We left Kashgar on September 13th in an attempt to reach Kathmandu, Nepal. This is a distance of about 2,500km from which about 1,800km, according to Chinese legislation, MUST be travelled in a group with guide, Jeep driver, and a PERMIT that costs a fortune! Most importantly for me it removes all sense of adventure and freedom, which is why I travel by bike in the first place!
We managed to cycle about half of it on our own, but on October 14th, after we passed the city of Ali, we were "stopped" by the PSB and returned to Kashgar (a good story to follow). It was an amazing month of cycling though, with some unique landscape. We knew the risks and that we had little chance of freely cycling to Kathmandu, but it was worth a try!!!
|Cycling at 5000m in the Aksai Chin, China (photo: Pierre Payet-Burin)|
I will do my best to post some stories and photos over the next week or so.