• Last Updated: 2018-04-11

Located in the largest Himalayan state in Asia, Kathmandu, the capital city of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, is an ideal departure place for tourists who plan a trip to Tibet. For most of the tourists,  taking a flight to Lhasa is their first choice.

Taking a Flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa is absolutely a good option for you which gives you a chance to see the great aerial views of Mt. Everest as you pass over it and it is advisable to choose your seats on the left side of the plane to enjoy the summit of Mt. Everest. While the document you required to enter Tibet is different from the mainland of China. Instead of normal Chinese Tourist Visa, you need to apply for Group Chinese Tourist Visa which can be applied with the assistant of the Travel Agency you booked. And the Group Chinese Visa’s can also be issued to the solo traveler. In addition, all travelers should get Tibet Entry Permits to enter Tibet and check in hotel. Since you have already booked a Travel Agency, they will take care of applying for Tibet Entry Permit.

Two options of taking flights to Lhasa

1. Taking a Direct Fight from Kathmandu to Lhasa

If you don't wanna to transfer in other cities, taking the direct flights is best for you. Fly from Tribhuvan International Airport, the sole international airport in Nepal, to Lhasa Gonggar Airport will take about one and a half hours and cost around US$207.Presently, there are 2 direct flights between Lhasa and Kathmandu,  one is run by Sichuan Airline and another is run by Air China separately, while the Sichuan Airline departs every other day.  Meanwhile,  there are usually daily flights between these two cities in peak season( March to October) and just 2 or 3 weekly flights from Kathmandu to Lhasa in low season.  As for this situation, booking flight ticket in advance(at least 20 days) is necessary. As soon as you arrived at the Lhasa airport, your booked guide, private vehicle and driver will greet you. Then, you can start your Tibet travel according to the itinerary arranged for you.

The Time Schedule of Flights from Kathmandu to Lhasa

 The time schedule of Air China

Flight Route Flight Code  Airlines Dep. Arr. Type Schedule
Lhasa to Kathmandu CA407 Air China 11:50 11:10 319 every other day(every Tue, Thus & Sat.)
Kathmandu to Lhasa CA408 Air China 12:10 16:00 319 every other day (every Tue, Thus & Sat.)


The time schedule of Sichuan Airline

Flight Route Flight Code  Airlines Dep.   Arr. Type  Schedule
Lhasa to Kathmandu 3U8719 Sichuan Airline 11:10 10:30 319 every other day(every Mon, Wed, Fri & Sun.)
Kathmandu to Lhasa 3U8720 Sichuan Airline 11:30 15:10 319 every other day(every Mon, Wed, Fri & Sun.)


2.Taking Connecting Flights

Another way of taking a flight to Tibet is taking connecting flights.  There are also some connecting flights between Lhasa and Kathmandu, stopover in Chongqing, Kunming and Chengdu. If you wanna know elaborate info of connecting flight you can search for the Lhasa Kathmandu flights on expedia.com or other flight booking platforms.

In addition, you must be arranged in advance, either traveling from Kathmandu to Tibet or Mainland China to Tibet. As is known to us that traveling by air is the most convenient and comfortable way of getting from Kathmandu to Tibet while the procedure of booking air tickets is not always straightforward. Choosing a local travel agency definitely a good idea by which you can ensure to book the tickets easily and fast. Great Tibet Tour, one of the excellent local travel agency in Tibet may meet your demand. With the service, they give to you and the awesome itinerary they provide to you, you are supposed to have an amazing journey.

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