How To Get Into Tibet

How To Get Into Tibet


Entering Tibet is not as complicated as it sounds at first. Getting into Tibet and traveling around is quite easy and straight forward. There are many options to get into Tibet. Travelers can easily get into Tibet from Kathmandu, Nepal or begin their journey from the Chinese mainland cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Kunming or Guangzhou.

Chéngdū (CTU) has become the most used gateway Chinese city to connect Lhasa, Tibet because it has more flights everyday with comparatively cheaper air fares.

Getting into Lhasa, Tibet by Air

Getting into Lhasa, Tibet by Air

There are many flights connecting Tibet from Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Kunming. Chengdu being the major transit hub for Lhasa, Tibet has daily 6- 10 flights.
Getting into Lhasa, Tibet by Land

Getting into Lhasa, Tibet by Land

The most convenient and rewarding way is by taking Qinghai-Tibet Railway. The train passes through many Chinese cities, country side, mountains, beautiful lakes, grassland, wildlife and desert.
Getting into Lhasa, Tibet from Kathmandu by Air

Getting into Lhasa, Tibet from Kathmandu by Air

Kathmandu is another perfect gateway to get into Tibet. There are two daily flights to Lhasa, Tibet independently run by Air China and Sichuan Airlines during the season. They minimize the flight frequency during winter months of January, February, March and December. One and half hour flight offers spectacular mountain scenery including Mount Everest and impressive landscape of Tibet.

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Getting into Tibet from Nepal by Road

Getting into Tibet from Nepal by Road

The overland trip to Tibet through Kerung - Rasuwa border is another great way to get into Tibet from Kathmandu, Nepal. The overland distance between Kathmandu and Lhasa visa Kerung port is about 1000km/622miles. 4WD driving trip to Lhasa is a great adventurous trip for adventure seekers. It demands good physical fitness level, flexibility and compromise to various road conditions, facilities and services. It certainly compensated by the incredible views of the Himalayas and the impression of Tibetan cultural treasures.


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