Mountain Biking Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan

Price from
US$ 3,250
Duration
13 Days/12 Nights
Distance
549 kilometres
Tour code
KAZ-KAZ
Next departure
02-Jul-2017
Number of Cycling Days 11 days
Average Distance Per Day: 46
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150 Km
Average Climbing Per Day: 987
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2,250 m
Total Cycling Distance 549 kilometres
Accommodation Included
Bike Hire We strongly urge you to bring your own mountain bike.
Single Supplement US$200
Child Pricing N/A

All About this Tour

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.

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Itinerary

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

We transfer to the Turgen River Gorge to start our ride fallowing the river and climb the Assy Pass to our campsite.

Day 3

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 4

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 5

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 6

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 7

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 8

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 9

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 10

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 11

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 12

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.

Day 13

A last look around Almaty, time to box up bikes before we transfer you to the airport for the flight home.

Additional journey information

Meets: Almaty
Ends: Almaty
Fly in to: Almaty International Airport (ALA)
Fly out of: Almaty International Airport (ALA)
Countries visited: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan
Minimum age: 18 (on scheduled departures)

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