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.
We transfer to the Turgen River Gorge to start our ride fallowing the river and climb the Assy Pass to our campsite.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our cycling has ended and today we'll meet our transport back to Almaty which takes about 6 hours. We stop en route for lunch at Charyn Canyon. Once in Almaty we check into our hotel and meet for a celebratory dinner.
A last look around Almaty, time to box up bikes before we transfer you to the airport for the flight home.