Khunjerab Pass (China-Pakistan border) Q&A

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Re: Khunjerab Pass (China-Pakistan border) Q&A

Post by [email protected] »

Hello,

I plan to cross the border in the October, heading from China to Pakistan. I'd like to cross it as late as possible. Could anybody tell me how bad/good idea it is? First - what about possible wheather conditions, second - what about "the current situation" on the border?

I really appreciate all news. Of course, I will send an update basing on my own experiences, as I only reach Pakistan.

Best regards,
MJS
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Hi,

We crossed the Khunjerab pass from China to Pakistan on the 18th of October and everything went ok. The Chinese part is tedious, with so many controls but except from that, if you have all the necessary papers and a LOT of patience, everything should be fine.

In Tashkurgan we bought our tickets (225¥ each) in the bus station and took the bus in the Khunjerab custom port which is 2.5km from the ticket shop (you can see the different bus stops on Maps.Me). There is several transportations : "VIP" sleeper bus (39 capacity), mid-size bus (18 seater) and smaller vans (7ish capacity). We spoke with some Pakistanis and they told us the trick that if you don't want to be in the big bus, you have to wait a bit that the ticket sales and you can get in the smaller ones. We where on the sleeper bus and it was alright, we may have preferred the 18 seater which is apparently more comfortable (and slightly faster).

We bought our tickets at 9:20am in Tashkurgan, where at the custom port at 10am (it was packed with Pakistanis and Chinese tourists), the gate opened at 11am. After another tiring and long Chinese check, we where outside at 12am, our bus left at 1:25pm after it was full. Some smaller buses left several minutes earlier than us...

On the Pakistani side it was smooth and very friendly, the total entrance procedure took no more than 15mn.

Note:
- The border should close by November but maybe sooner due to weather conditions.
- We were not checked in China for polio or other health issues (coming from Kyrgyzstan), only in Pakistan we where asked to fill a form about our current health condition (nothing to declare, so pretty easy!) when we passed the border.
- You can change dollars at the Pakistani customs House (1$=140Rs instead of 155Rs at the time).
- We apparently did a good job at hiding our knives and scissors from Chinese authorities because we still have them as of today!
- No spyware app installed on our phones (they stopped installing Jingwang app on foreigners phones since September 2019 apparently) but a REALLY thorough check of pictures (beware of pictures containing beards, turbans like Tuareg keffiyeh, whatever could make you think about Muslim/"terrorist wear". They are totally paranoid about it, I sometimes wear a scarf Tuareg style and they didn't like it!).

Best of lucks for your crossing!

Regards

Julien & Sarah
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Does anybody know if the china-pakistan crossing has been done recently by tourists?

Also has anyone done this on a Pakistani eVisa? Or is a paper visa necessary? Apparently the chinese require a pakistani visa + a permit to go from Kashgar to Khunjerab
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last week the first pakistani buss crossed the border with turists int china. I made it up to the border in october when the border was still closed, its a stunning drive, but dont bother about security issues, about the chinese side, i cant help you, because i couldnt cross, but you can now, check youtube for a video about the pakistanies who crossed by buss last week !!
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Hello folks,

Has anyone crossed from Pakistan-China on a tourist visa (non-Pakistan/Chinese passport holders) at this border crossing recently?

Many thanks,

David
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Post by Roadtophnompenh »

I would try to contact Faisal movers in Islamabad, they run the bus service and should now if you are non-resident you can cross the border, i would say its no problem.
Also the boss from GEMS-hotel in Sost (the last hotel before the border, i was there last ocotber and probably their last customer before winter-closing) is well informed.

YOUTUBE VIDEO from FAISAL bus trip over the border :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DraKUMS7AdE&t=10s
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Post by Oz_follow_the_sun »

Hello hello

Is this border open for foreigners ?
When is this border closed exactly : I read that it was not open during the winter ?

I was planning to be in this area around October or November this year, if I get the Chinese visa 🌞?

Thank you
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i was there last year on 20th october, and it closed the week after (for trade because of the snow).
It only opened couple of weeks ago again for turism, look at faisaltravel.
Would not count on it in november, there is no official date, depends on the snow, when i went up last year, the last control post from wildlife (where you pay some tax) they even didnt know i would make it to the border that time (its about an hour drive more to the top), they said, try and when come back tell us !! It was pretty well snowing already that day !! Saw pakistanis trying to put snowchains on a minubus, always big fun to see !! ??
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Thank you so much.
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I crossed the border from Pakistan to China yesterday. I arrived the day before to Sost with my bicycle and arranged the mandatory bus to the next day (25/30€):

- 9:00: I arrived to the customs/inmigration building where the van/bus pick you up. Official openning time is 9am but until 10am they did not start. Police checked 3 of my panniers and a dog went through all of them. Then I could load the luggage and bicycle on the van and go to inmigration, where passport and visas were checked and exit stamped.

- 11:00: once the van was full, we departed and it took more than 2 hours to reach the pass. On the way, foreigners must pay the fee of the national park (20$). Afterwards, we just crossed the gate and drove to the customs building.

- 13:30: we unloaded everything and went through a scanner and police check. All my luggage was checked. We were the only ones there, so it was quite fast.

- 14:30: we drove 2 hours until reaching Tashkurgan and entering inmigration building.

- 16:30: we unloaded everything and some of us could skip the interview and go directly to inmigration and customs. I was interviewed by 2 friendly policemen. They checked all my luggage, checked some of my documents/books using an app to translate and checked my phone (pictures, apps,...) but nothing was installed. I went to inmigration desk, where fingerprints and picture were taken, and got my entry stamp. My luggage went through another scanner and my bicycle frame was manually checked by a policeman. At 18:00 (21:00 Beijing time) I could leave inmigration.
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