Irkeshtam border crossing

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Irkeshtam border crossing
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Countries: Flag of Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan | Flag of China China
Type: Mountain pass (3005m)
Motorway: E 60

Irkeshtam is a small village in the southeast of Kyrgyzstan. It is the end of the European Route number 60 (E 60). The border to China is the second important border crossing from Kyrgyzstan to China.

Irkeshtam Village

Irkeshtam Pass

The Irkeshtam Pass is one of the major border crossings to China and belong to the network of the silk road. It is also the eastern end of the E 60. Road contidions are quite good (the chises keep improoving it as of October 2010), but the border formalities can be a bit tricky. For example it is not allowed for kyrgyz cars to cross. So you have to change at the border into a chinese vehicle. The border is opened during the day only and it is CLOSED on the weekends. The pass is approached from the city of Osh via Sary Tash on the kyrgyz side and from Kashgar via Ulugqat in the Xinjiang province from the chinese side. The road from Sary Tash to Irkeshtam is famous for road accidents because the pavement is in poor condition or not existing - but the scenery is fantastic (if weather conditions are good you can see Pik Lenin(7,134m))

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