2018/08/24 Tibet Travel Alert: Nepal-Tibet border landslide and road blockage
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Due to incremental weather in the Himalayan ranges during the monsoon season, several landslides have taken place in the past week on the only pass way connecting Nepal and Tibet. The most severe damage has appeared in close proximity to the Nepal-Tibet border, namely Syabrubesi town on the Nepalese side, and Gyirong town on the Tibetan side. Many local efforts are being made to get the road condition back to normal, but the current situation has already affected and delayed a great number of travelers. We advise that travelers currently in this area wait patiently for updates on the improvement of condition. Other travelers planning for an overland trip between Nepal and Tibet in the near future should consider delaying the trip or making extra preparations.

The route between Lhasa, Tibet and Kathmandu, Nepal has been a popular choice among adventurous travelers who wish to visit both sides of the Himalayas. However, the road condition has always been poor in general and is subject to constant threat from natural disasters. This route was famously closed due to the extreme damage caused by the major earthquake in Nepal in 2015. A new road was opened in 2017, which moves the border checkpoint from Nylam to Gyirong. The change brings the possibility of traveling between Nepal and Tibet overland back into reality, but is not able to make the road less vulnerable to potential future risks. Last week, four landslides have unfortunately happened near the border of Nepal and Tibet, which immediately created a great deal of uncertainty and danger to every traveler present in the region.

As a local Tibetan travel agency of more than a decade’s experience in operating tours between Nepal and Tibet, we think the best advice to give to future visitors regarding the overland tour is that it is important to choose the best month of the year to do it. The monsoon season in Nepal and its nearby Himalayan ranges is July and August, when the road condition is most likely to be affected by the climate. Wise travelers are better off choosing another itinerary or travel method during this extreme time period, for example, visit Tibet in May or September. If a natural accident happens after you begin your trip, there are measures you can take as well. For example, there are daily flights scheduled between Kathmandu and Lhasa that you can always switch to. For more information regarding traveling in Tibet and Nepal, please email us anytime at [email protected]

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