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Pictures of our 2nd Central Asia trip 2016 to Kazakhstan
– From Kyrgyzstan to Russia border – 9th to 21st, August 2016
Kyrgyzstan from Tajikistan border in Pamir to Kazakhstan border at Karkara June 27th to August 9th, 2016
Tajikistan Part 2 from Dushanbe to the Kyrgyzstan border – June 19th to 27th, 2016
Tajikistan Part 1 from Uzbekistan border to Dushanbe – May 31st to June 18th, 2016
Uzbekistan from Turkmenistan border in Dashoguz to Tajikistan border near Oybeck May 10th to 31st, 2016
Turkmenistan from Iran border at Bajgiran to Uzbekistan border near Khiva May 6th to 10th, 2016
Iran from the ferry port Bandar Abbas to Turkmenistan border near Ashgabat April 11th to May 6th, 2016
United Arab Emirates from Saudi Arabia border to Sharjah and the ferry to Iran January 12th to April 10th, 2016
Saudi Arabia from the ferry port Jeddah in transit to United Arab Emirates border January 9th to 12th, 2016
Sudan – from Ethiopia border to Suakin and the ferry to Saudi Arabia December 9th, 2015 to January 8th, 2016
Russia Part 2a – from Tretyakovo at Kazakhstan border via Lake Teletskoye to Gorno Altaysk – Aug. 21st to Sept. 26th, 2016
Russia Part 2b from Gorno Altaysk to the Mongolia border and back to the Ukraine border at Krupets – Sept. 26th to Nov. 11th, 2016
Ukraine Part 3 – from Russia border at Hlukiv to Odessa for shipping to Bintulu/Sarawak/Malaysia Nov. 11th to Dec. 5th, 2016
Myanmar (Burma) round trip (=start) – without our vehicle from December 26th, 2016 to January 22nd, 2017
3rd Rejuvenation of our LandCruiser FJ60/1982 in Miri/Sarawak/East Malaysia from 2/6-5/3/2017 + continuation from 7/18-9/22/2018
Borneo-Sulawesi-Moluccas-Papua Trip (=start) – from August 22nd, 2017 to May 27th, 2018
Kazakhstan Map
         Map of Central Asia
latest picture: August 20, 2016
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001  8/9/2016: Border crossing
Kyrgyzstan-Kazakhstan: Right after
the border town of Korday we enjoy
already the picture that belongs to
the Kazakh steppe: Horses
002  A wind farm of silvery shining
wind turbines near Kurday, 28mi [45km]
after the Kyrgyzstan border. Kazakhstan
has an enormous potential of wind power
thanks to its mainly flat steppe
003  The yellow shining sunflower
field adds some beauty
to the landscape
In the summer months horses and sheep are herded to pasture in the fertile plains
007  Our LandCruiser is approaching the
Charyn Canyon, lying about 140mi
[220km] east of Almaty and 58mi
[100km] north of the Kyrgyzstan border
008  The entry point down to the Charyn
Canyon. For a first view, Liliana already
steps out of the LandCruiser. It is part of
the Charyn National Park
009  In the otherwise flat steppe, the
up to 1'000 ft. [300m] deep and
roughly 56mi [90km] long
canyon is a unique feature
010  The Charyn Canyon consists of
five canyons. The "Valley of Castle" is
the main gorge besides the Temirlik
Canyon, Yellow Canyon, Red Canyon
and the Bestamak Canyon
011  The cute ground squirrel
[Tien Shan Ground Squirrel
(Spermophilus relictus)] belongs
to the Charyn Canyon occupants
and gives us great pleasure
012  Bizarre pillars of the Charyn
Canyon and down by the river the
bungalow hotel. Depending on the sun
exposure, rocks start gleaming intensively
red, particularly in the evening
013  How small Emil looks at the
foot of a high wall of rock of the
Charyn Canyon!
014  Also part of the beauty: A
blooming yellow flower with black
dots (Arnebia pulchra) on the dry
canyon soil; also called prophet-flower
015  For 5 million years wind and
water have sculpted the red sand-
stone of the Charyn Canyon to
its fantastic shapes
016  We encounter Christoph who is
 traveling on foot with a "pushcart" and
writing for the German "Piper-Verlag"
017  Another world traveler at Charyn
Canyon: Karl-Heinz with his dog Kali in a
Magirus Deutz. We swap many stories
018  Peaceful and relaxed: Our
camping spot at the Charyn Canyon


019  Blooming snapdragons
(Antirrhinum) flourish on stony soil
020  A bush of golden yellow kingcups,
also called marsh-marigold (Caltha) –
a splash of color in the steppe
021  Blooming daisies
(Leucanthemum) stick out in
the bleak landscape
022  A rare example of a mosque built in
Islamic/Chinese building style in the city
of Zharkent at the Chinese border .....
023  ..... detail at the Chinese
wooden pagoda .....
024  ..... the main gate to the Chinese
Mosque is built in Islamic style, the
"minaret" in form of a Chinese pagoda
025  Colorful bushes reflect in a
pond near the Charyn river
026  One of the little salt ponds that
appear near Lake Sasykkol, about halfway
between Almaty and the Russia border
027  A group of mushrooms




028  Kotyrtay mountains north of the
road A353 from Zharkent along the
China border to Saryozek
029  A male "banded damselfly”
(Calopteryx splendens) shows itself
in its full beauty
030  A small blue shining pond
embedded into the Kazakh steppe
near Lake Sasykkol
031  Passage through the Altyn Emel
National Park. In the background the
Kόngφy Ala-Too range that forms the
border with Kyrgyzstan
032  View over the green plain
towards the ragged peaks between
Qalbatau, former Georgiyevka,
and Ust-Kamenogorsk
033  Stately trees line the
shore of a dammed pond
034  A final resting place
with mountain view
035  Another imposing mosque:
Islam is by far the largest religion in
Kazakhstan, with more than 70% of the
country's population being Muslims
036  A mosque in its perfect white –
possibly still under construction. Mosques
belong always to the most distinctive
buildings, even in the smallest villages
Monumental beautiful necropolis adorn often the landscape. Mostly they are built on hills, but always at nice locations


040  The Muhamadi Mosque with its
impressive minarets in Ust-Kamenogorsk
(Φskemen in Kasakh). Ust-Kamenogorsk
is the capital of East Kazakhstan
041  The beautiful "Central City
Mosque" in Ust-Kamenogorsk. It was
opened on 8/22/2012 and offers
space for 3'000 worshipers
042  View across the Irtysh River
to the sparkling 131ft. [40m] high
azure blue dome of the "Central City
Mosque" of Ust-Kamenogorsk


043  A wedding on its way to "Central
City Mosque" in Ust-Kamenogorsk .....
044  ..... group picture at the
entrance of the mosque .....
045  ..... and the newlyweds
with their marriage witnesses
046  Saint Andrew Orthodox Cathedral
[Андревский Кафедральный Собор] in
Ust-Kamenogorsk. It's about 78mi [125km]
south of Shemonaika, the Russian border
047  The Svyato-Troitskiy Monastery
[Свято-Троицкий храм] in the Strelka
district of Ust-Kamenogorsk .....
048  ..... the splendid main altar
049  Stas approaches us in Ust-
Kamenogorsk and invites us to a
dinner at a Georgian restaurant .....
050  ..... musicians and a group of
Georgian dancers are entertaining us .....
051  ..... spreading a
cheerful atmosphere




052  At a supermarket in Ust-Kameno-
gorsk we exchange tips with Andrea and
Achim (Paulchen on Tour) with
a Mercedes 1017 truck
053  A pair of Kazakhs: 66% of the
17 million inhabitants are Kazakhs,
21% are Russian and the remaining
13% are from other countries
054  Do the colorful cloth stripes
hanging on tree branches and its adjacent
stone figure point, like in Russia, to
ancestor honoring? (see pic. #136)
055  Our LandCruiser on partly
extremely bad paved roads from the
Southeast to the Northeast of Kazakh-
stan: Totally 1'164mi [1'874km]
056  A beautiful camping spot in the
emptiness of the Kazakh steppe
057  A glorious sunset announces
the glorious end of a day in the
glorious Kazakh steppe
Next website of our 2nd Central and North Asia trip 2016 to Russia:
Russia Part 2a – from Tretyakovo at Kazakhstan border via Lake Teletskoye to Gorno Altaysk – Aug. 21st to Sept. 26th, 2016
The African trip 2013-16:
CapeVerde: Santiago/Praia part 1 – November18th to December 13th, 2013
CapeVerde: Fogo – Dezember13th to 23rd, 2013
CapeVerde: Brava – December 23rd to 26th, 2013
Cape Verde: Santiago/Praia part 2 – December 26th, 2013 to February 28th, 2014
Cape Verde: Sγo Nicolau – February 28th to March 13th, 2014
Cape Verde: Sγo Vicente/Mindelo part 1 – March 13th to 20th, 2014
Cape Verde: Santo Antγo/Eastern side part 1 – March 20th to April 7th, 2014
Cape Verde: Santo Antγo/Western side part 2 – April 7th to 10th, 2014
Cape Verde: Sγo Vicente/Mindelo part 2 – April 10th to 29th, 2014
Namibia Part 1 – from Walvis Bay to Windhoek
Angola Part 1 – September 26th to October 4th, 2014
Angola Part 2 – October 4th to 22nd, 2014
Namibia Part 2 – from Windhoek to the Angolan border, back again and on to South Africa
South Africa Part 1 – from Namibia border to Capetown – January 22nd to February 23rd, 2015
3rd Major Repair of our LandCruiser FJ60 - 1982  (due to two broken sideshafts)
South Africa Part 2 – from Capetown to Tsitsikamma National Park – February 24th to March 13th, 2015
South Africa Part 3 – from Addo National Park to the Lesotho border – March 13th to April 7th, 2015
Lesotho – April 7th to 15th, 2015
South Africa Part 4 – from the Lesotho to the Swaziland border – April 15th to 23rd, 2015
Swaziland – April 23rd to 28th, 2015
South Africa Part 5 – from the Swaziland to the Botswana border  – April 28th to May 15th, 2015
Armed Robbery in Malawi on July 31st/August 1st, 2015
Ethiopia Part 1 – from Kenya to Djibouti October 25th to November 18th, 2015
Djibouti October 18th to 27th, 2015
Ethiopia Part 2   from Djibouti to Sudan November 27th to December 9th, 2015
Sudan December 9th, 2015 to January 8th, 2016