Tajikistan to China Tour, 4-Days
Qolma Pass (Kulma):Connecting the Pamir Highway and the Karakorum Highway. After a long period of confusion and difficult access, the Qolma/Kulma Pass between Murghab and Tashkurgan is now open to all foreigners.
Note: The Irkeshtam Pass on the edge of Kyrgyzstan is the alternative road into China.
China and Tajikistan agreed to open the Qolma pass continuously, instead of the previous 15 days a month. It’s not open on Saturday and Sunday, though. It is open year-round weather permitting.
Customs and immigration on the Tajik side is right at the Kulma pass, which is at the top of a mountain, while Chinese customs and immigration procedures are conducted 14 km downhill from the pass at the Kalasu Port of Entry, which is right next to the Karakorum Highway.
Prepare adequately: it gets very cold there! Expect snowfall until May.
Note that on the Chinese side there is no currency exchange, which is also the case in Tashku.rgan unless you accept the unfavourable rate at the Crown hotel.
Destination: Qolma Pass - Tashkurgan - Kashgar
My service for this route includes permits, hotel accommodation, guide, vehicle and paperwork required for the border crossing, but make sure you have arranged your Tajik and Chinese visa in advance!
Day 1: Qolma Pass toTashkurgan
Day 2: Tashkurgan to Kashgar, 300km/6.5 hours
Day 3: Kashgar City Tour: Apak Khoja Tomb, Old Town of Kashgar, Id Kah Mosque, Grand Bazar. *Currently is the Livestock Market closed to foreign visitors.
Day 4: Kashgar to Tajikistan via Torugart Pass, 200km/5 hours
Information: You can not travel through Torugart pass without permit and organized private vehicle and guide. This border is closed on Saturdays, Sundays, Chinese & Tajik holidays. Please feel free to contact me to see what is possible.