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
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 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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