Proposed Route

That has been the main topic from the start. The overall route is pretty much set, although there will be some changes as we figure out which places we are definitely going to visit. Our initial estimation for the proposed 18.000km will be 10 months. Although the timespan ist still subject to change, as it can take a bit longer, as we have to apply for Visas on the way, wich usually takes a few weeks. But maybe we'll be a bit quicker an cover a few more kilometers every day and catch up to the time we lost for the bureaucracy.

Our tiny journey will lead us through the following countries:

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  • Germany
  • Czech Republic
  • Austria
  • Hungary
  • Serbia
  • Bulgaria
  • Turkey
  • Georgia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Uzbekistan
  • Tajikistan
  • Pakistan
  • India
  • Nepal
  • China

The whole trip will be a big challenge, but leaving Berlin in winter time is even harder. Especially the days and weeks until we reach Turkey will be rough. In case it happens to be a tough winter, we might “escape” into Croatia, making a detour along the Adriatic Sea and riding through Greece into Turkey. By reaching Georgia/Azerbaijan we’ll start getting busy organizing visas. Travelling through Central Asia not only means a lot of bureaucracy, but also having to dig deep into your pocket. At that point we also get chances to practice ourselves in patience and meditation, as we already learned from our research, the ferry leaving for Aktau (Kazakhstan) takes a lot of time. There is no certain schedule and it might also be the case that you have to sit and wait anchored just before the port as it is quite busy. Besides the process of organizing visas on the way, which is only part of the trip, we are particularly curious about the Pamir, Karakoram and the many mountain passes between us and Beijing. After a short spring in the Himalaya we won’t have much time until we run into the monsoon, which will keep us company throughout India and Nepal. But the real uncertainty is still - how to get from India into China? As it is hard to find reliable and especially up to date information on border crossing over land between Sikkim – Tibet and India – Myanmar, we cannot say for sure which way we take. We have to figure that out once we reach India, at the latest at the border itself – simply try ‘n error.