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Karakum Crossing
Tour Location
Country:
Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
From:
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
To:
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Tour Information
Support:
Vehicle Support
Duration:
17 days
Level:
Moderate-Advanced
Terrain:
Mixed On/Off Road
Tour Language:
English
Cost From:
USD 3350
Tour Distance & Dates
Distance:
1347 Km
Riding Days:
13
Daily Average:
104 Km
Month(s):
Aug
Departure:
August 5 - August 21, 2018
Tour Operator:
TDA Global Cycling
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Karakum Crossing

You will explore buildings with histories spanning thousands of years and sights seemingly drawn from the medieval tales of flying carpets and 1001 Nights.

17 Days Moderate-Advanced 1347 KmAVG 103 Km

Leaving Dushanbe we pedal alongside the Turkistan Range and the Zeravshan river, over passes, and through a vertical world of towering peaks to Penjikent and then onto our next country, Uzbekistan.

From the Uzbekistan border it’s a day’s ride through the Uzbek countryside to legendary Samarqand, where our eyes will feast on the minarets and domes of Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, as written about by James Elroy Flecker in The Golden Journey to Samarqand. From one magical place we cycle towards another; Central Asia’s holiest city of Bukkhara. Here you will explore buildings with histories spanning thousands of years and sights seemingly drawn from the medieval tales of flying carpets and 1001 Nights.

Departing Bukkhara, we ride south towards the ancient city of Merv, once one of the most important centres of the Islamic world and today a World Heritage site. In the nearby modern city of Mary, we will recuperate from the heat of the Turkmen desert and visit the restored mausoleum of Sultan Sanjar, ruler of the Seljuk Empire. Turning west we continue through this unusual and spiritual land, inhabited by people of proud traditions, magnificent Ahal Tekke horses and vast natural beauty. Before long, we will reach Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan and a spectacle that must be seen to believed.

Please note that this section begins in Tajikistan, but we cross the border into Uzbekistan on the first riding day. To avoid arranging a Tajik visa in advance, you may wish to consider starting 6 days later in Samarqand, Uzbekistan. Please contact our office and they can help you make the necessary arrangements.
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