Getting to and From Altay, China

Altay is a remote part of the world and just getting there can be an adventure. Make sure when you book your flights, you have long enough transfers to get through the airports. Airport lines can be long in China and especially when you are travelling with a bike. Burqin Kanas airport (code KJI) is the closest airport to the race start. and XTRAIL will send buses to pick you up at the Kanas airport on 30 & 31 MAY.

To get to Kanas, you will need to fly via Urumqi, airport code URC. Urumqi is the capital of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and has flights from most major airports in China. There will be around 4 flights per day from Urumqi to Kanas, all in the morning. Moreover, Kanas airport is a seasonal airport which won’t open until early May, so the ticket information is not available at the moment. Once the tickets are open for booking, we’ll inform athletes through emails.

Please read the below points about Bikes on these flights.

Urumqi procedures vary year to year, but in 2016 and 2017 no teams were able to check their luggage all the way through to Altay from their point of origin. All luggage was unloaded at Urumqi and needed to be rechecked in.

If you cannot book all the way to Kanas from your home, you can use the internal flight booking website

Bike Transfer from Urumqi

Although you need to get yourself to Altay (flying is preferable as it is a 10hr bus ride from Urumqi), airlines may not allow you to take your bikes on this short flight. As a precaution, XTRAIL have organised to collect your bikes as you transfer through Urumqi and will transfer them to Kanas via road and will do the same on the return. You are able to drop and collect your bikes on the following dates only

  • 29 & 30 MAY – drop off bikes on trucks at Urumqi airport
  • 7th JUNE – collect bikes for transfer home

XTRAIL will make instruction signs at the airport and send a map guide regarding bike dropping.