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Khans and Kazakhs
Tour Location
Country:
Kazakhstan, Russia
From:
Gorno-Altaysk
To:
Almaty
Tour Information
Guiding:
Hosted (Ride Leader)
Support:
Vehicle Support
Duration:
16 days
Level:
Moderate-Advanced
Terrain:
Mixed On/Off Road
Tour Language:
English
Cost From:
USD 3125
Tour Distance & Dates
Distance:
1905 Km
Riding Days:
14
Daily Average:
136 Km
Month(s):
Jun, Jul
Departure:
June 18 - July 3, 2018
Tour Operator:
TDA Global Cycling
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Khans and Kazakhs

This section takes the riders through some little-visited regions of the world.

16 Days Moderate-Advanced 1905 KmAVG 136 Km

From the capital of the Russian Altai Republic, the Silk Route cyclists will pedal north towards the friendly city of Biysk before veering off southwest towards the Kazakhstan border.

The route there will take the riders through a variety of small, traditional Siberian villages where they will experience the inhabitants’ legendary hospitality, as well as exchanging some intoxicating toasts with the villagers to celebrate their passage.

The cyclists will now enter the isolated nation of Kazakhstan. Although it is the 9th largest country in the world, few people know much about it other than it being the main location for Soviet nuclear tests and the headquarters of their space programme. Riders will soon discover that there is so much more to this ethnically diverse country.

A rest day in the historic town of Semey will allow riders to explore its collection of Tsarist architecture, the Dostoevsky Museum (he was exiled here) and learn about how the town was the effected by the 456 Soviet nuclear tests conducted from 1949 – 89 at the nearby Semipalatinsk Test Site.

From Semey, the Silk Route heads south through the sparsely populated, windswept landscape of Eastern Kazakhstan before washing up in Usharal where the cyclists can enjoy a trip to beautiful Lake Alakol. The cyclists now spin towards Almaty, a cosmopolitan city beautifully set in the foothills of the spectacular Tian Shin Mountains, and the end to this intriguing section. Along the way they will have the opportunity to look for the elusive Kazak petroglyphs and enjoy a warm swim in Lake Kapchagai, a popular resort destination for the locals.
Accommodation
Camping, Hotel / Guesthouse
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