Kyrgyzstan & Kazakhstan

On 24 August 1998 I packed my bicycle with a tent, a sleeping bag and a wad of dollar bills, and hopped on a plane to Almaty.

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25 Aug 98
View from the Hotel Kazakstan, Almaty, of the Arman cinema and Zailiysky Alatau mountains (~4000 m)
13 Sep 98
Bactrian camels, Gorky Park, Almaty
13 Sep 98
Soviet WWII memorial, Panfilov Park, Almaty
29 Aug 98
Western end of Lake Issyk-Kul
29 Aug 98
Roadside catering by Lake Issyk-Kul
29 Aug 98
Bar-Bulak
29 Aug 98
Western end of Lake Issyk-Kul
29 Aug 98
Kate (American) at homestay, Kara-Koo
30 Aug 98
Kara-Koo in the distance
30 Aug 98
Kalpak hats, listening to Independence Day speeches, Bokonbayevo
Karakol region
1 Sep 98
Holy Trinity Cathedral, Karakol, re-consecrated in 1991
2 Sep 98
Spice seller, Karakol bazaar
4 Sep 98
En route to Altyn Arashan, Valentin throwing water over the engine
4 Sep 98
Arashan Valley and Tent Peak, 4260 m
4 Sep 98
Arashan Valley and Tent Peak, 4260 m
4 Sep 98
Our home at Altyn Arashan, the forestry service building
7 Sep 98
Jaldosh's yurt (but we called him George): Eliot, Ernst, Blythe, Larissa and Jaldosh's friend
7 Sep 98
Bruce Harmon
5 Sep 98
Eliot, Larissa and Blythe
5 Sep 98
Baggage wagon
5 Sep 98
First night's camp
6 Sep 98
Approaching the Ala-Köl Pass
6 Sep 98
Eliot and Ernst climbing the Ala-Köl Pass
6 Sep 98
On the Ala-Köl Pass, 3920 m
6 Sep 98
Ala-Köl Pass, above lake Ala-Köl
6 Sep 98
Lake Ala-Köl
On6 Sep 98
Ernst Peak, 4100 m (left, named after our guide) and the Takyr Tor glacier
6 Sep 98
Takyr Tor glacier
7 Sep 98
Ernst on the Ala-Köl Pass, Takyr Tor glacier in the background
7 Sep 98
Marmot for dinner
8 Sep 98
Riding
8 Sep 98
Eliot at Quran's camp
8 Sep 98
Quran's camp
Since independence many places in Kyrgyzstan have reverted to pre-Soviet names: Sokolovka is now Ak-Chiy and Sovietskoe is now Kyzyl Jar
10 Sep 98
Ak-Chiy, early evening and this hospitable group was sitting on the grass drinking vodka
10 Sep 98
Lonely Planet in Ak-Chiy
11 Sep 98
Damir, one of my hosts, wanted to swap a 20 som note (worth $1) for a $20 bill
11 Sep 98
Kyzyl-Jar, on the way to Karkara
11 Sep 98
Karkara valley
11 Sep 98
Karkara valley, Kazakhstan
11 Sep 98
Karkara valley, Kazakhstan
12 Sep 98
Passport stamp, Kegan
"ЗА НАРУШЕНИЕ ПРАВИЛ ПРЕБЫВАНИЯ В РЕСПУБЛИКЕ КАЗАХСТАН ПОДВЕРГНУТ АДМИНИСТРАТИВНОЕ ОТВЕТСТВЕННОСТИ"
For violation of the rules of stay in the Republic of Kazakhstan will be subject to administrative charge
There are no photos from Kegan because my time there was spent in police custody
12 Sep 98
Cafe on the road to Almaty