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time of travel and get car back from Pakistan

Postby AnNi » Thu Oct 03, 2019 9:07 pm

Hi dear travellers,

my boyfriend and I want to drive vom Germany to Pakistan next spring – passing amongst other countries Turkey, Georgia, Armenia, Iran, Turkmenistan, Usbekistan, Taijikistan. At the moment we have two main questions:
1. Which month to start in Germany? Which starting time and timeframe would you recommend for the trip?
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2. How to get the car back? Drive back or ship from India? What experience did you maybe make with shipping the car? Are there other possibilities we haven´t thought of so far?

Thanks a lot for your recommendations and experiences!
Anna
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Re: time of travel and get car back from Pakistan

Postby steven » Fri Oct 04, 2019 5:03 am

1. 5 months to Pakistan?
1b. I'd make sure I arrive in Pakistan in September at the latest to catch the nice mountain weather and before the Karakorum Highway border with China closes.
2. For shipping experiences, you can check the Horizon Unlimited shipping database.
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Re: time of travel and get car back from Pakistan

Postby AnNi » Fri Oct 04, 2019 8:03 pm

Thanks a lot for your fast reply, Steven!
Do you mean to plan 5 month to travel to Pakistan, so start in April in Germany in order to arrive in Pakistan in September at the latest?
Is it not possible to pass the Karakorum Highway from Pakistan to China (to get to Tajikistan) after September? That would reduce our options of driving the car back to Germany.

Thanks a lot also for the great information on your page!!!
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Re: time of travel and get car back from Pakistan

Postby steven » Sat Oct 05, 2019 7:54 am

Yes, I meant one-way, but you can do it in 5 weeks as well. Your choice.

Karakorum info at https://caravanistan.com/border-crossin ... -crossings It's open later but then you cannot go hiking much in the mountains in Pakistan. You can go skiing though.
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Re: time of travel and get car back from Pakistan

Postby murg » Sat Oct 05, 2019 4:50 pm

Hi there,

I know some guys who rode their motorbikes Germany - Nepal through Iran in 2017. They started mid April. Took them 4 month, last month India & Nepal.

We rode our bikes to Nepal this year, through the stans.
Left end of April.. Took us 2 month, 6 weeks til Lahore via Pamir highway & KKH

Some Mountain Roads in Pakistan, like Babusar Top close to Chilas, open end of June and not earlier.

Maybe this gives you some idea about the the frame.

Shipping a car back by air will be horribly expensive, easiest place to do so will be Nepal / KTM airport.

Shipment by sea.... No idea.

If you have 6 month time....drive all the way.

Two important issues:

Check if Iran is allowing temp. Import of your vehicle (depending on its worth / CCM they can & will interdict access - I know at least 4 travellers who had to face this)

Do NOT transit China. It's an Orwellian Nightmare and ridiculously expensive. And nerve wrecking.

Maybe this helps you planning.

Take care - enjoy preparation
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