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Asia » Kyrgyzstan » Osh » Sary Mogol August 18th 2017

The road less traveled has allowed for some interesting tales as we continued our road trip out of Tajikistan into Kyrgyzstan. While our journey took us through much of Tajikistan and a small portion of Kyrgyzstan; from the border to Osh, we found these countries to be somewhat similar. Perhaps Kyrgyzstan is more developed and the roads we experienced were in much better shape. But as we said, the bulk of our travels were in Tajikistan. Flat Tire….. No Surprise Toward the end of day two of our trip we were beginning to feel a bit road weary. Even though our driver Zamanbek was firmly in control, riding in a 4X4 over what could be best described as the most basic roads proved a bit tiring when riding many hours each day. At one point, we ... read more
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Yurt Village
Majestic Mountains

Asia » Kyrgyzstan » Osh August 18th 2017

As much as anything Osh is a functional stop to give us chance to regather before we head off on the next leg - we need a couple of consecutive hot showers to steam the dust off, good internet so we can get some of the videos uploaded, to do the laundry that has been backing up since we left the heat of the Wakhan Valley, and to switch the alarm clock off for a day. We also haven't got past the stage of only having a very loose plan for the rest of our trip because our pre-trip reading/planning focussed mainly on the Pamir Highway and we were too social at the homestays to have got any more reading done. With a bit of internet at the hotel in Sary-Tash we'd looked up and found ... read more
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Asia » Kyrgyzstan » Osh August 17th 2017

Day 10, our last day on the Pamir Highway. It took us 3 hours to get from Sary Tash to Osh. The road was properly sealed, kinda like you'd expect for a highway! We gave a lift to a Korean guy Soo who had stay in the room next to us in Sary Tash, we'd had to walk through his room to get to ours, so we figured he was basically family. It's quite hard to describe the scenery on the way to Osh, in parts the earth was an amazing red, but as we neared Osh it turned into rolling hills and there were lots of people making hay, ready for winter. There were also lots of similarities with Mongolia; we could see that they sun dry cheese, there was the yurts, the types of ... read more
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Asia » Kyrgyzstan » Osh October 26th 2016

Fascinating Kyrgyzstan! We are on another ACDI VOCA assignment. Ed working with farmers with their fruit orchards. And investigating certification options so they can export. I continue to work on business skills. We both are enjoying our time here. It is fascinating as it is an amazing blend of so many cultures. A very strong Soviet presence as far as infrastructure. And hard to believe we are only 2 hrs from the Chinese border. Osh's history dates back 3000 years and was an important stop on the Silk Route. In a smaller town nearby, it has a huge bazaar with all 'shops' made from double stacked shipping containers. Trade goes way back!! This morning there was a celebration in the main square for the Uzbekistan visit. Our 24 yr old translator told us, for her entire ... read more
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Asia » Kyrgyzstan » Osh October 15th 2016

So - various things come to mind as we are driving along, that don't easily fit into my diary. The main thing is that from our vantage point on the truck we have an amazing view of everything. A bit like being on the top of a double decker bus, so you can see over walls and into the distance. Most of the rural houses are single storey, some with a hay loft above, and with corrugated iron roofs. They also mostly have an outside toilet again with a corrugated roof held down by large stones. One thing I noticed is that where we would put a caravan in the land of a new build, here they build a yurt, just as temporary but maybe more cosy. And talking of yurts - the flag for Kyrgyzstan ... read more
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Asia » Kyrgyzstan » Osh July 24th 2016

July 24 - Pamir Highway trip Day 13 - Sary Mogul to Osh This is it. The last day of the Pamir Highway. It has gone by so quickly, but I have seen so much. Having these blogs separated helps me to keep the days separate; otherwise I would never be able to keep it straight. But don't worry, the journey ends here. I woke up at 5am to use the bathroom, which like all of the outhouses, is quite a walk away. But it gave me a great pre-dawn view. Both over the lake, where the sky was starting to turn orange, and over the mountains. But it was freezing. Even in the yurt, I had a hard time sleeping because it was so cold. Usually the yurts are better insulated, from what I understand. ... read more
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Yurt camp

Asia » Kyrgyzstan » Osh July 20th 2016

Geo: 40.5236, 72.799Time Check: 0645Status: Up and refreshed after a great nights stop at a "good hotel" to recover after nearly a week of sleeping on floors in local homes at altitudes around 4,000m. The last few days have been both fascinating yet at the same time hard work. We have been traveling through breathtaking scenary with little or no Western facilities. The local people have been wonderful.We set off from the Murghab on the 18th and travelled via the Lake Karakul, one of the worlds highest salt water lakes (4,200m) and then made our way across the Takjekistan border into Kurgyzestan and arrived into Osh yesterday lunchtime the 19th. We were tired and dusty.........ready for a shower that did not involve walking 100m to a small shed in which we had to ladle tepid water ... read more
Outside our Homestay in Murgab
One of the last statues of Lenin in Murgab
Traditional headgear in this region

Asia » Kyrgyzstan » Osh April 3rd 2016

Day 73 Thursday 31st March 2016 – Bishkek to Osh We are so mean – arrived for breakfast at 7.10am and it was in darkness with the only light coming from outside, this is in the 24 hours restaurant Prego which does the breakfast for the hotel. Looked at the counter and there was tea and coffee and the urn was hot, so thought “that will do” as maybe brekkie does not officially start till 7.30am. On a previous occasion the waitress had been asleep in one of the corner booths but I could not see her. Got settled and one of the kitchen staff walked through and although we were making noise and waved she did not notice us, would not be the first time we have been invisible. We just smiled to ... read more
Bishkek to Osh
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Asia » Kyrgyzstan » Osh August 27th 2015

Geo: 40.5151, 72.8083Entered Kyrgyzstan via the mountain pass and then rapidly descendeddown a bad road to the actual border gate where we were greeted with warmsmiles from the officials.Lisa was suffering badly from the altitude and I think they took pity on us… after the normal array of questions… do you have any AK47's…no.. do you have any pistols… no… do you have any drugs…. No… a quick look into the canopy is confronting enough for any border official to just say… you can go with a quick flick of the hand.Into Sary Tash to get some money changed where we also met aDutch and German couple who were riding bikes.. hit it off and went to theirguest house and had lunch…Lisa was still crap so off we went and could not believe thedecent, I think ... read more
Caretakers caravan
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More aswome looking mountains

Asia » Kyrgyzstan » Osh August 10th 2015

The China / Kyrgyzstan border is an odd one. The distance between the first Chinese checkpoint and the last one is ~140km, then there's a bit of no mans land until the first checkpoint in Kyrgyzstan then another few km until the actual immigration post. It made for an interesting day that had high highs, low lows, a lot of frustration, and some stunning scenery. The executive summary is that despite another example of Chinese organisational incompetence / indifference - for example you need a different taxi from the first checkpoint than the one that takes you to it and the last checkpoint closes for a 3 hour lunch break - in the end everything worked out better than we could have wished for. Once into Kyrgyzstan before we'd even got out of the immigration car ... read more
Equestrian Skills
Getting Some Tips
Our Driver / Host




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