Kyrgyzstan is where our detailed plan ends and we have several options. We are able to stay in the country for 60 days visa-free, and plan to use this time to take a good rest, see the country, and wait for our Chinese visas to process.
From the Tajikistan border, we cycled down to Osh, the second largest city in Kyrgyzstan. Here, we took a long break to recover from the strenuous Pamir Highway, as well as complete the complicated application process for our Chinese visas. From Osh, we will skirt around the Fergana Valley (as we have posted our passports back to Germany and cannot shortcut across Uzbekistan), and then turn north following the main road across the mountains towards Bishkek. Before the Too-Ashuu pass, we will probably turn off the main road into the Suusamyr valley, passing close to the alpine lake Son-Kul, and then to Issyk-Kul, the largest lake in Kyrgyzstan. We plan to cycle around the big lake, before finally heading to Bishkek, and then crossing into Kazakhstan.