Hi Kate and Will,
We are 3 french people doing a long road trip this summer from India to Paris, via Pakistan, China and Khirgizistan, but 2 months later than your trip... We plan to arrive at the Pakistani-Chinese border between the 21st of August and the 30th of August. We will then need a guide from Pundjerab pass up to the Khirgiz-Chinese border, as asked by the chinese authorities. We have received the following quote from a travel agent (nature_lunwang):
If the 3 motorcycles and stay in China 5 days the cost is: 1300 USD
The cost in detail is as following:
1 Permit for enter China: 50 USD
2 license plates: 30 USD *3 motorcycles = 90 USD
3 Insurance for the guest: 10 USD p/p *3= 30 USD
4 Insurance for the third person: 40 USD *3 / motorcycles = 120 USD
5 Fee for the Customs: Khoqirap Pass: 200 USD for three motorcycles
Turgart pass: 200 USD for three cycles
6 Driving License: 20 USD *3= 60 USD
7 Service for the guide: 80 USD a day * 5 days= 400 USD
8 Trance for the guide: 150 USD. ( Kashgar –Khonqirap Pass and Kashgar- Irkeshitan pass).
This quote is very interesting because its a lot cheaper than the other ones we have received, and it details the costs. Could you help us a bit with the details? For instance the customs fee seems huge, and I don't know what "Trance for the guide" means...
Furthermore, is there anyone willing to join us on this tour, to try and reduce the fixed costs? Would you (Kate and Will) be ok to delay your trip by 2 months?
Thanks a lot,