The Silk Route

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Your Silk Route Expedition. Trace footsteps, blaze trails.

Uncover an ancient network of trade routes that were for centuries central to cultural interaction throughout Asia. The Silk Route connected China in the far East through to the Mediterranean seas of Europe in the West. An expedition on the Silk Route features Uzbekistan’s exotic bazaars, spell-binding architecture, camel trekking in the desert and friendly home-stays. And that’s before we mention the breathtaking high altitude treks in the Tien Shan mountain range in neighbouring Kyrgyzstan.

Not for the faint hearted, the Silk Route offers an adventurous trail blazing through exotic culture and challenging terrain. Forge your own path.

Terrain

Kyrgyzstan is dominated by mountains, Uzbekistan has semi-arid grasslands and rolling deserts

Climate

Continental climate with hot summers May-Sep and cold winters Dec-Feb

Did you know?

Greet Uzbek women by bowing with your right hand placed over your heart

Some of the best bits

Heavenly trekking

Experience high altitude trekking on trails through pristine alpine forests, past huge glacial lakes and over high altitude passes. The enormous peaks of the Tien Shan mountain range span all the way to China. Relatively unexplored and isolated, trekking here offers simply stunning scenes.

Life in a yurt

Experience life in a Kyrgyz yurt, with their colourful, traditional woven textiles handed down through generations. Pros can erect these in an hour but we recommend you try staying in one already set up. See how easy they are to regulate light and temperature with, genius.

Explore the Red Sands of Kyzyl-Kum

Uzbekistan is home to one of the largest deserts in Asia. Hop on a double-humped Bactrain camel and get yourself in there. Keep an eye out, you might even spot tiny turtles, lizards and marmots from up top.

Discover the Silk Route cities

Marvel at the spell-binding architecture in Uzbekistan’s Silk Route cities of Samarkand and Bukhara. With heritage as old as Rome it stands testament to a crossroad of cultures having been ruled by everyone from the Persians to the famed Mongol, Genghis Khan. With towering mosques and mausoleums, it has earnt prestigious UNESCO world heritage status.

Listen to a glacier crack

Short, sharp and steep but once you’ve made it up to the top camp of Ala Archa National Park you’ll be rewarded with time to sit still, watch rocks crumble into glacial lakes and hear the thunder of a glacier crack. Magical moments like this are well worth the effort.

“One of most fulfilling experiences was reaching the beautiful glacial Ala Kol lake, after a steep and hard climb. Overall the trip was amazing, enriching and inspiring.”
Lucy, Challenger

Follow in the footsteps of past teams or forge your own path

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