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Best of Central Asia

Kazakhstan,  Kyrgyzstan,  Tajikistan,  Afghanistan,  Uzbekistan

Tour length 30 daysFrom Nur-Sultan to Tashkent
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Take a journey across the vast expanses of Central Asia on an expedition through the rugged and remote regions of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. From the glossy modernity of Nur-Sultan with its futuristic cityscapes, to the spellbinding ancient architecture of Samarkand’s mosques and mausoleums: visit unique cities and distant villages as you cross hundreds of kilometres of epic mountain passes and surreal landscapes – incomparable to anywhere else on earth. While political and military forces have battled over these regions for centuries, life in these isolated areas has changed very little – adding to the allure of this expansive cultural landscape. This is a trip designed for the true adventurer, for those craving escapism, outstanding beauty, unrivalled hospitality and the feeling of complete remoteness.Important Notice: The border between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan is not open at the moment. We will review the status of trip operation about 3 months before departure and inform our customers accordingly. This trip takes you way off the tourist trail to explore just some of the vastness that is Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. If you want to be far, far away from everywhere – and from anything you've experienced before – this trip is for you.Be prepared to experience the full legacy of the Soviet era – not just in the sights and history, but also in the standards of accommodation and service! In other words, while you’ll be comfortable, don’t expect luxury.In true adventure style, the trip involves some long travel days by private vehicle and trains. While tiring, this is a great opportunity to sit back, unwind and let the sweeping views roll by.Temperatures in the desert and out on the steppe are variable. The days can be very hot, while at night, the mercury plummets. Make sure you bring warm, comfortable layers, drink plenty of water and take care to protect yourself from the sun. For women, we recommend bringing a scarf to cover your head and shoulders while on visits to mosques and mausoleums.This trip visits places as high as 5000 metres above sea level, which can cause altitude sickness, regardless of age or physical health. Please see the ‘Health’ section of the trip notes for more important information on travelling at altitude and ensure you are familiar with signs of AMS.The varied terrain of Tajikistan also makes for extremely varied weather. Temperatures can range from below freezing to over 40ºC so check the weather forecast online before you visit and pack accordingly.Medical facilities can be as far away as 2-3 days' drive at times, as some locations are very remote. During this journey the group will spend time in remote areas without home comforts or easy access to medical facilities. You will need to have excellent physical health to join this trip and consult with your doctor before travelling if you have any ongoing illnesses or injuries.In the Pamirs you'll stay in local homestays, with the whole group often sleeping in one large room on mattresses on the floor. Bathroom facilities are outdoors, and it won't be possible to take a shower every night of the trip.Drives range from 3 to 10 hours in duration. Depending on traveller numbers, the transfer can get compact when the group is full. Though the longer travel days and single night overnight stays can be tiring, you'll be in a private vehicle, and much of the scenery in this part of the world is simply stunning.
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Tour ID 90881
Tour length 30 days
Group size 12
Age range 15 - 99

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Intrepid Travel

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Day 1: Nur-Sultan (Astana)
Day 2: Nur-Sultan (Astana)
Day 3: Jana Ozon
Day 4: Boszhira Valley
Day 5: Ak Tau
Day 6: Turkistan
Day 7: Shymkent/Overnight train
Day 8: Almaty
Day 9: Almaty
Day 10: Almaty – KAZ/KGZ Border Crossing – Karakol
Day 11: Karakol
Day 12: Bishkek
Day 13: Bishkek
Day 14: Bishkek
Day 15: Chychkan/Toktogul/Kok Bel
Day 16: Osh
Day 17: Sary Tash
Day 18: Kyrgyzstan/Tajikistan Border Crossing – Murgab
Day 19: Langar
Day 20: Ptup
Day 21: Khorog
Day 22: Khorog
Day 23: Kala-i Khum
Day 24: Dushanbe
Day 25: Dushanbe
Day 26: Penjikent
Day 27: Tajikistan/Uzbekistan Border Crossing – Samarkand
Day 28: Samarkand
Day 29: Tashkent
Day 30: Tashkent

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Carbon emission, kg/CO2
(Guests: 1, Nights: 1)
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