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by Julia
Sat Sep 14, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Kazakhstan
Topic: Viewing a Baikonur launch from outside of the restricted area?
Replies: 6
Views: 256

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

The reason why the tours are expensive is that Baikonur wasn't meant to be a tourist's attraction. They could make Baikonur completely closed and unavailable for visitors. Like there are other objects not available for tourists but could be interesting if the authorities opened them. At least Baikon...
by Julia
Fri Sep 13, 2019 3:58 pm
Forum: Kazakhstan
Topic: Viewing a Baikonur launch from outside of the restricted area?
Replies: 6
Views: 256

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

Hugh wrote:Man, I'd love to see a launch! 😃

How much does it cost to go inside?


You need to buy a tour from one of the Baikonur tour companies.
The advertisings I saw were about $800 - $1000 per person. Need to apply about 50 days before the dates of your visit.
by Julia
Thu Sep 12, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Silk Road Planning Advice
Replies: 8
Views: 565

Re: Silk Road Planning Advice

So much information Julia, thanks. I like the sound of the way that you travelled independently and am pleased to hear that you felt safe during your trip. I'm not sure I could learn Russian but would definitely try to pick up as many tourist-useful phrases of the country that I was visiting. It al...
by Julia
Thu Sep 12, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Kazakhstan
Topic: Viewing a Baikonur launch from outside of the restricted area?
Replies: 6
Views: 256

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. I...
by Julia
Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Itineraries & trip reports
Topic: 2 months trip through Central Asia September-November?
Replies: 8
Views: 297

Re: 2 months trip through Central Asia September-November?

I see your point now.
Sorry, it wasn't clear for me from the initial post.
I didn't go to Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan in late autumn because of the reasons you mentioned. Only travel there during summer.
Hopefully somebody will share their experiences about travelling there in autumn.
by Julia
Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: Itineraries & trip reports
Topic: 2 months trip through Central Asia September-November?
Replies: 8
Views: 297

Re: 2 months trip through Central Asia September-November?

And I don't think Mongolia is warmer than Kyrgyzstan or Tajikistan. Should be the same if not colder. If you want something warmer better to travel to the South, maybe Iran (you mentioned) or something. Kyrgyzstan looks ok at the beginning of autumn. But as you're going to Tajikistan afterwards, not...
by Julia
Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: Itineraries & trip reports
Topic: 2 months trip through Central Asia September-November?
Replies: 8
Views: 297

Re: 2 months trip through Central Asia September-November?

Hi. I saw so called night trains from Astana to Almaty on Kazakh railway website. They take longer than a night. About 13 - 18 hours depending on a train. Some trains make less stops and faster. So they leave from Astana early evening or later evening and arrive to Almaty the next morning or around ...
by Julia
Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: General
Topic: Silk Road Planning Advice
Replies: 8
Views: 565

Re: Silk Road Planning Advice

Hi. I travelled independently around Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. Organized transportation and accommodation myself, booked trains, negotiated with taxi drivers, booked hotels and apartments for myself. Sometimes hitchhiked and stayed with locals I met on my way for free as a g...
by Julia
Wed Sep 04, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Outdoor adventures
Topic: Trekking in Alay, Kyrgyzstan: Questions and trek reports
Replies: 6
Views: 1534

Re: Trekking in Alay, Kyrgyzstan: Questions and trek reports

Hi Kanter

Thanks for the hike report. Do you have a gpx trek of that hike?
by Julia
Wed Sep 04, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: Itineraries & trip reports
Topic: A trip to Tajikistan - need some help
Replies: 3
Views: 185

Re: A trip to Tajikistan - need some help

Some experienced hikers were there in the beginning of October two years ago. They have a blog but in Russian. From their report Allaudin lakes, Dushaha lake and other lakes in that area are possible for hiking in early October. But if you plan hike through passes expect lots of snow. Also it's cold...

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