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Karakoram Highway to Kyrgyzstan

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 20 day(s)
Group Size: 8 - 16 people
Destination(s): Pakistan   China   Kyrgyzstan  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring  
Season: May - September
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1595 Pound Sterling (GBP)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1695 Pound Sterling (GBP)

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Islamabad to Gilgit. Fly or drive to Gilgit. The flight is weather dependent, about one third of flights are cancelled, some at the last moment. If this is the case we will go by coach. The flight must be one of the most exciting in the world. The small Fokker Friendship plane flies around Nanga Parba 8,125 m. The pilot sometimes invites passengers into the cockpit to see some of Pakistan's 82 peaks over 7,000 m, which stretch, range after range, as far as the eye can see. The sharp triangle of K-2, the second highest mountain in the world, is clearly visible on the horizon.
- Gilgit Altitude: 1,500 m
- Accommodation: Hotel
- Meals Included: Lunch and dinner.

Day 2: Gilgit. We spend the day relaxing in Gilgit. People have the option of visiting the incredible Kargah Buddha, a three metres high Buddha which was carved half way up a cliff-face in the seventh century. A 10-minute walk from here is the Shuko, where a Buddhist birch-bark text (now called the Gilgit manuscripts) that was found in 1931. The manuscripts are now divided among museums in London, Rome, Delhi and Karachi.
- Gilgit Altitude: 1,500 m
- Accommodation: Hotel
- Meals Included: Breakfast and dinner.

Day 3: Gilgit to Manipin. Not long after we leave Gilgit we cross one of the longest suspension bridges in Asia, spanning an impressive 180 metres. The road climbs slowly, passing a few small villages before we start to witness the huge spiral of Rakaposhi looming in the distance. The road goes so close to its base that it is hidden most of the way. It is only when we arrive at our small family guesthouse at Manipin that we really witness the true beauty of Rakaposhi.
- Manipin Altitude: 2,020 m
- Cycle distance: 80 km
- Accommodation: Guest house
- Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 4: Manipin to Karimabad. The Karakoram highway (KKH) is at its most spectacular between Ghulmit and Gulmit. The road rides high on the eastern side of the river, twisting and turning around the barren foot of the Hispar Range, which boasts six peaks over 7,000 metres. On the opposite bank, villages cling implausibly to the side of the 7,388 m Ultar Mountain. Above, the jagged teeth along the ridge hide the highest snow-covered peaks from view. A short but spectacular day to Karimabad, the capital of Hunza.
- Karimabad Altitude: 2,440 m
- Cycle distance: 31 km
- Accommodation: Hotel
- Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 5: Karimabad. A rest day, but with so much to see in this enchanting village, it is unlikely that you will get much rest. Highlights are a visit to the 13th Century Baltit Fort or a visit to see the Sacred Rocks of Hunza. For the really adventuress amongst you a trek up to Hon will give you incredible views across the whole of the Nagar valley.
- Karimabad Altitude: 2,440 m
- Accommodation: Hotel
- Meals Included: Breakfast.

Day 6: Karimabad to Passu. As we leave Karimabad the road drops down to the village of Ganesh before a fairly hard 15 km climb. Remember anytime you have had enough, just wait around for the back-up vehicle. Just after lunch we pass the village of Gulmit, where right next to the road we see the rock and gravel covered Ghulkin Glacier. The road then climbs for another 8 km with intermittent glimpses of glaciers, precipices and gleaming white peaks. We finish the day with a 10 km descent to Passu, which brings us directly in front of the incredible Passu Glacier where we well stop for 2 nights.
- Passu Altitude: 2,400 m
- Cycle distance: 53 km
- Accommodation: Guest house
- Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 7: Passu. Today you can rest, recuperate and absorb the magic of this dramatic area, or you can take a guide and hike to Batura Glacier, said to be the world's largest outside the Polar region (spanning 60 km). Another option is a half-day expedition to Dut in the stunning Shimshal Valley, truly a beautiful days riding.
- Passu Altitude: 2,400 m
- Cycle distance to Dut: 30 km
- Accommodation: Guest house
- Meals Included: Breakfast and dinner

Day 8: Passu to Sust. A short and relaxing days ride to Sust, the last town before China. We should arrive mid-afternoon giving us time to look around this interesting little village.
- Sust Altitude: 2,750 m
- Cycle distance: 40 km
- Accommodation: Guest house
- Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 9: Sust to Barkhum. The big one! Today we start a two-day climb to the top of the Khunjerab Pass (Altitude is the challenge here not distance). On our first day the road climbs 900 metres through deep gorges high above the Khunjerab River. Camp is set up at Barkhum 35 km before the pass.
- Barkhum Altitude: 3,650 m
- Cycling distance: 55 km
- Accommodation: Camping
- Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 10: Barkhum to Tashkurgan. We start after an early breakfast with a relatively easy 18 km climb, the hard part is the last 17 km of switch backs to the top of this 4730 metre pass. It was only in 1986 that tourists were allowed to cross the Kunjerab Pass. It is the highest border in the world, separating not just 2 countries but 2 of the world's major mountain ranges, the Pamir and the Karakoram. From the pass we have to transfer to Tashkurgan. A few years ago the Chinese decided not to allow cyclists along the 130 km to Tashkurgan.
- Tashkurgan Altitude: 3,200 m
- Cycle distance: 35 km
- Accommodation: Hotel
- Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch.

Day 11: Taskurgen to Lake Camp in Yurt. Another fantastic day as we cycle to Kara Kul. This is a long and challenging day with some amazing views in probably the most spectacular part of western China. For the first 40 km there is a gentle incline, the road then winds its way through the Tagharma basin where you get the first views of the stunning north side of the Muztagh Ata Massif (Father of Ice Mountains. 7,546 m high). Wind can be strong up here but usually it's a tail wind. The road then gets steeper for the last 32 km to the top of the 4200-metre pass. After we cross the pass it's a 30 km blast downhill, depending which way the wind blows! We finish the day with 20 km flat ride to our camp by the lake.
Kara Kul Altitude: 3,200 m
-Cycle distance: 95 km
-Accommodation: Yurt
-Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 12: Yurts to Kashgar

In the morning Tajik nomads can often be spotted in the area, their horses, yaks and bactrian camels grazing around the lake. With the 7546m high Mt Mustagh Ata and the 7720m Mt Kongur in the background you'll be in no hurry to leave. But what a day we have in front of us, we can now enjoy a day of downhill riding, the route drops around 1800m down the Ghez River canyon and through dramatic glacier mountains. From Ghez you have a choice, either transfer to Kashgar or cycle the last 105 km, the road is flat but the head wind can be strong.
- Kashgar Altitude: 1,600 m
- Cycle distance: 90 km or 195 km
- -Accommodation: Hotel
- Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch.

Day 13: Kashgar. A rest day in Kashgar the most famous market town in Central Asia. This was an important hub on the Old Silk Road, a vibrant Islamic centre positioned at the foot of the Pamir Mountains, commanding access to the high glacial passes of the Silk Road routes into Central Asia, India and Persia.
- Kashgar Altitude: 1,600 m
- Accommodation: Hotel
- Meals Included: Breakfast.

Day 14: Kashgar to Tash-Rabat. An early start as we transfer across the Torugart Pass (3752 m) and into Kyrgyzstan. Some spectacular scenery as we pass the stunning Chatyr Kul lake before we reach Tash-Rabat. This small yurt village is part of a well-developed network of Community Based Tourism (CBT) initiatives which have helped the local economy and gives travellers a great insight into a traditional way of life, unchanged over the centuries.
- Tash-Rabat Altitude: 2,620 m
- Accommodation: Yurt
- Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 15: Tash-Rabat to Naryn. The lush green pastures and snow-capped mountains of the Tian Shan Mountains are a pleasant change from the red desert on the Chinese side of the border. As we descend towards Naryn we will pass encampments of Yurts that are dotted all over this wild landscape. We will end the day camping in a high alpine pasture surrounded by stunning snow covered peaks.
- Naran Altitude: 2,062 m
- Cycling distance: 80 km
- Accommodation: Guest house
- Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 16: Naryn to Kochkor. Kyrgyzstan is probably the most beautiful of all the Central Asian countries. You will witness this today as we cycle past some small farming communities and nomadic shepherds as we make our way to the last pass. At just over 3,000 metres the Dolon Pass shouldn't be too difficult. A long downhill ride through a wide fertile valley takes us to Kochkor, where we will stop for the night.
- Kochkor Altitude: 1,840 m
- Cycling distance: 80 km
- Accommodation: Guest house
- Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 17: Kochkor to Bishkek. Our last day's cycle takes us to Issyk Kul, the second largest mountain lake in the world after Lake Titicaca. With the Tian Shan Mountains as its backdrop, its a fantastic location to finish a wonderful ride. After lunch we will transfer the group to Bishkek.
- Bishkek Altitude: 760 m
- Cycling distance: 58 km
- Accommodation: Hotel
- Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch.

Day 18: Bishkek. Rest day, time to pack the bikes up, then spend time exploring this laid-back picturesque city.
- Bishkek Altitude: 760 m
- Accommodation: Hotel
- Meals Included: Breakfast and dinner.

Day 19: Home. An early morning transfer to the airport for the morning flight home. Flights to London arrive into Heathrow around 13:00 hrs.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- All accommodation will be in hotels or guesthouses. We choose accommodation on the basis of comfort rather than luxury. Our prices are based on sharing a twin room; single rooms are available at extra cost.
- Most of the food is provided on the tour. Pakistani food is similar to northern India but generally less spicy it also has some Central Asian and Middle Eastern influence. All transportation and local guides within Pakistan are included.

Price Excludes:
- Our holiday price does not include international flights (an internal flights is included).
- Spending money depends on your taste for souvenirs, drinks etc. We estimate that £100 will be more than enough to cover the tour.

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M20818 is a specialist company taking small groups of cyclists to spectacular, remote areas of the world. We offer a unique blend of physical challenges, cultural experiences and cycling camaraderie, at highly competitive prices. M20818 guides are experienced cyclists and tour leaders. Destinations include Laos,...

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