Exploratory - London To Istanbul Via Kathmandu (26 Weeks) - Ultimate Asia Overland

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Run by: Oasis Overland

Reference number: 407

From: £8349.00

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. 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 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!

Days 96 to 105 Free time to spend as you want.  Treking, rafting, exploring and relaxing.

Days 106 to 109 Chitwan National Park – in search of Rhino, Leopard and Tiger.

India

Varanasi – Sacred water of the Ganges River.

Days 110 to 115 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 116 to 119 Delhi – modern day capital.

Amritsar – golden temple.

Wagah border ceremony with Pakistan.

Days 120 to 123 Pakistan

Lahore – Moghul architecture 5 centuries in the making.

Grand trunk road to Islamabad.

Days 124 to 136 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

Katchura Lake

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 137 to 145 City tour of Islamabad and a visit to Taxila Museum

Flexible itinerary – following old Overland routes to Peshawar and Quetta

Days 146 to 155 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

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Departures

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