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New Guide to Exploring Gyirong Valley: Prepare for Your China Tibet Border Adventure now

Ready to Experience the Tibetan Border’s Splendor?

Are you craving a real-life encounter with the breathtaking landscapes of Tibet’s border regions after experiencing them on screen? It’s time to pack your bags and embark on an adventure to Gyirong Valley! But wait, what do you need to prepare? Don’t worry, here’s your ultimate travel guide.

Essential Documents and Health Preparations for Gyirong Valley


Identification and Border Pass

  • Mandatory ID: Your identity card or Passport is a must-have.
  • Border Pass for Gyirong Valley: As a border area, you’ll need to obtain a border pass.
  • Application Process: You can apply for this at your local police authorities.

Health and Acclimatization

  • Altitude Sickness Precautions: Don’t forget to pack Rhodiola (Hong Jing Tian) and Gaoyuan An.
  • Essential Gear: Pack warm clothing, a water bottle, portable oxygen, sunglasses.

Travel Permits for Restricted Areas

  • Gyirong Port Area Pass: Apply for the “Gyirong Port Area Pass” at the Gyirong Border Immigration and Checkpoint with your ID. For foreigner you have to register at Entry and exit Department of Gyirong Police Station.
rasuwa tibet nepal border immigration
Rasuwa tibet nepal border immigration

How to Visit Nepal from Gyirong?


If you’re tempted to hop over to Nepal, here’s how:

  • Visa for Nepal: With your passport, you can exit through the Gyirong Border Checkpoint and apply for a visa at the Immigration Office in Rasuwa District, Nepal.

Warm Tips for Nepal Visa

  • Required Documents: Bring your original ID and Passport, a 2-inch color photo, and a completed visa application form to obtain an on-arrival tourist visa in Rasuwa District, Nepal.

Guide to Crossing from Gyirong Port to Kathmandu, Nepal

Exploring the route from Tibet’s Gyirong Port to Kathmandu in Nepal offers various options to suit different preferences and needs. Here’s how you can make the journey:

1. Trekking Adventure

  • Distance: The distance from Gyirong Port to Kathmandu is about 130 kilometers.
  • Duration: You can complete this trek in as little as three days, depending on your pace and stops along the way.

2. Off-Road Vehicle Journey

  • Road Conditions: Due to challenging road conditions, traveling by off-road vehicle is common.
  • Travel Time: The trip takes approximately 8 hours.
  • Cost: Shared vehicle costs range from 160 to 200 yuan per person.

3. Helicopter Charter

  • Takeoff Location: Helicopters depart from the Bonsa Village helipad on the Nepalese side.
  • Charter Cost: Around 6,300 yuan for the whole helicopter.
  • Shared Cost: If sharing, the cost per person ranges from 700 to 1,000 yuan.
  • Schedule: Flights do not have a fixed schedule.

4. Self-Drive Option

  • Customs Declaration: Self-driving tourists need to go through a customs agency for a declaration guarantee.
  • Documentation Required: Submit photos of the vehicle (front, side, license plate) and registration.
  • Customs Fee: Costs vary between 1,200 to 1,800 yuan for cars, and 500 to 800 yuan for motorcycles.
  • Nepal Customs: Upon entry, you’ll need to declare at Nepal customs, with a daily fee of 70 yuan. Nepal allows a maximum stay of one month per declaration.
  • Paperwork: Carry your physical documents; no international driver’s license is required. Contact the guarantee company a day before departure to arrange exit-entry procedures.

Immigration Police Reminder:

  • Drones are not permitted when traveling to Nepal.

Tips for Returning Through Gyirong Port

In Case of Lost Passport

  • Don’t panic if your passport is lost.
  • Replacement Documents: You can obtain a new People’s Republic of China passport or travel document at the Chinese Embassy in Nepal.

Need Help?

  • For any issues with immigration documents, call the National Immigration Administration hotline at 12367 for assistance.

Explore the World

  • Gyirong is a gateway to adventure. Remember to prepare well before your trip and cooperate with border inspections for a smooth crossing experience.
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