Forty passengers set off on the inaugural once-a-week, three-day trip sunday from Kathmandu to Lhasa. A similar bus trip is heading the opposite direction. The nearly one-thousand kilometer trip, costing 70 dollars, passes through some of the highest points of the Himalayan region.
The bus service is expected to operate nine months a year while the weather permits.
Officials from Nepal along with China's ambassador in Kathmandu jointly inaugurated the new state-run service from Nepal's capital. Speaking at a ceremony marking the event, Nepal's Transport Minister Ram Narayan Singh said the service will deepen relations between the two nations and promote trade and tourism.
Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.