How to Get to Tibet
A traveler can get to Tibet by several means and routes from China or Nepal.
Located at the roof of the world, Tibet seems to be unreachable and mysterious for many tourists from afar. In fact,it is not difficult at all to get to Tibet either from mainland of China or Nepal. Getting to Tibet is not a legend any more. There are more 20 flights flying to Lhasa,Shigatse or Nyingchi every day, five direct trains over the world’s highest railway carrying tourists to Tibet,and five highways leading to Lhasa from different directions.
From China mainland, most travelers fly to Lhasa (Tibet’s main airport) from Chengdu but it is also possible from Kunming,Beijing,Shanghai,Shangrila,Xian and Chongqing.
Get to Tibet by Air
From outside China, it is only possible from Kathmandu, Nepal. Tickets can be booked through internet, local travel agencies or Air China.When boarding airplane to Tibet, travelers must show originally valid travel document, including the valid passport, Chinese Visa and Tibet Travel Permit.
Get to Tibet by overland to Lhasa
While there are a number of routes connect Tibet within China, but officially two allow foreign travelers. The first is international route via Nepal, officially called Sino-Nepal Friendship Highway, as many travelers practice Nepal and Tibet trip together; the Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland tour becomes very hot in recent years. The 920km (570 miles) trip is spectacular because there are a great number of tourist attritions worth to be visited on the way, the Everest Base Camp is the must visit site among them. It usually takes three to five days with stops at tourists sights along the way. The second route is from Golmud to Lhasa. Golmud is between Xining and Lhasa, actually the beginning point of Qinghai-Tibet-Railway sightseeing and only takes 14 hours directs to Lhasa, as it is very remote and poor, travelers are not recommend to find their own way there, while most of the travelers starts the journey from Xining, the capital city of Qinghai Province.
For other 2 routes which begin from Chengdu and Kunming require a series of complicated documents issued by Tibet Tourism Bureau, Military Administration, and Foreign Affairs Administration. But no longer open for foreign travelers since the Riot in March 2008.