Climbing through Kyrgyzstan

In the last couple of weeks we’ve seen some incredibly dramatic transitions between landscapes. We’d be cycling a flat dry desert with no water in the morning and climbing mountains surrounded by snow and ice cold rivers in the afternoon. 

Kyrgyzstan has lifted our spirits and reinvigorated our hunger for the trip. Even though we climbed 2 passes over 3000m, it all seemed worth it for the stunning views, clear mountain waters and improved food after the lows of Uzbekistan. Kyrgyzstan somehow managed to exceed our inflated expectations; it really is the Switzerland of Central Asia. Our health improved as a result too and in the blink of an eye we seem to have ended up charging through Western China. It has all happened rather quickly.

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Horsemen herding their sheep across the hills. Kyrgyzstan.