There are many ways to get Tibet, depending on how quickly you want to get there and how adventurous you choose to be.
1. Getting to Tibet by Plane
Most tourists will want to go to Tibet by plane. Flights are available to Gongkar airport, 70km from Lhasa, from Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Xi'an, Shangri-La, Chamdo and Kathmandu.
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On the way to Lhasa, the plane flew ever so closely to the snow-capped mountains that make you feel you could almost touch the peaks! Remember to look out the window! Along the way you'll be treated to breathtaking views of Tibet's snow-capped mountains. It is quite an exhilarating experience even if you only get to see it from the inside of the plane.
2. Travel to Tibet by Train
It is now possible to go to Tibet by train via the Qinghai-Tibet railway, the world's highest altitude railway. While traveling to Tibet by train takes much longer than by plane, you will be witness to thousands of miles of the most stunning landscapes in the world, rolling by outside your window.
3. Drive to Tibet in 4 Wheel Vehicles!
For the adventurous, driving a 4 wheel-drive vehicle to Tibet provides an incredible experience that you will be remember for the rest of your life. It is a difficult route, not for the faint of heart!
You can drive to Tibet via 5 routes:
Sichuan (Chengdu) to Lhasa : 2159 kilometers
Yunnan (Kunming) to Lhasa: 2317 kilometers
Qinghai (Xining) to Lhasa: 1947 kilometers
Xinjiang (Yecheng) to Lhasa: 2743 kilometers
Kathmandu to Lhasa
The Qinghai and Kathmandu ("friendship highway") routes are the most accessible. We do not recommend any of the other routes unless you are a ‘professional driver’, equipped with all the necessary gear and backup support.
GotoTibetTravel operates 4 wheel driving tours to Tibet. If you would like the real adventure of driving all the way up to the rooftop of the world, please click here to contact us