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How to Travel Tibet?

How to go to Tibet? Is the biggest question for the traveler going to Tibet. But there are so many miss information and the so many outdated information about Tibet travel and tourism in the cyber world. Wrong information is the greatest hindrance when some one is planning to Visit Tibet.

This is my effort in giving you up to date information on How to get to Tibet? There are various routes to enter Tibet. Tibet can be reached by flights from Nepal and China. Kathmandu to Lhasa flights operates daily by China airlines and tickets can be purchased from local agent. From Mainland China you have very good option of selecting flights to Lhasa Tibet.

Tibet is a big state and one cannot finish exploring this roof of the world even if you take a months tour. Whether you take a train journey from China to Lhasa or Flights from Kathmandu to Lhasa the tour keeps on surprising you.

We have local Tibet Tours and Travel Company who shall fulfill all your places of interest in Tibet. Many prefer to take train journey and fly while exiting which gives them both wonderful experience. Tibet can be entered from China main cities like Beijing, Shanghai and Gongzjou, which have frequent flights to Lhasa. From Nepal you have both the option of flying into Tibet or take overland Journey from Kathmandu. The main airport is at Lhasa in Tibet.

Tibet Airline

Tibetan Airlines at Lhasa Airport

Route to Tibet

There are two different routes to Tibet; one is entering from Nepal and other is entering from China.

Going from China to Tibet

If you are planning to enter from another part of China. there is two option of transportation; taking flight into Lhasa, or Taking train journey to Tibet.

There are flights to Tibet from almost every where in China, but the most preferable are taking flight from Chengdu, for easier for the travel agency to deliver your permit and more option of flight. There is also a train available from many parts of China. If you are taking a train journey, your agency in Tibet will not send you the original copy of your permit, rather they would send you the scan copy in Mail. please make sure you have access to your mail in China. At the time of writing, Hotmail and yahoo mail are accessible in China.

All the travel agency in Tibet can help you to book the flight and train ticket for you. please read here for more detail information about how to travel to Tibet from China.

Going to Tibet from Nepal

If you are going to Tibet from Nepal. your agency would send you a visa invitation and you will have to get Chinese Visa from Chinese embassy in Nepal. You can either come overland from Nepal or taking flight from Nepal.

At the time of writing the overland entrance is not possible as the effect of recent earth quake in Nepal. the only option would be flying in from Nepal. but please do consider the situation in Nepal. and sincerely i would discourage any travelers planing to visit Tibet from Nepal.


The most popular flights operating from China mainland.

  1. Beijing to Lhasa and flight time is 4 hours 25 minutes
  2. Shanghai to Lhasa- 07 hours 55 minutes
  3. Gangzou to Lhasa- 05 hours 55 minutes
  4. Chengdu to Lhasa- 02 hours 15 minutes
  5. Hongkong to Lhasa-04 hours and 10 minutes
  6. Kunming to Lhasa- 02 hours 50 minutes
  7. Chongqing to Lhasa- 02 hours 40 minutes
  8. Xian to Lhasa and flight time is 3 hours 05 minutes
  9. Shangrila to Lhasa

Train Travel to Tibet.

The train journey to Tibet from China is the most beautiful and pocket friendly journey. It is one of the most preferred travel by most of the foreign tourist travelling to Tibet. This train also one of the

Here very important things to remember here is the Tibet Visa /Permit. You shall need original copy of Tibet travel permit without which you shall be denied to board the train. Your permit should be ready in original copy before you board the train to Tibet. The journey of Qinghai-Tibet Railway offers the most scenic beauty of Mountains, Clear blue sky and frozen track cruisng, view of local nomadic herdsman and flocks of sheep takes you back to wild wild west picture.

The Qinghai-Tibet Railway, as the only railway that links Lhasa railway station to the existing rail network of mainland China, it is always busy throughout the year. On one hand, the scenery along the railway deserves our time.

Tibet Train

Tibet Train Travel

Documents required to Travel Tibet

Tibet Visa/Permit.

Tibet travel is once in a lifetime trip for tourist visiting Tibet. You need to be very careful what you want to see in Tibet before you book your trip to Tibet. Tibet cannot be explored independently and everything should be pre planned. Tibet is a vast land and there are many things to see in Tibet starting from Nomadic herdsman tent to Modern Lhasa. We have dedicated local team who works in the company.

Any tourist traveling Tibet need to apply Chinese Visa first and then apply Tibet travel permit. Many get confused about Tibet Visa. Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB) only gives Tibet Visa also called Tibet travel permit. This is the permit to allow tourist to enter Tibet after availing Chinese Visa. Tibet Travel permit is special permit required apart from Chinese Visa. No individual can apply Tibet permit and only local Agent can process your Tibet travel permit.

How to Apply Tibet Travel Permit?

Before applying permit, you need to apply Chinese Visa which can be applied from Chinese embassy at Home Country or from Kathmandu. The visa will take at least 6 working days.

Upon arrival at Kathmandu our staff will take your passport and immediately apply your Tibet Visa if your plan is to visit Tibet. By the time your Nepal tour gets over your Tibet Visa will be ready. Now with Tibet visa you cannot enter Tibet. Confused?? Yes you heard it right. You have to apply Tibet special permit through local travel agency based in Tibet. Only upon approval of your Tibet travel permit and your Tibet Visa (Chinese Visa) you will be allowed to enter Tibet.

So remember to have Chinese visa with Tibet travel permit. Just like Bhutan, Tibet tour is also guided tour and its mandatory to use Tibet Travel Agency and Guide while traveling in Tibet. All your arrangement for hotels, English speaking Guide, Transportation will be done by the local travel agency based in Tibet.

Tibet travel permit

Tibet travel permit

Tibet Visa for US Citizen:

Tibet visa or Tibet travel permit is given only upon approval of Chinese Visa if you are traveling to Tibet. This Tibet travel permit is only for entering Tibet after China Tour. The Tibet visa for US citizen can be applied once they are in Kathmandu. The Chinese embassy in Nepal opens 0945 in the morning till 11 to receive your visa application. The office operates from Monday till Friday. If you are in china and wanted to enter Tibet than your travel agency in Tibet will help you to process you Tibet Visa. Only group Visa is given.

Tibet Visa Cost

American applying for Tibet visa can get Multiple entry visa for 10 years after paying USD 140. After getting Chinese Visa they still need to apply Tibet permit every time they visit Tibet.

Tibet Visa Requirements: We just need your Passport and filled Visa forms. Rest our staff will take care of the Visa.

Tibet Travel Visa Information

Documents required

This is bit complicating so I advise all the readers to read carefully.

First of all please remember there is no direct international flight to Tibet, besides from Nepal. There are two routes in entering into Tibet. First is coming into Tibet from other parts of China and the second option is Coming in from Nepal.

If you are planning to come from Other parts from China, the visitor must produce a copy of passport and a copy of their Chinese Visa to the Tibet travel agency. If you have L category of Visa then there is no need of producing other letters. All the none L visa has to produce letters from your host in china. For example, if you are student, you will need to produce a letter from your institution in China, stating your enrollment.

If travelers are planing to come to Tibet from Nepal. Travelers must obtain a group Visa from the Chinese embassy in Nepal. If you have Chinese visa already from your home or else where the visa will become invalid to enter into Tibet. So traveler must obtain from Visa from the Chinese embassy in Nepal. Your Tibet travel agency  will have to send you a visa invitation.

For making Visa invitation your agency need the copy of your passport, once on arrival in Nepal, your Tibet agency will send you visa invitation. You can either get help for visa agency in Nepal or You can go directly to the Chinese embassy. Please make sure you either call the embassy or write to the embassy to make sure they still take a direct application from Travelers.

What is Tibet travel Permit?

Tibet traveler permit or Permit to Tibet is not Tibet Visa. Tibet is a part of China and there is no thing as such called Tibet Visa. But there is a Document Called Tibet travel permit. This is issued by Tibet tourism Bureau on the application from Your Agency in Tibet. You will have to send Document for them to apply with. Please send them at least a month in advance so that they would be enough window period for them. Please read above paragraph for the Document requires.

If you are coming in from Nepal, your agency will only send you the Visa invitation; your permit waits for you at the point of entering.

If you are coming in from other parts of China. your agency have to send you the original copy of your permit. Many travelers prefer to take transits in Other Chinese city before taking flight to Lhasa. In this case your agency will have some one to deliver the permit at the air port. Make sure, you have the proper phone number to call from the airport. There are some travelers preferring to take a night in other cities or travel to some other part of china before flying to Tibet. In such case, you will have to send you the address of your hotels in China, where you would like to have it send. Please make sure you have the address in Chinese.

Customs and Regulation:

  • Tourist can legally bring 20000 RMB equivalent to USD 5000. If more, than you need to declare to the customs.
  • It is illegal to import any printed materials, films or books of any kind that express their views against Chinese government or talks about Tibetan politics. If caught you shall be detained or interrogated.
  • Do not take any letters or packages out of Tibet if asked by locals or monks. If found you shall be strictly dealt as per the Chinese law.
  • You shall be thoroughly checked while entering and exiting Tibet and make sure you are clean and don’t forget to check with us for further information.

Tibet Tour Packages: We have mesmerizing Tibet tour packages starting from Short Tibet tour to long and relaxing plateau excursion that covers the most popular places like Shigatse, Amdo.

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