Gyirong is one of the gateways for entering Nepal from Tibet. The Gyirong port has been a major business hub on the border of China and Nepal for many years. The distance from Gyirong Township to the Rasuwa Bridge at the border is 24km and the distance from the border to Kathmandu is around 170 km. The former gateway for overland trip between Nepal and Tibet was Zhangmu port, which was destroyed by the Nepal Earthquake in 2015. This route between China and Nepal was also considered to be more reliable than the crossing through Zhangmu-Kodari route. The government opened Gyirong port for Chinese and Nepalese tourists from January, 2016. Now the Gyirong Border has been opened to all the international tourists from September, 2017.
Opposite of the Chinese Gyirong Port is the Nepalese Rasuwa Fort which is a historical fort near the border with Tibet. The Chinese customs building is really close to it at the border. Visitors in Nepal can obtain a trekking permit in Kathmandu to visit the border area. If tourists want to travel from Nepal into Tibet via Rasuwa-Gyirong border, they must obtain a Chinese Group Visa at the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu and a Tibet Travel Permit from the Tibet Tourism Bureau via a Tibet travel agency.
new (right) and old (left) Resuo Bridge at Gyirong Border
The area was also the site of a three-day battle during the second campaign of Sino-Nepalese War in 1792. The fort was constructed on the site in 1855 when Nepal invaded Qing-ruled Tibet in Nepalese-Tibetan War. The fort was damaged during the construction of the Gyirong border crossing in 2013.
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Hello I am planning a trip to Katmandu and on to Lhasa and Mt. Kalias. I am pilgrim. Let me know costs and details I intend to fly or go overload from Katmandu Lhasa etc. Thx.
Dear Mr. To***,
Thanks very much for your inquiry. Travelling to Tibet from Nepal, you need to apply for Chinese Group Visa in Kathmandu. Firstly, we'll apply for visa invitation letter with copy of your passport. Next, we'll send visa invitation letter to you and our partner in Kathmandu. When you arrive in Kathmandu, you need to meet with our partner and give them your original passport, then they will go to Chinese embassy and apply for Chinese Group Visa for you. When you board plane from Kathmandu to Lhasa, they'll only check your passport and Chinese Group Visa. Apart from Chinese Group Visa, you also need Tibet Permit, we'lll apply for Tibet Permit for you in Lhasa, and our guide will pick you up at Lhasa airport with your permit. I will send detailed itinerary to your email, please check it. Thanks & Regards
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