border review | 18 June 2012

Kailash pilgrims, Tibet access

Rudra Khadka (República) reports that all Nepalis now need a Chinese visa to visit Mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar close to the Nepal border in Western Tibet. And, according to Nar Bahadur Bishta, acting chief of District Police Office of Humla, the provision also applies for border residents.

According to Norbu Lama, a local resident of Humla, the Chinese security personnel started seeking visa from Nepali pilgrims after Rimpochhe Chang Thang delivered a speech in Yalwang monastery in Muchu VDC of Humla district.

Locals say that the Chinese security personnel started seeking visas from Nepali pilgrims as Rimpochhe Thang raised free Tibet issue during his speech.

Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar as seen from the Nepal border | © Martin Saxer

Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar as seen from the Nepal border | © Martin Saxer

Bishta, however, also says that Chinese security personnel have not stopped Indian or other foreign tourists from visiting Kailash and Mansarovar. This is interesting because the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) has been closed for foreign tourists for the past three weeks (it opened again today) and there were reports about 700 – 800 Indian pilgrims stranded at the Chinese border in Tatopani, Nepal.