Torugart Pass is a mountain pass in the Tian Shan mountain range near the border between the Naryn Province of Kyrgyzstan and the Xinjiang Autonomous Region of China. It is one of two border crossings between Kyrgyzstan and China, the other being Irkeshtam, some 165 km (103 mi) to the southwest.
The scenic Lake of Chatyr-Kul lies near the pass on the Kyrgyz side. The road to Naryn and then to Balykshy and Bishkek—stretching for some 400km—is narrow and in winter often impassable due to heavy snowfall and frequent avalanches. On the Chinese side, the Torugart Port of Entry (吐尔尕特口岸), where travelers must clear for customs, is located about 110km from the pass itself in Ulugqat County of the Kizilsu Kirghiz Autonomous Prefecture. Distances from the pass to major cities are: 110km to Ulugqat, 165km to Kashgar, to Artux and some 1630km to Urumqi.
The pass was used since antiquity. During the Han dynasty it was under the jurisdiction of a micro-state called Juandu (捐毒国). During the Tang dynasty, the region came under Tang control as part of Anxi Protectorate
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This is a special border pass strictly controlled by both sides. It is NOT open to individual travelers, which means you cannot simply hire a random car and reach the border. You would need to... more »
We had planned to cross the border from China to Kyrgyzstan at the Torugart crossing but were not ready for the numerous checks on the Chinese side, We had three cameras between us and had taken in... more »
Far flung bordering crossing. Looks like it came out of the Lord of the Rings.
High altitude, difficult to carry the Highlands, it is recommended to rise with stops. Do not make sudden movements. The beauty is indescribable. The same weather can change three times a day.
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