736kms 7 days riding
4050m elevation gain
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Tien Shan (or Celestial Mountains) from the air, on the approach into Urumqi airport
Snowstorm blankets all of Xinjiang just before my departure. Late and unseasonal, even the zebras were caught out!
Next morning a diehard Chinese swimmer braves the icy waters at the pool.
Setting off on the first day out of Urumqi- the Chinese map showing a confusing maze. And the odometer is sitting on 0.0. Only 15,000 kms or so to go.........
I found a well-hidden and protected campsite in an old abandoned settlement.
Lake Sayram 2160m
Campsite by the frozen shores of Lake Sayram
Bactrian camel in the shadow of the Tien Shan (Boro Horo Shan)
Boro Horo range and the descent into a canyon.
Suggestions for cyclists
(still to come....)