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Uzbekistan & Kyrgyzstan in winter?
« on: November 25, 2010, 10:16:18 AM »
Has anybody on here had experience riding through Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan (likely just to Osh, in the winter crossing into China would be tough if not impossible) in the winter? I'd likely be looking at heading through in December or January... rough I know, but I do live in Canada and ride all winter! I've been there in November and it seemed quite warm in the Ferghana valley. Do you think it is at all possible or plausible? I'll ride through Pakistan and India instead if I have to.
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Re: Uzbekistan & Kyrgyzstan in winter?
« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2010, 01:00:11 PM »
Hello,
I don't know this from personal experience, but I am quite sure the pass will be closed in winter.
It is not a question about the weather conditions, but the road will not be maintained (to much snow) and there will be no custom officers. Other passes in the area are closed from october/november till may.
Peter
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Re: Uzbekistan & Kyrgyzstan in winter?
« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2010, 10:11:05 AM »
Yeah I figured I'd only be able to make it to Osh... although my timeline would potentially give me enough time to get there in early to mid-November... pretty late still. Anyway, I think I'm going to go Iran-Pakistan instead although I'm not exactly stoked on Baluchistan.
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Re: Uzbekistan & Kyrgyzstan in winter?
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2010, 09:46:01 PM »
Hi there
I had crossed the pass from Kyrgigistan to china, heading to Kashgar in late sept.
It was with snow but not bad. After I went to KKH as late as october, still fine.
The border pass between kyrgigistan and China is in very bad condition very big stones and no supplies after Sary Tash.
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Re: Uzbekistan & Kyrgyzstan in winter?
« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2010, 01:55:26 PM »
Thanks for the reply Biciclown. I've been there in October, crossed from China to Kyrgyzstan then, it's a fun road haha, it looked like they were doing some upgrading last year, but who knows now with all of the government upheaval and whatnot. Weather-wise it was fine then... I've been getting mixed reviews on the crossing in the winter. Some folks say it's doable, as it opens periodically in the winter, others say no. But it really seems people don't go in the winter haha. I'd have to take a bus anyway, I'm sure it wouldn't be bikeable, well not at all pleasantly or without a Pugsley or something. Any info on Baluchistan??

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Re: Uzbekistan & Kyrgyzstan in winter?
« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2010, 06:29:49 AM »
I took a bus across Baluchistan. About 40 hours from Esfahan to Quetta.
The reason I did this was the heat in July. With temperatures up to 60 degrees.
A friend was cycling at the same time. I think he was 3 times in hospital because of dehydration, but continued the next days.
Safety was not a big issue for him. The Iranian part is quite ok, on the Pakistani part I have heard different stories. Some people are stopped and transported to Quetta, others get an escort, but are allowed to cycle. I believe that the main road is fairly safe in the day time and should be avoided at night. The landscape is fantastic if you like deserts.
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Re: Uzbekistan & Kyrgyzstan in winter?
« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2011, 01:21:27 PM »
Thanks Peter. It's looking more and more as Baluchistan will be my route. I too would likely take a bus across that section, more for safety than anything else. Thanks!