You will have an early start today as you head up into the mountains and across the Torugart Pass (3752m). This ancient gateway takes you through some spectacular scenery. The drive takes about four hours, the second part of this will be on unpaved roads. This is a relatively taxing day, and you should be prepared for some bumpy, windy roads there is no cause for concern though, our drivers are extremely experienced and will make your safety their priority at all times. Depending on the time of year you travel, there may still be snow as you approach the Pass, and it's possible there will be some delays due to poor road conditions after the winter. Please make sure you have a warm jacket on hand the temperature will drop noticeably in comparison to the desert where Kashgar is situated. A basic packed lunch will be provided before you leave Kashgar (your Chinese tour leader will arrange this), but you may wish to prepare some additional snacks and drinks. You will reach Chinese customs (at an elevation of approximately 2000m) before heading into no-man's land for a further 70kms. At the next checkpoint you will say goodbye to your Chinese hosts as they introduce you to your Kyrgyz team, who will escort us through Kyrgyz border formalities. Today you must be patient as you will see, this is a very remote and unsophisticated border point, and the custom and immigration processes can be tedious. There are no money changing facilities here, but this does not present a problem, as there is nowhere to spend money until you reach the next town and the bank.Most nationalities no longer require a visa for Kyrgyz visa, but this situation can always change and formalities still need to be completed. Once all the paperwork is completed, you will continue on to the beautiful 13th century caravansarai at Tash-Rabat. There is plenty of time to relax here with a free day to enjoy trekking in the area, or simply enjoy the stunning setting of your yurt camp. Please be aware that the camps are set up and dismantled (in nomadic tradition) according to weather conditions and the progress of the seasons. A yurt is more sophisticated than a tent, but still relatively basic accommodation. Generally the group will share two to three yurts (usually five to six people per yurt), with the yurts are designated as singles or couples, and male or female, or divided in another way according to the wishes of the group. If you have a particular request or concern about the sleeping arrangements, please speak to your tour leader. The yurt camps do not have shower facilities, but will have access to water and a private area for washing. The toilets are 'out-house' style, located at a distance away from the yurts. Please ensure you bring a torch with you (head-torches are particularly useful!). In each yurt you will find wooden beds with mattresses fitted with sheets and blankets. These mattresses are more like thin futons rather than traditional mattresses. If there has been an especially long winter, it is possible that the first groups of the year may be accommodated at a lower altitude for comfort, however a stop at Tashrabat to visit the caravanserai will still be included. Whatever time of year you travel, we strongly recommend you pack layers and a lightweight set of thermals to ensure you are comfortable, particularly at night.Your hosts may have small souvenirs for sale, but will accept US dollars or Euros, so it's worth having some small denomination notes prepared for this purpose.