At the beginning of 2017, Tibet's Gyirong port, which was closed due to the Nepal earthquake for more than one year, has reopened. It's definitely a good news for those who plan to travel to Nepal after their Tibet Mount Kailash or Everest Base Camp tour. Before you go there, learn some basic facts about the overland route from Gyirong to Kathmandu.Part 1. How to Travel from Gyirong to Kathmandu
Before you start your journey, it is necessary to know the road conditions and advised transport choices from Gyirong to Kathmandu. The distance from Gyirong Port to Kathmnadu is about 170km and it takes approximately 8-9 hours by car due to not good road condition. The Gyirong Port opens at 10AM (Beijing time, GMT+8), which is 8:45 AM (Kathmandu time). After crossing Chinese border at Resuo Bridge of Gyirong Port, you arrive at Nepal side. The Nepalese border armies will firstly check your luggage at their simple tent office. Not far from the tent office is the parking lot for the vehicles doing the Gyirong to Kathmandu transfer business. Most of vehicles are 4WD with a capacity of 7 passengers; Normally it costs about US$ 40-50 per person for this 170km ride. Sometimes, the bus to Kathmandu might be available from here, but that is not advised at all. Because as explained above, the road condition is not so good, bus is not as comfortable as 4WD, and also not that safe due to narrowness of the road in Nepal side.
Travel from Gyirong to Kathmandu - 4WD Vehicles at the border
To enter Nepal, you need a Nepali visa. About 2km ahead of the Nepalese border is the Immigration Building of Nepal, which is a shabby 3-storey yellow building. The driver will stop here for around half an hour and tourists can go to the 3rd floor to apply for their Nepalese Visa. The Nepal visa costs US$ 25 per person for multiple entries of 15 days, and US$ 40 per person of 30 days. Tourists have to bring one passport size photo and fill the visa application form. It takes 15-30 minutes depends on how many tourists there.
Travel from Gyirong to Kathmandu - Immigration Building of Nepal
The questions raised by our past customers can help you get a more clear picture about tours to Tibet, read them or tell us your own questions via the form on the right side, our specialists will reply you within 24 hours.
Dear Ms. Thanh Trinh,
Entering Tibet from Nepal, you need to apply for the Chinese group visa in Kathmandu. Firstly, we will apply for the visa invitation letter for you; Next we will send the visa invitation letter to you and our partner in Kathmandu; When you arrive in Kathmandu, you need to meet with our partner and give him your original passport, then he will assist you to apply for the Chinese group visa. Group visa application needs 3 or 4 working days, during that time, you can travel other places in Nepal with your passport copy.
The distance from Kathmandu to Gyirong Port is about 170km and it takes approximately 8-9 hours by car due to not good road condition. Please check your email and find more details. Have a nice day.
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