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9. October 2000

km-table kashgar-kathmandu

(updated to year 2001!)

this table was updated by martin adserballe during his journey from kashgar to kathmandu in summer 2001. he added some additonal points, remarks and especially the GPS datas. look also to janne corax km-table. notice that situation is always changing - especially in tibet. this table should be helpful for all hard-core-tibet-biker who are going through nightmare to cycle one of the most impressive and hardest roads of the world. all information are taken with care, but i take no responsibility for any mistake of course. additional infos or corrections are welcomed.

text formatted this way: important towns where you can get quite everything

km - abs.KM-markerdistance (km)descriptionaltitude (m)remarks
0 0 0 KASHGAR 1300 highway 315
214 - 214 yarkand 1300 turn left for this big town
250 250 36 yecheng 1300 end of highway 315, now highway 219.turn right just after end of town.
275 25 25 army base - -
307 56 32 village - -
308 57 1 end of asfalt 1850 -
312 61 4 village - basic food and beverage, shops, not friendly
322 71 10 village - basic food and beverage, shops
325 74 3 begin asfalt -  
344 93 19 end of asfalt - until kilometer (abs): 2462 (barabhise)
351 100 7 akmeqit - nothing to buy
355 104 4 begin ascending to pass - -
363 112 8 pass 3150 -
377 126 14 village 2400 road-repair-station, end descending
382 131 5 army base - -
413 161 31 village - basic food and beverage, shops, army base,road-repair-station, restaurants
431 179 18 small army base 3280 maybe abonded now
446 194 15 begin ascend of pass 3900 -
458 206 12 small road repair station 4300 -
469 217 11 pass 4740 4993 by GPS, switchboard road
493 241 24 mazar 3600 restaurants, small(!) shops. not that we ve expected!turn left for ali, right for K2.
506 254 13 truck stop   small restaurant, small shop in main building
542 289 36 road-repair-station 3860 3992 by GPS, uigur food, dirty dormitory
545 292 3 begin ascending pass   -
562 309 17 pass 4670 4955 by GPS, swichtboard
577 324 15 road-repair-station - not in use
593 340 16 road-repair-station - very friendly guys, play volleyball or chinese chess withthem!
607 354 14 end of descending 3430 -
617 364 10 xaldulla 3450 only important town until rutok xian, restaurants, shops,chocolate!
680 425 63 pass 4100 4305 by GPS
692 437 12 kangxiwar 3800 road-repair-station, end descending
744 487 52 dahongliutan 4000 restaurants, shops but not much, dormitory
770 512 26 road-repair-station 4500 road-repair-station, truck driver will tell you itsKM 509
792 534 22 pass 5200 5215 by GPS, flat uphill
795 537 3 end of descending 4940 -
801 543 6 tent - basic food and beverage, very good
836 577 35 tianshuihai - military base, basic food in shelter near road
891 630 55 begin ascending to pass - -
934 672 43 tielong 5200 basic food and beverage, shops
950 688 18 pass 5350 5356 by GPS
974 712 22 begin ascending pass 4850 -
977 715 3 1st pass 5100 5206 by GPS, border between xinjiang and tibet
982 720 5 2nd pass 5272 by GPS
992 730 10 sumxi - basic food and beverage, dormitory, ask prices foreverything, rip-off place! river before town.
1002 740 10 pass 5401 by GPS, nomads around. highest pass on the west tibetsouthern route.
1094 829 102 domar 4350 military base, road-repair-station, basic food andbeverage, restaurants, no shop.
1110 845 16 pass 5000 4664 by GPS, flat uphill
1159 893 49 house - basic food and beverage when open
1161 895 2 reaching nyak lake - -
1184 918 23 village - basic food and beverage, boats, dormitory. you can eat fishfrom the lake here!
1199 933 15 rutok xian 4160 occasional checkpoint PSB! you can getquite everything here. international calls, bank of china, market,shops. after the city turn left for ali.
1227 960 28 nomad tents - -
1229 962 2 tibetan houses - -
1289 1020 60 pass 4800 flat uphill until 1km before top
1330 1060 41 ALI 4370 capital of ali prefecture. everything,incl. hot shower and backpacker girls.
1354 missing 24 pass 4735 by GPS. turn left after ali for shortcut. dontfollow telephone lines for 41 km longer nightmare road!
1359 missing 5 main road 4285 by GPS. very sandy and steep. descend of pass
1365 missing 6 basic food and beverage 4430 -
1387 missing 22 basic food and beverage - -
1395 1164 8 bridge - end of short cut
1408 1175 11 gar - old village
1412 1140 4 gar - new village
1436 1164 24 bridge - just finished! short cut from ali
1447 1175 11 namru - old village, turn off to thoeling
1450 1178 3 namu - new village, noodles, drinks
1456 1184 6 pass 4670 -
1466 1194 10 army base 4480 -
1477 1205 11 basic food and beverage - -
1510 1237 33 army base - basic food and beverage, shop
1519 1246 9 pass 4720 -
1533 1260 14 pass 4820 -
1559 1285 26 misar - important town. restaurants and shops. turn off totirthapuri hot springs
1604 missing 45 pass 4900 4820 by GPS
1619 missing 15 turn off darchen - after rivercrossing. very bad road on downhill section.
1625 missing 6 darchen 4600 restaurants, shops, clothes. big rivercrossing just beforetown, small ones after town.
1645 missing 20 turn off to purang - -
1648 missing 3 checkpoint - turnoff to purang
1649 missing 1 barga - shops, restaurant, gazoline station
1674 missing 25 horqu - shops, restaurant. stock up with supplies here. turn leftinto the valley after town, not around the lake.
1736   62 lake - catch fish by hand! very sandy road.
1772 missing 98 mayun pass 5250 5215 by GPS
1792 missing 20 tents and house - basic food and beverage
1844 missing 52 tents - basic food and beverage, shops, guesthouse. rivercrossing.
1887 missing 43 checkpoint - just after crossing the bridge
1908 missing 21 paryang 4630 basic food and beverage, hotels
1931 missing 23 pass 4800 4777 by GPS
1945 missing 14 basic food and beverage - -
1952 missing 7 pass 4800 4727 by GPS
1984 missing 32 turn off to new zhongba - big shops, restaurants, road-repair-station, internationalcalls. 7 km retour.
2002 1703 18 first marker after misar - turn left for town just after entering the big plateau. 5kmto town, shortcut back to main road.
2003 1703 1 old zhongba - basic food and beverage, shop, road-repair-station
2021 1721 18 road-repair-station - -
2026 1726 5 pass 5000 4912 by GPS
2035 1735 9 end of descend 4580 by GPS
2045 1745 19 road-repair-station - -
2054 1754 9 road-repair-station - -
2059 1759 5 niugu - basic food and beverage, shop, road-repair-station
2089 1799 30 road-repair-station - -
2100 1810 11 road-repair-station - -
2119 1829 19 village - basic food and beverage, ambulance
2122 1832 3 road-repair-station - -
2135 1845 1845 road-repair-station - -
2137 1847 2 pass 4930 4811 by GPS
2145 1855 8 saga 4510 important town. restaurants and shops,etc. turn off to zhangmu. end of highway 219
2147 missing 2 ferry crossing - 2,5 Y per vehicle or free
2170 missing 23 pass 4830 4768 by GPS
2175 missing 5 end descending 4530  
2182 missing 7 pass 4860 very bad road!
2187 missing 5 first marker: 53 - -
2215 59 28 road-repair-station - -
2222 66 7 turn off to zhangmu - -
2231 missing 8 pass 4946 by GPS
2282 missing 60 nature preserve center - basic food and beverage, sleep when open. checkpoint?
2306 missing 24 roadsplit - turn left up into the pass just after the bridge
2313 missing 7 pass 5011 by GPS
2316 5266 4 reaching highway 318 4600 begin ascending pass
2327 5277 11 pass 5150 5025 by GPS
2332 5282 5 road-repair-station 4900 end of descending, begin of ascending. basic food andbeverage. sleep. 4882 by GPS
2339 5289 7 pass 5120  
2353 5303 14 village 4580 road-repair-station
2361 5311 8 village - shop
2368 5318 7 road-repair-station - -
2376 5326 8 road-repair-station - army base
2387 5337 11 road-repair-station - -
2395 5345 8 nyalam 3810 important town. checkpoint beforeentering the town.
2426 5375 31 checkpoint - -
2427 5376 1 zhangmu 2800 important town, chinese border
2435 8 8 kodari - nepalese border town
2462 85 27 barabhise - begin of asfalt
2487 60 25 pass - -
2491 56 4 bridge 640 by GPS. lowest point of entire route!
2502 45 15 pass - -
2517 30 15 pass - -
2547 0 30 KATHMANDU 1200 -
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