1. Kyirong Town

Have you heard of Kyirong? It's also called Gyirong or Kyidrong, which means Happy Town or Town of Forest Valley. It's a new border town between Tibet and Nepal that's now open to travelers from all over the world. Before the earthquake in Nepal, Zhangmu was the border between Nepal, but after the earthquake, the Kyirong border was officially opened. You might even meet some Tibetan-Nepali mixed families in Kyirong because of the close connections near the border.

2. Kyirong can be reached through three different modes of transportation.

  1. Travel from Nepal to Kyirong by crossing Rasuwa Gadhi on an overland journey.
  2. Embark on an overland journey from Lhasa to Kyirong town.
  3. One can choose to enter Tibet via the Burang border, then proceed to visit Mount Kailash and end the journey at Kyirong town.

3. Some of the sightseeing sites are located near Kyirong.

  1. Dzhongkha town, and Kyirong Valley.
  2. The Phakpa Temple has been in existence since the 7th century.
  3. Meditation cave of Milarepa at Dakar Taso.
  4. Phikutso Lake.
  5. Mount Shishapangma.

4. Dzongkha Town.

Kyirong has two towns, Kyirong Valley and Dzhongka Town. Dzhongka Town is situated at an altitude of 4,200 meters (13,779 ft). The distance from Phikutso Lake to Dzongkha is approximately 90km, while it is about 50km from the meditation cave of Jetsun Milarepa Dagkar Taso cave to Dzhongkha. The distance from Dzongkha to Kyirong Valley is 72km, and from Kyirong Valley to the border town of Rasuwa is 24km.

Photo: Stunning Kyirong 8-day tour from Lhasa to Nepal border. 

5. Kyirong Valley Town.

Kyirong Valley is known by different names in Tibetan, Chinese, and English, which are Kyirong Drong, Kyirong Gou, and Kyirong Valley, respectively. At an altitude of 2,800 meters (9,186 ft), Kyirong Valley is surrounded by mountains, which are tranquil and calm during the morning with their snow-capped peaks.

Kyirong has been a significant and holy town since the 7th century when King Srongtsan Gonpo met the Nepalese princess Brikuti in Kyirong. The town is home to a beautiful temple called the Compassion Buddha Temple, Phakpa Lhakhang, which was built during that time. There are three Jowo Buddha Punsum (cousins) - one in western Tibet at Purang, another in Kyirong at Phakpa Lhakang Temple, and the third in the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa.

Kay Puk, a meditation cave that was used during the reign of Nepalese Princess Brikhuti, is famous. The 1st Jetsun Karmapa meditated here from the time he was born in Kyirong Valley. Maha Guru Padmasambhava, a great Indian master, traveled to Tibet through Kyirong and praised the beautiful landscape by calling it Kyirong, which means Happy Valley. Maha Guru Padmasambhava's final departure from Tibet was near the Kyirong at the Kungtang pass. In the 10th and 11th centuries, the great Tibetan master Maha Guru Marpa Lotsawa traveled to Nepal and India through Kyirong multiple times. Many great Tibetan masters, including Maha Guru Milarepa, later meditated near Kyirong.

Kyirong Town is a great place to stay a night. Travelers can enjoy the stunning mountains and green nature.

6. Accommodations and Restaurants in Kyirong.

  1. 3-star Kyirong hotel.
  2. Phuntsok Rabsal Guest house.
  3. There are other guest houses available as alternative choices.

Our recent recommendation is the Phuntsok Rabsel Guesthouse since it's newer than the Kyirong Hotel. Both Hotels offer a clean double bedroom with a hot shower.

Kyirong Phuntsok Rapsel Hotel

Photo: Kyirong Phuntsok Rapsel Hotel single bedroom

Kyirong Phuntso Rapsel Hotel

Photo: Kyirong Phuntso Rapsel Hotel double bedroom

Photo: Kyirong Phuntso Rapsel Hotel Bathroom

Photo: Kyirong Phuntso Rapsel Hotel Bathroom

7. Short information about Rasuwa Gadhi Town.

Rasuwa is a Nepalese town that shares a border with Kyirong Valley. The distance from Kyirong Valley town to the Rasuwa border checkpoint bridge is approximately 24km. It is about 14km from Rasuwa to Syabrubesh and roughly 140km to Kathmandu. There are three transportation options for travelers going from Rasuwa to Kathmandu. Tibet Travelers is able to arrange private vehicle transportation for the cost of 210 US dollars for the group. Alternatively, individuals can take a public bus, which typically costs between 30 to 50 US dollars per person.

A) Kathmandu – Galchhi – Betrawati – Dhunche – Syabrubesi – Rasuwa Gadi = 141 km

B) Kathmandu – Kakani – Betrawati – Dhunche – Syabrubesi – Rasuwa Gadi = 130 km

C) Kathmandu – Tokha – Betrawati – Dhunche – Syabrubesi – Rasuwa Gadi = 105 km

Tibet Travelers arranges both private and group tours to Kyirong town.

8. Conclusion

Kyirong is an essential town to visit for those traveling to both Tibet and Nepal, and a night's stay here is highly recommended. Upon arrival in Kyirong, visitors can apply for a visa to Nepal for their travel plans.

However, if many people are applying, there may be a longer wait time. To avoid this, it is advisable to apply for a Nepal visa in Lhasa if there is enough time. On the Nepali side, visitors can apply for a visa on arrival for 15/30/90 days, with prices ranging from 25 to 110 USD.

Kyirong has become an important travel destination for all travelers due to the opportunity to travel from Lhasa to the Nepal border overland and the breathtaking view of snow-capped mountains from the hotel window, along with the presence of great master's footprints.

For additional details on Kyirong, visit Trip Advisor. We also suggest reading our excellent recent piece on the top mountain destination in Tibet, Mount Kailash. If you have plans to visit Kyirong, kindly send us an email, and we will be extremely pleased to assist you in any way possible.

Written By :Tenzin

Apr 13, 2023


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