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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: 1325

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: 1304

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: 1304

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: 1304

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: 3114

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: 8
Views: 2993

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: 6
Views: 1163

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...
by Julia
Sun Sep 01, 2019 1:27 pm
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Korday border crossing reports (Almaty-Bishkek)
Replies: 13
Views: 6179

Re: Korday border Kazakhstan

Hi. Couple of years ago there were shared taxis from the crossroads (so called Boogor or Bugor, Бугор in Russian). Cost about 1500 tenge per person to go to Shu. Mostly during the day before 6 pm. Boogor (Бугор) is the crossroads in Korday village where local taxis to other towns were waiting. It's ...
by Julia
Sun Aug 25, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: Kazakhstan
Topic: Altyn Emel Q&A
Replies: 25
Views: 6903

Re: Altyn Emel Q&A

Hi! I just spoke to some friends from kazakhstan and they told me I can get a permit for Altyn Emel NP directly at the park office in Basshi (as I'm not passing through Almaty so that would make my life easier). Anybody that can confirm that? Thank you! Right, Basshi park office is a place where us...
by Julia
Tue Aug 13, 2019 4:41 am
Forum: Kyrgyzstan
Topic: Adjusting to the altitude before Song Kol trek
Replies: 4
Views: 1040

Re: Adjusting to the altitude before Song Kol trek

Hi. Keep in mind that it's dry continental climate here. And usually people adjust to higher altitudes easier in dry climates. I don't know how reliable info I read but according to it altitude sickness can begin at about 1500 m for humid climate and 2500 - 3000 m for dry climate. Kochkor is much be...