Cycling the Silk Route: Part 4 of our 9-Part YouTube Series
Last Friday in our monthly newsletter we announced the release of the fourth in our series Cycling the Silk Route – a 9-part YouTube series. During each of the coming months, we will be releasing one episode each month. The best way to make sure you don’t miss it is to sign up to our monthly newsletter where the official release happens.
Part 4: Almaty to Osh
On the section known as Mountains & Meadows, the cyclists will pedal out of Almaty and east through the arid landscape before climbing up into the foothills of the Tian Shan Mountains. Camping for the night near the Charyn Canyon, some riders may be tempted to test their rafting skills on the fast flowing river but they would be advised to rest up for the upcoming climbs. The riders now enter Kyrgyzstan and head west along the southern shores of Lake Issyk-Kul, the 2nd largest alpine lake in the world and flanked by 2 mountain ranges that run its entire length. Riders will enjoy a rest day here, soaking up the incredible view and dinning on fish freshly caught in the lake. Or they may explore surreal Skazka (Fairy Tale) Canyon that’ll make you think you are in Utah. Following yet another fragment of the ancient Silk Road, the riders will now challenge themselves with an epic 6 day ride through rural Kyrgyzstan – rough roads, winding rivers, endless hills, tiny villages, nomadic herders with their yurt camps, sparkling lakes – all set against the stunning back-drop of lush green meadows and snow-capped mountains that give this section its name.