Off-road ATV tour - Motorcycle tour from Kirgistan in the Taklamakan desert

Off-road ATV tour - Motorcycle tour from Kirgistan in the Taklamakan desert
The roof of the world and the fascination of the desert and its inhabitants.

From Kyrgyzstan it goes over the Tian Shan to the Pamir Highway and the Karakorum Highway and further in the Taklamakan desert.

The rivers and lakes of the Tian-Shan Mountains and Pamir Mountains are unique and breathtaking landscapes. The Taklamakan desert, Pamir Highway, Karakoram Highway, Silk Road and the Meteor Crater at 3,800 m are only some striking points on the ATV tour - Motorcycle tour in the Taklamakan desert (People's Republic of China).

Kyrgyzstan is a little-known trekking paradise. For individuals are also various recreational activities available: climbing, hiking, archery, swimming or horse riding unless if we are have horses.

The Taklamakan desert fills about two-thirds of the province of Xinjiang. Its area of 300,000 sq km is mostly covered with about 100 m high dunes, some details even amount to 300 m. The strong winds make these dunes move very quickly, they also lead to the formation of Yardang (hill carved). The dunes formed by dust and sand deposits of the last ice age, in the Taklamakan was almost entirely of a lake of glacial meltwater (glacial lakes) of the surrounding mountains covered. Studies of heavy metal spectra, depending on the catchment area of the rivers were able to show that the sands a fluvial origin (from the former river courses) have.

The dunes were formed by dust and sand deposits of the last ice age in the Taklamakan desert almost entirely from a lake in glacier melt water (Glazialsee) of the surrounding high mountains was covered. Investigation of the heavy metal Spectra depending on the catchment areas of the rivers could prove that the sands have a fluvial origin (from former rivers).

In just a few meters deep have formed in the course of time large aquifers, which were probably fed by the melting waters of the surrounding mountains. Also located in this desert some salt lakes.

Travel Overview
Date of travel
Jul. 27th until Aug. 17th 2019
Length of trip
21 Days
Hotels 3 to 4 Stars
Jurta and Tent
min. 4 to max. 8
Accompanying persons max. 8
Degree of difficulty
Q1 to Q3
Length of the tour
approx. 3,300 km

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The above mentioned prices are excl. Flight.
Flight costs on request.

E.g. Vienna - Bishkek Round trip including all taxes, fees and surcharges already from € 390


Please note the application deadline no later than April 21th, 2018. (retrieval dates for required official permits, etc.)

Please plan for this tour an additional 2-3 days, since it may lead to unforeseen incidents repeatedly. (Roadblocks due to falling rocks, etc.)

Tour guide
Wolfgang Tschertou

Wolfgang Tschertou

Since 2006, I am average between 8 and 10 months per year in Kyrgyzstan. Originally I wanted to spend there only a vacation with the quad, but I fell in love with the scenery, culture and tradition there. Initially I beat myself by with English, hands and feet only (body language). Today I speak ever - in my opinion - passable Russian. My hobbies besides the quad and motorcycle riding include hiking, mountaineering, rock climbing and archery and photographing. I never thought that this landscape so fascinated me, that I am every year on the new happy to go there and to share my favorite landscapes with you.

  • Torgurat Ashuu Pass 3,752 m
  • Taklamakan Desert
  • Kashgar - China
  • Tongmurun Ashuu Pass 3,536 m

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Some milestones of the Quad tours - Motorcycle tours

1st and 2nd Day
Arrival at Bishkek airport, are all participants complete, we make ourselves at once on the way towards Osh (Jeep or Moschutka - minibus). In Osh, the ATVs are waiting to take over from where the tour can start right now. The route Bishkek – Osh is about 600 km and takes about 8 ½ hours. In Osh we sleep in one of the hotels.

3rd to 5th Day
From Osh, it then goes straight to the Pamir Highway towards Taldyk Pass (3.615 m). We go then down to Sary-Tash and more to the Tajikistan border. Here we can use the Peak Lenin with 7,134 m and the Pamir first time admire.

6th Day
At the pass Kyzyl-art on 4,290 m is the border crossing to Tajikistan. After a short break, then it goes to the Karakul Lake. With a very good distance vision, we can admire the Disteghil Sār with 7,885 m, Nanga Parbat with 8,125 m, Gasherbrum Shan with 8,080 m and the K2 with 8,611 m. Continue on to Meteor Crater where we make a small stop to then continue to go to the Chinese border.

7th to 8th Day
On the Chinese border, we are already taken by a Chinese official in reception who will accompany us through China. The M41 Pamir Highway is here immediately before to end and we are preparing on the Karakorum Highway.

9th Day
From Aoyita Ke'ai Gezi it then goes on to Akto in the direction of Taklamakan desert.

10th to 12th Day
On the 315 National Road, then we have the first contact with the Taklamakan desert. On the way to , we can enjoy the magnificent views of the Kunlun mountains with one of the 7,000 he.

13th to 15th Day
From Hotan we go across the Taklamakan desert to Aksu. We stay in the Taklamakan desert in one of the oasis (water points).

16th Day
From Aksu> it goes on to Kaxgar in the provincial capital of the district Kaxgar. Kaxgar is an oasis city and forms an important junction on the Silk Road. After a brief tour of various attractions in Kaxgar it then proceeds to S212 to Torugart pass (3.752 m) towards Kyrgyz border.

17th Day
After crossing the border to Kyrgyzstan, it's on to the provincial capital Naryn of Kyrgyzstan.

18th to 19th Day
From Naryn, we continue to the small town of Kochkor. If we have enough time we can still reserve a trip to the largest lake in Kyrgyzstan do, the Issyk-Kul. In summer, the lake has a water temperature up to +25° C.

20th Day
From Issyk-Kul, then it goes back to the capital Bishkek. In Bishkek, there is the biggest bazaar in Central Asia.

21th Day
The next morning after breakfast, the individual participants back to the airport from where everyone starts on his return trip home.


Because of bad weather and possible technical problems (faulty tires, ATV or engine damage due to accidents, etc.) can lead to deviations from the above Itinerary. We ask for your understanding, should one or the other daily routines are not met.

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All tours have expeditions character and take place in all weather conditions.

The services listed below may differ from the individual tour something. The trip starts and ends in Kyzyl-Tuu or on / from the destination airport. Changes by "force majeure" are possible.


  • Full board (3 meals a day)
  • 2 x Airport transfer (round-trip)
  • Pro motorcycle or quad is made a radio and a mobile phone available for the duration of the tour.
  • ATV with 300cc maintained and serviced in accordance with European standard
  • Flight and accommodation by price -list.
  • Available map.
  • Hot meals will be issued on a daily basis if necessary.
  • There has items for meeting.
  • Tour guides accompany each tour personally Wolfgang Tschertou. (depending on group size as several tour guides)
  • Daily operational meetings (morning).
  • Satellite phone is always on safety.
  • The kit corresponds to the Austrian air rescue service.
  • Services Baggage Handling begins and ends at the Manas airport in Bishkek.
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch break at all stages (a picnic or a full dinner)
  • Dinner in the tent with tea and coffee in the mornings and evenings
  • For a small advance payment given lemonade, beer and wine
    (if you do not need to go further, according to the rules of Kyrgyzstan 0.0. GLOC).
  • Journey to the camping (each participant has its own sleeping bag).
  • Tents will be provided to the services of us.
  • Photo and video materials available at the end of each round.
  • A memorable gift.

Not provided by services:

  • Insurance, baggage, accident, trip interruption and car insurance
  • International airfare and taxes and any fees
  • Individual excursions and tours as well as expenses of a personal nature
  • Not in the program mentioned additional services
  • Alcoholic beverages such as vodka, liquor, beer, wine, etc.
  • Single room supplement
  • The personnel costs and rental of personal equipment (sleeping bag, water bottle, flashlight, etc.)
  • Additional costs due to personal problems (health, loss of baggage, etc.)

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Entry Requirements

Since July 2012, visitors need from the following countries:

Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Spain, USA, Vatican, Great Britain, Northern Ireland, Canada, Australia, Hungary, Greece, Denmark, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland, Ireland, South Korea, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, United Arab Emirates, Poland, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Finland, France, Croatia, Czech Republic, Sweden, Estonia, Qatar, Brunei and Bahrain

no visa for a stay up to 60 days. For a stay longer than 60 days a visa is required. For more information, please contact the appropriate for you Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic.


We recommend that you vaccinate against tetanus, diphtheria, polio and hepatitis. Details can be obtained from an independent information service for tourists about health risks abroad by telephone.: 0900/1234-999 (€ 1,80 per minute). Internet address:

Important Information

Flight delays, adverse weather conditions or other organizational problems, unforeseen factors may lead to changes in the trip. At present, Kyrgyzstan has a relatively small tourist infrastructure and requires that all passengers have the willingness to adapt to the simple relationship and abandon comfort. Please note that holidays may lead to the restoration work or surprising (despite the careful planning and coordination with authorities and tourist offices) to the unexpected closing of attractions. It goes without saying that the purpose of your travel through our agency and reach all points of the program, nevertheless, we can not provide for the faithful execution of this announcement no guarantee. We apologize for any inconvenience. In addition, we explicitly point out that you Accepted participate in the trip at your own risk.


In the areas visited, one can distinguish 4 vertical effective climate zones: in the areas of the valley from 500/600 M - M 900/1.000, summers are hot, with average + 20 ° C to +25 ° C (max. 47 ° C when measured by the summer time) increasing altitude, the temperature drops. Temperate climate and at altitudes of 900/1.200 m - 2.000/2.200 m, summer is warm, the average annual temperature in July and 18/19 ° C. At altitudes of 2.000/2.200 - 3.000/3.500 m cold summer months, shows the annual average in July, is +11 ° C to +16 ° C. At altitudes of 3500 m and above, the climate is harsh and sometimes cold with frequent precipitation (snow), even at the bottom of this zone, the temperature increase on average no more than 4 ° to 7 ° C.

Precipitations vary from region to region: in the 1st part of our Tracking the changes in climate on average 250-400 mm of precipitation in the southern part of Lake Issyk - Kul 900 mm of rain where we were at the 2 nd stage of the trek. At the beginning and end of the summer rains often.

Accordingly, you need a warm outfit. Breathable, warm and waterproof windproof clothing (sweater, jacket, protection from rain) for this trip.

Please pay attention to our detailed Price - List of equipment that you will receive after registration.


Please pay attention to our detailed Price - List of equipment that you will receive after registration.

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