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Fixed Departure Tour
7 Nights/ 8 Days Drive in & Fly out overland Tour!
Tour Type: Fixed Departure Budget Tour
Total no. of days: 8
Departure available:
Every Tuesday & Saturday
 Cost: US$ 380/Per Person ~ Single Supplement: US$ 100       Inquire Now

Friendship Highway (Kathmandu, Nepal to Lhasa, Tibet )

The Friendship Highway (also known as the Arniko Highway) is an important artery of commerce, it is also Tibet’s most popular tourist route. It was built in the mid-1960s and to link the valleys to the south of the Tsangpo and it follows the ancient trade route from Lhasa to Kathmandu.


Day 01: Kathmandu (1300) /Zhangmu (2,500m)/Nyalam (3700m): 123 KM/ 156KM

Early morning scenic drive to Kodari (Nepal /Tibet Border) through the beautiful Nepalese countryside and after necessary border formalities at Nepalese immigration an hour adventures uphill drive by truck (normally) or 2 hour walk uphill (incase of landslide) to Chinese immigration. Check –into hotel or continue drive to Nyalam. Overnight at Hotel. (Nyalam Guest house or similar G. House).

Day 02: Zhangmu / Nyalam /Tingri (4300M) / Lhatse (4350M): 225Km/244Km

Day drive uphill to the highest plateau of the world with the typical view of Tibetan landscape offering sheer feeling of standing on the roof of the world crossing over LALUNGLA (5,050M), from where, weather permitting breathtaking panorama of beautiful Himalayan ranges including Mt. CHO OYU (8201M) & MT XISHAPAGMA (8012M) but dwarfed by the vastness of the Tibetan plateau. From Tingri one can enjoy the magnificence of MT. EVEREST (8,848M). Overnight at Hotel. (Lhatse Guest House).

Continue scenic drive crossing over GYATCHULA (5,220M), the highest pass en route to LHASA via LHATSE from where to road to MT. KAILASH bifurcates to the west. Overnight at Hotel. (Everest Friendship Hotel or similar)

Day 04: XIGATSE /GYANTSE (3,900M): 90KM
Morning sightseeing to the Panchen Lama’s TASHILHMPU Monastery. Drive to Gyantse and visit to the KUMBUM Stupa & PHALKOR Monastery. Overnight at Hotel. (Utse or Similar Hotel).

Day 05: GYANTSE /LHASA (3,650M): 261KM

Full day picturesque drive crossing over KAROLA (5,010m), KAMBALA (4,794M), colorful YAMDROK LAKE and the Tibetan lifeline river BRAMA PUTRA (YARLUNG TSANGPO). Overnight at Hotel. (Kailash, Snow Land or similar Hotel).

Day 06 - 07: In LHASA
Two full days sightseeing tour in LHASA including JOKHANG TEMPLE, BARKHOR BAZAAR, POTALA PALACE, DREPUNG & SERA MONASTRIES. Overnight at Hotel.

Early morning drive to Gonggar airport for departure flight to KATHMANDU or to your onward destination.

Costs includes: All transportation from Kathmandu to Kodari and Zhangmu to Lhasa by private coach, all sightseeing admissions as per our outline, guide, all hotel & guest house accommodations on Bed & Breakfast basis, and all necessary travel permits.

Cost does not include: Lhasa/Kathmandu flight fee (if desired), Tibet/China Visa Fee, Nepal re-entry visa, Airport tax, lunch/dinner/refreshment, cancellation of flights, extra cost due to unforeseen events (i.e. landslide, etc) and expenses of personal nature.

This tour is designed for budget travelers based on basic accommodation only. For those who like to up-grade to standard or deluxe Hotels please mention that in the email.

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