The Stans: Pamir Highway and best of Central Asian republics of former USSR

Book the tour — 01 Jun - 14 Jul 2022

“The Stans” is an ultimate international Expedition. The best of Central Asian republics of former USSR expose their beauty:  boundless Kazakh steppes, fruitful Uzbek valleys, breathtaking Tien Shan mountains and lakes of Kyrgyzstan. Legendary Pamir highway with plenty of passes at 4500 m. above the sea level goes through endemic cultures and Aryan people of Tadzhikistan


“The Stans” is an ultimate international Expedition. The best of Central Asian republics of former USSR expose their beauty:  boundless Kazakh steppes, fruitful Uzbek valleys, breathtaking Tien Shan mountains and lakes of Kyrgyzstan. Legendary Pamir highway with plenty of passes at 4500 m. above the sea level goes through endemic cultures and Aryan people of Tadzhikistan. European part of Russia and Ural region are considered to be the most developed areas of the country. Mouth of the Volga river and Caspian Sea are the best fishing spots in Europe

In 2020 we are going to do first tour from Moscow to the Stans and back. Our goal will be Tien Shan mountains and lakes of Kyrgyzstan and legendary Pamir highway with plenty of passes at 4500 m. Its a scout tour, so be ready for adventures. Join us in this ride, we prepared good one for you.   

  • Date – 1 June - 14 July 2022
  • Duration – 45 days
  • Total mileage – 12 000 km
  • Difficulty – hard (border crossings, gravel and serpentine roads, high altitude passes, changing weather conditions)
  • Roads 85% asphalt
  • Price is 18950 EUR (includes BMW F700/F800GS rent, extra charge for R1200GS 1000 EUR)
  • Booking terms - deposit 15% at the time of booking, balance payment 4 months before the tour
  • Deposit for the motorcycle 1000/1200/1500 Euro for F700GS/F800GS/R1200GS
  • Price if you ride your own bike – 13950 EUR  
  • Extra price for the passenger – 12950 EUR

Key tour highlights:

  • Moscow  - the heart of Russia
  • Kazan – the multicultural center of Russia
  • Volgograd - Heroic town
  • Astrakhan  - Russian black caviar
  • Izhevsk – the hometown of Kalashnikov
  • Yekaterinburg – the cultural and historical center of Ural region
  • Caspian Sea – the biggest lake in the World
  • Bukhara and Samarkand – the pearls of Orient
  • Tashkent – Uzbek capital and the biggest city in Central Asia (2.5 mln)
  • Dushanbe  - the capital of Tadzhikistan
  • Pamir highway – the highest road in Central Asia (4600mts passes)
  • Osh – the place of the  best pilaw you’ve ever been eaten
  • Issyk Kul – one of the deepest lakes in the World, 1600 MASL, endemic fauna
  • Bishkek – the capital of Kyrgyzstan, inimitable Oriental Bazar
  • Almaty – historically Russian city in Kazakhstan at the foot of Tien Shan
  • Balkhash – the unique lake has sweet and salty water basins 
  • Karaganda – beautiful city with tragic history
  • Astana – modern capital of Kazakhstan built in the middle of nowhere
  • Burabay – the little Switzerland lost in boundless Kazakh steppe 

Price includes:

  • Motorcycle rental (BMW F700/F800GS, extra charge for R1200GS 1000 EUR)
  • Petrol (for rented motorcycle only, if you ride your own motorcycle petrol is not included)
  • Accommodation in 3-4* hotels (based on sharing a double / twin room), several days in tents, camps
  • Breakfasts (during all days)
  • Meals during the riding days (lunch and dinner)
  • English-speaking guide on a motorcycle
  • Support VAN with spare motorcycle
  • Motorcycle 3rd part insurance
  • Entry tickets to places of interest

Price does not include:

  • Air tickets
  • Medical insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals (lunch and dinner) during rest days
  • Extra motorcycle insurance (extra 750 Euro, no deposit needed, full coverage)
  • Visa counsel fees

Route: where we will go

Day 1. Arriving to Moscow

Day 2. Moscow. Rest day

Day 3. Moscow – Voronezh. 500 km

Day 4. Voronezh – Volgograd. 600 km

Day 5. Volgograd. Rest day

Day 6. Volgograd – Astrakhan. 450 km

Day 7. Astrakhan – Atyrau. Kazakhstan border crossing. 350 km

Day 8. Atyrau – Beyneu.  450 km

Day 9. Beyneu – Nukus. Uzbekistan border crossing. 520 km

Day 10. Nukus – Bukhara. 550 km

Day 11. Bukhara. Rest day

Day 12. Bukhara – Samarkand. 270 km

Day 13. Samarkand – Tashkent. 300 km

Day 14 Tashkent. Rest day

Day 15. Tashkent – Dushanbe. 460 km

Day 16. Dushanbe. Rest day

Day 17. Dushanbe – Qalai Khumb 280 km

Day 18. Qalai Khumb – Khorog 260 km

Day 19. Khorog. Rest day. Acclimatization

Day 20. Khorog – Bibi Fatima Hot Springs. 180 km

Day 21. Bibi Fatima – Murgab. 280 km

Day 22. Murgab – Osh. Kyrgyzstan border crossing. 415 km

Day 23. Osh. Rest day.

Day 24. Osh – Naryn. 460 km

Day 25. Naryn – Tamga. 290 km

Day 26. Tamga. Rest day

Day 27. Tamga – Cholpon Ata. 230 km

Day 28. Cholpon Ata – Bishkek  260 km

Day 29. Bishkek. Rest day.

Day 30. Bishkek – Almaty 250 km

Day 31. Almaty. Rest day

Day 32. Almaty – Balkhash. 630 km

Day 33. Balkhash – Karaganda. 380 km

Day 34. Karaganda – Astana. 216 km

Day 35. Astana. Rest day

Day 36. Astana – Burabay. 260 km

Day 37. Burabay – Kurgan. Russian border crossing  540 km

Day 38. Kurgan – Yekaterinburg . 370 km

Day 39. Yekaterinburg. Rest day

Day 40. Yekaterinburg – Kungur 300 km

Day 41. Kungur – Izhevsk . 350 km

Day 42. Izhevsk – Kazan. 400 km

Day 43. Kazan – Nizhniy Novgorod. 470 km

Day 44. Nizhniy Novgorod – Moscow. 490 km

Day 45. Moscow, departure

Book the tour — 01 Jun - 14 Jul 2022
Tour map

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