China - Nepal Railway
It will start from Shigatse in Tibet to Katmandu, Nepal's capital city. The designed top speed will only be 75mi/h (120km/h) at most, because of the remarkable elevation changes and challenging Himalayan terrain. Going through Tibetan Plateau, it will be the world's highest rail road, another miracle after Tibet railway which is the first railroad built on that plateau.
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China - Nepal Train Running Route
Shigatse-Gyirong Railway: It is an extension of Lhasa-Shigatse Railway, measuring about 336 miles (540 km). It has been put into construction, and is expected to be completed by 2020.
Gyirong - Katmandu Railway: Because this rail line will be more likely to go through Himalayas, a long tunnel needs to be dug. This will be an arduous work and many difficulties remain to be overcome. The construction is scheduled to begin in 2020 and is expected to be done by 2022.
What Benefits China - Nepal Rail Link Will Bring
Also, there is no doubt that the international trade between the two countries will be greatly increased. Currently, only two roads and a few flight are connecting the two countries, which cannot meet the transportation demands at all.
Lastly, except the Indian transportation line, Nepal will have another line to get what they need such as oil from China through Lhasa - Katmandu Railway.
How to travel between the two countries currently
Now, you can make a quick transfer between the two countries by flight. Direct flights are catchable between Katmandu and Lhasa and Chengdu; the duration is 1.5 and 3 hours respectively and ticket fare for economy class is about CNY 2,300 and CNY 2,200 respectively.
Traveling by coach:
The coaches are running between Lhasa and Katmandu via Gyirong Pass. Previously, tourists can also go via Zhangmu Pass, but it has been closed since April 25th, 2015 for safety reasons after the Nepal earthquake.
All international travelers who visit Tibet are required to apply for a Tibet Travel Permit ahead of the trip, and usually they can only obtain the permit through a travel agency. In this case, you can only go from Lhasa to Katmandu with the assistance of a travel agency.
Other International Trains between China and nearby Countries
International railways under construction/planning from China to:
How to find or buy coach tickets from Shigatse to KTM ? is it possible to avoid tourist office or not ?