Type of tour:Guided
Duration:14 Nights
Distance:34 Miles/day average
Dates: Jul 3, 17; Aug 7, 2016 (minimum 2 participants)
Tour price:US$4250
Start city:Almaty, Kazakhstan
End city:Almaty, Kazakhstan
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Off-Road Adventure
Mountain Biking Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan

Tour Description: Guided

Mountain biking in Kazakhstan is full of adventure: cycling with horses across the grasslands of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, 4,265-foot/ 1300-m descents after being dropped off by a helicopter, rocky roads running alongside roaring rivers!

From Almaty we take you off the grid and into the heart of the Tien Shan mountains that include the marble pyramid of Khan Tengri (23,000 feet/7010 m) and Pobedy Peak (24,406 feet/7439 m).

Snow-capped mountains provide a stunning backdrop for our mountain biking adventure through valleys with lush pastures and up to passes and plateaus that are teeming with grasslands and wildflowers. The only traffic will be the occasional horseman and we'll meet nomadic Kazakhs that have moved their flocks of sheep to high pastures.

We meet in the cosmopolitan city of Almaty that still has remnants of the Soviet era but has evolved into a city with a distinctive European feel. We have walk around this leafy city before heading to the mountains and rivers.

We start biking from the Turgen River Gorge and the landscape quickly changes from pine trees to open rolling grasslands. Every day we'll bike up dirt roads to the top of passes, followed adrenalin-inducing downhills and then camp next to rushing rivers as we weave our way to Karkara Valley.

The highlight of our tour is two days heli-biking. We are flown to the lofty height of 3500 m and then have a daunting descent on single track and jeep dirt roads back to our camp. The adventure continues as we climb to the top of Mingtur Pass (3900 m) and the Chon Ashy Pass (12,500 feet/3820 m) and descend into Kyrgyzstan. We transfer back to Almaty and celebrate our cycling accomplishments!

This is a tough off-road mountain biking tour as not only is the cycling challenging, we are riding at high altitudes and in extreme weather conditions. This all makes for a true adventure for those that want a unique biking experience with spectacular high mountain scenery.

The minimum age for this tour is 18.

A note about weather: Kazakhstan has hot summers and very cold winters. Temperatures and climate also vary according to the altitude. The summer days are warm with brilliant blue skies (max. 25°C/77°F to min. 10°C/50°F), but the weather in mountainous areas can be very unpredictable. Come prepared for cold evenings, rain, hail and possibly even snow. Early morning starts and descents at altitude will be more comfortable with proper gear on.

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