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One huge adventure guaranteed to see you arrive in Madagan tired but smiling, and undoubtedly with memories that will stay with you for a lifetime. Begin by enjoying the cosmopolitan streets of Europe as you become accustomed to life on the road, entering the vastness of Russia for the first time to the capital Moscow, before heading south into the Central Asian wilderness. Ride the rough, broken roads of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan to the start of the Pamir Highway at Termiz, traversing the high Pamir mountain passes through Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and back into Kazakhstan, the route heads north to the pristine mountain wilderness of the Altai region in Russia and Mongolia, crossing this vast Nomadic country is a tough challenge, facing the Gobi Desert head-on to the capital Ulaanbaatar. Next up is Lake Baikal, the largest freshwater lake in the World Road, taking the eastern route around the lake north to the start of the BAM road, which is reputed to be one of the most challenging roads in the World, this 1350km of unmaintained road was constructed to build the BAM railway, there are many broken bridges, river crossings and obstacles to tackle before reaching Tynda from where we head north to Yakutsk before the start of the Old Road of Bones, also known as the Kolyma Highway, which is undoubtedly the most coveted ride in the world of adventure motorcycling. Construction began back in the 1930s under Stalin's brutal regime by the forgotten inhabitants of Siberian labour camps and Gulags. It is said that the bones of the countless thousands who perished in its construction form part of the road surface itself - hence it's more often used name of "The Road of Bones". This expedition will be an amazing, challenging and unforgettable journey, which very few riders in the world will ever achieve. Crossing the largest land mass in the World will be a genuine challenge and will take you through the best, most remote routes in the World, through some of the most stunning regions to be found anywhere on earth. Remember, Kudu Expeditions are the only motorcycle expedition company to use this route and should not be compared with others that operate tarmac tours. Join us in 2014 for the ultimate adventure ride.

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Key Facts
Dates London - Magadan (10 weeks) 31st May  to w/e 10th August 2014
Countries UK, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Lithuania, Latvia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Far East Russia
Distance Approx 35,000Km
Off-tar distance Approx 13,000Km of rough or maintained gravel roads
  Approx 4,000Km of very rough or challenging trails
Wild camping Typically 27 nights in total
Route map Click for a Google map of your typical route
Dates & Prices Click here for 2014 expedition information
Information pack Download the full London to Magadan Information Pack
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Red Square 
Pamir Highway 
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Ulaanbaazar 
BAM Road 
Tynda Road 
Mask of Sorrow 

Trip Highlights

  • Your training and orientation day at Kudu HQ. Meet our team, ride the bikes and begin to develop a real understanding of what it is you are about to undertake in a relaxed, friendly environment.

  • Photo shoot at the Ace Cafe in London as the expedition prepares to cross the largest land mass on Earth with unknown adventures before you.

  • Getting used to life on the road as your ride through Europe from west to east taking in some great sights along the way.

  • See the World around you begin to change as we continue eastwards through Poland and the Baltic States to Riga in Latvia before our first border crossing to Russia.

  • Moscow - Red Square, the Kremlin and explore the buzzing nightlife of this historic city before heading south to Volgograd.

  • Cross the mighty Volga River into Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. Expect tough roads, big potholes and some sandy tracks for hundreds of miles at a time as we head to our furthest point south to the start of the Pamir Highway at Termiz.

  • Heading into the Pamir Mountain range on the Old Silk route hugging the Afghanistan Pakistan and Chinese borders we traverse some spectacular scenery as the highway then passes through a 4,655-meter high crossing into Kyrgyzstan and Osh.

  • With more mountain passes to Toktogul Chayek to Karakol finally crossing the border back into Kazakhstan and visiting the amazing Sharyin Canyon before arriving for a rest in Almaty to enjoy the cosmopolitan city with its night life and western luxuries.

  • Great riding on decent roads through the Russian Altai region. Beautiful, serene Alpinesque mountains and valleys and icy glacial rivers are typical of this unique part of the world.

  • Western Mongolia. A vast, pristine and spectacular part of the world which will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of the expedition. Enjoy remote trails across this beautiful wilderness and the unique experience with some of the most rewarding riding and beautiful scenery you will see anywhere on earth.

  • Ulaanbaatar – rest up for a couple days and explore this unusual capital city and a visit to the Genghis Khan National Park.

  • Heading north to Russia and Ulan Ude - cosmopolitan city at the start of the Trans-Siberian Highway.

  • Head west around Lake Baikal, the largest fresh water lake in the world and visiting Olhkon Island.

  • The next stage takes us off the map north onto endless miles of Siberian forests and mountains on rough gravel roads where you will soon become accustomed to life under canvas.

  • Arriving at Ulkan for the start of the BAM Road section reputed to be one of the “Hardest Roads on Earth” 1400Km of unmaintained tracks broken bridges river crossings and live railway sections, crossing the famous Vitim Bridge and finally Tynda as we head north on the notorious M56.

  • Yakutsk - have a hot shower and a well-earned rest in this fascinating city deep in the East Siberian wilderness. You and the Kudu team will take time to prepare for the next “Hardest Road on Earth” to tackle the “The Original Old Road of Bones”.

  • Crossing the mighty Lena River and feeling you are really embarking upon a mighty adventure. 2500Km of wild East Siberia stands between you and your ultimate destination - Magadan.

  • Detour off the main route for 200Km to Topoleneye to witness abandoned Gulags from Stalin’s brutal regime of the 1930’s .
  • Tackling the Road of Bones - you will undoubtedly find it tough going and always expect the unexpected. Broken bridges, mud, badly deteriorated tracks and roads mean you will need to remain flexible, work as a team and show real determination to make progress.

  • Rest at Susaman before the final tough push on the Tenkinskaya Highway west again across more challenging terrain and back to the new M56 with a tarmac ride to Magadan and a photo shoot high on the hill at the Mask of Sorrow overlooking the town and your first glimpse of the Okhotsk Sea. Entering the town will mark the successful conclusion to a long-held dream for many riders. You have now joined a select few who have ridden some of the “Hardest Roads on Earth” across the largest land mass in the World - time to celebrate!
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Kudu's Bikes

You can ride a Kudu bike or your own on this expedition and prices vary. Kudu will be using out tried and tested Yamaha Teneres which are great all-round bikes capable of covering huge distances on tar and trail in comfort. They have a comfortable saddle, good wind protection and a punchy, 660cc single cylinder engine. They performed excellently on our Round the World 2009 Expeditions and London to Magadan 2011and really come into their own when riding on the more challenging tracks and trails. They are especially easy and forgiving bikes to handle if you are an off-road beginner and they will make the long sections through Kazakhstan Mongolia and the Road of Bones a real joy to ride.

Bringing your own bike

Many other dual purpose bikes are suitable for this trip, including BMW's F650, 800, 1200GS and KTM's 990 Adventure bikes as well as various other makes and models. Please be aware however, that the bigger the bike, the tougher the rough road sections are going to be and this is most relevant to off-road novice riders. If you have any queries at all about the suitability of your bike then please contact us and we will be happy to advise you.


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Pre-Expedition Training and Orientation

We at Kudu take great pride in running thoroughly professional adventures which are open to anyone with a desire to challenge themselves and what they are capable of.  You do not need to be a highly experienced motorcyclist, off-road expert or have a huge amount of adventurous travel experience.  Our training and orientation days are designed to be informal, enjoyable affairs where you can meet your fellow adventurers and the Kudu team in a relaxed environment.

TRAINING (1 DAY) :

  • Meet the Kudu team and each other
  • Equipment and route familiarisation
  • GPS training
  • Ride out and navigation practical
  • Motorcycle maintenance and repair

With Kudu's unique pre-expedition and en-route training, all included in the price, you can begin the toughest challenge of your life well prepared for what lies ahead. At present the training day is earmarked to be held on day one of the expedition (Saturday 4th June) and all riders, whether starting in London or Riga, are welcome. Those joining from London will begin the ride eastwards the following morning.


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Your Kudu Support Crew

As usual you will be supported throughout by members of the Kudu Expeditions team including an expedition leader and guide, mechanic and medic. Our support vehicles are packed with tools and spare parts to keep vehicles and riders moving and they also carry communal equipment, such as tents, chairs and cooking kit. Our expeditions are run in a unique and highly successful way designed to give you the right professional support as back-up, whilst still enabling you to experience real adventures on a truly challenging trip.


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Is this trip for me?

London to Madagan will be a challenging adventure covering many countries, vast distances and some tough terrain. Please remember however that all routes are achievable for any determined off-road beginner and it is normal for us to have several off-road novices on our tours - you wont be alone! In addition we take a very pro-active approach to training throughout the tour and staff will be there to instruct and help you along, whether it be with your off-road riding skills or GPS navigation. There are several nights camping out in the wilderness too where we will be completely self-sufficient, and for most this is a real highlight of their adventure. If you have any concerns or questions about how suitable you think this expedition may be for you then please don't hesitate to get in contact with us - we are here to help! Much more information is available in the London to Magadan Info Pack.