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Tibet tours from Nepal within 5 steps

Tibet tours from Nepal are quite different from travelling into Tibet from Chinese side concerning the formalities. If you enter from Chinese side, you can take train or flight with your passport, Chinese visa (obtained in your country) and Tibet permit (sent to you by your Tibet tour operator). However, if you travel to Tibet from Nepal side, you neither apply for the Chinese visa in your country nor need your Tibet tour operator send you the Tibet permit, but how? What follows is steps with pictures tell you how to secure a Tibet tour from Nepal.

Step 1:
Send by email the scan copy of your passport to your Tibet tour operator who is going to apply for the Visa Invitation Letter for Tourist Group for you issued by the Tibet Tourism Bureau. Remember that this must be done at least 15 days before your Tibet tour starts. 

Step 2:
It takes about 4 working days for your Tibet tour operator to get the invitation letter and permit issued from the Tibet Tourism Bureau, and then we will fax the letter and permit to our visa agent in Kathmandu who is going to apply for the Chinese Group Visa for you.

Step 3:
Arrive in Kathmandu and meet our visa agent there, the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu accepts visa application form from 9 AM to 2 PM from Monday to Friday; but it takes at least 3 working days to get the visa issued. You have to give your original real passport to our visa agent there and please bring one photo of passport-size pic when meet them in Kathmandu. Visa fee varies depends on your nationality and how urgent you need it. What follow is the fees for your reference. And our partner visa agent in Kathmandu will charge you USD 20 per person as service fee.

Normal Urgent
Process Duration 4 working days 3 working days
US Citizens USD 140 p/p USD 155 p/p
Canadian Citizens USD 120 p/p USD 135 p/p
Romanian Citizens USD 80 p/p USD 90 p/p
Other Citizens USD 50 p/p USD 65 p/p

Step 4:
Meet our visa agent in Kathmandu again to pick up your Chinese group visa; generally it will be in the afternoon from Monday to Friday. And if your form is submitted on Friday, it will be Monday afternoon when you pick up the visa

Step 5:

After all the documents obtained in hand, now your Tibet tour from Nepal really starts. There are only two ways to travel to Tibet from Nepal, by air or by overland. (1): By air, you can fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa with the only available airline-Air China (www.airchina.com), we advise you book your air ticket as early as possible, because it’s cheaper to book early; our guide and driver will then pick you up at airport in Lhasa with travel permit. (2): By overland, if you want Nepal to Tibet overland tours, you can rent a taxi from Kathmandu to Gyirong (border) by yourself, after finishing all the border formalities at both sides, the Chinese border army will lead you to our guide (with travel permit) who will be waiting for you at the border.

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. Ch*** from: Tibet tours from Nepal within 5 steps

We a group of 6 people from Malaysia would like to travel from Kathmandu to Western Tibet and trek Mt. Kailash in mid September.  Kindly email us your groups tour date and detail itinerary

Answered by Helen

Dear Ms. Ch***,

Thanks very much for your inquiry. We see that you would like to travel from Kathmandu and trek Mt. Kailash, as you are six persons together, you may consider taking a private tour, cost of private tour is almost the same as group tour (six pax in one group), and there are only six of you in private tour, and we are able to arrange a Kathmandu to Lhasa via Mt. Kailash overland private tour for you. As the price is not high and it will be more flexible for you. I will send detailed itinerary and quotation to your email, please check it. Warm regards.

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