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Kathmandu Tibet Tour 11 Days


Kathmandu Tibet Tour 11 Days

Duration :   11 Days 10 Nights
The Price :   $1,699.00
Max People :    35
Start Location:   Kathmandu

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Kathmandu Tibet Tour is an 11 days exotic overland journey from Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal to Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. Moreover, this comprehensive tour lets you enjoy the Hindu cultural traditions of Kathmandu as well as Buddhism of Tibet with some of the best scenery and cultural settlements in the Himalayas. The tour begins with an exploration of the historic city of Kathmandu. Here you will visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and Kathmandu Durbar Square.


The trip then continues towards Lhasa, an urban city that is rich in cultural and natural beauty along with its ancient cultural artifacts. Some of the famous sites of Lhasa are Potala Palace, Sera Monastery, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Market and Norbulingka Palace, the Summer Palace of Dalai Lama. Aditionally, this trip also allows you to experience the Kerung (Nepal-China) border. On your way you will be visiting many other monumental sites in Tibet including Tingri, Shigatse and Gyantse.



Tibet is a plateau in the central part of East Asia, covering about 2,500,000 km2. Moreover, it is the homeland of the Tibetan people. Also resident here are some other ethnic groups such as the Monpa, Tamang, Qiang, Sherpa and Lhoba peoples. Besides, since the 1951 annexation of Tibet by the People’s Republic of China, the entire plateau has been under the administration of the latter. Additionally, Tibet is divided administratively into the Tibet Autonomous Region, and parts of the Qinghai and Sichuan provinces. Tibet is also constitutionally claimed by the Republic of China as the Tibet Area since 1912.


Furthermore, the Tibetan Empire emerged in the 7th century. At its height in the 9th century, the Tibetan Empire extended from the Tarim Basin and Pamirs in the west, to Yunnan and Bengal in the southeast. However, it was then divided into a variety of territories. The bulk of western and central Tibet was often at least nominally unified under a series of Tibetan governments in Lhasa, Shigatse, or nearby locations.


Moreover, following the Xinhai Revolution against the Qing dynasty in 1912, Qing soldiers were disarmed and escorted out of the Tibet Area (Ü-Tsang). The region then subsequently declared its independence in 1913, although this was not recognised by the subsequent Chinese Republican government. Later, Lhasa took control of the western part of Xikang. The region maintained its autonomy until 1951 when, following the Battle of Chamdo, Tibet was occupied and annexed by the People’s Republic of China. Later, the Tibetan government was abolished after the failure of the 1959 Tibetan uprising.


Modern Day Tibet

Today, China governs western and central Tibet as the Tibet Autonomous Region. Additionally, the eastern areas are now mostly autonomous prefectures within Sichuan, Qinghai and other neighboring provinces.


Religion & Culture in Tibet

The dominant religion in Tibet is Tibetan Buddhism. Moreover, the other religions include Bön, an indigenous religion similar to Tibetan Buddhism, Islam, and Christianity. Besides, Tibetan Buddhism is a primary influence on the art, music, and festivals of the region. Additionally, Tibetan architecture also reflects Chinese and Indian influences.


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Additional Information on 11 Days Kathmandu Tibet Tour:


Booking Your 11 Days Kathmandu Tibet Tour:

We are now offering maximum flexibility for our guests’ convenience to book their trips to Tibet for 2024 and 2025. You may thus choose a date that best suits your schedule. Regarding your booking, please select one of the two available options. You may either pay USD 200 per person as a deposit amount to confirm your trip. Or, you may as well pay the full amount of USD 1699 per person to confirm your trip. If you want to go for the booking option, the remaining is payable via Online / Card Swipe / Cash. We also accept all convertible currencies including USD, AUD, CAD, EURO, GBP, SGD, etc. when you arrive in Kathmandu.


Booking Your International Flight tickets:

For your 11 Days Kathmandu Tibet Tour, you should plan to arrive in Kathmandu on Day 1 and depart on Day 11. However, a Tibet visa sometimes requires a few extra days. Thus, having some additional two or three buffer days is a must to prevent any issues with your return tickets.


Furthermore, the return journey from Tibet includes a flight from Gonggar Airport to Kathmandu. For this, the travelers may choose to buy their own tickets or request us for the same.


Tibet Visa

The travelers must pre acquire their Tibet Visa before entering the region. The visa will be issued upon travelers’ original passport at the Embassy of People’s Republic of China in Kathmandu. We will process and issue the visas for all of our travelers. The travelers must however provide us with the necessary documents beforehand. It includes the following:


a. Color scanned copy of your valid passport (two weeks before your travel),
b. One passport size photograph (digital),
c. International flight tickets (Lhasa to Kathmandu)
d. Travel insurance
e. At least 3-4 working days for processing the visa application
f. Travelers themselves with their original passport for biometric data entry
g. A group size of minimum of 5-Pax for visa application


Packing for 11 Days Kathmandu Tibet Tour:

Tibet has changing weather conditions as per your season of visit. You may want to pack some warm clothes if you are traveling during the winter. Or else summer is the best time to explore the country light and zippy. So plan to pack accordingly.


Tour Starting and Ending Days:

The tour begins with the traveler’s arrival in Kathmandu. Day 2 of the trip consists of a Full Day Kathmandu Day Tour. The same day is also utilized for visa application. The trip to Tibet actually begins on Day 3 with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Kerung border. However, the day might get extended if there occurs any issue with visa processing.


The travelers after entering the Tibet region will then spend 7 Nights & 8 Days before taking a return flight back to Kathmandu. The overnight stays in Tibet will be in places like Kerung, Tingri, Shigatse, Gyantse & Lhasa.


Accommodation in Kathmandu & Tibet:

In Kathmandu, you’ll stay in 3 Star Category Hotels with twin/double sharing beds. You may also choose to upgrade the accommodations as per your need and comfort. For accommodation in Tibet, the travelers will be provided with comfortable guest houses for their night halt. Except for Lhasa, the travelers will be provided with a 3 Star Category Hotel.


Transportation during the trip:

The travelers will be provided with a comfortable vehicle for their entire trip. However, there will be a guide and driver with the travelers at all times.


Food during the trip:

Your trip includes breakfast only as a complimentary meal throughout the trip. It is typically served in a buffet style. You may however choose to buy your own food for lunch and dinner.


Baggage and Weight Limit:

On your international flight from Lhasa to Kathmandu, the total baggage weight allowance is 35 kgs, combining both checked and carry-on baggage. Ensure you pack approximately 25-30 kilos in your checked bag and 5-10 kilos in your carry-on to stay within the 35-kilo limit.


Highlights of 11 Days Kathmandu Tibet Tour:


1. Explore Tibet, an autonomous region of China

2. Visit all the main cities like Tingri, Shigatse, Gyantse & Lhasa

3. Experience Buddhist culture & traditions

4. Enjoy the Tibetan hospitality

6. Guided tour to historical monuments in Kathmandu & Tibet

7. Travel via Kambala High Pass (4749 m)

8. Explore Potala Palace, a former winter palace of the Dalai Lamas

9. Experience the northern face of Mt. Everest

Places You’ll See :

Travel Itinerary:

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu (Max Altitude: 1350 m / 4429 ft)

On the first day of your trip, you will be arriving in Kathmandu via Tribhuvan International Airport. A Cordial Trek representative will greet and pick you up from the airport. You will then check into a hotel and be briefed about your upcoming tour and get introduced to your guide. In the evening you will be served a welcome dinner with cultural program.


Accommodation: '3 Star' Category Hotel


Meals Available: Dinner

Day 2 : Sightseeing in Kathmandu (Max Altitude: 1350 m / 4429 ft)

On the second day of your trip, you will be taken on a tour around the historic city of Kathmandu including Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Kathmandu Durbar Square. A hotel in Kathmandu will be your halt for the night.


Accommodation: '3 Star' Category Hotel


Meals Available: Breakfast

Day 3 : Travel from Kathmandu to Kerung (Max Altitude: 2774 m / 9101 ft)

Your day three begins with a 5-6 hour thrilling drive from Kathmandu to a Nepal-China border in Kerung. Here you will complete your immigration formalities with the Chinese authorities and then continue with a one hour drive to the town of Kerung. A guest house in Kerung will be your halt for the night.


Accommodation: Guest House


Meals Available: Breakfast

Day 4 : Drive from Kerung to Tingri (Max Altitude: 4348 m / 14265 ft)

Your day four begins with a 4-5 hour uphill drive from Kerung to Tingri, a small town in the south of Tibet Autonomous Region. Tingri provides you with a panoramic view of the mountain ranges including Mt. Everest (8848 m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8201 m) & Mt. Shishapangma (8012 m) among others. A guest house in Tingri will be your halt for the night.


Accommodation: Guest House


Meals Available: Breakfast

Day 5 : Drive from Tingri to Shigatse (Max Altitude: 3900 m / 12795 ft)

You begin your day five with a 4-5 hour scenic drive from Tingri to Shigatse crossing over Gyatchu La (5220 m), the highest pass en route to Lhasa via Lhatse from where a road to Mt. Kailash bifurcates to the west. A hotel in Shigatse will be your halt for the night.


Accommodation: Hotel


Meals Available: Breakfast

Day 6 : Drive from Shigatse to Gyantse (Max Altitude: 3950 m / 12959 ft)

You begin your day six with a morning sightseeing at Panchen Lama’s Tashilhunpo Monastery in Shigatse. You will then take a 2-3 hour drive to Gyantse. Here you will visit the Kumbum Stupa & Phalkor Monastery. A hotel in Gyantse will be your halt for the night.


Accommodation: Hotel


Meals Available: Breakfast

Day 7 : Drive to Lhasa via Karola and Kambala Pass (Min Altitude: 3650 m / 11975 ft)

You begin your day seven with a 6-7 hour picturesque drive over Karola (5010 m) and Kambala (4749 m) pass to Lhasa. On your way you will be passing through the colorful Yamdrok-Tso Lake and the Tibetan river Yarlung Tsangpo (BrahmaPutra). A hotel in Lhasa will be your halt for the night.


Accommodation: '3 Star' Category Hotel


Meals Available: Breakfast

Day 8 and Day 9 : Sightseeing tour in Lhasa (Min Altitude: 3650 m / 11975 ft)

Day eight and nine of your trip will be reserved for a sightseeing tour in Lhasa. You begin your trip from Jokhang Temple, a sacred Buddhist temple in Barkhor Square of Tibet via Barkhor Bazaar. You will then visit the most famous Potala Palace, a dzong fortress that was the winter palace of the Dalai Lamas from 1649 to 1959 and has been a museum since then, and a World Heritage Site since 1994. The next stop of your tour then moves towards Drepung Monastery located at the foot of Mount Gephel. It is one of the “great three” Gelug university gompas (monasteries) of Tibet. The other two are Ganden Monastery and Sera Monastery. A hotel in Lhasa will then be your halt for the night.


Accommodation: '3 Star' Category Hotel


Meals Available: Breakfast

Day 10 : Fly back to Kathmandu (Min Altitude: 1350 m / 4429 ft)

On day ten, you will be on a one and a half hour drive to Lhasa Gonggar Airport for your departure flight to Kathmandu. A Cordial Trek representative will then pick you up from Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu and transfer you to a hotel.


Accommodation: '3 Star' Category Hotel


Meals Available: Breakfast

Day 11 : Final Departure

On day eleven you will be bidded a final farewell. We will then drop you back to the Tribhuvan International Airport three hours before your final departure. Optional: You might also book any other new trips with us.


Meals Available: Breakfast


How can I get my Tibet visa and travel permits?

You need not worry about getting your Tibet visa nor any of your travel permits. We will arrange all your travel permits as well as Tibet visa for you before your trip to Tibet begins. A copy of your visa and necessary travel permits will be available to you in Kathmandu before your trip begins.  


Note: We will however require a colored scanned copy of your passport a month before your arrival in Kathmandu and your original passport and four passport size photographs after your arrival in Kathmandu. The Government of China may however close the entry permit and issual of visa to foreign travelers without any prior notice. We will inform you beforehand of the same if any. 


Your Nepal visa will be available to you upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.

Will I be ‘Received’ upon my arrival at the Airport?

Yes, you will be received by a Cordial Trek Airport Representative with your ‘Name Sign’ on our organizational placard upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu

What are the places I will visit in Tibet?

The places you will visit in Tibet include Gyatchu La (5220 m) pass, Tashilhunpo Monastery, Kumbum Stupa, Phalkor Monastery, Kambala (4749 m) pass to Lhasa, Yamdrok-Tso Lake, Tibetan river Yarlung Tsangpo (BrahmaPutra), Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Square, Potala Palace and Drepung Monastery among others.

What are the places I will visit in Kathmandu?

The places you will visit include Kathmandu Durbar SquareSwayambhunath, the Monkey Temple, Pashupatinath TempleBoudhanath Stupa and Patan Durbar Square


Note: All of these places are listed as UNESCO's World Heritage Sites.

When is the best time to visit Tibet?

You may visit Tibet all year long but the best time to visit will be through April to October. It is best to avoid traveling to Tibet during mid winter.

What's Included

  • Accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Accommodation in Tibet
  • Airport Transfers
  • Breakfast
  • Company T-shirt
  • Cultural Program
  • First Aid
  • Kathmandu Sightseeing
  • Monuments Entrance Fee
  • Private Vehicle
  • Sightseeing Tour
  • Specially Abled Friendly
  • Tibet Visa
  • Tour Guide
  • Travel Permits
  • Welcome Dinner

What's Excluded

  • Beverages
  • Insurance
  • International Flight Tickets
  • Lunch and Dinner
  • Nepal Visa


  • City Tours
  • Kathmandu Sightseeing

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