Trip reference number: 408

Trip Operator: Oasis Overland

Exploratory - London To Kathmandu (13.5 Weeks) - Ultimate Asia Overland

From: £5595.00

Take the classic hippy trail from London to Kathmandu. From the flat lands of Europe to the peaks of the Himalayas, our Ultimate Asia Overland has something for everyone. Take a walk in Red Square, journey€ross the Caspian sea for a 4x4 adventure in the Turkmen desert. Travel the old Silk Road through Uzbekistan and hang out with Nomads in Kyrgyzstan. Take the route less travelled in to Tibet and Mount Kailash, before staring in wonder at Mount Everest. Meet fellow travellers in the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu and why not extend your time here to trek in the Himalayas. PLEASE NOTE: This is an Exploratory trip with several new areas for Oasis. Things will change and we may not do everything on the itinerary, but equally we may visit lots of places not listed. Basically come with an open mind and an easy going attitude for an adventure of a lifetime! Days 1 to 6 UK, Germany, Poland, Ukraine

Start London - train to Berlin and overnight.  

Warsaw, Kiev (optional Chernobyl visit) and overnight train to Moscow.

Day 7 Moscow –Kremlin, Red Square and maybe a night at the ballet!

Days 8 to 10 Fast train to St. Petersburg.  2 days to see the city – onion domed Cathedral, Hermitage museum and more. 

Days 11 to 19 Russia

Join the Overland truck.  South to Veliky Novgorod, Lake Ilmen and east to Suzdal open air museum.

South towards Georgia, exploring this little visited part of Russia.

Days 20 to 27 Georgia

Stepantsminda – spectacular mountains and hiking.

Tbilisi – Georgia’s capital city.

Telavi – ancient wine growing area.

Days 28 to 32 Azerbaijan

Mud Volcanoes

Baku – capital city

Ferry€ross the Caspian

Days 33 to 37 Turkmenistan

Turkmenbashi – interesting port town.

Transfer to jeeps – desert crossing – Balkan mountains and Yangikala Canyon.

Darwaza Gas Crater – the ‘Door to Hell’, a result of Soviet-era gas exploration.

Kunye Urgench - see the 60mtr high minaret

Days 38 to 48 Uzbekistan

Aral Sea – see ships marooned in the desert.

Khiva - explore the ancient medressas, mausoleums and museums.

Bukhara - an important stop on the Silk Rd of old & home to over 350 mosques & 100 Islamic colleges.

Kyzylkum Desert - beauty & harshness in one.

Samarkand - as old as Babylon, view the beauty of the Registan, medressas & mosques.

Termez – border town with Afghanistan.

Days 49 to 57 Tajikistan

Dushanbe – the capital.

Pamir Highway – stunning views from the top of the world.

Khorog and the Koi Tezek Pass (4272 mtrs).

Murgab – Ak Baital Pass (4655 mtrs).

Kara Kul Lake – highest lake in Central Asia.

Days 58 to 61 Kyrgyzstan

Osh, the 2nd largest city in Kyrgyzstan & home of the Great Silk Road Bazaar.

High passes and the turquoise waters of Toktogul Reservoir.

Arrive Bishkek.

Days 62 to 63 Bishkek - the Kyrgyzstan capital.  Soviet built city with tree lined boulevards and parks.  A chance to let our hair down, relax and maybe remind our taste buds about western food!

Days 64 to 75 Kyrgyzstan

Ala-Archa Nature Reserve - an option to go trekking to the edge of glaciers, in spectacular scenery

Lake Issyk-Kul - a massive mountain lake with magnificent scenery & loads of€tivities to choose from

Karakol / Jeti Orguz Region - hiking into the surrounding Terskay Ala-Too Mountains

Lake Song Kol - Traditional yurt stay, horseback riding and trekking the surrounding area

Tash Rabat - visit this ancient caravanserai

Torugat Pass - travel through the Tien Shan Mountains & cross the border into China

Days 76 to 84 China and Tibet

Kashgar - a major trading point on the old Silk Road.

Follow the border of Pakistan and India – rough roads and wild camping!

Mt Kailash – Little visited Sacred Site.

Days 85 to 91 Manasarovar Lake

Mt Everest Base Camp – staying in tea houses with spectacular views!

Days 92 to 95 Nepal

South to Zhangmu and the Nepal border

Enter Nepal – twists and turns down the valley to arrive in Kathmandu!

Day 96 Your trip ends after Breakfast. 13.5 Weeks - Central Asia & South East Asia - FALSE Please note there may be a kitty contribution - please check the website

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