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Road from Kathmandu to Lhasa
Road from Kathmandu to Lhasa


The Friendship Highway
Lhasa (China)

The Friendship Highway is a celebrated route in the Tibetan Plateau, renowned for its scenic wonders. The highway itself starts from Lhasa, the capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, passing the turquoise Yamdrok Lake lake, before connecting to Shigatse, the home of the Panchen Lama, via Gyantse. The road forks after this, with one branch heading west to the city of Ali. The other branch continues south, past Shegar, New Shegar, and to Rongphu Monastery near Everest Base Camp. From here the road continues on to the Nepali border at Zhangmu, and Kathmandu. The scenery on the highway features inspired vistas of the snow-capped Himalayas, vast grasslands and meadows, and other unforgettable sights. The road is also important to pilgrims who make their way from all around Tibet to the spiritual center in Lhasa.
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Road from Kathmandu to Lhasa : Guide (1)


Guide, map and view by satellite of the road between Kathmandu and Lhasa (1)

It is possible to visit Lhasa on 3-7 day tours from Kathmandu, Nepal. It takes 4 days by car and one hour by plane.
Road from Kathmandu to Lhasa : Place(s) (1)


Himalaya Range by plane

The Himalaya Range, or Himalayas for short, is a mountain range in Asia, separating the Indian subcontinent from the Tibetan Plateau. By extension, it is also the name of the massive mountain system which includes the Karakoram, the Hindu Kush, and a host of minor ranges extending from the Pamir Knot.
Road from Kathmandu to Lhasa : Trip (5)


Kathmandu / Neylam (3.600m) : 153 kilometers (16)
First day

Departure à 05h30 from an office located in Thamel. Approx. Five hours drive to Kodari (China/Nepal border).

Neylam - Latse (4.050m) : 285 kilomètres (10)
Second day

Drive through Neylam pass (3.800m) with the view of Jugal Himal. A continue drive via Lalungla pass (5.050m) has some of the outstanding view of Mont Xixapangma (8.013m, the highest in Tibet), Mont Makalu (8.464m), Mont Lhotse (8.516m), Mont Chooyu (8.201m) and Mont Everest (8.848m).

Latse-Xigatse (3.900m) : 150 kilometers (8)
Third day

Early mornig drive to Xigatse, the place of the famous Tashilumpo Monastery and the seat of the Panchen Lama. Overnight in hotel.

Xigatse - Gyantse (3.950m) : 90 kilometers (15)
Fourth day

After visiting Tahshilumpo Monastery in the morning, including the Bazar of Xigatse, you drive to Gyantse. It is a small bustling town stepped in history.

Gyantse - Lahsa (3.650m) : 261 kilometers (13)
Fifth day

It will take eight hours to Lhasa crossing the Karo La Pass (5.010m) and Kambala Pass (4.794m). The Karo La climbs between two lofty mountains, Nozing Khancsa (7.223m) and Ralung (6.236m).
Road from Kathmandu to Lhasa : Description   
De Katmandou à Lhassa, la route de l'amitié permet, sur une longueur de 900 km, d'admirer le sommet de plusieurs montagnes hymalaiennes. Le gouvernement entreprend d'importants travaux pour rendre cette route praticable toute l'année. Par endroit, aujourd'hui, les véhicules 4x4 passent encore difficilement. Cette route est l'axe principal qui relie la Chine au Népal.
Road from Kathmandu to Lhasa : More pictures   
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Road from Kathmandu to Lhasa