No annual leave at the Mediterranean hotspots. Instead incredibly dangerous alpine roads, views of more mountains than we could imagine and slowly getting used to the high altitude we’ll have in Tibet, China.
From April to July 2016 we travelled with our Landcruiser from Switzerland across Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan to Kirgizstan. Approximately 15’000km. For more ample details and pics see our respective blogs.
After Pamir the long way to Dushanbe and the North of Tajikistan to be finally back to Osh.
The Pamir Highway and the Wakhan Valley – the 2 top must-have-seen-sights inTajikistan. High altitudes, few infrastructure and rather degraded roads. Without that – no fun on the top of the world. Sorry for that.
Kyrgyzstan – we move on discovering all these mountainous areas of the Tien Shan Mountains and the meadows in the Naryn Valley. Then we drive on to the western part on our way to Tajikistan.
Naryn, Kyrgystan: 7th May 2016
After having driven more than 8000km thru rather flat land we reach Kyrgyzstan. Famous for not having too much plains. Just mountains – up to more than 7000m altitude – among them Pic Lenin. And winding roads – leading up to passes of nearly 4000m.
A very golden smile receives us in most places in Uzbekistan. It’s considered fashionable and symbolises the wealth of the Silk Road.
Leaving Russia we cross western Kazakhstan to reach the north of Uzbekistan along the Silk Road. 2 quite different countries.
The Uzbek customs officer asks us how many days we’ve been waiting until finally arriving at his office. Monika tells him that we left Beyneu in Kazakhstan by 8am this morning. He’s pretty astonished.