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Submitted on Feb 29, 2020 Useful Info

How To Travel To Tibet From Nepal

Tibet and Nepal are located in the hills and foothills of the Himalayas, and the natural scenery is different. You can join an overland tour from Tibet to Nepal. Another option, you can take flight from Lhasa Gongga airport to Kathmandu airport.

Traveling from Nepal to Tibet is not difficult, but you must obtain a Tibet Travel Permit and a visa invitation letter from Tibet Tourism Bureau firstly. For the invitation letter, Great Tibet Tour can apply for it for you. Then, you should hand in the documents to the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu which issues the Group Chinese Visa. Yes, all travelers must be in an organized group during their tour in Tibet, and it can only be arranged by a travel agency. The Group Chinese Visa is valid up to 30 days and can’t be extended, but 30 days are enough for most travelers to explore this holy land. What’s more, every traveler in the same Group with the same Group Chinese Visa must exit China together, you have a good opportunity to make friends with other members of your group and share a colorful memory together. The Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu accepts group visa application from 10 AM to 12 PM on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, but it takes more than 3 working days to get the permit issued. That means, if you submit your application before 10 AM on Wednesday, you may get your Group Chinese Visa in the afternoon of Friday.

There are 3 ways to travel from Nepal to Tibet, by overland journey, by flight, and by trekking.


You can drive from Kathmandu to Lhasa along the Friendship Highway, whose length is 160 kilometers. And there're 755 kilometers in Tibet. This highway plays an important role in tourism of Nepal and Tibet. While the road condition of Nepal section is rough, the part in Tibet is well paved. You can visit Shigatse, the political and cultural center of Shigatse area, during your tour towards Lhasa. On this beautiful road, you will have a view of the scenery of the Himalayas, which is really breathtaking. The journey also offers you a view of sacred monasteries, historic cities, snow-capped mountains, crystal lacks and lush forests. After your exploration in Lhasa, you can fly back to Kathmandu or take the famous Qinghai-Tibet train and extend your journey to inland cities in China.

The second option for entering Tibet is the quickest way, by plane. Direct flights depart from Kathmandu for Lhasa 2 or 3 times every week, and the journey only takes an hour. During the summer months, which is the high season of Tibetan tourism, flights are available every day. Of course, you must have a Chinese Group Visa to board flights. Once you arrive in Lhasa, our Tibetan guides and comfortable vehicles will be waiting for you. Just enjoy your tour in this mysterious land.

The third way to enter Tibet is by trekking from Simikot to Hilsa, which is only recommended to energetic travelers with good health and professional equipment.

What do see in Nepal?

Pashupatinath Temple

It is said that the temple was first erected in the 5th century. After the ancient building was consumed by termites, Malla kings renovated it in the 15th century. With time going by, numerous temples were built around this two-storied temple and became a harmonious complex. The marvelous temple is one of the 275 Tamil Paadal Petra Sthalams, which means "Holy Abodes of Shiva".

nepal prayer flag

Based on the document and materials, prayer flag was given birth by Tibetan ancestors at the rite of worshipping the Mountain God. With all kinds of Buddhism sutras and wild animals patterns, a prayer flag is a part of Tibetan traditional Bon and Buddhism culture. Influenced by other excellent ethnic cultures, a prayer flag has shaped its unique features and plays an important role in Tibetan lives and cultures.

With hundreds of years' history, hanging prayer flag has become a traditional custom in Tibetan regions, which is a self-cultivation way. Tibet people believe that God will help those who hang prayer flags.

What to see in Tibet?

Kailash, for some travels want to visit Kailash before going overland to Nepal, they will halt at Darchen, staying overnight in guesthouse or Kailash hotel.

In Lhasa, you can visit the splendid Potala Palace, the holy Jokhang Temple, and the busy Barkhor Street. And your journey can be extended to holy lakes, such as Namtso and YamdrokTso, and sacred monasteries, such as Ganden monastery and Sera monastery. Other popular places are Gyantse, Shigatse, Nyingchi,etc.