Overland China Group Tour: From Kyrgyzstan to China, Tibet & Laos

Overland China group tour Kyrgyzstan – China – Tibet – Laos with your own vehicle – Overview:

This spectacular journey takes you along the Silk Road from Sary Tash in Kyrgyzstan to Kashgar, Tibet, Yunnan and to the border of Laos. Visit the highlights of Tibet: Mount Kailash, the Tibetans’ holiest mountain, lake Manasarovar and the Everest Base Camp. The trip continues to Lhasa where you visit the Potala Palace. From here, the route continues through eastern Tibet and Yunnan. The highlights of Yunnan are Shangri-La, one of the deepest gorges on earth: the Tiger Leaping Gorge, the UNESCO World Heritage city of Lijiang and the historic old town of Dali.
The journey ends at the border of Laos in Xishuangbanna.

Date:2017: Sep 17/on request
Price: The price depends if one overland vehicle is willing/has the capability to transport the guide. If you want to join this group tour, please let us know if you can transport the guide and if you would book the tour as well if the guide has to be transported in an additional supply vehicle for a higher tour price.

Minimum participants: 4 vehicles
Price per vehicle if the guide can sit in a overlander`s vehicle: US$  3,565
Price per vehicle with additional supply vehicle: US$ 5,125

Highlight/Itinerary:Sary Tash (Kyrgyzstan) – Irkeshtam border – Kashgar – Kargilik – Ali (Shihuanqe) – Lake Manasarovar – Mt. Kailash – Everest Base Camp – Lhasa – Shangri-la – Lijiang – Dali – Lincang – Mohanzhen
Difficulty:4/5 – Demanding due to high altitude and climate. Driving experience on curvy mountain roads and gravel is a requirement.
Duration/Length:26 days/6,200kilometer
Longest driving day: 10 hours, 400 kilometer/ Average driving day: 6 hours, 250 kilometer
Guided open group motorbike and car Overland tour with overnight stays in mid-range hotels, guest houses and simple accommodation. Its possible to stay in your own vehicle on hotel parking lots overnight.
The roads on this tour are mainly paved. Ratio dirt track or gravel/tarmac: 10/90.
A supply vehicle at additional costs for the guide is mandatory, if the guide ca not sit in a vehicle brought into China.
Vehicles:Your own vehicle: everything on two, three or four wheels

DayRoute: Description
1 Meeting in Sary Tash (Kyrgyzstan): Meeting in a designated guesthouse in Sary Tash in the morning. Its best to arrive in Sary Tash the previous day (SEP 16).
The journey goes to Torugarts Pass (Kyrgyzstan / China) and on to Kashgar. Meet the guide at the Torugart Port. Customs paperwork. Onward to Kashgar.
2 Sary Tash – Kashgar:
4.5 hrs. / 270km
3 Kashgar: Customs paperwork at the Office of Traffic Administration outside of Kashgar. Exhibition temp. Driver’s license, temp. license plate, vehicle inspection, etc. Afterwards free time. 
4 Kashgar – Yengisar – Yarkant – Kargilik: Stopovers in Yengisar and Yarkant on the way to Kargilik. Yengisar is famous for its traditional knife production. Yarkant is known for its historic old town, the Ammanisaham Mausoleum, and the Altun Mosque. All three places are important oasis stops on the Silk Road.
5.5 hrs. / 250 Km
5 Kargilik – Mazha: On this day, we ride from the “deep” of the Tarim Basin and the desert-like areas on the Silk Road up into the Tibetan mountain world with the first mountain pass on our journey that is higher than 4000 meters.
5.5 hrs. / 250 Km
6 Mazha – Duomaxiang: A long day driving across the Tibetan plateau.
9-10 hrs. / 500 Km
7 Duomaxiang – Ali: Ali is the administrative capital of western Tibet. Between Ali and Lake Manasarovar, we visit the areas around Tholing with their spectacular views of the Himalayas. 5 hrs. / 230 Km 
8 Ali – Manasarovar Lake: Today’s journey ends on the shores of Lake Manasarovar, in which the area most sacred to both Tibetans and Hindus is found: at the foot of Mount Kailash.
6 hrs. / 300 Km
9 Lake Manasarovar – Mt. Kailash: The sunrise at Manasarovar is one of the fantastic nature experiences on the Tibetan plateau! Around the lake, there are various monasteries that can be visited. We recommend driving to Darchen at the foot of Kailash and taking a pleasant walk down some of the pilgrimage paths. Here it is possible to take some lovely fotos.
1.5 hrs. / 80 Km
10 Mt. Kailash (Darchen) – Saga:
9 hrs. / 480km
11 Mt. Kailash (Darchen) – Saga:
9 hrs. / 480km
12 Everest base camp – Lhatse: We visit the base camp in the morning at sunrise. The traveling time to the camp is about 1.5 hours. After that, we drive to Lhatse. 6 hrs. / 200km 
13 Lhatse – Shigatse – Gyangze: We visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery in Shigatse, one of the largest monasteries in Tibet. It was formerly the seat of His Holiness the Panchen Lama. During the two-hour walking tour through the monastery, we will be able to see the huge, gilded grave monuments of the Panchen Lamas and visit the impressive central meeting hall. The journey continues to Gyangze.
6.5 hrs. / 245 Km
14 Gyangze – Lhasa: We drive to Lhasa along the Yamdrok Lake and across Kharo-La Pass (4800m). 6 hrs. / 280 km 
15 Lhasa: A day visiting Lhasa. In Lhasa, we experience one of the highlights of this China Overland Tour: the Potala Palace. We take a walk through the old city and visit the temple that is most important to the Tibetans, the Jokhang temple. 
16 Lhasa – Ganden – Nyingchi: From Lhasa, the route leads to the Ganden Monastery, another spectacular monastery. It is built at an elevation of over 4,000 metres, overlooking a wide gorge. After a short visit to the monastery, we continue to Nyingchi.
9 hrs. / 410 km
17 Nyingchi – Ranwuzhen: The next two days we travel down from the Tibetan plateau along mountains and woods that are often covered with snow. The landscape is changing, and the regions are increasingly forested.
7 hrs. / 380 Km
18 Ranwuzhen – Zogang: The route takes us via Markham along the Yangtze, and the beautiful views are, once more, impressive. 5 hrs. / 290km
19 Zogang – Deqen (overnight stay at a Tibetan farmer’s home): We have arranged something special for this day, one of the last days in the Tibetan area: spending the night with a Tibetan family in a traditional Tibetan farm on the banks of the Mekong near Deqen. Here you can experience life in a small Tibetan village. Our Tibetan family likes to cook the local, traditional dishes for our guests.
6.5 hrs. / 377Km
20 Deqen – Shangri-la: The journey to Shangri-la. In the historic old town of Shangri-la, we visit the largest prayer wheel in the world. There are two routes to Shangri-la: The longer route along the Mekong and another across the main road G214.
5 hrs. / 200km
21 Shangri-La – Tiger Leaping Gorge – Lijiang: We drive to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Lijiang. Along the way, we drive through the Tiger Leaping Gorge, one of the deepest gorges in the world. It is possible to do a hiking tour in the gorge (2.5 hrs. hiking time), hiking to the Tiger Leaping Stone. In the town of Lijiang, there is the possibility of taking a walk through the historic old town and visiting the Black Dragon Pools. This is the day when we finally leave the world of the Tibetans. The Naxi and other minorities live in Lijiang.
5 hrs. / 200km
22 The day in Lijiang: Lijiang and the surrounding areas have a lot to offer the traveller. Baisha and Shuhe are old towns at the foot of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountains, and it is worthwhile to take a break and relax here.
The day in Basha and Shuhe can also serve as a flex day if it turns out that the trip schedule cannot be kept.
23 Lijiang – Dali: A short drive to Dali via the new highway. We visit the Three Pagodas in Dali and the old town.
In Dali, there will be an opportunity to get to know the Tibetmoto team personally. We will be pleased to invite you to drink a beer or a cup of coffee with us.
On the way to Dali, we can also visit the old town of Shaxi on the Tea Road.
4 hrs. / 190 Km
24 Dali – Lincang: On the way to Lincang, we arrive in tropical areas. Tea plantations and banana groves replace the forests of northern Yunnan.
5 1/2 hrs. / 290 km
25 Lincang – Xishuangbanna (Jinhong): Journey to the capital city of Xishuangbanna – Jinhong. Here we will experience the lifestyle and architecture of Southeast Asia. 7.5 hrs. / 400 Km 
26 Jinhong – Mohanzhen – departure to Laos: The last day of travel in China leads us to the Sino-Laotian border. Customs paperwork. We recommend making the drive to Luang Namtha.

Included services:

– Chinese driving license (temporary)
– Chinese number plate
– Customs deposit bond
– Customs clearance
– 3rd party vehicle insurance

– All China / Tibet permits
– All necessary official translations
– English speaking Tibetmoto guide
– Expenses for guide traveling to / from borders
– Meals and accommodation for guide
– Optional supply vehicle (at additional costs)
– Advice concerning roads and itineraries
– Tibetmoto service: Costumer support while on the road from Monday to Sunday, 8 am to 9 pm China time
– Letter of invitation (LOI) for applying a Chinese visa

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