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The Stan Diet


Getting thin in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan

2,504 km (1,556 miles) over 44 days from July 18, 2009 to August 30, 2009

Topic: Bicycle Touring  
Categories: Tour diaries, Custom bikes, Equipment lists, Expedition touring bikes, Offroad, Road bikes, 1-3 months
Locales: Asia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan
Year: 2009

Permalink: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/standiet

Copyright © 2009-2014 By Peter Quaife - (contact)

Status: Completed Dec 2009Featured Journal #369
Last update: Tuesday March 2, 2010 03:36 (US/Pacific) (edited Tue 2 Mar 2010 03:48 (US/Pacific))
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Looking back at the Khargush checkpoint


Table of Contents

Preamble

Introduction: What's it all about.
Getting ready and getting to the start

Kyrgyzstan (1)

Bishkek to Sosnovka
Sosnovka to the Töo Ashu Pass: Up, up and away
Töo Ashu Pass to Chychken Valley
Chychken Valley to Toktogul: Sick
Toktogul to Kara-Kul: Hot hot hot
Kara-Kul to Shamaldy-Sai: Did I mention the heat?
Shamaldy-Sai to Jalalabad: Hot hot hot hot
Jalalabad to Osh: Hot hot hot hot hot.
Rest day in Osh
Osh to Gulcha: Cool air at last.
Gulcha to Ak Bosogo
Ak Bosogo to Sary Tash
Rest day in Sary Tash: The Horse Festival.

Tajikistan

Sary Tash to Kara-Kul: Company!
Kara-Kul to the Kokuibel Valley: Into the wilds
Kokuibel Valley to Kok Jar.
Kok Jar to Rukhch: Villages at last!
Rukhch to Yapshorv: The Garden of Eden
Yapshorv to Razuj
Razuj to Bunee
Bunee to Khorog
Khorog to Garm-Chasma
Garm-Chasma to Ishkashim: Three washes in one day!!!
Ishkashim to Ptup
Ptup to Zong
Zong to Mats Pass: Au revoir to Charlie
Mats Pass to Khargush Pass: Not well
Khargush Pass to Alichur
Alichur to Murgab: Easy!
Rest day in Murgab
Murgab to the Ak-Baital Pass
Ak-Bailtal to Kara Kul: Completing the loop.

Kyrgyzstan (2)

Kara-Kul to Sary Tash: More company
Sary Tash to near Gulcha
Near Gulcha to Osh: Journey's end. Kind of.
Rest day in Osh
Ala-Bel Pass
Ala-Bel Pass to Kara Balta: Not as easy as it should have been.
Kara-Balta to Bishkek: Fast, flat, dull and busy.
Ala-Archa Canyon
In Bishkek

Oddments

My bike
Kit List
Resources
Epilogue: Some thoughts about the trip


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