• Photo of KYRGYZSTAN SOLO: KOCHKOR-NARYN VALLEY
  • Photo of KYRGYZSTAN SOLO: KOCHKOR-NARYN VALLEY
  • Photo of KYRGYZSTAN SOLO: KOCHKOR-NARYN VALLEY
  • Photo of KYRGYZSTAN SOLO: KOCHKOR-NARYN VALLEY

Time  6 hours 2 minutes

Coordinates 1370

Uploaded October 10, 2012

Recorded September 2012

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8,199 f
5,994 f
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35.19 mi

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near Chonbulak, Naryn (Kyrgyz Republic)

Chaek-Kara keche: tough journey due to altitude, wind, road and weight. Awful roads, not paved, full of holes and loose rocks. First kilometers very exposed to high winds, later the road goes steadily uphill.
Plan a long day to reach Kara keche pass and descend to Song Kol; and be plenty of food and water. The only human settlement is Kara Keche, where you can´t expect to get anything except from the warm welcome of Kyrgyz people. No accomodation until Song Kol where you could find a yurt to stay.
From Kara Keche pass the road goes up and down to Song Kol lake through huge mountains with a stunning view of the lake.

I cycled from Kara Keche to Kara Keche pass-Song Kol- Ak Tal the same day although i´ve split the track. You could also reach Ak Tal from Chaek in a single, very long exhausting day, but it´s better to do it in 2-3 days to enjoy it.
From Song Kol, the same terrible road goes uphill to Moldo pass, and from here a long, wild descent to Ak Tal along a wonderful gorge.

Ak Tal- Naryn-At Bashy-Tash Rabat: good road, easy journey to Naryn, where you can find some accomodation (not a lot of places, just 2 or 3). Here you can get food. From here to Tash Rabat you´ll find the best road, cycling along a beautiful valley with the mountains besides you. Stunning final view of Tash Rabat caravanserai!!!

Cycling Kyrgyzstan is not easy. Bad roads, few towns, wild nature and lack of suplies. Plan to get food for days, water(or a sterilizer), sleeping bag, tent, bike spare parts, knowledge about bike mechanics,... be self-sufficient!!!!!. But, doing that, you´ll find a wild paradise for bikers, a very different country, and, overall, awesome people.

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