In the end of June five of us (three Swedes and two Americans) finally landed in the International Airport Manas not far from Bishkek- the capital of the Kyrgyz Republic. Dmitri picked us up and took us to a nice hotel not far from the mountains. When we got there five KTM-690 bikes were waiting for us in the courtyard of the hotel. After breakfast and some rest we put our gear on, got on our bikes and followed our guide Artiom. The first part of the day we were riding through Kyrgyz villages and enjoying the view of Kyrgyz Ala-Too Range with snow-capped peaks of 5000 meters. Then the villages ended and we followed a road though a gorge with a river and mountains on both sides. It was lunch time, so we stopped for some sandwiches, fresh vegetables and fruit which Dmitri kindly offered to us. After lunch we continued our ride through a long tunnel to the top of Too-Ashu Pass (3180m) from where we could enjoy a breathtaking view of Suusamyr Valley.
By the evening we were down in the valley, stopping for a night in a nice lodge. After a plentiful dinner I went to bed and slept like a rock. The next morning after breakfast we were on the bikes heading to our next destination- a high altitude Son-Kul Lake. The dirt road that we took passed through wheat and clover fields of the immense Suusamyr Valley and a very scenic Kokomeren River Gorge with reds cliffs. After lunch in the village of Chaek we continued our ride to Son-Kul Lake located at the altitude of 3016 meters and used by local people as a summer pasture. After crossing Kara-Keche Pass (3400m) we finally got to our camp where we met some other bikers who were travelling through Central Asia to Mongolia. The weather changed, it started to hail. We found our refuge in a yurt- a traditional dwelling of Kyrgyz nomads.