[ UPDATE - 25 Mar 2014 ]
After getting behind on my prep, I have decided
to delay my start until the fall of 2014...
The Google Group we set up has lots of people
still making the trip as per the update info below.
To get in touch with that group, hebbo
this thread, so please contact him to coordinate
with the group !
Most of the group is now looking to avoid Pakistan,
due to the instability and safety issues.
We have a couple of quotes re China crossing, and
one for crossing Burma.
This is looking like the route of choice for the
group - with a late Aug or Early Sep date to
1) Irkestam -> Tibet -> Nepal
Will likely post in the fall, looking to do the route
the opposite way in spring of 2015 (Burma -> Nepal
-> China -> Europe)
[ /UPDATE ]
I am looking to cross China in the fall of 2014 as
part of my RTW ride - with the interest in sharing
the expense of the permits, guide, etc that comes
along with crossing China.
I am on a motorcycle (KTM 690 Enduro)
My route then takes the KKH, across N Pakistan, N India,
Nepal, and on to Kathmandu.
The shortest potential routes across China are below,
though I would also consider entering through Kazakhstan,
east of Almaty (though a little earlier)
Border crossing info suggests that the southern
crossing has less drama - Irkeshtam Pass.
Route 1 -> B -> C Irkeshtam Pass border crossing info here
Route 2 -> B -> C Torugart Pass border crossing info here
Long term climate data for the route from China to Nepal
looks like this:
I would prefer to avoid the rainy season, and enter China
around the 1st or 2nd week of September.
It looks like 5 or so days to cross China on the routes above.
Anyone else considering something similar ?