Kathmandu is the capital city and largest city of Nepal with a population of around 3 million. Kathmandu, also known as City of Temples stands at an elevation of approximately 1,400 metres (4,600 feet) above sea level in the bowl-shaped Kathmandu Valley of central Nepal. Kathmandu is and has been for many years the centre of Nepal's history, art, culture and economy. It has a multiethnic population within a Hindu and Buddhist majority. It is also the home of the Newars. Religious and cultural festivities form a major part of the lives of people residing in Kathmandu. Tourism is an important part of the economy; in 2013, Kathmandu was ranked third among the top ten upcoming travel destinations in the world by TripAdvisor, and ranked first in Asia.
Travelling to Tibet from Nepal
Tibet Travel Permit and Group Visa are needed travelling to Tibet from Nepal. Our agency can help you apply for the group visa. The followings are the steps of handling a Tibet Group Visa:
Step 1: When you arrive in Kathmandu, our local staff help you fill out an application form, collect your original passport and a passport-size photo.
Step 2: The staff hand in relevant documents to the Chinese Embassy in Nepal (must on a working day)
Step 3: The Embassy issues a Tibet Group Visa (must on a working day)
Step 4: The staff collect the group visa and the original passport from the embassy (must on a working day)
Step 5: Departing for Lhasa
Kathmandu-Lhasa flights schedule:
There is one flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa every day:
Sichuan Airlines 3U8720 takes off at 11:30am on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, arriving at Lhasa Gonggar Airport at 15:10pm.
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Flight from Lhasa to Kathmandu (There is also only one daily flight from Lhasa to Kathmandu:Sichuan Airlines 3U8719 takes off at 10:55am on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, arriving at Lhasa Gonggar Airport at 10:30pm.
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Notes: 1. The above flight information is for reference only, please contact us for the latest information on Kathmandu-Lhasa flight.
2. In the off seasons, as there are fewer tourists, airlines might reduce flights accordingly. If you want to travel to Tibet during the low seasons, please contact our travel consultants in advance to make sure you can book the ideal flight.
Tribhuvan International Airport
Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), IATA: KTM, ICAO: VNKT) is an international airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, located in the Kathmandu Valley about 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) from the city center of Kathmandu. The airport has served as an airfield since 1949, and was inaugurated in 1955 by King Mahendra of Nepal. It received its current name in 1964. Originally a grass runway, it was re-laid in concrete in 1957 and has been extended several times.
The airport has one domestic and one international terminal. At present, over 30 international airlines connect Nepal to destinations in Asia and the Middle East, and the airport serves as a hub for several Nepalese airlines. It is the sole international airport in Nepal.
Sajha Yatayat buses connect the airport's international terminal to city centre, with the last bus leaving the airport at around 18:00. Buses from other local companies stop in front of the airport's main gate, 500 meters in front of the airport buildings. Meter and prepaid taxis are available at both terminals at all hours.
Lhasa Gonggar Airport:
Lhasa Gonggar Airport (IATA: LXA, ICAO: ZULS) is in Jiazhulin Town in Gonggar County, Shannan District, Tibet Autonomous Region. It is located on the south bank of the magnificent Yalu Tsangpo River at an altitude of 3,600 meters. It is one of the highest civil airports in the world. The Gonggar Airport covers a smaller area and operates fewer flights than most airports in the world. And there is only one terminal building with one entrance and one exit in the Gongga Airport. The shuttle bus, bound for the Civil Aviation Bureau at the foot of the Potala Palace, is parked only 5 meters from the exit. The ticket fare is only 30 yuan.