If you want to visit Tibet from Norway, you could fly to either China or Kathmandu first. There are various ways to get to Tibet in both countries. For example, you could take a train or a plane to Tibet from cities in mainland China such as Chengdu, Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai and so on. It’s also advised to start the journry from Nepal by flight or overland tour. In addition, you can make a stopover in Hong Kong, and take the train or flight to mainland China before taking a flight or train to Tibet making it possible to visit more places.
Direct flights to mainland China from Oslo are unavailable while there are a number of indirect flights you can take. Indirect flights can be obtained for a relatively good price by comparing the different websites, although the best prices often mean longer flights with more stops. The average flight times are:
a. Oslo to Beijing: non-stop - no direct flights, one-stop – up to 29 hours 50 minutes (WAW, SVO, ARN)
b. Oslo to Shanghai: non-stop - no direct flights, one-stop – up to 27 hours 25 minutes (HEL, CPH, ARN)
c. Oslo to Guangzhou: non-stop – no direct flights, one-stop – up to 31 hours 30 minutes (HKG, IST, AMS)
d. Oslo to Chengdu: non-stop - no direct flights, one-stop – up to 36 hours 40 minutes (DOH, PRG, LHR)
e. Oslo to Hong Kong: non-stop - 12 hours 5 minutes, one-stop – up to 29 hours 45 minutes (DOH, LON, BRU)
When you reach the destination in China, your Tibet Travel Permit will be sent by express delivery to your hotel where you stay. The Tibet Travel Permit is essential for your trip to Tibet because it is required when travelling to Tibet by flight or train and it’s also used for hotel registration and checkpoints throughout Tibet. If there are some special circumstances, our staff will send it to you in person at the airport or railway station.
Currently, there is only one direct flight per day to Lhasa from Beijing while there are a larger number of indirect flights that make a stopover in Chengdu on the route to Lhasa. It takes around 5 hours for the direct flight to get to Gonggar International Airport of Lhasa, and the price of an economy ticket is around US$ 500.
The train Z21 from Beijing to Lhasa leaves at around 8:00pm every day and arrives in Lhasa at 12:10pm on the third day after around 40 hours. The journey covers 3,757 kilometers across eight provinces in mainland China including Tibet. However, it is difficult to buy train tickets from Beijing to Lhasa due to the high demand in the summer months from May to September. To solve this problem, you can choose to take a plane to Xining in Qinghai province, and then take the train there to Lhasa, because there are more carriages on the train in Xining, and it is more easy to buy tickets.
There are several flights from Shanghai to Lhasa even though there is no direct flight to Lhasa at present. Tourists have to stop at some cities during the flight, such as Xi’an, Chengdu, Chongqing, or Kunming. And it takes around 8 hours to as much as 26 hours for the flights. As for the price, the cheaper price for the flights is around US$ 455.
The train Z164 leaves Shanghai at 8:10pm every day and arrives in Lhasa at around 7:15 in the evening of the third day after 47 hours. And the journey covers around 4,373 kilometers which is the second longest of all among the routes to Lhasa.
Guangzhou is similar to Shanghai where there are no direct flights to Lhasa while there are a number of indirect flights, with stopovers in Chongqing and Chengdu. The average flight takes from 5 hours 55 minutes to 10 hours 30 minutes, and the ticket of the flight costs around US$ 455.
The train from Guangzhou departs at 11:45am every day and arrives in the capital of Tibet at 5:05pm on the third day, which takes more than 53 hours to get to Tibet and covers almost 5,000 kilometers, making it the longest of all the train journeys to Lhasa.
It is convenient for tourists to go to Lhasa from Chengdu because of the convenient transportation. There are a number of direct flights to Lhasa which take around 2 hours 15 minutes on average. As there are more than 15 flights a day from Chengdu to Lhasa, Chengdu is considered as one of the best airports from which to fly to Tibet with the short travel time. It is one of the best options for those whose time is limited to fly from Chengdu to Lhasa. Apart from the large number of the flights, the price is also relatively inexpensive, For example, an economy flight only costs around US$ 233.
The trains from Chengdu depart every other day at around 9:37pm, and arrive in Lhasa on the third day at around 9:55am after over 36 hours covering a distance of 3,070 kilometers across mainland China and Tibet. The trains from Chengdu are scheduled on odd days of the month (1st, 3rd, 5th, etc) in January, April, May, August, November, and December, and even days of the month for the rest of the year. Chengdu is regarded as one of the popular gateway cities to travel to Tibet.
Since there is no direct flight to from Hong Kong to Lhasa, you need to make a plan before the trip to Lhasa. First, one of the most popular ways is to take a flight to Chengdu where you can transfer to Lhasa by plane or by train. Secondly, you can get the train from Kowloon Station in Hong Kong SAR to Guangzhou directly and take the train to Tibet from Guangzhou, which covers almost 5,000 kilometers. And it must be an amazing journey.
There are no direct flights from Norway to Kathmandu while there are a number of indirect flights which stop at various airports such as Delhi, Qatar, Dubai, and Istanbul. It takes 11 hours to 26 hours for indirect flights to reach Kathmandu from Norway while the cheapest flights take about 22 to 26 hours with many stopovers during the journey which only cost around US$ 485. For those who want to visit Tibet from Kathmandu, it’s necessary to have Tibet Permit and a Group Tourist Visa which will prepared by our travel consultants.
There are daily flights from the Tribhuvan International Airport of Kathmandu to Lhasa which are provided by Air China, Sichuan Airlines, and Tibet Airlines. The flight takes around 90 minutes, and costs around US$ 400 depending on the season. One of the advantages of the flight from Kathmandu is that it crosses the Himalayas and gives passengers a chance to enjoy the great view of Mount Everest.
It is an unforgettable experience to travel overland from Kathmandu to Lhasa, which can’t be missed during your lifetime. It takes around 7 to 8 hours to travel from Kathmandu to Gyirong border. You can just take our tour vehicle, which takes you directly to the hotel in Gyirong. It’s advisable to spend one night near Langtang National Park before crossing the border to Gyirong port on the Tibetan side of the Resco Bridge where you can enjoy the wonderful life of animals. When you pass through the immigration office at the Chinese border, you will be greeted by our guide and they will take you to Gyirong Town by car at the first night. After a good rest there, you will start your journey there. It will be an enjoyable journey to Lhasa during which you will pass over high mountain passes, travel across vast open prairies. It’s worth stopping to admire the stunning lakes and landscapes of Tibet. Lhasa is the capital of Tibet filled with Tibetan culture and religion. When you get there, you will experience the essence of Tibet.
An unforgettable journey to Tibet is waiting for you! Feel free to contact us and let us know your requirements, we will do most of the work for you, including booking hotels, train tickets, etc. if you need.What you need to do is just enjoying your holiday at the Roof of the World.
The Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar are very popular tourist attractions in Tibet. For most tourists from Norway, April, May, June, September and October are the best five months for attending a Kailash Manasarovar tour. During this time, you could enjoy the continuous good weather and comfortable climates, and admire the most beautiful sceneries. Beside Mount Kailash, these five months are also the best time to see sunrise in the Mount Everest Base Camp.
If Norwegian tourists don’t have time to visit the Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar during these five months, July and August can be their second options. Although these two months are rainy season, the temperature is good for taking a tour and the sceneries are beautiful.