I have seen a number of entries on here stating that it isn't possible to go overland from China through Nepal to India, can someone just confirm that this is the case and also why not? Is it because there are no land borders there that you can cross?
At the moment we are planning on travelling through Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam then continue upwards through China and then through Nepal and then finally down into India. If this is not possible what would you suggest as an alternative? I have read other suggestions on getting a flight from Bangkok into India but this would obviously mean missing out Nepal which we are quite keen to see .
Many thanks for any help on this one.
As far as I know there are no problems of travelling overland on that route. The only 'but' there might be is arranging your permit and stuff for Tibet. Just search for Tibet and permit here on the forum to check things. I guess you need to be accompanied for a few days by a guide and then you are off yourself. There are trains from Golmud to Lhasa, which originate as far as Beijing or Chengdu. Also, if I am correct I have read some recommendations about getting to Tibet from Chengdu on this forum so search a bit as well here, haven't done that now.
And no borders are closed at the moment, except the Myanmar to India one. For example it is also possible to go from Chengdu westwards into Tibet, avoiding travelling north to Golmud first.
As far as I've always understood, this route is perfectly fine as long as it's not winter. I've never done it myself, but met a number of people in India who had come this way. I would recommend going via Dali, Lijiang and Zhongidan. It's a fantastic route. When i was in Zhongdian (one of the last towns before you hit Tibet) there were many tour companies offering tours and paperwork to Tibet. I was so tempted to go but didn't have the time, so I didn't look into prices.
As far as going from Nepal to india is concerned it is relatively easy. From Kathmandu or Pokhara u can very easily travel by road to Gorakhpur(UP) , a mid-sized town of India, from where u have connections to all parts of India by rail and road.
I have travelled many times between Gorakhpur and Kathmandu some 10 yrs back and even then the roads were relatively good except during the rainy season when it was slippery and lots of landslides to encounter.
You will find a number of tour operators that have buses from Kathmandu to Gorakhpur
One of my friend do Nepal trip after visiting Tibet and go to India by flight from Katmandu.
He intends to do all the route by 4*4 and entering Nepal via Kodari Pass.
Have a nice trip