Karakoram Highway to Kyrgyzstan
An adventure filled journey through three fascinating Asian countries where you will encounter outstanding, varied natural beauty
The legendary KKH to Kyrgyzstan itinerary offers stunning scenic biking with the chance to experience the contrasting cultures and lifestyles of Pakistan, China and Kyrgyzstan.
We begin with a dramatic flight from Islamabad to Gilgit by turbo prop plane around Nanga Parba at 8,125m; the sharp triangle of K-2, the second highest mountain in the world, is clearly visible on the horizon. From Gilgit we cycle the Bagrote Valley at the heart of the Karakorum Mountains, and Dubani to the south east. riding narrow road to summer pastures passing beautiful terraced fields and meadows where crops and orchards are irrigated by water channels from the Barchi and Hinarchi glaciers and mountain snow. We visit school and community projects supported by redspokes and our partner charity LVCF, receiving a warm village welcome. We journey onwards to Shimshal, the highest settlement in the Hunza valley, cycling back down the pass on thrilling mountain road.
You will revel in the striking beauty of Northern Pakistan's snow-capped Karakoram mountain range (with its peaks at 7,000-8,000m) and glacial river valleys characterised by distinctive black rocks and the world's largest non-Polar glaciers.
We leave Pakistan crossing the Khunjerab Pass. The Khunjerab is known as the highest paved international border crossing in the world at an elevation of 4,693 meters.
In the autonomous region of Xinjian Uyghur in Western China we visit the city of Tashkurgan, named after 1400-year-old stone (tash) fortifications (kurgan) and home to an ethnic Tajik community. We cycle along vast valley basins, passing lakes and ascending mountain passes enjoying views of the stunning north side of the Muztagh Ata Massif (Father of Ice Mountains at 7,546m). We camp in traditional summer yurts. We enjoy a rest day in Kashgar with time to sightsee and visit the largest outdoor traders’ market in the world.
Last but not least, on our cycling tour is enigmatic Kyrgyzstan a land of distinctive wide plains and grass-clad mountains (90% of the country lies above 1,000 m). We encounter semi-nomadic horsemen and shepherds tending to their flocks on an unparalleled off-road cycling route. You will visit Issyk Kul. the second largest alpine lake in the world, before finally discovering the delights of Kyrgyz capital Bishkek.
- North West
- 22 Days
- More Options:
- Go custom or private|Point to Point
- Tour Language:
- Cost From:
- GBP 2475
Tour Distance & Dates
- 1050 Km
- Riding Days:
- 7 Sep 2019
10 May, 6 Sep 2020
Double Occupancy / Twin Share
Single Supplement: £375
Back-up vehicle, either a jeep or truck
Accommodation in hotels and guesthouses or camping.
Most of the food is provided
All transportation and local guides within Pakistan
International or internal flights
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