14 Days Off-Road Motorcycle Tour in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan

Adventure Motorcycle Tour Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan

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You are invited to take part in a motorcycle tour in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. The expedition is a truly unforgettable experience and it is full of picturesque sights that remain in memory for a long time. Wildlife, mountain landscape, and friendly people are typical of this Asian region. Unforgettable adventure guaranteed!

Key information

  • Terrain: a mix of off-road (70%) and asphalt (30%)
  • Bike: rental bike (Suzuki DR65SE and BMW GS800)
  • Total mileage: 3000 kilometers / 1850 miles
  • Daily rides: 150 to 250 kilometers / 93 to 155 miles
  • Meals: not included

Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Bishkek
  • Ride through the beautiful Alai mountains
  • Visit the most interesting lakes: Toktugul, Karakul, and Issyk-Kul
  • Ride on legendary Pamir Highway, a part of the Silk Road
  • Experienced motorcycle tour guide
  • 13 nights accommodation in tents

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


14 riding days in Polish
Spoken languages: English, Polish
The maximum participants in the group is 6
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Accommodation

You will be able to sleep in tents during this tour.

Program

Itinerary

Day 1

You set off from Bishkek and drive west, then you enter highway M41 which runs through Too Ashu Pass. It connects the cities of Bishkek and Osh together. A part of this road is a trunk route to legendary Pamir Highway. What is more, M41 is a part of the Silk Road as well. There is a beautiful view from the Pass over the plateau Kekemeren Valley and Suusamyr. You also get to see Toktugul lake.

Day 2

This day includes a lot of places to see. First stop is the city of Osh, the second largest city in Kyrgyzstan, located in the Fergana Valley and believed to be the oldest city in the country. Osh is a lively place with the largest and most crowded outdoor market in Central Asia, which was a major market along the Silk Road and is now named the Great Silk Road Bazar in reference to its historical importance. You’ll drive through the canyon of Naryn and go south to Sary Tash, a major crossroads in Allay Valley. The sights en route are really picturesque.

Day 3

On this day you will see Lenin Peak. It rises to 7,134 metres on the border of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, and is the second-highest point of both countries. It is considered one of the least technical 7,000 meters peaks in the world to climb and it has by far the most ascents of any 7,000 m or higher peak on earth. It is a beautiful place to take pictures.

Day 4

The plan for today is to enter Tajikistan. Before you get to the Kyzyl-Art Pass, you must first go through the Taldyk Pass. The Kyzyl-Art Pass is located on the highway M41 between Sary Tash (Kyrgyzstan) to the north, and Markansu (Tajikistan) in the south. In the north, there are the picturesque Alai Mountains from the Kyzyl-Art Pass and in the south, there is the Transalai mountain range of the Pamirs.

On the southern side of the pass is the high mountain desert valley Markandu. In the autonomous province of Gorno-Badakhshan there is the Karakul mountain lake which is also known as Black Lake of the Pamirs. The lake is 3,920 metres above sea level and is one of the highest lakes in the world.

Day 5

Today you see Khorugh, the capital of the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region (GBAO) in Tajikistan. Khorugh is 2,200 metres above sea level in the Pamir Mountains (ancient Mount Imeon). It is a part of Pamir Highway.

Day 6

You can either stay in Khorog for a rest day or go further towards famous Wakhan Corridor.

Day 7

The Wakhan Corridor is a narrow strip of territory in north-eastern Afghanistan that extends to China and separates Tajikistan from Pakistan. The corridor, wedged between the Pamir Mountains to the north and the Karakoram range to the south, is about 350 km long and 13–65 kilometres wide. From this high mountain valley, the Panj and Pamir Rivers emerge and form the Amu Darya. A trade route through the valley has been used by travellers going to and from East, South and Central Asia since antiquity.

Day 8

You drive to Dzsharty Gumbez and then towards Karakul lake. It is located in the Tajik National Park high in the Pamir Mountains in Tajikistan.

Day 9

The Karakul lake was formerly known as Lake Victoria, named after Queen Victoria by the British cartographers. It was marked as such by most maps of the area until the 1920s when a Kyrgyz name: Karakul, or the Black Lake, replaced the British name by the new Soviet cartographers. The lake lies at an elevation of 3,960 m above mean sea level.

Day 10

You go back to Kyrgyzstan and see Dzhalal-Abad and its surrounding areas. It is situated at the north-eastern end of the Fergana valley along the Kögart River valley, in the foothills of the Babash Ata mountains, very close to the Uzbekistan border.

Day 11

Song Kul is today's main attraction. It is an alpine lake in northern Naryn Province, Kyrgyzstan. It lies at an altitude of 3,016 m. It is the second largest lake in Kyrgyzstan after Issyk Kul Lake, and the largest freshwater lake in Kyrgyzstan. It is surrounded by a broad summer pasture and the mountains, very beautiful place to take pictures, lots of horses, yurts.

Day 12

On this day you drive through Tash Rabat. Tash Rabat is what is known as a ‘caravanserai’, the name given to a sort of roadside inn where travellers could stop for the night or a few days to rest. They catered for both the humans and the animals that were travelling along the Silk Road and, as well as having accommodation and food facilities, often provided some opportunities for trade and religious rituals.

Day 13

Today we are going to see Issyk-Kul lake. It is the world’s second largest alpine lake, lying at 1,609 m above sea level. Even though it is surrounded by mountains, Issyk-Kul never freezes, thus its name means “hot lake” in Kyrgyz. The lake itself is surrounded by protected marshlands, two mountain ranges, and many popular resorts and destinations, including Karakol and Cholpon-Ata. Time to relax and sunbathe.

Day 14

You go back to Bishkek and this will be the end of your motorcycle tour. You will miss Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan for the rest of your lives unless you go back the next year for more adventures!

Skill level

Intermediate

  • can ride for 3-4 hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

Please note that the itinerary may change. The final version of the itinerary is agreed with the participants four weeks before departure.

Guides

Tomasz Madej
Tomek is a long-time off-road driving instructor. Since 2004, he is an organizer and main instructor of motorcycle tours, off-road vehicles, quad, snowmobile, and water scooter trips. Travelling has always been the part of Tomek. His hobbies include motorcycle tours, as well as enduro, quads, 4x4 vehicles, snowmobiles, jet skis, and many more. He loves traveling and active leisure in every possible form. You are invited to his world of adventures on two wheels.

Location

You will start your expedition in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan and end it in Bishkek. You will also go to Tajikistan.

What's included

  • Motorcycle
  • Route preparation
  • Guide and instructor
  • Night stays in tents
  • Technical vehicle
  • Kitchen, a fridge, a gas stove
  • T-shirt with a logo

What's not included

  • Food
  • Fuel
  • Night stays in hotels and yurts
  • Plane tickets to Bishkek
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa and custom fees

Cancellation Policy

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 14 days before arrival.
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Availability

Start: Friday August 24, 2018
End: Thursday September 6, 2018

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