Torugart Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 3,752 m located in the Tian Shan mountain range on the border between the Naryn Province of Kyrgyzstan and the Xinjiang Autonomous Region of China.
It is known as the favorite crossing for the caravans along the Silk Road and marauding armies of Genghis Khan. The first modern road along the route was built in 1905 by Russians for trade purposes.  The surface of the road is gravel and sand. It is remote and deserted, and sees relatively few foreigners due to the extraordinary bureaucratic procedures required to get across it. Torugart is one of Asia’s most unpredictable border posts. It is opened only from 9:00 – 13:00 to cross from Kyrgyzstan to China. There is a ton of paperwork, permits, invitations, five separate checkpoints, with gun-toting soldiers at each checking your documents, all the way from Naryn in Kyrgyzstan to Kashgar in China. Without the right preparation, things can go terribly wrong. Even the most painstaking arrangements can be thwarted by logistical gridlock on the Chinese side or by unpredictable border closures.