Beyond the lane for half a month – Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan bike tour

The whole point of an adventurous trip is adventure. Kyrgyztan is called the homeland of adventure for its high mountain passes, nearly no roads in the countryside and the ability to surprise you when least expected.

This is a difficult tour for experienced riders in off-road. We have not visited all the paces we want to take you so it will be real adventure also for us. Probably we will not reach all the goals.

We hope we will be able to cross Kegety pass and maybe we will reach Kul Su lake, but we don’t believe to make a loop from Barskoon to Inylchek on A364.

We know this road exist only on maps. But we will try! We will use only light bikes, no support car. It will be snowy and wet. We will use ropes and will have to help each other.

Highlights


See the motherland of adventure.
Cross many high passes
stay in a Yurt

Details


Group Size: 5 to 10 per group, first come first served.

Itinerary

Day One – Departure from Bishkek – accommodation in the hemp field at the Toktogul Lake.
We set off from Bishkek and head west. In Kara-Balta we turn to the M41 highway, which will accompany us for the next few days. First, however, we will scale the Too Ashu Pass and then see The Susamyru Valley. A beautiful place, which put in awe many renowned travelers. We will spend the night in tents at the shore of the Lake Toktogul.

Day Two: – Arrival at Osh. Accommodation in a hotel.
On the second day we will drive along the beautiful man-made Naryn canyon and we ride into the Fergana Valley. We will not stop at Osh but rather drive the brand new asphalt highway to the very south of Kyrgyzstan. Sary Tash lies in the Altay Valley and the view of the Pamirs is more appealing than the post-Soviet Osh. If weather is okay the views will be stunning.

Day Three: – Arrival at the base camp just under the slopes of Pik Lenin. Accommodation in yurts. In the afternoon we will reach the base camp at Pik Lenin. If we are lucky, and we usually are, we will see the easiest 7,000 meter mountain in the world in its full glory. It is a beautiful place for taking photos. You will certainly be pleased. Accommodation is at 3,500 metres, so prepare for a headache.

Day Four: – Entering Tajikistan. The highest pass en route – 4,655 metres. Accommodation in a guesthouse at Murgaba.
We say goodbye to Kyrgyzstan on this day and we enter Tajikistan via the high Kyzyl Art pass. Although this is an international highway, it can be the most difficult section of the entire route. The road climbs quite steeply, and if it rains you will understand why the pass is called Kizyl (Red). Pamirian Route is made of asphalt, but a little different to the new highways of Kyrgyzstan. We pass Karakul, where we stop on the way back and spend the night in Murgaba. This is not the most beautiful city in the world, but its biggest advantage is that it is the located at the lowest altitude. As a result, there should not be a headache, at least not because of altitude.

Day Five: – accommodation in a guest house. We leave this not the most beautiful city and swallow more kilometres of the M41. The views reward the dents. We travel the famous Pamir Highway.

Day Six: – A day off. A trip to Roshtkala Valley

Day Seven: – Bibi Fatima. Accommodation in a guest house.
In Langar the Pamir River connects to the Wakhan and here the Pyandj begins. We will travel alongside the river. We wave to the Afghan peasants and to the Tajik children. This is the famous Wakhan Corridor.

Day Eight:- Jarty Gumbez. Accommodation in tents.
We are sure that for some of you it is going to be the best day of the entire journey. Why? We won’t say…

Day Nine: – Karakol. Night in a pension.
It’s not going to be a long day, but we want you to have some time on the lake. Your lens deserves such views. It will be our highest stopover. But even though it is at almost 4,000 metres, however that should not bother you now. An absolutely wonderful place, but it will be cold. No worries – the hosts will certainly have a good fire. But how come, if there are no trees? Well, we’ll see…

Day Ten: – Jalalabad area. Tent accommodation.
There there is no choice. We have to journey by the M41 to Jalalabad. Then we turn to the real Kirgyzstan..

Day Eleven: –Song Kul, yurts.
Song Kul is considered by us as the most beautiful place in all Kyrgyzstan. And we are very interested in your opinion. The lake is surrounded by magnificent mountains at an altitude of 3,000 meters. Add to this plethora of horses and yurts. We have taken thousands of pictures of this place. We wish you to take better ones.

Day Tvelve: – Tash Rabat. Yurt.
On our way, pass beautifully named MELS, for the uninitiated, we explain that it is an abbreviation of the four great ideologists who the Soviet power respected greatly.

Day Thirteen: – Eki Naryn. Accommodation in tents.
We drive through Kyrgyzstan’s most beautiful gorge. A nice, pleasant day, far from any form of civilisation.

Day Fourteen: –Tamga. Accommodation in pension.
Issyk is the sea for the Kyrgyzs. The lake is 200 km long. It is situated quite low (as in Kyrgyzstan) – 1,600 metres above sea level. As a result, the water is at a very pleasant temperature – at least for people who had been brought up at the Baltic Sea. We can swim at last!

Day Fifteen: – Return to Bishkek.
A tiny little bit of the dull Kyrgizsian asphalt. To make it something to remember, this morning we go onto the best gravel trail in the world.

Package

Inclusions
Guide
Good society
Accommodation in yurts and Guesthouses
All the Border Permits
Meal only country side stay. ( BF and Dinner )
Backup Vehicle

Exclusions:
Visa Fee
Air Fare
Extra meal & Drinks
Fuel & Damage
Insurance

Info


REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLICANTS:
-Readiness to have unbelievable adventure with lots of surprises on the way
-Physical strength and pure optimism
-Good riding skills
-Respect laws and culture of local people
VISA PROCEDURE
Our company does not issue visas nor provide visa support. But don’t hesitate to contact us if you need any information on visa. We will contact our partners providing services on visa support
For Pamir endure motorbike tour you need:
-One entry tourist visa to Kyrgyzstan &Tajikistan.
Please, contact us first before applying for visa, since visa procedures differ according to the country of your citizenship. Citizens of some countries do not need visa to Central Asian countries or may obtain it according to simplified procedure.
Unfortunately, visa procedure is inimitable part of the tour, so please take some time in order to finish this process successfully, but we want to reassure you, that you will not face any troubles and obtain your visa in the shortest time. We recommend starting visa process 2-3 months prior to the tour. We are always there for you to help!

HOW TO GET HERE
Here is the list of air companies, providing flights to Almaty. You may also contact us specifying your country of departure. Since we have a wide client base from all over the world, we will contact them in order to receive recommendations or advise concerning flight details.
Turkishairlines
Utair
S7
Fly Dubai
Ural Airlines
NordStar
Somon Air
China Southern
Aerflot
Air Astana

WHAT TO BRING?
You can bring any number of things in Almaty, but the baggage of participants which will be in the car support is limited. The weight of your bags that you take the tour should not exceed 10 kg. And that means you have to take only the essentials.
1. Headdress: a cap or hat for the warm days and knit cap for cool;
2. Shoes: Sandals or slates for resorts, boots or sneakers for the prom;
3. Clothes: a few T-shirts, a few spare socks, jeans, shorts, swimming trunks, a warm sweater, light jacket;
4. Towel and toiletries.
5. Sunglasses.
6. Sunscreen.
7. Necessary medications if you need them.
8. Photo or video camera.
9. Flashlight
10. Raincoat. Use a strong rain gear – waterproof prolonged rain.
11. If you want to take your own tent and sleeping bag, no problem. But it should be light and compact. If you do not have it you should notify us in advance.
Please use soft, compact bag for tour. Do not use bulky suitcases.
You can leave excess clothes and bags in our Guest house in Brisket to return.
P.S. You can also bring a variety of inexpensive gifts. People (owners of guest houses, children of nomads, to love get all sorts of gifts.
WHAT TO WEAR FOR DRIVING?
Helmet
It’s better to have an integral, flip-up or touring style helmet, but do not MX or open-face type, because in the mountains you can feel freezing rain, snow, wind and dust, which may make your face vulnerable.
Fog spray and wipes for the visor.

Jacket
If you use the jacket as a major shalt for a trip on a motorcycle, then it should have built-in protection – elbows, back, shoulders. Would be nice if jacket has a double layer, which can detach during a hot period of the day, and fasten upon the occurrence of cold.

Pant
You can use the enduro pants with built knees protection. If you don’t have such pants with built knees protection you can use just jeans or MX pants but have to use knees protection

Shoes
You can use different shoes – touring boots or motocross boots. The main thing that they would protect your feet and comfortable for switch gear.

WEATHER CONDITIONS
Central Asia is the region with seasonal inland climate. Day temperature during summer period is +25 to +40 degrees. After the sunset, temperature drops to +20 degrees, and to + 15 in the mountain areas.
It is hard to predict weather conditions in mountain regions of Kyrgyzstan / Tajikistan and Pamir. Sometimes it can be very rainy and it might be snowing in Pamir. So you have to be ready for any weather conditions.
ROADS CONDITION
Most of the roads are sealed excluding mountain passes through Pamir. Due to harsh natural conditions, remoteness and lack of financing, these roads are not sealed and have never been repaired.
The quality of sealed roads in the mountain area is also inconsistent, as there might be construction works going or the road may be washed out due to heavy rains. In this case we will change the route. Please, be ready for that.

DISTANCE
There are some very long distances as well as very short ones, but going through rough roads. So you have to be ready for early wake up and arrive late.
ACCOMMODATION
We are trying to provide the most comfortable accommodation. But conditions is different.
For instance, in such areas as the Fann Mountains,Kalaikhum, Khorog, Murgab there might be no electricity or water supply. It is due to remoteness of these places.
We will have a camp in the Fann Mountains and our company provides tents for three people, mattresses and sleeping bags. If you want to use your own sleeping bag, tent or mattress, please inform us in advance.
ATTITUDE AND BEHAVIOR
People in Kyrgyzstan & Tajikistan are very friendly and hospitable. But you should be aware of some rules of behavior. For example: don’t go the toilet in not appropriate places. If you want to use a bathroom, smoke, drink alcohol, change or take a picture, please, ask your guide first. It is strictly forbidden to take pictures of border’s check point and police stations, as well as officials, officers and soldiers of these departments.
Concerning relationship between participants and organizing company during the tours we don’t support “I am the client, and you are an executive” or “the client is always right” attitude, since we believe that during the tour we are all one big team, where everyone respects, understands and helps each other.

Pricing

Costs
Rider, own motorcycle: USD 2400
Rider, rental motorcycle: USD 3650
Motorcycle transportation fee: USD 1580 (return)

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