Lhasa Tour From Kathmandu (8/9 Days Itinerary)


Trip Facts

Trip Code
HWC116
Trip Duration
9 Day(s)
Activities
Culture and Heritage
Start Point
Kathmandu
End Point
Kathmandu
Max Altitude
3650m
Group Size
1-12 Pax
Best Season
All Year Round
Difficulty Level
Easy
Accomodations & Meals

  • 4N 3-Star Hotels in Kathmandu
  • 1N 3-Star Hotel in Nagarkot
  • 3N 3-Star Hotels in Lhasa
Locations Covered

  • Kathmandu
  • Patan
  • Bhaktapur
  • Nagarkot
  • Lhasa
Trip Highlights

  • A hassle-free trip to Lhasa from Kathmandu
  • Explore holy Lhasa, city of Sunshine
  • Explore Kathmandu, the city of Temples, and Stupas
  • Exciting mountain flight over the Majestic Himalaya
  • Panoramic Sunrise view of Himalayan Vistas from Nagarkot

Overview


"Lhasa Tour From Kathmandu combines the unique culture and heritage of the century-old human civilization of Nepal and Tibet including the visit of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu and Dalai Lama's residence, the Potala Palace. Stroll around Kathmandu's durbar squares, temples, and Kora around Jokhang Temple in Lhasa are the major things to do on this Nepal and Tibet tour package for about a week."   Explore Kathmandu - a city of Temples and Stupas Explore the cultural and historical beauties of Kathmandu along with some inspiring UNESCO world heritage sites. Your visit to Kathmandu presents a cultural and religious drive to the most impressive places in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Patan. You will get to experience different facets of Nepal while traveling to those amazing places and you will become a part of the wonderful traditions and culture of Nepal. Besides Kathmandu valley, you will drive to…

“Lhasa Tour From Kathmandu combines the unique culture and heritage of the century-old human civilization of Nepal and Tibet including the visit of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu and Dalai Lama’s residence, the Potala Palace. Stroll around Kathmandu’s durbar squares, temples, and Kora around Jokhang Temple in Lhasa are the major things to do on this Nepal and Tibet tour package for about a week.”

 

Explore Kathmandu – a city of Temples and Stupas

Explore the cultural and historical beauties of Kathmandu along with some inspiring UNESCO world heritage sites. Your visit to Kathmandu presents a cultural and religious drive to the most impressive places in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Patan. You will get to experience different facets of Nepal while traveling to those amazing places and you will become a part of the wonderful traditions and culture of Nepal. Besides Kathmandu valley, you will drive to Nagarkot hilltop to experience the great Himalayan Vistas of Nepal’s Himalaya.

 

Explore Lhasa – a city of Sunshine

Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) which contains world heritage sites – the Potala Palace and Norbulingka Palace; used to be the residences of the Dalai Lama. The holy Lhasa contains a number of significant monasteries and temples, Jokhang and Ramoche Temple are two of them. Barkhor Bazaar is another attraction where you can wander around and get to a popular restaurant to experience different Tibetan foods and shops to buy souvenirs. Moreover, Sera and Drepung monasteries will make you excited and the highlights would be the monk debating dance at Drepung monastery.

 

How to prepare a Lhasa Tour From Kathmandu?

We have prepared the itinerary based on our past experience which makes it easier to plan a hassle-free Lhasa tour from Kathmandu. It is required to arrive in Kathmandu three to four working days before the flight to Lhasa to process for Tibet Group Visa (TGV). We will help you process the TGV on your behalf, and you are free to discover Kathmandu valley while your TGV under process at the Embassy of China in Kathmandu.

 

  • Tibet Group Visa (TGV) – We assist you to obtain your TGV in Kathmandu. Before we process for the TGV, you will have to get the Tibet Travel Permit and Confirmation of Invitation letter from Lhasa. To get the permit, you are requested to book the trip at least a month in advance. Once we receive the Invitation letter from Lhasa, we apply for TGV along with your original passport copy in Kathmandu. You will be requested to fill up the Visa application form and bring two passport-sized photographs. Sometimes, you might be asked to present at the Embassy for the interview during the visa process, so we recommend you NOT to leave Kathmandu until the visa is granted.
  • HimalayanWindows is one of the leading tour companies in Kathmandu for Tibet tour operations, so we guarantee reliable and fresh information to plan your perfect trip to Lhasa (Tibet) from Kathmandu.
  • Book your Kathmandu to Lhasa flight in advance. There are two airlines (Air China and Sichuan air) operating flights to/from Kathmandu and booking in advance during the peak season (July/Aug/Sep) is highly recommended.
  • You can easily add-on a trip to Bhutan after/before the Lhasa tour, talk with our expert if you are planning a three-country tour from Kathmandu.

 

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You will be thrilled watching the panoramic view of snow-capped mountains while flying into Kathmandu; you will already get excited to explore the country. Our representative from HWT will meet you at the airport terminal and transfer you to the designed hotel.

Accommodation: 3-Star Hotel

Meals: N/A

Our guide from HWT comes to your hotel to pick you up with transportation.

After a good breakfast, your Day sightseeing trip begins; you will visit four of the popular landmarks in Kathmandu including Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swoyambhunath (Monkey Temple), and Kathmandu Durbar Square.

Our Guide will give you a perfect idea of which place would be the best to initiate. Basically, the trip begins with a tour to Swoyambhunath also known as the Monkey Temple – a 2500 years old landmark; it is said to be, the Radiant Lotus of the Valley-Mythology, established when the water was drained by Manjushree, the God of the Wisdom. This Temple is a famous pilgrimage site for Buddhists, is located on a beautiful hill inside Kathmandu valley. It is situated on top of a hill that could be observed from almost every part of the Kathmandu Valley. The tourists call this Stupa ‘Monkey Temple’ as there are many monkey monkeys living around the Places.

After the Sightseeing around Monkey Temple, we drive to another landmark, Boudhanath Stupa. This Stupa has been renovated after the Earthquake 2015 as this was also impacted. The Boudhanath Stupa is the world’s biggest Stupa and represents Tibetan Buddhists Culture in Nepal. Antique shops around this stupa where you can buy things of your preferences concerning Tibetan Culture and Lifestyles.

After exploring Boudhanath Stupa, you will be transferred to the Pashupatinath Temple, which is located at the bank of the Bagmati River. It is a sacred Temple for Hindus as many people from different parts of the world visit this temple every year and during the Shiva Ratri, hundreds of thousands of devotees and Sadhus come to attend.

The last site of this day is Kathmandu Durbar Square, Hanuman Dhoka, the ancient Royal residential quarter, Mahadev Parvati Temple, Temple house of Kumari (Living Goddess) around this Durbar Square. Walk around the local bazaar and back to the hotel.

Accommodation: 3-Star Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

On day third, same-day second, our guide comes to your hotel, begins your day tour. After breakfast at the hotel, we take you to Patan Durbar Square to explore Patan Durbars, Mahaboudha, Krishna Temple, Kumbeshwor Temple, Golden Temple and etc. You feel like Patan has been exposed before you as an open museum presenting stunning carved windows, intrinsic roof struts, statues of gods and goddesses, temples designed in Pagoda Style with erotic carvings and metalwork faces, and many other beautiful facets. Additionally, you will also get to see the handicraft center in Patan and continue to drive to Bhaktapur Durbar Square.

 

Bhaktapur Durbar Square is home to a unique culture and the finest display of craftsmanship. It is said that Bhaktapur is the only place in Nepal; which is remained untouched by Western Culture. Golden Gate, Lion Gate, Art Gallery, Nyatapola Temple, Statue of King Bhupindra, and fifty-five windowed Malla Palace are the pride of Bhaktapur.

After a visit to Bhaktapur Durbar Square, we take half an hour drive to Nagarkot hilltop for a spectacular sunset and sunrise view of Himalayan Vistas. Overnight at the hotel in Nagarkot

Accommodation: 3-Star Hotel

Meals: Dinner & Breakfast

Early in the morning, enjoy the beautiful sunrise from your hotel,  Nagarkot is 32Km from Kathmandu and the spot to enjoy the Himalayan views from the comfort of the Hotel Balcony.  If the weather gets clear, you will be able to see Annapurna, Manaslu, Langtang, Jugal, Everest, and Numbur from your hotel.

After enjoying the Himalayan Views and taking a good breakfast, drive back to Kathmandu.

In the late afternoon, our representative will come to your hotel to deliver your passport and Tibet Visa for your visit to Lhasa the next day.  Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Accommodation: 3-Star Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Morning you will fly for about an hour over the panoramic Himalayan Ranges to the capital of Tibet “Lhasa” from Kathmandu or take a train or flight from Mainland China to Lhasa.

You will have to leave for the airport 3 hours before the flight time as you have to board through the international terminal and have to follow all the international flight rules and regulations.

Lhasa at an altitude of 3,650m is situated on the north bank of the Kyichu River. Lhasa in Tibetan means “Place of the Gods”, the residence of the Dalai Lamas, on arrival you will be met by the local representative and transferred to your respective hotel. (60km/hr). Full rest in the afternoon to acclimatize. Overnight at hotel in Lhasa

Accommodation: 3-Star Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, proceed for a full day sightseeing tour of Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple. Potala Palace; this legendary palace built atop a single hill is synonymous with Tibet by the first foremost king Songtsen Gompa.

Jokhang Temple; situated in the heart of Old Lhasa, houses Tibet’s most precious religious relic, a golden Shakyamuni Buddha which was brought as a gift by the Chinese Princess Wen Cheng on the occasion of her wedding to the Tibetan King, Songtsen Gompo. Then you will visit Norbulingka Temple the second home of the Dalai Lama.

After Sightseeing, you will be transferred to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Lhasa

Accommodation: 3-Star hotel

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast full day sightseeing tour of Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Barkhor Market. Sera Monastery; 5 Km north of Lhasa, Sera setting is one of Lhasa’s prettiest monasteries. Once a community of more than 5,000 monks resided here and was virtually extinguished by the Chinese.

Drepung Monastery; On the slope of the Wuze Hill in Genbei Five kilometers northwest of Lhasa, the Drepung monastery was built in 1416 and is the largest of the monasteries of the Gelug Sect.

Barkhor Market (Bazaar); the best-preserved street in Lhasa, Barkhor Street surrounds the Jokhang Monastery.  Some free time for shopping or own activities. Overnight at hotel

Accommodation: 3-Star hotel

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast at the hotel, drive to the Gongar airport to catch your return flight back to Kathmandu. Our representative from HWT will be waiting for you at the airport and transfer to the hotel in Kathmandu.

Free time for shopping and strolling around your hotel in Thamel/Kathmandu.

Accommodation: 3-Star Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Today, your one week tour of Nepal and Tibet ends here. Our team will transfer you to the Kathmandu airport for your return flight back home with sweet Himalayan memories.

Have questions? Make us an enquiry, our experts will help you customize and plan your perfect trip. Let’s get started!

What's Included


  • Airport pick-up and drop by private transportation.
  • Tibet Group Visa (Additional US$90 for the US and Canadian Passport Holders)
  • Transportation by private vehicle during the tour.
  • Comfortable Accommodation (Hotels can be upgraded on request).
  • An English speaking local guide throughout the tour
  • All Entrance fees of landmarks mentioned in the itinerary
  • Government Tax and other office service charge

What's Excluded


  • Lunch and Dinner throughout the tour
  • Single supplement if required
  • Flight fare (Kathmandu to Lhasa and return)
  • International or Domestic tickets and airport taxes
  • Nepal entry visa (US$25 for 15 Days, US$ 40 for 30 Days)
  • Alcoholic beverages, soft drink, Telephone calls, and laundry
  • Personal expenses, Tips and etc
  • Travel, Medical insurance, and first aid kit

Customer Reviews


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John UY . Jul 24, 2019
3 Country Tour - Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan

Hassle-free is the word. If you plan to visit these countries? Anup at Himalayan Windows is the guy you need to see. Almost a year of planning and he was on top of things every single time. Any questions? He answers. Any suggestions? He answers. Better yet? You don’t need to plan anything. Have him plan it for you! He even booked us a fine dining restaurant in which my…

Hassle-free is the word. If you plan to visit these countries? Anup at Himalayan Windows is the guy you need to see. Almost a year of planning and he was on top of things every single time. Any questions? He answers. Any suggestions? He answers. Better yet? You don’t need to plan anything. Have him plan it for you! He even booked us a fine dining restaurant in which my wife was really surprised! Thanks for that one, sir! Our only interest was Bhutan and they offer everything including visas. Then, he was kind enough to suggest Tibet and we were like, why not? Since it’s a neighboring country and we haven’t visited it either. We ended up booking the 3 Country tour. Including Nepal yes! Nepal was very entertaining and with our very educated guide Anish! He knew his stuff. Smiling fella! Minus the rain coz we missed our helicopter ride to see up close and personal the all-mighty Mt Everest. But don’t get me wrong. Even if Anup knew that our helicopter ride would be canceled he still showed up, at 6 am! He kept trying and calling constantly if there could be any possibility that we could do the tour but sadly no. That is customer service at its finest. Haven’t encountered such customer service like his. 5 stars on that! Tibet was something else. Altitude sickness yes but we managed. Karma our guide was very accommodating and will give us time to wander around on our own. Knows how to manage time especially visiting the Potala Palace. When he said he’ll meet us at 7 am. He was at the hotel right on the dot. Talk about punctuality! Bhutan was magical! The moment when you land. Everything is just a breeze. Even immigration was very friendly! I have no complaints! Sangay our guide was great! We felt like we weren’t tourists. More like friends. He explained everything perfectly. He even told us to roll down our windows coz of the fresh air. The hike to Tiger’s Nest is no joke but Sangay was there all the way. We have no negative feedback the whole time we were there in the kingdom of Bhutan. A must place to visit! Our only concern was the breakfast at Shambhala Palace in Tibet. To us, it was a cool experience to have Tibetan breakfast such as the tsampa but to the others, they might not be able to enjoy it. Fewer choices of food but that didn’t bother us. Eggs, toast coffee, and tea. No continental breakfast here but we were happy about it. The hotel is nice though! Loving the touch of every piece of furniture they have. Hi-tech shower! When we had dinner they have to fetch it from the other hotel coz the cook wasn’t there anymore. They didn’t say the kitchen is closed. They still provide. We were shocked! We felt bad for the guy delivering the food to us but we gave him a decent tip. Wish we knew all their names coz they were all very nice to us from the beginning when we arrived greeted with a smile and the day we left. The security guard even gave us bottled water on the way back to Nepal. We will surely miss those hardworking folks over there! Keep smiling! One word. Anup will do anything to make your trip a memorable one coz ours was. Even side trips such as having breakfast and having us tried all the dishes or snacks that we wanted to try! Also, even if we were at other Countries he keeps in touch thru WhatsApp just to make sure everything was still in order. He even kept on checking the helicopter ride when we were away! Thumbs up, sir! Hope your business will continue to grow and may you have more customers and friends to come! You are indeed an amazing travel consultant. Thanks again for having us and making our trip a memorable one! Thank   you all, Mr and Mrs. Uy
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Trip Information


PAYMENT & CANCELLATION 

Payment: 30% of the total tour cost is required as an advance deposit to confirm the tour with HimalayanWindows (HW). The remaining balance can be paid 3 days before the departure date. Payment can be made through Wire Transfer or Credit Card. We process your credit card payment securely and no extra fee is charged.

Cancellation: For cancellation more than 30 days before the Tour Start Date, No Cancellation fee is charged. For cancellation from 29 calendar days up to and including 4 calendar days before the Tour Start Date, a charge of 30% of the total invoice amount is charged. For a cancellation occurring within 3 days of the date of travel or No Show shall be charged 100% of the total invoice amount. Learn more about Terms and Conditions.

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS 

Accommodation: Accommodation is in twin rooms in cities unless a special request is made for a single supplement with an additional fee. Accommodation is in twin or dormitory at lodges on the trek especially in a peak season, it is difficult to find single/twin rooms in the mountains. Our main focus is to provide clean and safe rooms to our valued guests.

Meals: Basically, every package we offer includes breakfast; lunch and dinner are provided based on the cost we offer on the tour. In Bhutan, every package is on a full board plan that includes Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. During the trek, we provide all meals where you will need to pay extra for drinking water and snacks.

VISA REQUIREMENTS

Nepal Visa: Every traveler from any country who wanted to visit Nepal needs to obtain a Nepal Visa. Nepal visa can be obtained on arrival and some countries need a visa before traveling to Nepal. Make sure your passport is valid at least 6 months from the Tour Start Date. Make sure to obtain a multi-entries Nepal Visa if you are planning cross country tours.

Check the latest update and requirements to enter Nepal post-COVID-19

Bhutan Visa Clearance: Every traveler from any country who wanted to visit Bhutan needs to obtain a Bhutan Visa Clearance before the travel to Bhutan. We obtain your Bhutan visa; you need to send your color scanned clear passport copy. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the Tour Start Date. Before flying to Bhutan, a Visa Clearance will be sent to you from your tour operator, you have to print the clearance paper and show it at the Druk Air/Bhutan Airlines counter during the Check-in. The original visa would be stamped into your passport upon arrival at the Paro airport. Learn more about Bhutan travel info.

Tibet Group Visa (TGV): Every traveler from any country who wanted to visit Tibet from Nepal needs to obtain a Tibet Group Visa (TGV) in Kathmandu through the help of a tour operator. Make sure to land in Kathmandu 3-4 working days before the travel date t process for TGV. If you are traveling from China, no TGV is required, a Chinese Visa & Permit are needed, though. Learn more about the Tibet entry procedure.

BEST TIME TO VISIT 

Nepal & Bhutan: Nepal and Bhutan share the climate from high mountains to the low land sub-tropical plains and jungles. Both countries have similar weather and ideal to visit at the same time of the year. March to April (spring) & October to December (autumn and early winter) are the best time to visit as the air is clean and fresh with sunny skies. January and February are colder and June, July, and August (summer) are monsoon season.

Tibet: The best time to visit Tibet is from April to October as the weather is warmer, fresh, and sunny skies. November to March are usually very cold, but still possible to visit if the route is not blocked by the snow, especially in the regions like Namtso, Everest Base Camp, Mount Kailash, etc.

TRAVEL INSURANCE 

HimalayanWindows advises bringing proper Travel Insurance to all the travelers who are interested in traveling in the Himalayas. Travel Insurance is a policy that helps cover medical problems, emergency evacuation, theft, loss of belongings, last hour tour/ticket cancellation, etc.

FAQS


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Tibet tour Where is Tibet? Tibet is situated in the South-West of China, also bordering Nepal, India, Burma, and Bhutan. The historical territory of Tibet would make the world’s tenth-largest nation. At present, Tibet is under China’s occupation and has been divided up, renamed, and incorporated into Chinese Provinces. If China refers to Tibet, It means only part of historic Tibet; what it names the… Read More »

Namaste from HimalayanWindows!   HimalayanWindows is a company operated by travel professionals involved in the travel industry for more than a decade. We operate package tours for Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan. HimalayanWindows believes that Our Motto is to satisfy every customer in all aspects. We would like to introduce ourselves as a tour and trekking operator in Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan. Moreover, we are also a direct tour operator for Tibet… Read More »

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