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Kathmandu Lhasa Tour

As the only international gateway city to Lhasa, Kathmandu has become a very popular destination among tourists. A Kathmandu to Lhasa overland tour is one of the best tour packages that takes you traveling along the Sino-Nepal Friendship Highway to explore the tranquil lakes, ancient monasteries and beautiful cultural reflections of the Tibetan Buddhism lifestyle. Choose one of the itineraries from our travelers favorite Tibet and Nepal trips below to uncover the mysteries of the Himalayas with help from our friendly local travel experts. All of the tours are customizable, so just tell us your needs and we'll do the rest to give you a once in a lifetime experience to these two Himalayan kingdoms.

Kathmandu Lhasa Tour FAQ

  • How do we get to Tibet from Kathmandu?

    There are two ways to get to Tibet from Kathmandu, via road transportation or by plane. Most travel agencies have to arrange a car drive to Gyirong port without carrying any tourists to pick you up if you choose to go to Lhasa from Kathmandu via road transportation, so the price is very high, so we suggest you take a plane to Lhasa. It is a much cheaper and faster way.

  • How can we get to Lhasa from Kathmandu by air?

    Nepal is the only country with direct flights to Lhasa, which costs about 300 US dollars. The whole journey is about 600 kilometers, and it takes about an hour and a half, which is pretty short for an international flight. There are two flights per day from Kathmandu to Lhasa, CA408 (12:10-16:00) and 3U8720 (11:30-15:05). The flights schedule may change without noticing any side, so it is suggested to check out the exact schedule with us at least one week in advance.

  • How to get to Lhasa overland from Kathmandu?

    If you do want to travel to Lhasa from Kathmandu via road transportation, our partner in Nepal will send you to Gyirong, the new port between China and Nepal, and our Tibetan guide will pick you up after you pass customs. Due to the increasing elevation, you should stay at the port for a while to acclimatize yourself to the altitude, and then set off to the east Tibet slowly. Before reaching Lhasa, you’ll visit Tingri, Everest base camp and Shigatse.

    There are numerous fascinating attractions along this classic route, such as Mount Everest, magnificent Buddhist monasteries and Lake Yamdrok. In addition, you will have the chance to meet face-to-face with local residents and explore exotic cultures and traditions.

  • How long does it take to apply for a Tibetan group visa?

    Currently, it takes 4 working days to apply for a group visa for Tibet. That means you’re need to stay in Kathmandu for at least 4 working days. Then you can leave for Lhasa on the fifth day. Please note that you do not need to apply for a China visa if you have applied for the Tibet group visa.

  • How much does it cost to apply for a Tibetan group visa in Kathmandu?

    For international tourists, visa applications need to be submitted to the Chinese embassy in Nepal through local operators. Visa fees vary according to your nationalities. It usually ranges from 90 US dollars to 200 US dollars.

  • What documents are required to apply for a Tibetan group visa?

    Necessary documents include invitation letter, original passport and application form.

    • Invitation letter - the invitation letter is issued by the Tibet tourism bureau. Local travel agencies in Tibet can apply it for you.
    • Original passport - when you arrive in Kathmandu, local staff of the travel agency will collect your passport for application.
    • Application form - the local staff will assist you in filling out the application form when they come to collect your passport.
  • What is the process for applying for a Tibetan group visa?
    • Step 1: When you arrive in Kathmandu, our local staff will assist you to fill out the application form and collect your original passport and 1 photo of you (same size with your passport photo).
    • Step 2: The staff will submit the relevant documents to the Chinese embassy in Nepal. (on weekdays)
    • Step 3: The Embassy issues visas for groups. (on weekdays)
    • Step 4: Staff gets group visas and original passports back for you. (on weekdays)
    • Step 5: Set off for Lhasa.
  • How many days does the trip from Kathmandu to Lhasa take?

    It takes about four days from Kathmandu to Lhasa. The following itinerary is for your reference:

    • Day 1: Kathmandu - Gyirong port
    • Day 2: Gyirong port - Everest base camp
    • Day 3: Everest base camp - Shigatse
    • Day 4: Shigatse - Lhasa

    If you want more sightseeing, it is recommended to spend one more day in Shigatse. The Karola Glacier and Kumbum Monastery could be included in the one-day tour in Shigatse. The Tashilhunpo Monastery could also be visited on the day you go to Lhasa from Shigatse.

  • Are there differences between Tibetan group visa and ordinary Chinese visa?

    The Tibetan group visa is one type of Chinese visa, but it is different from other types of Chinese visa.

    Difference in entry cities: Tibetan group visas are only available for international tourists who enter Tibet from Kathmandu. Other types of visas allow tourists to travel to other places except Tibet. If other visa holders want to travel to Tibet, they need to apply for a Tibet Entry Permit.

    Difference in the number of applicants: Tibetan group visas are applicable to more than 5 people and are supposed to apply through local travel agencies (If you don’t have travel partners, we could arrange other tourists to make the number reach 5. They will only share the visa, but will not travel with you); but there are no such restrictions in applying ordinary visas.

    Difference in the requirements for entries to China: Visitors with Tibetan group visa are required to enter Tibet and leave China at the same time. there are no such restrictions for ordinary visa holders.

    Difference in the requirements for visa extensions: Visas for Tibetan groups cannot be extended. Ordinary Chinese visas are more flexible and can be extended.

  • Can I apply for a Tibetan group visa without staying in Kathmandu?

    Until now, visas for Tibetan groups can only be issued in Kathmandu. The original passport must be submitted to the Chinese embassy in Nepal. Therefore, if you prefer to get to Tibet from Kathmandu, you should leave enough time for the application in Kathmandu.

    Some of our customers posted their passports to Kathmandu for applying for the Tibetan group visa. According to their feedback, it took almost one month due to the slow international mail service in Nepal. Some of them even lost their passports. So it is not a good option.

  • Can we apply for Tibetan group visas by ourselves?

    Only local travel agencies in Kathmandu can submit applications for Tibetan group visas. Tourists are not allowed to submit applications as individuals. Asian Odyssey Travel has been operating trips in Tibet for over 10 years and has a long-term relationship with local travel agencies in Nepal. We are confident that we can handle it well for you and provide you with a comfortable journey if you book a trip to Tibet with us.