Nepal-Tibet border reopens to tourists

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Earthquake made travel between Lhasa and Kathmandu impossible
After being partly destroyed by a devastating earthquake in April 2015, the famous Himalayan road from Lhasa to Kathmandu is back on the bucket list.
The legendary trail’s Kerung-Rasuwa border crossing has now reopened to international visitors, making the classic winding journey from Tibet to Nepal amid towering Himalayan peaks possible again.
The earthquake devastated Nepal, killing 9,000 people and leaving countless others homeless. But road repairs in the region continue.
Chinese authorities have now announced that the Kerung-Rasuwa border crossing has opened for international visitors, having previously reopened as a trade route for Chinese and Nepalis.
But a crossing previously used by tourists at Kodari, on the Friendship Highway, remains too badly damaged to use.
“Nepal has always been a gateway to Tibet for travellers,” says Shiva Dhakal, managing director of the Kathmandu-based operator Royal Mountain Travel. “Most travellers dream of going to Tibet overland but, with no border open, the adventure was missing while travelling there.”
Infrastructure on the Nepal side remains poor, however, and Royal Mountain’s upcoming trips still fly in and out. But Dhakal hopes to relaunch overland trips from April 2018.
The Guardian

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