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by jacoblab1
Fri Sep 13, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: Kazakhstan
Topic: Viewing a Baikonur launch from outside of the restricted area?
Replies: 6
Views: 284

Re: Viewing a Baikonur launch from outside of the restricted area?

Hi. I've done that. Watched a rocket launch from about 30 km away. Or maybe a bit closer because we took a car and drove from the railroad/road to the steppe closer to the launch point. But still were far from it. My opinion it doesn't worth it. It wasn't too bad though. We saw a long bright tail. ...
by jacoblab1
Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: Kazakhstan
Topic: Viewing a Baikonur launch from outside of the restricted area?
Replies: 6
Views: 284

Viewing a Baikonur launch from outside of the restricted area?

Hey everyone! I'm currently in Almaty, and trying to figure out if it's worth heading to Baikonur to try and view the Soyuz launch on September 25th. It's far too expensive to actually join a tour, but I was wondering if anybody has tried to just take a train to Tyuratam (Kazakh town right beside Ba...
by jacoblab1
Sun Aug 18, 2019 3:07 pm
Forum: Afghanistan
Topic: Afghanistan (Kandahar, Kabul, Bamiyan) Solo female backpacker (no tour) – Trip Report
Replies: 5
Views: 808

Re: Afghanistan (Kandahar, Kabul, Bamiyan) Solo female backpacker (no tour) – Trip Report

Great report Marsha!! Very informative and helpful.

I'm glad you had a good time there :) now I want to see your photos!
by jacoblab1
Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: Afghanistan
Topic: Chinese Road Through the Wakhan Corridor?
Replies: 1
Views: 1111

Re: Chinese Road Through the Wakhan Corridor?

An update on this interesting topic - I was in the Little Pamir in early July and ran into some Afghan engineers working on a road there. They've already created a portion of it in the Little Pamir, and are now doing surveys on the area between Sarhad and Bozai Gumbaz. Here are a few photos I took o...
by jacoblab1
Mon Aug 12, 2019 8:40 am
Forum: Mongolia
Topic: Mongolia in 10 days... Is it worth?
Replies: 5
Views: 297

Re: Mongolia in 10 days... Is it worth?

Travelling on your own in Mongolia with 10 days definitely isn't easy - most attractions don't really have any sort of public transport going to them. I had three weeks there, and I still opted for a group tour organized through a hostel in Ulaanbaatar. The budget group tours aren't exactly like a n...
by jacoblab1
Fri Aug 09, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: Outdoor adventures
Topic: Buying a water filter in Almaty or Tashkent?
Replies: 5
Views: 239

Re: Buying a water filter in Almaty or Tashkent?

I don't bother with a filter while travelling. Consider just buying some purification tablets - cheap, lightweight, and you can buy them at most pharmacies.
by jacoblab1
Fri Aug 09, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Khunjerab Pass (China-Pakistan border) Q&A
Replies: 20
Views: 2128

Re: Khunjerab Pass (China-Pakistan border) Q&A

I crossed Khunjerab Pass from Pakistan to China in early June. It was a long day, but in the end I made it. Like at other Xinjiang border crossings, prepare to spend a few hours having your electronics inspected. For a detailed report/guide and some photos, check out this blog post I wrote up on the...
by jacoblab1
Thu Jul 25, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: Afghanistan
Topic: Wakhan Corridor - Solo trekking to Chaqmaqtin Lake (report & guide)
Replies: 4
Views: 542

Re: Wakhan Corridor - Solo trekking to Chaqmaqtin Lake (report & guide)

blakep76 wrote:Great info and photos on your blog post - thanks, Jacob!


Thanks Blake! Glad you like it :)
by jacoblab1
Wed Jul 24, 2019 10:56 am
Forum: Afghanistan
Topic: Wakhan Corridor - Solo trekking to Chaqmaqtin Lake (report & guide)
Replies: 4
Views: 542

Wakhan Corridor - Solo trekking to Chaqmaqtin Lake (report & guide)

Hey everyone - I just got back from two weeks in the Wakhan Corridor. I did the trek to Chaqmaqtin Lake (low route both ways). I hiked completely solo, no donkeys or anything. I did some meal planning in Dushanbe and made sure that I'd have enough food for the days where I'd be alone on the low rout...
by jacoblab1
Mon Jul 15, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Kyzylart - Bor Dobo border crossing (Murghab-Sary Tash)
Replies: 43
Views: 20866

Re: Kyzylart - Bor Dobo border crossing (Murghab-Sary Tash)

It's not closed, I crossed two days ago and it was perfectly normal.

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