The trip over the Torugart pass from China to Kyrgyzstan was meant to be something of an adventure.
But the fact that it’s only possible to do as part of a well organized pre-booked tour meant that actually it went very smoothly with nary a hint of the unexpected.
The owner of the tour company, Abdul, walked into the lobby of our hostel just as we did, and after some fond farewells to the staff and the kitten we headed downstairs to our oversized (for two passengers, a driver and a guide) ride, a shiny, clean new minivan.
On the way out of town we stopped and traded Abdul for his brother, Petty (not sure of the spelling there) who would be our guide until we crossed the border.
Our final non-official stop was at the dusty, frontier-feeling town of Shang’atushixiang where we picked up some bread, fruit and water for the trip.
Our final Chinese town. The main intersection in Shang’atushixiang