Self Drive from Silk Road to Tibet |

Self Drive from Silk Road to Tibet

- Self Drive from Irkeshtam to Kyirong
21 Days | (Kyrgyzstan) - Irkeshtam – Kashgar – Aksu – Kucha – Korla – Turfan – Hami – Dunhuang – Golmud – Tuotuoheyan – Naqu – Nam Tso – Lhasa – Yamdrok – Gyantse – Shigatse – Shegar – Rongbuk – Everest BC – Rongbuk - Paiku Tso – Kyirong – (Nepal)
Entrance Customs into China: Irkeshtam
Exit Customs from China: Kyirong
Enter China from (Land Name): Kyrgyzstan
Leave China to (Land Name): Nepal
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Day01 Irkeshtam – Kashgar Enter China, drive to Kashgar, approx. 234km, approx. 3hrs 33min.
In the morning we arrive in Irkeshtam port between China and Kyrgyzstan. Leading car and your guide will meet you at Chinese country border. Then escort you to cross approx. 110km no man land and then get to Irkeshtam border. Guide will assist for custom formalities etc. The procedure is complex and might take a lot of time. So you may leave the border in the late afternoon. Drive to Kashgar. 3N in Kashgar

Day02 Kashgar: we will assist for custom formalities and car check, obtain your temporary drive license and vehicle tag etc.

Day03 Kashgar: city sightseeing. approx. 70km.
Our guide today will bring us to visit Kashgar includes the bazaar where many Uyghur people make business and the old city area of Kashgar, Id Kah Mosque and the Tomb of Abakh Hoja etc.

Day04 Kashgar – Khotan: 506km, 7hrs 10min. 1N in Khotan

Day05 Khotan - Kucha (= Kuqa): approx. 738km, approx. 9hrs 8 min. 1N in Kuqa

Day06 Kucha – Korla: approx. 380km, approx. 6hrs. Visit Thousand Buddha Grottos (Caves) of Kizil. On the way, we can visit the Subash Ancient City. 1N in Korla

Day07 Korla – Turfan: asphalt road, approx. 420km, approx. 6hrs. Visit Bosten Lake en route. If time allows, visit Emin Minarett (Sugong Ta) and Karez. 1N in Turfan

Day08 Turfan – Hami: asphalt road, approx. 480km, approx. 7hrs. Today we will visit the Flaming Mountain, Gaochang Ancient City Ruins, and the Thousand-Bouddha Caves of Beziklik. 1N in Hami

Day09 Hami – Liuyuan – Dunhuang: highway and asphalt road, approx. 400km, approx. 6hrs. In the morning visit Hui-king Tomb. Leave for Dunhuang, Gansu Province. In the afternoon, arrival in Dunhuang. 2N in Dunhuang

Day10 Dunhuang: Full day tour in Dunhuang. Appreciate Mogao Grottos, which is one of the greatest examples of Buddhist art, and symbol of East-West cultural exchange. Visit the Singing Sand Dunes and Crescent Spring Pool.

Day11 Dunhuang –Charhan Saline Lake – Golmud (2780M): asphalt road, approx.534km, approx.8hrs. 1N in Golmud

Day12 Golmud – Kunlun Pass (4767M) – Tuotuohe (4533M) - Yanshiping: asphalt road, approx. 507km, approx. 9hrs. 1N in Yanshiping

Day13 Yanshiping – Naqu (4507M) Namtso (4718M): asphalt road, approx. 545km, approx. 9hrs 18min. Have a nice view of the beautiful holy lake on the roof of the world and enjoy the sunset of Nam Tso and the mountain Nianqingtanggula. 1N at simple guesthouse

Day14 Namtso – Lhasa (3650M): asphalt road, approx. 240km, approx. 6hrs. enjoy the sunrise of Nam Tso and the mountain Nianqingtanggula. Then drive to holy city Lhasa, the capital of Tibet Autonomous Region. On the way visit Yangpachen hot springs and Tsurpu Monastery. 3N in Lhasa

Day15 Lhasa: Potala Palace, Jokhang Monastery and Barkhor Street.

Day16 Lhasa: Drepung Monastery, Norbulingka, and Sera Monastery.

Day17 Lhasa – Yamdrok Lake – Gyantse ( Pelkor Monastery / Kumbum Stupa / Dzong Burg) – Shigatse (3868M): asphalt road approx. 360km, approx. 6hrs. 1N in Shigatse

Day18 Shigatse (Tashilhunpo Monastery) – Lhatse – Shegar (=New Tingri) (4329M): asphalt road, approx. 290km. 1N in Shegar

Day19 Shegar – Rongbuk Monastery – Mt. Everest BC – Rongbuk Monastery: earth road, approx. 100km. Transfer to Rongbuk, walk from Rongbuk Monastery to Mt. Everest Base Camp, and go back by local shuttle bus to Rongbuk Monastery. 1N in Rongbuk

Day20 Rongbuk Monastery – Old Tingri – Paiku Tso - Kyirong: 255km, sand road + asphalt road. 1N in Kyirong

Day21 Kyirong exit into Nepal. Service ended.

Highlights of ancient Silk Road from Kashgar to Dunhuang
On the “roof of the world” from Qinghai to Tibet
Tibetan culture highlights: Lhasa, Tsetang, Gyantse and Shigatse
Spectacular Everest north side and base camp with monastery Rongbuk
The great mountain world of Himalaya
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