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Overland Driving and flights are the most popular transportation to Kathmandu from Lhasa Overland Driving and flights are the most popular transportation to Kathmandu from Lhasa

How to Get from Lhasa to Kathmandu

Tibet and Nepal are both two amazing tourist destinations with great plateau views and strong Buddhist fragrance. Most tourists plan a tour to Tibet from mainland of China first, and then transfer to Nepal after their Tibet exploration. The linear distance between Lhasa and Kathmandu is about 600km but the overland distance reaches about 1,000km. As the capital city of Tibet, Lhasa offers convenient transportation to Kathmandu, and you can enjoy the fast speed or sightseeing journey on the way.

Lhasa to Kathmandu Flight

Taking a Lhasa-Kathmandu flight is the fastest and most comfortable transportation, also the most chosen option for travelers while traveling from Tibet to Nepal. In fact, Lhasa-Kathmandu flight is the only international flights connecting Tibet with other countries, and it is also considered as one of the most beautiful air routes in the world flying over several breathtaking mountains, including Mount Everest, Mount Kanchenjunga, Mount Lhotse and other peaks in ranges ofHimalayan. In the flight trip, you can overlook these spectacular peaks. After the trip, stepping off a plane into Kathmandu for many travelers means an exhilarating shock – the sights, sounds, and smells can quickly lead to sensory overland.

Usually, there are 1~2 daily non-stop flights connecting Lhasa with Kathmandu. One is flight CA407, operated by Air China, taking off from Lhasa Gonggar Airport at 11:50 (Beijing time) and landing on Tribhuvan International Airport at 11:10 (local time) every day. On Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, the other flight 3U8719 operated by Sichuan Airlines, starts from Lhasa at 11:15(Beijing time) and lands on Kathmandu at 10:30(local time). Within 95 minutes, travelers are able to arrive in Kathmandu from Lhasa by flight. 

Check the detailed information of Lhasa-Kathmandu Flight for reference:

Kathmandu Valley
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Potala Palace
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Flight No.Departure -- ArrivalDurationFrequencyPlaneTicket
Gonggar Airport

Tribhuvan Airport
1h 35m SM - W - F - Airbus A319
5230 ¥
Economy Class
Gonggar Airport

Tribhuvan Airport
1h 35m - - T - T - S Airbus A319
4410 ¥
Economy Class

Important Notice: 1) The departure time and arrival time are on local time and the time difference between Nepal and China is 2 hours and 15 minutes; 2) above flights schedules are only for reference, and please contact us to catch up on the latest information; 3) Air China canceled the Lhasa-Kathmandu flights on Tuesday till 10th October, 2017.

Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Driving

Apart from taking flight, overland driving is also a good way to transfer to Kathmandu from Lhasa. Because the earthquake shocked Nepal and the road was destroyed, the Zhangmu Port, once serving for traveler traveling between Tibet and Nepal, was closed in 2015, and flight became the only transportation. Since 30th, August, 2017, Gyirong Port has been open for foreign travelers, and travelers can enter Nepal from Tibet by land directly again.

Driving from Lhasa to Kathmandu directly needs about two days. Before transferring to Gyirong Port, you can have a great sightseeing tour on the road through Gyantse and Shigatse. On the journey, you can enjoy the stunning natural landscape as well as holy Buddhist monasteries. If you want, it is also available to extend your tour to Mount Everest which is also in Shigatse and need two more day. Then you will get Gyirong Port and cross the border to Nepal. After that, you still need to drive l to Kathmandu and the journey takes about 8 hours. The landscape is also stunning and you can feast your eyes as well.

Gyirong Port
Gyirong Port

Lhasa to Kathmandu Train

There is no available train between Lhasa and Kathmandu at present, but traveling from Lhasa to Kathmandu by train will come true in the future. The Investigation Report of Feasibility of China Nepal Railway and the Belt and Road China and Nepal Co-building pointed out the urgency of its construction. It is also reported that the Lhasa-Kathmandu Railway includes two sections – Lhasa-Gyirong Railway and Gyirong-Kathmandu Railway. The railway to Kathmandu is planned as an extension of Qinghai-Tibet Railway. Currently, Qinghai-Tibet Railway (connecting Xining and Lhasa) is extended to Shigatse and Lhasa-Shigatse train is under operation. With the accomplishment of Lhasa Kathmandu Railway, there will more good choices to transfer between Lhasa and Nepal.

Gyantse Attractions
Beautiful Qinghai Tibet Train

Lhasa to Kathmandu Cycle

Both Tibet and Nepal are the paradises for adventurers. Cycling from Lhasa to Kathmandu will offers tourists an unforgettable experience. There is a popular cycling route from Lhasa to Kathmandu, which presents the perfect landscape of Himalayan Ranges. The whole Lhasa to Kathmandu cycling journey takes about 15 days. It is a visual treasure but also demands a husky build and amazing endurance. If you are interested in Lhasa Kathmandu cycling tour, contact us for a customized tour.

Lhasa to Kathmandu Bus

There once was direct international bus running between Lhasa and Kathmandu via Zhangmu Port on every Friday. During the peak seasons, there was an additional bus available on Tuesday. The whole journey took over 2 days, and the buses would make stop for food, accommodation or rest. After the earthquake, the buses were canceled and you can only book the driving service from the local travel agency like Tibet Discovery for an overlanding transportation. It is also available to book a car service to Gyirong Port. After crossing the border, you can take a bus to Kathmandu which costs you about 2,500 Nepalese Rupees (about 25USD).

Cycling from Lhasa to Kathmandu
Cycling to Kathmandu from Lhasa

How to Plan a Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Tour

A Lhasa to Kathmandu overland tour must be an arduous experience and it will take you to enjoy the majestic Himalaya ranges while soaking up the Buddhist culture. You are advised to spend 7~9 days on the Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Tour.

In the first three days, it is helpful to stay in Lhasa to get amazed by the incredible wonders in this Holy Land, like Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Sera Monastery etc. and acclimatize your body to the high altitude at the same time. Then, drive to Shigatse via Gyantse in the following day. You won’t miss the emerald Yamdrok Lake, splendid, soaring Karola Glacier, and featured Kumbum stupa in Palcho Monastery on the road. With one more day in Gyantse, you can explore the mysterious Gyantse Dzong and Pala Manor. In Shigatse, pay a visit to Tashilhunpo Monastery – the residence of Panchen Lama. On the fifth day, drive two days to Gyirong Port with one night in New Tingri County. After crossing the port, turn to Kathmandu for your next tour in the last day. If you want a more adventure experience, it is suggested to turn to Mount Everest - a world wonder located in the border of Tibet and Nepal which takes extra 2 days. After you get to Kathmandu, you can start your Nepal Tour from Kathmandu Valley (Kathmandu, Patan & Bhaktapur) in 2 days. If you want travel more, you can visit Nagarkot, Pokhara, Chitwan, or Lumbini.

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Mount Everest - World's Highest Peak

Travel with TibetDiscovery

TibetDiscovery is a local based travel agency in Lhasa provides superior tour to every tourist who travels in Tibet. Traveling with us, you are assured to use the highest quality vehicles available and get to the destination as swiftly and smoothly as possible. Our local guide and driver and accompany you to airport or Gyirong Port. We can also provide the transfer from Gyirong Port to Kathmandu if you need. There will be enough space for you and your luggage. Moreover, you will enjoy the freedom and flexibility to stop on the way for sightseeing or photograph. All cars are equipped with skilled and reliable drivers who have many years of driving experience in Tibet. There is also an Oxygen Box prepared for tourists.

In addition to the convenient transportation and worry-free transfer, our travel consultants will customize a tour, apply all needed permits and book the flight/train for you in advance. During journey, your local professional travel guide will be at your side and help you enjoy a wonderful journey. Contact us to start your Tibet and Nepal discovery now!

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Silvia's Group Visited Mount Everest with Tibet Discovery

Tips for Getting from Lhasa to Kathmandu

High Altitude Sickness Tips: During your overland trip, the altitude keeps increasing gradually. You are suggested to spend several days’ time to explore Lhasa city and acclimatize your body to the high altitude.

Road Condition: The road condition in Tibet is relatively good, but you need to drive along with winding and steep roads for better scenery sometimes. The road linking Gyirong Port and Kathmandu is narrow, and the driving speed is rather low for safety.

Food Supply: You’d better bring some water and food with you. The car will stop for lunch, but the food offered in the roadside restaurants does not taste good usually.

Nepal Visa: Nepal Visa is required for all foreign nationals (except for Indian nationals) who enter the land of Nepal. A visa upon arrival for Nepal is possible for USA, UK, Australia and Canada passport holder. Only taking a flight you can obtain a visa upon arrival.

Necessary Permits: Tibet Travel Permit is a must to travel to or in Tibet. Besides, Tibet Border Pass is also necessary, because you need to cross the border between Tibet and Nepal

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