27.06.2019: Altyn Emel National Park – Lake North of Almaty

We woke up relatively early in the morning and packed up our tent. Even though it was still relatively early, we could already feel the sun burning onto our skin while we were standing in the sun. To reach the "Singing Dune", we took the only road which led us further into the national park. Starting from the ranger station, it was a ride of around 40km to reach the dune. Almost the entirety of these 40km consisted of the harshest washboards we had ridden on…

26.06.2019: Saty – Altyn Emel National Park

The great day for Fabi's wishes to come true had finally come. We woke up pretty early, ate the breakfast provided by our hosts and packed our luggage. Before heading for the national park, we returned to the guesthouse where the owner had directed us to our actual accomodation. The lady was there and Fabi inquired about the possibility to rent horses. Upon hearing the question she bent her brows but after thinking about our request for a second, she walked to a neighboring house. After…

25.06.2019: Charyn Canyon – Saty

In the night it had been pretty cold for our thin summer sleeping bags resulting in us freezing a little, next time we maybe should add some clothes to our pyjamas to keep ourselves warm. But once the sun started to climb up the sky in the morning, temperatures promptly started to increase again skipping the "nice fresh morning" temperature range and going straight to "uncomfortably hot". Back on the road we rode to the official entry to the Charyn Canyon national park. In order to…

24.06.2019: Jyrgalan – Charyn Canyon

Having spent several days in Kyrgyztan looking for horses to rent without success, we decided to ride on and try our luck elsewhere. After all, there should also be horses in Kazakhstan, right? The Charyn Canyon was one of the points of interest that we had marked as "we should go there" during our planning. For the route to the Kyrgyz-Kazhak border we followed the route calculated by maps.me which worked pretty well. Only in a small village we had to follow the route a local…

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