Tibet & Kathmandu Small Group Tour

November 12th, 2010 No Comments

Tour Route: Lhasa-Shigatse-Tashilumpu Monastery-Mt. Everest-Zhangmu-Kodari Border

Tour Length: 6 days

This tour follows an optimum route that brings you to Tibet’s main attractions, offers superb scenic views, and features a spectacular roller-coaster ride from high La Lung-la down into the Kathmandu valley.

For those who wish to extend their tour to Nepal, the Friendship Highway between Lhasa and Kathmandu offers scenic delights and worthwhile detours. We meticulously selects the best destinations of Tibet and Kathmandu for a small group tour that will leave even the most hardened traveler awe-struck.

Potala Palace

Potala Palace

Day 1 Arrive in Lhasa (alt. 3600m)
Welcome to the “Roof of the World.” On your arrival to Tibet, we will meet you at the airport/train station and transfer you to the hotel. Plan on taking it slow the rest of today, so you can adjust to the altitude. Remember to drink plenty of water and get plenty of sleep for the long journey ahead.

Day 2 Tour of Lhasa [B]
This morning you’ll wind your way up through the stunning, awe-inspiring Potala Palace. Built in 637 AD by Songtsen Gampo, it was the former winter residence for the Dalai Lamas and is truly a splendor of Eastern architecture. Next, visit the Johkang Temple, the center of Tibetan Buddhism, also built in the 7th century on the legendary pond of “Wothang”. Later after lunch, witness the famous debate sessions by the monks at Sera Monastery. And finish the day by taking a Kora around the Barkhor. Test your bartering skills with the locals in this push-and-shove economy.

Day 3 Drive to Shigatse via Gyantse [B]
In the morning you’ll start the drive to Shigatse, via Gyantse on the Southern Friendship Highway. Crossing over the summit of Kamba La (4794 m), you’ll see the tranquil turquoise waters of Lake Yamdrok below; one of the three holiest lakes in Tibet. Far in the distance you’ll spot the towering massif Mt. Nojin Kangtsang (7191 m), and the staggering Karo-la Glacier (5045 m). Afterwards, you’ll drive to Shigatse, and overnight there.

Day 4 Tashilumpu Monastery & Drive to Mt. Everest [B]
This morning you’ll have a chance to visit Tashilumpu Monastery, the home of the Panchen Lama, which is essentially a walled town with cobbled and twisting lanes that revolve around a magnificent monastery. Then be driven to Rongbuk Monastery (optional), the highest monastery in the world. This evening you’ll have the intoxicating view of Mt. Everest. Overnight in local guesthouse or tent.

Mount Everest

Mount Everest

Mt. Everest Base Camp & forward to Old Tingri [B]
Wake this morning below the stunning north face of Mt. Everest, (8848) the tallest mountain on earth. After breakfast, drive the remaining 8 km to visit Everest Base Camp.Then, drive forward to Old Tingri, where you could enjoy the fabulous views of the 4 peaks above 8,000 meters on earth including Mt. Everest, Luozi, Makalu, Zhuoayou, which are all competing to stand up higher than other peaks on earth.

Day 6 Transfer to Kodari Border and see off [B]
In the morning, transfer to the Kodari Border, our guide will help you go through the formalities of China Customs and apply for your Nepali visa, then you need to cross the Friendship Bridge to Nepali side by yourself.

Tips for Nepali Visa:
In Kodari it’s possible to get a Nepali visa. For a single entry visa for 60 days, it costs US$30 cash or the equivalent in rupees; for a GRATIS visa, it is for all tourists who visit Nepal for 3 days or less, or for tourists of SAARC countries and People’s Republic of China. And passport size 02 copies of photo are required while applying at any entry points.

How to get to Kathmandu from the border:

  1. Continuing straight on to Kathmandu there are buses every hour or so to Barabise (RS 55, three hours) around halfway, where you change to a Kathmandu bus (RS63, three or fAour hours). The buses will be packed, and you may mysteriously find yourself dropped off before you reach Kathmandu; locals say that sometimes the bus will drive you all the way in and sometimes it won’t.
  2. The better option is to hire a vehicle from near Nepali immigration. A ride to Kathmandu (four to five hours) costs around US$ 80-100 per car. And if you need we could ask our partner in Nepal side to pick you up at the border and transfer you to your hotel in Kathmandu, but it usually costs US$ 200-200 per car, you could just pay them directly in cash.
  3. Nepal is an odd 2.25 hours behind Chinese time.

Tour Departures

  • Group tour departure date available:
    • November 2010: 07, 14, 21, 28
    • December 2010: 03, 10, 13, 17, 21, 24
    • January 2011: 07, 14, 21, 28
    • February 2011: 01, 08, 14, 21, 28
    • March 2011: 07, 14, 21, 28
    • April 2011: 04, 08, 11, 18, 24
    • May 2011: 01, 08, 15, 22, 27
    • June 2011: 01, 06, 11, 16, 21, 26
    • July 2011: 01, 06, 11, 16, 21, 26
    • August 2011: 01, 05, 09, 13, 17, 21, 25, 29
    • September 2011: 02, 06, 10, 14, 18, 22, 26
    • October 2011: 01, 03, 06, 14, 21, 28
    • November 2011: 04, 11, 18, 24
    • December 2011: 03, 10, 17, 24
  • We can organize a group at any date if the group size is 4 pax or more

Price quotation

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Tour Cost
(in RMB)

Tour Cost
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Single Supplement
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Single Supplement
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Apr.- Jun.
(Shoulder Season)





Jul., Sept., Oct.
(High Season)





(Peak Season)





Nov. to next Mar.
(Low Season)






  1. Prices listed are per person, based on double occupancy. Tour cost in USD is subject to exchange rate of the day you book the tour. (Rate in chart is 1:6.8)
  2. We will charge you for 100USD per person as a deposit for booking the tour, we accept cash, credit card or West Union.
  3. Because you need original copy of the Tibet permits to board the plane, in this way, all the clients in one group who depart from the same city should take the same airplane. So please discuss with us first to fix the flight schedule before you issue the air tickets, sorry for any inconvenience it may cause.

Price Includes:

  1. Airport or train station transfer: The free airport pick-up is at 3:20 p.m. These are the most common times in and out of Lhasa, but if you would like to schedule a different time enter/leave Tibet we will be happy to arrange that at the following prices:


    Cost per car
    (in RMB)

    Cost per car
    (in USD)

    Single way between Lhasa and airport



    Single way between Lhasa and train station



  2. Accommodation: 4 nights stay in comfortable 3 star standard hotels in Tibet. 1 night stay nearby EBC in tent or guesthouse according to the weather.
  3. Meals: mainly Breakfast. See detailed itinerary for complete listing.
  4. English Speaking Guide: All of our guides are local Tibetans with infectious smiles and a passion for sharing their homeland. From them you’ll receive extensive information about the history, geography, culture, religion, traditions, art and music.
  5. Vehicle Rental & Driver: All of our vehicles are well maintained and safe. Our drivers are experienced in driving in the Tibetan landscape. Vehicle type will be arranged according to group size.
  6. Travel Permits: All Tibet traveling permits.
  7. Entrance Fees: All entrance fees listed in the itinerary, (except optional sites) including vehicle and personal entry permit for Qomolangma Nature Preserve

Price Excludes:

  1. Transportation to and from Tibet.
  2. Other services of non-Tibet parts
  3. Private expense like laundry, IDD calls, drinks in the room, etc.
  4. Extra expenses incurred due to unexpected natural events (delays, road washouts, etc.)
  5. Meals not specified in the tour itinerary
  6. Tips for the tour guide and driver

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