As you see, as there are no direct international flights to Lhasa except for Kathmandu, you need to choose a China city or Nepal as a transfer station. You can fly to a China city like Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai, etc or Nepal from your home country, then fly to Lhasa from those cities.

 

1 How to get to Tibet from Nepal

 

Since ancient times, Nepal and Tibet have maintained friendly relations. Tibet and Nepal are both located in the Himalayas and share the same Buddhist culture. As Nepal is near to Tibet, the straight distance from Kathmandu to Lhasa is only 600 kilometers(373 miles), the land distance is 1000 kilometers( 621 miles), many foreign travelers choose to travel to Tibet from Nepal. Generally speaking, there are two ways to get to Tibet from Nepal, by flight or by overland.

 

1) Travel to Tibet from Nepal by flight

 

Kathmandu is the only international city, which holds direct international flights to Lhasa. It’s the fastest way to get to Tibet from Kathmandu by plane. There are one or two direct flights from Kathmandu to Lhasa every day, which are operated by China International Airlines and Sichuan Airlines.

 

Flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa

 

Flight No.

Airlines

Departure--Arrival time

Duration

Frequency

3U8720

Sichuan Airlines

 

11:30am(KTM)~ 15:05 pm(LXA)

 

1h20m

Every Other Day

CA408

Air China

 

12:10 pm(KTM)~ 16:00 pm(LXA)

1h35m

Every Other Day

 

 

Flight from Lhasa to Kathmandu

 

 

Flight No.

Airlines

Departure--Arrival time

Duration

Frequency

3U8719

Sichuan Airlines

 

11:00am(LXA)~10:30am(KTM)

 

1h45m

Every Other Day

CA407

Air China

 

11:50am(LXA)~11:10am(KTM)

1h35m

Every Other Day

 

 

If you fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa, you will have a chance to overlook the summit of Mount Everest, as this flight usually pass through the Himalayas. If the weather permits, you can see the summit of Mount Everest from the window.

 

Kindly note: Due to weather conditions, the direct flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa will be delayed or canceled sometimes. If you encounter a similar situation, please inform your travel consultant in time and let him/her arrange a corresponding pick-up time for you. 

 

2) Travel to Tibet from Nepal by overland

 

It’s the popular way to get to Tibet from Nepal, as you will have a chance to view the panorama of Himalayas and Mount Everest. Now, Zhangmu border between Nepal and Tibet was closed for travelers as a great earthquake happened in Nepal in 2005. In August 2017, Gyirong border between Nepal and Tibet was opened for travelers. You can go across to Kathmandu city from Gyirong border in one day. From Lhasa to Kathmandu by overland, you will visit beautiful plateau landscape along Friendship Highway, and stay overnight at EBC to see the stunning sunrise of Everest peak. It takes you around 5~6 days to complete this 943-km overland road trip.

 

What documents do I need if I travel to Tibet from Nepal?

 

You need four documents including your passport, China Group Visa, Tibet Travel Permit and Nepal visa. If you travel to Tibet from Nepal, you need to get China Group Visa in Kathmandu within 3 working days. In this way, you don’t have to apply for a Chinese visa in your home country in advance. When you arrive in Kathmandu, we can help you get China Group Visa in Kathmandu. For Tibet Travel Permit, we can get it for you in Lhasa before the tour starts. For Nepal visa, you can get it at Kathmandu airport or Gyirong border.

 

 

 

 

How to Get To Tibet 

 

 

Now, with the development of modern transportation, more and more foreign travelers can get to Tibet in different ways. Every day, there are hundreds of direct flights to Tibet, including those cities to Lhasa, Shigatse, and Nyingchi, and also many trains to Tibet from many cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Xining, Guangzhou, etc through the Qinghai-Tibet Railway. Besides, there are five Tibetan Highways to Lhasa including Chengdu, Xining, Xinjiang, Yunnan, and Nepal.

Other Tibet Permits & China Visa

Tibet Travel Permit/Tibet Visa is the basic paper for international travelers to enter Tibet Autonomous Region. It’s issued by the Tibetan Tourism Bureau. Thus, insiders call it “TTB” as well.

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Besides the Tibet Travel Permit, another most common Tibet permit is Aliens’ Travel Permit. It’s a paper for foreigners to travel out of Lhasa. For example, for visiting Mt. Everest.

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For visiting some remote areas or sensitive border areas in Tibet, foreigners have to provide the Military Permit. For instance, if you want to do a Kailash Kora Tour.

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Here refers to the regular China Visa. Basically, the easiest one for obtaining the Tibet Travel Permit is Type L, a tourist visa. If you are holding other types, like M, F, S, etc. you need to provide a letter of identification.

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For foreigners who will enter Tibet from Nepal, they have to apply for the China Group Visa from the China Embassy in Kathmandu. And they need a local travel agency’ help.

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Foreigners are not allowed to travel to Tibet alone. A Tibet Travel Permit is a must. However, no Tibet travel agencies will offer Tibet Permit only without a tour booking.

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