360° panoramic new world, 360°パノラマ世界
When I woke up and opened my tent, fly seat was frozen. Seems the temperature of outside is still near 0. Cooking oatmeal with seeing snowy mountains was very nice.


Took off by 7am. Since I stayed right before the pass, very steep slope was started immediately. I took 1hour for 300m.

After this pass, the view was totally changed. There were the glacier lake(Ala Kyol lake) down below and 360° panoramic view. It was absolutely gorgeous. The elevation of a high mountain behind me is 5020m and this pass is 3800m. I believe this is the highest point where I hiked up(I cycled up 4820m in Qinghai)
最後のひと越えの後景色は一転、眼下に広がる湖(アラキョル湖)と360°のパノラマは圧巻の一言。いやいや、キルギス、予想以上です。多分見える山々は天山山脈の一部?なんだろうか。ちなみに左奥の山が5020mで、自分がいる場所が3800m。 多分だが、登山で上がった場所としては最高地点(チャリでは青海省の峠4820mを1月前に越えている)

Stayed at the pass for awhile and started going down. The bank of the lake is full of flowers. I hated to walk on flowers; impossible to avoid flowers.

This day, I ended up a nice camp spot, 10km from this morning. Good time to read a book.


To be continued
[2012/06/30 23:47 ] | Kyrgyzstan | Comments:(0) | Trackbacks:(0) | page top↑
Mr.Kim, キム氏
Its sunny. Nice!!!
出発当日は晴れ!! 良かった~

Had a breakfast and took off by 7am. I had a company going with by somewhere on the way. His name was Mr.Kim from Korea. He said "I go to Town within today " it's about 50km away, so owner of guesthouse told him it's impossible, but seemed he will try... Will see.
朝食を済ませて7時には出発した。宿で知り合った韓国人のキムさんも途中まで一緒の予定。キム氏は宿の主人に諭されるも、1日で50キロ近く離れたカラコルまで行くと意気込んでいる。普通に無理でしょ どうなる事やら

We stopped at a local firmly and were treated Chy tea. They live here during summer to feed their livestock. Kyrgyz really like Chy tea. I sometimes saw drivers taking a Chy break on their way while I was cycling.

From there walked 7km. What a amazing view there were. Some people said Kyrgyzstan as Swiss-land of Central Asia. However, for me, it reminds me Glacier National Park, Montana because I've never been Europe.

After this point, Mr.Kim walked wrong way even though he didn't have any map. I tried calling him back loudly but seemed he thought I was just saying hello to him and kept going. Eventually, he realized it was wrong way and came back.

Walked awhile and stopped right before a pass; there will be the Glaicier lake after the pass. I stopped because the weather started changing, and I wanted to see nice view of the lake under clear sky. The location of camp site was perfect; nice view and a lot of flowers around.

そこからしばらく進んで、湖手前の峠下で今日はキャンプ(天気が変わってきていたし、朝の澄んだ空の下で湖を見たかったから) ロケーションは最高。一面お花畑でその向こうには山山山。

After setting up my tent and started reading my book, Mr.Kim founf me and came to my tent. He was very frustrated that he needed to give up to go up to the lake because it was too late. He went back same way with saying "Oh my god..." In next day, I thought that the god of him helped him and made him back because the trail became very rough and difficult.
テントを張って読書に励んでいる最中 キム氏と再合流。無事で良かった。ただ、寝袋も食料もないキム氏はカラコルへの1日走破は断念。

This is my first day. I got my back very sore. I think it's because my backpack is not proper size of my body.


To be continued.
[2012/06/29 19:35 ] | Kyrgyzstan | Comments:(0) | Trackbacks:(1) | page top↑
Going to 3days backpacking, 3日間縦走へ
The weather got better, so it's better to take off to mountains

For my plan for next few days.

I will take a Yak tour jeep (300som, $6) to Altyn Arashan. Then spend a night at a guesthouse and prepare for 3days backpacking; I will rent a 80litter backpack which will cost me 250som and bring food for 3 days. From tomorrow, I will take off and will go back to Kalakol city via a glacier lake called Ala Kyol and national park.
ヤクツアーのジープ(300som, 500円くらい)に乗せてもらい、アルティンアラシャンに向かう。3日間の縦走を決行すべく、ヤクツアーの山小屋に泊まり出発の準備 (3日間の縦走をする為に80ℓのバックパックをレンタル250som、食料は街で買い込み)。翌日出発し、氷河湖(アラキョル湖)を見ながらカラコル国定公園を抜けてカラコルに3日間かけて戻ろうという計画。

At the beginning, I thought I would go from town to Altyn Arashan but found that all rental backpack at all agents are already booked.

The jeep, a Russian super power jeep, took me to Alltyn Arashan. The road to Arashan was super rough, but this jeep went through. I was pretty amazed. The view was already awesome, so i thought I should have put my things on the jeep and hiked.
そんなこんなで、出発。ジープはロシア製のバン? めちゃくちゃ馬力があって、ありえない山路を登って行く。この時点でかなり景色が良かったから、歩いても良かったかも。

It took me 2 hours to get there. Altyn Arashan is surrounded by many mountains, so there were already enough materials for people to relax or have fun. Also they have a hot spring!! If I started from Kalakol, I could go to the hot spring after backpacking. It's not open hot spring but mixing bath; male and female. Nice!!

The guesthouse was similar to Japanese normal mountain hut. It costs me 750som included 3 meals. There are more possibility to backpack more than a week but also are many attractions around this place like small hikes or horse trekking. I think this place is the best place for people who need to wait for visa.

Anyway, I will take off to the Kyrgyz mountains tomorrow.
[2012/06/28 19:28 ] | Kyrgyzstan | Comments:(2) | Trackbacks:(0) | page top↑
カラコル, Kalakol
Staying in Kalakol. This is one of the best area to hike in Kyrgyzstan; the view is like Swiss-land, Kyrgyzstan is sometime called as Swiss-land of Central Asia.


The reason I'm here is of cause to hike up mountains.


Okay, I'm ready to go......, but it's raining. I think better to wait and think my plan.


Where I'm stay is at a guest house that I found my guidebook. It's called Yak tours. The building is old Russian house. Very interesting place to stay.


[2012/06/28 12:16 ] | Kyrgyzstan | Comments:(0) | Trackbacks:(1) | page top↑
Detouring to the lake ,湖へ遠回り
Finally, I left Bishkek. Sakura, the guest house I stayed was too comfortable for me to leave. In day 7 of Bishkek, the owner got water in the pool of guesthouse, so that made me stay longer. Then finally in day 9, I decided to take off.


Now, I'm cycling.

Headed east to cycle around the big lake called Иссык Кчпь, clockwise. I was really looking forward to cycling Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan so am supposed to take more time this part.


At the beginning of 2 days, I cycled with a couple cyclist from Swiss-land. They are very nice to cycle with. I think more western cyclists are couple than Japanese cyclist. I'm jealous.


Cycling in Kyrgyzstan are very nice as I expected; many people try to talk and to say hello to me. However, the road was not well constructed.

キルギス、人が良いね~。 カザフスタンでもあったような沿道からの気さくな挨拶、気持ちよい。ただ道はやはり荒目アスファルト。走りにく。

The lake was beautiful; thick blue and very clear. The temperature of it is not very cold so it is nice to swim to cool down my body. I heard that a famous monk in China went by this lake on their journey long time ago. They should have gone inside of the lake to cool off.

ウスキョル。綺麗だ~ メチャ青くて透明度が高い。水もそこまで冷たくないから、泳ぐとカナリ気持ち良い。この湖、三蔵法師もその昔通ったらしい。トゥルパンに続き三蔵法師ゆかりの地二箇所目。彼等も道中この湖で身体を冷やしたんじゃないでしょうか。

About place to stay, like Kazakhstan, I stayed local family.


They were very nice and willing to let me stay at their home. I think Kyrgyz use mattress to sleep like Futon in Japan so very nice for me to sleep.


A family I stayed at the first day, they provided us sauna.

For almost all case, people treated me with Chy tea, bread and yoghurt.


A family I met in day 3, I ate a lot.

There were horses and donkeys everywhere. People use them as normal transportation.

Nice mountains.
[2012/06/27 14:44 ] | Kyrgyzstan | Comments:(0) | Trackbacks:(0) | page top↑
Life at Japanese guest house, 日本人宿での日々
Staying nice Japanese owner's guest house, and Ive been relaxing for a week. I got a visa with Pamir permision for Tajikistan so am ready to go.


Sakura Guest house,サクラゲストハウス

Other things I did here were...

I just stayed at the guesthouse and talked cyclists and tourists. It's very fun to listen and talk about how we went. Chinese toilet conversation make always lough.


Chatting with eating a water melon,スイカを食べながら団欒

Also, as I alway do after getting in new country, I cycled and walked around town to look for a sticker. Nice to cycle and see snowy mountain behind city. People here are also nice and kind. Fruit and vegetable are cheep and tasty.


At Osh Bazar, オシュバザールにて

I think the cost of stay in this town is almost same as Kazakhstan. Now 100yen = 60 SOM.


Guest house ゲストハウス 350
Tomato トマト 50/kg
A Water melon スイカ1個 100
Ragman ラグマン 100
Fried rice 中華炒飯 120
A Bread パン 10
A Beer ビール 40

Its not as cheep as south east Asia but still possible to stay here in 1300yen/day.


Will start move. As my plan, will go cycle around a big lake and go toward Narun instead of taking Osh highway.

[2012/06/16 12:29 ] | Kyrgyzstan | Comments:(0) | Trackbacks:(0) | page top↑
Bye Bye Kazakhstan, さらばカザフスタン
I love the smell oh glass land. Smell of Lemon glass was brought from somewhere by wind in the morning.


I met couple of guys on my way.


A guy from england, Paul, he started in east china and heading to England. A guy from German, Paco started in Almaty and heading to Toshkent. Since we had same direction till the border of Kyrgyzstan, we cycled together for 3 days. Its very nice to be with someone to talk especially after cycling and morning.


We separated at a border town which was a bit sad. I head that many cyclists cycle central Asia during summer like many cyclists in Hokkaido in summer.


Anyway, this is my last day of Kazakhstan and now next country Kyrgyzstan.


Kyrgyzstan, Japanese don't need visas. Very happy to be out of annoying visa Term.

日本人はビザ無しOkayの素晴らしい新日国です。 久々にビザ期限から解放されるんで嬉しい嬉しい。

I cross the border 20km north of Bishkek. There were many people waiting to get their ID checked so took a bit time. Eventually I went through without any problems.


Now, I'm writing this in Bishkek. Staying at a Japanese guesthouse, Sakura. It's been a long time not to talk to Japanese, so I'm very happy now.


I think I do research for visas issues next few month then took off.

[2012/06/14 22:00 ] | Kyrgyzstan | Comments:(0) | Trackbacks:(1) | page top↑
Got a Uzbekistan Visa, ウズベキスタンビザGET
Got the visa for Uzbekistan visa which I expected to get end of this week. The term on visa was 8 of Aug till 10th of Sep. I thought I could stay 34 days but the guy told me only 30 days between those days.

先週火曜日に申請し、今週にはできると言われていたウズベキスタンビザ。今日月曜日に取りに行ったら出来上がってました。ラッキー。期間は8/6~9/10。ん?34日? 窓口の叔父さんに34日も滞在できるのか!って聞いたら、この中で30日だとさ。そんなうまい話はないよね。

By the way, I could change the term at the counter. At first, a guy asked me the term of visiting to make sure when I want to go. If I told him to change, he could. Because I saw a English guy changed.


Got the visa and saw enough beautiful kazakhstan women, I'm really to go now.


A bazar nearby my hotel where I frequently went. Ate a lot of fruits.

A bazar that is supposed to be the biggest in central Asia. I went there yesterday but couldn't see all. Too big to see all in one day.

The room I stay for a week.
[2012/06/11 19:43 ] | Kazakhstan | Comments:(0) | Trackbacks:(0) | page top↑
Life in Almaty, アルマティ生活
It's been 4days in Almaty. I like this place because people are nice to tourists and town is clean.

This is a big city in central Asia , so here is many shopping centers where good looking Russian women go.


My guide book and some web showed me the cost of live here would be expensive but it was not really. It's because now Ten is very strong; almost double from a few years ago. Now 100 Kazakhstan Tenge is about 200 yen.


As long as I can stay at decent cheep guest house, cost of the day should be about 3000T.


Example 例
Accommodation 安宿 1000 ~ 3000
Samsa サムサ 60 ~ 100
Kebab ケバブ 300 ~ 450
Restaurant レストラン 450~700
Orange オレンジ 200~350/kg
Apricot アプリコット 300~400/kg
Tramトラム 50
Internet インターネット 100~150/h

By the way, my guest house is close to Sailan bus station. It costs me 1500T/day. It doesn't come with shower but I can wash my hair on a washstand. I like this place because stuff is nice and quiet.


Impossible to find this place without asking people.

The restaurant I frequently go

Internet house nearby

The reason I stay in this town is to get a visa for Uzbekistan. I visited the embassy on last Tuesday, 5th, and they told me to come back on next week between 11th and 14th; They don't care detail of picking up time.


Embassy, 領事館

Central market, a lot of vegetable.

Enough trees to give us nice shade.

[2012/06/07 15:16 ] | Kazakhstan | Comments:(0) | Trackbacks:(0) | page top↑
Section report for China, 途中報告中国編
For cycling itself, there were a lot of extreme switch-bucks and high passes in Yunnan, Sichuan and Southern Qinghai. I had at least 4000m< mountain passes every day on my way. Road condition were pretty bad in many part; bumpy, dusty and muddy. I got pretty of reason that made my body and bike abusing. However, super nice view from passes were forgetting my tiredness every time.

走行自体はというと、雲南・四川・青海南部までは4000m< の峠越えが毎日のようにあった。道もオフロードが多く、かなり自転車も身体も酷使していたと思う。ただその度に疲れを吹き飛ばす絶景が待っていた(悪天候の時は只々達成感だけだったが)

Also, I got pretty of trouble with police men and dogs. Now, I got a lot of scars on my rear bags. I really recommend everyone who want to go where I went through that be prepare for dogs. You might get killed. Now, everything over those problem became my sweet memories.


After cycling cross China.

During my stay, I had been fascinated by how various diversity of people there were.


People live with mother nature. In Yunnan, there were many different tribal village in each valley. Tibetian, their life go with Yak. They drink milk of it, use skins as cloth and even use shit as fuel. Their life stile was very interesting.


I met many nice people in country side. They invited me butter tea and let me stay at their home. Their hospitality was amazing.


However, I often met more ass-holes than any other countries I came through. Their attitude when I ask the map, went to a restaurant and guesthouse were sometime fuck... I couldn't believe how loose they were.


Some tourists I met on the way said same so that many think same way I think.


Now, more and more this country is internationalized. They should think that people from other countries look at how Chinese act.


Thus, I had a lot of good things and ass-holes in China. Those must make this part the best part of my journey.


Total Distance 走行距離:6250km

Term 期間 : 90days (3/4~6/1)

Expense 費用 : 14000元 ≠ 185000円
Living Ex生活費7940元 ≠ 104000 円
New Cam カメラ購入3000元≠40000円
Bike maintenance. etc自転車パーツ他 雑費 3060元≠40000円
[2012/06/07 09:15 ] | Section Report, 途中報告 | Comments:(0) | Trackbacks:(0) | page top↑
An episode taking my heart, 心を奪われたエピソード
Today, my heart was totally taken by Kazakh.


This is an episode when I visited Uzbekistan embassy.


I took my bike to there and parked it outside where some people waiting while I was applying my visa.


When I finished and went out, it seemed rained.


When I back to my bike, this is...


Somebody put a little parasitic bag in my saddle.


I wanted to say in Russian "Let me hug you !!! "


What a nice person who did this.


Love youuuuuu!!!!

[2012/06/05 22:48 ] | Kazakhstan | Comments:(0) | Trackbacks:(1) | page top↑
I ♡ Kazakhstan
I am now in Almaty.

えぇ~ アルマトゥに到達しております。

On my way here, I often met nice people. I wondered it was just lucky or it's pretty normal in Kazakhstan. I think Kazakh are very very nice people.

ここまで、神がかり的?に良い人と出会うのは偶然?それともカザフ人は良い人が多い? 多分、カザフ人は良い人が多いんでしょう。

Second day since the border, I was just pedaling without making sure the destination as usual. From 100km of the village where I stayed last night, I reached a village called Kokpel. Of cause this village seemed to be too small to find a guesthouse. However, i found one. I asked local people a place of sleep for tonight then they let me stay their home.. Very nice.


How nice Kazakh are. This family had 5kids. I felt a bit sorry for that they gave me space for me, so I gave them a few appreciation.


This village is in middle of nowhere. Only you can see was grassland and mountains which I thought very beautiful. They had a water from mountain. This water was very cold and nice.


For next day, I had been encountering nice people.
The neighbor of where I stayed invited me a breakfast so I had some bread and milk tea with them. A car driver gave me a big bread. A truck driver treated me a dinner.....


I love Kazakhstan!!!!!!

[2012/06/04 14:39 ] | Kazakhstan | Comments:(0) | Trackbacks:(0) | page top↑
the first day of central Asia, 中央アジア幕開け
Day for out of China and also for going into Kazakhstan. My visa was bailed until today, so I was really hopping nothing happened, like gate is closed...


Well, the gate wad opened. Yeah!!


When I got to the gate for China side, there were already many people waiting. Then in few min, I was surrounded by exchangers. Of cause I need some Kazakhstan Tenge so changed some. 1050 yuen →20000T. 100T ≠ $0.6

中国側のイミグレゲートに着くと既に人集り。間髪いれずに両替人に囲まれ、あっという間にテンゲをゲット。1050元→2万tg。こんなもんしょ。100円 ≠ 200T

10:30am, the gate was opened. I pushed through my bike into a building. Then went through all process without problem. I was very nervous to be asked about visa deadline because i didn't leave any extra time. But no problem..Yes!!


To the Kazakhstan immigration, we needed to take a bus because all people were not allowed to cross the buffer zone by walking or bike. The cost of this bus was 70 yuen which I thought stupid because the distance was just 5km....


When we reached the immigration, I saw officers wearing a huge hats and militants who looked Russian. Those brought my feeling that i came to Kazakhstan.


The process of immigration was very smooth so took me only 10min to go out. However, there were more gates next 5km.


Then finally, I started cycling central Asia. Yeah!!!!


Well, my first inspiration is that people in here were super nice. I think it's because I came from China? Drivers, people walking and kids, all were welcoming me. I felt super super nice!!! Every time I asked something people tried their best I think.


It's really nice start for me..


From the border to Almaty, there were mostly grassland. I often saw nomads chasing livestock.


There were many Japanese cars, Mercedes, Audy and Russian old cars running. Also many donkey caring trailer goes on the road. They were very cute.



I usually don't make sure the destination of the day. This time also I didn't. About 100km from the border, I reached a town called Таскарасу.

いつも走りながら行き先を決めてる自分。カザフスタン初日の今日も、何処まで走るか決めていないまま、国境から100キロくらい走った Таскарасу ダスカラスという小さな村に到着。

Nomads came talked to me so we were having conversation. Then they told me that I might be able to stay at a cafe in this village. I went there. People in cafe were very nice so they let me stay in this night.

遊牧民少年に呼び止められて道端で話していると、「そこのレストランで泊まらせてくれるかもよ」っというありがたいお言葉。レストランへ行くとアッサリオッケー。ちなみに宿じゃなく、オーナー所有の空き家?ジム? しかもタダで良いよだって。

I met a lot of nice people in first day of Kazakhstan. I was 120% satisfied.


Well, I am now going to Almaty, a major city of Kazakhstan where 1.3million people live.

[2012/06/01 22:07 ] | Kazakhstan | Comments:(0) | Trackbacks:(0) | page top↑
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