NomadXpress’ top 20 + 1 experiences in Central Asia

Central Asia by NomadXpress
In respect of our NomadXpress' tradition, after the Balkans and Middle East "Best of", here you have our personal list of tops in Central Asia, including Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. The list is not exhaustive nor following any specific ranking. It is only the spontaneous outcome of our free memory and imagination across these timeless countries still p...
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Astana (KAZ) – Ölgii (MGL) by bus: the trip and tips at length

WHY THIS ROUTE? We ended up picking this itinerary when stuck in Central Asia without the Chinese Visa, previously denied in all the - Stan countries (nowadays it turned out almost impossible to get the approval in Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan or Kyrgyzstan). Hence, we had to modify our original plan to cross from Kyrgyzstan to China into a new daring trajectory bypas...
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On the tracks of flamingos in Korgalzhyn Nature Reserve (Kazakhstan)

Let’s be honest: we are not birdwatchers or birds lovers. However, since we got stuck in Astana waiting for the bus to Olgii (Mongolia), we had to find interesting activities in the surroundings. That’s where the remote town of Korgalzhyn fits in. Located at around 130 Km from the capital, it’s the perfect two days visit to see completely different things from the futuristic...
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48 hours around SONG-KÖL: trek, yurt stay and horse-riding

SON KÖL: trek, yurt and horse-riding, Kyrgyzstan
Situated at an altitude of 3016 m, Song-Köl is definitely a must-see inside the spellbinding panorama of Kyrgyzstan. It is a beautiful alpine lake enclosed by snowy mountains, thriving pastures and nomadic yurt camps, partially dedicated to tourists as well. We chose the cheapest and most fascinating way to arrive there, that is from the northern side and the small vil...
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4 days trek in Arslanbob

Arslanbob - Kyrgyzstan
If you do like trek and horse activities, you surely cannot miss Kyrgyzstan in your Silk Road journey. Studded with verdant valleys, candid peaks and alpine lakes, the country is the perfect scenario for hiking among the natural beauties and sleep under the beaming stars. Furthermore, it has surprisingly developed a community-based tourism (CBT) system by which you can easil...
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Nomadxpress’ top 10 places and experiences in TAJIKISTAN

Tajikistan - Pamir Mountains
After a couple of weeks spent in the marvellous Tajikistan – among ones of the highest peaks in the world – we came up with the following top experiences in our touching journey. To the same extent, we have also retained the heartfelt hospitality and cheerful welcome of its native people, whose genuine spirit and long-standing traditions represent at the best the “core values...
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Yurt experience in Aydar Lake (Nurata)

Aidar Yurt Camp, Uzbekistan
Once in Central Asia, we heard from other backpackers about Community-based tourism organizations. They essentially assist travellers to have real, local experiences as yurt stays, horse riding, mountain hikes, workshops, etc ... More importantly, they serve as direct contact between travellers and local people, who should be the first beneficiary of all activities. Money the...
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Local train experience between Aktau (KAZAKHSTAN) & Kungrad (UZBEKISTAN)

Local train experience between Aktau (KAZAKHSTAN) & Kungrad (UZBEKISTAN)
In general, so far in our trip we rarely took advantage of trains, in part due to lack of infrastructures; in part because buses are normally faster, cheaper and more frequent. However once you get in Aktau, Kazakhstan, you have no many options to move forward to Uzbekistan: just the glorious, “soviet” train directed to Kungrad (first big city in Uzbekistan), a 25 hours-last...
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How to get from Baku to Aktau by ship

cross from baku to aktau by ferry
After being denied the Turkmenistan Visa in Iran, we had to come up with a new route to be able to follow our journey on the Silk Road towards Uzbekistan. The only safe option at that moment (excluding Afghanistan and Pakistan) was across the Caspian Sea from Azerbaijan to Kazakhstan, where many nationalities currently do not need Visas. Once you are in Baku, you have to f...
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How to get the Uzbekistan Visa in Teheran (IRAN) and Baku (AZERBAIJAN)

Uzbekista Visa in Teheran - Uzbekistan Visa in Baku
In order to enter Uzbekistan you need to apply in advance for a Visa, unless you come from the following countries. Visa on arrival is only viable at the airport and just if your home country has not diplomatic delegations in its territory Conversely, the best solution would be to request it in your home country, facing fewer problems and reducing waiting time on the road....
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Worldwide Cuisine

As Spanish-Italian food lovers, we couldn't help creating a section for all the different dishes and styles of cooking we are tasting during our tour.  Don't forget to click on the photos for more info! Bon appetit !!! SLOVENIA Slovenian food was the beginning of our cookery pilgrimage, where we relished our first fresh fish plate at the Lubjiana open air market, to...
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When to travel through the Silk Road?

The first question we asked ourselves when were planning a trip across the Silk Road was: WHEN should we start our adventure? Among all the aspects we pondered over, we definitely found crucial the weather factor. Our adventure will measure at least 8.000 km and our main target is accomplishing it only by ground transportation. We will be inevitably faced with unpredictable...
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Central Asia

Central Asia by Nomadxpress
Central Asia is the beginning of the adventure for Nomadxpress. We are not going to touch all the "-stans" countries. But we hope to get involved with the local people and customs despite the comunication and weather difficulties. OUR CENTRAL ASIA LOG (July - August 2016): 01/07 - 05/07: Baku > Aktau (KAZ) - 500 km by boat, Caspian Shipping Company, 80 $, bought at ...
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