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Getting To Tibet

Travelers to Tibet require obtaining special Visa/Permit as well as a Chinese visa. Individual visa is also  issued for the Tibet by the Chinese authorities. Those who arrive with a Chinese visa in Nepal, issued by the Chinese Embassy in their country, will not consider valid for entry into Tibet. The visa processing is initiated through only  authorized travel agency based in Kathmandu on individual passport or on a sheet of paper listing the members of the group. Original passport has to be submitted along with the Visa Application Letter (Invitation Letter) of Tibetan Tourism Authority to the Chinese Embassy in Nepal or abroad. The Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu, Nepal issues Tibet visas only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (except Chinese holidays). In order to submit application to obtain the Tibet Visa, the Visa Approval document (issued by Tibet Travel Bureau) is essential. Therefore, one must apply the Tibet Paper Visa only  through a Government registered Travel Agency.

By Air

  • Air China flies between Kathmandu and Lhasa across the mighty Himalayas. This flight offers spectacular views of Mt. Everest, Makalu and many other Himalayan giants. All our trips, which begin by flying into Lhasa, can be joined from Kathmandu, Beijing, Hong Kong, Chengdu or Bangkok via Chengdu. Air China operates flights between Kathmandu and Lhasa every day from the end of March to November depending on the tourist season.
  • From Mainland China there are regular flights to Lhasa from Beijing, Chengdu and Xi'an.

 

By Land

  • Nepal is the best transit point to go to Tibet. The nearest Tibetan border town Kerung is 150 km from Kathmandu and is accessible by mere 7 -8 hours drive. On continuing drive along the Friendship Highway via Kerung/ EBC for 6 days, you will reach Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. The overland trip involves crossing of several high altitude passes and rewards you with spectacular views of Himalayas including Mt. Everest. You will encounter with numerous nomadic yak herders en route. Tashilunbo monastery- the principal seat of Panchen Lama in Shigatse, Kumbum Stupa in Gyantse and Yamdrok Tso (Lake) are the highlights of this overland adventures
  • Zhangmu was also the entry and exit point of Tibet until 2015. After the devastating earthquake in Nepal, this route has been closed until now.
  • Sher is another point of entry through Western Tibet which is accessible after 6 days trekking from Simikot of Nepal. The route is also used by Mount Kailash visitors.

 

By Train

  • You can make train journey from Beijing, Xining, Lanzhou, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chongqing, Chengdu and Golmud to Lhasa. The journey all the way from Beijing takes just under 48 hours, and seats are available at the cheapest cost in the hard seat class and expensive a in the soft sleeper. Direct trains to Lhasa originate in Beijing, for a mid-range sleeper from Chengdu with 6 bunks in each room is also available. Please note that these trains are not for the faint-hearted and the less adventurous type: they do not have Western-styled toilets and bunks are relatively cramped. The main advantage for this mode of transportation is the fact that you can slowly adapt to high altitude conditions instead of a sudden shift if you were to take a plane.
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