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Getting There & Away

In summer, the Daroot-Korgon–Osh minibus passes through Sary-Tash at around 8am (300som, four hours) returning around 5pm. Shared taxis to Osh cost 350som.

Hitching a ride up the well-paved 74km to the Irkeshtam border (one hour) is fairly easy from around 7am (expect to pay around 300som per person) or leave the evening before and sleep in one of several basic cafe-wagons at the Kyrgyz border post to ensure an early start for Kashgar.

Hitching is never entirely safe, and we don’t recommend it. Travellers who hitch should understand that they are taking a small but potentially serious risk.