Soviet-era architecture in Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty has got more than its fair share of Soviet-era architecture. But there is a reason for this. Back in the 1970s and ‘80s, Dinmukhamed Kunayeva, a leading Kazakh Soviet communist politician of the time, convinced Moscow that, with their blessing and a serious...

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Nomadic Horse Games in Kyrgyzstan

For me, one of the most intriguing things about the nomadic tribes in Kyrgyzstan is their traditional sports and games. Central Asian games are unlike anything you’ll see at the Olympics, and focus on very macho skills including horsemanship and general strength and...

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2016 Travel Review in Photographs

Here we go again with a roundup of where our 2016 travels took us, featuring a lot of wanderlusty photographs. Is it really a year since our last annual travel review?! At the start of every year we catch ourselves saying “we’re going to really slow it down this...

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Staying at Peak Lenin Base Camp in Kyrgyzstan

We were following a barely discernible track traversing the grazing pastures which are home to nomadic Kyrgyz families and known locally as the jailoo, the rain beating down on our 4WD and the mist lying heavy on the endless horizon. Our destination was Peak Lenin...

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Travelling in Central Asia – Questions & Answers

Central Asia FAQs for Backpackers and Independent Travellers to Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan  Recently a friend (and loyal reader of our website) asked us some questions about our recent travels to Central Asia (during the summer of 2016). They were good...

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Travel Shot | The Khargush Pass, Tajikistan

Linking the Pamir Highway with the Wakhan Valley, the rough and ready Khargush Pass (4344m) in Tajikistan provides a tantalising first glimpse of Afghanistan and the snow-capped peaks of the Hindu Kush beyond. Read more from Central Asia including Travelling the Pamir...

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Five Years of Travel: Our Top 5

Five of our most memorable experiences from five years of travel Today, 30 November, marks the 5 year anniversary of leaving the UK. When we boarded our flight at Heathrow on that grey winter morning I don’t think either of imagined that we’d still be travelling 5...

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Kyrgyzstan: Bishkek & Beyond

18 to 23 April 2012 As many of you will know Central Asia has been on and off the cards for a while now. For various reasons it nearly didn't happen this time but at the last minute we decided to go for it and from Urumqi in the far north-western corner of remote...

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