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7th Jun 2018 - 10th Jun 2018 - Travels on the SIlk Road
Day 26: Altyn Arashan (2)

Day 26:  7th June 2018, Altyn Arashan (2)

As I keep forgetting to keep my hand dry, its just as well that it’s healing quickly and cleanly. I’ve replaced the dressing with just strips and have covered the whole with a Velcro strap that Kelly gave me before I left NZ.

Cavan and I had a wonderful time today. We hiked up the valley following the road. Everywhere you look, beautiful photo opportunities present themselves. We both snapped hundreds of photos. Later we climbed down a hill and walked back to our hotel via the river bank. Horses grazed freely, although they are hobbled to restrict the area they can cover. Wild hyacinths were just coming into bloom. I identified wild crocus, buttercup, daisies and dog roses.  This valley is an extraordinarily beautiful place.

When we returned to the Hotel Cavan and I had a soak in the hot springs. They are divided into four different baths, all at varying temperatures. After some experimentation we established that we could cope with bath 2 and stayed there.

As you might expect, the weather changes extremely rapidly, from warm sunshine to cold, windy weather that strips the warmth from your bones.

Our hotel has been invaded by South Koreans. This was somewhat unexpected, but there is apparently a connection between Kyrgyzstan and the Koreans. The hotel is now rather packed ( given it’s still under construction) and our group is outnumbered. Bizarrely, one of the Koreans came charging into our dinner hour last night with a camera woman and proceeded to attempt to interview us during our meal. I was more concerned that the microphone appeared to be covered by a muffle that looked like an Echidna. It’s hard to know whether this guy is a local celebrity in Korea or a complete pillock.

I watched him preen in front of a mirror and then take selfie after selfie over a thirty minute period.

Their group was accompanied by pack ponies. Our guide reported that their guides had expressed concern about whether they would make their goal of the lake at the head of the valley. Apparently Koreans have a reputation in this area for having beautiful new gear, but being completely unfit and not very organized.

Neill made us mulled wine tonight. It went down and treat, and was wonderful.



Next: Day 27; Altyn Arashan - Karakol
Previous: Day 25 Altyn Arashan


Diary Photos
7th Jun 2018  Walking at Altyn Arashan
Walking at Altyn Arashan

7th Jun 2018  A horseman riding by
A horseman riding by

7th Jun 2018  Walking at Altyn Arashan
Walking at Altyn Arashan

7th Jun 2018  Walking at Altyn Arashan
Walking at Altyn Arashan

7th Jun 2018  Wild flowers
Wild flowers

7th Jun 2018  No Title
No Description

7th Jun 2018  The stream
The stream

7th Jun 2018  The stream
The stream

7th Jun 2018  Walking at Altyn Arashan
Walking at Altyn Arashan

7th Jun 2018  Packing up on the pack horse
Packing up on the pack horse

7th Jun 2018  In the hot spring with Neill
In the hot spring with Neill

7th Jun 2018  Om mani padmi hum
Interior of the dining hall

8th Jun 2018  Shepherd
Shepherd

8th Jun 2018  Walking down from Altyn Arashan
Walking down from Altyn Arashan

8th Jun 2018  The trucks on the road
The trucks on the road

8th Jun 2018  The trucks on the road
The trucks on the road

8th Jun 2018  Russian Orthodox Church, Karakol
Russian Orthodox Church, Karakol

8th Jun 2018  Russian Orthodox Church, Karakol
Russian Orthodox Church, Karakol

8th Jun 2018  Russian Orthodox Church, Karakol
Russian Orthodox Church, Karakol

8th Jun 2018  Russian Orthodox Church, Karakol
Russian Orthodox Church, Karakol

8th Jun 2018  The Karakol Museum
The Karakol Museum

8th Jun 2018  The Karakol Museum
The Karakol Museum

8th Jun 2018  The Karakol Museum
The Karakol Museum

8th Jun 2018  The Karakol Museum
The Karakol Museum

8th Jun 2018  Karakol apartments
Karakol apartments

9th Jun 2018  Goat polo
Goat polo

9th Jun 2018  The ball
The ball

9th Jun 2018  Happy couple
The happy couple

9th Jun 2018  Jockeys at the racetrack
Jockeys at the racetrackNo Description

9th Jun 2018  Rocky plain
Rocky plain

9th Jun 2018  Petroglyphs
Petroglyphs

9th Jun 2018  Petroglyphs
Petroglyphs

9th Jun 2018  The unfortunate 'ball'
The unfortunate 'ball'

9th Jun 2018  Goat polo
No Description

9th Jun 2018  Competitor's hats
Competitor's hats

9th Jun 2018  Woman rider
Woman rider

9th Jun 2018  Horse wrestling
Horse wrestling

9th Jun 2018  Horse wrestling
Horse wrestling

9th Jun 2018  Horse wrestling
Horse wrestling

9th Jun 2018  Young man and woman racing
Young man and woman racing

9th Jun 2018  Goat polo
Goat polo

9th Jun 2018  Goat polo
Goat polo

9th Jun 2018  Goat polo with dog
Goat polo with dog

9th Jun 2018  Goat polo
Goat polo

9th Jun 2018  The dog
The dog

10th Jun 2018  Early morning on the final day
Early morning on the final day

10th Jun 2018  Final breakfast
Final breakfast

10th Jun 2018  Luggage to be loaded for the last time
Luggage to be loaded for the last time

10th Jun 2018  Tents to be stowed for the last time
Tents to be stowed for the last time

10th Jun 2018  Wild flowers from the campsite
Wild flowers from the campsite

10th Jun 2018  Wild flowers from the campsite
Wild flowers from the campsite

10th Jun 2018  Burana tower
Burana tower

10th Jun 2018  Gravestones
Gravestones

10th Jun 2018  Gravestones
Gravestones

10th Jun 2018  Gravestone
Gravestone

10th Jun 2018  Cavan at the top of the tower
Cavan at the top of the tower

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