Frequently Asked Questions about Lhasa to Kathmandu Tour
What is the best way to travel from Lhasa to Kathmandu?
The most efficient way is to take the direct flight from Lhasa to Kathmandu, which takes only about one and a half hour. However, if you are not in a hurry, you are strongly recommended to enjoy a road trip from Lhasa to Kathmandu. Following one of the world’s most popular overland routes, you can travel beyond Lhasa to explore more of Tibet, like Yamdrok Lake, Gyantse’s Pelkor Kumbum, Tashilhunpo Monastery in Shigatse, as well as the splendid Mount Everest. Though the whole journey will require about 4 to 5 days to complete, but it worth your time to indulge in the best of Tibet has to offer.
How is the road condition from Lhasa to Kathmandu?
Different from what many have supposed, the road condition from Lhasa to Kathmandu is actually pretty good, due to the blossom of Tibet tourism and economic development of the region. Most part of the route is well-paved asphalt road, suitable for normal vehicles. Only for the side trip to Everest Base Camp, the 4WDs are required. And the smooth road will stretch about 820 km from Lhasa to Gyirong Port, the Sino-Nepal border. From Gyirong Port to Kathmandu, the road is relatively poor, being dusty and bumpy, for which it is suggested to rent an SUV for a comfortable drive. But this part only covers about 180 kilometers, and the scenery along the way is very beautiful.
How to cross Gyirong border when I travel from Lhasa Kathmandu by road?
The Gyirong border opens at 10 am each day and closes at around 15:30 pm. Usually, on the last day of your tour, our guide will drop you off in the morning at the border bridge. You are kindly required to walk on your own to cross the 50m-long border bridge, after all the immigration works are done. Our guide will just see you off at Chinese border side. Once you cross the border to enter Nepal side, you can get the Nepal visa upon arrival which takes about $30 per person. Remember to bring some passport photos.
How much is the flight from Lhasa to Kathmandu?
The flight from Lhasa to Kathmandu departs every day from Lhasa Gonggar Airport, and is separately run by Sichuan Airline on Mon, Wed, Fri & Sun and Air China for the rest days of the week. It takes only one hour and a half to cover the liner distance of 600 kilometers. The flight fare from Lhasa to Kathmandu will vary a lot in different periods. Generally, the cheapest days of a week to fly are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. And Sunday is the most expensive. And it is suggested to book your Lhasa to Kathmandu flight at least two months in advance to get a cheaper one.
Can I cycle from Lhasa to Kathmandu independently?
Cycling from Lhasa to Kathmandu is an adventurous journey that will bring you breathtaking natural scenery and ultimate biking experience on the roof of the world. The long distance of 1100 kilometers is a big challenge for both mental and physical powers, and one will cross several high mountain passes along the way. But owing to the smooth well-paved road in most sections, it is not such difficult to ride for the route for most tourists. Normally, it will take about 15 days to complete the whole Lhasa to Kathmandu cycle trip.
For international tourists, you will need to join a tour to enjoy cycling from Lhasa to Kathmandu, since independent travel within Tibet is not permitted. As the leading tour operator in Tibet, we can help to make a customized trip for you. We will help you to get acclimated to high altitude, and take care of the food, hotels, camping, permits and more details you will concern during the journey. Contact us to customize your Lhasa to Kathmandu cycling tour now!