Currently Air China and Sichuan Air each operates daily one flight between Lhasa and Kathmandu.Howevery, they reduce the flight frequency during the winter months of December, January, February and March. The flight duration is one hour thirty minutes and offers spectacular views of snow capped mountains, including Mount Everest.
From mainland Chinese Cities
Tibet’s capital city Lhasa is connected by air with Chinese mainland cities Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Xining, Chamdo, Xian, Zhongdian and Guangzhou.
From Hong Kong
Hong Kong does not have direct flight to Lhasa but its nearest Chinese city-Guagzhou has two flights a week to and out of Lhasa. So, you can first fly to Guagzhou and connect fly to Lhasa. Hong Kong is also connected by air with Chengdu is Sichuan Province and from the latter, there are everyday 2 or 3 flights to Lhasa.
You can fly to Lhasa via Chengdu. You can make the same day connection or you can stay a day or two in Chengdu exploring the Panda Reserve and other highlights.
4WD drive trip to Tibet is a great experience to adventure enthusiasts. Of course, it demands good physical fitness level, mental preparedness to encounter any difficulties, flexibility and compromise to various road conditions, facilities and services, more time and may be more money, too. But you will be definitely compensated by the great views, incomparably beautiful landscapes, local culture and traditions.
There are 5 routes for 4 WD Overland adventures to Lhasa
- Kathmandu to Lhasa (952km)-Currently Kodari border has been closed.
- Sichuan (Chengdu) to Lhasa: 2159 kilometers to 2407 km
- Yunnan (Kunming) to Lhasa: 2317 kilometers
- Qinghai (Xining) to Lhasa: 1947 kilometers
- Xinjiang (Yecheng) to Lhasa : 2743 kilometers
Now, you can travel Tibet by train from major cities of China such as Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an, Lanzhou, Chengdu, Guanzhou and Xining. The 1972 km segment of the railway line that connects Xining of Qinghai with Lhasa is the highest railroad on earth.