Ever since the disintegration of the Soviet Union, intrepid travellers have been flocking to the Central Asian countries affectionately known as the Stans, to retrace the steps of ancient explorers down the famous Silk Road. What began as a trading route between East and West is nowadays considered one of the most adventurous overlanding expedition road on the planet. As one adventurer so eloquently put it: only the crazy ones come here! On your multi-country expedition you can expect to experience the utter isolation of the Kyzyl Kum Desert and startling beauty of the Registan in Uzbekistan, conquer the ‘roof of the world’ by crossing the formidable and unforgiving Pamir Mountains in Tajikistan, and be totally enthralled on a multi-day horseback adventure through the luscious Fergana Valley of Kyrgyzstan. Your end point of this journey will see you stand in absolute awe in front of Xian’s Terracotta Army in China. This phenomenal overland expedition will be neither cheap, easy or short, yet it is bound to go down as one of the most remarkable things you’ll ever do in your entire life.

Kyzyl Kum desert, Uzbekistan

Kyzyl Kum Desert, Uzbekistan on the Silk RoadPhoto – Flickr: Stefan

Khazrati Imam Complex, Uzbekistan

Khazrati Imam Complex, Uzbekistan

Hazrati Imam Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Hast Imam Square, Hazrati Imam Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Pamir Mountains in Tajikistan

Pamir Mountains, TajikistanPhoto – Flickr: Oleg Brovko

Fann Mountains, Tajikistan

Trekking and climbing in Fann Mountains, TajikistanPhoto – Flickr: Oleg Brovko

Baku’s Old Town, Azerbaijan

Baku Old Town, Azerbaijan

Song Kol Lake, Kyrgyzstan

The Song Kol Lake, Kyrgyzstan mountains

Terracota Warriors, Xi’an, China

Terracota Warriors, China the end of the Silk RoadTerracota Warriors in China at the end of the Silk Road

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