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.
After a few days in Ukraine we drive on to Russia. Another 1500km to reach Kazakhstan. Despite all we may read in our newspapers we find a quite neat and organised country.
On 11th April we finally receive our passports with the visa for Uzbekistan – about a week later than expected. So no problem, but the need to leave immediately towards Ukraine.
The 1st week of April we are definitely ready to start our journey to the east. Our visa service in Germany has confirmed that they sent our passports some 3 days ago; the car is more or less cleaned and definitely packed.