Silk Road East: London to Beijing

, China, Asia

This ten week ride is one of the toughest adventure rides on the planet! Crossing Europe, we reach Istanbul and the start of the fabled Silk Road. Our route traverses Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and China, where we head south to Tibet, reaching Everest Base Camp and onto Lhasa, before heading north to Beijing. Be one of the first!

Is it for me?

Number of days: 80
Approx total miles: 13,000
Accommodation: 70% hotels & 30% rough camping / homestays
Meals Included: All Breakfasts. 13 Group Evening Meals plus any Evening Camp Meals
Culture Shock Rating: Intense
Riding Difficulty: Difficult

Riding Conditions

Riding in Central Asia and Western China will be difficult as we are travelling through regions with very little infrastructure and on unpaved roads, that can be subject to bad conditions. Eastern China is heavily populated and traffic is not used to dealing with big bikes.

Riders Requirements

Riders must have a full motorcycle licence and should have a minimum of 2 years experience of riding larger bikes. Riders will be riding their own motorcycles, which need to be appropriate and adequate to ride on this type of journey.

Riders must be confident and competent road riders and whilst off-road riding experience is beneficial, it is not essential. What is more important is your own attitude to motorcycle overlanding. You need to be flexible and adaptable if the going gets tough, have the ability to take a positive view to overcome the challenges that riding in developing countries will throw at you and keep a good sense of humor and team spirit.

 

 

Organised by GlobeBusters Motorcycle Expeditions

Silk Road East: London to Beijing


Itinerary

Week 1

An intense ride across Europe to reach Istanbul, Turkey approximately one week after departure. Our route will see us crossing France, Belgium,
Germany, Austria, Solvenia, Slovakia, Montenegro, Albania, Greece. Enter Turkey and ride across the Bosphurus, declaring itself the gateway into Asia. Istanbul. Visit the Blue Mosque.

Week 2

Instanbul to Capadoccia, then north to the Black Sea Coast and cross into Georgia. Tblisi. Cross to Azerbaijan and take the ferry from Baku across the Caspian Sea into Turkmenistan.

Week 3 & 4

Arrive Turkmenbashi. The capital, Ashgabat. Erbent, Darvaza Oasis and a night visit to the burning gas crater. Cross the border at Dashovuz to Uzbekistan. The ancient Silk Road cities of Khiva, Bhukara and Samarkand, with the breathtaking Registan, UNESCO listed in 2001.

Week 4 & 5

Cross into Tajikistan. Head South to the Pamir Highway & Wakhan Valley, bordering Afghanistan on the secondest highest international highway in the world. Rugged mountain riding on unpaved roads, staying with local families. Kyrgyzstan and a night in yurts at Tash Rabat, the best preserved caravanseri on the Silk Road.

Weeks 6 & 7

Enter China via the Torugart Pass at 3,750m. Xinjiang Province. The ancient city of Kashgar and its Sunday market. Over the Khitai Davan Pass at 5,300m. Enter Tibet, the ‘Roof of the World'. High altitude riding past the sacred Mount Kailash. Stop in Tibetan tea houses at the holy Lake Manasarovar and continue riding east in the shadow of the Himalayas and to Mount Everest Base Camp (subject to authorisation).

Weeks 8 & 9

Enter the Yunnan Province and ride to "Tiger Leaping Gorge", a deep
river canyon on the Yangtze River. Onto the region renamed "Shangri-la", the mythical setting for the classic tale, Lost Horizon. The jagged scenery of the Meli Xue Shan mountain range. Traditional Chinese architecture in Lijiang.

Week 10

North! Chengdu and the giant panda research base. Onto Xi'an to view the warrior figurines of the Terracotta Army. Final ride into Beijing and celebrate with BMW Beijing, eating a Peking Duck evening meal.

With the bikes packed for freight, The Great Wall awaits and then into Tian'anmen Square and the Forbidden City.

 

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