One-month cycling trip in Kyrgyzstan

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Gerard Castellà
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One-month cycling trip in Kyrgyzstan

Postby Gerard Castellà » Tue Jun 09, 2015 4:45 pm

Hello,

I plan to do a one-month cycling trip in Kyrgyzstan, being Bishkek the starting and final point of the route. I will start on July 14th, and will carry a tent and a stove.

I started compiling information and reading blogs about cycling in Kyrgyzstan in order to set a possible route, so here is the draft I did: https://goo.gl/maps/gifQv .

What do you think? Any recommendations?

As for me, I have travelled by bicycle in South America, Africa, Europe and Indian Himalayas.

Thanks in advance.

Cheers,

Gerard
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Re: One-month cycling trip in Kyrgyzstan

Postby steven » Wed Jun 10, 2015 1:18 am

I am not a cyclist, but this route seems to follow an extended version of the route of the tour operators, so a good choice I think. This looks very enjoyable.
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Re: One-month cycling trip in Kyrgyzstan

Postby Txirugor » Thu Jun 11, 2015 5:15 pm

Hello,

Two years ago they were working on the road from Biskhek to Balichky. There is a highway and the old road. There was a lot of traffic in the north side of the lake Issyk Kul; it was dangerous to go by bike (similar to India); villages with many tourists.
The south part of the lake was quieter, with less traffic and less villages.
It's worth going to Song-kul lake. We didn't go because of the weather, but people who went by bike told us that although the road was unpaved, rough, at the top the scenary was very beautiful.

Good trip

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Re: One-month cycling trip in Kyrgyzstan

Postby Gerard Castellà » Fri Jun 12, 2015 7:26 am

Thanks for your information, Txirugor. I've also heard the North side of Yssyk Kul lake is not the most idyllic cycling region of the country.
Now I'm more concerned about cycling south near Torugart Pass, in At-Bashy mountains, and the 'border permit' you're supposed to have.
What it's not clear for me yet is if that permit is still required to follow the road north from Chatyr Kol crossing Bash-Kaiyindy, Birinchi May dir. Bosongo. As far as I know, alpinists and hikers do need that permit; however, I'm doubtful a passing vehicle also requires that. Any idea?

Just waiting to get an ITMB map from Kyrgyzstan soon...
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Re: One-month cycling trip in Kyrgyzstan

Postby steven » Sat Jun 13, 2015 2:05 am

I am not quite sure about the border permit and would also like to know. If you find out, please let us know here too. Thank you!
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Re: One-month cycling trip in Kyrgyzstan

Postby Gerard Castellà » Sat Jun 20, 2015 9:40 am

Thanks for your insights, guys.

I am now awaiting some news about the extension of the free 30-day visa in Kazakhstan running from July 15, 2014 to July, 15 2015 for EU countries (Spain, in my case), as another idea I was considering consisted of cycling from Bishkek to Almaty, then to Charyn Canyon NP and re-entering Kyrgyzstan through Karkaea Valley -hopefully open by July, 20 approx. Then cycle south-east dir. Jalal-Abad, visiting Song-Kul lake, Nayin, Baetov, Kazarman... More or less, something like this: https://goo.gl/maps/bu0Ah
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Re: One-month cycling trip in Kyrgyzstan

Postby yaaradror » Tue Aug 16, 2016 9:48 am

Hey! we are a couple heading for a month touring in Kyrgyzstan this October, and we wanted to know if you managed to do one of your plans and how was it?!?
Look amazing, and similar to what we are planning...
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