• by Lynn
  • Last Updated: 2019-03-01

Shangri-La is a mystical city located at Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in the northwestern part of the Yunnan Province. Perched on the southeastern edge of the central region of so-called "Three Parallel Rivers" and Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, Shangri-La is surely a place worth visiting and an entry point to Tibet. This city is a surely a mystical place and had been romanticized in the popular novel "Lost Horizon" by the British Author James Hilton.

Shangri-La boasts of picturesque landscapes of grasslands, steep canyons, snow-capped mountains, virgin forests, and alpine lakes. Moreover, it has a unique local and ethnic cultural heritage that is worth-discovering. Hence, if you plan to visit Lhasa in Tibet and Shangri-La in Yunnan together, you are convenient to take a direct flight to either of the places.

Shangri-La-Lhasa Flight Information:

Altitude Change

Since Shangri-La is located around 3,280 meters above sea level and Lhasa is around 3,650 meters above sea level, there is surely not much difference between the altitudes of both cities.

Flight Time

The flights from Shangri-La to Lhasa are a bit longer owing to the trajectory of the flight. The fastest flight, however, from Shangri-La to Lhasa is around 2 hours and 5 minutes. On the other hand, the fastest return flight from Lhasa to Shangri-La is around 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Airports of Both Cities:

Shangri-La has one airport, namely, Diqing Shangri-La Airport. Lhasa's main airport, on the other hand, is Lhasa Gongga Airport.

Indirect and Direct Flights:

At present, two non-stop flights service the Shangri-La to Lhasa route. There are, however, some indirect flights to Lhasa from Chengdu and Chongqing that make their stopovers at Shangri-La.

Flights Info:

At present, there are regular flights from Shangri-La to Lhasa, Chengdu, Kunming, Guangzhou, Shanghai, and other domestic cities of China. However, there are only one direct daily flights from Shangri-La to Lhasa during the peak travel season of Tibet (April to October). This flight usually takes around two hours to reach Lhasa and vice versa. It would be good to take note of the fact that the volume of passengers going to Lhasa is usually higher in July to September, and for this reason, the costs of airplane fares during this period are a bit higher than their usual costs.

Shangri-La to Lhasa Flight Schedule

Dept. Arri. Duration Flight No. Schedule
10:35 12:40

2h 05m

Nonstop

MU5939

China Eastern Airlines

Every Day

Lhasa to Shangri-La Flight Schedule

Dept Arri. Duration Flight No. Schedule
13:30 15:15

1h 45m

Nonstop

MU5940

China Eastern Airlines

Every Day

Nota Bene:

  1. The abovementioned schedules are the usual flight schedules during peak season. However, it would be good to note that this schedule is subject to changes depending on the actual weather condition of the region.
  2. It is also good to ensure that you have all the necessary travel permits that you must present prior to boarding your plane to Tibet. We can help you with the processing of your Tibet Travel Permit and we can surely facilitate your travel to Tibet.

FAQs about Shangri-La-to-Lhasa Flights

When is the best time to Visit Shangri-La and Lhasa?

These two cities are perched high in the Himalayan region. Hence, the altitudes of these two cities are above 3,000 meters.

Shangri-La's weather is generally influenced by monsoon and it has a humid continental climate. Winters here are chilly, yet sunny. Summers, on the other hand, are a little bit warm. Hence, the best time to travel to Shangri-La is during the summer season which also coincides with the summer season of Lhasa, Tibet (June to September). During these periods, the weather is mild and humid, and you can also enjoy some of the best festivals in both cities.

Amazing scnery of Shangri-La

Shangri-La means the sun and moon in the heart in the Tibetan language.

Where is the main airport in Shangri-La?

Shangri-La basically has a lone airport, namely, Diqing Shangri-La Airport. Hence, you will have no problem locating this airport. This airport doesn't have taxiways except for the one that leads to the terminal building. This airport covers around 225 hectares and is definitely one of the biggest airports in the northwest part of the Yunnan Province. Here, you can board a plane to Tibet after visiting some of the best tourist destinations within the city and adjacent areas.

What can I expect to see in Shangri-La?

Just like Lhasa, Shangri-La is also a tourist destination on its own. It has the Pudacuo National Park which is the very first national park within China that met the IUCN standards. You can also visit the attractions, such as Gandan Sumtseling Monastery, Pudacuo National Park, Ganden Sumtsen Ling, and the Tiger Leaping Gorge near the city.

Can I take flights to Tibet from other cities Yunnan Province?

Yes. You also can take flights from Kunming or Lijiang. Kunming is the capital city of Yunnan Province. There are two non-stop flights going to Tibet. Lijiang is another city in Yunnan Province that offers a flight to Lhasa during Tibet's peak travel season.

Is my hotel readily accessible from Lhasa's airport?

Gonggar Airport is just 65 kilometers away from Lhasa city. Hence, you can quickly access your hotel from the airport. Moreover, there are many means of transportation for you to reach the downtown area of Lhasa. First, you can ride one of the shuttle buses that usually cater to arriving airport passengers. These shuttle buses are just waiting right at the very exit of the airport, and they operate until 9:30 in the evening. If you don't like to ride one of these shuttle buses, you can also call a taxi from the airport to ferry you to your hotel, but this option may be a bit costlier than the shuttle bus.

Would I experience altitude sickness when I travel from Shangri-La to Lhasa?

Altitude sickness usually happens when a person drastically moves from a lower altitude place to a very high-altitude location. In the case of traveling from Shangri-La to Lhasa, the discrepancy between the altitudes of both cities is very minimal, meaning you will not experience an abrupt change in altitude if you move from Shangri-La to Lhasa. Hence, you have no need to worry about altitude sickness when you make this trip as long as you have already adapted yourself to the ambience of Shangri-La. Moreover, you can use your stay in Shangri-La to adapt yourself to the high-altitude weather of Lhasa.

Before boarding the plane at Shangri-La, what are the necessary documents I should present to authorities?

Before you enter any territory in China, you would need to have your Chinese Visa and passport, because you will be presenting these two documents to immigration. However, before you board a plane to Tibet, you will need to present your original Tibet Travel Permit which is also considered as your Tibet Visa. All foreign tourists going to Lhasa or any territory of Tibet will need to present this permit. To get the Tibet Travel Permit, you need to book Tibet tours beforehand. You can also simply contact us if you need such help. We can surely help you get the permit.

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