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Kodari is located in Nepal
Location in Nepal
Coordinates: 27°58′25″N 85°57′46″E / 27.9735°N 85.9628°E / 27.9735; 85.9628Coordinates: 27°58′25″N 85°57′46″E / 27.9735°N 85.9628°E / 27.9735; 85.9628
Country Nepal
Zone Bagmati Zone
District Sindhupalchok District
Elevation 2,300 m (7,500 ft)
Time zone Nepal Time (UTC+5:45)

Kodari is a border crossing from Nepal into the Tibet Autonomous Region. Kodari is in Sindhupalchok District, Bagmati Zone. The other side is the town Zhangmu, Dram or Khasa, situated in Nyalam County, Shigatse Prefecture of the Tibet.

The 2015 earthquakes essentially closed the route due to numerous landslides and boulders coming down, damaging roads in Nepal and Tibet (China).[1] There was a an evacuation and people have been slow to come back, and there is large reduction in trading.[2]


In ancient times, it was the starting point of a trans-Himalayan caravan route. Newar traders headed north from Kodari and after crossing Kuti pass turned east to continue their journey across the Tibetan Plateau to Lhasa. The construction of the 115 kilometres (71 mi) Kathmandu-Kodari Road during the 1963-67 period. It was named Araniko Highway in Nepal and China National Highway 318 beyond. As of 2011, Nepal is planning to expand it to six metalled lanes.[3]

China started building a railway in 2008 connecting Lhasa with Zhangmu on the Nepal-China border. It is an extension of the 1,956 kilometres (1,215 mi) Qinghai-Tibet Railway.[3][4][5]


Kodari is located at an altitude of 2,515 metres (8,251 ft).[6] Kodari is 114 kilometres (71 mi) from Kathmandu. The height gain is from 1,317 metres (4,321 ft) to 2,300 metres (7,500 ft). On a clear day, the Himalayan chain is visible on both sides of the road. From Zhangmu to Nyalam, a distance of 33 kilometres (21 mi) the height gain is from 2,300 metres (7,500 ft) to 3,750 metres (12,300 ft).[7]


External links[edit]

  • Kodari travel guide from Wikivoyage
  • Dram travel guide from Wikivoyage


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  2. ^ https://nepalitimes.atavist.com/bordering-on-helplessness]
  3. ^ a b "Kodari Road – Implications for Nepal, China and Inda". Institute of Peace & Conflict Studies. Retrieved 2012-01-02. 
  4. ^ "Nepal to get China rail link". Asia Times, 15 May 2008. Retrieved 2012-01-02. 
  5. ^ "New Railroads in Tibet open up economic opportunities". Yo! Learn Chinese! 6 September 2009. Retrieved 2012-04-13. 
  6. ^ "Kodari, Nepal Page". Fallingrain Genomics. Retrieved 2012-01-02. 
  7. ^ The Mount Kailash trek: a trekker's and visitor's guide. Google Books. Retrieved 2012-01-02.