Tibet Lhasa Tour 3 nights 4 days

Trip Overview
  • Duration 4 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate or Grade B (**)
  • DestinationNepal
  • Meals & AccommodationBreakfast
  • Trip Start & Endkathmandu to Kathmandu
  • Trip TypeTour
  • Major AttractionLasha
  • Maximum Altitude3,656 m/ 11,994 ft
  • Best TimeSpring and Autumn


Main Attractions of the Tibet Lhasa Tour 

  1. Potala Palace:- The Potala Palace, located in Lhasa, is a significant landmark and a magnificent example of architecture. The palace, once the Tibetan government's seat and the Dalai Lamas's winter residence, boasts over 1000 rooms and rises 13 stories from the 130m-high Marpo Ri (Red Hill). The palace was first recorded in the 7th century AD when King Songtsen Gampo built a castle on the site, with the construction of the present structure starting in 1645 and taking over 50 years to complete.
  2. Jokhang Temple:- The Jokhang Temple, a 1300-year-old historical site, is considered the spiritual epicenter of Tibet. The continuous stream of awed pilgrims prostrating themselves in its presence bears witness to its timeless charm and significance. The temple's central golden Buddha statue is considered the most revered in Tibet. The temple was initially built to house a Buddha image gifted to Tibet by King Songtsen Gampo's Nepalese wife. 
  3. Sera Monastery:- Located approximately five kilometers north of Lhasa, the Sera Monastery was founded in 1419 by a disciple of Tsongkhapa. This esteemed institution is one of the two great Gelugpa monasteries in Lhasa. It is currently home to approximately 600 monks, substantially decreasing from its original population of 5000. The main colleges of the Sera Monastery boast magnificent prayer halls and chapels that are a testament to its rich history and cultural significance. Of particular interest to visitors is the daily monk debating that takes place from 3 PM to 5 PM in a garden near the assembly hall. Additionally, visitors are encouraged to participate in the hour-long kora (pilgrim circuit) around the monastery's exterior.
  4. Drepung Monastery:- Drepung Monastery, located 8 km west of Lhasa, was one of the three 'pillars of the Tibetan state' along with Sera and Ganden Monasteries. It was reportedly the largest monastery in the world, with a peak of around 7000 resident monks. Drepung means "rice heap," referring to the white buildings dotting the hillside. A 1.5-hour kora or pilgrimage circuit around the 15th-century monastery is a highlight of a visit to Lhasa. The monastery faced damage from the kings of Tsang and the Mongols but was largely left alone during the Cultural Revolution by the Red Guards. Currently, with rebuilding efforts, around 600 monks reside in the monastery, and visitors can observe them during lunchtime and afternoon religious debates. The best way to visit the sanctuary is to follow the pilgrim groups or the yellow signs.
  5. Barkhor Market Palace:- Barkhor Street, located in the old district of Lhasa City and surrounding Jokhang Temple, boasts a unique architectural style and a vibrant city life pattern. It serves as a pilgrimage route for religious worship and a popular destination for its delicious Tibetan cuisine and handmade goods. With a bustling crowd of traders and vendors setting up stalls and numerous shops showcasing Tibetan products, Barkhor Street has become renowned as the most thriving Barkhor Bazaar in Lhasa and Tibet.
Note: Visa Fee US$:-85.00(If American and Canadian Passport Holder extra US$:-90.00) Flight Fare (Kathmandu – Lhasa – Kathmandu ) US$:-750.00(Subject to Changeable.

Are you eager to tackle a journey like no other to one of the world's most serene and spiritual destinations? Then, look no further! Tour Fly Fly Out presents a unique opportunity to witness this incredible city's breathtaking beauty and rich cultural heritage. Lhasa's harmonious blend of historical roots and modern flair offers an experience like no other. Get ready to be mesmerized by its serene atmosphere and captivating landscapes. So, why wait any longer? Gather your belongings and join us on a journey that will leave you with memories to cherish for a lifetime.

Overview of Tibet Lasha Tour

Tibet holds a captivating allure, steeped in stunning natural landscapes and mystical legends. Known as the "Roof of the World," it offers a harmonious blend of cultural richness and adventure. 

The rolling hills, tranquil valleys, towering monasteries, ancient ruins, and timeless trade routes all contribute to its breathtaking beauty. Lhasa, the center of administration in Tibet, holds great significance as the home of the Dalai Lama and is home to numerous historical and spiritual destinations. On our 4-day fly in fly out tour, we will journey to iconic locations such as the Potala Palace, where the Dalai Lamas reside, Norbulingka, the Dalai Lama's summer palace, and revered monasteries such as Drepung and Sera. Our tour also includes visits to the sacred Jokhang Temple and Ramoche Temple. These historic sites showcase Tibet's rich history, art, and deep-rooted devotion to Buddhism, and it is common to see crowds of devotees visiting these spiritual sites.

Lhasa, the capital city of the Tibet Autonomous Region, is a stunning destination located in the south-central part of the region along the North bank of the Kyichu River and surrounded by majestic mountains. Its name, meaning Holy Land or Buddha Land in Tibetan, symbolizes the city's spiritual essence and draws many believers on a pilgrimage to deepen their connection with their faith. The iconic Potala Palace, with its red-and-white facade, is a magnificent sight that will leave a lasting impression on visitors. Despite its spiritual significance, Lhasa also offers a thriving cityscape with towering business districts and bustling streets filled with modern amenities such as banks, shopping malls, and restaurants. It truly is a unique blend of spiritual essence and ecological richness.

Lhasa, a renowned world tourist destination, boasts of its majestic snow peaks and glaciers, serene grassland landscapes, picturesque plateau lakes, ever-changing geothermal clouds, and verdant wetlands. Additionally, the city is rich in history and has many historical sites, with over 200 temples dispersed throughout the area, including the renowned Jokhang Temple and Sera Monastery. In recent years, the city has seen a surge in tourism as more and more visitors flock to the area to appreciate its aesthetic beauty and experience the unique Tibetan customs, whether on foot, by bike, or by car.

Lhasa, known as the "Place of the Gods," has been the center of the Tibetan Buddhist world for over a millennium and is a city of marvels. The magnificent Potala Palace, with its red-and-white exterior, dominates the Holy City and elicits awe from visitors. Likewise, the charming Tibetan quarter, with its whitewashed buildings, preserves the traditional way of life. The Jokhang, with its flickering butter lamps, incense, and prostrating pilgrims, is an otherworldly experience. The Barkhor pilgrim circuit surrounding the temple further enhances the visitors' appreciation for Tibetan culture.

However, the city's rapid modernization may threaten the old town's winding alleyways and backstreet temples. Dedicating a week to acclimatizing, exploring the sights, and wandering through the fascinating backstreets is recommended. This will provide a complete understanding of Lhasa before embarking on a grand overland adventure.

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In the morning, you will get on a one-hour flight over the picturesque Himalayan mountain ranges to reach the capital of Tibet, Lhasa. Situated at an elevation of 3,650 meters on the north bank of the Kyichu River, Lhasa is known as the "Place of the Gods" and is the residence of the Dalai Lama. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by a local representative and transferred to your designated 3-star hotel (60km/hr). You should depart for the airport three hours before the scheduled flight time to comply with the international terminal boarding procedures and observe all regulations about international flights.

Lhasa: 3,656 m/ 11,994 ft

Distance- 7,390.8 km/ 4,592 mi

Altitude Sickness- Moderate-High

Accommodation- Hotel

Flight Duration: 1 hour 25 minutes

  • Hotels
  • Breakfast
  • 1 hour 25 minutes
  • 3,656 m/ 11,994 ft

Following a delightful breakfast, you will continue on a comprehensive day tour of the renowned Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple. The Potala Palace, a legendary fortress established by King Songtsen Gompa atop a singular hill, represents Tibet's rich history and cultural heritage. This breathtaking monument, located in Tibet, boasts 1,000 rooms and 13 stories and is widely considered the most popular tourist attraction in the region. 

Located in the heart of Old Lhasa, the Jokhang Temple is the abode of Tibet's most precious religious artifact, the golden Shakyamuni Buddha, which was presented as a gift by Chinese Princess Wen Cheng during her nuptials with King Songtsen Gompo. Subsequently, you will visit the Norbulingka Temple, which served as the second residence of the revered Dalai Lama. The tour will also include a visit to the Barkhor Market Palace, the hub of pilgrim activity, with several small and fascinating temples en route. 

After the conclusion of the sightseeing tour, you will be transferred to your designated 3-Star hotel in Lhasa, where you will spend the night. 

Lhasa: 3,656 m/ 11,994 ft

Altitude Sickness- Moderate-High

Accommodation- Hotels

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast
  • 6-7 Hours
  • 3,656 m/ 11,994 ft

Following a hearty breakfast, our esteemed guests will embark on an extensive tour of the Sera Monastery and the Drepung Monastery. The Sera Monastery, located 5 kilometers north of Lhasa, is renowned for its picturesque environment and was once home to over 5,000 monks. However, the monastery sustained significant damage during the Chinese Cultural Revolution. The Drepung Monastery, founded in 1416, is situated on the slope of Wuze Hill in Genbei and is considered the largest monastery within the Gelug Sect. Before retiring for the evening at a 3-star hotel, guests may engage in leisure shopping or personal pursuits.

The Sera Monastery is a famous establishment that focuses on the examination and application of the fundamental teachings of Buddhism. Despite the extensive damage caused by the cultural revolution, the Sera Monastery survived the unrest and sustained minimal harm, unlike many of the smaller educational institutions destroyed. The Drepung Monastery, founded in 1416, was once one of the most prominent monasteries in the world and was widely recognized for its magnificence and importance.

Lhasa: 3,656 m/ 11,994 ft

Altitude Sickness- Moderate-High

Accommodation- Hotels

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast
  • 6-7 Hours
  • 3,656 m/ 11,994 ft

Accommodation- Hotels

 After breakfast at the hotel, kindly proceed to Gongar airport for your return flight to Kathmandu. Our representative shall be available at the airport to provide a transfer to your designated hotel in Kathmandu. You shall be provided leisure time for shopping and leisurely strolling in the area of your hotel in Thamel of Kathmandu.

  • Breakfast
  • 1 hour 25 minutes
  • 1360 Meters

We are pleased to offer the flexibility of tailoring your journey to your desired duration and places, whether extended or shortened, as our proficient team of locals-cum-guides, porters, and accompanying staff have an in-depth understanding of every location traveled.

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Cost Details


  • Transportation by private van or jeep depends on Group Size
  • Tibet travel permits.
  • English-speaking Tibetan guide.
  • Accommodation on a twin-sharing room basis.
  • Sightseeing and monastery entrance fees are as per our itinerary.
  • Daily breakfast.
  • Hotel-airport-hotel transfer in Lhasa and Kathmandu.


  • Client and travel insurance.
  •  Lunch and dinner.
  •  Personal expenses such as a drink, tips&, etc.

Essential Info

Tibet Lhasa Tour Requirements

Tibet Visa

The Tibet Visa is not issued as a passport but as a travel permit on paper. Published by the Tibetan government, it can only be obtained through registered agencies, such as Mountain Rock Treks, an authorized agency. A package purchase is required to obtain the permit, and independent travel to Tibet is not allowed. Upon purchasing a travel package, the agency will handle all necessary procedures and requires only a passport scan for the permit and visa. The cost of the Tibet Visa varies by nationality, including USD 200 for American passport holders, USD 150 for Canadian and Romanian passport holders, NRS 12,250 for Nepali passport holders, USD 165 for Brazilian passport holders, USD 185 for Argentine passport holders, USD 120 for other passport holders, and USD 115 for Israeli passport holders.

Obtaining a Tibet Travel Permit (TPP) cannot be done independently, as independent travel to Tibet is prohibited. A Tibet travel agency must obtain the permit on behalf of the individual or group as part of an official tour, which may also be a private tour for the exclusive use of the party. The regions of Kham and Amdo in Tibet offer breathtaking scenery but are not included in the Tibetan Autonomous Region. Hence, a separate Tibetan travel permit is not required for travel in these areas, with some exceptions in certain parts of Kham.

Chinese Entry Visa

Obtaining a Chinese Entry Visa from the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the applicant's home or resident country is a requirement for visiting Tibet. It is necessary to visit an embassy in person for the visa application as obtaining it online, through E-visa, or Visa On Arrival is not possible. Tourists visiting China require an "L" category visa which is a standard visa category and necessary for obtaining other permits for Tibet. The visa cost is based on the applicant's nationality, country of application, and the number of entries required and may include express and rush services at additional charges. Payment for the visa must be made through Money Order, Cashier's Check, Company Check, or Credit Card, with MasterCard and VISA being the only accepted credit cards. Certain countries such as Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Maldives, Micronesia, Pakistan, Slovakia, and the Republic of Montenegro are exempt from the visa fee. Personal checks and cash are not accepted as modes of payment.

Do not mention Tibet or any Tibetan cities when applying for a Chinese visa. Unless applying from Nepal, which is a separate case, it is recommended by Tibet travel agents to first obtain a Chinese visa without mentioning Tibet, listing only mainland Chinese cities of travel, such as Beijing or Shanghai. Once the Chinese visa is obtained, Tibet travel agents will apply for the Tibet Travel permit for the trip to Tibet. The booked flight for the Chinese visa should not include travel to or from Tibet; instead, a flight to a mainland Chinese city (such as Beijing, Xi'an, Xining, or Chengdu) should be booked, with a separate ticket to and from Lhasa. Only the roundtrip portion to mainland China should be shown on the Chinese visa application. This process may cause apprehension, but it is the most common and practical method for organizing travel to Tibet. It is important to note that the Chinese government allows for adding destinations to a visa at a later date.

Tibet Lhasa Tour Visa Procurement 

Travelers must verify current visa requirements with the relevant embassy as visa requirements are subject to change, and the procurement of visas is the sole responsibility of the traveler and not On The Go Tours. Additionally, it is recommended that the traveler's passport be valid for a minimum of 6 months from the planned departure date from Tibet. Please note that all nationalities require both a Chinese visa and a Tibet permit for entry into Tibet.

Entering Tibet From Nepal

Entering Tibet from Nepal requires a visa and permit issued by the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu. Mountain Rock Treks will arrange the visa/permit for those undertaking a Nepal and Tibet holiday with us. Obtaining the permit and visa requires three passport photos, with an extra being advisable. Before booking flights and trips to Tibet, kindly contact a travel agent or Mountain Rock Treks consultant for the latest Tibet visa information.

Entering Tibet From China

When booking our' group tour or a tailor-made private holiday to China and Tibet, we will handle the arrangements for the Tibet permit, which is included in the tour price. Once your booking has been confirmed, we will contact you with the necessary documentation for obtaining a China visa. It is your responsibility to obtain the China visa before departure. The Tibet permit will then be issued in China and provided by your China guide. To complete the booking process, you must provide us with your international flight details, a colored scanned copy of your passport information and photo page, and a completed China Visa form. The China Visa form can be obtained from us and must be filled out by hand, attached with a passport photo, scanned in color, and sent to us in PDF format.

The Tibet visa/permit cost is not included in the tour price and must be paid directly to our representative in Kathmandu upon arrival. The current cost of the one-day visa service is USD 120 for British, Australian, and New Zealand passport holders and USD 220 for USA and Canadian passport holders. Please note that visa fees are subject to change.

For those arriving in Kathmandu earlier and booking pre-tour accommodation, it may be possible to use a three or 5-working-day embassy visa service at a lower cost. For further information, don't hesitate to get in touch with us.

Tibet Travel Permit

The Tibet Travel Permit is essential for a successful Tibet tour. Without it, entry into Tibet is impossible via borders, trains, flights, hotels, or vehicles. The Tibet Tourism Bureau in Lhasa is the sole department authorized to issue the permit. Our travel partner in Lhasa can only apply for it on your behalf, for which you must provide a copy of your passport and Chinese Visa. Even with a Chinese Visa, a Tibet Travel Permit is required to enter Tibet. Additionally, permits such as Aliens' Travel Permits, Military Permits, or Foreign Affairs Permits may be necessary to visit restricted areas like Mt. Kailash, Mt. Everest, and Mansarover Lake.

For international travelers entering Tibet from Nepal, a China Group Visa is also necessary, issued by the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu. The embassy does not issue visas to individual travelers, so booking with an authorized travel agency like Mountain Rock Tres is required.

Aliens' Travel Permit

The Tibet Public Security Bureau (PSB) issues an Aliens' Travel Permit, commonly referred to as the PSB Permit, for travel to restricted areas in Tibet, such as Everest Base Camp, Samye Monastery, and others. To obtain the permit, the traveler must be present in Lhasa and have their required documents, including passport and Tibet Travel Permit, submitted by a Tibetan guide to the Foreign Affairs Division of PSB. The permit is required for visits to restricted areas in Shigatse, Gyantse, Tsedang, Chamdo Region, Nyingchi Region, and Ngari Region. The Aliens' Travel Permit application process requires the submission of the original passport, Chinese Visa, and Tibet Travel Permit and costs CNY 50 per person.

Military Travel Permit 

In addition to TTB and PSB permits, travelers may also be required to obtain a Military Travel Permit to access certain remote and military-sensitive regions in Tibet, such as Mt. Kailash and eastern Tibet. A local Cultural Antiquities Department permit is also necessary to travel to western Tibet regions such as Tholing and Tsaparang. The Military Office in Lhasa typically issues the Military Permit. It can take 7-10 business days to process, requiring a passport and Chinese Visa copy for application through a travel agency. Travelers need not apply for this permit before traveling to Tibet. The Military Permit is currently required for travel to the Ngari, Nyingchi, and Chamdo regions, and travelers from the Sichuan, Xinjiang, Yunnan, or Qinghai provinces must also obtain the permit.

Foreign Affairs Permit

A Military Travel Permit and Foreign Affairs Permit are required to travel to certain remote, military-sensitive areas such as Mt. Kailash and eastern Tibet. The local Cultural Antiquities Department issues the Foreign Affairs Permit for visits to western Tibet, including Tholing and Tsaparang. The Foreign Affairs Permit can be obtained from the Foreign Affairs Office in Lhasa, and the application process takes approximately 7-10 business days. It must be submitted through a travel agency and include a copy of the passport and Chinese Visa. Suppose assistance is needed in obtaining these permits. In that case, don't hesitate to contact us with the preferred destination in Tibet, and a travel consultant will provide information on the requirements. We assure prompt acquisition of these permits, allowing for a stress-free and enjoyable Tibet tour.

Group Visas Required to Enter Tibet From Nepal

Annually, tourists visit Tibet from Kathmandu via air or overland. When entering Tibet from either mainland China or Kathmandu, it is mandatory to abide by the rules and regulations imposed by Chinese Immigration, as Tibet is a constituent of the Autonomous Region of China. For travel from Nepal to Tibet, a Chinese Tourist Group Visa, also known as a Group Visa, is required and must be obtained from the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu. A Tibet Travel Permit must be procured from the Tibet Tourism Bureau. However, Group Visa is not stamped in the passport and only allows single entry into China. The Group Visa contains the personal information of all group members, including access and exit dates. To apply for the Group Visa from Nepal, a visa invitation letter is required, which will be provided by our travel partner in Tibet. Our company will aid in preparing the necessary paperwork and coordinate with our trusted partner in Tibet to ensure a smooth process. 

The Group Tourist Visa is a single-entry visa with a validity of thirty days from the date of issuance. The visa can be obtained through a tour operator. The fees for the Group Tourist Visa vary by nationality: US$162 for American citizens, US$92 for Canadian citizens, US$45 for Nepali citizens, US$90 for Romanian citizens, US$85 for Serbian citizens, and US$85 for citizens of other countries. The fee for citizens of Pakistan, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Micronesia, and the Maldives is US$26. Additionally, the Embassy imposes a service fee of US$30 for the Group Tourist Visa.

The procedure to obtain Group Chinese Visas is as follows:

  1. Contact us to book a preferred Tibet tour and customize your travel itinerary.
  2. Fill out the application and make payment for a visa based on the travel date and citizenship.
  3. Upon approval, the passport and visa will be received.
  4. Required documents for visa application include a completed application form, a passport valid for at least six months, copies of a passport and previous Chinese visas (if applicable), and a passport-size photo.
  5. Visa applications are accepted from Monday to Friday, excluding holidays, and can be issued within 3-5 business days if submitted before 11 am.
  6. A minimum of three full working days is required to receive the visa.
  7. The visa and processing fees (ranging from $20-45 per person) make up the Chinese Group Visa fees.

Tibet Border Pass (Frontier Pass)

The Tibet Border Pass (also known as the Frontier Pass) is a mandatory permit required for those traveling to remote destinations located in the border areas between Tibet and other countries, such as Mount Everest, Zhangmu, Yadong, Mount Kailash, and Manasarovar Lake. The pass can only be obtained from the Tibet Armed Police Border Corps in Lhasa through the assistance of a local Tibet travel agency. It cannot be applied individually by travelers.

Both foreign and Chinese travelers need the Tibet Border Pass to travel to border areas. Foreign travelers must join a group tour and provide the necessary documents to apply for the permit, including passport and Chinese Visa copies. Chinese citizens, including mainland Chinese, Hong Kong, and Macau citizens, can apply for the permit in their registered city of residence or Lhasa, respectively, with the required documents.

The Tibet Border Pass is also required when entering or leaving Tibet through Nepal or traveling by flight to Ngari Gunsa Airport from cities such as Lhasa, Urumqi, or Kashgar. The Tibet Border Pass is required for various areas, including Shigatse, Ngari Prefecture, Nyingchi Prefecture, the China-Nepal Border, and Shannan Prefecture. Foreign travelers will also need the Alien’s Travel Permit to visit sensitive border areas such as Shigatse, Nyingchi, and Ngari and the Mountaineering License to ascend places higher than the Everest Base Camp. These permits can be easily obtained after arrival in Tibet.

Documents For Tibet Travel Permit:

Upon securing your Tibet tour arrangements through a reputable local travel agency, it is imperative to obtain a Tibet Travel Permit from the Tibet Tourism Bureau. To ensure a smooth and successful application process, verify and provide complete tour information, including the itinerary, and entry and departure dates, as part of the application requirements. Please submit the necessary documents to secure the permit, including the permit application form.

A valid passport is required for travel to Tibet. A scanned copy of your passport must be sent via email to our travel consultants, and it must be valid for a minimum of six months and include a Chinese visa. If you possess an old passport with a valid Chinese visa, both passports must be submitted and brought along for the duration of your trip.

Chinese Visa/Chinese Group Visa: It is of utmost importance to obtain either a Chinese Visa or a Chinese Group Visa, depending on the mode of entry into Tibet. If the individual intends to enter Tibet from other regions of China, it is mandatory to obtain a China Visa from the relevant Embassy in the individual's home country. In the case of entry from Nepal, it is imperative to secure a Chinese Group Visa from the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu, Nepal, along with a mandatory passport-sized photograph.

Outline Itinerary: 3 Nights 04 Days Tibet Lhasa Tour fly out.

Day01:- Kathmandu-to-Lhasa-by-flight(Bed/Breakfast)

Day02:- In Lhasa- (Bed/ Breakfast)

Day03:- InLhasa -(Bed/Breakfast)         

Day04:- Lhasa-Kathmandu-China-(Breakfast)

Cost For Tibet Lhasa Tour fly in fly out

Due to the challenging environmental conditions and elevated transportation costs, it is estimated that a journey to Tibet is typically more expensive by a factor of two compared to travel within other cities in mainland China. The cost of a tour in Tibet is subject to a range of variables, including the travel season, duration of the tour, quality of accommodations, and so forth. Typically, the cost of a small group tour in Tibet ranges from 400 to 500 USD for a 4-day excursion limited to the city of Lhasa and 860 USD for an 8-day classic itinerary from Lhasa to the Everest Base Camp. The cost of a custom private tour in Tibet will be higher than that of a group tour.

Currently, the only feasible modes of entry to Tibet are via air from mainland China or Kathmandu, Nepal. A flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa costs approximately 280 USD, and flight prices from mainland China cities are subject to distance-based variations.

Alternatively, one may choose to enter Tibet by train from one of seven gateway cities in mainland China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Xining, Guangzhou, Chongqing, and Lanzhou. The cost of train tickets to Tibet is more economical than airfare and does not incur additional taxes.

The cost of a Lhasa Tour Fly in Fly Out from Nepal will depend on airfare, accommodation, transportation, visa fees, meal expenses, and sightseeing fees.

Cost breakdown:

Airfare: A round-trip flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa typically costs between $400 and $800 USD.

Accommodation: Accommodation costs will vary depending on the type and quality of the hotel chosen. It is possible to find budget-friendly hotels starting at around $30-100 USD per night.

Transportation: Transportation around Tibet is typically by bus or taxi, which can be relatively affordable. Taxi rides are charged by kilometer and typically cost between $2-$5 USD per kilometer.

Visa fees: Tourists visiting Tibet must obtain a visa before entering the country. The cost for this visa is $50 USD per person.
Meals: Meal expenses vary widely depending on where you eat and what you order. Generally speaking, a meal at a basic restaurant will cost around USD 10 per person.
Sightseeing fees: Entrance fees for some of the main attractions in Tibet can range from $10-$100 USD per person.

Kathmandu to Lasha Flight

The Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu is the only terminal providing flights to and from Lhasa. For those traveling in a group, it is recommended to book their flights together as they will require a China Group Visa for their travels. Currently, two airlines offer non-stop flights between Kathmandu and Lhasa with a typical cost of USD 400 per individual for a one-way trip. The flight duration is approximately 90 minutes and covers a distance of 600 km. There is currently no train service available between Kathmandu and Lhasa. Alternative options include an overland tour which is a journey of 1300 km via Gyirong Port and typically takes 7-8 days. For those seeking a quicker and more convenient mode of transportation, it is advised to take the flights.

If you prefer to avoid transferring to other cities, you can opt for direct flights. The flight from Tribhuvan International Airport, the sole international airport in Nepal, to Lhasa Gonggar Airport takes approximately one and a half hours. Currently, four direct flights are operating between Lhasa and Kathmandu, offered by Air China and Sichuan Airlines, respectively. Additionally, several connecting flights are available between Lhasa and Kathmandu, with a layover in Chengdu, Kunming, or Chongqing. Given the high volume of passengers during the peak tourist season (from July to September), booking your flight tickets in advance (at least 20 days prior) is advisable. Upon arrival at the Lhasa airport, you will be greeted by your tour guide, private vehicle, and driver. You can then proceed with your Tibet travel according to the pre-arranged itinerary.

Air China, the largest carrier, operates direct flights to Lhasa from Kathmandu on alternate weekdays (Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday). The flights depart from Kathmandu at approximately 12:10 pm (NPT) and arrive at Lhasa Gonggar International Airport at around 4:00 pm (CST), considering the time zone differences.

Sichuan Airlines operates direct flights from Kathmandu to Lhasa on alternate weekdays (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday). The flights depart from Kathmandu at 12:10 pm (NPT) and arrive at Lhasa Gonggar International Airport at approximately 4:00 pm (CST).

By Private Vehicle

The main border crossing between Nepal and Tibet, located at Kyirong/Rasuwagadhi, is open for private vehicles. However, other border crossings may not always be open and accessible to non-China or non-Nepal passport holders. The Zhangmu/Dram border, which previously served as the primary point of entry, has been closed since the 2015 earthquake in Nepal. The Chinese authorities may close the border without prior notice for reasons that may or may not be specified. It is important to consider that unexpected border closures may force travelers to opt for air travel instead of an overland trip.

The Kyirong/Rasuwagadhi border is located approximately 93 miles (150 kilometers) northeast of Kathmandu and can be reached along the Pasang Lhamu Highway. The road passes through Dhunche and Syabrubesi, which serve as the starting point for various trekking destinations in the Langtang area. The minimum estimated travel time to the border is 8 hours, given the winding and mountainous roads that can be slow at times and, in some cases, are only dirt tracks. During the monsoon season in Nepal, the journey may take longer due to potential road closures caused by heavy rainfall.

You can travel by bus or shared vehicle to reach the border, followed by a pre-arranged guide and driver on the Tibetan side, which is available. We highly recommend using a private vehicle. This is because the road conditions in this area could be more conducive to comfortable, safe, and efficient travel via bus.

The city of Lhasa is still quite a distance away from the border. Although the road conditions in Tibet are considerably better than those in Nepal, a direct journey to Lhasa would take approximately 12 hours. Nonetheless, most travelers opt to join tours that make stops at various points of interest along the way, taking several days to reach Lhasa. Popular stopping points include the Everest Base Camp on the Tibetan side and the towns of Tingri, Shigatse, and Gyantse.

Foods Cost in Lasha

Total Budget- $50- $300 per day

The dining costs in Tibet are noted to be higher compared to other regions within China due to the transportation of produce from the mainland to the plateau. 

In addition to traditional Tibetan cuisine, various dining options, including Chinese, Nepalese, and western cuisine, are available in Tibet. Prices for these food options may vary. On average, the cost of food in Tibet is estimated to be between 15 - 25 USD per day, encompassing all meals. Lhasa's dining cost is approximately 15 USD per day if dining in more casual establishments. However, when traveling outside of Lhasa, particularly in remote areas, the daily cost of meals may increase to 20 USD.

A traditional Tibetan breakfast experience can be enjoyed at a local sweet tea house, where guests can partake in traditional butter tea, sweet tea, tsampa, and Tibetan noodles, among other Tibetan delicacies. A serving of Tibetan noodles can be obtained for an estimated cost of 6 Yuan.

In Lhasa, breakfast options are more diverse and typically range from 15-20 Yuan (2-3 USD) per individual. Conversely, in remote regions, breakfast offerings are more straightforward, and the price point is comparatively elevated.

Allocate a budget of approximately 10 to 20 USD for lunch and dinner. Opting for local cuisine may lower expenses, whereas choosing western cuisine may incur higher costs.

Lhasa's old district offers a variety of pleasant and convenient dining options for Tibetan food. Many of these restaurants are near the Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street; some even offer western, Nepali, and Indian cuisine. Establishments such as Snowland Restaurant and Lhasa Kitchen offer meals at an affordable price, starting from 6 USD per person.

Many Chinese dining establishments showcase diverse dishes inspired by Sichuan cuisine's unique and spicy flavors. There are budget-friendly options offered by smaller venues and more luxurious dining experiences, including hotpot, barbecue, and other specialty dishes, with per-person prices ranging from 80 to 150 Yuan. For individuals who prefer Western cuisine, options such as pizza, steak, and pasta are readily available, with per-meal prices typically ranging from 10 to 20 USD. Furthermore, several quick-service restaurants, such as McDonald's and KFC, offer classic burgers and fries at an average price of 5 to 10 USD per person.

Drinks Cost In Lasha

Total Budget- $10-$100

Tibet boasts many tea houses, and sweet tea consumption has become a ubiquitous habit among the Tibetan populace. This particular variety of tea has also gained immense popularity among foreign visitors, particularly in comparison to traditional butter tea. A cup of Tibetan sweet tea is priced between 2 to 5 Yuan.

Lhasa also houses numerous cafes that cater to the young Tibetan population's needs and visiting Western tourists. Prominent coffee cafes in Lhasa include Summit Cafe and The Sense Coffee. The average consumption per person in these cafes ranges from 50 to 80 Yuan.

For those seeking a nightlife experience, Lhasa offers a variety of bars and pubs. The Low House Music Bar is a highly recommended venue for a drink, where locally brewed Barley Beer is sold for 35 Yuan and white beer for 40 Yuan. Another popular tourist attraction is the famous Makye Ame, with an average cost of 100 to 200 Yuan.

Best Months for Tibet Lasha Tour

(March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November

The optimal times to visit Tibet are during the spring and autumn seasons, when the weather is most favourable with minimal rainfall. In Tibet, spring begins in April and extends until May, while autumn is brief and runs from September to October. During these seasons, you will have a greater opportunity to witness the majestic summit of Mount Everest, as well as other mountains in Tibet, without being impacted by inclement weather conditions typically experienced during the summer months.

Additionally, these months are ideal for trekking in Tibet. Whether you aim to undertake a pilgrimage around Kailash or simply engage in a leisurely hike around the Ganden Monastery near Lhasa, you can admire the most stunning scenery in the warm and sunny weather during these seasons.

Accommodations in Tibet Lasha Tour

Regarding booking the right hotel for your Lhasa tour, several options are available, depending on your budget.

  1. Budget Hotel (2 Star): These hotels offer basic accommodation at an affordable price. They usually have amenities like air conditioning, WiFi, and a TV. Flora Hotel, Gyantse YouTube Hotel, Shigatse Yak Hotel, Guest House, and Kying Guest House are some examples of 2-star hotels.
  2. Standard Hotel (3 Star): For those looking for more comfort and amenities, standard hotels offer comfortable rooms such as a restaurant, swimming pool, and fitness center. Snow heaven/ Lubhum Tsang ) hotel, Shigatse Hotel /Manasrover Hotel, Tingiri Guest House, and Ronbuk Guest House are some names of 3-star hotels. 
  3. Deluxe Hotel (4/5 Star): For those looking for the best, deluxe hotels like Xing Ding Hotel provide luxurious accommodations with all the bells and whistles. These hotels usually have top-notch amenities such as a spa, concierge, and room service.

The rainy season in Tibet commences in late May or early June and continues till September or October, with the highest precipitation observed in July and August. Hence, it is recommended to travel to Tibet during April and May or September and October, considered the best time to visit as they fall outside the peak of the summer rains and the winter snow.

Tibet experiences a high season between April and October. The early months of this season offer an opportunity to witness snowfall outside of Lhasa without significant hindrances. As the season progresses, the landscape transforms with autumn foliage, and various harvest festivals are held in October.

Winter in Tibet is renowned for its picturesque snowy scenes and lower prices, attracting many tourists. However, during December, January, and February, the mountainous regions and trekking routes become inaccessible, and there may also be roadblocks.

A visit to Lhasa during the winter season is still possible. The climate during this time is clear and bright, but cold conditions with the added wind chill factor make it feel even colder. The nighttime temperatures can drop below freezing from November to February. Tibet is home to several festivals, one of the most prominent being the Losar Festival or Tibetan New Year. This celebration typically occurs in February or March and lasts 15 days, with the first three days being of utmost significance. However, it is advised to verify the availability of visas before planning a trip during this time, as the Chinese government may periodically restrict their issuance during the Losar Festival. For those traveling to the Everest Base Camp, the best viewing conditions for Mount Everest can typically be experienced during April, May, early June, and late September to early December. Likewise, July and August may be overcast, potentially causing the mountain to be shrouded in clouds.

Sightseeing fees In Lasha

Sightseeing fees are charges a tourist attraction or other site imposes for admission and/or special activities. For example, some interests may require an additional fee for photography or guided tours. Sightseeing fees may vary depending on the attraction. Common fees include entrance fees, special activities fees, and guide fees.

One way to minimize sightseeing fees is to research attractions beforehand and plan accordingly. Additionally, taking advantage of discounts, such as student discounts or group discounts, can help reduce costs.

  • Potala Palace:- The entrance fee for Potala Palace is RMB150 per person. Photography fees, if applicable, are an additional RMB10 per person.
  • Jokhang Temple:- The entrance fee for Jokhang Temple is RMB55 per person. Photography fees, if applicable, are an additional RMB10 per person.
  • Norbulingka Palace :- The entrance fee for Norbulingka Palace is RMB50 per person. Photography fees, if applicable, are an additional RMB10 per person.
  • Sera Monastery:- The entrance fee for Sera Monastery is RMB40 per person. Photography fees, if applicable, are an additional RMB10 per person.
  • Barkhor Street:- Barkhor Street has no entrance fee, and photography is allowed without additional charges.

Tips for Saving Money

  • How to find the cheapest flight: Use an online flight search engine such as Skyscanner or Google Flights to compare prices for different airlines and routes. Additionally, consider traveling during off-peak times when tickets are often cheaper.
  • Ways to save on accommodation: Consider staying at hostels or guesthouses instead of hotels, as they typically offer lower rates than hotels. Also, try to book accommodation in advance, which often results in discounted rates.
  • Transportation tips: Opting for public transportation, such as buses instead of taxis, can significantly reduce transportation costs. Also, if traveling with a group, consider hiring a private driver or car, as this can be more economical than taking multiple taxis.
  • Cheap meal options: Street food is often cheaper than meals at restaurants and can be a great way to experience local cuisine. Also, look for restaurants that offer discounts for groups or those that have happy hour specials.
  • Free/discounted sightseeing: Plan your itinerary to take advantage of discounts or free admission days offered by attractions or museums. Additionally, many monasteries in Tibet allow visitors to explore for free and provide group discounts.

High Altitude Sickness in Tibet Lasha Tour

Altitude sickness is a condition that can affect people at high altitudes, typically above 8,000 feet (2,400 meters). It is caused by a decrease in oxygen levels at high altitudes, which can lead to various symptoms. It is essential to be aware of the signs and symptoms of altitude sickness and take steps to prevent it.

Lasha Tour is located in the Tibetan Plateau at an elevation of around 14,000 feet (4,267 meters). This means that visitors to the area must acclimate to the higher altitude or risk experiencing symptoms of altitude sickness.

When planning a trip on Lhasa Tour, it is important to remember that there are several steps you can take to prevent altitude sickness. To acclimate to higher altitudes, gradually increase your altitude and try not to ascend more than 1,000 feet per day. Additionally, it is important to take rest days at higher elevations and let your body adjust.

Suppose you experience altitude sickness symptoms while on your trip; seek medical help or descend immediately. Additionally, monitoring your hydration levels and drinking lots of fluids is important.


  • Q1. Is Tibet open for tourism after COVID-19?

    Yes, Tibet has re-opened for tourism and is welcoming visitors with necessary safety measures in place.

  • Yes, Lhasa Tour fly in fly out is possible and a popular option for travelers visiting Tibet.

  • Travelers need to obtain a Tibet Travel Permit, which is required for entry into Tibet, and a valid Chinese visa.

  • The best time to visit Tibet is April to October when the weather is mild and favorable for sightseeing and outdoor activities.

  • The flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa takes approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.

  • The currency used in Tibet is the Chinese Yuan (CNY).

  •  The most convenient way to travel from Lhasa to other places in Tibet is by road or air, with flight, private or shared vehicle options.

  • Lhasa offers a variety of local and regional Tibetan dishes, as well as Chinese and international cuisine options.

  • The must-visit tourist attractions in Lhasa include Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, and Drepung Monastery.

  • Tibet is an autonomous region of China. However, it shares a border with Nepal and Bhutan.


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