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Getting into Tibet and Away

From Kathmandu

Currently, Air China and Sichuan Air each operate daily one flight between Lhasa and Kathmandu. However, 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 a direct flight to Lhasa, but its nearest Chinese city-Guangzhou has two flights a week to and out of Lhasa. So, you can first fly to Guangzhou and connect fly to Lhasa. Hong Kong is also connected by air with Chengdu in Sichuan Province, and from the latter, there are every day 2 or 3 flights to Lhasa.

From Bangkok

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 an excellent experience for adventure enthusiasts. Of course, it demands the right physical fitness level, mental preparedness to encounter any difficulties, flexibility, and compromise to various road conditions, facilities and services, more time, and maybe more money, too. But you will be compensated by the magnificent views, incomparably beautiful landscapes, local culture, and traditions.

There are five routes for 4 WD Overland adventures to Lhasa

  • Kathmandu to Lhasa (952km)-Currently Kodari border is 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.

By Train

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.