Pakistan Visa on arrival in Sost next week?
Replies: 71 - Last Post: Aug 7, 2012 6:54 AM Last Post By: hemalien
Jun 6, 2012 6:39 AM
Jun 6, 2012 12:50 PM
Please contact some tour outfitters in Pakistan for the VOA at Sust and if you go through please update the fellow travelers.
Jun 7, 2012 10:35 AM
62already left China to Kazakhstan, and so far I'm very happy of it :)
Jun 7, 2012 12:01 PM
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Aug 1, 2012 5:41 PM
68Bonjour from Chitral,
dragonfly.,if you are interested in cultural activities and festivals then there are some Kalash festivals in the area likewise Joshi Mid May
Ocaho 22nd August
Chaumas from mid December
From May till November, very good months,one could go for trekking in the area but from December, it's cold, sometimes rainy and snowy especially January, February and March when the passes are closed and trekking is hard but hiking is still possible in the valleys.
For trekking, a rucksack, a pair of trekking shoes,a sleeping bag, mattress, walking poles , sun cream with good pH are the main requirements.
I welcome your queries,
Aug 5, 2012 10:57 PM
Am planning to leave for kashgar overthis weekend and intend to cros sthe borader into pakistan. Am pakistani national so am assuming i should not find it difficult however reading your post you mentioned, there was one pakistani guy detained by chinese authorities for some reason. Would you please share the back ground so that i can prepare myself better ? Also am extremly pressed by time so you think taking a direct bus from kashgar to sost will be better or i should go to tashkurgan first and the take cross country bus ?
Aug 7, 2012 6:09 AM
70hemalien - Lots of Pakistanis make the trip across the border evey day without any problems. In this case, the bus stopped at the last guard post before the border for a final passport check. One of the Pakistani passengers jumped for a cigarette and the Chinese border guard was very angry with him. He kept the Pakistani behind when he sent the bus on its way. Later, one of the Pakistani border guards collected that passenger on a motrobike and brought him to the bus on the Pakistan side of the border.
So don't do anything to annoy the Chinese border guards. Also -- just give up smoking for the sake of your own and everyone else's health.
The international bus from Kashgar to Sost will only run if there are enough passengers to make the journey worthwhile. Sometimes it doesn't run for several days. Sometimes it has mechanical problems that prevent its departure.
You could look at taking the regional bus from Kashgar to Tashkurgan, which departs from a different bus station some distance from the international bus station. Failing that, you could rent a jeep and driver from just outside that bus station to take you to Tashkurgan, or even hire one of the local green and white taxis. This is in fact the most comfortable method of travel. You will have to negotiate a price or ask a travel agent to arrange it for you.
But check the security situation beforehand. When there's a security clampdown, the checkpoint just to the south of Kashgar won't let foreigners past if they're using private transport unless the driver is a certified guide, or you have a guide with you in the vehicle. Bus passengers are exempt from this requirement.
Aug 7, 2012 6:54 AM
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