Best Ways of Getting to and from the Start of a 2015 Tour of Tibet

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While early season travelers have already begun arriving for their 2015 tours of Tibet, late season travelers are still in the planning process. To help get travelers moving, Tibet Ctrip Travel Service-TCTS ( shares advice on the best ways to arrive in Tibet for a tour.

While travelers have started arriving for their summer 2015 Tibet tours, those visiting in the fall have just begun planning. Many have been trying to identify the best way to arrive for their tour; in short, it depends on the travel groups needs and interests. To help travelers start their tour planning off right, Tibet Ctrip Travel Service-TCTS ( shares their expertise.

Groups running on a tight schedule or those looking for the easiest way to arrive are best off coming by air. Each day, non-stop flights arrive in Lhasa from major Chinese cities such as Chengdu and Chongqing; those coming from further east usually will have just one stop. Those coming from Kathmandu can take advantage of multiple flights each week. Check with TCTS for the latest schedules.

A popular option for Tibet travel beginning from Nepal is to take the Friendship highway from Kathmandu to Lhasa. An overland journey is among the best ways to witness every day Tibetan life, visit a variety of cultural sites, and enjoy ample opportunities for pictures in scenic areas. Although travel restrictions currently prevent travelers from using overland routes from China, they are good to be aware of in case restrictions loosen.

Lastly, the Qinghai Tibet Railway is great for travelers with a few extra days. The trip can take anywhere from 24-48 hours depending on the point of departure. Typically, the schedule is timed to where the train passes through the most beautiful areas during the day. Those looking to keep the trip short as possible can begin the train ride in Xi’ning, as the most scenic portion is from Golmud to Lhasa.

The common theme here is that there is a tradeoff between schedule, budget, and travel interests when figuring out how to arrive for a tour of Tibet. Flying may be quick, easy, and sometimes comparably inexpensive, but obviously sacrifices on the scenery. Overland travel requires hiring a car and driver, which can get expensive with large distances. The train is an excellent adventure but requires at least an extra day. Now that the 2015 travel season is off to a start, it’s time to begin planning an adventure!

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