Go Back   Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB > Regional Forums > Northern Asia

Northern Asia Topics specific to Russia, Central Asia (also known as "the 'stans"), Mongolia, Japan and Korea
Contact Overland Solutions for all your custom modifications and setup for overland travel.

Refreshing, funny, informative, thought provoking, honest, inspirational, infectious, budget overlanding. A handbook, a guidebook but ultimately a genuine traveller’s tale

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 31 Aug 2006
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Dubai, UAE
Posts: 23
Road from Nukus (Uzbekistan) to Atyrau (Kazakhstan)

Hi,

I am planning on travelling from Nukus in Uzbekistan to Aktau on the Caspian Sea in Kazakhstan so that I can get the ferry from Aktau down to Baku in Azerbijan and from there into Iran. I was originally planning on travelling through Turkmenistan to Iran, but Turkmenistan (for reasons know only to Turkmenbashi himself!) have decided to close their doors to foreigners for all of the month of October and so I now have to re-plan my route.

I have been told that there is a road (of sorts) which follows the railway line from Nukus to Aktau and while I have heard that it is just about do'able I wondered whether anyone had taken that route or had any knowledge of it first hand.

Cheers,

Peter

(www.motorbiketrip.com)
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 31 Aug 2006
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Dubai, UAE
Posts: 23
Red face

Sorry - that should of course by Aktau in the title to my question and not Atyrau - please ignore my confusion over Kazak Caspian sea ports!
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 1 Sep 2006
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Krakow, Poland
Posts: 62
no good...

Tomorrow morning I'm leaving to Pamirs and can tell you that being very interested in news from 'Stans I never heard of anyone taking the route you're thinking about. Also, I saw a question like yours already asked on HUBB without _any_ reply.

I have an atlas of former Soviet Union published 2003 by Trivium, Belarus and it does show a border crossing on that road. I would recommend that you call some Uzbek embassy and ask if there really is a border crossing AND if it is a multinational one! Without such crossing, road conditions do not matter... If there is railway-only border crossing, check an option to load your bike on a train.

If all this fails, to get south of Caucasus would require driving to a Russian port on the Black Sea and taking a ferry to Georgia or Turkey... You probably know that the road between Aralsk and Aktiubinsk (Aqtobe) and from Aktiubinsk to Astrakhan is pretty poor, see pictures at: http://www.cologne-shanghai.de/

Good luck!
Kris
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 1 Sep 2006
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Dubai, UAE
Posts: 23
Thanks for that. It was actually David Berghof at Stantours here in Almaty who receommended that we take that route. I have just spoken with him again this afternoon and he tells me that he knows of a lot of people (in cars only!) who have done that route and he tells me that although there is no where to get petrol en-route (!!) he thinks that it is more or less do'able by bike and that in any event it is a fairly (relatively speaking) well travelled road and so you are bound to come accross people should anything happen!

As for the border issue David tells me that he does not think that there is any formal border point as such, but that you need to find the customs guy (there is just one guy by all accounts) in the last Kazakh town you pass through (I can't remember its name) and ask him to stamp you out of Kazakhastan. You then pass through a couple of hundred kilometres of no-man's land before you get to the first Uzbek town (again I don't know its name) and there you need to find the one Uzbek customs guy in that town who will stamp you into Uzbekekistan, but only once he has checked with his Kazakh counterpart that you really do come from Kazakh - this is bascially done by him calling the Kazakh guy sho stamped you out of the country and asking him whether you're genuine. It all sounds pretty hit and miss and so as I type we are currently looking into other alternatives - watch this space!

Enjoy the Pamirs - we are heading there from Krgystan once we get out of Almaty - maybe see you up there.

Peter
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 1 Sep 2006
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Switzerland
Posts: 108
Hi there,
we're here in Semey, leaving tomorrow for Almaty. If you'll still be around maybe we can meet. Where are you staying ? we'll spent a few days fixing our visas for the rest of the Stans.

Laurent - riding Asia on an '84 Tenere
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 1 Sep 2006
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Krakow, Poland
Posts: 62
so it can be done...

Very detailed info! I used to think to take this road because it would be very cool to drive the very same E40 from Krakow to Pamirs, wouldn't it??? but never heard about anyone doing it and decided it must undoable.

There will be quite a meeting Sept. 14th in Bishkek. I will come from Poland on a motorcycle and 6 machines more will arrive on a trailer to speed up things for those in a hurry. Then we will wander around Kiryzstan, then take The Pamir Highway, then Samarqand and Bukhara and back home about Oct. 1st. We will not visit Almaty.

Our itinerary is pretty fixed, see if it fits to meet you and let me know.

Kris
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 16 Sep 2006
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Berlin
Posts: 58
Thumbs up

Hello

go to www.motodreamers.com. My wife and I met Greg Natasha and Jacek 2005 in Mongolia.
Greg and Natasha did this road 2 up in 2002.

Hope this helps

Goetz
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 16 Sep 2006
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Moscow, Russia
Posts: 34
Anyone still there?

I'll be there (In Alma-ata area on 25-27 of september) if someone will be there, just send me sms, maybe we'll meet
+7-926-220-74-98
See ya!
Dmitry


Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 18 Sep 2006
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Tokyo
Posts: 3
i'm in ulan bator where i've met some people who did the london-ub rally. mainly cars but a couple of motorbikes too. rules are they must be 125cc or less! met tommy who just got his license a couple of days before leaving the uk and made it all the way here on some korean p.o.s. he took the ferry from baku to aktau, then rode down thru uzbekistan. he said he put his bike in a truck for a few hundred kms, but that it is doable. he also said there is no gas for a long time, but they got through. i will probably give that route a go myself next month.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 19 Sep 2006
seanh's Avatar
Gold Member
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Posts: 303
I have no info on this road, but David Berghof usually has his finger on the pulse. I rode the main track west from Aktubinsk in November 2004 and it was atrocious, i think the condition of the roads in that region are largely dependent on the weather, if it's dry you shouldn't have a problem, but if it rains the dirt turns to slippery, sticky clay, very difficult to ride on (especially on an R65 with street tyres).
Check out www.hotkey.net.au/~howmans for a story and photos of this.
Sean
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 19 Sep 2006
usl usl is offline
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Turkey
Posts: 338
I was in the region at '01 and rode from KIZILORDA - ATYRAU ...

It was at that time quite isolated and fuel free area ... hundreds of km's with no vehicle, house or people... it was little frightening ....
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 30 Oct 2006
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Canada
Posts: 5
Hi Goetz, you crazy German.
I am curious how you guys managed to enjoy Mongolia with your hightech GPS, you know what I mean...

Do you have a website so we can watch you in action?

Greetings, Greg.

PS. It was nice meeting you in that beautiful valley. You know, you were the only bikers we met in Mongolia.

go to www.motodreamers.com. My wife and I met Greg Natasha and Jacek 2005 in Mongolia.
Greg and Natasha did this road 2 up in 2002.

Hope this helps

Goetz[/quote]
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 25 Jun 2009
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Madrid
Posts: 338
going back europe

I m gonna try this route. Has anyone done it recently?
__________________
www.miquelsilvestre.com
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 26 Jun 2009
colebatch's Avatar
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: London / Moscow
Posts: 1,733
yes

Quote:
Originally Posted by Miquel-Silvestre View Post
I m gonna try this route. Has anyone done it recently?
2 months ago ... its fine ... the direction you are coming from will be about 80 km of unsealed road just before the border, then about the same amount to Beyneu in KZ.

There is no petrol after Kungrad ('Qonghirat' on some maps) in UZ ... so you need about 350km range to get from Kungrad to Akjigit in KZ ... where they have 80 octane, or about 400 km to get to Beyneu where there is 93 and sometimes 96.

Fuel in north-west UZ is tricky after Nukus ... most stations are gas only. Uzbekistan has loads of gas but no oil ... so many cars in the northwest are converted to LP gas and getting proper fuel is tough. Best bet is to ask around for blue Turkmen benzin.

In Beyneu there is a good guy who welcomes bike travellers ... he has a guesthouse / service station on the edge of Beyneu. The guys name is 'Alyosha' and he is a former soviet enduro champion. His place is a regular stop off point for Russian and Kazakh bikers travelling the road to UZ. To find him, from the direction you are coming ... the road in from the border takes you past an old railway yard with abandoned steam trains ... eventually you cross the railway tracks on the northern edge of town and immediately there is a roundabout with a police post. If you go straight ahead you are going towards Aktau, if you turn left you head in to Beyneu itself and if you turn right at the roundabout (towards Atyrau), about 100-150 metres down the road there is a dusty old stoyanka (parking lot) full of old buses and GAZelles (like a russian ford transit van) ... thats the spot. Drive in there and ask for Alyosha.

__________________
__________________________________________________ ________________
"Do NOT go wherever the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path, and leave a trail"



Sibirsky Extreme - Adventure Motorcycling Guide to Siberia and Mongolia - on Facebook

Click here for Sibirsky Extreme Trail DVD Trailer
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 26 Jun 2009
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Madrid
Posts: 338
Thanks a lot. Useful information. And even more, Alyosha is also one of the Karamazov Brothers from the Tolstoy novel. It sounds promising. I have a good friend and we use to call each other (specially when drunk) "Alyosha, my brother", remembering his usual phrase on the story.

But how about the border? I read here that one should look for the customs guys in the last Uzbk town and in the first one in Kaz.

Anyway, I probably go to Turkmenistan and trying to get ferry at Turkmenbashi, but you never know till the end what is gonna happen.
__________________
www.miquelsilvestre.com
Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 Registered Users and/or Members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Silk Road Kazakhstan Calaluna Travellers Seeking Travellers 2 7 Jul 2010 08:07
Round road trip from Pakistan to London Switzerland khurramkhan Route Planning 3 13 Apr 2010 07:48
Road from Nukus (Oezbekistan) to Kazachstan ? Rastake Northern Asia 1 3 Apr 2006 23:28
Chita to Khabarovsk route description Chris Scott Northern Asia 3 23 Feb 2005 17:13
djibouti - eritrea miles murray sub-Saharan Africa 3 13 Jan 2005 18:56

 
 


HU DVD Summer Special!

Now that summer is here, get On the Road! Take 30% off the Achievable Dream - On the Road! 2-DVD set until August 31 only. Get On the Road! Learn the tips to staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure!

Our veteran travellers share their tips (and great stories) for staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure.

"A fantastic, informative and inspirational DVD."

"It's brilliant - thank you very much!"

Check it out at the HU Store! Remember to use Coupon Code 'ONTHEROAD' on your order when you checkout.


Renedian Adventures


Renedian Adventures

What others say about HU...

"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada

"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia

"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders

contest pic

10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!

NEW! HU 2014 Adventure Travel T-shirts! are now available in several colors! Be the first kid on your block to have them! New lower prices on synths!

HU 2014 T-shirts now in!

Check out the new Gildan Performance cotton-feel t-shirt - 100% poly, feels like soft cotton!


What turns you on to motorcycle travel?


Global Rescue, WORLDwide evacuation services for EVERYONE

Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!


New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.


Books & DVDs

amazon

All the best travel books and videos listed and often reviewed on HU's famous Books page. Check it out and get great travel books from all over the world.


Motorcycle Express for shipping and insurance!

Motorcycle Express

MC Air Shipping, (uncrated) USA / Canada / Europe and other areas. Be sure to say "Horizons Unlimited" to get your $25 discount on Shipping!
Insurance - see: For foreigners traveling in US and Canada and for Americans and Canadians traveling in other countries, then mail it to MC Express and get your HU $15 discount!




All times are GMT +1. The time now is 11:08.