Join this self-powered caravan through ancient Asian empires along the world’s most famous trading route
Our 13,000 kilometre self-powered caravan begins in Beijing, China, the political and cultural centre of China and follows the northern Silk Route across mysterious lands, fiery deserts, and forbidding mountains. Almost 20 weeks later we arrive in faraway Istanbul, the majestic capital of Byzantium, the Roman Empire, the Ottomans and now the Republic of Turkey.
Starting in Beijing's historic centre, we’ll follow the Silk Route northwest before dropping back south in Central Asia. Included are visits to four destinations definitely off the beaten track - enigmatic Iran where we will marvel at that country's Persian past, the Pamir Highway in Tajikistan where we will climb to over 4600 meters and cycle across the 'Roof of the World', mysterious Kazakhstan where we will pedal through the immense steppes, the site of Soviet nuclear tests and successful space landings, and distant Mongolia, where riders will cycle along ancient trading routes through the vast steppes and meet the country's friendly nomadic people, experiencing their age old traditions.
As a Silk Route participant, you will ride to the mystical Central Asian cities of Samarqand, Bukhara, and Merv, and camp amongst the stunning meadows, rivers and peaks of Kyrgyzstan. There are points where quietness pervades, and where the original travellers of the Silk Route seem to be just beyond the next hill, beckoning you further along this arduous trek. Time and time again, you will be amazed at the layers of history emerging from the sand, shake your head at all that has been lost and take heart from all that is being preserved and created.
Each group of Silk Route riders are enriched by an intricate knowledge of ancient lands crossed, the inspiration that comes from sharing a grand adventure with new friends and fellow nomads, and the inner peace that comes with meeting a life-changing challenge head on. Whether you are lured by the chance to stay in timeless caravanserais and shop in bazaars that have thrived for thousands of years, or have dreamt of traveling 'the Golden Road,' we look forward to having you join us on this unforgettable journey.