Mountain Biking Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan
On this mountain bike tour in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan we take you off the grid and into the heart of the Tien Shan mountains that include the marble pyramid of Khan Tengri (6995 m) and Pobedy Peak (7439 m). Snow-capped mountains provide a stunning backdrop for our mountain biking trip through Kazakhstan's valleys with lush pastures and up to passes and plateaus that are teeming with grasslands and wildflowers. The only traffic will be the occasional horseman and we'll meet nomadic Kazakhs that have moved their flocks of sheep to high pastures.
We meet in the cosmopolitan city of Almaty that still has remnants of the Soviet era while evolving into a city with a distinctive European feel. We have walk around this leafy city before heading to the mountains and rivers. We start biking from the Turgen River Gorge and the landscape quickly changes from pine trees to open rolling grasslands. Everyday we'll bike up dirt roads to the top of passes, have adrenalin-inducing downhills and then camp next to rushing rivers as we weave our way to Karkara Valley. The highlight of our tour is two days heli-biking. We are flown to the lofty height of 3500 m and then have a daunting descent on single track and jeep dirt roads back to our camp. The adventure continues as we climb to the top of Mingtur Pass (3900m) and the Chon Ashy Pass (3820m) and descend into Kyrgyzstan.
This is a tough off road mountain biking tour as not only is the cycling challenging, we are riding at high altitudes and in extreme weather conditions. This all makes for a true adventure for those that want a unique biking experience with spectacular high mountain scenery.
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|Tour Cost||US$4,250||Single Supplement||US$475|
|Bike Hire||We strongly urge you to bring your own mountain bike.||Total Cycling Distance||613 kilometres|
|Tour Grade||out of 5||Number of Days||15 Days/14 Nights|
|Number of Cycling Days||11 days||Tour Meets||Almaty|
|Tour Ends||Almaty||Countries Visited||Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan|
|Group Size||Minimum 4. Maximum 12.||Minimum age on scheduled departures||18 years old|
- Day 1
- We'll pick you up from the airport and transfer you to our centrally located hotel in Almaty. In the late afternoon we'll meet up to assemble the bikes and gather for a welcome dinner.
- Day 2
- In the morning we'll go for a sightseeing tour and see some of the more than 120 fountains in the city. In the afternoon we have a three hour drive to our first camp at the Turgen River Gorge.
- Day 3
- We start riding today from our camp (1800 m) on a rough jeep track that follows the Turgen River to the end of the valley. We start to climb to the top of Assy Pass (2650 m), have views here of snow-capped peaks in the distance. Then we descend for 30 km following the Assy River.
- Day 4
- We have a short but tough climb to reach the lofty summit of Zhambas Pass at 3150 m. Once we've reached the top It's a long and exhilarating descent for 23 km along the Zheniska River. All the riding is off road.
- Day 5
- Today starts with a climb up but the switchbacks make the gradient easy. We traverse across the Kungey Alatau Mountains then a tough and rocky road leads us through a steep hillside that will test even the strongest of cyclists.
- Day 6
- Today we hit some tarmac as we follow the asphalt road from Saty village for 28 km to Zhalanash village (1700 m). The riding will be mostly flat today with a few undulations. We camp near the Kegen River.
- Day 7
- Today we enter into Kyrgyzstan riding through rolling grasslands on a good road to reach the beautiful Karkara Valley. This section was once part of the Silk Road. We spend the next three nights at Base Camp Karkara (2200 m).
- Day 8
- We'll be using the same helicopters the climbers use for our next two days of heli-biking! With our bikes onboard we fly up to 3500 metres and then make a unforgettable 1300 m descent on grasslands. Stopping inside a yurt we'll see how they live and have a taste of their local tea.
- Day 9
- Today we take the easy way up again, via our helicopter! We are dropped off on a high plateau with stunning views of the peaks of the Tien Shan mountains surrounding us. Afternoon is free to sweat it out at the traditional sauna at base camp.
- Day 10
- Today we say good bye to base camp and head up and over and down into the Koshkar valley. We'll have numerous river crossings today, so don't be afraid to get your feet wet. Our camp today is at 3000 m, the highest of the trip.
- Day 11
- Another day cycling off road through grasslands with snow capped peak as your back drop. A long descent takes us down to Krygztan and the Saary Zhaz River where we'll camp tonight.
- Day 12
- A roller coaster start of our riding day as we follow the Sary Zhaz River. Once we reach the top of Chon Ashy Pass (3820 m), we take a well-earned break to admire the view before we have a ballistic descent that takes us to down our riverside camp.
- Day 13
- Our route today on dirt roads will take us back to Kazakhstan. There will be climbs up and over many hills but soon we'll have a fast downhill that leads us to Karkara Base Camp.
- Day 14
- Our cycling has ended and today we'll meet our transport back to Almaty which takes about 7 hours. We stop en route for lunch at Charyn Canyon. Once in Almaty we check into our hotel and meet for a celebratory dinner.
- Day 15
- A last look around Almaty, time to box up bikes before we transfer you to the airport for the flight home.
Day 2 – Almaty – Batan Village Ride 49 km. +765 m/ -1,103 m.
Day 3 - Assy River Ride 47.4 km. +1,508 m/ -1,748 m.
Day 4 - Sary Bulak River Ride 26.3 km. +1,123 m/ -201 m.
Day 5 - Chilik River Ride 70.9 km. +1,288 m/ -1,954 m.
Day 6 - Kegen River Ride 74.9 km. +1,057 m/ -592 m.
Day 7 – Base Camp Karkara Ride 43.5 km. +101 m/ -1,270 m.
Day 8 - Base Camp Karkara heli-biking Ride 38.5 km. +1,488 m/ -317 m.
Day 9 - Base Camp Karkara heli-biking Ride 29 km. +494 m/ -479 m.
Day 10 - Kokzhar River Ride 53.2 km. +1,163 m/ -326 m
Day 11 - Saary Zhaz River Ride 28.8 km. +739 m/ -722 m.
Day 12 - Chon Ashy Pass Ride 103.6 km. +1,557 m/ -2,606 m.
Day 13 - Base Camp Karkara Ride 57.8 km. +965 m/ -706 m.
|Date||Availability||Price||Single Supplement||Bike Hire||Book|
|July 3, 2016||Available||USD 4,250.00||USD 475.00||USD 285.00|
|July 17, 2016||Available||USD 4,250.00||USD 475.00||USD 285.00|
|August 7, 2016||Available||USD 4,250.00||USD 475.00||USD 285.00|
|July 2, 2017||Available||USD 4,250.00||USD 475.00|
|July 16, 2017||Available||USD 4,250.00||USD 475.00|
|August 6, 2017||Available||USD 4,250.00||USD 475.00|
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