Kyrgyzstan is a small but beautiful country, full of mountains, lakes, yurts, and horses. We spent more time than usual in this country, as we had applied for our Chinese visas by post and needed to wait for them to return from Germany. We ended up cycling across much of the country, taking paved roads as much as possible, which also happened to be one of the "flattest" routes possible.
From the Tajik border, we cycled down to Osh, the second largest city in Kyrgyzstan. There, we took a long break to recover from the strenuous Pamir Highway, as well as complete the application process for our Chinese visas. From Osh, we skirted around the Fergana Valley (as we couldn't shortcut across Uzbekistan without passports), and then turned north following the main road across the mountains towards Bishkek. Before the Too-Ashuu pass, we turned off the main road towards Suusamyr, cycling through the beautiful Kokomeren river gorge. After that, we continued up the same road to Kyzart village, the closest village to the alpine lake Song-Kul, from where we took a horse trek to the lake. We then cycled to Issyk-Kul, the largest lake in Kyrgyzstan. We cycled once around the big lake, before finally heading to Bishkek, and then crossing into Kazakhstan.
On our first day in Kyrgyzstan, we encountered by far the most cyclists in a day. We arrived at the Tajik border post together with three cyclists tha→ Continue reading
Song-Kul is a high alpine lake in the mountains at about 3000m above sea level. Often said to be one of the most beautiful places in Kyrgyzstan, much→ Continue reading