Central Asia 2010
Central Asia 2010
Central Asia is a completely new chapter of my travels. I will organize an expedition through the four former post-Soviet republics; the so-called ‘stans’. I expect a great adventure close to nature, with horse riding, canyons, mountains, lakes, and life in a tent in forests and deserts.
On the 6/30/2010 I will land at the Almaty airport. This way I will start my Central Asian quest. I am full of enthusiasm for a new adventure in an unknown to me yet region of Asia.
Plan of my trip around Central Asia
I’m going to go to the following countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Turkmenistan I will have to skip for now, because of the very expensive “tribute” for staying in that country. I’m going to spend about 3 months In Central Asia what should give me good understanding of all those countries. In Kazakhstan I`m going to spend one month, and 3 weeks in each of the other three countries, unless I stuck in a desert because my camel gets sick. Preparing for this trip took me some time because it is a very difficult region to travel and it`s only opening up to tourism. I expect that in comparison with my previous expeditions Central Asia may be a “heavy landing”, but the adventure will be unforgettable.
I`m going to travel the remote Pamir Highway and stop in the ancient cities of the Silk Road, and even after all the preparations I wish myself good luck. I was not sure about my trip to Kyrgyzstan because the country underwent yet another revolution and there was a civil war. Also to Kyrgyzstan I`m going to take a “fairly heavy luggage.” Throughout the country I will be pampering my travel companion who went with me to some of the the previous countries. It will be my ever complaining, frightened, having a period, diarrhea or constipation – Monika. I hope that this expedition will end in a nice, smooth and rather friendly atmosphere.
Besides, whilst travelling through Tajikistan and crossing the beautiful and remote Vakhan Valley shared with Afghanistan, I also have a secret hope to set my foot there too.
All my travel plans are beautiful, but some of them do come true fully and the other only only partially. If you are interested in the general course of this trip and what and how I was able to accomplish, I invite you to my short journal Central Asia. In addition, I recommend my descriptions of the specific countries of that region.