It’s the land of temples, shrines and ancient palaces, but did you know that Asia is also home to great overland destinations? From grassy trails to remote, rugged mountains, there are many ways to enjoy an overland trip in Asia. Here are just a few locations that you won’t want to miss.
- Tashkent to Xi’an
You might be familiar with Xi’an as a popular destination in China, but you probably haven’t heard of Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan. Between these two cities is an entire network of roads, trails, streets and sidewalks, so you’ll get to enjoy both stark landscapes and modern conveniences as you travel between Tashkent and Xi’an.
- Kathmandu to Delhi
Kathmandu to Delhi takes you across some of the well-trod pathways used by travelers on the Silk Road. Not only will it be a beautiful experience, but it’ll also be a historical one! You’ll get to see the same sights and enjoy the same camping experiences as people from long ago. You’ll put yourself in their shoes in a way that other tourists never do.
- Beijing to Istanbul
There are many roads between Beijing and Istanbul. The shortest, most direct routes will only take a matter of days; the longer and more twisted trails can span thousands of miles and months of travel. It’ll be up to you to decide which type of overland trip that you’d prefer. There’s no right or wrong answer here; it’s only about how long that you can get off work!
- Tbilisi to Ulaanbaatar
A favorite of extreme outdoor enthusiasts, the long way around the Tbilisi-to-Ulaanbaatar route can take more than 100 days. It’s not for the faint of heart, but if you’re serious about rolling up your sleeves and getting dirt underneath your nails, it might be exactly what you need for an unforgettable trip!
These are just a few trip ideas for overlanding in Asia. Whether you’re into short, maintained trails or long stretches of natural wilderness, there should be at least one destination on this list that catches your eye. Pack up your overland gear and equipment and get driving!