• by Ghita
  • Last Updated: 2018-04-11

Every year, numerous of Americans come across the Pacific Ocean to travel to Tibet, it is necessary to know some Tibet travel tips about the transportation, attractions, and documents of Tibet travel.

Up to now, there are about  9,000 Tibetan-Americans living in the USA and the Tibetan culture is becoming more and more popular in some districts of American.  It is an amazing experience for Americans to explore the profound culture of Tibet and appreciate the breathtaking view of nature. So as to get a wonderful Tibet travel experience, you are suggested to know some Tibet travel tips including the transportation, attractions in Tibet. Meanwhile traveling to Tibet at an appropriate time make count in one's Tibet tour.

How to Get to Tibet

Americans can travel from the USA to Tibet by air. Since there is no direct flight from the USA to Tibet. You have to transfer to Kathmandu, Nepal or other cities of China. Traveling to Tibet by air seems to be the best way for Americans since there are multiple flights from the USA to  China and Nepal across all of the four time zones.

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Here we have already designed some time-saving and cheaper itinerary for you.

1. Traveling from LA to Tibet via Chengdu

Tourists can take flights from LA to Chengdu and then transfer from Chengdu to Tibet. It will take about 14 hours from LA to Chengdu. When arriving at Chengdu, you can take flights to Lhasa or other cities of Tibet including Nyingchi, Shigatse, and Qamdo. You can take a train to from Chengdu to Tibet as well. On the Qinghai-Tibet railway, you may be attracted by the stunning landscape scenery. You can catch a glimpse of the magnificent view of the world highest mountain, Mt. Everest. Taking a train from Chengdu to Lhasa will take about  44 hours and cost $97 for a hard sleeper berth and $154 for a soft sleeper berth.

2. Traveling from New York to Tibet via Chengdu

Chengdu is considered as the best gateway to Tibet because it is not only adjoined to Tibet but also operated flights to other parts of Tibet. Taking flights from New York to Chengdu will take about 15 hours. It is a good option for you to take a train tour to Tibet which can bring you the breathtaking scenery.

3.Traveling from Chicago to Tibet via Beijing/ Shanghai

Since there is no direct flight from Chicago to Chengdu, You'd better take flights from Beijing/Shanghai to Tibet. It will take you about 15 hours from Chicago to Beijing/ Shanghai. There are two available ways to Tibet. You can take flights from Beijing/ Shanghai to Tibet or you can take a train to Tibet. It will take about 41hrs from Beijing to Lhasa and 48hrs from Shanghai to Lhasa.

4. Traveling from the USA to Tibet  via Nepal

Traveling from Kathmandu, Nepal to Tibet is one of the popular ways for foreigner travelers.  The flights from the USA to Kathmandu costs from US$1,200 to US$1,400 depending on departure location and connections. Currently, there is no train from Kathmandu to Tibet so you can take flights from Kathmandu to Tibet or take an overland tour to Tibet.

What to See in Tibet

Mount Everest

For most of the Americans, Mt. Everest, the highest mountain in the world is definitely on their travel list because Mt. Everest can fulfill their admire of adventure. There about 1million Americans travel to this region every year in spring and fall when the weather is suitable for an amazing trekking to Mt. Everest. 

Lhasa (The Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple)

Lhasa, the center of Tibet is an attractive place for some Americans who wanna explore the profound culture and history of Tibet. When traveling to Lhasa, you can appreciate the Potala Palace, the highest ancient palace in the world which has a profound Buddhist culture. You can join the crowd to do pilgrim around the holy Jokhang Temple.

Mt. Kailash

Every year, large quantities of foreigner tourists travel to the Mt. Kailash not only to do the pilgrim but also to enjoy the masterpiece of nature. Mount Kailash trekking tour, also known as the kora around the Mt. Kailash is one of the most challenging of treks in the world.  

What Documents are you Needed when Traveling from the USA to Tibet?

China Visa/ Group visa

If you travel from Chengdu, Beijing, Shanghai and other cities of China to Tibet, you should apply for the China visa from the Chinese embassy in the USA. However, if you travel from Kathmandu to Tibet, you should apply for a group visa rather than a China via. The group visa can only be applied by a local travel agency in Tibet.

Tibet Travel Permit

Every tourist who wanna travel to Tibet should process Tibet Travel Permit of which only can you enter in Tibet, broad in flights and check in hotel. You should find a reliable travel agency in Tibet to help you apply for the Tibet Travel Permit.


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