Getting to and From Altay, China


Altay airport is closed for renovations – the race will now start at Kanas and finish at Altay. Teams still need to fly via Urumqi and can catch a bus from there, or fly direct to Kanas airport code KJI (located 3 hours north west of Altay). See the Schedule page for more details. Dates have also changed. 

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. You should arrange to fly into Kanas this time, due to the Altay airport is shut down for reconstruction.

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 is only 1 flight per day from Urumqi to Kanas. Please read the below points about Bikes on these flights.

Urumqi procedures vary year to year, but in 2016 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 Altay via road and will do the same on the return. You are able to drop and collect your bikes on the following dates only

  • 1st and 2nd June – drop off bikes for transport to Altay on trucks
  • 11th June – collect bikes for transfer home