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8-day Tibet Join-in Tour from Kathmandu to Lhasa

Tour code: LH-08   

Tour Overview:

If you are with a relatively tight budget and don't mind sharing room (twin room) with like-minded people, we encourage you to take this join-in tour to discover the most of Tibet, starting from Kathmandu and ending in Lhasa. You are going to visit Mt. Everest Base Camp, Potola Palace, Yamdrok Lake and several holy temples.

8-day Tibet Join-in Tour from Kathmandu to Lhasa

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu-Kodari-Zhangmu (No meal)

Pick up from your hotel in Kathmandu. Drive from Kathmandu to Kodari, Nepal-China border on Nepal side, enjoy the marvelous scenery along the way. After the immigration formalities in Zhangmu (Sino-Nepal border on China side), enter Tibet Autonomous region of China. 

Overnight in Zhangmu. 

Day 02: Zhangmu-Tingri (B)

After breakfast, drive from Zhangmu to Tingri, visit magnificent Milarepa's Cave en route.

Milarepa's Cave: It is also named Namkading Cave, where Jetsun Milarepa (c. 1052—c. 1135 CE), the great Tibetan Buddhist philosopher, and Vajrayana Mahasiddha, spent many years of his life here.  

Overnight in Tingri. 

Day 03: Tingri - EBC – Tingri (B)

Get up early in the morning, drive to Mt. Everest Base Camp (5200 meters above sea level) and enjoy the exciting moment of being at the roof of the world, admiring the magnificent “Flag Cloud”, bright glaciers, etc. Drive back to Tingri. 

Overnight in Tingri. 

Day 04: Tingri- Shigatse (B)

Drive to Shigatse. Visit Tashilumpo Monastery. 

Tashilunpo Monastery: Tashilunpo is the largest monastery of Gelugpa sect in Rear Tibet, built in 1477 by Gendun Drebpa, the first Dalai Lama. it was expanded by the successive Lamas, and now covers an area of 150,000 square meters with 57 chapels, 3600 rooms.  

Overnight in Shigatse. 

Day 05: Shigatse-Gyantse-Lhasa (B) 

Full day tour of Pelkhor Monastery, Yamdruk Lake, Karola Glacier 

Palkhor Monastery: Located in the northeast of Gyantse, and 100 km east of Shigatse, The monastery is an architectural masterpiece of typical Lamaseries of Rear Tibet, and wonderfully houses 3 different sects of Tibetan Buddhism: Sakyapa, Kadampa and Gelugpa.  

Yamdrok Lake: Also called Yamdrok Yumtso, this freshwater lake is regarded by Tibetans as one of the three sacred lakes, and nestles into snow-capped mountains. 

Karo-la Glacier: At an elevation of 7,191 meters, Mount Nojin Kangsang is the most accessible glacier site on the Tibetan Plateau. The famous Kharola Glacier (5,560 meters above sea level) is just below the south ridge of Nojin Kangsang.  

Overnight in Lhasa. 

Day 06: Lhasa (B)  

Full day city tour of Potola Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Street 

Potala Palace: with a height of 3,700 meters above sea level, it is the highest palace in the world, and a monumental building of Lhasa served as administrative center, seat of government, monastery, fortress and the home of all the Dalai Lamas from the Fifth to the Fourteenth in the past! Ascend to the top the palace named golden roofs to have a bird-eye view of Lhasa city, surrounded by majestic mountain ranges.

Jokhang Temple: first built during the reign of Sontsan Gambo 1300 years ago, the temple is one of the holiest shrines in Tibet with many pilgrims praying in front of it every day. 

Barkhor Street: it was essentially a pilgrim circuit and now has developed into a famous local handmade crafts market, where you can purchase nice souvenirs. 

Overnight in Lhasa. 

Day 07: Lhasa(B) 

A visit of Drepung Monastery in the morning, and Sera Monastery in the afternoon (The morning activity is subject to change in case of special situations, with two other options: Drak Yerpa or Ganden Monastery) 

Drepung Monastery: it was first built in 1416 and once the largest monastery of the Gelug Sect in Tibet. 

Drak Yerpa: 30 km away from Lhasa city, it is the famous holy meditation place with a number of ancient meditation caves. There is a saying goes that: "Lhasa is the shrine of Tibet, while Drak Yerpa is the shrine of Lhasa. Not seeing Drak Yerpa in Lhasa is just like making a dress without the collar." 

Ganden Monastery: built in 1409 by Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelug Sect, Ganden Monastery is one of the “Three Holy Monasteries" of Gelugpa, located at the top of Wangbur Mountain, Tagtse County, 36 kilometers away from Lhasa.

Sera Monastery: Sera means wild rose in the Tibetan language. The monastery is so called because the hill behind it was covered with wild roses in full bloom when it was first built in 1419. The debating among monks is a very interesting scene of this monastery in the afternoon of weekdays. 

Overnight in Lhasa. 

Day 08: Lhasa Departure (B)

Transfer to the airport or train station from the hotel. Fly home or to your next destination. 

Services end 


1. We reserve the right to change the itinerary order of Day 06 & Day 07

2. We reserve the right to change attractions on Day 06& Day 07, except Potala Palace.

Departure Date at Each Month

 Month Tour Starting Date (The day of your first arrival in Lhasa)
 Jan 08 15 22 29   
Feb  0519     
Apr  16 23 30    
May 0714 21 28
Jun04 12 18 25   
Jul 03 09 1623 30  
Aug 06 13 172024 27 31
Sep 06 14 21 28   
Oct   04 112229
Nov 0412 1926   
Dec  02 10 17 24   


 Prices: per person, double occupancy

Month January to April  MayJune to July  August September to OctoberNovember to December 
 Economy Class (3-star hotel)$1094 $1187$1265$1294$1265$1094

Guide Price


Lodgings in Lhasa/Shigatse: twin room en suite matching with different tour classes

Rongbuk/EBC/Ngari: Drom bed in Guesthouse or nomad tent

Zhangmu: twin room en suite at 3-star hotel

Dinner: Tibetan Breakfasts as listed in itinerary

Vehicle: According to group size & season as itinerary needed

Gas and parking fee for the vehicle

Free Lhasa Railway Station pick-up & Drop-off at any time;

Free Lhasa Airport Pick-up & Drop-off as following time:

Pick-up: 15:00~15:20am

Drop-off: 12:00pm

Transfer from hotel in Kathmandu to Zhangmu

Guide: Experienced local English-speaking Tibetan tour guide

Tickets: All entrance fee mentioned in itinerary

Permits: All necessary permits as itinerary required including: 

Tibet Entry Permit(TTB); 

Alien's Travel Permit(PSB);

Military Permit

Delivery: Express delivery fee of Tibet Entry Permit (eg. SF. Express)

Others: Oxygen in vehicle for emergency use 


Private Lhasa Airport pick-up & Drop off (We offer private services with an extra costs if your flight isn’t within our free service time.)

Air or Train to/from Tibet

Lunch, Dinner, & some Breakfast 

Optional Attractions specified in itinerary 

Delivery: Super-fast express delivery of Tibet Entry Permit (eg. China Air Express)  

Nepal Visa

Extra Expenses: Additional days caused by unexpected nature disasters. eg.Land Slide, Avalanche, etc. 

Gratuities for guide & driver, about USD 5/day for each of them

Personal expenses 

Anything not listed in INCLUSIONS

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