Himalaya overlanding: Friendship highway road trip Tibet to Nepal

Dec 21, 2017 BY Mark Pawlak

Though it takes longer and require a more organising, Himalaya overlanding adventures are the best way to understand the changing landscapes and cultures of this region of Asia. With that in mind, who fancies a Friendship highway road trip from Tibet to Nepal?

Himalaya overlanding Friendship highway road trip Tibet to Nepal Flickr cc image by Matteo Melchior

Friendship highway road trip

And as far as road tripping goes, there aren’t many that are more scenic than the 1000 km route from Lhasa in Tibet to Kathmandu in Nepal. Passing through mountain villages, monasteries and crossing the mighty Himalayas, the road from Tibet to Nepal, known as the Friendship Highway, is full of delights and surprises.

Taken in either direction Friendship Highway road trip from Tibet to Nepal easily tops the list of Himalaya overlanding adventures. However, as independent travel is prohibited in Tibet, the easiest way to make this journey is as part of organised tours.

Trips can take anything from a few days to a few weeks, depending on how many stops and detours you make along the way. Often this journey is part of a larger trip in the region, but the Friendship Highway can also be considered as an excellent overlanding holiday in itself.

Himalaya overlanding Friendship highway road trip Tibet to Nepal Flickr cc image by fairlybuoyant

Road trip from Tibet to Nepal

Unlike some other highways in the region, the road between Lhasa and Kathmandu is in relatively good condition. Although parts of the Nepalese section can be a little rough and ready, it is mostly easy going.

If you begin in Lhasa, take the time to appreciate and explore this unique city. Your guide will arrange for you to see the main sights, and experience some unique Tibetan culture.

From Lhasa, the road leads you through some stunning mountain passes. You then follow the shore of Lake Yamdrok Tso to the town of Gyantse.

Himalaya overlanding Friendship highway road trip Tibet to Nepal Flickr cc image by sherpas428

From Gyantse, the Friendship Highway continues on through the world’s highest national park, named appropriately after Mount Everest. Here you’ll get to see some of the best views in the Himalayas.

You can trek or drive to the Tibetan Everest Base Camp, before continuing down scenic tracks to the Nepalese border. Once formalities are complete, it’s only a short drive onto Kathmandu and the end of your journey.

Himalaya overlanding

If you have more time, there are lots of other sights to take in on the way on a Friendship highway road trip from Tibet to Nepal. For culture be sure to visit the Sakya Monastery and the Rongbuk monastery. For adventure head to the spectacular Last Resort, a purpose-designed bungee jump, just outside of Kodari on the Nepalese side of the border.

Leaving Friendship highway towards tibet everest base camp Flickr cc image by gail&david

For anyone who enjoys a slower pace of life and to experience a unique slice of Asian culture, Himalaya overlanding  from Tibet to Nepal is a must. So pack your bags, pick out some tunes and don’t forget your camera.

If you are planning an adventure to Nepal or Tibet be sure to check out our Himalaya discounts, as you could save a fortune.

Asia, China, Everest Base Camp, Gyantse, Himalayas, Kathmandu, Kodari, Lake Yamdrok, Lhasa, Mount Everest, Nepal, Tibet
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