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How to Get to Tibet

Last updated: May,16 2017

A traveler can get to Tibet by three means from China and Nepal, namely by air, by train and overland.

Get to Lhasa Lhasa by Air:

From within China, Travelers can fly to Lhasa via Chengdu, Beijing, Shangrila, Shanghai, Chongqing, Xi'an, Guangzhou, etc.

From outside China, travelers can only fly from Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, there is flight leave Kathmandu for Lhasa.

For booking the air tickets to Lhasa, travelers are required to show the Tibet travel permit if they book tickets by themselves, but if through travel agency, travelers do not need permit.

Get to Lhasa by Rail:

The Qinghai-Tibet Railway was completed in July 2006 and has brought millions of tourists to Tibet since then. If traveling to Lhasa from within China, this is a great option as it might help you acclimatize to the altitude a bit better. You can travel from low altitude to higher gradually.

Trains start from Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Lanzhou and Xining.

Get to Lhasa by Overland:

While there are a number of routes into Tibet, officially only three allow foreign travelers.

The first is via Nepal. Many travelers book overland tours via the Friendship Highway that runs from Kathmandu to Lhasa. The 920km (570 miles) trip is spectacular although don't expect a shower along the way. It takes three to five days with stops for sightseeing.

The second option is via Golmud in Qinghai Province. The terrain is desolate so it's not recommended unless you happen to find yourself in Golmud, wishing to be in Lhasa. If this is the case, you may have a better time on the train (see above). And of course, you better have your travel permit sorted out or you might be stopped at the border and turned back.

The third option is via Yecheng in Xinjiang Provice. which is the most difficult road for driver, the road is with average altitude of above 5000m,  

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