FAQs on How to Travel from Kathmandu to Lhasa
How is the Distance from Kathmandu to Tibet?
The distance from Kathmandu(1,400m), Nepal to Lhasa(3,658m), Tibet is 609 km.
How to Get Visa to Tibet from Kathmandu?
Indispensable travel documents for Kathmandu to Tibet Tour involves your passport,Chinese Visa,Tibet Visa (also known as Tibet Travel Permit).
Travelers who enter Tibet from Nepal are required to apply for Group Tourist Visa – a kind of single entry visa. This visa must be obtained at Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu. Tibet Visa has an office in Kathmandu and can help tourists apply for the Tibet Visa.
Please check How to Get Tibet Visa from Nepal for details.
How to Get to Tibet from Kathmandu by Air?
Airlines that fly to Tibet from Nepal are not too many. Currently, two airlines are available to tourists. One is Sichuan Airlines; the other is Air China. Overall, there are 7 flights per week and the one way flight takes around 1h 30m.
Air Ticket Fare: at around 370USD(one way flight), and the air prices can rise much higher during Tibet's peak tourism season (from April to October).
How to acclimatize to the high altitude if flying from Kathmandu to Lhasa?
a.When you arrive at Lhasa, have a good rest and do not rush to tour attractions.
b.Don't do any strenuous activity and eat too much on the first day.
c.Keep away from cigarettes and alcohol.
d.Frequent showers or bathes are not recommended so as to avoid catching a cold.
e.Drink enough water and eat something with high caloric content, like chocolate for fluid loss and energy consumption usually accompanies the acclimatization process.
How to Get to Tibet from Kathmandu by Road?
Before the fatal earthquake in May, 2015 in Nepal, travelling from Kathmandu to Tibet by road is the major gateway to have Kathmandu Tibet Tour. Unfortunately, the natural disaster crippled the Zhangmu Border and when it will reopen to tourists is still up in the air.
The good news is that the Gyirong Port will be its replacement and is expected to be open to travelers this year. Therefore, so far the only way to have tours to Tibet from Kathmandu is by air.
It generally takes about one week to go from Kathmandu to Tibet overland, including making a detour to the famous Everest Base Camp and some famous tourist attractions off Sino-Nepal Friendship Highway.
How to Get to Tibet from Kathmandu by Train?
Currently, train from Kathmandu to Tibet does not exist. However, the latest news from the meeting between Chinese and Nepalese Premiers indicated that a railway from Shigatse, Tibet would be extended to Gyirong, one of the the between Tibet and Nepal. So, in the future tourists can enjoy tours from Kathmandu to Tibet by train.
What's the Cost of Kathmandu to Tibet Tour?
What about the Hotel Condition in Kathmandu and Tibet?
Overall, the facilities of hotels and home-run hostels of Tibet are inferior to that of big cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, etc. The best hotels like Intercontinental, St. Regis, Shangri-La can be found in Lhasa, while in Shigatse, Gyangtse, Tsedang and Nyingchi, the accommodation is of average standard.
The remote areas like Tingri, Zhangmu and Nagchu, the facilities are rather humble. It’s better to bring your sleeping bags. Check Hotels in Tibet for detailed information.
How to Organize a Kathmandu Tibet Beijing Tour?
If tours to Tibet from Kathmandu are not enough, and you want to move eastward to visit Beijing, you may take flight from Lhasa to Beijing or board Lhasa-Beijing train to visit the capital of China.