Route 2: Kazakhstan – China – Tibet – Laos or Myanmar

Overland Route 2: Kazakhstan – China – Tibet – Laos or Myanmar


Duration: 26 – 30 days
Distance:         ca 6700km
Best travel time: May, June, September, October


daily itinerary

dayroute: description
1Kazakhstan (Korgas border) – China: Border crossing. Meet your guide at the border. Fromalities at the border. Continue to Ili (Yining).

100 kilometers

2 Ili (Yining): Formalities at the traffic administration. You will receive your temporary Chinese driving license and number plate after the vehicle check.
3Ili – Kuytun:

450 kilometer

4Kuytun – Turpan:

430 kilometer

5Turpan visiting day:

6Turpan – Hami (Kumul):

410 kilometer

7Hami – Dunhuang:

490 kilometer

8Dunhuang – Jiayuguan: Jiayuguan Fort, Overhanging Great Wall

370 kilometer

9Golmud – Nagqu

830 kiometer

10Nagqu – Namtso lake:

250 kilometer

11Namtso lake – Lhasa:

200 kilometer

12Lhasa visiting day:



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.

410 kilometer


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.

380 kilometer


Ranwuzhen – Zogang: The route takes us via Markham along the Yangtze, and the beautiful views are, once more, impressive.

290 kilometer


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. (The homestay is not included – please inquirer if available).

380 kilometer


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.

Google Maps for days 19-23:


200 kilometer


Shangri-la visiting day:



Shangri-La – Tiger Leaping Gorge: 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.

Another option is to do the high trail (appx. 6-8 hours). Discuss with your guide which option you prefer (we suggest to hike into the gorge).

200 kilometer


Tiger Leaping Gorge – Lijiang: You drive to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Lijiang. In the town of Lijiang, there is the possibility of taking a walk through the historic old town and visiting the Black Dragon Pool. Lijiang and the surrounding areas have a lot to offer the traveler. 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.

120 kilometer

21Lijiang visiting day:


22Lijiang – Tiger Leaping Gorge – Shaxi:

225 kilometer

23Shaxi – Dali:

110 kilometer


Dali – Weishan: Half a day for rest and relaxation. In the afternoon, we take a short drive to Weishan. Weishan has one of the most beautiful historic, “untouristy” old towns of Yunnan.

There is also the option of spending another night in Dali.

60 kilometer


Weishan – Lincang: On the way to Lincang, we arrive in tropical areas. Tea plantations and banana groves replace the forests of northern Yunnan.

235 kilometer


Licang – Xishuangbanna (Jinhong): Journey to the capital city of Xishuangbanna – Jinhong. Here we will experience the lifestyle and architecture of Southeast Asia.

400 kilometer


Jinhong – Mohanzhen – departure for 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.

190 kilometer (in China)


Change this itinerary:

Shorten this itinerary by 1 day  Skip Weishan on day 22 and drive directly to Lincang
Extend this itinerary by 3 days  Visit Kuqa and the norther Silk Road from Kuytun


Exit into Myanmar:

24Dali – Tengchong (Heshun):

325 kilometer

25Tengchong – Ruili – Muse (Myanmar):

200 kilometer


Dali – Ruili – Muse (Myanmar): Start in the early morning (before sunset) and drive to Ruili. Exit into Myanmar. We suggest to stay overnight in Muse.

415 kilometer

Please note that for Myanmar a guide and pre-arranged transit paperwork is required. If you need a suggestion, which company to choose for this service, please contact us.

Part 1: https://goo.gl/maps/5jUC7jh8Fyn
Part 2: https://goo.gl/maps/Fc5KnJ3XztM2 (exit Laos)
Part 2: https://goo.gl/maps/nBPHz1M8PHQ2 (exit Myanmar)

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