On Ya Bike

SpiceRoads Cycle Tours has launched two new challenging bicycle tours to the remote destinations of Pakistan and Kazakhstan. These 15-day bicycle tours are designed for mountain bikers looking for some very different riding experiences in countries where foreign cyclists are a rarity. The Biking Pakistan Karakoram Highway itinerary includes cycling 560km in 10 days to Skardu, the gateway to K2 expeditions; along the Indus River, Pakistan longest; down the Karakoram Highway, the highest paved road in the world; the Hunza valley, which has been mythologized as James Hilton Shangri-La, and visits to the bustling bazaar at Gilgit. The 15-day cycling holiday to Kazakhstan also dips into Kyrgyzstan during the 11-day 600km itinerary, starting in Almaty and riding from campsite to campsite, with the exception of two rides, where a helicopter is used to take riders up to 3500m from where they will have an uninterrupted 1300m descent. Heli-biking in the Tien Shan mountains of Kazakhstan is unique, but so are the other days of riding across meadows of wildflowers, through gorges formed by rushing rivers and near nomadic camps under snow-capped peaks. From US$2,650 and US$3,650 respectively;

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