Compared with the way to Tibet by train, flying to Tibet proves to be far more time-saving. Many tourists worry that altitude sickness is more likely to occur when taking flights to Tibet. But in fact, even if you take the train into Tibet, altitude sickness is possible to happen.
Nowadays, there are a total of 5 airports in Tibet that are in use. And basically, visitors from all countries land at Lhasa Gongga International Airport. No direct long-haul flights to Tibet are available and you have to stay for a while in main Chinese gateway cities or Kathmandu, Nepal before flying to Lhasa.
Flights to Tibet from Main Chinese Gateway Cities
Part 2. International Flights to Tibet from Kathmandu, Nepal
Part 3. Tips for Getting Cheap Flights to Tibet
Part 4. Required Travel Documents for Taking Flights to Tibet
Part 5. Insider Tips When Booking Flights into and out of Tibet
At present, there are a total of 18 provincial capitals and large cities in mainland China offering direct flights to Lhasa. Some main gateway cities are more popular, including Chengdu, Chongqing, Xi’an, Xining, Beijing, Kunming, Shangri-La and Shanghai. They provide tourists with more frequent flight schedule.
|Air Route||Distance||Duration||Flight Type|
|Chengdu to Lhasa||768 miles (1286km)||2.5 hours||non-stop|
|Chongqing to Lhasa||985 miles (1585km)||2hrs 50mins||non-stop|
|Beijing to Lhasa||1867 miles (3004km)||4-6 hours||non-stop/stopover|
|Xi’an to Lhasa||1230 miles (1980km)||3hrs 20mins||non-stop/stopover|
|Shanghai to Lhasa||1930 miles (3107km)||7-9 hours||stopover/connecting|
|Kunming to Lhasa||1220 miles (1963km)||3-5 hours||non-stop/connecting|
|Shangri-La to Lhasa||1188 miles (1913km)||2 hours||non-stop/connecting|
|Xining to Lhasa||968 miles (1558km)||2.5-7 hours||non-stop/connecting|
Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, is an ancient city with a history of more than 1200 years. There are over 2700 temples in the city, which is known as the “city of temples”. Currently, the only international flights to Tibet takes off from Kathmandu. It takes only 1.5 hours over a distance of about 375 miles (603.5km) from Kathmandu to Lhasa.
There are two non-stop flights from Kathmandu to Lhasa, separately run by Sichuan Airline and Air China. Several connecting flights are also available, making a stopover in Chengdu, Chongqing or Kunming.
[h3] A Schedule of Non-stop Flights to Lhasa, Tibet from Kathmandu, Nepal
|Airline||Take-off&Landing Time||Flight Type||Time|
|11:30-15:10 (local time)||non-stop||Every Mon, Wed, Fri & Sun|
|12:10-16:00(local time)||non-stop||Every Tue, Thu & Sat|
As you can see, there are many available options for flying to Tibet. And you might have noticed that the plane ticket to Tibet is not cheap. Why are the flights to Tibet so expensive?
The fact that flights to Tibet are expensive is inevitable, but there are chances for you to get the best deals. The following tips are offered for your reference:
Some necessary documents are required to take flights to Tibet.
There are some tips for you to book flights into and out of Tibet:
Hello, we are considering to travel in Tibet in summer. We are a family of 5, two adults and three kids, age 13(then), 10, 8. We are interested in the 10 days Mt. EBC & Namtso Lake Group tour. We are US citizens with valid 10-year Chinese multiple entry visa, which we have applied when we went to Beijing in 2019. We are currently living in South Korea.
1. Are kids suitable (or even allowed) for this tour?
2. If kids can join, are there any discount deals for kids?
Dear Ms. Ho***,
Greetings from Helen at Budget Tibet Tour and welcome you to join our 10 days Mt. Everest & Namtso Lake group tour. For your questions: 1. Your kids are suitable for this tour. Travelling in Tibet is as safe for kids as it is for their parents. While the high Tibetan plateau may be the highest place on the planet, very often, the kids that visit this region are more adaptable and have fewer problems than their parents. We also have arranged wonderful Tibet tours for many families with kids such as a tour to EBC for a family with a 3-year-old son, a 9-year-old girl and a 11-year-old boy, they did have fun in Tibet and there is no problem for them. Or you can take some medicine under the guidance of doctor to prevent high altitude before enter Tibet. 2. If kids travel with you, we'll offer some discount for them, please check your email and find more detailed information. Thanks & Regards
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