Ride with me from the UK, across Europe, Russia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan to China. Ride into Tibet, through the Himalayas to Everest base camp, then on to Lhasa and along the glorious G318. One of the best roads on the planet. Then continue on to Laos and Thailand down to Bangkok.. Departs Aug 2018
This trip spends a considerable time at very high altitude. For a more comprehensive overview of this trip, please read the riders notes.
We will leave the UK and head east across Europe. Through Holland, Germany, and Poland then into Lithuania and Latvia. We will cross into Russia and ride up to St Petersburg then down to Moscow, taking a couple of days at each to soak in the sights. From Moscow we will head south through Tambov to Saratov on the vast Volga river before crossing into Kazakhstan. Across the vast flat plains out into the wilderness we will stop in Aralsk, the town that used to be on the sea but is now in a desert. We then continue south, past the soviet cosmodrome at Baikonur, then down towards the cool mountains of Kyrgyzstan and respite from the heat. Approximate route:
The mountains suddenly raise up out of the plains an we enter beautiful Kyrgyzstan. Such a beautiful country and so friendly. A real delight to ride in too. Lovely mountain roads, cool air and incredible lakes. We will track south following the path of the old silk road up to Tash Rabat where an ancient road house still sits amongst the mountains. From there, up to the Tourgart pass and to the China border.
Stage 2: 27 days China to Laos via Tibet and (hopefully!) Everest base camp, then Lhasa and east along the G318. This route is subject to the permission of the Chinese government and mother nature cannot be guaranteed. All we can do is apply and keep our fingers crossed.
Bed and Breakfast accommodation, guides, insurance, temporary Chinese driving licence and all documentation and permits to ride your bike through mainland China. Approximate route:
Laos and Thailand now require riders to be issued permits and to travel with guides. Only a very few companies have been granted permission to issue permits and organise travel for foreign vehicles. All these companies reside in Thailand and Laos. Nobody in the UK can officially offer any guided service through these countries. I will coordinate our travel through these areas with the relevant permit agents and guides.
If you are interested and would like to find out more, then please contact me and I will be happy to tell you more about these fabulous areas of the world. I can also give current prices.
¹The bike would be imported into Southampton docks. Importing back into the UK unfortunately incurs custom and freight handling charges. These can be significant.