Tibet Overland Tour

Tour Information

Travelling to Tibet is the opportunity of a lifetime, no wonder it scores high on the bucket list of most travelers. It is often called the Roof of the World, because it is situated on a high plateau north of the Himalayan range in the western part of China. For centuries it was nearly impossible for foreigners to enter, which created a mysterious image of Tibet and its unique culture. Our trip takes you to a memorable adventure, offering you the opportunity to experience the natural beauty of Tibet, the serenity and wisdom of its Buddhist culture, and the chance to see how Tibetan people – nomads and farmers – manage to make a living in this harsh environment. Either you plan a spiritual journey, a pilgrimage, a cultural tour or dreaming about seeing Mt. Everest and the Himalayan range, this trip have it all. From the temples and monasteries in and around Lhasa, you will travel through high mountain passes, visit the famous turquoise lake, the soul-lake of Tibet, learn about traditional life in Gyantse, visit the Panchen Lamas residence in Shigatse, and cross the Trans-Himalayan range to visit Everest Base Camp, where climbers gather every year to conquer the highest peak of the world. The current itinerary is based on the recommendations from our experts and feedback from travelers who made this trip with us in the last few years. We hope to welcome you soon on your adventure of a lifetime!

Inspired to go? Have a look at other Tibet trips offered by Royal Mountain Travel

Ganden-Samye Trek

Trip to Lhasa

Interested to find out more? Have a look at Inside HimalayasWhat to Expect When Traveling in TibetTraveling to Tibet by TrainThe Monastery Circuit of TibetPacking Tips for Tibet  

Itinerary Overview

Day 1 Arrival Transfer
Day 2 Lhasa Sightseeing
Day 3 Lhasa Sightseeing
Day 4 Lhasa – Free Day
Day 5 Gyantse
Day 6 Shigatse
Day 7 Shegar
Day 8 Shegar
Day 9 Lower Kyrong
Day 10 Trishuli
Day 11 Patan
Day 12 End of Service


What's Included?


  • Transfer by Private Vehicle as per group size
  • English Speaking Tibetan Guide throughout the trip
  • Accommodation in Hotel on Room only basis
  • Yamdrok Tso, Karo La, Everest National park entry fees


  • Transport Pickup from Rasuwa to Kathmandu
  • English speaking guide for assistance at the border
  • Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees to Patan
What's Excluded?
  • Group Chinese Visa Fee
  • Flight tickets to Lhasa.
  • All meals in Tibet and Nepal.
  • Expenses of personal nature such as bar bills, mineral waters, and laundries etc.
  • Insurance – your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, medical expenses, emergency evacuation and expatriation and personal liability. We recommend that it cover cancelation curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
  • Tips and Gratitude.
  • Any other services which are not mentioned as included.

Additional Expenses which may arise due to circumstances including the delay or extension of a trip due to bad weather, illness, government decree other causes beyond control of Royal Mountain Travel.

Entrance fees required to pay during the tour:

Below is the list of costs of entrance fees and excursion you may have to pay for the tour. Please note that these prices are subject to change during the travel and shou Read More...

Entrance fees required to pay during the tour:

Below is the list of costs of entrance fees and excursion you may have to pay for the tour. Please note that these prices are subject to change during the travel and should be used as guidance only.

The additional entrance fees in Tibet amounts to approximate CNY 705 per person (These are the tentative rates and may vary at the time of visit)

  • Drepung and Nechung Monastery – 60 CNY
  • Summer Palace, Norbulinkha – 60 CNY
  • Sera Monastery – 50 CNY
  • Potala Palace – 200 CNY
  • Jokhang Temple – 85 CNY
  • Pelkor Chode Monastery – 60 CNY
  • Tashilumpo Monastery – 100 CNY
  • Sakya Monastery – 60 CNY
  • Rombuk gompa – 30 CNY


Accommodations on the trip:

Accommodation in Lhasa is on twin share and deluxe rooms. In Gyantse, Shigatse, Shegar and Kyirong are available on twin  share in the best available hotels in the respective town. Depending upon the availability the bathrooms and restrooms may be either shared or private facilities. Generally in this tour, accommodation will be provided on twin sharing basis and if you do not have single room bookings you may have to share rooms with another fellow passenger.


Meals are not included. Please allow Euro 10-15 per person per day for normal meals (Breakfast, lunch & Dinner) In Lhasa there is also quite a variety, although not as extensive as in Kathmandu. Elsewhere in Tibet the variety is much more limited. We would like to recommend must try dishes in Tibet – Tsampa (barley flour mixed with yak butter) & Yak butter tea. An alternative to yak butter tea is Cha Ngamo, a sweet, milky tea. Chinese green tea is also widely available. Chang, a fermented barley beer is the local alcoholic brew. It is generally OK to drink, however may be made with contaminated water.


In the high altitude of Tibet it is important to drink a much higher quantity of water than you are used to. Always carry drinking water with you and have some nearby at nights, as it is amazing how quickly you can dehydrate, even at rest. Tap water is not safe to drink, however there may be a thermos provided in the rooms. Boiled water is OK for drinking. Bottled drinking water is available everywhere, however we recommend taking water purification tablets or a bottle with an inbuilt filter as these are more environmentally-friendly options than bottled water.

Guides & Drivers:

You will be met at Gongkar airport or Lhasa train station on arrival and accompanied in Tibet by an English speaking guide. It is a TTB regulation that you be accompanied by a guide when traveling outside Lhasa. Guides in Tibet are licensed and controlled by the Tibetan Tourist Bureau and vary enormously influence and knowledge. Whilst we maintain a core of trained guides, there may be times when the selection is outside our control. The Physical Reality The remote type of travel that we experience in parts of Tibet can be physically demanding and the effect that this will have on you, both physically and mentally should not be underestimated. Breakdown can occur. The terrain is very mountainous and you may be affected by altitude. It is rare that these occurrences results in more than minor delay or have serious impact on your trip, but the possibility remains.

Culture Shock:

Tours in Tibet takes you into areas well away from the usual tourist trail and into a world very, very different to that you know. There are places in Tibet, where accommodation is very basic with limited access to running water, no shower for several days, pit toilets, simple food and little spoken or written English. Opportunities to ‘get away’ from the group are limited: patience,
Tolerance and humor will be required by all. All this can and does its toll on people and should not be underestimated– the rewards however are incredible.


Email: Private internet bars can be found in main cities. Alternatively, you can use business centers in China Telecom offices. Some websites have been blacklisted by the Chinese government and cannot be accessed from within China.



Be careful making international calls from hotels as they can be very expensive. Private telecom booths are cheaper and easy to use. To make international calls you will need a phone card bought from inside Tibet. All cities and even smaller towns have mobile phone reception if your phone is enabled with international roaming.


Receiving post is not recommended as we are usually doing something or traveling during the opening hours of most post offices. Allow up to 10 days for mail to arrive at international destinations. Write-in the address in Chinese can help speed delivery.

What to buy:

The most common items you will find are religious item such as prayer flags, prayer wheels, Thankas, shawls and daggers. Traditional clothing and Jewellery are also available. Sometimes you will be able to find beautiful carpets available. Expect to bargain. Being polite while doing so will get you a better deal.


It is best to bring a mixture of cash and travelers cheques in major currencies – USD, CAD, EUR, AUD – and ensure you have a mixture of large and small denominations. Everyone’s spending is different, but as a guide, we suggest USD 20-25 per person per day (if you drink or smoke this could be higher). Shopping is difficult to predict, but most people buy more than they


It is essential that you take out comprehensive travel insurance prior to your trek. Your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, medical expenses, emergency evacuation and repatriation and personal liability. We also recommend that it covers cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.


There are no specific health requirements for entry into Nepal or China. However, you should consult your doctor for up-to date information regarding vaccinations, high altitude medication and medications for any reasonably foreseeable illnesses whilst traveling in Nepal and China. Please be aware that medical facilities are not of the same standard you might expect at home. We strongly recommend that you carry a personal First Aid kit as well as sufficient quantities of any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses).


AMS (acute mountain sickness) is a serious issue. It is the result of the failure of the body to adapt to high altitude and can affect anyone, regardless of age or fitness. It usually occurs above 1,800 meters and the likelihood of being affected increases as you ascend. On arrival in Lhasa breathlessness, lethargy and mild headaches are not uncommon and generally decrease
As your body adjusts. Taking it easy at first and maintaining adequate fluid intake is essential. Please advise your guide if you feel more severe symptoms and do not medicate yourself without discussing it with them first.


Tibet is a land of climactic extremes and whilst it is not generally as harsh as expected, it is a good idea to be prepared for cold at any time of the year – it is wind chill rather than air temperature that makes the difference here. In central Tibet weather is usually mild from May through October. Evenings may be cool, particularly early or late in the season. Rain is frequent in July and August. In Western Tibet and at higher altitudes (Rhongphu, Namtso) it can be cold at any time of year if the wind is blowing off the mountains. From December into April travel in Tibet is possible, although you must be prepared for delays if passes become blocked by snow. Trekking is not possible at this time.

Packing for your Trip:

• Comfortable shoes & Socks
• Fleece jacket or equivalent. It can get cold, even in summer
• Comfortable, informal clothing (shorts & singlet tops are not appropriate)
• Hat – a good idea as the sun is very strong
• Gloves – wool or fleece & Scarf
• Thermal Underwear
• Sarong – a multitude of uses
• Sunglasses
• Sunscreen
• Sewing kit & Swiss Army Knife
• Money belt
• Toiletries (including lip slave and moisturizer)
• Torch / flashlight – headlamp style is ideal
• First Aid Kit
• Small Towel
• Small umbrella or rain jacket (June-August particularly)
• Sheet sleeping bag (you may feel more comfortable in some of the more basic guest houses where laundry is not a priority


About Us

Royal Mountain Travel is a Nepal-based sustainable tourism operator. We specialize in curating once-in-a-lifetime experiences to showcase indigenous and community based tourism projects. We work with travel agents and tourism companies to help plan travel experiences that highlight authentic, local lifestyles throughout some of the most unique landscapes on earth.

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Day 1

Arrival Transfer

Airport Arrival Transfer & Train Station Arrival Transfer In Lhasa 

Activity Of The Day: Arrival at Lhasa. Group meeting and Welcome Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Yak or similar

Meals Included: Dinner at the hotel


Day 2

Lhasa Sightseeing

Activity Of The Day: Visit Drepung – Nechung, Norbulinka, And Sera Monastery

Accommodation: Hotel Yak or similar

Meals Included: None


Day 3

Lhasa Sightseeing

Activity Of The Day:    Walking Tour Of Potala Palace, Jokhang – Barkhor Including Guide Only

Accommodation: Hotel Yak or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast In Hotel Yak


Day 4

Lhasa – Free Day

Activity Of The Day:    Free Day (No Guide Included)

Accommodation: Hotel Yak or similar

Meals Included: None


Day 5


Activity Of The Day: Drive To Gyantse Via Yamdrok Tso – Karo La

Accommodation: Yuthuo Hotel or similar

Meals Included: None 


Day 6


Activity Of The Day: Visit Pelkhor Choede – Drive To Shigatse – Visit Tashi Lumpo Monastery

Accommodation: S.Lhandup Hotel

Meals Included:  None


Day 7


Activity Of The Day:    Drive to Shegar via Sakya Gompa

Accommodation: Grand Hotel or Similar

Meals Included: None


Day 8


Activity Of The Day: Day Excursion Trip to Rombuk

Accommodation: Grand Hotel or Similar

Meals Included: None


Day 9

Lower Kyrong

Activity Of The Day: Drive To Lower Kyirong via Paiko Tso

Accommodation: Saisi Hotel or Similar

Meals Included: None


Day 10


Activity Of The Day: Cross Border At Rasuwa And Continue Drive To Trishuli After Necessary Immigration Formalities

Accommodation: Hotel Water Tower or similar

Meals Included: None


Day 11


Activity of the day: Drive to Patan

Accommodation: Hotel Traditional Stay

Meals Included: None


Day 12

End of Service

Activities of the day: None

Accommodation: None

Meals Included: None

Your wonderful trip concludes today. You check out from the hotel for your onward journey (depending upon your services booked).


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