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, we are considering to travel in Tibet in summer. We are a family of 5, two adults and three kids, age 13(then), 10, 8. We are interested in the 10 days Mt. EBC & Namtso Lake Group tour. We are US citizens with valid 10-year Chinese multiple entry visa, which we have applied when we went to Beijing in 2019. We are currently living in South Korea.
1. Are kids suitable (or even allowed) for this tour?
2. If kids can join, are there any discount deals for kids?
Dear Ms. Ho***,
Greetings from Helen at Budget Tibet Tour and welcome you to join our 10 days Mt. Everest & Namtso Lake group tour. For your questions: 1. Your kids are suitable for this tour. Travelling in Tibet is as safe for kids as it is for their parents. While the high Tibetan plateau may be the highest place on the planet, very often, the kids that visit this region are more adaptable and have fewer problems than their parents. We also have arranged wonderful Tibet tours for many families with kids such as a tour to EBC for a family with a 3-year-old son, a 9-year-old girl and a 11-year-old boy, they did have fun in Tibet and there is no problem for them. Or you can take some medicine under the guidance of doctor to prevent high altitude before enter Tibet. 2. If kids travel with you, we'll offer some discount for them, please check your email and find more detailed information. Thanks & Regards
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