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The Cheapest and Most Convenient Way from Lhasa to Kathmandu

August,24 2018 BY Sonam Tenphel 0 COMMENTS

Nepal Tibet Overland Tour

Lhasa to Kathmandu tour is the most popular travel route for tourists who want to visit both Tibet and its neighbor Nepal. Normally, tourists can choose either fly from Lhasa to Kathmandu or travel from Lhasa to Kathmandu by overland/road. 

lhasa to kathmandu map flight and overland routeMap of Lhasa to Kathmandu by Flight and Overland

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Lhasa to Kathmandu by Overland

The linear distance from Lhasa (3,658m) to Kathmandu (1,400m) is 609km, while the overland distance is around 1,000km.

Travelling from Lhasa to Kathmandu by direct bus normally takes around 12 hours and usually 7~8 days by taking a overland trip. Yet, the earthquake in Nepal in 2015 made Lhasa to Kathmandu overland via Zhangmu border virtually impossible. Fortunately, in response to the fatal destruction of Zhangmu border, the government has decided to make Gyirong Port the official overland gateway to the international tourists and travelers commuting between Nepal and Tibet, China. please feel free to contact our travel consultants.

Tourists can drive from Lhasa to Kathmandu or vice versa via Gyirong port, situated on borderline between Gyirong county, Shigatse, Tibet and Nepal. Besides, it normally takes around 3 hours to drive from Gyirong port to Kathmandu(131.5km). 

lhasa kathmandu road mapLhasa Kathamandu Road Map via Gyirong Port

Lhasa to Kathmandu by Air

Currently, tourists can take direct flight from Lhasa to kathmandu,which is the only way to travel from Lhasa to kathmandu due to tragic earthquake and airlines such as Sichuan Airlines, Air China and China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines are available to you. Overall, there are 8 flights per week.

Air ChinaAir China:  Lhasa and Kathmandu Flight Schedule

Flight Route Flight Code  Airlines  Dep.   Arr.  Type  Schedule
Lhasa to Kathmandu CA407 Air China 12:10 11:10 319  every day
Kathmandu to Lhasa CA408 Air China 12:10 16:00 319  every day

 Sichuan Airline Sichuan Airline: Lhasa and Kathmandu Flight Shcedule

Flight Route Flight Code  Airlines  Dep.   Arr.  Type  Schedule
Lhasa to Kathmandu 3U8719 Sichuan Airline  11:15 10:10 319  every other day 
Kathmandu to Lhasa 3U8720 Sichuan Airline  11:10 14:50 319  every other day 

Air Ticket Fare: at around 817USD (include tax, one way flight), and the air prices can rise much higher during Tibet's peak tourism season (from April to October) as well as Chinese National Holiday (Oct 1st-7th) and Chinese Spring Festival ( Jan to mid Feb). Please check it online for the latest flight and ticket information.

Lhasa to Kathmandu by Train

In fact, so far there is no railway connecting Lhasa and Kathmandu at present. But a railway between Lhasa and Kathmandu is being designed by both Chinese and Nepalese government. It is said that the famous Qinghai-Tibet Railway will be extended from Lhasa to Kathmandu.

Currently, the first extension of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway from Lhasa to Shigatse is under construction. In the near future, it is possible to take a train from Beijing to Lhasa and then to Kathmandu or from other big cities of mainland China to the capital of Nepal.

Lhasa to Kathmandu by Bicycle 

Lhasa to Kathmandu Cycling Tour is the most popular cycling route in Tibet. Then entire cyclingroute is around 1000km and it normally takes 13-16 days. Tourists will cross majestic Himalayan Ranges and enjoy the heavenly view of Tibet and Nepal.

Suggested travel route of Lhasa Kathmandu Mountainbike Tour : Lhasa—Gyantse (5 days,258km); Gyantse—Shigatse(1 day,90km); Shigatse—Sakya (3-4days,232km); Sakya—Sino-Nepal Border (3-4days, 244km); Sino-Nepal Border—Kathmandu(1-2days,131km)

Please feel free to contact our pro travel consultants to customize your Lhasa to Kathmandu tour.

Sonam Tenphel

About the Author - Sonam Tenphel

Energetic, responsible and reliable, Sonam is a guide with more than seven years experience informing visitors about heritage sites and attractions places in Tibet.

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