Tibet to Kathmandu Tour 6 Days

Trip Facts

  • Duration 6 Days
  • Difficulty Level Easy
  • Destination Tibet
  • Transportation Flight/Car/Jeep/Van/Bus
  • Activity Cultural and Historical Tours
  • Best Season March - May and Sept -November
  • Group Size Mini 2, Max 12 Peiple
  • Trip Start/End Lhasa, Tibet
  • Max Altitude 3,650m/11,972ft


  • Visit  the Potala Palace
  • Sightseeing at the Norbulingka Palace  and visiting Tibet Traditional Hospital
  • Explore Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Bazaar
  • Yamdrok Lake, the holy lake, and Kharola glacier
  • Tasshilhunpo Monastery, built by the first Dalai Lama
  • Khumbu Stupa and Phakor Monastery Gyantse

Tibet to Kathmandu Tour Overview

Tibet to Kathmandu Tour - 6 Days will take you to the two big cities of Tibet, Lhasa, and Shigatse. Experience the amazing landscapes, majestic monasteries, and unique culture of Tibet. The art, culture, and old temples which age back many centuries give you a chance to know the Buddhist culture in-depth. We begin the trip from Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet. Lhasa means the place of Gods and as the name suggests it is filled with many places of religious and cultural values.  Sera Monastery, Jokhang temple, and Drepung monastery are some religious sites in Lhasa.

The main attraction of Lhasa is the Potala palace located on top of Marpo Ri, the Red Hill. It is one of the World Heritage sites built in the 17th century. Other places in Lhasa include the Norbulingka palace known as the summer home for Dalai Lamas until the 14th Dalai Lama's exile. Besides its historical places, Lhasa also offers the best view of the mountains like Mt. Shishapangma (8,013m/26,289 ft.), Mt. Cho Oyu (8,201m/26,906 ft.), and Mt. Everest (8,848m.

We then travel to Shigatse, the second-largest city in Tibet located southwest of Lhasa. The Tashilhunpo Monastery, built by the 1st Dalai Lama, is this city's main attraction. Most avid travelers agree that the best way to get to Tibet is via Nepal and through a reliable Travel and Tours company, like Adventure Club Trek. The route is exceptionally scenic and Tibet Permit easier to get when you go through Nepal. Adventure Club Trek has many Tibet tour packages including Kathmandu to Lhasa Tour via Everest Base Camp -9 Days, Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Tour (Fly in - Drive Out), and Lhasa and Everest Base Camp Tour- 8 Days.


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With a Chinese visa and Tibet permit, you will leave for Lhasa via China Air and will reach Lhasa Gonggar Airport (LXA) after one and a half hours. The air route from Kathmandu to Lhasa is rated as one of the most scenic flights in the world. You catch views of the world's tallest mountain Everest (8848m/2922ft) and also of Kanchenjunga (8536m/27998ft) along with the other mountains in the Himalayas. Upon your arrival in Lhasa, Adventure Club Trek’s representative will receive you and take you to your accommodation.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • Max. Altitude3,650m/11,972ft

We start our day with a delicious breakfast. Our day ahead is all about exploring Lhasa’s attractions like Potala Palace. The palace served as a residence of the Dalai Lamas before the 1959 Tibetan uprising during which the 14th Dalai Lama fled to India. Located on the Red Hill the palace is divided into two parts; red and white/It is a World Heritage Site. Situated near the Potala Palace is the Tibet Traditional Hospital, our second destination. It is the biggest traditional Tibetan medicine production center in China. Next, we will visit the Norbulingka Palace (The Jewelled Park), a palace surrounded by a park and another World Heritage Site. It used to be the summer home for the Dalai Lamas and was built by the 7th Dalai Lama. It is listed as the largest garden built by man in Tibet.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast.
  • Max. Altitude3,650m/11,972ft

Today, we will explore two of three great Gelug university Gompas of Tibet, Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery. Sera Monastery translates to Wild Roses Monastery; it got the name from the place where it stands now as wild roses surrounded the place in bloom. Our next destination Drepung Monastery is the largest monastery in Tibet, it once sheltered 10,000 plus monks, but now the number has decreased to a few hundred. Let the calmness and wisdom of Buddhism take over you in Jokhang Temple, the most important and sacred temple in Tibet. As we step out of the temple, we will stroll the Barkhor Bazaar, a famous tourist spot with open stalls and shops.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast.
  • Max. Altitude3,650m/11,972ft

Today, we leave Lhasa with fond memories! After breakfast, we drive to Shigatse. The route follows the Tsangpo River passing the high pass, Kampa La (4,794m) below which you can see the holy Yamdrok Lake. Continuing west along the lake we come across Karo La (5,045m) pass and will catch a glimpse of the Kharola Glacier. We will make a stop at Gyantse where we will visit the Khumbum Stupa and Phakor Monastery. On our journey to Shigatse from Gyantse, we enjoy fabulous Tibetan landscapes with views of Himalayan splendors.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse
  • MealsBreakfast.
  • Max. Altitude3,900m/12,795 ft

At Shigatse, we'll explore the Tashilhunpo Monastery built by the first Dalai Lama GendunDrup. Then, we make our way to Shegar through Sakya where we will stop to visit Sakya Monastery. After crossing the two high passes, TsoLa(4,500m/14,763ft) and Gyatso La(5,220m/17,125ft), we reach our destination for the night at Shegar.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse
  • MealsBreakfast.
  • Max. Altitude4,190m/13,746ft

We bid goodbye to Shegar and descend to Kathmandu passing through Lalung La (5,124m/16,068 ft), and Shing La (5,200m/17,056 ft.) passes. En route, we catch glimpses of mountains like Gauri Shanker, Cho Oyu, Shisapangm, and Menlungtse. After crossing the Friendship Bridge and joining Zhangmu and Kodari, we have to fill out immigration forms at Kodari to cross the border. Through the dwindling mountain roads, we will reach Kathmandu in four hours. Our trip ends in Kathmandu.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast.
  • Max. Altitude1,300m/4,264ft

Note: Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are traveling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline and there can be illness or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible Tibet Tours and Trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. We thank you for your understanding.

Cost Details

Price Includes

  • Pickups and drops from the airport(s) and hotel(s)
  • Accommodation in Tibet (5 nights) on twin sharing basis with breakfast
  • Assistance in acquiring Chinese visa 
  • All necessary Tibet travel permits
  • Van or Hiace or bus for transportation
  • English- speaking, trained and experienced Tibetan guide
  • All fees for sightseeing and visits to monasteries as outlined in the itinerary
  • All applicable taxes and service charges

Price Excludes

  • Accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Chinese visa fee
  • International flights from Kathmandu to Lhasa and from mainland China to Lhasa
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals other than breakfast in Tibet
  • Tips for guide(s) and driver(s)
  • Nepal visa
  • Train ticket from China to Lhasa
  • Anything not included in the ‘What is Included’ section

Useful Info

Visa Information

Flying out to Tibet requires a Chinese visa and a Tibet Travel Permit which can both be acquired in Kathmandu with the help of a travel company (Tibet via Nepal). A valid visa for China isn't the same as a Tibet Travel Permit. Those with a Chinese traveler visa will at present need to apply for a Tibet travel permit. The permit is still required for remote foreign travelers traveling to Tibet from the territory of China. To obtain the permit you have to book a guide for your whole trip and pre-organize private transport for trips outside Lhasa. The trip outside Lhasa likewise requires extra permits which are arranged by the travel agent you are going with.


  • All who intend to enter Tibet must hold at least 6 month's valid passport
  • Passport - valid for 6 months
  • Chinese Visa — you can apply for one from a Chinese Embassy or through China Highlights (who entry from China)
  • Group Visa — entry from Nepal to Tibet after Tibet tour traveler can visit China mainland with a valid group visa.
  • Individual Visa will be canceled when we apply for a group visa (if a visa is in the passport)
  • Tibet Entry Permit — it is issued by the Tibet Tourism Bureau and is an absolute necessity for outsiders entering Tibet.
  • A few people who wish to travel to specific areas in Tibet must also obtain:
  • Travel Permit — it is required when you are planning to the movement to closed areas in Tibet. These are issued after you land in Tibet.
  • Military Permit — it is acquired to travel to some militarily sensitive regions.

Weather Information

The weather in Tibet is similar to that of Mainland China, though with lower temperatures due to higher altitudes. Summers have warm days with strong sunshine and cool nights, but summer days can even be chilly at higher elevations. Winters are cold but there isn't all that much snow. Lhasa enjoys a lot of sunshine even in winter. Most Tibet experiences frost at least 6 months of the year. Some high lakes are frozen from October to March. The weather varies a lot from region to region. Lhasa is an ideal destination because it is in a valley area of lower elevation.

Safety Guidelines

We recommend you to go through our following safety guidelines and stay tuned with the latest happenings.

  • Have at least 2 copies of the Tibet Permit.
  • Keep your belongings properly.
  • When you feel uncomfortable due to altitude change or have any troubles, report to train staff promptly.
  • Never rush to visit attractions shortly after you arrive in Lhasa.
  • Shop around but avoid undue bargaining with street vendors and never buy wildlife and unknown Tibetan herbal medicine and fake products.
  • Take your money and important belongings with you all the time.
  • Spend a few days in Lhasa for acclimation and always follow a gradual ascent when traveling to higher places to avoid altitude sickness.
  • Refrain from heavy drinking and smoking.
  • Respect the religion, and customs and avoid taboos in Tibet.
  • Pay special attention to the unique alpine climates (such as sunburn, dramatic temperature change, etc.)
  • Keep the necessary medicines at the consult of your doctor.
  • Never travel alone at night or venture into unknown places without informing your guide.
  • In most places, cash is only accepted. Do prepare enough and small changes.
  • If an emergency arises, report it to your guide promptly.
  • Don’t carry any documents or papers related to Dalai Lama or feel Tibet.
  • We also recommend not carrying any guidebook to Tibet.

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