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Tibet to Nepal Travel and Tour: the Most Comprehensive Guide

Traveling from Tibet to Nepal is the most classic and popular travel route in the Himalayan region. Located on the north and the south of Mount Everest respectively, Tibet and Nepal have many similarities and each has its own characteristics.

How to plan a trip to Tibet and Nepal? What is the overland route and road condition from Tibet to Nepal? When is the best time to travel? Here we are going show you the most comprehensive guide about Tibet to Nepal travel and tour.

What are the administrative divisions of Tibet Autonomous Region?

There are six prefecture-level cities and one prefecture in Tibet, namely Lhasa city, Shigatse City, Chamdo City, Nyingchi City, Shannan City, Nagqu City, and Ngari Prefecture.

In terms of the administrative regions, there are only two big cities in Tibet: one is Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet; the other is Shigatse city, the second-largest and gateway city to Mt. Everest (8844.43m) in Shigatse Prefecture.

In the rest of the 5 prefectures, each one contains an administrative center. Small as they are, these cities make up the cultural and political center of different regions of Tibet. 

Why one should experience an overland tour from Tibet to Nepal?

Tibet and Nepal, located on the two sides of the Himalayas, are full of mysteries and attractions for many tourists.

Enjoying an epic Himalaya overland tour connected by the Sino-Nepal highway allows you to explore two of the most distinctive destinations in the Himalayas in one trip.

It is a great chance to experience the Tibetan Alpine Scenery and the Nepali landscape, to explore the mystery of Tibetan Buddhism and Nepali Hinduism and the connections between the two religions, as well as to have a taste of the distinct Tibetan and Nepalese cuisine together.

There must be more reasons to travel from Tibet to Nepal by overland than we listed here. Just come to see the best of the Himalaya by yourself. You will know it is truly worthwhile.

How to get travel permits for a Tibet Nepal tour?

The required travel documents for a Tibet Nepal tour include Nepal Visa, Chinese Visa, Tibet travel permits, and so on.

It is easy to get a Nepal visa on arrival at Kathmandu airport or land borders. However, you need to apply for the Chinese Visa and Tibet Travel Permit in advance.

You can apply for a Chinese tourist visa on your own through the Chinese Embassy in your location. But the Tibet Travel Permit must be applied for through a Tibet local travel agency, since individual applications are not accepted.

Important Notice: if you already have a Chinese Visa, it is suggested to travel from Tibet to Nepal, otherwise your original Chinese visa will expire due to the issuance of a new Chinese group visa for entering Tibet from Nepal.

When is the best time to travel from Tibet to Nepal?

The best seasons to visit Tibet and Nepal together are spring and autumn for the fine weather and less rainfall. You can enjoy the most beautiful landscapes with clear views of the great Himalaya.

The rainy season in both Tibet and Nepal is summer from June to August. During the monsoon season, the mountain roads and dirt roads near the Gyirong border always become muddy and in poor condition due to heavy rainfall. Sometimes they also encounter landslides and mudslides.

Winter is a good season for trekking in lower elevations in Tibet and Nepal. It is also the best time to enjoy a low season discount for a budget Tibet Nepal tour.

What is the best way to travel from Tibet to Nepal?

Recently, tourists can travel between Tibet and Nepal by air and by land.

The Lhasa Kathmandu flight is the only international flight connecting Tibet and the outside world. The Sino-Nepal Friendship Highway makes it possible to travel through the best parts of the Himalayas.

There is no doubt that the best way to travel from Tibet to Nepal is to travel through the highway from Lhasa to Kathmandu. It is one of the most epic overland routes in the world. Starting from the holy city Lhasa, you will pass by the sacred Yamdrok Lake, visit Shigatse, travel to the Everest Base Camp, and cross the Himalaya to Kathmandu.

The Tibet Nepal overland tour allows you to go deeper into your destinations and better appreciate the scenery along the way. You can also explore by bike or motorbike from Tibet to Nepal.

How to cross the border between Tibet and Nepal?

Gyirong border is the only border opened for tourists to travel between Tibet and Nepal. The border is 24 kilometers away from the town of Gyirong.

If you travel from Tibet to Nepal by road, you can get a Nepal Visa at the border. You just need to provide a valid passport, one photo, the completed application form, and the visa fee in dollars.

If you enter Tibet from Nepal via the Gyirong border, you need to get the Chinese Visa and Tibet travel permit in advance. The Visa-on-arrival is not available at the Gyirong border.

Please notice that, whether you have a Chinese visa or not, you need to apply for the special Chinese group visa through the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu before you enter Tibet from Nepal. Also, you need to apply for your Tibet Travel Permit at least one month in advance.

Do you have any recommended things to do in Nepal?

Wedged between China and India, Nepal’s distinct topography promises one of the most stunning trekking and mountaineering experiences in the world. You can enjoy both the diverse flora and fauna in the south and plateau scenery in the north and have the ultimate trekking experience in Annapurna, Manaslu, and Everest Region, etc. To professional and amateur mountaineering enthusiasts, you can fly from Kathmandu to Lukla and ascend to reach the Everest Base Camp (5365m) on Nepal’s side. Trekking in Nepal is no doubt the best experience in Nepal.

Besides, there are also many historical and cultural heritages in Nepal, from which you can have a better understanding of the Himalaya region. In Lumbini, the birthpalce of the first Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, you can enjoy the peaceful atmosphere as well as the reverence that is afforded to the legendary Buddha.

In southern Nepal, the Chitwan National Park is also a good place to explore the Jungle, which is the home of a huge variety of wildlife and plants.

How much does it cost to travel from Tibet to Nepal?

The cost of a Tibet Nepal tour in total mainly depends on the cost of your trip in Tibet. Since Tibet can only be visited using an organized tour, it is suggested to take a Tibet group tour if you travel on a budget.

For your trip in Nepal, it is easier to control the cost by yourself. Nepal is a relatively cheap country to visit and a paradise for backpackers. Also, there are luxury hotels in Nepal. You can just choose hotels in Nepal according to your budget.

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