On 29 Aug 2017, all travel agencies received confirmed news from Tibet Tourism Bureau that Gyirong Port is now opened to foreign travellers, which means you can now travel overland between Tibet and Nepal. Yeah~
Gyirong, also spelled as Kyirong, is a border town connecting Tibet & Nepal, located in the south of Shigatse, Tibet. The Gyirong Port has been put to use for local Tibetans, Chineses, and Nepalis after the closing of Zhangmu Port in April 2015 due to the earthquake in Nepal. Now at long last, Gyirong Port is finally opened to foreign travellers too.
As with the former Zhangmu Port, foreign travellers can now have Nepal visa-on-arrival at Gyirong Port with your original passport and 2 headshots. The cost of 1-entry visa would be about USD 25.
Once pass the immigration check, you will arrive at the Nepal side of the border. At here, you can take a public bus or taxi to Kathmandu, which is about 145km away, but be warned the road condition from Gyirong to Kathmandu isn’t ideal, bumpy off-track roads, which takes about 8hrs or so.
Gyirong Town is situated in the southern part of Gyirong County in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China. It is located 70km south of the county seat Zongga on the bank of Gyirong Zangbo river, a tributary of the Trishuli River. The town has an elevation about 2700m, with a subtropical mountain monsoon climate, meaning reasonable precipitation and warm weather. In 1961, Gyirong was established as a port of entry by the Chinese government.
Gyirong Town is an important town in the cross border trade between China and Nepal. Historically it was a major thoroughfare. In December 2014, the port of entry between China and Nepal was opened. This route between China and Nepal was considered to be more reliable than one through Zhangmu, even prior the Nepal earthquake in April 2015.
In Gyirong Town, there is a village of ethnic Nepali referred to as Daman people. They are descendants of Nepalese Gurkha army centuries ago. Previously stateless, they were granted Chinese citizenship in 2003.
On 30 Aug 2017, the opening of Gyirong Port is released on news. It’s official!
With the objective to develop the Rasuwagadi-Kerung border (aka. Gyirong, Kyirong) crossings as its international access point to South Asia, China has agreed to recognise the newly opened trading route as international checkpoint between Nepal and China.
The northern neighbour granted the status of international checkpoint following intense efforts from Nepali side after Tatopani, the major point between Nepal and China, remained shut due to extensive damage caused by devastating earthquake of April 25, 2015.
Organising a press meet in Lhasa on Wednesday, Tibet government announced that the Rasuwagadi-Kerung border crossings, connecting Nepal to China’s autonomous region Tibet, have become international from today, read a statement issued by Nepali Consulate General’s Office in Lhasa.
At the press meet, assistant chairperson of Tibet government Luo Mei expressed her happiness in declaring the border as international in the presence of Nepali consulate general to Lhasa Govinda Bahadur Karki.
She said that the construction of infrastructure and expansion of facilities on the Chinese side of the border has almost completed. She hoped that the border point’s elevation to international status will increase trade, tourism and people to people contact between the two countries and it will also support in the implementation of the China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) Initiative.
Rasuwagadhi-Kerung, which began operations in December 2014, was the largest second border point made available for trade after Tatopani. Earlier, only the people from Nepal and China were allowed to enter each other’s territory by carrying visa and passports.
The new decision has paved the way for people from third countries to move across the border. Now the people from any other countries can go to Sigatse and Lhasa through the border.
“Chinese government has attached high importance to this [Rasuwagadi-Kerung] border crossing. This border is important for us as the Chinese government is working to extend railway line from Sigatse to Kerung,” said Nepali consulate general to Lhasa Govinda Bahadur Karki. The road linking Nepal’s Capital Kathmandu to Kerung border crossing is about 150 km.
|Gyirong Port, Chinese, Tibetan, and Nepali waiting in line ↓||Gyirong Port, trucks passing from here to Nepal ↓|
|The check point of Nepali side ↓||Jeeps for hiring at Nepal side of the border to take you to Kathmandu ↓|