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Tibet - Visa

All tourists visiting Tibet requires valid China visa & a special Alien Travel Permit, which they can obtain only by joining tours organized by recognized travel agencies. Those who arrive in Kathmandu with a Chinese visa issued by Chinese Consulates outside of Kathmandu will find it useless for entry into Tibet.

There is no minimum group size requirement for traveling into Tibet. As long as one is traveling in an organized tour visa will be issued for even individuals. Please note Tibet visa regulations often change & hence given information may not be true at the time when you travel. Please check with us or with concerned Chinese Embassies in your respective countries for latest visa regulation rules about visiting Tibet before making your travel plans.

Diplomatic passport holders must get clearance from Beijing for travel into Tibet, which often takes long time. It is advisable to travel on non-diplomatic passports, if you have one.

We require at least 7 days notice to process your Tibet visa via Lhasa & at least 4 days in Kathmandu for the Chinese Embassy to handle your passport. Consular section of the Chinese Embassy is open for business between 10-12 am on Monday, Wednesday & Friday only. Current visa fee is USD 200 for USA nationals & USD 116 for others.

Those entering via Mainland China must pay a handling charge of USD 30 to our China agent for handling Tibet permits, booking & issuing flight tickets.

Nepal visa regulations have been revised with effect from July 15, 2008 & is as under:
15 days multiple entry visa - USD 25
30 days multiple entry visa - USD 40
90 days multiple entry visa - USD 100

Gratis visa is provided to nationals of SAARC countries only.

KTM - LHASA FLIGHT :

AIR CHINA (CA) is the only airline currently operating flights between Kathmandu & Lhasa sector. M/S China Air operates regular flights between Kathmandu & Lhasa sector as follows:

(a) April - June: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday
(b) July - October: Daily flights
(c) November - March: Tuesday & Saturdays

SECTOR
FLIGHT NO.
DEPARTURE
ARRVIVAL

DAYS OF OPERATION

KTM
LXA
CA 408
1025
1345

APR-JUN:
TUE, THU, SAT, SUN

JUL-OCT: DAILY

NOV-MAR: SAT, TUE

LXA
KTM
CA 407
1015
0925

TIBET ACCOMODATION :

In recent years, many tourist class hotels have sprung up in bigger cities such as Lhasa, Gyangtse & Shigatse that offer quality accommodation. There is also a new deluxe 5 Star Grand Brahmaputra Hotel in Lhasa. In the smaller towns, however, the accommodation facilities are still quite basic. And during the peak holiday seasons in July & August there is often difficulty in getting rooms. We categorize our tours into 3 types - deluxe, standard & budget based on the available hotels.