Seven Days Lhasa to Kathmandu Tour

From the ancient time to the present, Himalaya always keeps a mysterious impression to the world. Isolated by the high grand mountains and boundless forests, it is more like a paradise on Earth. Every year, countless travelers from home and abroad head to this mysterious region for the purpose of exploring the attractive natural scenery and ancient traditions. As the two most popular Himalayan kingdoms, Tibet and Nepal are the best places for travelers to start your adventure. There are a great number of Nepal and Tibet tour packages which are popular among travelers. Here I’d like to introduce a classic tour package which departure from Lhasa to Kathmandu by overland. It takes travelers seven days to finish this tour. And along the way, you can visit a lot of famous attractions in Tibet and Nepal. Please check the details in the following itinerary.

Day One: Lhasa Arrival

No matter you take a train to Lhasa – the capital city of Tibet or take the direct flight to Lhasa, your tour guide will wait for you at the train station or airport. Then, your tour guide will take you to the local hotels in Tibet. I suggest you have a good rest in your hotel in order to adapt to the high altitude sickness.

Day Two: Lhasa Tour

In the morning, your tour guide will take you to visit the landmark of Lhasa city – Potala Palace. In the past, it was used as the winter palace for Dalai Lama. At present, it has become a modern museum in Tibet where you can have a better understanding of Tibetan cultures and traditions by visiting the antiques, paintings, and so on. In the afternoon, your tour guide will take you to visit the holiest temple in Tibet, Jokhang Temple. It was built in the seventh century by Songtsen Gampo to house the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of twelve. Most pilgrims from remote Tibetan areas or other nations such as India, Nepal, etc head to Jokhang Temple for the purpose of doing kora and seeking blessings. Outside the Jokhang Temple, the busy Barkhor street crows with numerous sellers and buyers. You can buy a lot of souvenirs on the street. Enjoying a cup of sweet tea in a local tea house is the best way to get close to the locals.

Day Three: Lhasa Tour

Today, your tour guide will take you to visit two famous monasteries in Tibet, including Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery.

As one of the “Three Great Gelug monasteries in Tibet, Drepung monastery was built in 1416. The highlight of the Drepung Monastery is the biggest monastery kitchen. After lunch, you will visit Sera Monastery. The highlight in Sera Monastery is the hot Buddhism debate.

Day Four: From Lhasa to Shigatse

Today, you will be driven from Lhasa to Shigatse. The scenery along the way is stunning and attractive, you will have a chance to visit the grand mountains and crystal-like lakes such as Gampala pass, Yamdrok-Tso Lake, Mount Nyenchen Khangsar, Korola Glacier, Simila Mountain Pass, Pelkor Monastery, and Gyangtse Fortress.

Day Five: From Shigatse to EBC

In the morning, your tour guide will take you to visit the holy Tashilunpo Monastery. then, you will be driven from Shigatse to Lhatse. After lunch, you will head to EBC. Along the way, you can enjoy the scenery in Mt. Everest National Nature Reserve and Everest Base Camp.

Day Six: From EBC to Gyirong Port

After visiting the stunning views of Mt Everest and the sacred Rongbuk Monastery, you will head to Gyirong port from EBC.

Day Seven: Kathmandu Arrival

Your Nepalese tour guide will wait for you at the Nepal side. Then you will head to Kathmandu and start your Nepal tour.

Documents Needed for Everest Base Camp Tour

Staying close with the Mt Everest, Everest Base Camp is the best place to enjoy the beauty of the highest mountain. Every year, thousands of travelers travel to Tibet or Nepal for the purpose of achieving their ultimate Everest Base Camp tour dream. However, due to the unique background, planning an Everest Base Camp tour is not as easy as other places in the world. Due to the high altitude in Tibet, travelers must overcome some difficulties such as the altitude sickness, low oxygen content, and changeable weather. A strong and healthy body is the primary physical condition to have a tour in Everest Base Camp. Besides that, travelers should hold certain permits and documents before traveling there, no matter from Tibet side or Nepal side. In order to make you have a better understanding what documents needed for Everest Base Camp tour, I resort lots of information about it.

Permits Needed for Everest Base Camp in Tibet

For Non-Chinese passport holders, international travelers should hold kinds of documents when traveling to Everest Base Camp from Tibet. Normally, there are three kinds of documents which are needed, including Tibet Entry Permit, Alien’s Travel Permit, and Mountaineering License.

Tibet Travel Permit

As the obligatory permit, Tibet Travel Permit plays an important role for foreigners in the world. Issued by the Tibet Tourism Bureau, Tibet Travel Permit should be held when you enter the border of Tibet, visiting Tibetan attractions, checking Tibetan hotels, and applying for other permits in Tibet. However, it cannot be applied by your own. Only an authorized local travel agency like Great Tibet Tour can apply for it for free if you book their tour packages. Thus, before traveling to Tibet, you should find the professional travel agency in advance and ask for help.

Aliens’ Travel Permit

The second permit you need to hold is the Aliens’ Travel Permit which is issued by the Public Security Bureau in Lhasa. The application of this permit is easier than the former one. It can be applied when you arrive in Lhasa. The travel agency will help apply for it after you give your passport and Tibet Travel Permit to them. The application fee is about 50 CNY for each person. Several hours’ later, you can get your Aliens’ Travel Permit.

Tibet Trekking Permit

Once your tour itinerary reaches the high altitude above 6000 meters, you are required to have the Tibet Trekking Permit. Like the above two permits, an individual is not allowed to apply for it. Your travel agency will help you.

Mountaineering License

For those who plan to conquer Mt Everest, they must hold the Mountaineering License. Issued by Tibet Mountaineering Association, Mountaineering License can be gotten with certain documents and 200 US dollars.

Permits Needed for Everest Base Camp in Nepal

Besides the Nepal visa, travelers should apply for another document: Trekking Information Management System Card.

Trekking Information Management System Card (TIMS card)

If tourists trek to Everest Base Camp from Nepal, they are required to have the TIMS card. Issued by Service Centre or Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal, TIMS card takes travelers US$20 for an individual, US$10 for a group member. When applying for it, your passport and two passport photos are needed.

Tibet Tour from Shanghai

With the development of transportation,more and more international tourists travel to Tibet. Commonly, they get to Tibet from the mainlands of China. Therefore, not only can they have a tour in some major Chinese cities, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, etc, but also they can explore the charming scenery along the way to Tibet. Located in the southeast of China, Shanghai is a modern and flourishing city with a long history. As one of the hottest tourist destinations for international travelers, traveling to Tibet from Shanghai has the main choice for most travelers because of the numerous attractions and convenient transportation. In Shanghai, you can visit some famous places such as the Oriental TV Tower, Shanghai Museum, Expo Site, etc. Then you can transfer to Tibet from Shanghai. At present, there are two main ways for travelers to get to Tibet from Shanghai. The first way is to take a direct train, and the second way is to take the direct flight. Here, I’d like to share these two main ways with you.

Taking a Flight to Tibet

If you have a tight schedule, flying to Tibet from Shanghai is the fastest way. At present, there is only one direct flight flying from Shanghai to Lhasa. This flight operated by China Eastern Airline with a stopover in Xi’an takes off from Shanghai Pudong International Airport at 06:45 every day, and arrives at Lhasa Kongga International Airport at 14:40. The direct distance from Shanghai to Lhasa is about 2906 kilometers, and the whole duration time is about eight hours. In Lhasa side, it takes off from Lhasa Kongga International Airport at 15:30 in the afternoon, and arrives at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport at 21:45.

Taking a Train to Tibet

If you have enough time, you can have an experience on the Tibet train. As is known to us, Qinghai Tibet Railway is the highest railway in the world. Because of the unique environment condition, the scenery along the way is really attractive. Taking a train to Tibet is the best way to explore the charming natural beauty, especially from Xining to Lhasa section. At present, there is only one direct train running from Shanghai to Lhasa. The railway distance from Shanghai to Lhasa is about 4,373 kilometers. Z164 departs from Shanghai Railway Station at 20:10 every day, and arrives at Lhasa railway station at 19:30. It will take nearly three days to get to Tibet from Shanghai by train. At Lhasa side, Z166 departs from Lhasa at 11:30, and arrives at Shanghai railway station at 11:51. There are two kinds of train tickets which are recommended to you, the hard sleeper berth and the soft sleeper berth. The price of the hard sleeper berth is about CNY793.5, and the price of the soft sleeper berth is about CNY1262.5.

Tips for Shanghai Tibet Tour

Do not forget your Tibet Travel Permit when taking flights or trains to Tibet from Shanghai. Book a train ticket in advance, especially in the peak tourism season. You’d better take a train to Tibet for the purpose of adapting to the high altitude sickness.