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  • Day1

    Bishkek en de Burana toren

    August 6 in Kyrgyzstan

    Een marshrutka (minibus met een 15-tal plaatsen) brengt ons van Almaty naar Bishkek, de hoofdstad van Kirgistan. Hit als “Scatman” en “Voyage voyage” schallen door de boxen terwijl de chauffeur stevig door rijdt. Ik zie dat zijn busje al 680 000km op de teller heeft, dat doen er hem niet veel auto’s na in België.

    Na 3 uur rijden zijn we al aan de grens met Kirgistan. Iedereen moet het voertuig verlaten, al zijn bagage meenemen en te voet langs de douane. Op amper 10 minuten passeren we zowel de Kazachse als de Kirgizische controlepost. Even later zien we ons busje al weer komen en vertrekken we voor de laatste 20km naar Bishkek.

    Het straatbeeld rond Bishkek is vrij gelijkaardig aan dat rond Almaty. De meeste huizen zijn weer afgesloten met poorten, de auto’s zijn minstens even vervuilend en we zien opnieuw veel fruitverkopers met o.a. appels en watermeloenen. Nieuw zijn de vele “kvas”-standjes: een lokale drank, iets tussen ice-tea en limonade, wordt uit tanks of bidons uitgeschonken.

    Het is verschroeiend heet in Bishkek. We vonden dat ook al in Almaty, maar hier is de hitte nog veel drukkender. We springen dan ook regelmatig een tearoom of winkelcentrum binnen voor wat frissere lucht en een drankje of taartje. Bishkek is niet zo groot en interessant als Almaty maar de parken en pleinen zijn best wel gezellig.

    Op donderdag doen we ons eerste uitstapje buiten de stad. Een taxi brengt ons naar de Burana toren, het enige overblijfsel van een grote 11e eeuwse stad langs de oude Zijderoute. Vlakbij bewonderen we enkele petroglyfen en balbals. Dit zijn grote stenen waarin Turkse nomaden gezichten kervden. De Balbals werden op een graf geplaatst als de persoon in kwestie als een te duchten tegenstander werd beschouwd. In het kleine museum bekijken we nog enkele opgegraven objecten en dan keren we terug naar Bishkek.
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  • Day42


    March 29, 2015 in Kyrgyzstan

    Let's play a game - spot the Lada! They are everywhere and seem to be the automotive brand of choice for the police force. So USSR. Today it started snowing and tomorrow the "high" is -6. I intend to spend the day at the Iranian embassy; I do hope it's centrally heated.
    Staying with a Kyrgyz family. It's a guesthouse and I am the only guest (staying true to the name) and their hospitality is quite unbelievable. They invite me in for dinner, make me tea and Guiliya the grandmother has been sharing her many stories with me. We think she should write a book. I am glad to be staying for a few days here.
    Kyrgyzstan is a fun country. Please take a moment to look at the hat below. No lie, this is what the men wear about the town. It's like something out of Noddy. However, they are made of felt and fur-lined so incredibly warm in this cold weather.
    Ruth - I found a vanilla latte. Unfortunately, you weren't with it.
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  • Day43


    March 30, 2015 in Kyrgyzstan

    Miriam - schnee! And lots of it.
    It has been below freezing for two days here in Bishkek, plummeting to a painful -13 yesterday morning.
    The post office is very old fashioned. A giant map of the world adorns the main wall and it even had a sewing machine behind the wooden counter. Parcels are wrapped in brown paper and then tied with string. The address is then written on by hand.
    Iranian visa collected this afternoon. Only took three months to arrange...Read more

  • Day59


    June 30, 2015 in Kyrgyzstan

    We had nearly two weeks to discover Kyrgyzstan. Because our flight to Delhi was already booked we've spent the time in canteens, undertook some sightseeing and organised a trip around the lake. I bought a 6kg watermelon for around 1€ and ended up sharing it with the whole hostel, because we had to leave the next day ;)

  • Day66


    July 7, 2015 in Kyrgyzstan

    Back in Bishkek we've stayed in a funny hotel, which could be rented by the hour. We've eaten more cheap local food and sent many postcards. Hoped that some will arrive... In the end we had to say good bye to Killian, who will make his way to China. Two days later we took the plane to Dehli.

  • Day1


    June 8, 2014 in Kyrgyzstan

    Muztagh Ata Expedition 2014 in den Startlöchern!
    Publiziert am 8.6.2014
    Nachdem alle Teilnehmer der diesjährigen SummitClimb Muztagh Ata Expedition aus Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz in Istanbul zusammentrafen, ging es gemeinsam weiter nach Bishkek in Kirgistan, wo die Gruppe heute morgen um 08:55 Lokalzeit komplett inklusive allen Gepäcks eingetroffen ist. Nach einem kurzen Stop zur Verpflegung und kleinen Einkäufen ging es per Kleinbus weiter in Richtung chinesische Grenze. Nach sechs Stunden Fahrt über teils gute, teils sehr holprige Piste erreichten Sie am frühen Abend durchgeschüttelt den Ort Naryn. Hier gilt es sich jetzt vom ersten Abschnitt der Reise zu erholen, bevor es morgen früh über den Tourgart Pass und die chinesische Grenze weitergeht bis nach Kashgar.
    Wir wünschen unserem Team am Muztagh Ata viel Glück und Erfolg in den kommenden Wochen!
    Julian Beermann- Schweiz – Expeditionsleiter
    Mike Dietze – Deutschland
    Grit Dietze – Deutschland
    Andreas Flöck – Österreich
    Anna Maria Oberheinricher – Österreich
    Maximilian Kamml – Deutschland
    Stefan Mertens – Deutschland
    Markus Stähelin – Schweiz
    Florian Troeger – Deutschland
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  • Day10

    Chong-Kemin to Burana Tower

    July 11, 2017 in Kyrgyzstan

    We leave Song-Kul and retrace our steps down the switchbacks of the mountain. The wildflowers are stunning and we come across a herd of yaks getting out for a photo-stop. We stop at a roadside cafeteria that has a huge assortment of hot and cold selections. I opt for lentil soup, yogurt-compote and moussaka like dish. We then drive to our guest house in Chong-Kemin, a national park area. It is delightful with a second floor terrace that feels like a tree house, cool breezes, surrounded by green mountains, and a courtyard that our room opens onto that is populated by Turcic Balbas - gravestones. We take a quick walk but otherwise relax the rest of the day, eating dinner on the terrace. The next day we are off to Bishtek - the capital of Krygstan, by way of the Burrata tower. The tower dates from over a 1000 years ago and originally served as a lighthouse - guiding the way for those going between kharavistas - trading outposts. The original tower was reconstructed by the Soviets. More interesting to me is the gathering of Turcic gravestones that are placed near the tower, not original to this site but dating from the 5 - 9 centuries. The gravestones have faces and are holding cups that symbolize what kind of life they lived. They're also all male. Then off to Bishtek.Read more

  • Day11


    July 12, 2017 in Kyrgyzstan

    After checking in at our hotel, we leave for a 5pm city tour, the heat of the day now diminishing. We start at victory square and see the eternal flame for fallen soldiers. Many of the memorials use women figures, here a woman holding a cup representing a mother servicing the nation's sons. We walk a few minutes to TsUMs, the famed Soviet national department store. We rode the escalator 5 flights to the souvenir level. It's hot, with a bunch of stalls selling Soviet kitsch, felt products, t shirts, slippers, and other underwhelming choices. I head out to the plaza in front for a lovely street scene of fountains and people enjoying the afternoon. I'm shocked to see several of the Soviet era drink machines, with plastic cups, still in use, dispensing drinks. We walk through many more monuments, past the Kryg Queen who made the original pact letting in the Soviets in the mid 19th century, past the women's liberation monument dedicated to when women freed themselves from wearing the head scarves in 1917, past Lenin, relegated to the back of the State historical Musuem which is under renovation, past the monument to the student uprising of 2010, past stately buildings and wide boulevards, eventually stopping for dinner at a beautiful restaurant with very slow service.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

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