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The Cheapest and Most Convenient Way from Lhasa to Kathmandu

December,30 2020 BY Sonam Tenphel 0 COMMENTS

Traveling from Lhasa to Kathmandu has been an all-time favorite route for Tibet and Nepal tour.

And believe me, it’s been never easier.

Currently, you may have two main options to enjoy this epic trans-Himalayan journey:

One is to take the non-stop flight (around 1h30min) from Lhasa Gonggar Airport to Tribhuvan International Airport; while the other is to travel overland from Lhasa to Kathmandu (7days for the classic) via Gyirong Port, the current Sino-Nepal border.

Each means entails varied travel highlights and tour combinations.

So, please follow our Tibet travel guru’s guidance and find out which means of transportations may work best for you.

Lhasa to Kathmandu by Overland Tour (By Vehicle) -- the Most Popular Way

To the majority of tourists, traveling from Lhasa to Kathmandu by tour vehicle is the most popular and best energy-saving way to reach Nepal. And the 7-day Lhasa to Kathmandu tour via EBC is the most celebrated way to negative your way from Lhasa to Kathmandu. 

lhasa kathmandu road mapLhasa Kathamandu Road Map via Gyirong Port

Overland Tour at a Glance:

Travel Distance: around 1300km (one-way) for the overland tour (7 days)
Best Travel Season for Overland: April to Nov.
Altitude Change: Lhasa (3,658m) - Shigatse (4000m) - Tingri (4,348m) - EBC ( 5200m) - Gyirong Town (2700m) - Gyirong Border (1800m) - Syabrubesi(2380m) - Kathmandu (1400m)
Cost: at least about 950USD for the overland journey

Insider Tips: The off-season (from Dec. to Feb) sees lower expenditure. You can enjoy many discounts as to hotel, attractions’ entry fee, flight and Tibet train, etc.
Travel Highlights: visit the prestigious Buddhist monasteries; stroll along turquoise Yamdrok Lake; gaze at Mt. Everest at EBC; meet locals and explore local Tibetan customs.

Detailed Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Tour Route:

The approximately 1300km’s road trip falls into 4 parts:

a. Lhasa(3658m) - YamdrokLake(4441m) - Nagarzê(4452m) - Gyantse County(3977m) - Shigatse (4000m) (around 360km, 7hrs)

Top Travel Experiences and Tips:
For the initial part of the travel, normally you will spend 3 days acclimatizing to the high altitude of Tibetan Plateau in Lhasa and its surroundings.

You will visit the magnificent Potala Palace, the architectural wonder and winter palace of generations of Dalai Lamas and worship Buudhas in Jokhang Temple, the holiest Tibetan temple in Tibet.Then, take a stroll and taste local dishes in vibrant Barkhor Bazaar; the prostrating Tibetan pilgrims and palpable sense of holiness will leave you in awe.

Later, you will tour two of “Great three Gelugpa Monasteries in Lhasa”, i.e.Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery. The scenic hike in Drepung monastery and dynamic Monk debate and monastic life you see in Sera will give you first-hand experience of Tibetan Buddhism.

Gyantse County in Tibet
Gyantse County in Tibet

Next, we are ready to hit the road to Shigatse via historical Gyantse County. Along the way you may enjoy the incredible vista of Yamdrok Lake at Gampa La Pass (4790m) and closely explore the Karola Glacier right next to the highway. And don’t forget to hang auspicious Tibetan prayer flags at Simila Pass (4345m).

After arriving in Gyantse, you will visit Palcho Monastery, the only Tibetan monastery where multiple religious seats coexist in a single monastery and climb Tibetan and Nepali style Gyantse Kumbum stupa. Finally, following Sino-Nepal Friendship Highway to Shigatse, the gateway city and backyard of Mt. Everest.

b. Shigatse (4000m) - Lhatse (4012m) - Tingri (Shelkar, 4300m) - Gawu La Pass (5198m) - Rongbuk Monastery(5154m) - EBC (5200m) (around 353km, 8h50m)

Top Travel Experiencesand Tips:
After a brief visit to prestigious Tashilunpo Monastery in Shgatse. On day 5, you will follow the G318 National Highway to EBC. Before arriving Lhatse, you will pass a monument, marking the 5000km of GG318 National Highway from Lhasa to Lhatse.

If you prefer to learn most of Tibetan Buddhism, then making a detour to visit Sakaya Monastery is recommended. It has the largest collection of Buddhist scriptures, ranging from art to astrology, Buddhism, and medicine, architecture, history, etc.

As you enter Mt. Everest National Reserve in Tingri, you will keenly aware of the altitude ascent and the snow-capped rolling mountains dominate the entire scenery.While the tour vehicle follows the zigzag mountain road, the incredible vista of Great Himalayas starts to unfold before your eyes.

One of the highlights comes when you pass well-renowned Gawu La Pass (5198m) where you will marvel at the top 4 peaks of Himalayas, like Makalu(8463m), Lhotse(8516m), Mt. Everest (8844.43m) and Cho Oyu (8201m).

Then, we will head directly to the tented area of Everest Base Camp (5200m). You can closely enjoy the spectacular sunset of M. Everest. And spend one night at the foot of the world’s highest peak.

Insider Tips:

Given the high altitude, our Tibetan guide will closely monitor our each client’s health condition. They will check your oxygen level in your blood by using pulse oximeter device and offer timely treatment like oxygen bags, etc. if you have a problem dealing with the altitude issue.

Another great option for altitude acclimatization is that before passing Gawu La Pass (5198m), you can spend one night in Zhaxizong, which only has 4100m and is quite close to EBC, around 45km or 50min’s drive. You can have an early rise from Zhaxizong to enjoy the sunrise at Gawu La Pass before heading to EBC.

c. EBC(5200m) - Rongbuk Monastery(5154m) - Old Tingri (Gangga, 4800m) - Gyirong Town (2700m) (around 418km, 12hrs)

Top Travel Experiences and Tips:
Wake up to photograph the mesmerizing sunrise over the summit of Mt. Everest. Then you can explore the Rongbuk Monastery (5154m), the world’s highest Buddhist site. Why not jump into the mediation cave and do the meditation where Guru Rinpoche used to practice there.

Mt. Everest
The radiance of the sunrise shines on Mount Everest

Then you will bid your farewell to the Mt. Everest and keep driving to Old Tingri (4800m). After passing enchanting Pekutso Lake (4,591m) on Sino-Nepal Friendship Highway, you will experience quick descent to Gyirong Town (2700m), where you will spend one night for the preparation to cross Sino-Nepal border tomorrow.

Insider Tips:

Instead of heading directly to Gyirong from EBC, if you want to experience the ultimate pilgrimage in Tibet, you can travel from EBC to Darchen in Ngari Prefecture, where you can experience the holy 3-day trek around Mt.Kailash, believed to be the most sacred mountain in Tibet. And we offer tourist-friendly tour service and easy customized Mt.Kailash tours for you. Please feel free to send your inquiry for free consultancy.

d. Gyirong Town(2700m) - Gyirong Border (1800m) - Kathmandu (1400m) (207km, 9h)

Top Travel Experiencesand Tips:
In the morning, our Tibetan guide will transfer you to Gyirong border, which is 77km or 1h53min’s drive from the Gyirong town. You can apply for Nepali Visa On Arrival(25 USD/person) at the Gyirong Port and go through the customs to Nepal’s side. After crossing Resuo bridge (also known as Rasuwagadi-Kerung border), then you can take bus or use our transfer service 30-60 USD/person to Kathmandu.

The road from Gyirong to Kathmandu stretches 130km and the initial part of 10km’s road can be extremely bumpy. Don’t eat too full in the morning to avoid motion sickness. The lush valley and peaceful Nepal villages will become the major scene before the winding roads that lead you to open view of vibrant Kathmandu Valley.

The Cost for Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Tour

On average, for the overland tour from Lhasa to Kathmandu, you need to have at least 1500 USD. The cost is spent to cover the tour vehicle, hotel, and dining, guide, and other tour service, and relevant travel documents' application and other personal expenditure. You need to prepare some cash while in Lhasa since not many ATMs or big banks can be found in places beyond Lhasa. Our Tibetan guide will help you exchange the money.

Insider Tips:

If you travel on a budget, it's highly recommended to join the small group. In this case, you can share the tour cost with other group members while meeting like-minded travelers globally. And off-season of Tibet tour from Nov to early Feb next year will save you more cost for hotel, flight and attraction's entrance fee, etc. For the exact cost for your overland tour, please feel free to send your inquiry for free consultancy.

Tibet to Kathmandu Overland Tour
Tibet to Kathmandu Overland Tour

Dining and Hotels for Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Tour

In Lhasa, you can enjoy awful lots of choices for dining and hotels. Traditional Tibetan noodels, Tsampa, sweet tea, Tibetan momo, dried yak meat, etc are readily available in local Tibetan restaurants; While typical western dishes, Nepali and India food can also be easily found around Barkhor Street. The cost for a meal will set you back around 25CNY to 65CNY (or 4-9 USD/per meal) on average.

On the other hand, from the cheap youth hotels to 4-star clean and cozy Tibetan hotels and up to instantly recognizable luxury resorts, like St. Regis or Intercontinental Lhasa Paradise, you can find the right choice that suits your pocket.

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As you leave Lhasa and travel from Shigatse to Everest region, the dining and accommodation will become very basic due to inhospitable environment at extreme altitude. Instant noodles, stirred rice with eggs and Tibetan momos, dried yak meat or lamb meat are pretty common. And there is no hot tap water to be used and you may encounter the notoriously filthy public toilet. So do down play your expectation for the comfort since traveling from Lhasa to Kathmandu is an adventure tour. 

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Hotels along the Way from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp

Lhasa to Kathmandu by Air -- the Most Convenient Way

At a Glance:

Travel Distance: around 609 km for the flight (around 1h30min)
Best Travel Season for Overland: All year around for the flight;
Cost: 267-514 USD/Person for the flight
Travel Highlights: bird’s eye view of mighty Himalayas, esp. the summit of Mt. Everest If you have just completed your Tibet tour or have a tight schedule, travelling from Lhasa to Kathmandu by air is the most efficient way to reach Nepal. Coincidentally, the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu is the only international airport linking Tibet with the outside world.

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

You can easily take non-stop flight from Lhasa(3,658m) to Kathmandu (1400m),which only takes around 1h30min. Currently, Sichuan Airline, Air China and China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines run flights from Lhasa to Kathmandu.

However, only Sichuan Airline and Air China run non-stop flights from Lhasa to Kathmandu and are the best choice for the flight. There is only one non-stop flight in each day, totally 7 non-stop flights per week, run by these two major airlines respectively.

Sichuan Airline Sichuan Airlines: Lhasa and Kathmandu Flight Schedule (updated, Nov, 8, 2018)

Flight Route Flight Code  Dep.   Arr. Dur.  Type  Schedule
Lhasa to Kathmandu 3U8719 11:45 11:00 1h30m 319 1,3,5,7
Kathmandu to Lhasa 3U8720 12:00 15:35 1h29m 319 1,3,5,7

 Air China Air China: Lhasa and Kathmandu Flight Schedule

Flight Route Flight Code  Dep.   Arr. Dur.  Type  Schedule
Lhasa to Kathmandu CA407 12:40  12:20 1h55m 319 2,4,6 
Kathmandu to Lhasa CA408 13:20  17:00 1h25m 319 2,4,6 
Insider Tips:

If you take Lhasa to Kathmandu flight, do choose a window seat on the right side of the plane right behind or in front of the wing of the plane. As the plane approaches Kathmandu, you will be rewarded with incredible vista of majestic Himalayan Range, esp. the bird’s eye view of the pyramid-shaped summit of Mt. Everest.

When to Book the Cheap Flight Ticket from Lhasa to Kathmandu

As to the flight tickets, we suggest you closely follow the major flight tickets online. You may use major flight ticket search engine like Expedia, Skyscanner, Cheapoair, Tripadvisor.com or official websites of Sichuan Airline or Air China to compare the flight tickets.

It's advisable to book your flight ticket around 30 to 60 days in advance, so long as the cheaper flight is available. Or you may count on our flight booking service, if you have language barrier or find it hard to deal with the payment, etc. please feel free to contract our travel consultants.

Similarly to the seasonal change of Tibet travel, the flight ticket price tends to fluctuate in different seasons shown below:
Shouder Season April to June (flight ticket price: 288USD---389USD)
High Season July to Oct (flight ticket price 432USD—721 USD)
Low season Nov to Feb (flight ticket price: 216USD—284 USD)

*For the actual flight price, please check it online for the latest flight and ticket information. And the cheap flight often comes during the low season of Tibet travel (end of Oct. to Feb) and when there is an annual sales promotion in the airline company.

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Insider Tips:

The air prices can rise much higher during Tibet's peak tourism season (from July to October) as well as Chinese National Holiday (Oct 1st-7th) and Chinese Spring Festival (Jan to mid Feb).

In addition, if you fly from Lhasa to Kathmandu, after your land, you can apply for Visa On Arrival inside Tribhuvan International Airport. However, if you fly from Kathmandu(1400m)to Lhasa(3,658m), you need to book your Tibet tour in advance (20 days) to get Tibet Permit and spend 3 days in Kathmandu to process China Group Visa to enter Tibet from Kathmandu. And we offer hassle-free service for your travel documents and flight booking.

Lhasa to Kathmandu by Bicycle - Super Flexible & Real Sense of Freedom

As opposed to enjoying the window view from the tour vehicle, cycling from Lhasa to Kathmandu brings super flexibility and real sense of freedom. And unlike cycling elsewhere in the world, the thin air, physically-demanding up-and-down ride and eye-blinding sunshine, and incredible alpine lakes and sublime Himalayan peaks will add up to your sweet and bitter memories.

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Lhasa to Kathmandu by Bicycle
Lhasa to Kathmandu by Bicycle

Travel Documents Needed for Cycling from Lhasa to Kathmandu

Tibet Travel Permit, Alien's Travel Permit, and Border Pass, Nepali Visa

We will help you take care of all the travel documents. The only thing to remember is to book your cycling tour at least 25 days in advance. So we have enough time to help you apply for the Tibet Permit to enter Tibet.

Cycling Route from Lhasa to Kathmandu(1172km, around 16-19 days

a. Lhasa (3658m)--Qushui (3700m)--Nagarzê(4452m)--Gyantse (3977m)--Shigatse(4000m)--Jiding(3836m) (322km, 7days)
b. Jiding(3836m)--Lhatse (4012m)--Tingri (Shelkar, 4300m)--Zhaxizong (4100m)--EBC(5200m) (283km, 4days)
c. EBC(5200m)--Old Tingri(Gangga, 4800m)-- Peokutso Lake (4,591m)--Gyirong Town (2700m) (360km, 3days)
d. Gyirong Town (2700m)----Gyirong Border (1800m)—Syburbesi (2380m)--Kathmandu (1400m) (207km, 2 days)

Likewise, normally the newly-arrived travelers need to spend 3 days in Lhasa, touring the landmark Buddhist sites like Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple, etc and more importantly get acclimatized to the high altitude.

Then you can have a test ride around the surroundings of Lhasa city. So, both you and your guide know your stamina for cycling on the Tibetan Plateau and he can help you to design the day-to-day cycling distance, which fits best for you or your team. Afterwards, you and whole cycling team can venture out towards Shigatse after getting enough supply and preparation.

Enjoy your Bike Trip
Lhasa to Kathmandu - Enjoy your Bike Trip

Insider Tips:

Nowadays, there is no need for you the pedal the entire over 1000km from Lhasa to Kathmandu. The popular "4+2 cycling mode" is widely popular for mountain biking in Tibet. A supportive van loaded with your guide, logistic supply, bike parts for repair, first-aid kit and even a private cook, etc. can travel behind you to guarantee your safety.

If you come in Lhasa without a bike, we also offer bike rental service for you. If you happen to travel in reverse from Kathmandu to Lhasa and wanna enjoy the cycling all the way back, you can customize the 22 Days Lhasa to Kathmandu Bike Tour. And you are more than welcome to send your inquiry for free and professional consultancy. 

Of course, you may also opt to travel from Lhasa to Kathmandu by motorbike. We offer rental service for the motorcycle and professional guide and back-up truck and logistical supply and staff,etc.Please feel free to email us for free consultation and a customized motorbike tour.

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Best Season for Cycling from Lhasa to Kathmandu

Mid April to May, early June, Sept and Oct are believed to be the best months for traveling from Lhasa to Kathmandu by bicycle. It avoids the monsoon season in Tibet and Nepal. So, you won't be afraid of the landslide and muddy road on Sino-Border border and intermittent downpour.

Tibet Everest Base Camp Area
Tibet Everest Base Camp Area

In the day time the temperature stays from 3-17 Celsius on average, while the night can get pretty cold, down to minus zero degree. (Check for the Tibet Everest Base Camp climate and best time to vist.) You will enjoy the perfect visibility for viewing lofty Himalayan peaks and turquoise alpine lakes. One thing to remind you, in the high mountain passes, the weather tends to be unpredictable. So, it's advisable to wear multiple layers of clothes for changing weather.

And please pay due attention to powerful UV light protection and dry air. Drinking plenty of water and wearing sunglass and applying high level sunscreen will help a lot.

The Cost for Cycling from Lhasa to Kathmandu

It may sound surprising to you that in fact the cost for cycling from Lhasa to Kathmanduis much higher than normal travel in a tour group by a tour vehicle. However, it is true, given the longer days of travel(usually 16-20 days)than normal tour group and more staff and resources ( such as supportive van, logistic supply, guide, chef, medical help, camping and cooking facilities, etc., ) are involved, and all cycling tours are private tour, and so on.

Therefore, you do need to prepare a decent budget for the cycling. However, the thrilling experience you get along the way and sense of accomplishment and freedom of travel you feel are definitely stronger than tourists sitting in a tour vehicle. For the exact quotation based on your needs, please feel free to contact our travel consultants for free consultancy.

Dining and Hotels for the Cycling Tour

Well, you will enjoy much comfort concerning the dining and hotels in Lhasa as mentioned above. However, as you travel beyond Lhasa with your bike, the dining and accommodation condition will be quite different.

Before you reach the next village or county, camping in the wildernesswould become fairly common. You and the whole team will work together to pitch camps and set campfire, or enjoy the picnic beside the glittering lakes, etc.

In most cases, our Tibetan guide or a private chef if you prefer will make nutritious and tasty home-made food for you. It would be a great chance to build up teamwork spirit and experience authentic Tibetan travel just like what local pilgrims do.

Once you reach a city or town, we can help you book the guesthouse or hotel for lodging. In Everest Region at EBC, you can either choose to sleep at tented camp area (5200m) or stay in the guesthouse of Rongbuk Monastery (5154m).

Rongbuk Monastery
You can eat and sleep at Rongbuk Monastery Guesthouse

The facilities of both places are very humble and have no showering facilities and dirty pit toilet given the harsh environment at such extreme altitude. However, you will wake up to see the mind-blowing sunrise over the world’s highest peak, so up-close. It’s definitely worth the ordeal since it’s an adventure journey.

Insider Tips:

We offer a whole set of camping facilities for rent, such as, camp, camp lantern, sleeping bags, portable charger, bed sheet, sleeping pad, etc. If you prefer, you may also bring your own personal sleeping bag, which can be used for -5 °C or higher.

Lhasa to Kathmandu by Bus Service

Currently, travelling from Lhasa to Kathmandu by bus is only available for Chinese Citizens and Nepali nationals living close to Sino-Nepal border.

Lhasa to Kathmandu Bus Schedule and Bus Fare

You can take Lhasa to Kathmandu bus at around consulate general of the Kingdom of Nepal in Lhasa at Norbulingka Road 13. The long-distance buses depart from Monday to Friday at around 4PM, and leave at around 1PM on the weekend. It takes 17 hours or so to reach Gyirong. The cost for the bus in high season (April to Oct) is about 480CNY(69USD)/person, whereas it’s only 280 CNY(40USD)/person in the off season (Nov to Feb).

The Lhasa to Kathmandu bus actually stops at Gyirong border. After you get off the bus, you need to hire a private car 30-60USD/person or take 15USD/person to reach Kathmandu. Since the bus route skips all the highlighted attractions from Lhasa to Kathmandu, so it’s not recommended.

Insider Tips:

The distance between Gyirong town and Gyirong border is 77km or 1h55m’s drive. And the customs of Gyriong border works from 10:00 to 18:00 Beijing time. Normally, travelers will spend one night at Gyirong town and cross the Gyirong border to Kathmandu the next morning.

Lhasa to Kathmandu by Train in the Future

Taking Lhasa to Kathmandu train to reach Nepal has been a common aspiration shared by Chinese and Nepali citizens for years. Nevertheless, 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 governments. It is said that the famous Qinghai-Tibet Railway will be further extended from Shigate to Kathmandu in the near future.

The Lhasa to Kathmandu Train Route

Railway on Tibet’s Side:
Lhasa—shigatse—Lhatse--Sa'gya—Dinggyê---Tingri—Nyalam—Gyirong (556km)

Railway on Nepal’s Side:
Sankhu (Kathmandu)—Gyirong (72km)

The current situation is that one Tibet’s side, only Lhasa-Shigatse railway way was completed and was put into use since 2014. The rest of the section from Lhasa to Gyirong is expected to be finished in the near future. Whereas on Nepal’s side, no official news gives an exact date when the project can be completed.

However, one thing for sure, in the future, it is possible to take a train from cities like Beijing, Chengdu, Xining, Shanghai, XI’an, etc to Lhasa and then further travel to Kathmandu by train.

How to Travel from Lhasa to Kathmandu by Train Now

At present, if you really want to enjoy the train journey to Gyirong, there is only one way out, i.e. firstly take Lhasa-Shigatse train (253km, 2h47m) to Shigatse; then take bus or tour vehicle to reach Gyirong town (558km, 11h27m); finally cross Gyirong border and take bus or hire a private car to Kathmandu. (207km, 10h). Please click to check the Lhasa to Shigatse schedule and train ticket price. 

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Other FAQs Concerning Travelling from Lhasa to Kathmandu Tour

a. Do I Have to Worry about Altitude Sickness for the Journey?

Reply: Well, all the newly-arrived travelers will respond physically to the altitude change. So, there is no need to panic. One thing to remember is that having a great rest for the first day on the arrival is very important. Never exert yourself by running or jumping. Then drinking lots of water and spending a coup of days in Lhasa will be helpful to adapt to the high altitude;

Always avoiding quick ascent is key to prevent acute altitude sickness. Our Tibetan guide will closely follow your health throughout your stay in Tibet. You may also buy some altitude sickness medicines in local drugstore with the consult of your doctor and local pharmacists.

b. How Can I Get Tibet Permit to Enter Tibet?

Reply: You need to book your Lhasa to Kathmandu tour at least 25 days before your visit. Firstly you need to get Chinese Visa on your own, then email your passport information page, Chinese Visa page and your photo image to your travel consultant. After we get your Tibet Permit, we will deliver it to your hotel by express in other cities in mainland China. Then you can board the Tibet train or flight to Lhasa.

If you fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa, our staff will help you get China Group Visa in Kathmandu to board the flight. After you land in Lhasa airport, our Tibetan guide will greet you with the Tibet Permit. During the journey, your guide will keep the Tibet permit for different checks along the way.

c. What to Pack for the Lhasa to Kathmandu tour?

Reply: Well, the drastic temperature change between day and night and strong solar radiation and head-numbing chilly wind are what you need to take care. It’s advisable to wear multiple clothes than an extremely thick clothes. During daytime, the temperature remains around 13-20 Celsius with warm and cozy sunshine.

For a normal Lhasa to Kathmandu overland tour, let’s start from head to toe, a beanie can help to prevent your head from strong gale. Sunscreen, lip balm and sun glass can shield you from sunburn. Then, scarf, thermal clothes and trousers, sweater, T-shirt, Jeans and down jacket, wool mitten and thin/thick socks and a comfortable sport shoes will do in most cases.

Remember even in summer, you need the down jacket when you travel to high passes or Everest region. In addition, toiletry and personal medicine, like for the cold and diarrhea, etc is also needed. There is no need to carry sleeping bags. We offer tourists-friendly rental service.

d. Can I travel independently from Lhasa to Kathmandu?

Reply: Backpacking or independent travel is not available for international tourists. According to the Tibet travel policy, all the international tourists need to visit Tibet via a pre-booked tour with a licensed Tibet travel agency. You have to rely on this travel agency to apply for the Tibet Permit and other travel documents. During your stay in Tibet, an assigned Tibet guide will travel with you throughout the tour.

Insider Tips:

We offer 100% Tibet Permit guarantee for free to our clients and other tourist-friendly service, such as hotel, flight and Tibet train booking to Tibet. Please feel free to contact us for free consultancy.


If you have more questions concerning how to travel from Lhasa to Kathmandu or Lhasa to Kathmandu tour in reverse, please feel free to contact our pro travel consultants for more details. Here is a recap on the key information for traveling from Lhasa to Kathmandu:
1. The overland distance between Lhasa to Kathmandu is around 1300km or a minimal of 7 days for travel ; while flight distance is around 609km ( around 1h30m).
2. Tibet Permit is needed to enter Tibet. Alien’s Travel Permit and Border Pass and Nepali On the Arrival are also needed for Lhasa to Kathmandu overland tour.
3. Best Season for Overland tour is April, May, early June, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec.
4. The highest point is EBC (5200m) for the Lhasa to Kathmandu overland tour.
5. You need to prepare at least 1500USD for the overland journey; 267-514 USD/Person for the flight.
6. Take flight run either by Sichuan Airline or Air China is the most convenient way to travel from Lhasa to Kathmandu. The cheapest flight ticket comes from Nov to Feb. 
7. 7-day Lhasa to Kathmandu tour by tour vehicle is the most popular way to reach Nepal.
8. You need to have more budget and plan at least 16-19 for the Lhasa to Kathmandu travel by bike; 4+2 travel mode is more popular to cyclists.
9. Currently, only Chinese citizens and Nepali nationals living close to Sino-Nepal border can take bus from Lhasa to Kathmandu.
10. At present, Lhasa to Kathmandu by train is no available. Instead, you can take Lhasa to Shigaste train to Shigate and then take bus or hire a private vehicle to reach Gyirong border and cross it to Kathmandu the next day.

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