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by phil.on.wheels
Fri Jul 05, 2024 1:18 pm
Forum: Cycling
Topic: Bike parts in Dushanbe from Moscow
Replies: 5
Views: 5676

Re: Bike parts in Dushanbe from Moscow

Just had a genuine Shimano 9s chain shipped from Moscow to Green House Hostel, Dushanbe in 3 days. Would recommend this service to anyone looking for specific bike parts if you're passing through Dushanbe.
by phil.on.wheels
Mon Jul 01, 2024 11:46 am
Forum: Tajikistan
Topic: Anzob pass (not tunnel): open?
Replies: 10
Views: 5833

Re: Anzob pass (not tunnel): open?

I successfully made it over the pass on my bike this morning, 1st July, going north to south. There were a few patches of snow near the top on the north side that approached the middle of the road, but there was never less than about 4 feet between the snow and the edge. A lot of rockfall in the roa...
by phil.on.wheels
Wed Jun 12, 2024 2:07 pm
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Border crossing reports: Tajen (UZ - KAZ)
Replies: 49
Views: 25694

Re: Border crossing reports: Tajen (UZ - KAZ)

Just crossed from Kazakhstan to Uzbekistan here with my bike. The whole process took about 90 minutes, and taught me a lot about the differences between queueing in Central Asia and Britain, where it is something of national pride... On the Kazakhstan side of passport control, just leave your bike n...
by phil.on.wheels
Mon Jun 03, 2024 3:56 pm
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Border crossing reports: Cildir/Aktas-Kartsakhi (Turkey-Georgia)
Replies: 22
Views: 16696

Re: Border crossing reports: Cildir/Aktas-Kartsakhi (Turkey-Georgia)

UK passport, quick and easy to pass from Turkey to Georgia on my bicycle. I decided to chance wild camping on the eastern shore of the lake near the birdwatching huts, as I passed through the border as the sun was setting, but had a visit from the border police about an hour after it got dark. They ...
by phil.on.wheels
Mon May 27, 2024 4:47 am
Forum: Cycle buddies
Topic: Cycling Central Asia, starting Aktau 8th Jun
Replies: 0
Views: 790

Cycling Central Asia, starting Aktau 8th Jun

Hi! My name is Phil, I'm a bike tourer from the UK. I'm currently in Turkey riding my bike towards Tbilisi, where I'll fly to Aktau to start riding across central asia, aiming to end up in Pakistan before flying home. I'm currently aiming to fly from Tbilisi on the 7th June. Reply here or DM me if y...
by phil.on.wheels
Sat May 18, 2024 9:44 am
Forum: Visas & embassy reports
Topic: Tajikistan evisa rejected - what to do next?
Replies: 2
Views: 699

Re: Tajikistan evisa rejected - what to do next?

Get in touch with Khudoguy (Khudik) through the link on the Caravanistan website page on the Tajikistan visa (takes you to their "custom tours" form, just write a bit about how you need Tajik visa help and they'll put you in touch). I was rejected with my first application, my second with Khudoguy's...
by phil.on.wheels
Wed May 08, 2024 4:11 pm
Forum: Visas & embassy reports
Topic: Pakistan E-visa Q&A
Replies: 126
Views: 72796

Re: Pakistan E-visa Q&A

Just granted a tourist evisa for cycling the KKH independently, entering from China in August. I applied 2nd May. I added booking confirmation for hotels in Sost and Islamabad, and the addresses (no bookings) for a few hotels in cities in between in the Area of Stay section. No flights or LOI. I was...
by phil.on.wheels
Fri May 03, 2024 2:38 pm
Forum: Tajikistan
Topic: Tajikistan E-visa Q&A
Replies: 567
Views: 139641

Re: Tajikistan E-visa Q&A

I applied again last night with a LOI from Discover The Pamirs agency (fast response via WhatsApp, 30 USD via Wise). The guys at Caravanistan had also put me in touch with Khudoguy after I sent an enquiry about visa support through the online form for custom tours on the website. He offered 100% app...
by phil.on.wheels
Thu May 02, 2024 1:58 pm
Forum: Tajikistan
Topic: Tajikistan E-visa Q&A
Replies: 567
Views: 139641

Re: Tajikistan E-visa Q&A

I'm also having the same issue as above, with the following being requested: "Please attach a petition letter/verbal note from the travel company that invites you". This was after requests for a scanned passport and copies of travel information, similar to AndreasP. Seems like this might be new? I ...