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How can I go to Tibet?

There are three ways to reach Tibet from Nepal and other cities in China. 

1. By overland to Lhasa: There are five highways connecting Lhasa with other cities. Four domestic routes are Qinghai-Tibet Highway, Xinjiang-Tibet Highway, Sichuan-Tibet Highway, Yunnan-Tibet Highway. Among them, only the route Qinghai Tibet Highway is officially allowed for foreign travelers. It is 1937km from Xining, capital of Xining, to Lhasa with an average altitude over 4000m. Due to the long distance and difficulties, travellers are not suggested to go this route. The rest three routes begin from Kashiga, Chengdu and Kunming which require a series of complicated permissions issued by Tibet Tourism Bureau, Military Administration and Foreign Affairs Administration.  

The international route, which is called Sino-Nepal Friendship Highway connecting Kathmandu and Lhasa, is now the most popular overland route to Tibet with the duration of 3-4 days. The 920km trip is spectacular because there are a great number of attractions worth visiting on the way, including the Everest Base Camp. 

2. By Flight to Lhasa: Quite a few domestic cities in China like Chengdu, Chongqing, Xian, Beijing, Shanghai, Kunming and Shenzhen have direct flights to Lhasa. Easy Tour China recommends our clients to fly from Chengdu, Chongqing or Xian to or from Lhasa as there are more flights available between the cities every day, and the flight time is relatively shorter. There is only one international flight connecting Kathmandu and Lhasa, 2 or 3 flights a week in the summer/autumn season. Please check with our travel specialist for more accurate info.  

3. By train to Lhasa: Since the operation of the Qinghai-Tibet railway in 2006, the train travel to Lhasa has become one of the most popular means of transportation of entering Tibet. The train journey takes more than 43hrs (2 overnights on the train) from Beijing, Shanghai or Guangzhou. For shorter journey, you can take the train from Lanzhou or Xining, spend 24hrs (1 overnight on the train) only and view the highlights of the views to Tibet. There are also trains departing from Chengdu and Chongqing. It is very difficult to get a ticket, but much easier to buy train tickets going out of Lhasa. 

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