Kashgar to Karakoram Highway
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Aug 21, 2013 8:33 AM Last Post By: solotravellers
Sep 20, 2012 4:12 PM
My question is: Do I need a permit to travel from Kashgar to SOST? Do I get that paperwork at the Kashgar PSB myself or do I get an agent to do that for me? Any idea how much it should cost to get that paperwork?
Also can I buy the bus ticket Kashgar to Sost 2 or 3 days ahead of time? And is that purchased through an agent or by me at the International bus depot?
Thanks so much for your answers.
Sep 21, 2012 1:10 AM
1The permit situation is variable and depends on the local security situation. There is often a checkpoint just to the south of Kashgar that might turn you back if you are travelling by bicycle, private car or even the bus to Tashkurgan. However, if you are on the international bus to Sost it is not an issue.
In 2009 I was in Kashgar during a moderate security alert. I took a one-day trip to Karakol in a taxi arranged by a llocal travel agent. The agent sent a guide with a permit with me to get past the checkpoint, and then he hopped out of the taxi a bit further down the road and caught a bus back to Kashgar. I didn't pay any extra for paperwork -- the guide simply showed his authorisation to escort tourists in that region. But the next day, in a shared jeep heading to Tashkurgan (the international bus wasn't running), the two of us travelling stopped to show our passports (no guide, no permits) but the checkpoint guards didn't care and waved us through.
You need to know that the international bus will only run when it has a minimum number of passengers -- 8 or 10, I don't remember which. Sometimes, it won't run for a few days until it has the necessary number. Sometimes, it's off the road for repairs. In this case, either take the bus to Tashkurgan from another bus station or get a seat in a jeep from that same place. You will spend the night and then catch the morning bus from Tashkurgan to Sost from the immigration office.
I suggest you ask the travel agent in your hotel to buy the ticket on the international bus. You will pay a small commission but it saves you the time spent queuing and you can get much better advice on whether the bus is running on the day you want to travel and what the options are if it's not.
Sep 21, 2012 7:58 PM
2Thanks emmeff, valuable information.
Went to the International Bus station today and so far we are the only 2 people wanting to go to SOST on Monday and if there are not at least 8 or 10 people as you stated, the bus will not go.
Instead we now have to get a private car to Tashkurgan or a local bus to Tashkurgan so we will do that.
I have no idea about buses from Tashkurgan to SOST. When do they leave and how many a day are there?
Sep 21, 2012 10:16 PM
You can find other locals peoples from Gilgit and around to share a jeep or any other transport to Sust.
you must visit Seman hotel in Kashgar to find some other business man to share a texi to tashkurghnd, and then you will find some other tourists or local peoles to Susut.
The situation in north pakistan is so far good and calm.
No need any permit to travel here in Gilgit baltistan
have a nice journy.
Sep 26, 2012 6:09 AM
4OK, everything worked as planned...here's what I did
1. At 11AM Beijing time I went to the International Bus Depot in Kashgar to check for the Kashgar-Sost bus. As there were only 2 of us it would not run.
2. So I went to a place on the road to Tashkurgan (the taxi driver new it) where private vehicles take passengers to Tashkurgan. Bargained down to 100RMB and went as it was 3 hours faster than the local bus
3. I did not need a PSB travel permit as I was going all the way to Pakistan. A quick check of passports at 2 military checkpoints and we were there in 5 hours...spectaculat scenery
4, Taxi let us off 50 paces from New Traffic hotel where we stayed (180RMB). Pretty good hotel, lots of restaurants nearby.
5. Next morning got up at 9AM and walked to China customs (20 minutes). The hotel has directions, easy to find.
6. Immediately went to left sentry building and signed up and paid 225RMB for bus to Sost. Was told bus may or may not run.
7. Then went in customs compound and lined up for passport check etc. YOU HAVE TO HAVE A PAKISTANI VISA IN YOUR PASSPORT OR YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED ON THE BUS. At 10:30 long lineup and there was a bus...my lucky day! Went through customs procedure and 6 hours later arrived in Sost. BTW you need either $8US or 55RMB along the road for a National Park Fee. EWent through Pakistani customs...piece of cake.
8.. Changed my RMB into PKR 70RMB to 1000PKR at a local shop in Sost.
9. Took shared taxi to Passu Inn direct (100PKR) and stayed 1 night + dinner and breakfast for 500PKR
10.. Next day took bus to lake (100PKR and crossed lake (300PKR).
11. Finally took shared taxi to Karimabad for 100PKR from boat landing on south side of spillway. Hotels in Karimabad plentiful and cheap (1200PKR for nice room with hot water).
Apr 6, 2013 11:26 AM
Aug 21, 2013 8:33 AM
this is my travel experience via the silk road kashgar- tashkurgan- sost-hunza-gilgit,, amazing scenery.
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