Nepal to Tibet Overland Tour without Everest Basecamp

Tour Type: Group and Private Tour

Tour Duration: 7 Days and 6 Nights

Best Time: May to October

Group Size: 4 – 20 people 

Special Arrangement
Getting an in-depth understanding about Tibetan culture, religion, tradition, costume, architecture and festivals etc., we can arrange an inspirational and enlightening talk or a presentation with invitation of renowned Tibetan local experts on the theme of your interest.

Nepal to Tibet Overland Tour without Everest Base Camp

This will be a great tour, as we will embark on the extended journey from Gyirong border which will include overland travel through some of the marvelous landscapes and visits to key stunning sites. For example, sweeping views of the world’s highest mountain range, and the north-facing Everest Base Camp, Mt. Shisha Pangma (alt.8012m), the Yamdrok Lake and the Karo La Glacier. Nepal to Tibet Overland Tour without Everest Base Camp tour will give you an amazing memory.

During the Nepal to Tibet Overland Tour without Everest Base Camp tour, we will also tour around some of the historical and religious sites in Tibet, Such as the Potala Palace, the Jokhang Temple, and Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery in and around Lhasa, the Tashi Lhunpo monastery to witness the largest gilded statue of Future Buddha in Tibet, the Pelkhor Chode Monastery in Gyantse, which has one of the best old towns in central Tibet.

Tour Map
Nepal to Tibet Overland Tour without Everest Base Camp Map
Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Gyirong border from Kathmandu Distance 170kms Elevation 2700m

  • Collection from Resuo Bridge by local Tibetan tour guide and driver, transfer to Gyirong town
  • Check in hotel
  • Rest and acclimatization

Day 2: Gyirong to Old Tingri Distance 210kms Elevation 4390m    

  • Set off for old Tingri
  • Cross over the Thong La Pass, which has a breath-taking view of Shisha Pangma (alt.8012m), the 14th highest peak in the world
  • Overnight stop in old Tingri

Day 3: Old Tingri to Shigatse Distance 280kms Elevation 3800m              

  • Wake up early to see the fantastic panoramic view of the sunrise over Mt. Everest peak and Mt. Cho You
  • Leave old Tingri and head to Shigatse the second largest city in Tibet
  • Tour around Tashi Lhunpo, to witness the largest gilded statue of Future Buddha in Tibet – indeed a historic and culturally important Buddhist monastery
  • Take a gentle stroll around the local market
  • Overnight in Shigatse and rest

Day 4: Shigatse – Gyantse – Lhasa Distance 380km Elevation 3650m

  • Depart Shigatse early in the morning, all day overland drive, transiting through:
  • Arrive in Gyantse, a small, but prominent town in Tibet Visit the Pelkor Chode Monastery, and the Gyantse Kumbum – a 32 metres (105 ft.) high structure, a nine-tier building with 108 gates
  • Visit the magnificently tiered Pelkhor Chode Monastery, the largest Buddhist stupa in Gyantse
  • Karo La Pass – an amazing alpine view of the holy Mt. Nyenchen Kangsar glacier in the backdrop
  • Yamdrok Lake – a freshwater lake that you can see from the summit of Kamba-la (4700m)
  • Arrive in Lhasa and rest

Day 5: Explorations around Lhasa Elevation 3650m

  • Take a walk up and visit the Potala Palace, the fascinating landmark building in Lhasa, the winter residence of every Dalai Lama from the fifth to the current 14th
  • Explore the Jokhang temple, the “spiritual heart” of Lhasa city
  • Stroll around Barkhor street and the surrounding old quarters of the town

Day 6: Explorations around Lhasa

  • Visit Drepung Monastery, one of the “Great Three” Buddhist monasteries in Tibet, afterward, visit Nechung temple just below Drepung – the seat of the State Oracle of Tibet
  • Visit Sera Monastery, one of the “Great Three ”Buddhist university monasteries noted for their Buddhist dialectic debate session usually held in the afternoons

Day 7: Depart Tibet

  • Transfer to the Lhasa airport
Good to Know

Best Time of Visit

The package journey from Lhasa to Kathmandu can be done anytime from mid-April through to late October. We can arrange this journey for groups of two to ten people. Discount available for groups of 3 or more. For a specific quote, please contact us at

Travel Gear:

 Upon joining, each participant will be sent a list of required and recommended gear for this journey that they will be responsible for.


In Lhasa, Gyantse, and Shigatse, you will be staying in a comfortable and pleasant boutique or highly-rated 3-star Tibetan-owned hotels. Accommodation in other areas of Tibet, such as Everest Base Camp, on the tour, will be best available guesthouses. In the Everest Region (Shelkar, Everest Base Camp, and Old Tingri), accommodations will be very basic, as these areas are very remote and poor. Guesthouses often have no heating facilities, but plenty of blankets upon request.

Toilets are usually outside and are not always as hygienic. Showers are often unavailable or only available at local shower house. In Nepal, you will stay at highly rated boutique hotels in a central location. Hotel upgrades are available in Lhasa and Kathmandu upon request.

Meals: Breakfast is included in the quote for each morning you are in Tibet. Lunch and dinner are not included in the price.


Participants must be in good health and physically fit to be able to spend each day walking around towns, villages, and monasteries with their own equipment. Though you will be doing a lot of walking each day, no trekking is required. Most of this tour will take place in mountainous terrain between 3600 meters and 5200 meters (11,800 feet to 17,000 feet) above sea level. You will spend 3 nights in Lhasa for altitude acclimatization before going above 3600 meters. Ascent will be slow and gradual to reduce the risks of altitude-related illness. This tour is not recommended for those who have severe asthma or who have had problems with high elevation in the past.

Tibet Travel Permit:

This is the primary document required in order to visit Tibet after the Passport and Chinese Visa. The permit can only be applied at the Tibet Tourism Bureau, Only a travel agency registered with the Bureau can apply it for. We can make your permit and we will need 25 days for entire process of the permit.

Other Important Information: 

1) Tibet travel regulations

2) Getting to Tibet

3) Wheather and Packing list

4) Tibet travel Update


Quote includes:

  • All accommodations (based on double occupancy; single room supplement available)
  • Breakfast in Tibet and Nepal
  • All ground transportation in Tibet and Nepal
  • All entrance fees per itinerary
  • Tibet travel permits
  • Local Tibetan and Nepalese guide fees
  • Lhasa airport transfer and Kathmandu airport pickup on day 7

Not included in the price:

  • Passport, Nepalese and Chinese Visa fees
  • Lunch or Dinner
  • International airfare to Lhasa, Tibet or from Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Travel vaccinations
  • Insurance (travel, medical, etc)
  • Souvenirs or personal items such as laundry, excess baggage fees, snacks, alcohol drinks, etc
  • Photography fees inside temples and monasteries
  • Gratuities to the Tibetan/Nepalese guide and driver

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Responsible Tourism

Tibet Universal Tours and Travel puts great importance on the promotion of responsible and sustainable tourism practices. It incorporated into our day to day base tour service performances. So, we always strive to ensure that our tour service delivery will have a maximum quality. Furthermore, we also strive to the minimum level of negative social, economic, environmental and cultural impacts. Following outlined points are some of our representative measures undertaking in our routine job performances. In addition, these thoughts to be essential for a sustainable touristic development in Tibet. 

Social Responsibility:

Whenever and wherever possible, we extend charitable support to disadvantaged groups in remote Tibetan villages. For instance, utilizing the certain percentage of our annual company income we engage in social works. Therefore, we purchase and distribute warm winter clothes for children from rural Tibetan primary schools. As a result, they can keep them warm and happy during cold winter.

Moreover, we believe that every person deserves access to quality healthcare. So, we extend our help on medical expenses to those serious patients who are from remote and rural Tibetan villages. Because they cannot afford to pay their medical treatment when the treatment costs go beyond the local medical insurance coverage.

Economy Responsibility:

In support of contributing to the local economy and we give the local population a central role in the touristic economic development of their own territory.  Therefore, we always strive to ensure that the economic benefits of tourism should go for local communities. So, poverty alleviation by generating financial benefits for both local people and private industries. For instance, we always use locally owned ground transportation and accommodation (i.e. hotels, lodges, and guesthouses). Furthermore, we also recommend local eateries, restaurants, and stores to our guests.

In addition, we are an indigenous local Tibetan travel agency based in Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet. 100% of our travel company employees are staffed and escorted by professional local Tibetans including local tour guides and drivers.  So, this has created employment and job security opportunities for many educated and inspired Tibetans.

Environment Responsibility:

Tibetan Buddhist reality is profoundly ecological, and Buddhism itself is an ecological religion. It powerfully expresses human identification with nature. Buddhists believe that all things, including humans, exist by their interrelationship with all other parts of nature. Therefore, thinking of one's self as isolated from the rest of nature is being unrealistic.

Respect for life and the natural world

Giving the facts that Tibetans love and respect for life and the natural world. Therefore, to minimize the environmental impact created by tourists, we follow environment-friendly policies. So, we maintain the size of tour groups to have minimal impact on flora and fauna in an area. The necessary carbon emissions that we generate by our footprints of travel to the tour destinations cannot be overlooked. Therefore, we regularly actively participate in carbon reduction or offset activities such as tree planting. Our tour guides, drivers, and logistics staff are aware of waste management. Moreover, we advised them to dispose of all rubbish generated by themselves responsibly and recycle wherever feasible.

Other Safegurds for the Environment friendly tourism

Make the best use of the winter tourist low season, we deliver training workshops on environmental protection. Moreover, the training also includes the preservation and first aid training. So, we arrange it for all our company management staff, tour guides, and drivers in order to increase their knowledge. As a result, they can understand the importance of environmental protection and ecotourism.

Request to Visitors:
    • Be considerate of the communities and environment you visit.
    • Don’t litter, try to carry your own shopping bag to avoid plastic garbage problem. Many Tibetan local villages do not have environmentally sound garbage disposal systems. Therefore, pack garbage out to a larger town where there is a facility.
    • Try to avoid excessive use of plastic bottles. Travelers are requested to bring a reusable water bottle. In addition, we will arrange and supply your drinking water in a bigger container.
    • Reduce energy consumption. Unplug your mobile phone charger, turn off the lights
    More Requests
    • Conserve water. Take shorter showers.

    • Always ask before taking photographs. So, if someone says no, respect their wishes.
    • Educate yourself about the place you are visiting and the people.
    • Respect cultural differences. Moreover, learn from it! People in different places do things differently. So, don’t try to change them. And, enjoy them.
    • Support the local economy. Therefore, buy locally made souvenirs, eat at local restaurants. Furthermore, enjoy the local culture.
    • Support responsible tourism organizations. Because those travel operators who publicly are aiming to make tourism more responsible.

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