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What ways are available to travel from Kathmandu to Lhasa by overland?

Time: 19-02-2019 This Article is Composed by BudgetTibetTour

There are several ways from Kathmandu to Lhasa by overland. The most common and also economical way is the group tour, several people will travel together, and our agency will provide the guide and vehicle to pick up people at the border then go on the Tibet tour. If you would like to do it as private tour, that is OK too. In one word, travel agency will provide the whole tour package.

You can drive on your own too, but in this way, the special self-driving permit needs to be applied at least 3 month beforehand. Motorbike will be in the same process. We still need to arrange the guide to take care your group well in this way.  

Bicycling the China Nepal Highway
Bicycling the China Nepal Highway

Sometimes even you can ride bikes in this way, but this will take about 15 days or even more time from the border to Lhasa. Do not overestimate your ride ability in such high altitude place, so take it slowly is better.

The last but seldom people would take is on foot, trekking from the border to Lhasa would be more than a month to complete, as it is more than 800km to go. At present except the pilgrims who did the kowtow along the way, hardly the travelers would try it in this way.  

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What documents are required to travel from Nepal to Tibet?

Nepal to Tibet visa

To travel from Kathmandu to Lhasa by air or overland, one has to bring passport and Chinese Group Visa; Tibet tour operator will hand the Tibet Travel Permit and pick you up with that permit allows you to travel in Tibet.
How to apply for the Chinese Group Visa? How much time it takes and do I have to stay in Kathmandu to wait for the visa to be approved?

Tibet Visa Kathmandu

The complete procedures guide you how to apply for the Tibet visa, what to prepare, how much time needed and what the visa looks like.
Can I apply for the Chinese Group Visa if I travel only by myself alone?

Chinese Group Visa one person

Chinese Group Visa for Tibet tours can both be applied by individuals and groups even this visa is called “group visa”. Solo traveler is allowed to apply for this group visa too.
What’s the valid duration of Chinese Group Visa? By using this visa, can I visit other parts of China, like Beijing or Shanghai after my tour in Tibet? Can I extend it while I am in China?

Chinese Group Visa Validation

Chinese Group Visa issued by the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu, also known as Tibet visa, is normally valid for 15 and 30 days.
Do I have to go to the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu in person? What documents should be prepared for the group visa application?

Chinese Group Visa Application

Visa application form, passport, visa invitation letter, passport size picture and visa fees are things needed when applying for a Tibet visa in Kathmandu.
Which overland port is open for tourists to travel into Tibet from Nepal? When it opens and closes?

Nepal to Tibet via Gyirong

Gyirong Port(E85.30/N28.85) between China and Nepal is the only available open port for international tourists to travel between China and Nepal by overland
Travelers' Questions Might Help

The questions raised by our past customers can help you get a more clear picture about tours to Tibet, read them or tell us your own questions via the form on the right side, our specialists will reply you within 24 hours.

user portrait Ms. Ho*** from: When to get my Tibet permit

Hello, we are considering to travel in Tibet in summer. We are a family of 5, two adults and three kids, age 13(then), 10, 8. We are interested in the 10 days Mt. EBC & Namtso Lake Group tour. We are US citizens with valid 10-year Chinese multiple entry visa, which we have applied when we went to Beijing in 2019. We are currently living in South Korea.  

Questions:

1. Are kids suitable (or even allowed) for this tour?  

2. If kids can join, are there any discount deals for kids?

Answered by Helen

Dear Ms. Ho***,

    Greetings from Helen at Budget Tibet Tour and welcome you to join our 10 days Mt. Everest & Namtso Lake group tour. For your questions: 1. Your kids are suitable for this tour. Travelling in Tibet is as safe for kids as it is for their parents. While the high Tibetan plateau may be the highest place on the planet, very often, the kids that visit this region are more adaptable and have fewer problems than their parents. We also have arranged wonderful Tibet tours for many families with kids such as a tour to EBC for a family with a 3-year-old son, a 9-year-old girl and a 11-year-old boy, they did have fun in Tibet and there is no problem for them. Or you can take some medicine under the guidance of doctor to prevent high altitude before enter Tibet. 2. If kids travel with you, we'll offer some discount for them, please check your email and find more detailed information. Thanks & Regards

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