By taking the overland tour from Lhasa to Kathmandu, you can drive along the G318 Friendship Highway and continue on to discover the mystery of Nepal as well as Tibet. This travel route covers most of the Tibetan famous historical sites that link the fabled city of Lhasa with the bustling and vibrant city of Kathmandu. The golden travel season starts from April to June and then early September and late October. Tibet Odyssey Tours offers the most popular Lhasa to Kathmandu tour packages allowing you to choose from an overland tour from Lhasa to Kathmandu or by taking a direct flight from Lhasa to Kathmandu. Please contact us for more information on a Lhasa to Kathmandu tour.
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15 Days Lhasa Kathmandu Overland Tour from Beijing
How to apply the Nepal Visa if I fly from Lhasa to Kathmandu?
It can be handled in Lhasa. It is not troublesome for both Chinese and foreign citizens to apply for individual tourist visas to Nepal. You can bring the required materials directly to the Embassy of Nepal in Lhasa. To apply for a visa, you need to submit the following documents: the original copy of your valid passport and one 2-inch color photo, a complete copy of the front and back side of your id card, and a personal data form. The Nepalese Visa costs about USD 25 per person, it can be issued within half an hour, with a validity of 15 days. Or can apply for Landing Visa, the tourists can apply after landing Kathmandu airport, the procedure is almost the same as applies in Lhasa.
There are no trains or high-speed trains from Lhasa to Kathmandu nowadays. You can take the direct flight from Lhasa to Kathmandu directly, another method is to charter a car from Lhasa to the capital Kathmandu by land through Gyirong Port. For foreign tourists, the overland method out of Tibet is very popular at present.
How many days will it take to drive from Lhasa to Gyirong border?
If you only talk about driving from Lhasa to the border of Gyirong, with tight schedules, only two days is enough. However, for the tourist who is a first time in Tibet, under normal circumstances from Lhasa to drive out of Tibet through the Gyirong Border will spend about 4 days is appropriate and recommended.
How is the road condition from Lhasa to Kathmandu?
Due to the development of Tibet tourism, the Tibet road conditions are very good, now mostly are bituminous concrete roads, cars and commercial vehicles can run on it. However, all of the tour are ending up at Gyirong border, visitors need to rent a car from Gyirong border to Kathmandu, though only with about 180 kilometers, and the scenery along the way is nice, but the road is very dusty and bumpy, so it is suggested that rent an SUV, as it is much more comfortable.
How long does it take to drive from Gyirong border to Kathmandu?
Although it is only about 180 km from the Gyirong border, however, it will take about 5-6 hours drive with an SUV, with short breaks and simple meals along the way. Due to the bumpy road and speed limit, the driving time is a little longer for the safety of tourists.
How much is the flight between Lhasa and Kathmandu?
As many people might know that the Zhangmu port where linking China and Nepal has been closed due to the serious damage from the Nepal earthquake in 2015. Now only cargo traffic is allowed, while all the tourists are supposed to enter and leave from Gyirong port. However, you may also take the flight, as the only country with direct international flights to Tibet is Nepal, and there are flights every day, with about 2 hours, the full cost is RMB 2,300 /person.
Are there any nationality restrictions from Lhasa to Kathmandu?
At present, there is no restriction on nationality, all the tourists from other nationalities can fly from Lhasa or land to Kathmandu, except Bhutanese tourists.
Which is the most recommended overland tour from Lhasa to Kathmandu?
One of our most popular routes is the 7 Days Overland Tour from Lhasa to Gyirong. This route is open all year round and is very suitable for tourists with low budget to join as a group or form as a private tour. If you want to go to some remote places, such as Mt. Kailash first and then take the overland tour to Kathmandu, you can go directly from Sagar to Gyirong border while return back to Lhasa, which is also feasible. Please take note that it only adapt to private tour, and generally can be completed in 10-11 days.
Will your travel agency arrange a transfer from Gyirong boarder to Kathmandu?
Yes, as long as you confirm with our travel agency in advance, we will arrange our Nepalese partner to send the vehicle to the border of Gyirong in advance, but the cost is calculated separately. The cost is charged according to the size or type of car. You can also rent a car in the border area to enter into Nepal. However, if you want to save money, you can share a car with the members in the same group to Kathmandu.
As long as you tell us your plan in advance, our travel agency can arrange the Nepal tour for you, as we have long-term business partners in Nepal. For those who have already booked a Tibet tour group with us, we will give our customers the most affordable price. To the foreign tourists, it also saves a lot of trouble and procedures.
Once you go through Gyirong border, you will know why people call the Jilonggou as "the back garden of Tibet", and this is the highlight of the journey. Cross the great iron bridge and head for the ditch, after through the path, you will see a sign on the front side, which written: Do not enter the primeval forest without a guide from the local villagers. Not far away there is a monastery, from the introduction board, you will learn that: in the pass, when Songtsen gampo married Nepalese princess Khri-btsun, they passed by this area. Gyirong means “merry” in Tibetan language, in order to express their merriness, the place was given the name of Gyirong. Along the road you will see flocks of sheep, villages and majestic mountains, thus it is worth a visit.
Tourists need to find a vehicle by themselves, because they have to cross the border, the tour guide can not cross the other side of the border. There are many vehicles for choice on the other side, most are the 9-seats vehicle. Under normal circumstances are carpooling, per capita price: RMB 100-200.