The climb to Song Kul lake was to be our highest yet. We were a bit anxious as we have experienced problems with the troopy overheating at altitude on big climbs. I decided at this point that it would be a good idea to adjust the fuel mixture for the lack of oxygen at higher altitudes. The thinner air causes the fuel to burn hotter and overheat the engine. We traveled a couple of hundred km from Issyk Kul lake on good paved roads before we turned off and hit the gravel preparing for our climb to Song Kul. We were at almost 2000m above sea level before we started the climb. When we got to the foot of the mountains and could see the track Zigzaging it’s way steeply across the mountain face, we knew that we would be having problems. Turned out we needed to stop 3 times to allow the troopy to cool down.
We crossed the Kazakh/Kyrgyz border on 8th August via the Kegen border crossing without a hitch.
Borders have a been a doddle so far, plus there are no visa requirements for Australian and British passport holders in Kyrgyzstan.
We had climbed to an altitude of 2000m by the time we left Kazakhstan and the cool breeze coming over the mountains was so welcome.
Immediately after crossing into Kyrgyzstan there were obvious changes in the scenery. Firstly and fore-mostly the dust and brown hills were replaced with a carpet of green grass, windflowers and