York (UK) to Gold Coast (Australia)
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Jun 11, 2012 8:01 AM Last Post By: scoodly
Jun 9, 2012 1:38 AM
York (UK) to Gold Coast (Australia)Hi guys, I'm currently planning a trip from York to Australia. Crossing Europe should not be much of a problem. I'm looking to cross Iran, Pakistan, India into Nepal and so on. I am just wanting some advice about visas in these places. Should I try to obtain these before I leave the UK, which is due to be September time. Or is it easier to get them when I arrive at the place.
One more thing that I was wondering was, is it yet possible to travel through Burma? As this would shave a lot of time off my trip. I have so many more things to ask but that will do for now.
Many kind regards in advance.
Jun 9, 2012 3:02 AM
1Land crossing through Burma is still out - just fly in, fly out*.
"Nepal and so on" - does this mean you plan to go from Nepal to China? I don't think that will be possible with a bike.
Try searching the Thorn Tree for the visa questions - asked regularly here - see the advanced search function top right.
Also try looking, then posting if necessary on the relevant country branches.
*Yes, I know the odd person has done a border crossing into Burma from China, but it is a rare occurrence and definitely not a guaranteed option.
Jun 9, 2012 6:40 AM
Briefly; Nepal visas are available on arrival for most nationalities including the UK - it's straightforward process = money, photo and completed.
I understand it is possible to cycle from Nepal through Tibet (which is currently closed and can be with no notice) but you still need to meet the standard conditions of hiring a guide, vehicle and driver to accompany you. But then you will only have a limited time in China.
From my reading a better route is through the 'stans and into SEA avoiding Burma/Mayanmar.
As said, ask on the relevant destination branches for visa details.
Great trip, good luck.
Jun 10, 2012 7:44 PM
3Correct, the "and so on" was going to be from Kathmandu to Lhasa, then catch a train to kunming. Then to cycle down through Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. I just seem to be having a few troubles with the Tibet visa requirements. They say you cannot travel with less than 3 people of the same nationality.
Jun 11, 2012 2:38 AM
And cycling in a short distance uphill from Nepal to the 5000m pass really is a very nasty headache in a very literal sense. Indeed it can be fatal if you aren't very careful about it. That's why at least 99% of cyclists do it the other way - you won't find any pre-arranged inclusive tours doing it uphill, and if you arrange your own you'll have difficulty persuading anyone to go with you.
If this was a straightforward patch to proceeding from India to China by bike, lots of people would be doing it. But it isn't, which is why no one this forum has heard of has done it. The Chinese have got their act together, and the days when cyclists could sneak through Tibet seem to be over.
Jun 11, 2012 7:26 AM
5Just to add, that if you manage to get the visa for Tibet, and you don't die of altitude sickness, your problems still won't be over, because the visa you will get means you have to exit back to Nepal.
Unless you have a very large budget, riding in Tibet is not realistic - and is impossible via Nepal as part of a longer trip. You'll either have to fly from India to Thailand or go, as most people do via the Stans to China, and then down into Laos or Vietnam. Another option is to cross from Pakistan to China, but you can't ride all the way and there are serious security problems in Pakistan these days.
Jun 11, 2012 7:49 AM
There are any number of difficulties cycling from Nepal to Tibet including altitude issues, expense and the limited time (usually) allowed in China. Which all adds up to an alternative route making more sense but there was (prior to the closure) no requirement to return to Nepal; one could exit via China (whether cycling or otherwise). Many people did, though all the group on the TTP would have to remain together (at least until leaving TAR, I understand).
So, very difficult rather than impossible.
BTW, there is a report on the sticky thread NE Asia branch) of a permit being issued...
Jun 11, 2012 7:56 AM
7That must have changed recently then. Return to Nepal has been compulsory for a long time if you go that way.
Jun 11, 2012 8:01 AM
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