The sky broadened as we neared the end of the ascent, raw excitement ignited, we knew the next crest was the final big push and from there, our route was generally a descending trend for the next 200 kilometres, or so we naively thought. The view of Sheosar Lake from the official National Park entrance … More Cycle Touring Pakistan. Chapter 8: The Deosai National Park
Jacob and I had experienced cycling over 4,800 metres at the Khunjerab Pass during our early days in Pakistan, though we have never experienced consecutive days cycling and camping at such altitudes. Deosai National Park was a highly anticipated destination on our Pakistani travel plan and has an average elevation of 4,114 metres above sea … More Cycle Touring Pakistan. Chapter 7: Astore to Chillam & the Climb to the Deosai National Park
As a stranger stepping foot into a foreign country there is most certainly courtesies that you are yet to be accustomed to, likewise, there are behaviours that, to the compatriots of such a country, may be harmless but could be perceived as invasive or rude. One example of this could be someone watching you like … More Cycle Touring Pakistan. Chapter 4: Tea & Biscuits with the Assistant Director General, Mr Adeel, Projectile Vomiting, Base Camp Trekking & Digital Potty Training
On August 26th, the day before our departure of China, I found myself wandering the hallway of the K2 Hostel in Tashkurgan in search of a quiet spot to put my feet up and read my kindle. I had time to kill, a luxury that I had been so deprived of throughout the six months … More Cycle Touring Pakistan. Chapter 1: Goodbye Mario, Hello Pakistan!
Kashgar was a welcome break, I stuffed myself with wholesome food and delicious tea, though, as a cycle tourer it doesn’t take long until soles start to itch with the urge to get back on the road. We left Kashgar at 07:30 in twilight to take advantage of the deserted roads. The morning ride was … More Cycle Touring Xinjiang, China. Chapter 2: Kashgar to Tashkurgan. The Three Amigo’s
Leaving the relative comfort and security of Kunelek and our host, Kolbek, behind we continued our way south following the Gul’cha river. Mountains grew ever taller as we got our first glimpse of distant snow capped peaks. The valley floor suddenly opened up to a view of a little outcrop village sitting precariously atop canyon … More Cycle Touring Kyrgyzstan. Chapter 3: Kunelek to Irkenshtam. The Pass Taldyk & Child Bandit Country
Landing in Osh after three flights and a total of fourteen hours, killing time and drinking coffee in airport cafes, was a welcome relief. Leaving the airport we were immediately barraged by taxi drivers enthusiastically offering their services. Understanding very little of what each driver was saying and naively unsure of the value of Kygryz … More Cycle Touring Kyrgyzstan. Chapter 1: Osh, Kyrgyzstan