Guide book for following the Silk road
Miscellaneous: I travelled to Kazakhstan and Kyrgzstan after being in Xian on a programme for a year. I had bought a Silk road guidebook from London especially for my visit to Xian, hoping that i would also travel from there along the Silk road.
This guidebook was really handy for the short visit i had to Kyrgzstan for the significant sites to visit when in Bishkek and Osh and where to go and what to see on the way to my planned journey along the Irktesham pass back into China. Its an excellent book to have with you as it covers all countries that were on the main Silk road route.
I also had this very interesting map with me about the Silk road throughout the entire world - primary and secondary roads and how the sailing routes linked up even - showing both old routes and how or where they are today. I also bought this map on Amazon.co.uk https://wordery.com/the-ancient-silk-road-Related to:
- Historical Travel
- Road Trip
Biodegradable laundry soap
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: In one day (in August), we travelled from Suusamyr to Fergana Valley to Osh, which meant thermals, gloves and waterproof shoes for snow switched for short sleeved t-shirts and sandals a few hours later. At high altitude it is cold, and in other places gloriously hot and suitable for swimming. Be prepared - pack a wide variety if you are going in summer!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: If you will be there for a while, and will be camping, take biodegradable laundry soap to wash in the rivers.
Medical kit included altitude medication (Diamox), something for nausea and vomitting (valoid, both suppository and oral), diarrhoea medication (immodium, probiotic, pectrolyte), headaches and pain (tablet combining paracetomol, codeine and ibuprofen), rehydrating salts, antihistamine cream and tabs for stings and bites, decongestant, high factor sunscreen and lipbalm, assorted bandages adhesive and non-adhesive, disinfectant or antibacterial cream, cotton pads or balls, insect repellant, tweezers, sharp pointed scissors, anti-burn pad, moleskin
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: We never used our water filter or purification tablets, by the way!
Miscellaneous: Lonely Planet Russian phrasebook (used extensively)
Lonely Planet Central Asia phrasebook (used moderately)
Book: Kyrgyzstan by Rowan Stewart ISBN 962-217-675-5 Highly recommended
Postcards and photos from home to show people you meet - they seemed to like seeing our family more than the scenery shotsRelated to:
- Budget Travel
Trekkers should bring...
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Even in the summer months, if you go up into the mountains you might come across really cold and wet conditions - so be prepared and bring water proof clothes, trekking boots, warm hat, gloves and warm clothes.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: renting equipment can be a challenge in many areas, so try to bring what you can (tent, sleeping bag, etc.) or contact a CBT office in each region to find out what's available.Related to:
- Adventure Travel
Save alot buying it in Bishkek
Luggage and bags: If you come for organized mountain trekking where luggage will be carried by porters you should pack your stuff in a few smaller bags instead of one big as local mountain porters prefer to carry things inside their own backpacks or attaching it to backpack.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you come for mountain activity you should bring good shoes that can stand occasional snow walks. If you are on the road tour you can even save money by buying shoes in one of the Bishkek shops or "Dordoi Bazaar". They offer a good choice and price. And you can bargain!!! Outdoor clothing at "Dordoi Bazaar": North Face rainjacket from $50, Gore-Tex stuff - from $50, Polar jackets (Hardwear) from $40. You better plan extra day for shopping at Dordoi instead of paying excess luggage.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You should always have toilet paper travelling with you as some public toilets, especially ones along the road do not have it.
Photo Equipment: Bring your camera. If you forgot to do so then go to ZUM (TsUM) where they have a good choice of quality equipment. You can save on films buying it in Bishkek. It is about $3 for Kodak 100, 36 exp. film. But you should avoid buying film outside Bishkek as in many cases you get low quality imitation from China.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Bring your tents if you are going outdoor or buy tents in Bishkek (North Face dbl for $120). Please note that you shouldn't count much on buying tents in Bishkek as thay are not always available unless somebody has locally arraged this deal for you.
Miscellaneous: If you are on the way to the mountains bring sunglasses and sunscreen.Related to:
- Budget Travel
- Hiking and Walking
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: All types of clothing...from swimming suit, light summer suits to warm cloth. As there is lot of temperature difference in cities like Bishkek and high altitude mountains like son-kul lake area.
Photo Equipment: Photographic equipment are available at big shops in Bishkek at cheaper rate.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: You can hire Yurts at good price even in mountains but if you like you can take your own camps etc.
Luggage and bags: Well, it depends... If you wish to go on an adventure trip, you 'd better carry a sack that will bear harsh weather and conditions in general easily. Otherwise any type of a bag will do.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Resort
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: All toilettery things can be bought in big cities, while if you need some special drugs you'd better bring them with you.
Photo Equipment: You'd better select the easiest thing you have. I could not fins special batteries for my Pentax camera and chances are that you won't find, too. You'd better carry some film, too, if you want a high ISO one.
Miscellaneous: You should take a Russian phrasebook, as few people especially in the mountainous regions understand English. A good map may also be of use if hiking - you won't find them on sale there.
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