Arrivals & Departures Heli biking in Central Asia's Tien Shan mountains

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"When I talk about our adventure biking trips, few stories get the sheer jaw drop reaction that this one does,” says SpiceRoads managing director Daniel Moylan.

This is one big adventure. Departing just once a year (July in 2018), SpiceRoads’ tour of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan is for hard-core mountain bikers.

The tour traverses the Tien Shan mountains, including the marble pyramid of Khan Tengri (6995m) and Pobedy Peak (7439m), and it’s here that the tour reaches peak excitement — two days heli-biking.

Strap your bike to the side of a helicopter and fly to 3500m. It’s then a daunting descent on single track and dirt roads back to camp. 

“Perhaps it is the remote steppe, the looming vision that is the mystical 7000m marble pyramid of Khan Tengri or just the idea of strapping your favourite bike to the side of a chopper and taking off,” Mr Moylan says of people's reaction to the trip.

SpiceRoads has the first pioneering riders committed to the tour, and needs to bring the group to six to go ahead.

Riders will cover 549km over 13 days, covering an average 46km and climbing 988m a day.

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