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They say Siberians have a love of adventure in their blood, as Alexey Kamersanov proves

By Anna Liesowska
15 May 2013

Novosibirsk-based businessman and traveller and his friends are embarking on a drive from the heart of Siberia to the southernmost point of Euroasia.

The journey will start at the end of June 2013 in Novoibirsk and will take approximately eight weeks to complete. Pictured: girls in Uzbekistan, by Alexey Kamerzanov

'The trip will start in Novosibirsk and after passing the Kazakh steppes, we get to the Baikonur cosmodrome,' said Alexey, 35, who is in the carpet business.

'After that, the capital of Uzbekistan, Tashkent, with its wonderful markets and delicious pilaf is waiting for us. Next, we move to neighbouring Tajikistan, making a stopover in Dushanbe.

'Then the road starts to climb rapidly, and we find ourselves on the high Pamir tract. The path runs along the Panj River, right on the border with Afghanistan. To the other side just a few hundred metres away, you can easily see the houses and the Afghan people themselves.

'Along the way we will pass the world's highest power plant, Nurek, and this is the highest road pass in the former Soviet Union, Ak-Baytal at 4,655 metres.

'After descending from the mountain pass Kyzyl-Art the part of the route will go through Kyrgyzstan. 

To the end of Eurasia 2013


To the end of Eurasia 2013


To the end of Eurasia 2013

Care to join? Top to bottom Kyzyl-Art  mountain pass, lake Iskanderkul in Tajikistan and magnificent views of Kyrgyzstan. Pictures: Alexey Kamerzanov

'Next we will head to China. The first Chinese city will be Kashgar (Kashi), situated at an altitude of just above 1000 metres. 

'After passing through the western part of the Taklimakan Desert, Xinjiang Uygur region, the expedition enters the Tibetan Autonomous Region. 

'It starts with the greatest mountain range in the world: the Himalayas. There will be a chance to see the second largest mountain in the world K2, located in Pakistan. 

'The road rises to the height of 4000-5000 metres and will lead us deeper into Tibet with its ancient monasteries and sacred places. We will visit the base camp of climbers ascending Mount Everest, and the ancient Tibetan, city of Lhasa. 

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To the end of Eurasia 2013


To the end of Eurasia 2013

The team of twelve will cross twelve countries on their way to Cape Piai. Top to bottom - Bukhara, Samarkand and streets of Tajikistan, by Alexey Kamerzanov

'After Lhasa route will pass through the southern province of Yunnan, with an almost tropical climate, unique forests, an abundance of mountain rivers. The road gradually go down to several thousand metres.

'Now we head into South-East Asia, crossing the Mekong River, our group will enter Laos. Moving through the tropical forest, we then go to the capital of Laos, Vientiane. The next state on the path of the expedition will be Vietnam, and along the coast of the South China Sea to the capital - Ho Chi Minh City, where a  stop is scheduled.

'From Ho Chi Minh City route will go through Cambodia, Thailand, pausing for a beach stop for a few days. 

'From here we go to Malaysia and after passing the capital, Kuala Lumpur, we reach the final point of our trip: the southernmost tip of Eurasia, Tanjung Piai.'

From here the team's cars will be shipped back to Russia by sea.



See other pictures from Alexey and his friends' previous journey along this route, top to bottom: Karakum desert, the 'Door to Hell' - the hole in Derweze Turkmenistan which has gas burning since 1971; a road towards Pamir mountain range, and views of Turkmenistan capital Ashkhabad.

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Comments (8)

I am up for going! I live in Washington, DC and will have all of July off before medical school.
Natasha , Washington, DC
03/06/2013 15:51
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Guys, you can get tons of pictures here: http://public.fotki.com/kamerzan/
My blog www.kamerzanov.su (can be easily translated via Google Chrome)
and all the videos on my youtube cahnnel. Including full movies and trailers :http://www.youtube.com/user/kamerzanov
Regarding the costs: this year budget gonna be around 70-80 000 USD for all of us.
Alexey, Novosibirsk
17/05/2013 22:57
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you've really woken me up with your pictures and made me dream about travelling again. V jealous of Alexey's team. Wishing you luck. Perhaps next year I will ask to join you, who knows
David, Canada
16/05/2013 23:38
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wonder how much does one spend on a trip like that?
Alexandra , Russia
15/05/2013 18:42
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great pictures.... why oh why I am stuck in the office!
Felix, Germany
15/05/2013 17:15
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great journey guys, pity there is no pictures of you all
May, China
15/05/2013 15:37
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Well, normally we don't the same trip every year. But hopefully next trip that will be challenging enough too ;-) got some ideas, but will make a decision later this year.
Alexey, Russia
15/05/2013 15:26
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PLEASE I want to go, would you go next year too on the same of the similar route? How can I get in touch with Alexey?
Helen, UK
15/05/2013 14:49
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