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How to Travel from Tibet to Nepal

Why Travel from Tibet to Nepal

There is no a single reason that you have to travel from Tibet to Nepal instead of traveling from Nepal to Tibet. No matter which way you take, the landscape and experience are always the same. But for some specific circumstances, you are suggested to travel from Tibet to Nepal, rather than the opposite route:

1. If you already have a Chinese visa, you can finish you trip in destinations in mainland China first, then go to take your tour in Tibet. The Chinese visa is not valid for entering Tibet from Nepal. Only the Group Visa is qualified. After your Tibet tour, you can directly leave for Nepal if you have a plan in Nepal, or want to return back home from Nepal, so that you don’t have to get back to mainland China to catch your flight back home.

2. If you worry about high altitude sickness, you are suggested to travel from Tibet to Nepal because you can have plenty of time for acclimatization for the high altitude before getting to the Mount Everest and border area. Lhasa has an average altitude around 3700m, which is the best environment to adjust your body to the high altitude and thick air. While the altitude of Kathmandu is only around 1400m.

How to Get to Tibet

To travel from Tibet to Nepal, you have to get to Tibet first. Currently travelers have two major ways to transfer to Tibet - taking flight and taking trains:

Taking Flight to Tibet

Currently there are more than 18 destinations in China operating daily and connecting domestic flights to Lhasa, Nyingchi and other cities in Tibet. Among all these destinations, Chengdu offer the most frequent direct flights to Tibet with about 12~17 flights each day from May to October. Beijing, Chongqing, Xian and Kunming come after Chengdu. So far, there is only an international air route to Tibet: Kathmandu – Lhasa. It is only about 1 hour’s flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa. learn more >

Taking Train to Tibet

Currently there are 7 major train routes connecting Lhasa with gateway cities in China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Chongqing, Lanzhou and Xining. Travelers can also board the train at the midway stations, such as Nanjing, Xian, Taiyuan, etc. Among the 7 gateway cities, Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai are most popular because they are not only important international transfer hubs but also full of famous attractions. Xining is also recommended strongly because it is the nearest city to Lhasa by train, and you can stay there for one or two days to acclimatize the high altitude before arrival at Lhasa. learn more >

Travel from Tibet to NepalAn Airplane of Tibet Airlines
Travel from Tibet to NepalA Train Heading to Lhasa

How to Plan a Travel from Tibet to Nepal

There is no a fixed way or route of traveling from Tibet to Nepal. You can go the classic itinerary - Lhasa / Gyantse / Shigatse / Everest / Kathmandu, or tailor make your own itinerary. But before planning your Tibet Nepal trip, there are several things to consider:

1) Where to start your trip, Lhasa other others?

There are several places you can start your Tibet Nepal tour, including Lhasa, Nyingchi, Shigatse and Ngari. Well, more than 80% of our former customers chose to start their adventures from Lhasa because there are many flights and trains to Lhasa. Besides, Lhasa is the best place for high altitude acclimatization. From Lhasa, you can travel southwestward to Nepal. While Ngari, Shigatse and Nyingchi are only connected to a few cities in China.

2) How many days you have planned for your trip?

You decide the trip length. But you have to plan at least 4 days for your trip. If you want to travel overland to Kathmandu from Lhasa, you will need at least 7 days. If you want to cover Mount Kailash in your trip, you have to plan at least 12 days.

3) Private tour or group tour

According to local laws, independent travel in Tibet is not allowed. One has to take a private tour or join in a group tour, offered by a China travel agency. A private tour gives you more flexibility to arrange the tour length, itinerary and activities according to your personal interests. You will have your own private tour guide and driver. Traveling with a group tour, you will join other people in a fixed-departure date, and share the itinerary, vehicle and tour guide, which will greatly cut down your expense.

Travel from Tibet to NepalPotala Palace in Lhasa City
Travel from Tibet to NepalLhasa to Kathmandu Highway

Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland via Mount Everest

This is the most classic and popular Tibet Nepal Overland Trip. You only need 7~9 days to explore the most recommended destinations in Tibet, such as Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, Mount Everest, etc. Following is the sample itinerary:

- Day 1 Lhasa Arrival;

- Day 2~3 Lhasa Acclimatization and city tour. Featured attractions includes Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery, etc;

- Day 4 Travel from Lhasa to Shigatse via Gyantse. Visit Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier and Palcho Monastery on route;

- Day 5 After visiting Tashilhunpo Monastery, drive from Shigatse to Mount Everest. Accommodate at Rongbuk Monastery Guesthouse or local guest house;

- Day 6 Go to visit the famous Everest Base Camp, then drivel from Mount Everest to Gyirong Town for accommodation.

- Day 7 Go to Kathmandu from Gyirong Port.

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If you prefer a slower pace, you can extend this trip to 9 days – spending an extra night at Gyantse, and an extra visit to Sakya Monastery.

Travel from Tibet to NepalPalcho Monastery in Gyantse Town
Travel from Tibet to NepalMount Everest View from Rongbuk Monastery

Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland via Mount Kailash

This route is extended from the Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Itinerary. Before leaving for the border, you will divert your direction towards Ngari Prefecture where you will visit the famous holy Mount Kailash and Manasarovar Lake.

Day 1~3 Arrival & Lhasa Tour

After arriving at Lhasa on the Day 1, you will go to visit the most classic attractions in Lhasa on Day 2 and Day 3, including the grandiose Potala Palace, holy Buddhist sites Jokhang Temple, Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery, also the exotic Barkhor Street and quiet Norbulingka.

Day 4~5 Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse

You will travel from Lhasa to Shigatse and visit the tranquil Yamdrok Lake, imposing Karola Glacier and unique Palcho Monastery on route. Visit Tashilhunpo Monastery in Shigatse.

Day 6~8 Shigatse - Mount Everest - Saga

In the following three days, you will firstly visit Mount Everest. Then transfer from Everest to Darchen, the nearest town to Mount Kailash. The holy lake Manasarovar Lake will be visited on route.

Day 9~11 Mount Kailash Trekking

In the following three days, you will trek around 50 kilometers to complete the Mount Kailash Kora.

Day 12 ~ 15 Drive to Gyirong & Departure

Drive from Ngari to the border area, then transfer to Kathmandu from Gyirong Port.

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Travel from Tibet to NepalHoly Mount Kailash
Travel from Tibet to NepalPilgrim at Lake Manasarovar

Lhasa to Kathmandu by Flight

If you just want to spend a short stay in Tibet, you can only visit Lhasa and nearby destinations, such as Namtso Lake, Yamdrok Lake, Shigatse, Gyantse, then take a flight to depart from Lhasa to Kathmandu. In tourist peak season, there usually are two daily flights to Kathmandu from Lhasa. Following is a recommended Lhasa Namtso tour:

- Day 1 Lhasa Arrival;

- Day 2~3 Lhasa Acclimatization and city tour. Featured attractions includes Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery, etc;

- Day 4 Drive about 250km from Lhasa to visit the holy lake Namtso. Then return back to the city;

- Day 5 Take a flight to Kathmandu

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Travel from Tibet to NepalJokhang Temple Square in Lhasa

Necessary Permits for Tibet to Nepal Tour

Traveling from Tibet to Nepal, whether taking flight or overland driving, you have to apply for and bring necessary travel documents with you, including Chinese Visa, Tibet Entry Permit, Alien Travel Permit and Border Pass. It you want to visit Mount Kailash, you will to have an extra permit – Tibet Military Permit. After arriving at the border, you will also have to apply for a Nepal Visa at the customs.

Tibet Entry Permit

Tibet Entry Permit is foremost and compulsory for foreign passport holders to enter Tibet. Issued by Tibet Tourism Bureau, it is also called TTB permit. Without the permit, you can’t board your flight to Tibet or cross overland from Nepal, also will not be able to get other permits to continue to travel Tibet further.

Every non-Chinese passport holder, including US citizens, UK citizens, Australians, Canadians, Germans, Taiwanese, etc., has to obtain Tibet Entry Permit. It takes about 15~20 days to obtain this permit. learn more >

Tibet Border Pass

To pass the China-Nepal border area, travelers have to hold a Border Pass which is issued by Tibet Armed Police Border Corps in Lhasa. It can't be applied by travelers individually. One has to contact a Tibet travel agency to apply the Border Permit from the Tibet Armed Police Border Corps in Lhasa. learn more >

Alien Travel Permit

When foreign travelers travel beyond Lhasa to other prefectures in Tibet, such as Shigatse, Shannan, Ngari, one has to have an Alien Travel Permit. The Lhasa to Kathmandu Cycling passes Shannan and Shigatse Prefectures. So the Alien Travel Permit is required. This permit can be applied after arrival in Tibet. Your tour guide will take you original passport and Chinese visa to apply for the permit. It usually takes only about 30 minutes to get the permit. learn more >

Chinese Visa

If you want to travel from Tibet to Nepal, you have to obtain a Chinese Visa first. Group Visa is not qualified. The Chinese Visa will also be used to apply for Tibet Entry Permit before your trip. learn more >

Nepal Visa

After arriving at the Nepal Tibet border (Gyirong Port), you have to apply for a Nepal Visa to enter the land of Nepal. It is simple and quick to obtain the visa. Passport is needed to apply for Nepal Visa.

Tibet Entry Permit
Tibet Entry Permit
Tibet Border Pass
Tibet Border Pass
Group Visa
Alien Travel Permit

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