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Tour Overview: China Overland Group Tour Kyrgyzstan – Nepal via the Chinese provinces Xinjiang and Tibet

 

Who has not dreamed of crossing the world with his own vehicle as an “Overlander”? This tour is for all of those who want to see the highlights of Tibet, starting in Xinjiang province (Irkeshtam border) all the way to the Nepalese border at Gyirong/Jilongzhen. You will cross the vast Tibetan high plateau, explore Yamdrok lake and its crystal water ,visit holy Mount Kailash and see the highest mountain on earth vanishing in a spectacular sunset from Rongbuk monastery at Everest Base Camp.
Some of you may find a private China overland tour too expensive and this is why we created this China overland group tour from Kyrgyzstan to Nepal for you. We requirer at least 2 vehicles and take no more than 4.

 

 

Itinerary

Kyrgyzstan (Irkeshtam border) – Kashgar – Kargilik (Yecheng) – Mazha – Ali – Mt. Kailash – Lhasa – Everest Base Camp – Gyirong – Nepal

Borders

Torugart pass or Irkeshtam – Gyirong (Nepal)

Duration / Date

18 days / July 31 2019

Total distance

Approx..  km

Type

China Overland Group Tour in Tibet and Xinjiang with own vehicle

Ratio tarmac/gravel; level/style

95/5; demanding due to high altitude /on road tour
Min/Max participantsAt least 2 vehicles/Max. 4 vehicles

 

Daily Itinerary: China Overland Group Tour Kyrgyzstan – Nepal via the Chinese provinces Xinjiang and Tibet

Day
Route
 Itinerary
 km
and driving time
1
Kyrgzstan – Border station
Border crossing day. All vehicles have to be parked 120 kilometers outside of Kashgar for customs check. Transfer to Kashgar. Overnight in Kashgar.
Overnight: Hotel
100 / 2
2
Kashgar
Transfer to border customs station. Formalities. Drive to Traffic administration in Kashgar.
Overnight: Hotel
240 / 4
3
Kashgar
Formalities at the traffic administration in Kashgar. Here, your temp. Chinese driving license and number plate will be issued. This process might take most of the day until 5 pm.
Overnight: Hotel
300 / 5.5
4
Kashgar – Kargilik (Yecheng)
Kargilik is at the moment closed to foreigner. Overnight in a hotel approx. 50 km away from Kargilik in between Kashgar and Kargilik. You can choose between highway or country road. There are several sights which can bevisited in between such as Yenisgar.
Overnight: Hotel
190 / 3
5
 Kargilik – Mazha
First mountain passes above 4,000 meters. Today, you reach the province of Tibet and enter the Tibet plateau.
Overnight: Hotel
580 / 10-11
6
Mazha – Duomaxiang
A long driving day on the Tiebtan pleatau. You should start driving around sunrise.
Overnight: There is the possibility of camping in the area. The final decision depend on the local authorities.
7
Duomaxiang – Ali
Along Bangong lake to Ali. Lunch at the lake. Half of the lake lies in India, the other half in China. Half of the lake is filled with salt water, the other half with fresh-water.
Overnight: Hotel
230 / 4
8
Ali -. Zanda
Drive through an fascination sand stone landscape to Zanda.
Overnight: Hotel
200 / 5.5
9
Zanda
Visit the ruin of the Guge kingdom.
Overnight: Hotel
/
10
Zanda – Mt. Kailash  (Tarchen )–  Lake Manasarovar
Drive first to the village of Tarchen at the foot of  Mt. Kailash. Park the vehicle and hike for 1 hour to Tarborche, where pilgrims put prayer flags and from where you can see the Kailash. The part belongs to the path which pilgrims take on their holy hike around the mountain.
On to Lake Manasarovar (1 hour drive).
Hotel: There is the possibility of camping in the area. The final decision depend on the local authorities.
280 / 5
11
Lake Manasarovar – Saga
Across the plateau to Saga.
Overnight: Hotel
500 / 7
12
Saga – Lhatse – Xigaze
Long driving day to Xigaze, Tibet´s third biggest city.
450 / 9
13
Xigaze – Lhasa
Visit Tashilhunpo monastery in the morning. On to Lhasa.
270 / 5
14
Lhasa
Lhasa Sightseeing day. Visit the Potala Palace, the Barkhor market and other sights.
15
Lhasa – Gyangze
Along spectacular Yamdrok Lake to Gyangze. Visit Tibet´s largest pagoda at Palcho monastery.
280 / 6
16
Gyangze – Tingri – EBC
Stay overnight at Tingri or at Everest Base Camp.
330 / 6 or
440 / 7.5 (with EBC)