Cycling through Kyrgyzstan

by @pushpedal

We went through Kyrgyzstan and met a great cycling companion from Italy. Our favourite place was the Moldu-Ashuu pass.

Location: Kyrgyzstan — Bishkek, Issykul, Kara-kul, Sonkul, Kaldamo Pass, Jalalabad, and Kyzyl-Art Pass.

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Brief Descriptions of the Clips

  1. Practicing on the harmonica that we got in China. We've seen other cyclists carrying musical instruments and wanted one too. A small easy to carry option was a harmonica!
  2. It was very great having the opportunity to cook using a fire. It saved us heaps of money in Kyrgyzstan because the small gas bottles we're surprisingly expensive here
  3. As we cycled around the big Issykul, dark grey clouds were following us, eventually they got us and we got drenched for 3 hours. We warmed up in Kara-kul at a CouchSurfer place
  4. Another opportunity to practice on the harmonica, this time by the lake during sunrise. It was a beautiful and quiet spot we camped in.
  5. As we left Issykul heading to the next lake, above us were some thunderous clouds. We actually got very worried we might be stiked!
  6. Most of the passes in Kyrgyzstan were unsealed road so climbing up with our bikes were really exhausting. On this day we climbed over our first pass and were really happy to see the top
  7. Up a different pass — Kaldamo Pass — we saw some very interesting looking horses. They were rocking but there were no music! We're keeping it a secret why they do that!
  8. We finally made it across Kaldamo pass after a full day climbing up. It was beautiful both side of the pass. We ended up camping just 5 kms from the top
  9. Before arriving into Jalalabad we tried to video a timelapse of the sunset and pitching our tent, and the tent ended up blocking the sunset. We liked the video anyway so it got included
  10. Many stray dogs here and they're actually friendly once you get to know them. Before crossing the border we camped nearby a place with 3 stray dogs, they begged for food and were very afraid of us at first. It only takes a few patting on the head and their tail starts to wag!
  11. Crossing into Tajikistan from Sary-Tash there were 40 km of no man's land which meant nobody was really responsible for the road (technically it is Kyrgyzstan). Nonetheless the road quality wasn't that great
  12. It was really hard climbing that day because Pheng got food poisoning a few days earlier and was still recovering. We had to rest at every hairpin due to altitude and energy
  13. We made it to Tajikistan! To welcome us to the Pamirs, we had to climb up Kyzyl-Art pass which was 4282 m high

Video made using Instagram Stories and Quik.

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This looks like a lot of fun. I'd like to go on a big cycling tour one day. I could probably get to some pretty cool places over here in British Columbia.

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