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Tajikistan to Pakistan (Islamabad)

Posted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 9:23 am
by Rosemary
Hi Guys and Gals, I am planning a trip Turkey to China overland starting next February 2018. I have planned my journey as far as Tajikistan, but then.........! I want to avoid Afghanistan (don't want to, but foolhardy to enter that beautiful country at the moment), and get to Islamabad to get my Chinese visa, up the KKH and enter China at Kashgar. My question is, anybody have any bright ideas how to get from Tajikistan to Islamabad please? I don't want to fly! Thanks, Rosemary

Re: Tajikistan to Pakistan (Islamabad)

Posted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 1:12 pm
by bwv812
Well, you can take the route you mention in your post. Or you can skip Kashgar altogether and exit Tajikistan at Qolma, and head straight for Tashkurgan and Pakistan via the KKH. Remember that you can only get a Pakistan visa in your home country.

Re: Tajikistan to Pakistan (Islamabad)

Posted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 3:32 pm
by Rosemary
tks bwv812. will look into it. Cheers, Rosemary

Re: Tajikistan to Pakistan (Islamabad)

Posted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 7:18 pm
by Pamirski
Sorry, your planing seems contradictory. How would you cross China to enter Pakistan without a Chinese visa? Because you write, that you apply in Islamabad for the Chinese visa.

Re: Tajikistan to Pakistan (Islamabad)

Posted: Wed Aug 09, 2017 8:57 am
by steven
Pamirski wrote:Sorry, your planing seems contradictory. How would you cross China to enter Pakistan without a Chinese visa? Because you write, that you apply in Islamabad for the Chinese visa.


Correct, she would have to go around via Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Iran, or otherwise get a Chinese visa first and cross into China at Qolma or Irkeshtam.

Re: Tajikistan to Pakistan (Islamabad)

Posted: Wed Aug 09, 2017 10:07 am
by SPR11
You'd be better of going the following route:
Turkey
Georgia
Armenia
Iran
Pakistan
China
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan
Tajikistan
Uzbekistan
Onward
(Central Asia doesn't have to be in that order)

Alternatively you could do what Steven says, and go via Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Iran to Pakistan, and then China. Getting a Turkmen visa is a bitch though, or so I've heard.

Getting from Tajikistan to Pakistan by land would require you to go through China. Otherwise you'll have to fly.