13 Days Lhasa to Kathmandu via Mount Everest

Tour Type: Private tour

Tour Duration: 13 Days and 12 Nights

Best Time: April to December

Overview of Lhasa to Kathmandu via Mount Everest

Lhasa to Kathmandu via Mount Everest tour is an amazing tour package who wants to visit Tibet and Bhutan. On this extended tour, which involves a total of 1100 kilometers (685 miles). You will start out with three nights in Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet, exploring key pilgrimage sites such as the Potala Palace, the Jokhang Temple, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, and Ramoche Temple.

As you leave Lhasa, you will then travel through central Tibet which will provide opportunities to see some of the most beautiful places, including the Yamdrok Lake, the Karo La Glacier,  and the Pelkhor Chode Monastery in Gyantse, which is one of the best old towns in central Tibet. Next, you will go to Shigatse, which is home to the largest Buddhist monastery of Tashi Lhunpo.

After Shigatse, the tour trajectory will take you through some of the high passes, including the Gyatso La, which offers sweeping views of the world’s highest mountain ranges and the north side of Mount Everest Basecamp.

Roll on…there are more spectacular sites! After watching the sunrise over Mt. Everest, you will continue driving through the Himalaya towards Nepal. In the village of Old Tingri, you will be blown away by the fantastic panoramic view of the Himalaya. Next, you will cross over the Thong La Pass, which has a breathtaking view of Shisha Pangma, the 14th highest peak in the world.

After the Thong La, it is a downhill journey all the way to Kathmandu. You will cross over into Nepal and meet your Nepali driver and guide. Coming from the Tibetan Plateau, everything in Nepal seems so lush and green! You will stop at a few Nepali villages en route, before checking into your hotel in central Kathmandu. You will then spend a few days seeing all of the main sights in the Kathmandu valley including Pashupatinath Hindu Temple, Boudha Stupa, Swayambhunath Temple and the ancient city of Bhaktapur.

Tour Map of Lhasa to Kathmandu via Mount Everest

  13 Days Lhasa to Kathmandu via Mount Everest tour map

Detailed Itinerary of Lhasa to Kathmandu via Mount Everest
Day 1: Arrive in Lhasa, Elevation 3590 meters
  • AM: Arrive in Lhasa & Acclimatization
  • PM: Self-paced exploration around the Barkhor street
Day 2: In and Around Lhasa, Elevation 3590 meters
  • Explore the Jokhang temple, “spiritual heart” of Lhasa, and the surrounding old quarters
  • Explore Tsamkhung Nunnery, one of the largest nunneries in the Lhasa
  • Visit Sera Monastery, one of the “Great Three” Buddhist  monasteries
Day 3: In and Around Lhasa, Elevation 3590m
  • Visit the Potala Palace, the iconic landmark and a World Heritage Site
  • Explore Ramoche Temple, considered to be the sister temple to the Jokhang temple
  • Continue to explore around old quarters of the town
Day 4: Lhasa to Yamdrok Lake, Karo La Glacier and Gyantse Elevation 3,977m
  • Depart Lhasa early in the morning, all day overland drive, transiting through:
  • Yamdrok Lake – a fabulous shade of deep turquoise seen from the summit of Kamba-la (4700m)
  • Karo La Pass – an amazing alpine view of the holy Mt. Nyenchen Kangsar glacier in the backdrop
  • Arrive in Gyantse, a small but prominent town in Tibetan town
  • Visit the Pelkor Chode Monastery, and the Gyantse Kumbum – a 32 meters (105 ft) high structure, a nine-tier building with 108 gates
  • Overnight stay in Gyantse
Day 5: Gyantse to Shigatse Elevation 3840m
  • Visit the magnificently tiered Pelkhor Chode Monastery, the largest Buddhist stupa in Gyantse
  • Drive a short distance 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
  • Overnight stop in Shigatse
Day 6: Shigatse to Shelkar, Elevation 4320m
  • Leave Shigatse city, and travel west to Shelkar, the gateway to Mt. Everest
  • Cross over the Gyatso La Pass (a high mountain pass at an elevation of 5220 meters)
  • Reach Shelkar noted for two main attractions:

1) the Shelkar Dzong (dzong means “fort”) 2) the Shelkar Chode Monastery

  • Overnight stay in Shelkar
Day 7: Shelkar to Everest Base Camp Elevation 5150m
  • Travel on from Shelkar, cross over the Geu La Pass – enjoy a stunning view of the Himalaya Range
  • Visit Rongbuk Monastery, claimed to be the highest monastery in the world (5000 metres)
  • Travel on to the tourist Everest Base Camp for the majestic sight/view of the Mt. Everest
  • Double back and overnight stop in Rongbuk Monastery
Day 8: Everest Base Camp to Old Tingri Elevation 4,325m
  • Leave Everest Base Camp for Old Tingri
  • Appreciate along the journey spectacular views of the Himalaya range and Tibetan villages
  • Overnight stop at guesthouse in Old Tingri
Day 9: Old Tingri to the Nepal border Elevation 2300m
  • Leave Old Tingri
  • Cross over the 5,150 metre Thong La Pass – an amazing view of Shisha Pangma, the 14th highest peak on the Planet
  • From there, begin a long descent from Thong La Pass all the way Kathmandu
  • Overnight stop on the Tibetan side of the border – the final last in Tibet 
Day 10: Nepal border to Kathmandu Elevation 1350m
  • Goodbye to your Tibetan driver and the guide
  • Cross the “international border” into Nepal (visa upon arrival at the Nepal Immigration Control)
  • Reach Kathmandu city center
  • First overnight stay in Kathmandu
Day 11: Around Kathmandu
  • All day exploration around Kathmandu:-
  • visit Pashupatinath, one of the most revered Hindu sites in Asia
  • Boudha visiting, one of the largest in the Himalaya region, dominating the skyline
  • visit the famous Monkey Temple (or Swayambhunath) – one of the oldest religious sites in Nepal
  • Second overnight stay in Kathmandu
Day 12: Kathmandu to Bhaktapur
  • Visit a UNESCO World Heritage site – the well-preserved ancient city of Bhaktapur
  • Explore around
  • Overnight stay at a boutique hotel in Bhaktapur.

Day 13: Depart Kathmandu Transfer to the Kathmandu International Airport Good to Know about Lhasa to Kathmandu via Mount Everest

Good to Know about Lhasa to Kathmandu via Mount Everest
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 losal@tibetuniversaltravel.com

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 the 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 the 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
Terms of Lhasa to Kathmandu via Mount Everest
Quote includes:
  • All accommodations (based on double occupancy; single room supplement available)
  • Breakfast in Tibet and Nepal
  • Local Tibetan and Nepalese guide fees
  • All ground transportation in Tibet and Nepal
  • All entrance fees per itinerary
  • Lhasa airport pickup on Day 1 and Kathmandu Airport transfer on Day 13
  • All Tibet travel permits
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 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 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.

About Us:

Tibet Universal Tours and Travel is a fully officially licensed international tour operator based in Lhasa, owned and managed by 100% local Tibetans. One of the most respected, longest running and best-reviewed tour operators since 1997.

Over 20 years of experience in the Tibetan travel industry, our team consists of the best and experienced Tibet travel guides that will show you the best that this extraordinary place has to offer, unravel all the undiscovered beauty of Tibet unique culture and tradition in front of you.  Whether a guest is looking to join a Tibet group tour or take a private tailor-made journey, we are the best choice.

Other than the above services, we provide stop over tour services in Nepal, Bhutan, and cities in Mainland China, you can also be booking your Tibet Flight and Tibet Train tickets with us. So, what are you waiting for? Reach us to embark on a trip that will last for a lifetime with Tibet Universal Tours and Travel!!!

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