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Old 07-09-2014, 05:39 AM   #1
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Europe-Nepal during winter time?

Hello,

I am wondering if it's possible to to such a trip during winter time.
I want to start end of septembre / begin octobre in Belgium following turkey, iran, pakistan, inda, Nepal.

I want to camp as much as possible, to save money.

I see some people planning such a trip, is this possible? isn't it too cold?
is this do-able?

are therre people who have some advice?

thanks
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Old 07-09-2014, 11:47 AM   #2
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should be posssible, but eastern Turkey, and northwest Iran can get very cold in late October. Of course there might be other areas in Europe, too, depends on the year. I would not go to eastern Turkey on a bike in mid-November. After central Iran, it should get warmer and warmer. I went to India in 2007.
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Old 07-09-2014, 11:09 PM   #3
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thanks.

and what time of the year you were in india?

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Old 07-09-2014, 11:56 PM   #4
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Can΄t remember the exact dates right now, but I started off from North Germany on October 10th, crossed from Greece to Turkey about Oct 25th, to Iran on Nov 2nd, to Pakistan on Nov 13th, and to India on Nov 20th.

Regards wintry weather / road conditions, eastern Turkey is the critical part on that route, if you go very late, you should not be on too tight schedule, so you can wait a few days, if it gets too cold. Guess I was quite lucky, for me eastern Turkey was something like +5 to +8C daytime, and -2 to -5C nighttime, but it could already be a lot worse at that time.

Generally the roads were quite good, and even traffic wasn΄t too bad until Pakistan (well, Iranian drivers can be quite horrible also!).. for traffic, India was by far the worst! But I would carefully follow the security situation in western Pakistan (Baluchistan), it is a problematic area, and just seems to get worse. I would not stay there any longer than I have to, and probably skip Quetta, if I could. The police will probably escort you in southeast Iran, and in some parts of Pakistan as well.
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Old 07-10-2014, 05:59 AM   #5
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thanks for your answer!


so I guess thats too cold for camping.
I want to camp as much as possible, to save money and because it's more interesting. at those temperatures, I'll have to stay in hotels, which isn't that cheap, even in those countries i think.
correct me if I'm wrong.


otherwhise, I don't see other ways to Nepal this time of the year. (departure September/Octobre, coming from Belgium)
I can go south first, to Afrika, then heading west, but then I have to cross the red sea, or Cairo/Jordan, then south-east to Dubai, and ship there to south-west of Iran?


But this wil take me 2 months extra at least, depending if I cross afrika north or south of the desert...
(Wondering if its possible to cross libya anyway...)


Anyone who can suggest a way to reach India from Afrika?
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Old 07-11-2014, 10:12 PM   #6
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I made the trip starting in the middle of September and the weather was fine, if you could manage to leave a month earlier than planned, at the beginning of September it be just about perfect.
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Old 07-12-2014, 11:03 AM   #7
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" Anyone who can suggest a way to reach India from Afrika? "

that's probably very complicated right now. Yemen is quite dangerous for a foreigner (lots of kidnappings), and for Saudi-Arabia it is very hard to get any visa for just riding through. Maybe by shipping from Kenya, but to get to East Africa, you'd need to get to Egypt first and its not without complications. Probably easier to ride via Iran&Pakistan.
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Old 07-14-2014, 03:39 AM   #8
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so, no crossing form afrika to india :)


I'm searching on 'wheaterbase', but it does not give me the good idea or global picture that I want.

Comments from you guys are more important, but not everyone argees :) for one it is too cold for the other it's just fine :)

The minimum time for departure for me, regardless of the paperwork cause i have no idea about that, is 8 weeks.
So it woud be anyway more at the end of september...

Also the days last not so long, only 11hours during winter.


It woud be better doing this during the summer, I think, but personally and work-related, octobre shoud be such a splendid departure time...
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Old 07-17-2014, 11:12 PM   #9
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snow

we made this trip early dec. we were com in from iran into turkey at dogybyasit (spelling wrong) but we couldn't ride any further so we put bikes on trucks for 2 days down to turkish coast. it depends on season and how much snow is around. we couldn't even push our bikes the snow and ice was so bad.
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