Trying to get our Chinese visa in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan is harder than expected. We'll need to get to Almaty. We repair our bikes at the bicycle guesthouse
Arslanbob, Kyrgyzstan, Silk Road, Central Asia. This is said to be the birth place of all the walnuts in the world. People live inside this huge and magical forest, like in a fairytale. The harvest season is here, and we came to see how it is.
Bicycle touring up to Song Kul, a big alpine lake 3.000msl in Kyrgyzstan, here the nomads set their yurt camp (jailoo) in summer. We wonder if it is easier to bring the beasts up here than to cycle, because that is a nightmare.
Kyrgyzstan, Issyk Kul lake, Cholpon Ata town, First World Nomad Games. Play polo with a dead goat (Kok Boru or Buzkashi), throw your opponent from his horse in a tense Enish fight, or grab your bride (or slap your groom) in a Kyz Kuu race!
Bicycle Touring around lake Issyk Kul, 1600 meters above sea level, surrounded by much higher mountains (up around 7000msl), the Ala-Too range, Kungoy (sunny) Ala-Too in the north and Terskey (Shady) Ala-Too in the south, part of the Northern Tien Shan. Issyk Kul is the tenth largest lake in the world by volume (though not in surface area), and the second largest saline lake after the Caspian Sea.
Bicycle Touring from Kara Balta to Bishkek. Kyrgyzstan Independence Day, Osh bazar, Visas and other things to do in Bishkek, a laid-back Silk Road city. Today is Independence Day, we go downtown to attend the celebrations. Kyrgyzstan is a nation of very tough people, they made two revolutions in the last 10 years and their nation pride is quite high.
Uranium mining in Kyrgyzstan, and radioactive waste at the border with the valley of Fergana. A serious issue for the geopolitical stability of the region