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by sakara
Thu Jan 12, 2017 5:09 am
Forum: Tajikistan
Topic: driver in Sary Tash or Karakul
Replies: 9
Views: 4060

driver in Sary Tash or Karakul

Hello
we intend to travel from Sary Tash to Karakul in about two weeks. We do not want to travel back to Osh to find a seat in a shared car. Does anyone know a driver either in Sary Tash or Murghab who can drive the way? Any other suggestions?
by sakara
Wed Jan 11, 2017 5:48 pm
Forum: Outdoor adventures
Topic: second hand skis in Bishkek
Replies: 5
Views: 2376

second hand skis in Bishkek

Does anyone know a place that sells 2nd hand skigear in Bishkek?
by sakara
Wed Jan 11, 2017 5:00 pm
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Registration in Russia
Replies: 7
Views: 4073

Re: Registration in Russia

Same experience.3 months in Russia 2016 from Murmansk to Vladiwostok. Including hotels, hostels, couchsurfing and wild camping. Although all hostels and hotels needed the passports only one gave us an officially looking registration slip (there were not used to foreigners). Noone ever wanted to see ...
by sakara
Wed Jan 11, 2017 4:18 am
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Irkeshtam pass report – Kashgar, Xinjiang to Sary Tash, Kyrgyzstan
Replies: 42
Views: 15684

Re: Irkeshtam pass report – Kashgar, Xinjiang to Sary Tash, Kyrgyzstan

Trip report: winter crossing kashgar - osh through irkeshtam pass 10.1.2016 Precondition: no bus on monday and thursday due to heavy snowfall. we are 2 swiss. I am fluent in russian and sort of ok (smalltalk) in chinese. time=beijing time Arrived at the bus station ( near railway station) at 9:30. w...
by sakara
Mon Jan 09, 2017 8:45 am
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Irkeshtam pass report – Kashgar, Xinjiang to Sary Tash, Kyrgyzstan
Replies: 42
Views: 15684

Re: Irkeshtam pass report – Kashgar, Xinjiang to Sary Tash, Kyrgyzstan

@b.b. thanks for your report. Why did you choose to fly? the 1000 RMB to Sary Tash that they offered you seems to be an ok price, and your flight also cost 150 usd. Off course from Sary Tash to Bishkek you d still have to spend some money, but you could have enjoyed all the scenery... In the end you...
by sakara
Sat Dec 24, 2016 3:09 pm
Forum: Itineraries & trip reports
Topic: Istanbul to Xian - how long?
Replies: 21
Views: 8085

Re: Istanbul to Xian - how long?

Hostelworld lists only very few places in xiinjiang (e.g 1in kasgar, 2 in urumqi). if you want absolutely to stay in internatonsl backpackerstyle hostels this is the way to do it. But in many towns theres just no such places (theres a reason for it, we've seen the last foreigner about 2weeks ago, st...
by sakara
Sun Dec 11, 2016 12:50 pm
Forum: Itineraries & trip reports
Topic: Istanbul to Xian - how long?
Replies: 21
Views: 8085

Re: Istanbul to Xian - how long?

small update about Ctrip and foreigners: maybe I was just lucky until now - it happened today with two hotels in Zhangye ;-)
by sakara
Sat Dec 10, 2016 7:45 am
Forum: Itineraries & trip reports
Topic: Istanbul to Xian - how long?
Replies: 21
Views: 8085

Re: Istanbul to Xian - how long?

Between Xian and Lanzhou there is no bullet train. There is on until Xian, and one after Lanzhou. Xiahe is nice, we`ve been there 3 days ago. You could also take the bus from Xiahe to Tongren and then rom Tongren to Xining - the route ise more beautifl then Lanzhou - Xiahe. The issue about ctrip hot...
by sakara
Fri Dec 09, 2016 10:29 am
Forum: Itineraries & trip reports
Topic: Istanbul to Xian - how long?
Replies: 21
Views: 8085

Re: Istanbul to Xian - how long?

Your thoughts about speaking russian in central Asia with 2nd language speakers are correct. Although I am fluent in russian, I find it still easier to speak to people in central asia. I am actually in Qinghai province in China, and interestingly it is the same with speaking Mandarin to Tibetans. Fo...
by sakara
Wed Nov 30, 2016 12:38 pm
Forum: Itineraries & trip reports
Topic: Istanbul to Xian - how long?
Replies: 21
Views: 8085

Re: Istanbul to Xian - how long?

Hey, considering your trip a few thoughts. Kazakhstan and Kyrgizstan will be visa free (according to caravanistan) for you. For Tajikistan and Azerbaijan you can get a e-visa. I guess Georgia and Turkey are visa free for you (I dont know it). So the only visas you ll need to get at an embassy are Ch...

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