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Taking Flights to Nepal Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport is the Most Convenient Way to Start Your Nepal Travel! Taking Flights to Nepal Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport is the Most Convenient Way to Start Your Nepal Travel!

Flights to Nepal - Taking International Flights to Nepal 2020

Ranked at one of the top tourist destinations worldwide, Nepal is abundant in natural beauty with breathtaking Himalayas, crystal clear lake, blue sky, white clouds and multiple ancient architectures of palaces, temple, stupa… Although overland travel from Lhasa (Tibet) to Nepal through Gyirong Port has restarted since August 30, 2017, roads from Gyirong to Kathmandu are quite tedious, bumpy and even dangerous during the summer rainy season. A better choice is taking a flight to Nepal from available cities, which saves much time and is more comfortable, and offers Nepal Visa on Arrival for most foreign tourists at Kathmandu Airport by a few simple and quick steps.

International Flights to Nepal

Located in south Himalayas, Nepal is well-connected with many countries abroad via the Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport - the only international airport in Nepal. Currently the airport executes about 30 international airlines, which are mostly with Asian and the Middle East countries. That means if you are planning to visit Nepal from Bhutan (Paro), India (New Delhi/Mumbai/Kolkata), Bangladesh (Dhaka), Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur), Thailand (Bangkok), Singapore, United Arab Emirates (Dubai/Sharjah/Abu Dhabi), Saudi Arabia (Dammam), Qatar (Doha), Oman (Muscat), South Korea (Seoul), Turkey (Istanbul) and Saudi Arabia (Dammam), you can take direct flights to Nepal within several hours.

Compared to long hours’ overland drive from Tibet to Nepal, the flights journey is more easeful and time saving. If you are lucky, probably you will see fantastic views of Mount Everest and snowcapped Himalayan Range from the window seats.

Round-trip flights between Bhutan (Paro International Airport) and Nepal (Kathmandu Tribhuvan Airport) are opened irregularly two ~ thrice every week by Druk Air and Royal Bhutan Airlines, taking about 1h only.

Flights to Nepal
Detailed Nepal Airline Routes
Flights to Nepal
Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport

Take Flights to Nepal from China (Lhasa, Chengdu...)

Visualized as the symbol of great neighborship between China and Nepal, China has opened the largest number of direct flights to Nepal than other countries. At present, there are 10Chinese cities running international non-stop flights to Nepal, including Lhasa (Tibet), Chengdu, Guangzhou, Kunming, Hong Kong, Beijing, Chongqing, Shenzhen, Guiyang and Changsha. Among them, Lhasa Kathmandu Flights flies the shortest time for only 2 hours and Chengdu is one of the most favorate gateway city to Nepal as well. Thus, foreign travelers are highly advised to travel to Tibet or other Chinese cities and then fly to Nepal. With lots of flight choices, you can arrange your China Nepal tour at time you want.

Flights to Nepal from China
China Nepal Flights Routes

Major Flights to Nepal from Chinese Cities

Air RouteAir CompanyFlight DurationFrequencyFlight Type
Lhasa Kathmandu (Nepal) Flight Air China 1h25m Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday Direct Flight
Sichuan Airlines 1h Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday Direct Flight
Chengdu Kathmandu (Nepal) Flight Air China 3h25m Every Day Direct Flight
Tibet Airlines 1h55m Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday Direct Flight
Xian Kathmandu (Nepal) Flight Tibet Airlines 3h30m Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday Direct Flight
Kunming Kathmandu (Nepal) Flight China Eastern Airlines 3h20m Twice Per Day Direct Flight
Guangzhou Kathmandu (Nepal) Flight Southern Airlines 5h30m Twice Per Day Direct Flight
Hong Kong Kathmandu (Nepal) Flight Nepal Airlines 5h30m Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday Direct Flight
Cathay Pacific Airways Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday Direct Flight

Note: All the above Nepal Airlines maybe cut down in low season and price and availability are subject to change.

Take Flights to Nepal from India (New Delhi, Mumbai...)

India is a close neighbor of Nepal, which has many cities air-connected with Nepal. New New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru have direct flights to Nepal. If you depart from other cities in India, you need to make stopover.

Major Flights to Nepal from Indian Cities

Air RouteDeparture AirportArrival AirportFrequencyDuration
New Delhi to Kathmandu (Nepal) Indira Gandhi International Airport Kathmandu Tribhuvan Airport 6 flights per day about 1.5 ~ 2 h
Mumbai to Kathmandu (Nepal) Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport Kathmandu Tribhuvan Airport 2 flights per day about 2.5 h
Kolkata to Kathmandu (Nepal) Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport Kathmandu Tribhuvan Airport 26 flights per week about 1.5 h
Bengaluru to Kathmandu (Nepal) Kempegowda International Airport Kathmandu Tribhuvan Airport 3 flights per week about 3 h

Tips: The above flight schedules are listed for reference only. It is subject to change due to seasonal adjustment.

Take Flights to Nepal from Bhutan and Other Countries

Besides the bordering China and India, some Asian countries also have flights to Nepal, such as Bhutan (Paro), Shajah, Bangladesh (Dhaka), Dubai, Oman (Muscat), South Korean (Incheon), Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur), Qatar (Doha), Singapore (Singapore), Bangkok (Thailand), etc.

Nepal Domestic Flights - Fly among Major Nepal Destinations by Flight

Apart from the international flights to enter Nepal, there are several Nepali domestic airlines tourists can use to transfer among popular destinations in Nepal. Served as the transportation hub in Nepal, Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport is linked with several main civil airports located in Pokhara, Chitwan, Lumbini and etc. Also you can take short-distance flights from Pokhara to Chitwan or Lumbini.

Every day, there are about 8 non-stop flights running between Kathmandu (the capital and the biggest city of Nepal) and Pokhara (the second largest city in Nepal) from 8:00 am to 3:15 pm, which takes just less than 30 m. For mountaineering enthusiasts wishing to climb the south pole of Mount Everest, TACA Airlines offers up to 8 flights from Kathmandu to Lukla, the starting point and the must pass of the mountaineering route, which are all in the morning. You can check more Nepal domestic airline by contacting us.

Nepal Domestic Flights
Domestic Airlines in Nepal

Optional Choice: Drive Overland to Nepal from Tibet or India

Maybe you are hoping for an adventurous journey, the overland tour from Lhasa Tibet to Nepal (Kathmandu) must fulfill your likes. Cross-border driving from India to Nepal is also doable. Compared to the air travel, the road journey saves much money for transport expense which you can spend on activities you like to do in Nepal. Besides, you will enjoy various landscapes along the journey from Tibet to Nepal, such as Buddhist temples, stupa, palaces, and beautiful natural splendors…

Road connection between Nepal and Tibet was cut off for a long time ue to the close of Zhangmu Port after the Nepal earthquake in April 25, 2015. Fortunately, the Gyirong Port at China-Nepal Border area was announced to be reopened for international travelers on August 30, 2017. With huge convenience, foreigners can travel from Tibet to Nepal by road or visit Tibet after finishing trip in Nepal again.

Useful Links: How to Get to Nepal

Overland Drive to Nepal
Tibet to Nepal Overland Driving Map to Nepal

Useful Nepal Travel Tips:

1. The Most Convenient Way to Nepal. Like mentioned above, China has the 6 popular tourist cities linked with Nepal via available direct flights, hence, you got great chances to explore Chinese history and culture first as well as more options of deciding where to depart from.

2. Nepal Tourist Visa. You can apply Nepal Visa before leaving at any Nepalese Diplomatic Mission like Nepal Embassy or Consulate in your home country or China, even you can obtain the Nepal Visa on Arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport with required documents.

3. Packing and Heath Advice. The valid original passport always comes first. Packing what kind of clothes, it largely depends on where and when you visit Nepal. Summer clothing like T-shirts and short are normally enough, long sleeves are needed if you will go out at night or high-elevated places. Professional equipment for trekking and climbing needs well prepared. Rain gear are eseential for Nepal travel during rainy season.

4. Nepal Tour Extension. With short distance and flying duration, you may have a Tibet Nepal tour or Nepal Bhutan Tour packages to explore a variety of scenery, culture, history of these three popular destinations together in the world.

Bhutan Tibet Flights to Nepal
Flights Route between Nepal Tibet Bhutan

How to Plan a Nepal Tour

Best time to visit Nepal: March to mid-June and mid-September to November

How to get to Nepal: overland driving from China (Tibet) and India, flights from China (Tibet, Chengdu…), India (Delhi/Mumbai/Kolkata/Bengaluru...), Bangladesh (Dhaka), Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur), Thailand (Bangkok), Singapore, etc.

Nepal Visa: you can get Nepal Visa on arrival at Kathmandu Airport and border entry ports, or apply for it from Nepal Embassy abroad before departure, which takes about 1 to 3 working days.

Tourists always start a Nepal tour from Kathmandu - the capital city and tourist distribution center. 4 days is enough to enjoy the world heritage sites and Himalayan views in Kathmandu Valley (Kathmandu, Patan, Bhaktapur and Nagarkot). For those travelers who won’t want to miss the most astonishing nature of Nepal, spend 1 or 2 more days visiting lakeside Pokhara. For more experience, Chitwan is a good choice to offer Nepal’s oldest wildlife (various mammal and birds species) as well as a variety of excursions in 2 days usually. If you are a Buddhist follower or fan, travel Lumbini and other Buddhist sites in 3~4 more days. If you are a trekking enthusiast, there is a bucket of trekking routes, like Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Circuit, Poon Hill, etc.

☞ 4 Days Classic Kathmandu Valley Tour
☞ 5 Days Kathmandu Pokhara Leisure Tour (by Flight)
☞ 8 Days Nepal Holiday Tour (Kathmandu - Pokhara - Chitwan)

It is strongly recommended to take a Tibet Nepal overland trip, so you are able to have Himalayan landscape savory and special culture encounter in one go. Or you can extend your trip to tiny Bhutan to find the mystery of happiness. Tibet Discovery is specialized in providing Nepal Tibet Bhutan Tour Packages and you are also welcomed to customize your unique experience.

☞ 7 Days Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Tour via Mount Everest
☞ 15 Days Tibet Nepal Bhutan Himalaya Exploration In-depth Tour

Nepal Travel Photos
Adam's Family from USA visited Kathmandu with Tibet Discovery

Recommended Nepal Tour Packages

Following are some of our most recommended Nepal tour packages that you may be interested in. All of our tour packages are classic itineraries, and can be tailor-made to meet your personal requirements. You can get more Nepal Tours, or contact us to customize a trip if you want.

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