China Overland Group Tour Kyrgyzstan to Nepal OR Laos via the Chinese provinces Xinjiang, Tibet & Yunnan
A spectacular and affordable China Overland Group Tour through the most fascinating destinations and landscapes in Tibet and China.
Who has not dreamt of crossing the world with his own vehicle as an Overland Traveller? This tour is for all of those who want to see the highlights of Tibet, starting in Kashgar all the way to the Nepal or Laos. Xinjiang offers desert landscapes and arid plains stretching as far as the eye can see, a crossroads on the Silk Road between the East and the Middle East; this area is rich in Buddhist and Turkish archaeological remains.
You will cross the vast Tibetan high plateau, explore Manasarovar lake and its crystal-blue waters and visit holy Mount Kailash.
If you continue to Laos, you will visit Everest Base Camp, Lhasa, cross the Eastern Himalayas, visit the Chinese old towns of Lijiang and Dali and drive on subtropical roads into Yunnan province all the way to Xishuangbanna.
Some of you may find a private China Overland Tour too expensive and this is why we created this affordable China Overland Group Tour from Kyrgyzstan to Nepal or Laos for you.
Kyrgyzstan (Torugart Pass Border) – Kashgar – Sanshili – Duoma – Ali – Saga – Jilongzhen (Exit 1 to Nepal) – Everest Base Camp – Xigaze – Gyangze – Lhasa – Samye – Tsedang – Langxiang – Nyingtri – Bome- Ranwu – Zogang – Yanjing-Shangri-La – Tiger Leaping Gorge – Lijang- Dali-Lincang – Mohan/Boten (Exit 2 to Laos)
|Borders||Entry: Torugart Pass Border (Kyrgyzstan/China)|
Exit Border 1 NEPAL: Jilongzhen/Rasuwa Ghadhi (China/Nepal)
Exit Border 2 LAOS: Mohan/Boten (China/Laos)
|Duration / Date|| |
Border 1 to NEPAL: 10 days
|Total distance||Approximate kilometres:|
Border 1 to NEPAL: 2,400
Border 2 to LAOS: 6,500
China Overland Group Tour with own vehicle with 2 options regarding the exit border (Nepal or Laos)
|Ratio tarmac/gravel; level/style|| |
95/5; demanding due to high altitude / on road tour
|Min/Max participants||At least 3 vehicles/max. 8 vehicles|
Daily Itinerary: China Overland from Kyrgyzstan to Nepal OR Laos
Overland Group Tour Kyrgyzstan – Nepal OR Laos
Tash Rabat – Torugart Pass – Kashgar (China):
It is important to meet your group at Tash Rabat the day before. Early departure from Tash Rabat Caravanserai. Around noon you will reach the Kyrgyz-Chinese border area at Torugart Pass. At the metal gate at the height of Torugart Pass you will meet your border fixer who presents all permits to the border guards. Border crossing.
Formalities at customs. Drive your vehicle to Kashgar.
Formalities at the traffic administration: Today, the temporary Chinese driving licenses and number plates will be issued. There is also a short medical and technical vehicle check. We take care of everything, only patience needs to be brought along.
Kashgar – Sanshili: 630KM
|5||Sanshili – Duoma: 490KM|
Drive across the Tibet high plateau with 5000 meter high passes.
Duoma – Ali: 230KM
Via the Bangong Lake to Ali. Bangong Lake is located half in Chinese and half in Indian territory. One side of the lake is filled with salt water while the other side is filled with fresh water.
Ali – Mt. Kailash: 250KM
Short drive to Kailash mountain, holy for the Tibetans. With a little luck you will see numerous pilgrims, some of them coming from the most remote parts of the country, from India and Nepal for a journey of their lifetime.
|8||Mt. Kailash – Saga: 490KM|
Along the deep blue Manasarovar lake, over which snow-covered mountains throne, we go to Saga. Even today, the endless vastness of Tibet and a spectacular mountain pass awaits us.
|9||Saga – Jilongzhen: 170KM|
Across curvy mountain road and a 4,500 meter high mountain pass to Jilongzhen
Jilongzhen – Border 1 to Nepal OR on to Tingri (for exit Border 2 to Laos): 330KM
Border 1: Exit to Nepal around noon after customs formalities. The group for border 2 continues.
Enjoy a ride along Paiku Lake and some winding passes. Soon you arrive a the Friendship Highway and follow it all the way to Tingri.
Tingri – Rongbuk monastery near Everest Base Camp: 110KM
Rongbuk monastery near Everest Base Camp – Xigaze: 340KM
Drive across the 5.220 meter high Gyatso Pass to Xigaze, one of Tibet´s largest cities. Visit the majestic Tashilhunpo monastery in the afternoon upon arrival.
The wide Central Tibetan Plateau leads to Gyangze, where we visit the largest stupa (Tibetan pagoda) in Tibet.
Xigaze – Gyangze – Lhasa: 360KM
Free rest and sightseeing day in Lhasa. You can visit the Potala Palace, the Barkhor market and the monasteries Sera and Jokhang, Tibet’s most important temple.
Lhasa – Nyingtri: 400KM
Nyingtri – Bome – Ranwu: 360KM
On different pass roads to Ranvu, our tour brings us to superb views on 4,100 meter high and snow capped Mt. Nanjiabawa. Ride through virgin forest. Perfect views and one of the most stunning riding days. Overnight at Ranwu lake. 360 km
Ranwu – Zogang: 290KM
We will enjoy the sunrise at the lake. Drive along Ranwu Lake to Zogang and a road that the locals call, “77 curves road”. Ride along the Nu/Salween river. 290 km
Zogang – Feilaisi (Deqin): 350KM
Two more passes (5,010/3,900) on the way to Feilsisi, which means “the flying temple”. From here you have on a good day spectacular views on Mt. Kawa Karpo (or Meili Snow Mountain), a 6,700 meter high mountain. Its one of the three holy mountains, the other ones being Mt. Kailash in Tibet and Amne Machen in Qinghai province. All the mountains are snow covered all year and have a pyramid shaped peak. In Feilaisi are many high class hotels and basic guesthouses. From a nearby viewing platform you can enjoy phantastic views of the summit for sunrise and sunset.
Feilaisi – Shangri-La: 210KM
Drive via Deqin to Shangri-la. Tackle the last Himalayan mountain pass (4,300m) near the mountain of the White Horse, then decent to only 1,900 meters and enjoy the grand views of the Yangtze River.
Shangri-La – Tiger Leaping Gorge – Lijiang: 270KM
Today the beautiful country road will lead you through one of the deepest gorges on earth. In the evening enjoy a stroll through the old town of Lijiang, a UNESCO world heritage site.
Lijiang – Dali: 180KM
Dali is located 2,000 meters above sea level between the 40KM long and 20KM wide Lake ErHai and the 4,100 meters high Canshan Mountains. You are now in the subtropics and tea plantations and palm trees change the landscape. Also Dali has a beautiful old town with many coffee shops, bars and restraints. The perfect place to slow down and relax.
Dali – Lincang: 300KM
A dynamic place of Wa culture, this city owes its reputation to the production of black tea commonly known as “Dianhong”, whose reputation has spread beyond China’s borders. In addition, it is located near the road that connects Kunming to Yangon, and formerly known as the “Southern Silk Road”.
Lincang- Xishuangbana (Jinghong): 400KM
Xishuangbanna is the most tropical region in China. With its forests, lush jungles, sugar cane fields, bamboo trees, banana plantations and pretty minority villages, you could think you crossed already the border to Southeast Asia.
The city offers beautiful markets where you can find tropical fruits and various vegetables in abundance. Its parks and tropical gardens give access to sublime pagodas and golden temples dressed in a South Asian tonality very particular to the Xishuangbanna region. There are many minorities here whose inhabitants are spread across the borders, as far as Burma, Laos, Vietnam and elsewhere in Asia.
Xishuangbanna – Mohan/Boten Border: 180KM
Included services for China Overland Group tour Kyrgyzstan-Laos
- Expenses for guide travelling to/from borders,
- Meals and accommodation for guide
Not Included Services:
Price Overview China Overland Group Tour: Border 1 to NEPAL (Jilongzhen/Rasuwa Ghadhi Border)
Price Overview China Overland Group Tour: Border 2 to LAOS (Mohan/Boten Border)
You have one seat available and can transport the guide? Be the first and save up to US$ 500.
Cross China with your own vehicle on this China Overland Group Tour. Our China Overland service allow you to discover China and Tibet without worrying about the organisation and exorbitant costs.