Out of China into Laos. A world completely different. Now we arrive at the Banana Pancake Trail which got its name from the countless backpackers trying to go native in South-East Asia.
No longer the highest road in the world, but 1 of the most remote. Until a few years ago closed to all foreigners and most Chinese – the Tibet Highway. 1650km to Yunnan.
Currently we’re relaxing on the veranda of a bamboo bungalow in Luang Namtha, Laos. Recovering from 6500km thru China, mostly on the high plateau of Tibet.
Back to the post: The highest road in the world from West Tibet to Lhasa. 2500km over numerous passes over 5000m, on the plateau of 4500m, along turquois lakes and the mountain chains of the Himalaya to the heart of Tibet with its monasteries in historic towns.
Crossing the border from Kyrgyzstan to China’s Xinjiang Province on the way to Tibet. Quite some time waiting for things to be done, roads to open for traffic and a guide in Kashgar very much at his limit to be acceptable – probably it’s just the usual when crossing Tibet from west to east.
Kashgar, 8th September Day 1: At 10am we’re at the Kyrgyz border: some 15’ and off we are on the 6km long road thru the highly disputed area to the Chinese check post. No question whether we are allowed to cross this area. We arrive at the gate to China. It’s open; we only have…
No annual leave at the Mediterranean hotspots. Instead incredibly dangerous alpine roads, views of more mountains than we could imagine and slowly getting used to the high altitude we’ll have in Tibet, China.
From April to July 2016 we travelled with our Landcruiser from Switzerland across Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan to Kirgizstan. Approximately 15’000km. For more ample details and pics see our respective blogs.
After Pamir the long way to Dushanbe and the North of Tajikistan to be finally back to Osh.
The Pamir Highway and the Wakhan Valley – the 2 top must-have-seen-sights inTajikistan. High altitudes, few infrastructure and rather degraded roads. Without that – no fun on the top of the world. Sorry for that.
Kyrgyzstan – we move on discovering all these mountainous areas of the Tien Shan Mountains and the meadows in the Naryn Valley. Then we drive on to the western part on our way to Tajikistan.