Route 7: Kyrgyzstan – China – Tibet – Nepal

Overland Route 7: Kyrgyzstan – China – Tibet – Nepal


Duration: 15-20days
Distance:         ca 2800km
Best travel time: May, June, September, October

daily itinerary

dayroute: description

Arrival from Naryn (Kyrgyzstan) or Torugart Pass (Kyrgyzstan): The journey goes to Torugart Pass (Kyrgyzstan / China) and on to Kashgar. Meet the guide at the Torugart Port. Customs paperwork. Onward to Kashgar.

170 kilometers


Kashgar: Customs paperwork at the Office of Traffic Administration outside of Kashgar. Exhibition temp. Driver’s license, temp. license plate, vehicle inspection, etc.

100 kilometers


Kashgar: Free day (weekend). Visit to the historic old town of Kashgar. Day of rest



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.

Google Maps for the first 5 days:


250 kilometer

5Kargilik – 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.

250 kilometer


Mazha – Duomaxiang: A long day driving across the Tibetan plateau.

500 kilometer


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.

230 kilometer


Ali – Guge: This day’s travel brings you to the capital of the former Guge Kingdom. The desert-like landscape of sandstone creates a fascinating ambiance.

300 kilometer

9A day in Guge: We visit the ruins of Guge and Tholing – A high point of our Tibetan journey. The kingdom that was here simply “disappeared” 700 years ago. To this day, historians are still speculating why. When there were weddings in Guge, archeological evidence indicates that up to 10,000 people lived in the city.



Guge – 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.

250 kiometer


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.

80 kiometer


Mt. Kailash day: Hike a part of the holy Mt. Kailash circuit.



Mt. Kailash (Darchen) – Saga:

Google Maps for days 6-13:


480 kilometer


Saga – Gyirong:

110 kilometer


Gyirong – Nepal:

60 kilometer


Change this itinerary:

Extend this itinerary by 3 days  Discover Mt Everest Base Camp
Extend this itinerary by 2 days  3 days Mt Kailash hike


Google maps: https://goo.gl/maps/WQ6m4LcEQ2D2

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