There are two popular tours to enter Tibet: one is to get to Tibet from Nepal; the other is to go to Tibet from any cities in Mainland China. There always exists a wrong understanding that it is not easy to travel from Nepal to Tibet directly. Actually, it is convenient to enter Tibet from Nepal as long as you have a good preparation for your travel. There are some details you need to know before your travel.
Documents Needed in the Travel
Every foreigner who wants to go to Tibet must have a Tibet Travel Permit. If you travel from Nepal to Tibet, you have to get your Permit from Nepal. Tibet Travel Permit is not allowed to be applied for by individual foreigners; what you need to do is to contact a local reputable travel agency in advance as they will arrange it and apply it for you.
Besides Tibet Travel Permit, you need Tibet Group Visa as well if you travel from Nepal to Tibet, which is totally different from traveling from China mainland to it. It usually takes two working days to obtain a group visa from the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu. Your full name, gender, birthday, occupation, nationality and passport number are all listed on this paper. What’s more, a Tibet Group Visa can be issued to solo visitors as there are some examples in the past.
Popular Ways to Travel from Nepal to Tibet
As there’s no train from Nepal to Tibet, there are two popular other ways to enter Tibet from it. Both of them can provide you with a wonderful and unforgettable experience.
One is to travel by Nepal Tibet overland tour. A good choice is to take the Friendship Highway which starts from Kathmandu and arrives in Lhasa, going via Shigatse. In this way, you can have a wonderful view of some famous Tibetan attractions such as Pelkor Chode Monastery, Sakya Monastery and Yamdrok Lake that is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet. This tour covers around 1,300 kilometers.
The other is to travel by air from Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu to Lhasa Gonggar International Airport in Tibet, which costs only an hour. On the flight, you can overlook breathtaking peaks including Mount Everest, Mount Kanchenjunga, Mount Lhotse and other peaks in the Himalayas. There are daily flights during these two cities during peak seasons while there are two or three weekly flights during off-seasons.
Travel to Tibet Must be Arranged in Advance
As your itineraries are listed on your Tibet Travel Permit, you have to plan for your travel in advance. And it takes over 14 days to apply for a Tibet Travel Permit for most places in Tibet and about 4 weeks to Western Tibet and Mt. Kailash. If you have a plan of traveling to Tibet, contact a local Tibetan agency one month before your arrival in Tibet so that they can assistant you to apply for the permit, book plane or train tickets, and arrange guide and vehicles.