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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I'm interested in the 14 day trip from Lhasa to Nepal trip. In in January or February would be great. how much would that be? is there space?
best regards Mo***
Greetings from Nancy at Budget Tibet Tour, thanks for visiting our website and sending your inquiry. Sorry we do not have any group tour in Jan or Feb to Kailash as there will be heavy snow and the road will be blocked, and also the area would be closed, and no one do the business there, no hotel, no restaurants there. So from Nov to March we would not send any groups there.
If you would like to do this tour, you must plan it from April to Oct. and at present we have the group tour in next 6th May and 29th May, and we will have more available date in future. if you are interested in joining in this, please kindly let me know. Best regards.
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