Khorgos border crossing Q&A (Almaty - Urumqi)

Is the road, border or area open and accessible to foreigners? Is there danger?
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Re: Khorgos – Khorgas border open on Saturday?

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Please read and post reports on the Khorgos border crossing between Kazakhstan and China below.

We summarize all info on the Kazakhstan border crossings page.
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Khorgos border crossing Q&A (Almaty - Urumqi)

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Hi guys,

I'm currently in Almaty planning my trip through Kazahstan to China. I want to go to Khorgos (I'm on the bike) but I don't know which road to take. There are basically two options :

1) north of Lake Kapshagay (Almaty - Kapshagay - Saryozek - Altyn Emel - Zharkent - Khorgos)
2) south of the Lake Kapshagay ( Almaty - Chilik - Charyn Canyon - Zharkent Khorgos)

has anybody been to those places and can recommend any of these options? How is the road condition, access to water etc?

Thanks a lot
Oakenshield

ps Also I'm trying to find a good map of the Western China but unfortunately I could not find any decent one in Alamaty. Does anybody here who goes west have one and want to sell it or exchange for the map of Central Asia? Or maybe you know where to find one in Almaty? The "map shops" recommended by LP don't have such stuff
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Re: Almaty - Chinese Border

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The southern route has more interest, villages etc.
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Khorgos – Khorgas border open on Saturday?

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Hello!

We're looking to cross from Kazakhstan into China via the Khorgos border. Caravanistan warns that Kazakh-Chinese borders are closed on the weekends, but someone in the comments mentioned that the border is (usually) open on Saturdays. Did a quick Google search in Russian translated into English, and found one driving forum that I *think* says the Khorgos border is open "after lunch" on Saturdays and closed on Sundays.

Does anyone have any recent information? We'd like to cross on Saturday if possible instead of waiting till Monday.

Thanks!
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Re: Khorgos – Khorgas border open on Saturday?

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I think this border should be open all the time, seeing how it is becoming a serious Shopping venue for Kazakhs. Don't go to the toilet there, though, I have a distant Family member who is doing the plumbing there...apparently it is all just facade since the president is coming soon for the Grand opening of the economic free zone.

Am eager to hear your report!
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Re: Khorgos – Khorgas border open on Saturday?

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As an update, the Khorgas border was indeed open on Saturday, though not sure about the exact hours. We paid 1,500 tenge for a marshrutka that drove us from Jarkent all the way to the Chinese immigration building. People on both the Kazakh and Chinese sides were very friendly and we were the only group going through, so it was a breeze. Not sure exactly where the shopping mall is in relation to the immigration buildings, but we used the toilet on the Kazakh side and it was a bit grimy but fine. ;)

Keep up the great work, Steven! Your website was invaluable to us these past few months, and we'll definitely be back here the next time we visit Central Asia. :)
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Khorgas china kazakh border crossing

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Urumqi to Almaty......

I took a night train, no. 5815 from Wulumuchi south, to Khorgas. 157¥ hard sleeper. Dept 20.35.... arrive.. around 9am..

Short bus ride to Khorgas town. 5¥.... then walk up the road to the border. Immigration not open til 10.30. Small shacks for snacks. exiting china was easy.
Jumped on one of the long distances buses, going from Urumqi to Alamty...... paid 4500 tenge from China border post, ..

There were no 'no mans land shuttle buses'....
Entering Kazakhstan was easy and quick. 2 stamps on the immigration paper....

7 hour ride to an unknown location in Almaty.... NW of town....

Change money on the Chinese side as no money changer on Kazak side and no mini vans on the Kazak side.... so take the big bus from the china check point to Almaty


Date. 30 march 2015.... british passport traveller
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Re: Khorgas china kazakh border crossing

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thank you!
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Re: Khorgas china kazakh border crossing

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Re registration...... the 2 rectangular stamps u get on the immigration slip does NOT mean u r registered..... friends got only 1, i got 2..... u must go to immigration office in Almaty...... 1 photo copy of passport needed

45 min wait..... was very busy...
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Re: Khorgas china kazakh border crossing

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What do you mean? It has always meant this in the past. I know in Almaty they give you another blue paper. In other OVIR offices they do not give you this paper. Are you saying that the people at OVIR or at the border told you that getting 2 stamps means you did not register fully yet? This would make for a new development, since thousands of people have come through the airport (where you always get 2 stamps) and did not register further, without problem.

Thanks for further clarification.
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