The Rasuwagadi-Kerung border crossing has gained recognition as an international access point between Nepal and Tibet (China). It is a response from the northern neighbour following series of efforts from Nepali Officials. The road access was disconnected after the Tatopani border remained shut due to heavy damage caused by devastating earthquake of April 25, 2015. A press meet organized in Lhasa announced that the newly opened border will be recognized as international checkpoint between Nepal and China.
The Officials 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 facilitated the way for people from third countries as well to move across the border. Nepalese Travel Trade persons are happy to hear the new decision so that their tours to Tibet will resume soon. The overland tours to Everest Base Camp, Mount Kailash, Manasarovar and Lhasa are the most searched trips by the people from third countries. The road distance is about 150km from Kathmandu to Kerung and can take 8-9 hours.