In collaboration with Mikkeller Running Club, Above Borders has arranged this unique tour to Turkmenistan. In addition to cultural impressions, this tour will give you a unique running experience and you get the opportunity to brew beer in one of the worlds most isolated destinations.
On this tour you will get a chance to meet local Turkmens and experience the country’s authentic culture as we celebrate the national holiday “Akhal Teke,” visit a local brewery and spend the night at ‘Gates of Hell“. Last, but not least, you will be able to run on the famous “Stairs of Health” choosing a distance of either 8, 16 or 33 kilometres. Mikkeller and Above Borders are looking forward to giving you an extraordinary travel experience for life.
The program starts at 11 am, so we encourage everyone to take a nap when we arrive at the hotel. The day entails a city tour in and around Ashgabat, where we will visit the Independence Park, the UNESCO-site Nissa and the largest (indoor) Ferris wheel in the world..
Changes in the programme may occur due to local circumstances. Prior to and during the trip there will be minor adjustments, but we will do everything we can to keep you updated on these. In case something is cancelled, we will find an alternative activity.
In 2015 Jonas did an exchange semester in Seoul. During his exchange, Jonas visited North Korea which lead to the beginning of Above Borders. The many contrasting and thought provoking experiences, woke an interest to explore different and isolated destinations around the world. In the beginning of 2019, Jonas visited Turkmenistan, which shortly after became the second destination of Above Borders. Jonas’ great travel experience is now used being a tour leader on our tours to North Korea and Turkmenistan. He loves to share personal anecdotes from his many tours to the worlds most isolated destinations, and he understand to reflect upon his experiences and question the societies he meets.
Run 8, 16 or 33 km.
As the first ones in the world, we arrange a run on the famous “Stairs of Health”. Every year, the former president Saparmurat Nijasov, commanded his ministry to walk the 8 km up the stairs. He himself took a helicopter to the top, because of his ill heart. We challenge you to do like the ministers and run the 8 km up the stairs. If you are really tough, you can also choose to run 16 or even 33 km.
Above Borders is member of the danish travel guarantee fond, member 2943- This is your guarantee that we follow danish law related to group tours. We are always be available if you have any questions and we ensure that we will send you material as preperation for our tour to ensure you are well prepared.