Tibet has enthralled travellers for centuries and a drive over the vast arid plateau coupled with a chance of meeting its people allow travellers of today a glimpse into what Tibet might have been before the Chinese occupation. The drive from Kathmandu to Lhasa promises to be an experience of a lifetime as you get to look at the stunning landscape, architecture and the spiritual populace of Tibet. When flights to Lhasa aren't operating the only way to travel there is by road from Kathmandu. However when flights are operating some prefer to go by road one way and fly the other.
The drive from Kathmandu to Lhasa, over spectacular Passes and revealing views of the majestic Himalayas, takes five-days over the "Friendship Highway". The drive is well worth it as you encounter some enchanting Buddhist monasteries and remote villages untouched by modern civilization. While approaching the city you will be able to notice the Potala Palace, a vast white and ochre fortress that dominates the Lhasa skyline. The historical seat of Tibetan power and the location of the tombs of previous Dalai Lamas, the Potala Palace has been reduced to serve as a symbolic feature for Tibetan aspirations.
Day 01: Kathmandu to Nyalam – [3,750m/12,300ft]-162Kms.
Day 02: Nyalam to Lhatse – [4,350m/14,270ft]-220Kms.
Day 03: Lhatse to Shigatse – [3,900m/12,790ft]-244Kms.
Day 04: Shigatse to Gyantse – [3,950m/12,955]-90kms.
Day 05: Gyantse to Lhasa – [3,650m/11,970]-259kms.
Day 06: Lhasa Sightseeing Tour
Day 07: Lhasa Sightseeing Tour
Day 08: Final departure from Lhasa or extend your tour