Traveling to Tibet from USA has become a popular topic for millions of Americans. Every year, lots of residents in America plan tours in this holiest place in China. Most of them are allured by the majestic natural views on this plateau and the mysterious Buddhism. They want to explore the highest mountain in the world- Mt Everest. And they always travel to Tibet in spring and fall because of the best weather.
Like other foreign travelers in the world, Americans are required to guided by a local tour operator when getting to Tibet. And all the transportation and permits should be arranged well in advance. An individual American is not allowed to travel to Tibet alone.
How to get to Tibet from USA
There are two main ways for Americans to get to Tibet. You can take a direct flight to a certain Chinese city, or you can fly to Nepal firstly. In America, there are some airports which provide these international flights to China and Nepal, such as Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City, New Jersey, Miami, Tampa, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Dallas, Michigan, Chicago, Mississippi, Denver, Salt Lake City, and Phoenix. After getting to China or Nepal, you can transfer another way to get to Tibet.
Get to Tibet from China
Most Americans choose to get to some main Chinese cities because they can have a chance to explore those cities. If you want to fly to Tibet from the mainlands of China, you can take the direct flight in the following cities after exploring China: Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Chongqing, Kangding, and Xining. The price varies from city to city. The cheapest way to fly to Tibet is from Chengdu, Chongqing, Kangding, and Xining. If you want to save some money, you can book the air ticket in these cities.
Some Americans choose to take a train to Tibet when arriving in China. They are eager to enjoy the breathtaking scenery along the Qinghai Tibet Railway. Although it takes more hours to arrive in Tibet, this is the best way to adapt to the high altitude sickness. Train tickets can be booked in Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Lanzhou, Xi’an, and Xining. The shortest point is in Xining, and it is the most popular gateway for travelers.
Get to Tibet from Nepal
After you arrive in Nepal, you need to transfer a flight or take an overland tour from Kathmandu. The direct flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa takes about one and half an hour. And the price of the flight is only about US$ 275. Taking a flight to Lhasa from Kathmandu can make you catch a glimpse of the Mt Everest if the weather condition is permitted.
Another way is to plan an overland tour via Gyirong Port. This is a thrilling and adventurous way. You can explore the landscape of Nepal by hiking or driving. If you are interested in adventure, you have no reason to miss this way. The stunning natural views make the trip more wonderful and special.
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