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Kathmandu to Lhasa Flight

  • by Liffity
  • Last Updated: 2024-05-21

The Land of Snows falls under the People's Republic of China. Tibet's nearest neighbor, Nepal is now the only nation with global air links to Tibet. 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.

Overview of Kathmandu to Lhasa Flight

The only terminal that runs flights to and from Lhasa is the Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) in Kathmandu. If you are traveling in a group, please book your Kathmandu to Lhasa flight together since you will share a document called China Group Visa.

In the past, two airlines offered non-stop flights. Generally, one-way costs USD 400 per individual. It ordinarily takes 90 minutes, for a flight distance of 600km. And now, the flights have not yet fully resumed. Three direct flights are available between Kathmandu and Lhasa on Mon/Wed/Fri per week, starting from 17 April 2024. For other days, you may need to transit a flight in Chengdu. In that case, you'd better apply for a China visa in advance.

There's no train available between Kathmandu and Lhasa. Or you can opt for an overland tour that is a 1300km journey to Lhasa via Gyirong Port. It typically takes 7-8 days. If you want a quicker and more convenient way, go for the flights.

Kathmandu to Lhasa Flight Schedule and Price

If you don't wanna transfer to other cities, taking direct flights is best for you. Flying from Tribhuvan International Airport, the sole international airport in Nepal, to Lhasa Gonggar Airport will take about one and a half hours. Presently, there are three flights from Kathmandu to Lhasa per week, and vice versa. Besides, there are also some connecting flights between Lhasa and Kathmandu, with a stopover in Chengdu, Kunming, or Chongqing. Due to the large number of passengers in the peak tourism season(from July to September), booking flight tickets in advance(at least 20 days) is necessary. As soon as you arrive at the Lhasa Gonnggar Airport, your tour guide, private vehicle, and driver will greet you. Then, you can start your Tibet travel according to your pre-arranged itinerary.

Kathmandu to Lhasa flight route
Kathmandu to Lhasa flight route on Google map

Himalayan Airlines is the only flight operator at present. They execute 3 flights on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Here are the latest flight schedules for 2024.

The Time Schedule of Flights from Kathmandu to Lhasa

Flight No. Departure---Arrival Duration Frequency Price
H9-774 09:55--13:30
1h 20m Every alternate weekday  
(Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
Economy Class

The Time Schedule of Flights from Lhasa to Kathmandu

Flight No. Departure---Arrival Duration Frequency Price
H9-775 14:15--13:35
1h 35m Every alternate weekday
 (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
Economy Class

Discounted Flight Tickets from Kathmandu to Lhasa

In fact, flying to Lhasa from Kathmandu is not very cheap. But how can get a discounted flight ticket from Kathmandu to Lhasa? You’d better know about the following two ways. The first way is to plan a Tibet tour in the slack tourist season, nearly from November to April. During the low season, the price of the air ticket will be lower than the peak tourist season. The second way is to book your air ticket in advance. According to the survey, travelers who book the air ticket tens of days in advance can enjoy a favorable price than those who book the air ticket close to the departure.

Kathmandu to Lhasa flight
View magnificent Mt.Everest on the flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa.

Necessary Documents

The document you require to enter Tibet is different from mainland China. Instead of a normal Chinese Tourist Visa, you need to apply for a Group Chinese Tourist Visa, which requires an invitation letter from the Tibet Tourism Bureau. But now the Group Chinese Visa can't be issued to the solo traveler for the stipulation of participants of 4. And it takes 3 working days to process your China group visa application. So you need to have 4 travelers going together and stay 3 working days in Kathmandu for your group visa.

In addition, all travelers should get Tibet Entry Permits to enter Tibet and check in the hotel. If you sign up with a Travel Agency, they will take care of both your invitation letter and Tibet Entry Permit.

Getting to the Kathmandu Airport

Tribhuvan International Airport is about six kilometers away from Kathmandu. With normal traffic, it takes 15-20 min. by road. It is advisable to leave with a margin of at least an hour to reach the airport in case of unexpected incidents. There are two means of transportation that you can utilize. One is to take the shuttle bus. You can find it about 300 meters from the terminal outside of the airport. But it's not recommended unless you have very little luggage.

Then there are local taxis, which are barely managed and can be hailed from the street. They’re less comfortable, run without a meter and you should probably settle on a price beforehand. You can always bargain with them. As there are no adequately regulated prices or meters calculating the price, you might get charged hefty amounts. Usually, a taxi from the airport to Kathmandu city center costs about 200 rupees. At night, the cost of a taxi is more expensive than that during the day, and it is generally one-third or two-thirds more expensive. However, local taxi drivers are extremely cheerful and outgoing. Though not many of them speak English, they try their best to be chatty and interactive during the trip.


To sum up, you must be arranged in advance, either traveling from Kathmandu to Tibet or Mainland China to Tibet. As is known to us 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 reliable local travel agency is definitely a good idea by which you can ensure booking the tickets easily and fast. Great Tibet Tour, one of the leading local travel agencies in Tibet may meet your demand. We can provide you with excellent touring service and ticket booking as well as all supporting documents.

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Typically Asked Questions from Our Clients

Asked by Mart***

we are Hungarian citizens and we would like to fly, 6 persons, direct from Katmandu to Lhasa. 15-day China visa-free policy applies to Hungarian tourists, too. The news, that we don't need group visa in Tibet, only the Tibet Permit is very recent. Can you confirm this news, please?
Thank you in advance!

Answered by Merry

Dear Mart****, 

Regarding this news, the Tibet Tourism Bureau says tourists from Kathmandu to Tibet by direct flight or by road are required to apply for a China Group Visa including the 15/30 days China visa-free tourists.

Asked by Dian***

Hi! We are going to hike in nepal in May and want to visit China in June. We arrive the 3rd of May in Kathmandu. We are looking for a way to tour through tibet and take the train in lhasa to further visit mainland china, is this possible in your opinion with an tour of yours to start with?

Answered by Merry

Dear Dian****, 

We can arrange a Tibet tour in June for you. You can take a connecting flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa via Chengdu. After the Tibet tour, you can take a train to visit mainland China.

Asked by Paul***

I am in Kathmandu for next few months. I was interested in a trip to Tibet. Are flights running between Nepal and Tibet? I would like a custom tour to see Buddhist monasteries.

Answered by Merry

Dear Paul, 

As per your request, I recommend 7 days Lhasa Mt. Everest Kathmandu Overland group tour to you. For this group tour, we have a confirmed departure date on 7 April 2024. Are you joining?

Now, the direct flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa has not resumed yet but the connected flights via Chengdu are available. If the direct flight is resumed, I'll let you know.

Asked by Jose***

Hi. I am planning to be in Kathmandu next year (possibly December) and would like to visit Tibet. Ideally, I would be taking a flight to Lhasa and then taking your tour from Lhasa to Kathmandu, or viceversa, taking the tour to Lhasa and then flying back to Kathmandu. I have searched for flights to/from Lhasa and Kathmandu and have found nothing. Could you advise? I've seen several articles saying there are direct flights that take 1.5hrs, but have not been able to find those anywhere.

Answered by Merry

Dear Jose****, 

As per your request, we can arrange a Tibet-Kathmandu tour for you in Dec. 2024.

The direct flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa hasn't resumed yet, but connecting flights via mainland China are available. What's your idea? I can recommend the tour accordingly!


Asked by Migl***

Dear Great TIbet Tour Team, I'm planning to travel to TIbet in June 2022 for around 10 days with my boyfriend. However I can't find any flights from Kathmandu to Lhasa. I don't mind which airline to choose - would you able to guide me how to find these flights? Best wishes, Migle

Answered by Beatrice

Dear Migle, Usually there's one flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa operated by Sichuan Airline or Air China. But the China border has not yet opened, so this flight route is not applicable for the time being. When it gets back to normal, you can choose the daily flight. By the way, due to Tibet's unique background, apart from your Passports, all foreign tourists allowed to enter Tibet from Kathmandu must have a China Group Visa and Tibet Travel Permit, which means every group, even a one-participant one, must be accompanied by a travel-licensed guide & vehicle touring along with the prearranged time & route. As a local Tibet travel agency, we can help you handle both of the documents.

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