Qolma/Kulma pass (China-Tajikistan) border crossing reports

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Re: Qolma/Kulma pass (China-Tajikistan) border crossing reports

Postby Jealgu » Wed Jun 05, 2019 6:17 pm

Thanks for the update. Which direction did you go? Did you have any problems on the Chinese side with the police or permits etc.?
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Re: Qolma/Kulma pass (China-Tajikistan) border crossing reports

Postby hovo » Mon Jun 10, 2019 2:59 pm

On May 8 I crossed the border at the Kulma Pass with a tourbus with 26 passengers from China to Tajikistan. The Chinese Customs Port at Kalasu opened at 12:00 hr. After the Chinese procedures we could continue at 13:40 to the actual border 14 km onwards, where we arrived 13:55. Unfortunately the Tajik office had problems with the internet connection, therefore it took from 13:55 until 16:42 before all 26 passports had been checked. Baggage was not checked, and the officers were friendly. All of us had a visa and GBAO permit arranged at home.
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Re: Qolma/Kulma pass (China-Tajikistan) border crossing reports

Postby Lucho » Tue Jul 02, 2019 2:25 am

421Adventure wrote:Hello!

We crossed the border by bike on the 15/05/2019 and there was no problem.

We met another cyclist we crossed on the 27/05/2019 also without any problems.

Enjoy, it's really a nice pass!

421Adventure


Hello!!! I am in Kashgar now. Someone know if any permission is necessary or it is possible to reach the border (qolma) by bicycle. Thanks
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Re: Qolma/Kulma pass (China-Tajikistan) border crossing reports

Postby Simone80 » Sun Jul 07, 2019 8:12 am

Hi Guys,
last summer I took a driver and travelled in Karakoram highway...
This time I was thinking of going to accross Qolma border and go to Tajikistan..
I would like to ask you how could I travel in the other side? I guess I should need a driver also there? anyone has some suggestions?
Thank you
Simone
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Re: Qolma/Kulma pass (China-Tajikistan) border crossing reports

Postby StephParis » Mon Jul 22, 2019 5:50 pm

Lucho wrote: Hello!!! I am in Kashgar now. Someone know if any permission is necessary or it is possible to reach the border (qolma) by bicycle. Thanks


Hello Lucho

Did you finally get an answer ? Is a special permit needed to go to the border ?
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Re: Qolma/Kulma pass (China-Tajikistan) border crossing reports

Postby Sweeeet » Wed Jul 24, 2019 9:03 am

Hi - on 17 may 2019 i wanted to cross thru the Qolma pass from Kashgar but there was so much disinformation from hostel (Old town hostel) / other travellers etc that a 'new' permit was required to head that way (as this is the road to Tashkorgan). I went to a place about 5km walk north of old town where chinese were getting permits (address / name i cant remember) and the office there told me in unclear English that i would need a special permit and that as a foreigner mine had to be issued by a travel agent?? Travel agent : who/where/how much?? wasnt clear. I didnt want to catch the bus (lose a day) etc only to be told i couldn't proceed so i went Kashgar to Osh instead - then made my way south into Tajikistan. Not sure this post helps much - other than hopefully information available locally is a bit clearer now. Anyone with more recent experience?
Cheers
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Re: Qolma/Kulma pass (China-Tajikistan) border crossing reports

Postby vlatkohorvat » Mon Aug 05, 2019 7:13 am

Hi all, we passed the qulma pass border on July 31th from Tajikistan. 3 of us, 2 from Croatia and one from Australia.
We started from Murghab very early and arrived to tajik side of the border slightly before 9 (tajik time) and waited for the border to open until 10 (tajik time) .
On Tajik side everything went very quickly (police control plus customs) , we had laugh and fun with officers, they also made picture of use with qulma pass sign.
After coming to police checkpoint on Chinese side, it took them arou d 15minjtes to check passports and visas and after that they helped us board the trucks going from Tajikistan to China
Around 15min drive to Kalasu port, got out of the truck and by foot towards the Chinese border/customs. Questions about everything. While the process was ongoing, it was time for Chinese lunch break.
Of course it prolonged everything, but they were very kind and oferred us food during wanting.
After lunch break they went through all the photos on all our devices (3 phones, camera and tablet) and that's it, soon after Chinese stamp was in the passport.
If 1hour waiting on tajik side is not counted, it took us 2hours and 15min from tajik side of border to getting Chinese stamp and entering China.
Cool experience
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Re: Qolma/Kulma pass (China-Tajikistan) border crossing reports

Postby Jealgu » Mon Aug 05, 2019 8:48 am

vlatkohorvat wrote:Hi all, we passed the qulma pass border on July 31th from Tajikistan. 3 of us, 2 from Croatia and one from Australia.
We started from Murghab very early and arrived to tajik side of the border slightly before 9 (tajik time) and waited for the border to open until 10 (tajik time) .
On Tajik side everything went very quickly (police control plus customs) , we had laugh and fun with officers, they also made picture of use with qulma pass sign.
After coming to police checkpoint on Chinese side, it took them arou d 15minjtes to check passports and visas and after that they helped us board the trucks going from Tajikistan to China
Around 15min drive to Kalasu port, got out of the truck and by foot towards the Chinese border/customs. Questions about everything. While the process was ongoing, it was time for Chinese lunch break.
Of course it prolonged everything, but they were very kind and oferred us food during wanting.
After lunch break they went through all the photos on all our devices (3 phones, camera and tablet) and that's it, soon after Chinese stamp was in the passport.
If 1hour waiting on tajik side is not counted, it took us 2hours and 15min from tajik side of border to getting Chinese stamp and entering China.
Cool experience


How did you manage your transport in China?
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Re: Qolma/Kulma pass (China-Tajikistan) border crossing reports

Postby vlatkohorvat » Sat Aug 10, 2019 8:13 am

Jealgu wrote:
vlatkohorvat wrote:Hi all, we passed the qulma pass border on July 31th from Tajikistan. 3 of us, 2 from Croatia and one from Australia.
We started from Murghab very early and arrived to tajik side of the border slightly before 9 (tajik time) and waited for the border to open until 10 (tajik time) .
On Tajik side everything went very quickly (police control plus customs) , we had laugh and fun with officers, they also made picture of use with qulma pass sign.
After coming to police checkpoint on Chinese side, it took them arou d 15minjtes to check passports and visas and after that they helped us board the trucks going from Tajikistan to China
Around 15min drive to Kalasu port, got out of the truck and by foot towards the Chinese border/customs. Questions about everything. While the process was ongoing, it was time for Chinese lunch break.
Of course it prolonged everything, but they were very kind and oferred us food during wanting.
After lunch break they went through all the photos on all our devices (3 phones, camera and tablet) and that's it, soon after Chinese stamp was in the passport.
If 1hour waiting on tajik side is not counted, it took us 2hours and 15min from tajik side of border to getting Chinese stamp and entering China.
Cool experience


How did you manage your transport in China?


We arranged driver from Kashgar who took us to Kashgar. 1800RMB,expensive, but we didn't have time to go to Tashkurgan and spend a night there.
We found him somewhere on Internet and communicated via wechat.
Road in front of Kalasu Port had cars passing by all the time. However, I am not sure what are the hitchhiking rules. Our driver had to register us, he had some document with our names and passport numbers which he had to give on all police checkpoints. And checkpoints are numerous, we had to get out of the car on each of them.
If needed I can ask my friend for the number. Driver was OK, with good car, but he didn't take shower that day (or days before) so that wasn't so pleasant.
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Re: Qolma/Kulma pass (China-Tajikistan) border crossing reports

Postby lweisner » Mon Aug 19, 2019 6:45 pm

Dear Overlanders,
two friends and i want to do a trip with our motorbikes, next year from Germany to Australia. We have a rough idea of the route we want to take in our mind. It includes Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kirgisistan, Tajikistan, China, Pakistan, India, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia and Australia.
During our research we recognized that the border between Tajikistan and China and the Qulma-Pass are open.
Do you know if it's possible to use this route to cross through China to Pakistan? Do the agencies we have to use even offer this trip or has anybody else already used this route and can share his experiences? Can someone suggest an agency who offers this trip?
It seems really complicated to plan the crossing through China and i'm very glad and thankful for any tips or recommendations you can provide.
Greetings
Louis
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