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Getting to Tibet

By Surface:

Nepal is the best transit point to go to Tibet. The nearest Tibetan border town - Zhangmu is 113 km away from Kathmandu and is accessible by mere 4 hours drive. On continuing drive along the friendship highway for 5 days, you will reach Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. The overland trip involves crossing of several high altitude passes and rewards you with spectacular views of Himalayas including Mt. Everest. You will encounter with numerous nomadic yak herders en route. Tashilunbo monastery- the principle seat of Oanchen Lama in Shigatse, Kumbum Stupa in Gyantse and Yamdrok Tso (Lake) are the highlights of this overland adventures.

Zhangmu is also the entry and exit point of Tibet for those who are taking a 15 days Mount Kailash and Manasarovara trip.

Sher is another point of entry in Western Tibet which is accessible after 6 days trekking from Simikot of Nepal. The route is also used by Mount Kailash visitors.

By Air:

Kathmandu is connected with Lhasa by Air also. China Airlines operates flights between Kathmandu and Lhasa every day from the end of March to November depending on the tourist season. From Mainland China there are regular flights to Lhasa from Beijing, Chengdu and Xi'an.

By Train

The Qinghai Tibet Railway links Lhasa to the existing network of railroad tracks in China. There are currently train services from Beijing, Xining, Lanzhou, Chongqing, Chengdu, Guangzhou and Shanghai running on the Qinghai-Tibet Railway line to Lhasa. Scenery along the Qinghai-Tibet railway is stunningly beautiful, with vast grasslands, crystal clear alpine lakes, deep gorges, snow-capped mountains and much more.