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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Summer 2014 Route: Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan

2014 Nexus Expedition Completed route

Bishkek, Osh (Kyrgyzstan) - Dushanbe (Tajikistan) 
Ishkashim (Afghanistan) - Samarqand,  Bukhara (Uzbekistan)

Nexus 2014 Summer Route



Kyrgyzstan section:  964 kms in 24 days
Tajikistan section: 1284 kms in 29 days
Uzbekistan section: 702 kms in 10 days
Total: 2950 kms in 63 cycling days



Kyrgyzstan Section
964 kms in 24 cycling days

In  the  Kyrgyz Republic (Kyrgyzstan), we first took the time to go tour around Lake Issyk.




We then started cycling south on M41 and passed the Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan Border at Bor - Dobo - Kyzyl Art Pass.


We cycled through the towns of Bishkek, Sokuluk, Belovodski, Kara Balta, Otmok, Toktogul, Torkent, Ketmen-Jöbö, Karaköl, Tash Kömur, Kochkor-Ata, Massy, Bazar-Korgon, Jalal-Abad, Ozgön and  Osh.

In Osh, we started cycling on the famous Pamir Highway (M41), also known as  the "Roof of the World", where we climbed  through mountain passes as high as 4600 meters (15,000 feet).

Click here for more information on the Pamir Highway.

On our way, we passed the towns of Gülchö, Sary Tash and finally crossed the border between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan at the Kyzyl Art Mountain Pass.


Kyrgyzstan Nexus Route






Tajikistan Section
1284 kms in 29 cycling days

We passed the Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan Border at Bor-Dobo - Kyzyl Art Pass.
In Tajikistan, we cycled through the Kyzyl Art Mountain Pass and the towns of Karakul’, Muzkol, Rabatakbaytal, Chechetky, Murgab, Karasu and Sasyk-Kel’.

Near Sasyk-Kel', we left the Pamir Highway, in order to to ride the southern Tajik Wakhan detour.
We then proceeded through the towns of Khargush, Lavangar, Vrang and finally reached the Tajik-Afghan border crossing in the town of Ishkashim.

After our "detour" in the Afghan Wakhan corridor, we proceeded through the Tajik towns of Khorog, Rushan, Dekh, Barawin-Tar, Qal'ai Kumb, Khost, Komsomol Abad, Obi Garm, Takhtakhamit, Fayzabad, Vahdat, Dushanbe, Gissar and finally crossed the border between Tajikistan and Uzbekistan at Denau – Tursunzade

 
Riding the Pamir Highway in Tajikistan
 
Click here to see the pictures we took in Tajikistan.

 

Tajikistan  Nexus Route







Afghanistan section
 

We were planning to enter Afghanistan  through the border crossing of Ishkashim in the Wakhan Corridor and spend a few days, visiting the Wakhan National Park.

Click here for more information on the Afghan Wakhan corridor

However, we had a few Tajik "administrative issues" which prevented us from being able to re-enter Tajikistan, after having gone in Afghanistan, therefore we decided against going to Afghanistan, even though we had both a 1 month visa which was issued by the Afghan consul at the consulate in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

Afghan Wakhan Corridor




 

Uzbekistan section
702 kms in 10 cycling days

We entered Uzbekistan through the border crossing of Denau – Tursanzade  and cycled through the towns of Sariasiya, Denau, Boysun, Karashina, Dehqanabad, Ghuzar, Qiziltepa, Shahrisabz, Kitab, Qaratepa, Kenagas, Samarkand, Charkin, Juma, Kattaqorghan, Aqtash, Ziyadin, Karmana, Qiziltepa and finally Bukhara.Click here for more information on the "Magic of Bukhara" .

Click here to see the pictures we took in Uzbekistan.

 

Nexus Uzbekistan Route





 




1 comment:

Jhony Bairstow said...

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