From Kyrgyzstan to Kashgar

The next change of my travel company was almost hand-in-hand. I brought my brother Stefan and his friends Dirk and Chef to the airport at 3 in the morning. Only 4 hours later Lydia was supposed to arrive so I changed my car to a camper and set the alarm. But while removing the flight mode from my phone the time changed as well and I totally overslept. When I realized that, Lydia was already looking for me at the airport. But luckily we’ve found each other after a while. Poor Lydia. She was waiting for almost one hour without knowing where to go.

Lydia reist mit
Lydia joins me

Lydia’s first travel day was quite tough. We drove 420 kilometer to the mountain lake Song Kul, which is on an altitude of 3000m. Between Osh and the lake were two high mountain passes and a very bad dirt road. At the end I really hurried to not arrive after dark. But when you are in a hurry things happen which you don’t need, like a flat tire. 32 km before we reached the target I had to change the tire.  So we climbed the serpentines to the lake in the dark and arrived when it was snowing. Nice. We were so tired from the day that we just parked the car in front of a yurt of a nomad family and we invited us for diner in the yurt (in exchange of some headache pills for the sick son).

Das Ersatzrad muss raus
The replacement tire needs to get out
Der Reifen ist platt
The flat tire

We spent the night in the car and it was really cold and stormy. At the morning the temperature was one degree below zero. The nomads started to deconstruct their yurt because winter was obviously coming. We could see that at the mountains which were now snow covered. The panorama was picturesque.

Der Morgen an der Jurte
The morning at the yurt
Schnee war auf der Wiese und auf den Bergen
Snow was already on the ground
Wildpferde am Song Kul
Wild horses at Song Kul
Die Fahrt ins Tal
The journey towards the valley

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  1. Dieter Schneider
    7. July 2018

    Hi Mathias,
    ich bin mit meinem Motorrad gerade in Georgien (Telavi/Kachetien) und will weiter in den Iran (Visum habe ich).. Ich überlege weiter zu fahren nach Indien, bekomme aber kein Visum für Pakistan. Ich würde entweder von Baku übersetzen nach Kasachstan oder nördlich am Kaspischen Meer entlang. Kannst Du mir einen Tipp geben, was der beste Weg ist weiter nach Indien? Danke schon mal und schöne Grüße, Dieter

    • Mathias
      7. July 2018

      Hi Dieter. Warum hat es denn mit dem Pakistan Visum nicht geklappt? Jeder andere Weg nach Indien geht nur über China und das wird kompliziert. Ist allerdings machbar. Wenn du über die Stans fahren willst, kannst du dir das Usbekistanvisum besorgen. Zusammen mit dem iranischen bekommst du dann auch das Transitvisum für Turkmenistan. Die Strecke ist auf jeden Fall sehr cool und den Iran solltest du dir auch nicht entgehen lassen! Grüße nach Georgien 🙂

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