THE SILK ROAD EXPEDITION

 

 

From Oulan-Batar to Valloire off-road exhibition / 10 June - 20 August 2019

 

 

The Great Silk Road is not only a 4wd adventure tour it is a real expedition from Oulan-Batar to Valloire.

Your mission : drive this famous road taken by so many adventurers and travellers,

and leave your footprint next those made by MARCO POLO.

 

Majestic deserts you could not even have thought of, a detour by vast mongolian desertic expanses,

mountains with stunning backgrounds and legendary cities as Samarkand, Boukhara and Osh, that will pull you

into the heart of this famous road's history.

 

You will discover :

 

The route of this thematic off road tour on the mythic Silk Road will make you discover a part of our history

throughout the natrural and cultural wealth of Central Asia. We will meet the descendants who make this road exist.

 

During the Silk Road expedition, within a small group, you will cross 10 countries, each with its unique and proper identity,

oddity, natural wealth and cultural particularity that will surprise you.

 

This is a journey of discovery, with some off road challenges, historical and natural attractions, some tourist appeals,

as well as a moment of pleasure and relaxation.

 

RUSSIA

Lake Baikäl is a gift of pristine wilderness.

We will follow the bank of this unique lake to discover valleys where mother nature remain the Queen. Locals will welcome you with their unique Chamanique and Budhist culture.

MONGOLIA

A small gap from the famous Silk Road, it is too tempting not to enjoy this incredible country. A visit at the heart of Mongolia to discover the Gobi and the Altai. If lucky you could probably find some ancient dinosaur's trace or remains.

KIRGHIZISTAN

The Tian Shan meaning the Mountain of Heaven with landscapes considered ones of the most beautiful in the world. Meeting the descendants of this antique population devoted  to their traditions and honoring  their ancestral way of life, is an exciting and memorable experience.

TADJIKISTAN

Certainly a place to discover, with its dizzy mountains, barren plateaus and tracks with passes over 4500m. Pamir mountains are at the junction of Himalayas and it's to take your breathe away, the landscpaes of the high altitude are unique and will leave an undelible mark on you.

 

UZBEKISTAN

A legendary country where at times you can still smell the parfume of transported spices by caravans during the millenia. Legendary monuments and cities like Khiva, Boukhara and Samarkande will mark our path at the heart of this extraordinary country.

KAZAKHSTAN

A majestic country where we will explore the Mangistaou region, a vaste desert with unique and exceptionnal sights. Definately a place to discover, but treading carefully if you want to venture into the heart of this desert well known for not always being convenient.

Dates / Pricing

 

Departure 2019: 10th of June from Oulan-Batar arrival on 20th of August at Valloire off road exhibition

 

72 days of the off-road tour, it's a 4wd expedition

 

DEADLINE REGISTRATION: 6 months before departure

 

PRICES

  • 4100 euros per person

 

This price is given on the basis of one 4wd vehicle with 2 participants, that makes 8200 euros per crew

 

  • 2800 euros for transporting your vehicle in sealed container to Oulan-Batar (average price including all the services connected with transport)

 

  • 1500 euros for administration costs, authorisations, the ATA or CPD carnet (charge depending on vehicle value)
  • 700 euros of visa per person

 

  • The total of : 13900 euros for 72 days of expedition

 

Supplément for the under -18 :

700 euros

 

Other cases: contact us

 

BUDGET

The cost of such a trip should be anticipated, here you have a part of fixed costs. Prices are indicative.

 

  • Diesel

Off-road tour = +/- 1500 euros

 

  • Vehicle maintenance during the tour

 

Plan a full vehicle check up = +/- 200 euros

 

  • Insurance and repatriation expenses

 

We will guide you through these obligations and will propose you suitable and advantageous solutions.

 

  • Medical preparation

 

We will give you necessary advices.

 

  • Food, hotels and monuments visiting expenses

Plan a minimum budget of 1500 euros.

 

Global cost for 2 persons +/- 3200 euros for travel costs.

 

ADMINISTRATIVE DOCUMENTS

Many documents will be required, it will be necessary for you to have:

 

  • 1 valid passeport  (valid 6 months after your return date)
  • Valid international driving license and local obligatory permits
  • Visas for crossed countries according to your nationality (organisation proposes you to take care of visas)
  • Medical and repatriation insurances (often included within your banking insurance, check it with your banking adviser)
  • Vehicle insurance covering all crossed countries and off road practice (we have partners)
  • Travel insurance

 

You will find many other formalities within the travelling booklet you'll be given. Organization accompany you through all the administrative procedures, some of them to be realised by yourself, others to be prepared by your guide, and others by specialised agencies. An expedition like this, requires a longue and miticulous preparation, some conditions and insurance covers are required by your organizer.

 

General information

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THE EXPEDITION

  • The group will consist of a maximum of 6 vehicles
  • The duration of the expedition does not includ the time required to do the bonding steps
  • Most of the time the tour progression will be done within the group in the exploration areas
  • In some parts you will have the oportunity to progress on your one (sat phone may be required by your guide)
  • This tour is not an extrem off road tour, any good driver can drive it

 

VÉHICLE

  • Any real off road car will be able to run this tour but your car will work hard on the tracks
  • A serious mechanical preparation and check up is required
  • In order to have a good autonomy, to protect your car and to enjoy confortably the tour you will be asked to have some material
  • Check-lists will be provided after registration and your guide will provide the necessay information to help you to prepare the adventure

 

PARTICIPANTS

  • The teams just like the cars will need to undergo a preparation. This is listed and described in the booklet provided after registration

  • Temperature can rise up to 50°c

  • You will be asked to meet your doctor before the tour

  • Highets altitude during the tour is 4600m and we will travel a few day around 4000m high

  • Any person in healty condition will enjoy this expedition, there are no extrem activities planned.

 

ACCOMMODATION

  • The Silk Road expedition is based on a patern of 2/3 bivouacs and camp sites and 1/3 of local accomodations and hotels
  • This set may be modified in favour of hotels if it is required
  • It is planned to have a minimum of 2 hotels every week
  • All the accommodation costs need to be payed locally (expect a budget of 500€ for the duration of the tour)

 

ASSISTANCE

  • Mechanical assistance for emergency repairs of your vehicle is provided
  • Your guide is a rescuer and able to provide firt aid and emercency help until a specialized medical unit take over any injured team members
  • The assistance 4wd is able to help and recover most cars out of a difficult situation
  • A sat phone is used in order to maintain permanent link with emercency units

 

PREPARATION

Your guide will be there for you during the tour but also before to help you with your preparation, you will have :

  • A complete booklet that go over all the main points and describe the best way to prepare this expedition
  • Support to prepare personal, material and administrative requirements
  • Visa aplication procedure and consular service assistance (if required)

 

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