Ride with me from the UK, across Europe, Russia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan to China. Ride into Tibet on the G219, 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 Asia. Approx 67 days. 12000 miles. An accompanied ride in 3 sections. Departs Aug 2019
First things first. Price. I can’t calculate an exact price until nearer the time but I currently estimate it to be close to £10k + your flight home. Price is for 67 days shared B&B + bike freight back. China is the expensive bit – 28 days will be about £5600 of the total. Reckon on between £3-4k spending money. The trip is also post Brexit which could cause significant currency shifts. The prices will firm up as we approach the date but my estimates are hopefully in the right ballpark at least. So… if that doesn’t scare you… read on…
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 (hopefully!) Tibet along the G219 and 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:
Stage 3: At this stage I’m not sure of which route we will take in Asia. We will either continue in China to Hong Kong, go into Laos->Cambodia and Viet Nam to Hanoi, or into Thailand and Bangkok. Depending on the route, there will be different permit charges to pay. These won’t be insignificant!
All other expenses at riders own cost. These include visas (China≅ £260, Russia ≅ £100), ferry, travel insurance, road insurance (where available, e.g. Kazakhstan), Flight to UK ≅ £450. Non UK residents may need an additional visa for Kazakhstan.
Laos, Thailand and Viet Nam require permits and other documentation to travel through. Only a very few companies have been granted permission to issue permits and organise travel for foreign vehicles. All these companies reside in their parent countries. 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. The costs of these services can be approximated but will have to be firmed up closer to the time.
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.
The bike would be imported back into Southampton docks – takes about 6-8 weeks.