Overland Tour in Tibet | Royal Penguin Adventures

Overland Tour in Tibet

Tibet has enthralled travelers for centuries and a drive over the vast arid plateau coupled with a chance of meeting its people allow travelers of today a glimpse into what Tibet might have been before the Chinese occupation. The drive from Kathmandu to Lhasa promises to be an experience of lifetime as visitors get to look at the stunning landscape, architecture and the spiritual populace of Tibet.

The drive from Kathmandu to Lhasa, over spectacular Passes and revealing views of the majestic Himalayas, takes five-days over the “Friendship Highway”. The drive is well worth as visitors encounter some enchanting Buddhist monasteries and remote villages untouched by modern civilization. While approaching the city, traveler will be able to notice the Potala Palace, a vast white fortress that dominates the Lhasa skyline. The historical seat of Tibetan power and the location of the tombs of previous Dalai Lamas, the Potala Palace has been reduced to serve as a symbolic feature for Tibetan aspirations. The Jokhang temple, 2 km to the east of the Palace, has become the spiritual hub of the country. Bustling with worshipers and redolent with mystery, the Jokhang is an unrivaled Tibetan experience. The medieval Barkhor Bazaar with crowds, street performers, hawker’s stalls selling everything from prayer flags to jewel-encrusted yak skulls and the devout touching their foreheads to the ground at every step to Jokhang is an exotic brew that few newcomers can resist. Kathmandu to Lhasa Tour journey ends with two days sightseeing tour around Lhasa.

1 pax: $3,850

2-4 pax: $3,200

5-8 pax: $3,170

9+ pax: $2,900

Duration: 11 days
Max elevation: 5220 m
Activity: tour
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Brief Itinerary

Day 1:
Arrival to Kathmandu airport (1315 m)

Day 2:
Kathmandu sightseeing

Day 3:
Kathmandu - Kerung (3750m) :156km, 8hrs

Day 4:
Kerung - Xigatse (4050m)

Day 5:
Xigatse - Gyantse (3840m)

Day 6:
Gyantse - Lhasa (3955m) 90km

Day 7:
Lhasa Sightseeing - Potala Palace, Johkang Temple

Day 8:
Lhasa Sightseeing - Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery

Day 9:
Lhasa-Kathmandu (1 hr flight)

Day 10:
Kathmandu Sightseeing (+ optional 1-hr mountain flight to Everest)

Day 11:


  • Accommodation in Kathmandu in Aria Boutique Hotel & Spa, double occupancy, with breakfast
  • Accommodation in hotels in Tibet, double occupancy, with breakfast
  • English speaking tour guide in Kathmandu & Tibetan guide in Tibet
  • Transportation as per the itinerary by Jeep
  • Tibet Group Visa Fee
  • Entry fee to mentioned sightseeing places in Tibet
  • All necessary permits
  • Border transfer Kodari – Kathmandu
  • All Government taxes

Not included

  • Travel Insurance
  • Sightseeing entrance fees in Kathmandu
  • Lunch and Dinner
  • Nepal re-entry visa fee
  • Liquor beverages (hard and soft drinks)
  • Expenses of personal nature, phone calls, laundry etc
  • Gratuity to staff
  • Service of porter while crossing the Friendship Bridge
  • Services of porter or any vehicles in case of landslides and other natural calamities beyond our control and expenses incurred during rescue services
  • Any extra cost not mentioned in “Included” section