Tibet Budget Tour

  • Trip Destination: Tibet
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  • Total Duration: 08 Day(s)
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  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Tibet Overland Tour - 8 Days

Tibet Overland tour was closed to the outer world for most of its existence, Tibet till today remains a mysterious land. This is probably the main reason why Tibet Autonomous Region attracts thousands of curious visitors each year. The overland Tour to Tibet Lhasa offers a spectacular insight into the life and culture of Tibetans who are friendly and kind people and also deeply religious.

From the ancient monasteries with chanting monks to the tranquil shores of the Turquoise Lake Yamdruk coupled with the breathtaking Trans- Himalayan flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa, Lhasa has so much to offer in terms of culture, geography and history.

The capital city of Tibet located approximately around 90 kms away from the airport, it takes around an hour to reach the inner city. You can spend the first day sightseeing at some of the citys most iconic places- The Potala Palace, the Jorkhang Temple, and Barkhor street. Tibetans are deeply religious people and this show in the number of monasteries that are in the country.
Budget Overland tour takes you Ganden and Sera monastery are two of the largest monasteries in the city and has the highest number of monks. Besides its beautiful architecture and religious significance, the Ganden monastery offers a bird eyes view of the Kichu valley.

Tibet budget tour, you will visit Tsedang city, Yamdruk Lake, Gyantse, and Shigatse. Tsedang city is located at the Yarlung valley. The first palace of Tibet Yumbu Lakhang and Samye monastery, the oldest monastery in Tibet are in this city. Similarly, you can visit the Tashi Lumgpo monastery in Shigatse and the multi-storied Kumbum Stupa in Gyantse. We have private tour and group joining tour to Tibet please feel free to ask us.

Trip Highlights

  • Probably the most scenic drive on the planet
  • Catch a great view of Mt. Everest, Cho Oyu and Shisapangma
  • Visit the Kuming Monastery
  • Visit Torkoise lake along the way to Shigastse.
  • Visit Panchen lama Seat and Potala palace.
  • Experience the Tibetan local culture and tradition.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01 : Kathmandu (1,300m) – Lhasa (3,650m). By flight

Day 02 : In Lhasa: Two Full Days Sightseeing Tour In Lhasa

Day 03 : LHATSE / SHIGATSE (3900m) - (150 kms.)

Day 04 : Lhasa – Gyantse (3950m) - Shigatse (3900m)

Day 05 : Shigatse – Ronbuk (4980m) 334km

Day 06 : Ronbuk – Everest BC – Shigatse (3900m)

Day 07 : Shigatse to Lhasa 93600m) 351km.

Day 08 : Departure to Airport or Train station for your on wards destination.

Cost Include

    • Arrival and departure transfers from/ to Kathmandu airport to the city
    • China visa and permit arrangements in Kathmandu
    • Guided tour in Kathmandu, Pashupati, Boudha Nath, KTM Durbar Square, Monkey Temple
    • 2 nights three star category hotels in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast plan twin sharing rooms
    • Lhasa city to Lhasa airport (Gongor Airport) Or VV
    • Standard hotel in Lhasa/ Shigatse / Gyantse and Guest accommodation rest of the places.
    • Rooms on twin sharing, bed and breakfast plan. Please note that Nyalam and Zangmu have only basic hotels and no luxury.
    • Transportation by Jeep/ land cruiser, driver and gasoline charges included
    • English speaking local Tibetan guide throughout the tour.
    • All entry fees, Tibet travel permit

Cost Exclude

    • Single supplement charges (compulsory if no one to share the room with)
    • Airport tax, personal clothing and equipments,
    • Nepal re-entry visa fee (USD 25 and requires one photograph)
    • Any unforeseen expenses like due to landslide, over snowing, over flooding and evacuation etc.
    • Any additional tour services, which are not mentioned above Porter if used near Nepal Tibet boarder, Tips for guide and driver
    • Lunch and Dinner through out the tour.
    • Lhasa Kathmandu flight ticket. Or Vice Versa
    • Tibet Visa fee
    • Kathmandu Sightseeing entry fees.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01Kathmandu (1,300m) – Lhasa (3,650m). By flightDue to the earth quake in Nepal the over land tour to Tibet is closed. So we have to take a the most scenic 2hrs. flight to Lhasa. Departure Transport to Tribhuban Airport and Trans – Himalayan flight to Tibet (Gongaar airport) (1hr.) Drive to Lhasa (1hr.) – Full rest for acclimatization – O/N at Hotel.

Day 02In Lhasa: Two Full Days Sightseeing Tour In LhasaAfter breakfast proceed for full day sightseeing of Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple, . Potala Palace, this legendary palace built atop a single hill is synonymous with Tibet by the first foremost king Songtsen Gompa. Jokhang Temple, situated in the heart of Old Lhasa, it houses Tibet's most precious religious relic, a golden Shakyamuni Buddha which was brought as a gift by the Chinese Princess Wen Cheng on the occasion of her wedding to the Tibetan King, Songtsen Gompo. Barkhor Market place, which is the religious and social focus of Lhasa. After Sightseeing you will be transferred to hotel for your Overnight at hotel in Lhasa.

Day 03LHATSE / SHIGATSE (3900m) - (150 kms.)After breakfast full day sightseeing of Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Barkhor Market. Sera Monastery, 5 Kms north of Lhasa, Sera setting is one of Lhasa's prettiest monasteries. Once a community of more than 5,000 monks resided here and was virtually extinguished by the Chinese. Some free time for shopping or own activities O/N at Hotel.

Day 04Lhasa – Gyantse (3950m) - Shigatse (3900m)After visiting TASHILUNPO MONASTERY in the morning including the Bazaar of XIGATSE, drive to GYANTSE which is 2 hrs. Gyantse is small bustling town steeped in history. It lies 264 km Southwest of Lhasa on the northern bank of NYANG CHU river. In the 15th. Century is served as the Capital of a small Kingdom. O/N in Gyantse.

Day 05Shigatse – Ronbuk (4980m) 334km6hrs drive takes you to Lhasa crossing the KAROLAPASS (5010m) and KAMBALA PASS (4794m). The KAROLA climbs between two lofty mountains. After passing KAMBALA, Lhasa Valley is seen to the north. You will also cross the Brahmaputra River. Reaching Lhasa and check in hotel. The accompanied guide will re-brief your next day programme. O/N in Lhasa. AM: Visit Panchen Lama’s Tashilhumpu Monastery. Then Drive to Xegar crossing over Gyatchula (a pass of 5,200m) – Scenic drive to Ronbuk through the beautiful Tibetan countryside. Explore Ronbuk Monastery (highest monastery in the world) – O/N at Guest House.

Day 06Ronbuk – Everest BC – Shigatse (3900m)Hike up to Everest BC and explore around – back to Ronbuk -Drive to Shigatse O/N at Hotel.

Day 07 Shigatse to Lhasa 93600m) 351km. Drive back to Lhasa O/N at Hotel.

Day 08Departure to Airport or Train station for your on wards destination. Transfer to airport 2 hrs drive - Representative will assist you. Departure of flight for kathmandu would be approx 10:00 hr. china standard time and arriving Kathmandu at 9: am Nepal standard time

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Trip Note

  • Out cross country trip is not customizable.
  • We have budget tour every Saturday.
  • We arrange private trip to Tibet on your request.
  • You can not take any book, T-shirt regarding Tibet.
  • We need 7 working days to process and complete the visa and permit.
  • American visa cost will be 100 USD more than other National.
  • January/February and March is closed Normally.
  • The trip can be vice versa. (fly in and drive out)

-Is it safe to visit Tibet?
Of course Tibet is safe destination to travel unless you are not involved in any criminal activities.


-When is the best time to visit Tibet?
Tibet can be travel through April to December but August and December/January are not the friendly weather due to the rain and winter.


Safety and Mountain Sickness
You better to exercise before the trip least one month just to make sure that your can resist the altitude. So far no one get such a sickness.


Is it safe to travel in winter time, especially from Tibet to Kathmandu (my port of exit)?
Of course it is safe to travel unless there is no landslide along the road.


Is mobile phone is accessible in Tibet tour?
Most of the places you can use your mobile if you have international rooming system.


Is there entertainment facilities in Tibet?
Of course, there are many entertainment facilities in most of the major cities.


Is independent tour allowed in Tibet?
No, you cannot have 100% independent tour in Tibet instead, you will have either a private tour or a group tour including a guide, driver and etc. Even before 2008, independent tour in Tibet was rare, and after 2008, the restriction has been reinforced by adding many checking-points on the way, particularly if you travel outside of Lhasa or visit some sensitive areas. There are always someone checking your permit, and you must have a tour guide to help you go through those formalities.


How much tour freedom do I have if I must need a tour guide?
Your tour guide is neither your 24 hours guardian nor nanny, so long as you do not visit scenic spots without him or her, you can hang out any where you like. Just tell your guide you want to spend today alone and he or she will be waiting for you somewhere else at your disposal or even stay home. But you must follow the rules not visiting scenic spots alone. If you were caught by the policemen, not only you but also your guide, your travel agent would be in great trouble. So, please travel responsibly while you want to have a free day in Tibet.


What all travel permits do I need to apply for if I travel to Tibet?
There are several kinds of travel permits in Tibet tourism. To make it simple, you only need a TTB (Tibet Tourism Bureau) permit if you just want to have a few days in Lhasa city or somewhere near Lhasa. However, if you travel outside of Lhasa to some areas like Mt. Everest, Tsedang, Nyingchi, you still need PSB permit and ATP permit, your tour agent will take care of them all if you book tour with them.


Can I get the permit in my country before arriving in China?
Generally not, because this will make the cost high if international delivery is used. As a common practice, you will get your permit after your arrival in China, such as Beijing, Shanghai or Chengdu or in Kathmandu (Nepal) where you enter Tibet by train or air. We, travel agent will deliver the permit to the hotel that you book in a specific city; you must provide us the name, address and phone number of the hotel.


Is it possible to extend my visit in Tibet after my permit expires?
No, it is not possible to extend if you only intend to overstay one or two days in Lhasa not somewhere else. And you must tell your plan to your agent in advance, and we know how to help for you. It will make extension more difficult if you tell them at the very end of your tour.


Can I travel in Tibet by public bus as the private vehicle rental is expensive?
No, public bus is not allowed for non-Chinese tourist in Tibet.


Can I stay in Tibet without a guide, or can my driver be my guide at the same time?
It is impossible as explained above. Besides, it is also impossible to have your driver to be your tour guide at the same time even your driver speaks fluent English. This is just the rule of Tibet tourism.


How much is a Tibet permit?
Please note that we never just SELL a permit as this is illegal. We only help you obtain a permit from the Tibet Tourism Bureau. The cost for a permit includes both the charge by the government and the service fees by our travel agency. The cost will be calculated into the quote of the whole tour package including tour guide and other items.


What are the hotels like in Tibet?
Tourism in Tibet is in its infancy and the number of 4/5 Star hotels is quite limited. The newer hotels have been built away from the city center in order to protect the city history and environment. These hotels have central heating which is used in winter but no cooling is available in summer. We would still warn that the facilities and service standard may not be as you would expect from a hotel with this rating in other parts of the world. Older hotels located in the city have a good location but will not provide the level of comfort of the newer hotels and may not have any central heating. The level of service and facilities may be quite basic. Staff will probably not speak much English. Hotels in small cities and the Everest Base camp are very basic. They will usually have a public bathroom with squat toilet.
What happens if I got problems to go after my confirmed booking?
After the trip is confirmed, If you need to cancel the trip, you have to pay the cancellation charge and give off the trip, but you should cancel least a week in advance otherwise there is no refund.


What are the hotel rooms like in hotels in Tibet?
Often, in a room, there are two beds which we call twin-sharing room. Some hotels have queen bed room and some even have triple room. But the number of queen bed room and triple is very limited. Twin-sharing room with two beds inside is commonly used in Tibet.


Does the hotel room have access to internet?
Some hotel rooms, not all, in Lhasa have access to internet, so you should inquiry your travel advisor for accurate information before making decision. But some hotel has business center where you can use internet service.


Is there 24-hour hot water running?
Due to basic condition in Tibet, sometimes with the poor pressure, the water flow may small and water sometime is not hot but just warm. In remote area, the condition can be even worse.


What can I eat in Tibet?
In Lhasa, There are several verities of continental, Indian, Chinese and Tibetan food as well. But in remote places/areas, food choice is limited.

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Facts of Trip

Group size: Group Joining / Budget tour

Seasons: April - December

Maximun Height: 5100m

Trip Dep.: Ex-Kathmandu

Moode of Transport: Jeep/Bus and Plane

Type of tour: Drive in and fly out / Vice versa

Accommodation type: Lodge and Guest House

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