Central Asian Ring is exclusive adventure motorcycle tour from SilkOffRoad around Central Asia. The tour route goes over southern Kazakhstan – eastern Uzbekistan – Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, including Pamir. One tour includes four different countries, which every single of them has its own culture and inimitable nature! You are going to visit: Samarkand – ancient city standing right on the Great Silk Road in Uzbekistan with its fantastic architecture and eastern bazaars. You will go through breathtaking mountain passes of Tajikistan and climb on legendary Pamir Highway passage of 5000 meters above sea level altitude and Wakhan valley on Afghanistan border. In Kyrgyzstan you will enjoy diverse nature of Tien-Shan Mountains with its gorgeous views and of course you will stay at amazing resorts of Issyk-Kul Lake. You won’t be able to miss Kazakhstan with its endless steppe and fantastic Charyn Canyon. This motorcycling tour is a real dream for any adventure biker! You are the one who is going to experience this beautiful journey on a motorbike!
You are the one!
P.S. We do not describe on our website some places and roads which is commercial secret and exclusive part of our itinerary. But you will see it!
1. 10.06.2019 - 30.06.2019
01.08.2019 - 21.08.2019
Duration: 21 days. 15 riding days
Country: Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan
Start/Finish: Almaty. South capital city of Kazakhstan.
Total Distance: 4500 km
Bikes: Suzuki DR650SE. BMW F800GS is available for extra pay.
Roads: about 85% mainly tarmac. Other part is Pamirs roads with unpaved road + damaged dirt road. Twisty mountain roads.
Accommodation: hotels, guesthouses, tent camp, and common stay in yurt.
Group size: min 5 and max 8 riders. 2 seats available for passengers in car support.
Price - contact with us
Tour price includes: bike including fuel, car support, tour-leader on the bike, all stays, all meals, water and soft drinks, evening beer, all entry fees, airport transfer, SilkOffRoad souvenirs.
Tour price excludes: Tour price excludes: damage of motorcycle, single room, flights, visas and visa support, insurance
Arriving to Almaty. Airport transfer to hotel. Meeting at noon for lunch in a restaurant of national food. City tour: we will visit Medeo mountain gorge with the highest sport complex in the world and a unique mud dam. Then we make trip by bus way up to the Kok-Tobe mountain, where you can enjoy panoramic view of Zailyiskiy Alatau along with the city of Almaty itself. Back to hotel. Rest. We meet again to get briefed and check the motorbikes.Next in the plan before the dinner we will visit the important sightseeing spot of Almaty – Park of 28 Panfilovs and a beautiful Cathedral. Evening dinner. Overnight in hotel.
2. Almaty - Taraz. 500 km
Early wake up. Breakfast at the hotel. And off we go. Today we will have to cover on motorcycles the biggest distance of the tour – 500 kilometers. You shouldn’t be surprised since we are going through Kazakhstan – the biggest country in Central Asia and 9 place in the world by territory, where these long intervals are nothing in a scale of its infinity. You will ride on new highway "Western China – Western Europe” which was build on place original road of Silk Way. Evening dinner. Overnight in hotel.
3. Taraz - Tashkent. 310 km
In the morning we will continue to ride motorcycles on Central Asia. Today we will leave Kazakhstan, cross the border and enter Uzbekistan – a country of flower fields, juicy tasty fruits and ancient cities of the Silk Road. We will stay in Tashkent - capital of Uzbekistan.
4. Tashkent - Samarkand. 330 kmToday we will reach Samarkand city, which is one of the oldest cities in the world. Over two thousand years ago Samarkand originated in the steppes of central Asia and became the main trading center of the Great Silk Road. Overnight in a cozy hotel that surrounded by ancient architectural monuments.
Today our motorcycles rest, and we are immersed in the ancient city of Samarkand. Samarkand witnessed the time of Alexander Makedonsky, occupation of great Chingyz khan and Timur the Lame, possessing a mix of different cultures. Magical city! In 2001 year Samarkand was included in the World Cultural Heritage List of UNESCO. Our city tour will be divided in two parts and we will need no bikes for that. Before the lunch time you will visit: Gur-Amir mausoleum and Registan square and Bib-Khanum mosque. Real pilaf for lunch – national Uzbek meal, the crown jewel of Uzbekistan kitchen. The hottest time of the day we are going to spend in a hotel and then you can continue excursions visiting Samarkand bazaar. Overnight hotel.
6. Samarkand – Fann Mountains. 200 km
In the morning we will continue our motorbike tour .Today we are leaving Uzbekistan with its priceless heritage and are heading to the country of rivers and gigantic mountains – Tajikistan. Country with the weakest economy in Central Asia, but with the most friendly and hospitable people. We will pass on our motorcycles through new mountain tunnel of Shahriston Pass (3378m), which is the shortcut to the Fann Mountains. Some part of the route follows tough mountain roads. But those remote tiny Tajikistan villages definitely worth it. We are going to arrive to the international alpinist camp "Vertical – Alaudin”, pitch our tents there on a green field surrounded with snowy mountains. Overnight tent camp.
7. Fann Mountains – Dushanbe 160 km
In the morning we will make short trekking to Alauddin Lakes where enjoy gorgeous view over the Fann Mountains. Then we continue the journey! Going down the Fann Mountains we will get to the road, leading to Dushanbe through 5 km of Anzob tunnel, which was built inside Gissar Range in 1980 year. It's 5 kilometers of darkness and cold where will rattle your nerves!) We will reach Dushanbe - the capital of Tajikistan. We will visit the national museum to get acquainted with the culture and history of this people. Also we will visit square of city with the highest flag that entered the Guinness Book of Records as the highest flagpole in the world back in 2011. Overnight in hotel.8. Dushanbe - Kalaikhumb 360 km
We continue our motorcycle adventure and are heading to Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous province (GBAO). Today we will get very close to Afghanistan and follow its border, where Panj river will separate us from Afghan villages where afgan people still live there the same way they used to hundred years ago. We will perform traditional washing ritual under Ali mountain waterfall, which is falling down the rock of 40 meters height. We are going to arrive to Kalaikhum kishlak by the end of the day, where cozy rooms of a guest house are already prepared for us. Overnight guesthouse.
9. Kalaikhumb – Khorugh. 240 km
Today we will drive on legendary Pamir highway (M41) on our motorcycles , which was built in the 30-s during USSR times in order to develop Pamir area. It is one of the most unique mountain roads in the world that goes through such unassailable terrain. We will pass many Tajikistan kishlaks, where local people, especially local kids, will welcome you gladly with heartwarming handshakes and entertain you with different fruits. Overnight guesthouse.
Day off for rest. During the day you can visit local bazaar. You can also buy jewelries at Khorog factory with local precious stones and visit Botanic Garden. The day will be finished with dinner and exclusive concert of local Pamir musicians with traditional instruments. Overnight.
11. Khorugh– Bibi Fatima hot springs(Yamchun). 180 km.
We are still following on motorbikes the border with Afghanistan. Pamir's road keeps up abrupt coast of Panj river, separating us from Afghanistan. We will climb over Yamchun fort and reach 3 200 meters altitude. This day and place is needed for us to get acclimatization period before the Pamir's high mountains more than 4000 m.Here we are going to catch an amazing view of Afghanistan valley at Wakhan Valley and take a bath in the sacred waters of Bib Fatima hot spring. Overnight guesthouse.
12. Bibi Fatima hot springs(Yamchun) – Murghab. 260 km
We climb the high Pamir plateau to reach kishlak Murghab – the heart of high-mountain Pamir where we will move within 4000 meters above sea level with Hargush (4 344 m) and Nazaitash (4137 m) mountain passes, as well as endless Alichur valley with fun yaks. By the end of the day we will reach Murghab - the highest kishlak on Pamir. Overnight hotel.
13. Murghab – Osh city 420 km.
We will continue our motorbike tour on Pamir Highway! Be ready to go through the highest mountain pass in USSR and Central Asia – Ak Baital mountain pass, 4 655 meters high and Kyzyl -Art pass (4280м). From the side we will try to look at the famous Lenin Peak 7134m (depends on weather). We will say goodbye to Pamir and Tajikistan and go down to warm and bright country of Kyrgyzstan. Stopping at Osh city, which is situated in the middle of Fergana valley. Ancient Osh city used to stay on the Silk Road and it is the second most populated city in Kyrgyzstan after Bishkek capital city. Overnight tent.
14. Osh – Toktogul Lake. 326 km
After tough Pamir, Kyrgyzstan will look likes paradise. Beautiful green mountains, gorgeous mountain passes with good roads. We will pass Fergana valley that provides fruits for all over Central Asia and taste it on our way through the valley. Our resort is situated on the Toktogul Lake , where we can swim for a while. For dinner, fresh trout from the lake. Overnight resort.
15. Toktogul Lake – Bishkek. 340 km.
Our motorcycle tours passes through a colorful mountains of Tien Shan. Crossing Kyrgyz ridge through Alabel (3184m) and Too - Ashuu tunnel (3685m) passings. Passage through the Suusamyr mountain plateau where nomadic yurts and animals are scattered over hills and valleys. There we have tea break in yurt and have a short rest there. Arrival Bishkek – capital of Kyrgyzstan. Overnight hotel.16. Bishkek.
17. Bishkek - Issyk Kol Lake. 380 km.
Today we will continue our adventure . After Baom Gorge we will stay on the coast of Issyk-kul - the "Pearl of Central Asia”. A unique mountain lake that is situated at the altitude of 1 609 meter above sea level, included in the list of 25 the biggest lakes in the entire world and take the 7th place in list of the deepest lakes. It is 702 meters deep. 100 of rivers fall into the lake, but there are no rivers flowing out of it. We will spend the whole day at the resort, enjoying beautiful water, taking sun bathes and just relaxing.
18. Issyk Kol Lake - Charyn Canyon. 230 km
We will leave beautiful Kyrgyzstan and cross the border to be back to wonderful Kazakhstan. We are going visit amazing Charyn canyon and climb down to the bottom of it, where we will spend a night in real yurt – traditional houses of nomads. The whole time we will be surrounded with fantastic flower and mystical rocks of ancient canyon.
19. Charyn Canyon– Almaty. 215 km.
Our great journey on motorbikes is about to finish; full of unforgettable feelings we are going back to the most beautiful city of Central Asia – Almaty. We will celebrate our successful tour in the restaurant, where you will be given certificates and presents as keepsakes of the tour. And after, let the party begin!
During this day you may take a rest in your hotel room after heavy party night or just have a walk around the city and buy some presents for your friends and family. After the lunchtime we will meet up and visit Arasan bathhouse, the biggest one in Central Asia. Enjoy hot sauna, relaxing massage and cold beer. Thus, all clean and rested, you are ready to come back home.
21. Departure Almaty.
We will organize transfer to Almaty airport according to your flight time.
Have a save flight! Thank you very much for being with us during this tour! You are always welcome here to take part in another fascinating motorcycling tour around Central Asia!