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Travel from Gyirong Port to Kathmandu

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

September 5, 2017

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 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.

Gyirong to Kathmandu 4WD Vehicles at the border
Gyirong to Kathmandu 4WD Vehicles at the border

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.

Immigration Building of Nepal ,2 km away from the Gyirong border
Immigration Building of Nepal ,2 km away from the Gyirong border

Also it’s important to note that the cars from Gyirong Port to Kathmandu passes through Langdang National Park and the Nepal Tourism Administration Bureau MIGHT charge passengers 3390 rupees (about US$35), which is the entry and exit fee and it’s valid for several days with a formal invoice. The belongings that tourists carry must be in compliance with the regulations of China and Nepal. Passengers can’t carry excess items listed in declare restrictions of China and Nepal. Also find out which items are prohibited in or out by China and Nepal so you are not accused of smuggling of these items. Visitors should as well keep the corresponding invoice for souvenirs, the certification for non-cultural relics, Permit of the Ministry of Forestry and other important documents in case the military police inspects the articles on the way. 

Nepalese Checking Point on the way
Nepalese Checking Point on the way

Lastly, it will be around 5 or 6 PM (Kathmandu time) normally when you arrive at Kathmandu, we advise you better not to book your flight leaving Kathmandu the same day evening, because this route from Gyirong to Kathmandu are likely to be affected by road barriers, landslides, temporary port closure and other factors due to the ongoing reconstruction work and poor management and emergency capacity from the Nepalese government.

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user portrait Ms. Thanh Trinh from: Travel from Gyirong Port to Kathmandu
Hi there,
My group have 6 people want to go to Lhasa via Kathmandu by both flight and drive on July or August. We do want to do any tour in Kathmandu, Nepal. KTM is just a connecting place for us to apply Tibetan visa and permit. Based on that, how long would we should plan for this trip? Because I still have no idea how long for the drive from KTM to Lhasa.
Hope to hear back from you guys soon.
Thank you and best regards.
Answered by Helen

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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