Karkara valley (Kegen – Tup/Kensu) border

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Re: Karkara valley (Kegen – Tup/Kensu) border

Postby Dorothea » Thu May 11, 2017 12:12 pm

Hi guys,
We met an Australian cyclist near Charyn Canyon about 3 days ago. He came from Kyrgyzstan via the Karkara valley. So the border is definitely open now.
Happy travels!
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Re: Karkara valley (Kegen – Tup/Kensu) border

Postby BartNL » Wed May 17, 2017 5:46 pm

Thanks for the update, good to know it's open. If anyone wants to share a ride from the border to Karakol on May 27, shoot me a PM.
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Re: Karkara valley (Kegen – Tup/Kensu) border

Postby steven » Wed May 24, 2017 9:02 am

Here is another hitchhiking report: http://whitemonkeytravels.weebly.com/hi ... kegen.html
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Re: Karkara valley (Kegen – Tup/Kensu) border

Postby Cat » Sat Jun 03, 2017 3:45 am

Hi all,
Has anyone crossed the Karkara - Kegen border crossing (KGZ-KZ) in the last few weeks? We are on our way east from Bishkek into KZ and need info if the border is already open or not.
Thanks for your info!!
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Re: Karkara valley (Kegen – Tup/Kensu) border

Postby steven » Sat Jun 03, 2017 5:48 am

Hi Cat,

don't want to sound arrogant but you might want to read the posts others have made in this topic before asking. The 2 posts written before mine and yours answer your question. I have also already updated the border crossing page for Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, which should be your first port of call.

Thanks for reading.
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Re: Karkara valley (Kegen – Tup/Kensu) border

Postby Cat » Sat Jun 03, 2017 2:00 pm

Yep, stupid blind me..
I couldn't find the proper map showing the border crossings, even though I followed the link. Also the last posts I found earlier today were from 2016. I clearly see the recent posts now... So, sorry for being a pain and thank you for your quick info anyway!

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Re: Karkara valley (Kegen – Tup/Kensu) border

Postby reexyyl » Sat Jun 10, 2017 4:13 am

I crossed the border hitchhiking from Kyrgyzstan to Kazakhstan last Sunday.

From karakol I tried a different way :
- marshrutka Karakol to Ak Suu (15 som)
- shared taxi Ak suu to Jergalan through Ak Bulun (I paid 150 som)
- from Jergalan there is a little dirt road (13 km) leading to the main road to the border. Very light traffic, I walked for 45 minutes before a farming truck passes by. I jumped at the back and shared the rest of the journey with a donkey and a turkey :p
- at the main road, I just waited 5 minutes before some cool kazakhs guys pick me up. They drove me for free until 50km after Kegen.

After that, I hitchhiked to Saty and visited Kolsai lakes, quite easy.
For the way back from Saty, there is a marshrutka going to Almaty at 5:30am (with a transfer to shared taxi in Zhalanash). I took it and got out at the junction to Charyn Canyon. Not sure about the price, the guy from my homestay in Saty had told me 1000 tenge, the driver wanted 2000 and finally I paid 1600.

So I would really recommend this border crossing, it enables you to see some sights on the way and I had no problem with transportation.
About the way from Karakol to the border, it was a funny experience but definitely you should avoid it if you're in a hurry or don't want to walk
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Re: Karkara valley (Kegen – Tup/Kensu) border

Postby Invictus » Sat Jun 17, 2017 6:07 am

Does anyone want to share a taxi from Karakol to Kegen through Karkara valley on 20th or 21st June? After Kegen we will continue to Saty and Kolsay lakes. Whatsapp +3725236082 Sten Aavel, we are 2 people :)
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Re: Karkara valley (Kegen – Tup/Kensu) border

Postby dgustaf » Sat Jul 08, 2017 6:12 pm

Hi,
I see posts about going both ways over this crossing. But I just arrived in Almaty and got told by a staff member at my hostel that going from the Kazakh side to the Kyrgyz side is not possible now. I will try to find other sources tomorrow, but I'm obviously hoping this is not the case.

If there are more stories on this crossing in this direction, I'd be happy to hear them. I will also update as I get more info.
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Re: Karkara valley (Kegen – Tup/Kensu) border

Postby royd3n » Sat Jul 08, 2017 6:34 pm

we did it about 3 weeks ago, you will be lucky if somebody is willing to 'smuggle' you from kegen/karkara village over to the next town in Kyrgyz.

We took a shared taxi from almaty >> kegen >> a one way taxi to the border (all asking 3000tenge), you probably can try to hitch from kegen/karkara village >> cross the border >> smile at the side of the road with your thumbs up, we were lucky that in less than 5 mins, a kazakh family took us all the way to karakol and refuse to take any money from us, i feel bad i do not have any gifts with me from my country. In any case if you are very unlucky, there are people at the border that are willing to send you to the next village or even karakol, money talks.

All the best!
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