Nepal-Tibet border crossing may be replaced

The main border crossing between Nepal and Tibet may be replaced because of ongoing logistical problems caused by the devastating earthquakes that hit Nepal in April and May this year.

Waiting at the border between Nepal and Tibet.

Waiting at the border between Nepal and Tibet. Image by Jody McIntyre / CC BY-SA 2.0

After the disaster, the Chinese government relocated the population of the settlements on the Chinese side of the border to Shigatse, and rather than rebuilding infrastructure at the Tatopani-Khasa crossing point near Kodari, the border crossing may be shifted to nearby Nyalam, on one of the historic trade routes between Nepal and Tibet. This will involve building a new road linking Nyalam to the existing Nepal-China Friendship Bridge, and widening the Arniko Highway to Kathmandu.

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