• Route: Lhasa-Yamdrok Lake-Karala Glacier-Gyangtse-Shigatse-Shegar-Mt.Everest-Kathmandu

The Friendship Hwy between Lhasa and Kathmandu in Nepal is the main travelers’ route through Tibet and allows a number of excellent detours. It's an ideal route in that it takes in most of Tibet's main sights, offers superb scenery and features a spectacular roller-coaster ride down from high La Lung-la into the Kathmandu valley. With this small group, you can head straight from Lhasa to the coiling scorpion-lake of Yamdrok and the glacier-draped Karo-la pass to Gyantse. Then a 90-minutes drive away is Shigatse with its impressive Tashilumpu Monastery. The most popular excursion from the road is to Rongbuk Monastery and Everest Base Camp. A new paved road has cut down driving time to just a few hours. This classic overland route of around 1300km can be done in just 7 days on this well organized trip, and it takes in central Tibet’s most important monasteries, plus views of the world’s highest peak.

Additional Info

  • LocationTibet
  • Duration6 Days
  • Min Age12+
  • LandingLhasa
  • Min People3

Tour Description


Day 1: Arrive in Lhasa

Accommodation: Yak Hotel 3 stars or the same level hotel

Today's activities: Rest and have a look at Lhasa. Welcome to the "Roof of the World." On your arrival to Tibet, we will meet you at the airport or train station and transfer you to the hotel, after you check in, you could either rest for a while or see the city yourself, get the first impression of this ancient city!


Day 2: Lhasa sightseeing

Accommodation: Yak Hotel 3 stars or the same level hotel

Today's activities: Lhasa escorted tour Potala Palace, Norbulingka, Sera Monastery Today you will visit Norbulingka and the Sera Monastery. Afterwards you will then visit the Potala Palace, the winter palace of Panchen Lama, constructed in 637 by Songtsen Gampo, the first king of united Tibet. Later you will visit a Tibetan Family. Finally, we will drive you to your hotel for your accommodation.


Day 3: Lhasa sightseeing

Accommodation: Yak Hotel 3 stars or the same level hotel

Lhasa escorted tour - Jokhang Temple ,Drepung Monastery Today, you will visit Jokhang Temple, you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni inside the temple; and you can see pilgrims make prostrating outside the temple. Then you are going to visit the Carpet Factory and The Tibetan Traditional Medicine Hospital. Finally you will see Drepung Monastery, which is constructed in 1416; and it is the livibg room for the second to the fourth Dalai Lama. Afterwards you will be driven back to your hotel for the remainder of the evening.


Day 4: Lhasa (3650m)drive to Shigatse(3900m) via Gyantse

Accommodation: Shigatse Manasarovar

Today's activity:Yamdrok lake, Karo-la Glacier Palkor monastery (Optional) In the morning you'll start the drive to Shigatse , via Gyantse on the Southern Friendship Highway. Crossing over the summit of Kamba La (4794 m), you'll see the tranquil turquoise waters of Lake Yamdrok below; one of the three holiest lakes in Tibet. Far in the distance you'll spot the towering massif Mt. Nojin Kangtsang (7191 m), and the staggering Karo-la Glacier (5045 m). Afterwards, you'll drive to Shigatse and we'll visit Tashilumpu monastery , the seat of Tibet's second highest incarnation, the Panchen Lama.and overnight there. Tips: After you arrive in Shigatse, our guide will collect your passport to transact the PSB permit to Everest Area, it will take few mins (pending the queue at the office), and you may either wait in the vehicle or just walk around. The application could be arranged next morning alternatively.


Day 5: Shigatse(3900m) to Everest(5200m) via Tingri

Accommodation:Rongbuk Guest house

Today's activity: EBC and the sunset. We'll leave Shigatse after getting your Alien's travel permit, and then drive to Lhatse. It is a small town where you can take lunch. After that, you will drive to Shegar and if the weather is clear enough then on the way down to shegar you will view the Mt, Everest in the far distance. On the way, you will pass one of the highest passes in Tibet (pang la pass height 5050m) from there you will view the whole five highest peaks in the world. After 4 to 6 hours then you will arrive at Rongbuk monastery, the highest monastery in the world. Today,we will stay overnight at tent or Rongbuk monastery guest house with dormitory bed. Ps: Tent will be only available from May to Oct according to weather condition


Day 6: EBC(5200m) & forward to Old Tingri(4300m) or extent to Gyirong County (the border)

Accommodation: Snow-leopard in Old Tingri, or a comfortable hotel in Gyirong County

Today's activity: EBC and sunrise. Wake up below the stunning north face of Mt. Everest, (8848) the tallest mountain on earth. After breakfast, drive forward to Old Tingri, where you could enjoy the fabulous views of the 4 peaks above 8,000 meters on earth including Mt. Everest, Luozi , Makalu, Zhuoayou, which are all competing to stand up higher than other peaks on earth. Later on most probably the group will continue to the border town Gyirong County if not too late


Day 7: Transfer to Geelong Border and see off

Accommodation: you will be in Kathmandu (service ends)

Today's activity:go through formalities of immigration and China Customs and then say good-bye to Tibet

In the morning, (if the group do not reach Gyirong County yesterday) we will transfer you to the Geelong Border, our guide will help you go through the formalities of China Customs. Afterwords you need to cross the Friendship Bridge to Nepal side by yourself. If you do not have Nepal vias you will be asked to apply for it at the border of Nepal side.


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Nicole Thank you and your team for a wonderful tour setup

Dear Janet, I would like to thank you and your team for a wonderful tour setup. Begging with your professionalism, warm support and willingness to make our group tour successful one.And great thanks to Dhargye our tour guide who took care of whole group and especially myself during a night of vomiting. He and Mr. Namla- the driver were superb. I will send you some photos separately. Feel free to use them on your company's website. Am happy to give references as required.

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Hans Everything was very well organised by ATT,Tks

Dear Janet,We are safe and sound home and are looking back at a very impressive trip to Tibet and Zhangye. We have between us some 3000 pictures – some quite stunning. Yesterday the four of us expressed what an unforgettable trip this has been. We want to share our appreciation for the way the trip has been organised. Like clockwork. All guides appearing at the right time and place. Everything was very well organised. It was a bit double for us when we were in Lanzhou hearing about the earthquake creating havoc in Nepal, but not leaving Tibet unaffected either. Thank you again for a trip to be remembered for a long time.

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Jana Midriakova Thank you for the amazing trip we had in Tibet!

Dear Nancy,I feel embarrased that I am answering only now but another couple of weeks of travelling and the beginning of the next semester at the university made me really busy. However, me and Olaf wanted to thank you for the amazing trip we had in Tibet! The organization was simply excellent, thank you for a very quick and informative communication from your side. Many thanks go also to our guide, Danluo as well as to our driver; both of them acted very professionally and kindly towards us. It was really great that our guide was of the Tibetan origin, providing us with a unique cultural insight and first-hand information. His English language skills were just perfect and the communication with him very pleasant.

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Price Included

  • Airport or train station transfer: The free airport pick-up is at 3:20 p.m. and see off is at 12:00 p.m. These are the most common times in and out of Lhasa, but if you would like to schedule a different time enter/leave Tibet we will be happy to arrange for you. Please ask your travel consultant for the price.
  • Accommodation: 3 nights stay in comfortable 3 star hotels in Tibet (We can also upgrade your hotel according to your request, pls consult with our trip advisor.)
  • Meals: Breakfast only. See detailed itinerary for complete listing.
  • English Speaking Guide: All of our guides are local Tibetans with infectious smiles and a passion for sharing their homeland. From them you’ll receive extensive information about the history, geography, culture, religion, traditions, art and music.
  • Vehicle Rental & Driver: All of our vehicles are well maintained and safe. Our drivers are experienced in driving in the Tibetan landscape. Vehicle type from 4WD to mini bus will be arranged according to group size.
  • Travel Permits: All Tibet traveling permits.
  • Entrance Fees: All entrance fees listed in the itinerary

Services Excluded

  • Transportation to and from Tibet.
  • Other services of non-Tibet parts
  • Private expense like laundry, IDD calls, drinks in the room, etc.
  • Extra expenses incurred due to unexpected natural events (delays, road washouts, etc.)
  • Meals not specified in the tour itinerary
  • Tips for the tour guide and driver

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