How do I get from Kathmandu to Lhasa?
Drive Overland from Kathmandu to Lhasa Then you can cross Gyirong Port (Rasuwa Port on Nepal Side) and reach Tibet. The overland distance between Lhasa and Kathmandu via Girong Port is about 1,000km and the non-stop driving takes about 20 hours.
How do I get a Tibet Travel Permit?
One need to obtain the Tibet Travel Permit and Chinese Group Visa to travel to Tibet from Kathmandu, Nepal. The Tibet Travel Permit, also known as Tibet Visa, can only be applied through a Tibet local travel agency from the Tibet Tourism Bureau. Your travel information including the entry and departure date, itinerary, tour number will be written on the permit.
The Chinese Group Visa, different from what you might suppose, is a special type of single-entry Chinese Visa. It can only be applied through the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu, and individual application is not permitted. Together with the Tibet Travel Permit, the Group Visa will be obtained by your tour operator.
Can I take a flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa?
Of course. The flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa is available and departs daily from the Tribhuvan International Airport. Covering a shorter liner distance of around 600 km, the Kathmandu to Lhasa flight takes only about 1.5 hours, with no stop on the way. Air China is one of the two airlines that operate the flight, and the Air China Kathmandu to Lhasa flight departs every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday around the noon time. If travelling overland is not your liking or you have a limited time for travel, then taking the flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa could be your perfect choice. Besides, you can also sot the amazing view of Himalayan mountain ranges from the window.
Is it possible to travel from Kathmandu to Lhasa by train?
Currently there is no railway connecting Kathmandu and Lhasa, however there soon will be. Both China and Nepal have agreed to build a complete line that links Kathmandu and Lhasa, via the border crossing at Gyirong Port. This is so-called China Nepal Railway. The first part of this project, Lhasa to Shigatse Railway, has been completed and open since August 2016. And the part from Shigatse to Gyirong is still under construction. Therefore, in the near future, one can expect to take Kathmandu to Lhasa train for travel.
Can a Tibetan Group Visa not be applied in Kathmandu?
Up to now, the Tibet Group Visa can only be applied in Kathmandu. It is necessary to hand over the original passport to the Chinese Embassy in Nepal. Therefore, if foreign tourists enter Tibet from Kathmandu, they must reserve enough time in Kathmandu.
Can a Tibet Group Visa be applied by tourists? The Tibet Group Visa can only be handled by the local travel agency in Kathmandu and cannot be applied by individual. Travel Tibet China has engaged in Tibet tourism for many years and boasts long-term cooperation with local travel agencies in Nepal. If you book a Tibet tour from us, we will handle the visa and offer you a nice journey.