Testimonials - Tajikistan to Kyrgyzstan
The Pamir Highway
Here are what some of our customers have had to say about our Tajikistan to Kyrgyzstan cycling holidays...
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Simon Barrett, Edinburgh, Scotland
This was a great trip. The cycling was physically tough due to combination of heat, altitude, climbs, head winds and some terrible roads but the incredible scenery was a great reward. We were lucky with our large group who all got on well and we had fantastic support from the redspokes leaders and the local team. Stuart was particularly efficient: I found it very helpful to have accurate information about distances, climbs and rest stops and it was very reassuring to know he has superb bike mechanic skills. The local guide, Daniyar, and his team (Kokon, Kuban, Aiym, Adil, Muna and Rachman) really made it special. All of them were fun, kind, welcoming and obliging, and seemed to be enjoying themselves too. Some of Aiym's cooking was delicious with some great soups and pulses; healthy too. I have returned home feeling that I had a holiday as well as having explored a fascinating and remote corner of the world. In addition I think we all had fun. Thank you redspokes!
Peter Dilks, Christchurch, New Zealand
The Tajikistan trip was different to other redspokes trips I’d done - a country not commonly visited by tourists and with little tourism infrastructure. The cycling while hard is rewarding, the scenery stunning and the Tajik people were the friendliest and most welcoming of any country I have visited.
Heiko Conze, Amsterdam, Netherlands
The redspokes Pamir Highway trip was for me a lifetime experience that combined all I want from a great (cycling) adventure. We rode through spectacular alpine mountains and green river valleys, met welcoming locals along the road and in the homestays, and were challenged every day by very demanding roads, mostly unpaved and bumpy with hardly any traffic. A great trip if you want to explore a stunning and (yet) less visited part of the world!
Bob Harrison, Weymouth, England, UK
This was an extraordinarily tough trip but well organised and utterly rewarding. Furthermore, as a committed solo cyclist I would recommend anyone to consider doing this route with Red Spokes in preference to pushing a heavily laden tour bike through kilometer after kilometer of deep sand and rock.
Ged Browne, Wanstead, London, UK
If you enjoy off-road adventure cycling, I don't know how this trip could be bettered. The terrain was varied, challenging and often exhilarating. The range of scenery and weather in such a short period was amazing - from fertile, populated valleys of 35C+ to bleak Tibet-like uplands, below 0, and as undeveloped in terms of infrastructure as anywhere I have ever been. Obviously, this had its challenges, but for me the feeling of being in some truly untravelled wilderness areas, with lovely welcoming people made it well worth the hardships.
Abby Penlington, Amsterdam, Netherlands
The Pamir Highway trip was a real adventure. Beautiful scenery, the warmest, most hospitable people I've ever met and some truely memorable experiences such as waking up to snow during our Yurt stay.
John Lingford, , London, England, UK
Want to see inside a Yurt, eat fresh warm bread and drink warm Yak milk? Perhaps even the chance to herd some calves? Then join the redspokes Tajikistan tour, spectacular scenery, rushing rivers, views of Afghanistan all thrown in as well. Fascinating country, and the chance to find out more from your local guide and drivers. Another redspokes special.
Nigel Hardy, London, England, UK
The trip itinerary was at an ideal pace; fast enough to cover significant distances each day, but slow enough to absorb the stunning scenery. There was plenty of time for ad-hoc breaks, photo opportunities, interaction with locals and stopping off at places of interest en route. Food, water, shelter and mechanical expertise were always on hand, even in a difficult environment logistically.
Anna & Lynyrd de Wit- in 't Veld, Netherlands
We have had a wonderful trip with stunning mountains, warm people in not often visited areas. The tough roads, heat and upset stomach made it sometimes a challenge. But in the end of the day we always looked forward to a warm welcome in the homestay or yurt. It was a unique cultural experience. We can't decide on the trip's highlight: Whakhan Corridor, Karghush, Pamir Highway, and Karakol all deserve a nomination. Let the pictures decide.
Mathis Trepp, Chur Switzerland
What a wonderful trip to this remote part of the world. My highlight was seeing the snow capped Hindu Kush Mountains in Afghanistan as we cycled the Wakhan Corridor! To share this with a nice group of fellow cyclists and friendly locals was very special.
Sarah Todd, Berlin
I had been looking for a cycling trip to a part of the world where people don't often travel, that would provide both an interesting cultural insight, great scenery and challenging cycle. This tour didn't disappoint, it was everything I had hoped for, plus some; the Tajik people were extremely friendly, the cycling was challenging whilst still remaining good fun, the scenery was variable and breathtaking.I would strongly recommend this as a trip for people who want to get off the beaten track....though be warned, you do need to be pretty fit!
Trevor Taylor, Edinburgh, Scotland
Cycling through the dramatic landscapes of the Pamirs with barely any traffic all day (especially when on the plateau) and thinking it can't get better than this but it does around the next bend, is an experience to be treasured. But the abiding memory is of the astonishing hospitality and generosity of the Pamiri people who would humble you by joyfully offering all they had with you unable to offer anything in return.
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