Compared with the way to Tibet by train, flying to Tibet proves to be far more time-saving. Many tourists worry that altitude sickness is more likely to occur when taking flights to Tibet. But in fact, even if you take the train into Tibet, altitude sickness is possible to happen.
Nowadays, there are a total of 5 airports in Tibet that are in use. And basically, visitors from all countries land at Lhasa Gongga International Airport. No direct long-haul flights to Tibet are available and you have to stay for a while in main Chinese gateway cities or Kathmandu, Nepal before flying to Lhasa.
Part 1. Flights to Tibet from Main Chinese Gateway Cities
Part 2. International Flights to Tibet from Kathmandu, Nepal
Part 3. Tips for Getting Cheap Flights to Tibet
Part 4. Required Travel Documents for Taking Flights to Tibet
Part 5. Insider Tips When Booking Flights into and out of Tibet
At present, there are a total of 18 provincial capitals and large cities in mainland China offering direct flights to Lhasa. Some main gateway cities are more popular, including Chengdu, Chongqing, Xi’an, Xining, Beijing, Kunming, Shangri-La and Shanghai. They provide tourists with more frequent flight schedule.
|Air Route||Distance||Duration||Flight Type|
|Chengdu to Lhasa||768 miles (1286km)||2.5 hours||non-stop|
|Chongqing to Lhasa||985 miles (1585km)||2hrs 50mins||non-stop|
|Beijing to Lhasa||1867 miles (3004km)||4-6 hours||non-stop/stopover|
|Xi’an to Lhasa||1230 miles (1980km)||3hrs 20mins||non-stop/stopover|
|Shanghai to Lhasa||1930 miles (3107km)||7-9 hours||stopover/connecting|
|Kunming to Lhasa||1220 miles (1963km)||3-5 hours||non-stop/connecting|
|Shangri-La to Lhasa||1188 miles (1913km)||2 hours||non-stop/connecting|
|Xining to Lhasa||968 miles (1558km)||2.5-7 hours||non-stop/connecting|
Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, is an ancient city with a history of more than 1200 years. There are over 2700 temples in the city, which is known as the “city of temples”. Currently, the only international flights to Tibet takes off from Kathmandu. It takes only 1.5 hours over a distance of about 375 miles (603.5km) from Kathmandu to Lhasa.
There are two non-stop flights from Kathmandu to Lhasa, separately run by Sichuan Airline and Air China. Several connecting flights are also available, making a stopover in Chengdu, Chongqing or Kunming.
[h3] A Schedule of Non-stop Flights to Lhasa, Tibet from Kathmandu, Nepal
|Airline||Take-off&Landing Time||Flight Type||Time|
|11:30-15:10 (local time)||non-stop||Every Mon, Wed, Fri & Sun|
|12:10-16:00(local time)||non-stop||Every Tue, Thu & Sat|
As you can see, there are many available options for flying to Tibet. And you might have noticed that the plane ticket to Tibet is not cheap. Why are the flights to Tibet so expensive?
The fact that flights to Tibet are expensive is inevitable, but there are chances for you to get the best deals. The following tips are offered for your reference:
Some necessary documents are required to take flights to Tibet.
There are some tips for you to book flights into and out of Tibet:
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.
Hello I am planning a trip to Katmandu and on to Lhasa and Mt. Kalias. I am pilgrim. Let me know costs and details I intend to fly or go overload from Katmandu Lhasa etc. Thx.
Dear Mr. To***,
Thanks very much for your inquiry. Travelling to Tibet from Nepal, you need to apply for Chinese Group Visa in Kathmandu. Firstly, we'll apply for visa invitation letter with copy of your passport. Next, we'll send visa invitation letter to you and our partner in Kathmandu. When you arrive in Kathmandu, you need to meet with our partner and give them your original passport, then they will go to Chinese embassy and apply for Chinese Group Visa for you. When you board plane from Kathmandu to Lhasa, they'll only check your passport and Chinese Group Visa. Apart from Chinese Group Visa, you also need Tibet Permit, we'lll apply for Tibet Permit for you in Lhasa, and our guide will pick you up at Lhasa airport with your permit. I will send detailed itinerary to your email, please check it. Thanks & Regards
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