Asia overland 2012: Russia to Turkey via Central Asia- any takers?
I will be travelling across Asia from South Korea to Europe next year. I’m seeking a travelling companion(s) for the most challenging part of the journey, from Vladivostok to Iran. Although I’d be happy to have someone join for the entire route.
I’m still planning details. I’d like to commence travel sometime bewteen late spring and early autumn; from May 2012 to August 2012 would make an ideal starting time. I will arrive in Seoul, and then take the ferry to Vladivostok. At this stage I’m hoping the route will be eastern Russia, Mongolia, western China (Kashi and Taklimakan Desert), Pakistan (Karakorum Highway!), return to China, cross to Kyrgyzstan (via Torugart Pass), Uzbekistan (Samarkand and Bukhara), Turkmenistan, Iran, Turkey, then across Europe to UK. I’m open to alternate options such as the Pamir Highway through Tajikistan. Return shipping from Europe or Turkey.
This is a great opportunity to see a different overland Asia, following the middle Silk Road route. China is gradually making vehicle access easier and Central Asia is a unique destination.
If you are interested please contact me. I have flexibility with dates and am happy to alter the route. Or alternatively if you have planned an Asia overland trip around this time I would be keen to join up.