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Gyirong Port Tibet

Time: 05-09-2017 This Article is Composed by BudgetTibetTour

Located 490km southwest from Shigatse Prefecture, Gyirong Valley is known as the “SecretGarden of Mount Everest” for its abundant forests and a lot of wildlife. In the Tibetan language, Gyirong means ”village of comfort and happiness”. Gyirong Port borders Nepal in the south and for more than 1000 years it has been functioning as a very important port for business, trade and culture exchange between Nepal and Tibet. The famous Princess Bhrikuti who married to the Tibet King Songtsganpo travelled from Nepal to Lhasa exactly via the Gyirong Port.

Gyirong Port Administration Building 
Gyirong Port Administration Building

The location of Gyirong Township is really good as its 24km from the border (Rasuwa Bridge) and from the border it’s about 170 km to Kathmandu. The China Gyirong and Nepal Rasuwa bilateral port was opened officially on 1st December, 2014. Gyirong used to be a huge trade port through which China and Nepal exchanged goods and after the opening of the port the two countries tried to reinstitute that. Unfortunately shortly after the opening, Nepal was struck by a devastating earthquake in April 2015, which also seriously damaged Gyirong. The Gyirong Port had to be closed due to the earthquake and after 6 months of reconstruction it was ceremoniously reopened on October, 2015, but only for trade. Yet, the reopening was mostly symbolic and only a beginning for the full recovery of the port. It was then supposed to open in June 2016, which wasn’t possible due to the debris flow and the poor road condition. In addition the aftershock of the earthquake, the supply of water, electricity and communications networks remained limited. After another year’s effort on facilities reconstruction, finally the Gyirong Port was opened to all international tourists from September 2017.

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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.  

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1. Are kids suitable (or even allowed) for this tour?  

2. If kids can join, are there any discount deals for kids?

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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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