of Gyamtso La. Enjoy views of the glacier and the Himalayan mountains. Nomadic yak herders can be seen herding their yaks on the desolate highland.  Gorgeous views of Mount Everest, Shisapangma, Cho Oyu, Makalu, and other Tibetan peaks, also keep you enthralled.

An exciting crossing of two mountain passes, Lalung La and Shung La, brings you to the border town of Zhangmu. After spending a night at Zhangmu, you cross over to Nepal and drive towards Kathmandu, where your trip ends.

The best time for Lhasa to Kathmandu Tour are spring, summer, and autumn. It snows a lot in winter in Tibet making travel near impossible. Lasting for just ten days this trip is ideal for those who want to explore Tibet and Nepal in a short time frame.

Lhasa to Kathmandu Tour is an easy journey on flight and vehicle. The sightseeing tours will be done on foot. Except for the long staircase climbing at Potala Palace, it is fairly easy walking on even ground at all the sites.

The only concern is the high altitude in Tibet. You will be driving across high mountain passes that are above 5000 meters. This trip may not be right for people who suffer from respiratory, cardiac, and knee problems. Most days you will be sitting and riding in a vehicle for 5-7 hours at high altitude.  For this reason, we recommend you consult your physician before booking this trip,

All in all Lhasa to Kathmandu Tour is a great road trip that mixes adventure with Himalayan cultural experience. Not many people get to visit the Tibetan highlands because of the strict laws and extreme conditions. To be one of the few to ride through the ‘Roof of the World’ is an achievement itself. Challenge yourself and book this ride to Tibet, the ‘Roof of the World’!


Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu

Day 02: Obtain Chinese Visa and Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tours

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa

Day 04: Sightseeing Tour in Lhasa

Day 05: Second day sightseeing tour in Lhasa

Day 06: Drive to Shigatse (3900m/12792ft) – 350 K.M. 7 hrs

Day 07: Sightseeing & drive to Shegar (4050m) 244km

Day 08: Drive to Zhangmu (2300m) - 245 K.M 5 hrs

Day 09: Drive to Kathmandu (1337m) 123 K.M 5 hrs

Day 10: Farewell

Cost Includes

  • All ground transportation by private vehicle including airport transfers
  • Three nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3 star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • All fees for sightseeing and visits to monasteries as per itinerary
  • Accommodation with breakfast at a 3 star category hotel in Lhasa and Shigatse
  • Best available guesthouses with breakfast at Shegar, and Zhangmu
  • Tibet travel permits and Chinese Visa fees
  • Kathmandu to Lhasa flights in economic class
  • Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB) approved Tibetan guide including his salary, foods, accommodation, insurance etc
  • All applicable taxes and service charges

Cost Excludes

  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary”
  • Travel insurance
  • Nepal entry or re entry visa
  • Personal shopping and laundry
  • Tips for guide and driver (Tipping is appreciated but it is not mandatory)

Cost & Dates

Group tours are unavailable for this trip, however, you can opt for the private trip. The private trips are available on any date of your choice at any time of the year. Let us know about your preferred travel dates and we shall organize it as per your convenience. Get in touch with your query now.


Rachel and MeganUSA

We had an unbelievable adventure completing the Mardi Himal Trek in January 2023. Our guide Rajendra (Raj), and porter Rajesh  were professional, fun, energetic, and knowledgeable about not only the trek we were on but about many others in the area.

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I'm so happy I went with Nepal Hiking Team. From the moment I arrived at the hotel, I knew I made the right choice. The hotel was in a great area. Bars, restaurants, clubs, shops were all within a 10 minute or less walk from the hotel.

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Posted on Nov 22 | Trip Advisor Review

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