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How to get to Tibet

Traveling to Tibet is a great experience.

Tibet is a dreamy and mysterious place where is considered sacred by tourists from all over the world. Desired to set foot on this ancient land as people are, there are some special regulations hardly known by sightseers who intend to enter this autonomous region from other countries. Moreover, tourists generally know little about how they could enter this region as well as scenic spots worthy of a visit. We, as one of the top tour operator based in Tibet, are extremely familiar with the local policies and detailed itineraries regarding the Tibet travel. We are quite willing to provide you with beneficial suggestions to make your Tibet tour perfect.

Generally, the two nations are commonly chosen as the first stops for foreign tourists. They are able to get to Tibet through Nepal which is fairly close to China or reach Tibet via Chinese mainland cities. Now I would like to introduce a few routes to help you build up a travel plan.

  • Enter Tibet from Kathmandu, Nepal to Lhasa

Take Flights from Kathmandu

Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal, also the biggest city in this ancient country. Tribhuvan International Airport is the only airport in Nepal, serving as a vital role in connecting Nepal with other nations which undoubtedly include its neighbor, China. From Kathmandu to Lhasa, two direct flights are working daily, operated by Air China and Sichuan Airline respectively. Only 1hour and 25 minutes are taken for the one-way trip, and the price usually is around 400USD.

Overland Trip from Kathmandu

Thanks to the nearness in distance to Lhasa, Tibet, it is possible for tourists to take an overland trip and enjoy breathtaking scenery along the way to Tibet. The overall road trip is around 950km, abounded with various tourist attractions such as The Himalayas Range,  Kathmandu Valley, Everest Base Camp, etc. Moreover, you can have a taste of some historical cities as well, including Shigatse, Lhasa and so on. It often takes a week for this entire journey.

  • Enter Tibet from Mainland China

Besides Kathmandu, tourists are able to enter Tibet from mainland China at first, then take a trip at domestic tourists draws before they set out to the Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet. There is a wide range of itineraries left for tourists to go to Tibet, and multiple transportations for their choices contain planes, trains, or even vehicles.

Take Direct Airlines to Lhasa

In China, Airports in 4 cities involving Chengdu, Xian, Chongqing, and Shangri-La offer direct airlines to Lhasa. Flights often take within 4 hours from these cities to Lhasa with no-stop, and the cost of the ticket is around 350 USD. Taking flights to Lhasa is the most convenient way to reach Tibet. For people who are not on a budget or desire to tour other Chinese cities, it is really time-saving.

Take Tibet Train to Lhasa

Qinghai-Tibet Railway, also known as Tibet train, is the technical miracle itself. Start from Xining, end in Lhasa, Tibet train connects with cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu and so on. Tourists in this train have opportunities to see the spectacular Tanggula Mountain and Kekexili nature reserve with countless wildlife, even the precious Tibetan antelopes. Averagely two days are taken from cities to Lhasa by Tibet train. But from Xining to Lhasa, it just takes 21hours around to get to Tibet.

We will be sincerely delighted if you read this article and found something useful for your Tibet tour. Hopefully, you could have a great time in Tibet with us!

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