Map: France to Central Asia, from 2019 until ???
In January 2019, we began our expedition from France to Asia. Our route winds through Europe, central Asia and Southeast Asia. Since September 2021, we've had to put the trip on hold until the land borders in South and Southeast Asia open back up. We travel primarily by bicycle except for Albania and Central Asia, which we crossed on horseback. Our cycling paths are not defined - if you can recommend a great mountain road or gravel route to cycle, let us know! The path below is approximate and will be refined more accurately as we advance.
Departure from : Lagnes, France
Journey paused since : Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Kilometers cycled : 6740 kms
Kilometers on horseback : 2400 kms
Nights camping : 206
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Map : Our horse trek accross Kyrgyzstan, summer 2021
After a year on pause, En Selle got back in the saddle! With our three Kyrgyz stallions Fidel, Tian, and Chai, we rode approximately 1600km across Kyrgyzstan. To make our itinerary we overlayed maps of national parks, biodiversity hotspots and culturally significant places and connected the dots. We crossed paths with the ghosts of Genghis Khan, Marco Polo and all the Silk Road’s most notorious nomadic peoples, living and dead.
Map: Our horse trek from South to North Albania, 2019
Nestled between Montenegro and Greece, Albania represents one of the last wild frontiers in Europe. After one month of horse shopping and intense preparation for the 800km trek, we departed from Gjirokaster in the south. Sticking to primarily mountain roads, we slowly marched north with our horses Johnny, Griva and Düldül, basking in the stunning landscapes and heartfelt local encounters. On July 5th, we arrived successfully in Valbona Valley, at the northernmost tip of the country. We are the first riders in Albania to complete such a long horse trek using the same horses. We strongly encourage other riders to undertake their own Albanian horse trek, as the country is a veritable playground for this method of travel.