Kathmandu – the capital city of Nepal is a hot tourist destination for most travelers in the word. Lhasa – the capital city of Tibet is also an ultimate dream place for tourists from home and abroad. Traveling from Kathmandu to Lhasa has become the main choice for international travelers. But how to get to Lhasa from Kathmandu has confused lots of foreigners. Today, I’d like to share some ways to travel to Tibet from Nepal.
Flights to Lhasa from Kathmandu
Taking flights to Tibet is the most convenient way. Currently, there is only one daily direct flight flying from Kathmandu to Lhasa. CA408 operated by Air China departs from Tribhuvan Airport at 12:10, and arrives at Gonggar Airport at 16:00. The duration time is about 1h 35m. It only runs on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. The price of the economic class is about 4410 RMB. 3U8720 operated by Sichuan Airlines departs from Tribhuvan Airport at 11:30, and arrives at Gonggar Airport at 15:10. The duration time is about 1h 25m. It only runs on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The price of the economic class is about 5230 RMB.
Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland Tour
Because of the stunning scenery along the way, having a Nepal Tibet overland tour is also the main choice for most travelers. This way to Lhasa from Kathmandu is thrilling and adventurous. Thanks to the complex landscape, travelers always trek to Tibet, hike to Tibet, or cycle to Tibet. In the past, adventure fans got to Tibet border via Zhangmu port. There was a busy county with numerous guesthouses, restaurants, and shops stores. While due to the 2015 Nepal Earthquake, this port had to be closed by the fallen rocks and stones. Then, under the efforts of Chinese and Nepalese governments, a new port was opened between Nepal and Tibet, which was the famous Gyirong Port. At present, Gyirong port is the only pass for travelers who plan an overland Nepal Tibet Tour. However, according to the latest news, the Zhangmu Port will be reopened again in the future. Until that time, I believe Nepal and Tibet will attract more and more tourists.
The distance from Kathmandu to Lhasa via Gyirong port is about 1000 kilometers. If one drives a car from Kathmandu to Lhasa, he will spend 20 hours to finish the whole journey without stopping. There are lots of attractions along the way, so you must be attracted by the high snow-capped mountains, zigzag roads, murmuring rivers, crystal-like lakes, etc. Normally, it takes tourists four to six days to explore the natural beauty along the way.
Kathmandu to Lhasa Train Tour
At present, taking a train to Tibet from Kathmandu is unavailable. However, according to the reports, the railway from Kathmandu to Lhasa is going to be built in the coming years. There are a lot of advantages for the construction of Nepal Tibet Railway. Not only can it increases the development of the tourism in Nepal and Tibet, but also it can deepen the friendship in China and Nepal.