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Planned by Silk Road Mountain Race
After the wide expanses of the previous kilometres, the landscape changes dramatically as the route enters the Uzengugush valley. Expect narrow canyons and steep mountains all around. The short, sharp ascents that riders must tackle as they head further up the valley are steep and difficult and will likely require some pushing towards the top. The views, though, easily make up for the effort required to reach this remote part of the country. They will eventually reach a point where the road actually crosses the Uzengugush river several times, technically entering Chinese territory as they do so. As this thin sliver of China is entirely hemmed in by mountains, it’s not an area that is actively monitored by the Chinese border guards as there is nowhere to go. You will not need a Chinese visa to go here! Once riders make it to the point where the river flows into China, they leave it behind and head north, back towards Issyk-Kul and on to checkpoint 3.