Trip reference number: 411
Trip Operator: Oasis Overland
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. Go in search of Tigers in Chitwan National Park and take in the beauty of the Taj Mahal and the Amritsar Golden Temple in India. Dare to cross in to Pakistan and journey to where 3 mountain ranges meet, before entering Iran and visiting the sites of ancient Persia. Armenia and Georgia await with monasteries and churches of old. We enter our final stage and visit the wondrous landscape of Cappadocia before ending our mammoth journey in the only city to span 2 continents, Istanbul.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 12 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 13 to 21 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 22 to 28 Manasarovar Lake
Mt Everest Base Camp – staying in tea houses with spectacular views!
Days 29 to 32 Nepal
South to Zhangmu and the Nepal border
Enter Nepal – twists and turns down the valley to arrive in Kathmandu!
Days 33 to 42 Free time to spend as you want. Trekking, rafting, exploring and relaxing.
Days 43 to 46 Nepal
Chitwan National Park – in search of Rhino, Leopard and Tiger.
Varanasi – Sacred water of the Ganges River.
Days 47 to 52 Kanpur – white marble temple of Shri Radhakrishna.
Orchha – little visited temples, forts and palaces.
Taj Mahal – see this stunning building at sunrise.
Fatephur Sikri – world heritage site.
Days 53 to 56 Delhi – modern day capital.
Amritsar – golden temple.
Wagah border ceremony with Pakistan.
Days 57 to 60 Pakistan
Lahore – Moghul architecture 5 centuries in the making.
Grand trunk road to Islamabad.
Days 61 to 73 Transfer to jeeps - overnight Naran
Cross the Babussar Pass (4175 m) and drive the Karakorum Highway to Fairy Meadows
Optional trek to the base camp of the 8000m + peak of Nanga Parbat
Rama in Astore Valley - a luxuriant pine forested area
Tarashing - hike to Herrlikoffer Base Camp on the opposite side of Nanga Parbat. Free time in the village looking at local life
Magnificent drive through the plains of Deosai National Park to Skardu
Satpara lake & Satpara Buddha
Shigar valley and fort - area known as Little Tibet
Gilgit and Kargah Buddha (7th Century) - hopefully see a famous Polo Match!
Karimabad (Hunza Valley) - Surrounded by 7000m peaks we visit Altit and Baltit Forts
Karakorum Highway to Passu
Borit lake - we hike to Passu Glacier and cross Gulkhin Glacier on foot
Hussaini suspension bridge - cross if you dare!
Walking tour of Karimabad town and melt water channels
Sunset at Duikar view point (3000m)
We take the original Karakorum Highway, following the Indus River, to Besham
Continue to Islamabad, stopping off in the pine forests along the way
Days 74 to 82 City tour of Islamabad and a visit to Taxila Museum
Flexible itinerary – following old Overland routes to Peshawar and Quetta
Days 83 to 92 Iran
Zahedan – town close to tri point of borders with Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Kerman - Ganjali Khan Caravanserai
Yazd – Zoroastrian history
Tehran – cosmopolitan and frenetic capital.
Esfahan - explore this historic and beautiful city
Tabriz - explore the 35km labyrinthine bazaar and the Blue (Kabud) Mosque
Days 93 to 98 Armenia
Yerevan – World-famous brandy distillery
Savanavank – monastery on the shores of Lake Sevan
Days 99 to 109 Georgia
Telavi - ancient wine-growing region
Tbilisi – Georgia’s capital city
Gori – birthplace of Stalin
Kutaisi – Georgia’s second largest city
Foothills of the Caucasus - bush camps in rural Georgia
Batumi - on the Black Sea Coast
Days 110 to 115 Turkey
Black Sea and bush camping.
Cappadoccia - explore dwellings carved from the eerily eroded landscape.
Days 116 to 119 Ankara – Turkey’s cosmopolitan capital
Istanbul – So much to see and do! Our trip ends after breakfast. 17 Weeks - Central Asia & South East Asia - FALSE Please note there may be a kitty contribution - please check the website
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