Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, China. 5 Africa Twin, 1 KTM and 4 4x4. Many pics

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by sambor1965, Nov 16, 2008.

  1. twinie

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    the trip of a lifetime...

    ...one of them!!
  2. Roelof1966

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    ...:thumb...

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    Damn! Very impressive RR and photo's, magnificint vieuws!! :drif

    I had to pick up my underjaw from the ground... My mouth fell to wide open :D
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    Another GREAT Adventure ! hah, hope I'll make it soon

    cheers brother :freaky
  7. sonnyboy

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    Cool Ride, is there anyway of viewing the missing photos:freaky
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    Congratulations! excellent adventure and photos
  9. Throttlemeister

    Throttlemeister Long timer

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    What, you never seen a mule being shod before?

    Much better than jacking up the work animal's hooves permanently from heavy loads it carries:deal

    One of those great inspiring travel stories, Poles do travel well:clap:clap:clap

    I hope to be in some of those tracks one day sooner than later.
  10. Chitti

    Chitti Ride. Ride again.

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    Sambor,

    A great thread! Just saw this morning.

    1. I am glad you are just proficient enough in English. You kept it short; and we still understood what you meant. It was poetic.

    2. My future ride reports will be based on your style of writing. One or two lines followed by very cool pictures (I can try!).

    Thanks Man.

    Africa-Twins are great good looking bikes. We don't have them here in US . I settled for the next best bike I could afford: KLR650.

    Cheers,
  11. Bosnaexpress

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    Sambor!
    I´m sorry for your friend who died in an accident!God bless him!!!
    This is the 3rd time that i read this report!It is killer,and makes me dream
    about Central-Asia.
    Planing to do a simular trip to Mongolia and the Baikal.
    Also via Turkmenistan,Uzbekistan,Kirgizija,Kazachstan,Mongolia and Russija.
    Thank you very much 4 the inspiration!!!!
    In a couple of months i gonna read it again.
    Hope to meet you somewhere in the dirt!!
    All the best:clap:freaky:clap:clap:clap:clap
  12. Colombianito

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    Wow, I am amazed at all of you that embark on trips like this. I hope to take some trips like you gents do someday! 1st i need to take a South American Oddessy and then up into The USA.................. who knows what the future holds. But you guys make dreaming easier!!
  13. Tall Mike

    Tall Mike TAT Rookie (planning!)

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    :lol3 I'd say this one's not really broke to work very well yet!:rofl
    The upside is that they are doing front and rear at the same time, but this one obviously kicks pretty good!:eek1 (Dad had a milk cow like that! He always tied her leg back...that way you could get away!...If you didn't, she'd kick the bucket over and pin you to the wall!:eek1 Never let your guard down!:deal)

    Still a Great RR to review!! :clap
  14. mad_atta

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    Sambor, thanks for the inspiration! I've eagerly devoured this thread, and your other one which also took in Afghanistan. These, plus Colebatch's odyssey through Central Asia, have been incredibly helpful to me as I plan my own trip through the Pamirs as part of the Mongol Rally 2012. (The mini with a phonebooth on the roof that you saw in Osh or Jalalabad on one of your trips was also part of the same event.)

    I'm incredibly excited about it, but finding it difficult to find reliable information about what the roads are like. I guess I'd also better confess, before I go any further, that we're on four wheels rather than two, which I hope doesn't make me too much of a pariah around here...

    What's more, we're only in a 2WD. I know the main M41 Pamir Highway can be driven by a 2WD no problem (though rain or snow could cause problems here and there). However I'm not sure about some of the other routes, and I was wondering whether you, Colebatch or any of the other readers of the board can shed any light on whether they are passable by 2WD.

    I roughly put together a Google map with the routes I'm curious about:
    - The Wakhan valley, around Ishkashim and beyond (marked in light blue on the map) - I know you've mentioned you can get there in 2WD (you had a photo of a 2WD Mercedes van there, but can you also get out the eastern way back to the main M41 or do you have to go back via Khorog? And am I right in thinking that this is the area you said is the best part of Tajikistan?
    - The alternative routes south and south east from Dushanbe (marked in green and red on the map) that meet the Panj river and then follow along the river to meet the main M41 at Kalaikhum - any comments on whether these might be 2WD friendly? It certainly looks beautiful here, and where you drive through the waterfall is cool, but I also see a photo of a pretty deep looking river crossing that doesn't look very friendly, so I'm guessing this one probably isn't ideal for 2WD?

    Any guidance anyone can provide would be hugely helpful - and thanks again for the amazing photos and inspiring narrative!

    cheers
    Al
  15. sambor1965

    sambor1965 Been here awhile

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    Hi Al,

    It is Asia, nothing is easy, everything is possible...
    I have done it twice last year by this van:

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    Most difficult part between kyrgyz and tajik border

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    M41 between border and Karakol, next week there were no water at all.

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    Eastern part between Iskhashim and M41

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    Along afghan border...

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    To Pik Lenin base camp


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    Ok, van was 4 wheel drive, because has twins at rear axle ;)

    You can drive 2wd all the route.
    I can take DB9 and make this route if MG will give me a chance....

    More pictures from last year:

    https://plus.google.com/photos/117368898132317351962/albums/5677718584658673697?banner=pwa
  16. mad_atta

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    Thanks for the fast reply Sambor, and the great photos. Sounds like there's definitely some luck involved regarding how wet it might be, for river crossings and/or mud on the pass. This should be fun!

    Do your comments also apply to the western parts of the route? The ones marked in red and green on the google map?

    Thanks again :)
  17. sambor1965

    sambor1965 Been here awhile

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    I have don both green and red routes in 2010. There is tarmac to Kulyab. Easy and even perfect road. Then is a bit rough along Pyanzh but very scenic and beatifull. Don't worry but remember - road could be more difficult because this year was a lot of snow and we don't know how much money goverment will spend to fix it. Anyway Kulyab is a very important city in this country (president family lives there) so route will be rather ok...
  18. mad_atta

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    Great to know, thank you. We will be passing through in August so hopefully they will have had some time to work on the road in the "warmer" weather - if they are going to!
  19. squawk77

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    Wow I was amazed by those pictures and I've even been to MeS a few times. I'll have to look harder next time
  20. sambor1965

    sambor1965 Been here awhile

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    I will be in July so you can expect some updates...