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Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland Tour via Everest Base Camp instills adventures and exhilaration of roof of the world, wilderness and Tibetan culture. Tibet is the origin of Mahayana Buddhism, home of the Dalai Lama and the target of devout pilgrimages as well as adventurers. Discover how human resolve can surpass even the harshest environment of the highlands. This 8-days adventure excursion includes Asia's most impressive ancient cultures along with geographical wonders. The tour further covers Lhasa's streets and Dalai Lama's Potala Palace to medieval towns of Tibet to ancient monasteries and to the Everest Base Camp with the sheer grandeur of Everest's north face. The tour detours everything that we are wishing to squeeze out in the shortest possible time and without missing any of the fantastic places.

This is a journey into the historical, adventurous and spiritual highlands that have long captured the hearts and minds of the travel enthusiasts around the world. In the initial days of the journey, we drive to the world's highest Mt. Everest Base Camp via Rongbuk Monastery. After exploring the historic treasure, we make a detour of Everest Base Camp, and make a face to face encounter with world's highest mountain. Continuing via Sakya, Xigatse - with the Tashihunpo monastery, the seat of Panchen Lama - and Gyantse, and discovering the medieval villages, cultures, and lifestyles of the highlands, we finally reach Lhasa. In Lhasa, we visit most holy Jokhang temple where we see the legendary eighth-wonder Potala Palace, Norbulinka Palace (the summer palace of the Dalai Lama), Drepung, Sera Monastery and more. After two full sightseeing in Lhasa, we either get back to Kathmandu or continue to mainland China on our way to home.

Note: If we wish to get back to Kathmandu on our way home, Glory Nepal highly suggest to fly into Lhasa, and make an overland trip from Lhasa to Kathmandu which help us in acclimatization with high altitude and thus avoid getting AMS symptoms.

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Day 01:  KTM-Nylam (3,750m/12,300ft): 153kms, 5 hrs

After breakfast, we start our journey along the Friendship Highway for the Tibetian border. At the border we take our lunch and pass through the Nepal side of the customs and immigration. Crossing the Friendship Bridge we will be at Tibet! Then, we take a 30 minutes drive from Kodari to Zhangmu where second immigration formalities have to be completed. From Zhangmu to Nylam, we will have an hour scenic drive. Overnight at Snowland Hotel in Nylam.

Day 02:  Morning Acclimatization, Nyalam to Lotingri/old Tingri (4050m/13,284 ft): 147Kms, 5-6 hrs

In the morning, we stroll around Nylam which would help us to acclimatize with the high altitude. Then we rest for some time and take our breakfast before heading for Tingri. The journey to Tingri welcome us with two spectacular passes: Nyalam pass (3800m/12,464 ft) and Lalung La pass (5082m/16,668 ft). Along with the two passes, we will enjoy the fabulous views of the high mountains including, Mount Everest (8848m/29,028 ft) Jugal Himal, Mt. Makalu (8464m/27,761 ft) and more. We spend our night at Ms. Snow Leopard or a similar rating hotels at Lotingri or in Old Tingri.

Day 03:  Lotingri/old Tingri to Rongbuk (5050m/16564ft): 105Kms - Visit Everest Base Camp (5,250m/17,220ft)

After breakfast, we take a short drive to Rongbuk and have magnificent view o Rongbuk monastery, the highest monastery in Tibet. Again we enjoy the unique view of Mt. Everest also known as Mount Quomolangma in the Tibetan side. It will be certainly a great experience to be face to face with the greatest mountain on earth. We make about 16 kms round trip around the Everest base camp. The base camp itself is dry and barren, but the views of Everest are more than compensating. It is a truly awe-inspiring place with the sheer north face of the highest mountain in the world towering above us. Overnight at Rongbuk at Everest View or a similar category hotel.

Day 04:  Drive to Sakya Moanstery, evening arrive in Shigatse (3800m/12,464 ft): 345Kms

At dawn, we drive for famous Sakya Monastery, the ancestral temple of Sakyapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. The monastery was founded by Khon Konchog Gyalpo of the Song Dynasty (960-1279) who is also the founder of Sakyapa sect of Lamaism. Sakya, means "Grey Soil" in Tibetan. The monastery represents Sakyapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism.  In the evening, we will be in Shigatse, the second biggest city in Tibet. Overnight at Mansarovar or a similar rating hotels at Shigatse.

Day 05:  Drive Shigatse to Gyangtse to Lhasa (3650m/11,972 ft): 365Kms, 7 hrs 

In the morning, we visit the Tashilunpo Monastery. After breakfast, we embark on a pleasant 2 hours drive to Gyantse. In Gyantse, we visit the Khumbum Stupa and Phalkot Monastery. From Gyantse, we continue to Lhasa crossing the Karo La (5010m/16,432 ft) and Kamba La (4794m/15,725 ft) pass and lake Yamdrok Tso(Turquoise Lake). Further we cross the Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahamaputra) river and see the distant views of the Potala Palace. Overnight at Hotel Kyichhu or a similar category hotels at Lhasa.

Day 06:  Lhasa sighsteeing: Potala, Sera, Jokhang Temple

Foremost, our tour begins with a visit to Sera Monastery. An experienced tour guide also working as an interpreter will guide us through this preserved monastery of white-washed walls and golden roofs. Then we visit the Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. Jokhang Temple is another important sacred site which unravels more deep seated mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism. We further stroll through Barkhor Market which will be distinct experience from other sites as we roam around the city.  Overnight Hotel at Lhasa.

Day 07:  Lhasa Sightseeing: Drepang Temple, Norbulinka Palace

Like the previous day, we experience invaluable insights during our visits to Potala Palace and Drepung Monastery. The 17th century Potala Palace offers an awesome view of entire city and also has private quarters of the Dalai Lama, numerous grand state rooms and chapels. Ancient history has it that Drepung Monastery which was built in 14th century used to shelter around 10,000 monks but as now there has been quite a declination resulting in only few hundreds. Tibetans' respect and belief are immensely knotted with this monastery. Overnight Hotel at Lhasa.

Day 08:  Final departure from Lhasa or extend your tour

Our adventure in the Himalayas comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos. If time permits we can engage on shopping or sightseeing. A representative from Glory Nepal will take us to the airport for our onward journey. We can either get back to Kathmandu or continue to mainland China on our way to home.

Where is Nepal ?

Nepal is landlocked country located in southern Asia couched between two Asian giants India and China. Nepal is geographically, culturally and linguistically diverse. The capital city of the country is Kathmandu, commonly known as ‘city of temples’ where we can explore traditional artistic beauty. Draped along the greatest heights of the Himalaya, Nepal is where the ice-cold of the mountains meets the steamy heat of the Indian plains. Moreover, it's a land of yaks and yetis, stupas and Sherpas and some of the best trekking on earth. The Himalaya's most sophisticated urban cultures took shape here, in the three great mini kingdoms of the Kathmandu valley- Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur - home to a world-class artistic and architectural heritage.

What is Nepal known for?

Nepal is Known for Mt. Everest, highest peak in the world and Lord Buddha, who was the pioneer of Buddhist religion. Besides, among 14 eight thousand meters cross mountains in the world, eight are located in this naturally beautiful country. Nepal has been the focus of outstanding achievements in the world of peak climbing expeditions with the identification of more than one thousand peaks above 6,000 meters .Trekking through the Everest region offers astounding mountain views, an opportunity to take a glimpse into the life of world heritage sites, discovering variety of Himalayan flora and faunas, and an opportunity to explore the highest Buddhist monasteries in the world. Overall, Nepal is known for its hospitality and the local people believes in the mantra ‘Atithi Deba Bhaba’ (Guest are god).

Can I get Nepal visa on arrival?

Yes! Nepal visa is easily available up on arrival in the entry places. Make the process easier by downloading & completing the application form, having the correct USD cash and two passport photographs.

Visa Facility       Duration     Fee
Multiple entry     15 days        US$ 25 or equivalent Nepali currency
Multiple entry     30 days        US$ 40 or equivalent Nepali currency
Multiple entry     90 days        US$ 100 or equivalent Nepali currency

Is the country politically safe and stable?

Nepal is one of the new democratic countries in the world with many active political parties, ideas, ideologies and leaders. As such there might be some disturbances in some parts of the country. But it does not and will not affect the daily life of the residents in the other parts. Life moves on as usual, unperturbed.

How to enter Nepal?
Nepal can be enter by two ways,

By air: Some of the major international airlines operating schedule services to Nepal are Royal Nepal Airlines, British Airways, Biman Bangladesh, China South West Airlines, Druk Air, Gulf Air, India Air, Thai Airways, Qatar, Pakistan Air, Jet Air and Singapore Airlines. By air, you will arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport (only one international airport) located in the heart of Kathmandu City.

By Road: There are several entry points by land route mainly from Nepal / Indian borders;


Scheduled public as well as tourist buses run to and from Kathmandu. Traveling by bus is recommended if you can cope with 10 to 12 hours of long drive in return for a fascinating mountainous views and snail tail roads that meet above the clouds.

Do you have Airport pickup facilities?

Definitely! We do have airport pick up facilities for our customers who have booked for our any packages. We don't charge any money. As the time you booked your trip, you have to inform us.

What is the best time to visit Nepal?
September and April are warm with the temperature ranging between 80-90 degrees Fahrenheit. In October, November, late February and March it is typically 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit. In December and January it is much cooler, between 45-70 degrees Fahrenheit, and you may experience foggy conditions as well. As there is an ideal time to visit Nepal. Nepal can be visited the whole year round. Light weight clothing is recommended from May to October. Warm garments are required from October to March. An umbrella or a raincoat is a must for the rainy season.

How can I make the payment?
There are various payment options by which you can make payment to Glory Nepal team. You can make payment by cash, bank transfer, online credit card payment and Travelers checks. If you wish to use another option of payment suitable to you, then Glory Nepal will assist you for that.

Why should I book the tour through Glory Nepal?
Glory Nepal team is a recognized Holiday Planner and service provider related with the Nepal Tourism Sector. The Team of Glory Nepal is able to work on your any kind of travel requirements as it is associated with a team of Tour Escorts, Guides who are well trained, fluent in different languages and with long experience in related sectors. We do offer verities of Nepal Tour, Trek, Jungle Safari, Adventure packages but beside that we are best in organizing special tailor made itineraries in any areas of Nepal. As our motto is "Guest's Satisfaction is our Achievements" we are always here to assist you for your holiday to Nepal.

What does grading (Easy, Moderate, Difficult, Strenuous) means?

"Grading" is a term used for rating treks based on difficulty. According to Himalayan Glacier standards and experience, we have divided the trekking into four types, namely Easy, Moderate, Difficult and Strenuous- the challenge in terms of both technicality and geography increases as we move higher in that order. Thus, Easy Treks could be suitable for all while Strenuous and Difficult Treks are meant only for those who have certain experience and capability.

This can help you choose a trek or climb especially in the Himalayan Region that best suits your fitness level and experience. Please keep in mind that this is a general guide only. A variety of factors, including weather, may add to the challenge.

Easy Treks

No previous trek experience and any physical preparation are required to attempt this trek. An interest in walking will be enough to take up such treks. Such treks usually vary from 2 days hike to 5 days trekking and can reach up to an altitude of 3000 m. Treks usually on well maintained paths and passes through ridges and involve walking up to 5 hours a day.

Moderate Treks
Moderate Treks will require at least 6-7 hours of walking every day, crossing 4000 m above high altitude passes, and long and exhausting walks through often rough trails, rocks and boulders. Therefore, you will require physical and mental fitness, positive attitude and interests and previous hiking or camping experience is preferred. You should prepare to face high altitude.

Difficult Treks
Previous trekking experience and technical knowledge is essential in Difficult Treks. Besides walking through rough trails for 6-7 hours and crossing high passes as high as 5000 m, you will also be glacier crossings on snow/ice. You will be facing high altitude air with low level of oxygen and continuous walking over huge stretch of Himalayan valleys. Positive attitude and perseverance is required.

Strenuous Treks
Strenuous Treks involve long days, long hours of challenging walks, high altitude passes above 5000 m, difficult terrains and glacier and snow walking. No doubt you need to be mentally and physically fit and in excellent health condition. As part of technical requirements, you will require to have rock and ice climbing experience with the knowledge of use of ice axe and crampons. You should consider joining one of the rock climbing and glacier walking classes prior to heading for Trek.

Are there ATM facilities in Nepal?

There are many ATM machines in the Kathmandu and Pokhara Valley. ATM machines are slowly being introduced to other cities like Bhuwtal and Dharan.

What types of cards are accepted? Debit or Credit? Visas or Masters or Discovers or Dinners?

Most popular cards accepted in Nepal are VISA, MASTERCARD and American Express. Both Debit and Credit Cards are accepted here. American Travelers Cheques are also accepted in most Banks, Hotels, and Travel companies.

Are there any tourist police in Nepal?

Of course there is tourist police located near the Nepal Tourism Development Board's Office. Also, there are complaint counters at the airport and Basantapur Durbar Square. Tourist police are specially trained in English and have detailed local knowledge to assist tourists. For security and travel related assistance, you can reach any of the officers from telephone 4-247041, 4-4268969 during 11 a.m to 5 p.m

Is Nepal safe? Is a woman traveling alone safe with your company?

Absolutely Nepal is safe for traveler. Firstly, Nepal is considered as one of the peaceful countries in the world (chances are it's safer here than your home-country). Secondly, while you're on one of our trips, we take personal responsibility for your well-being, a responsibility we commit very seriously.

Entrance Fees

• All the entrance fees while sightseeing in the city.
• Guided Katmandu sightseeing tour by Car.
All accommodation on B/B basis.
• 13% government tax where applicable.

International Flights

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• Airport pick up and drop.

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International flights, visa and departure taxes

Tips for gratuities

Drink, Posatage, Laundry for Personal Expenses

Domestic Airport Tax