Adventure Travel Company Dragoman Overland is the First to Take Their Vehicle In and Out of China on the Chinese Silk Route

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Dragoman Overland is the only adventure travel company that tours overland from Kathmandu to Bishkek, taking their vehicle in and out of China. They have a new online video for this Chinese Silk Route tour with brilliant footage: (http://www.dragoman.com/destinations/tripdetails.php?cat=SRT). This overland tour is not for the faint hearted but for those who are looking for adventure.

Dragoman Overland is the only company that takes their vehicle in and out of China when traveling from Kathmandu to Bishkek on the Chinese Silk Route. Traveling with Dragoman Overland is no soft adventure - the adventure travel company respectfully suggest that ties, hairdryers and Burberry suitcases stay home. Those with 5 weeks free, who are not constricted by neckwear, concerned by elegant coiffures or toting designer baggage may want to head for Kathmandu.

The ancient Chinese Silk Route traverses some of the world's remotest and harshest landscapes and lest any doubts remain - adventure travel in Tibet, Xinjiang and Kyrgyzstan is all about big mountains. Passes encountered are regularly in excess of 5000m, so only the fit and healthy need apply. Tibet travel is always at altitude and even when not passing over high passes, overland travelers will be still well above 3000 metres.

The route is packed with iconic Central Asian landmarks, from the high passes of Kyrgyzstan's Tien Shan, the fabled Karakoram Highway between Kashgar and Taxkorgan, the Tibetan Plateau, Mount Everest, the Friendship Highway to the hard won Torugart Pass and vast inhospitable Taklimakan Desert. Everest trekking is generally done from the Nepal side and very few people see the mountain from the Tibetan side. Overlanders staying overnight (under Mount Everest and as long as the clouds stay away), are exposed to spectacular views. China tourism is generally about the major sites, but on this trip overlanders will be taken way, way off the beaten track. For Dragoman, overland travel is all about finding the other side of a country that the tourists generally miss and on this journey, Dragoman overlanders travel the Chinese Silk Road from the Torugart Pass through to the edge of Tibet.

In China, adventure tours seldom cross the vast Taklimakan Desert but Dragoman overlanders will, either taking the northern or the southern Silk Road. The other side of this trip is meeting the local people. A yurt homestay is organized and overlanders will be traveling through areas where the local population seldom meet outsiders. The final stage in our overland adventure journey is real Himalayan travel, crossing very high passes through the Himalayas and then descending into the Indian Subcontinent and Nepal.

If the prospect of a five week-long hazardous journey with no pay, bitter cold and frequent discomfort balances with enough adventure to fill a customized Mercedes Benz overland truck, join Dragoman Overland in Kathmandu on the 20th May, or Bishkek on the 15th July 2007. For background see http://www.dragoman.com/destinations/tripdetails.php?cat=SRT.

The journey costs £1,450 p/p plus kitty $590 (~£310) including camping and hotel accommodation (35%/65%), all camp meals, transport aboard Dragoman's customized Mercedes Benz overland truck, two Dragoman crew, plus one Chinese and one Tibetan guide. International flights are not included but are available through Dragoman Overland.

About Dragoman Overland:

Dragoman Overland (http://www.dragoman.com) has over forty years experience running overland adventure trips across the continents of Africa, Asia, North America, Central America and South America. They run overland adventures with absolute expertise and professionalism. Five years ago, Dragoman and Encounter Overland merged into today's Dragoman Overland.

Dragoman Overland has a combined fleet of over 35 Dragoman Overland and Encounter overland trucks around the world. They have pioneered more routes then any other adventure travel operator with an administration, training and maintenance base in Suffolk, England. The overland adventure travel company is renowned for their trips and commitment to responsible tourism, benefiting the local people of the countries they visit.

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