The culture and everyday life of Kyrgyzstan(15 Day)
Hiking trip to the nomadic world
The route is not rigid, as one should expect in Central Asia with various accompanying circumstances (road conditions, weather etc.) and because we also want to consider the individual wishes (of course up to certain limits).
Day 1: Arrival, sightseeing Bishkek
Arrival in the early morning in Bishkek. They will be received by the excursion leader and the interpreter and taken to your accommodation. Morning breakfast and relax from the long journey.
After lunch visit the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek: we look around the center ("White House", Ala Too Square, Osh Bazaar etc.) followed by dinner in a traditional restaurant.
Day 2: Chuj plain, Ala Archa gorge
After breakfast drive to the Chuj plain, into the valley of the Ala Archa river and further into the mountain range Kyrgyz Alatoo (about 30 km south of Bishkek). In this mountains lies the National Park Ala Archa. The three valleys offer dozens of hiking opportunities, sometimes to some glaciers. The plain lies at 2000 - 2500 m above sea level. NN. For the adaptation to the high mountains on the second day easier migrations to the juniper forests (Juniperus semiglobosa), water sources and the settlements of the semi-nomads are undertaken.
From Alplager we start through the eastern valley up to the waterfall. On the way there is a picnic with a view of the western part of the Tien Shan Mountains.
Day 3: Bishkek - Burana - Kadzhi Say
Crossing to Issyk-Kul lake. Literally translated Issyk-Kul is called "the warm lake" because he does not freeze in winter although he is at about 1600 m above sea level. Issyk-Kul is the second largest mountain lake in the world after Lake Titicaca. On the way we will visit the Burana Minaret (10th century) and the excavations of the ancient city Balasagyn, which is located on the Silk Road. Picnic in the Boom Gorge.
Arrival to Kadzhi Say. Here we stay in an ethnic complex (Ojmotash), where a traditional dinner awaits us as well as swimming and relaxation on the beach of Issyk-Kul Lake.
Day 4: Oimotash - fairytale canyon
Morning yoga on the lake shore for early risers. After breakfast transfer to "Skazka" Canyon. Translated from Russian, "Skazka" means fairy tales. The landscape actually seems to have sprung from a fairy tale. There we can see bizarre sandstone formations, colorful mountains and the Chinese wall with the panoramic view of the blue of Issyk Kul.
We take an easy hike through the canyon and return to Oimotash for lunch. In the afternoon bathing in the slightly salty water of the lake.
After dinner, we prepare a campfire on the lakeshore, accompanied by myths and legends of Issyk Kul.
Day 5: Oimotash - Dzheti Oguz - City Karakol
After breakfast we continue along the south side of Lake Issyk Kul to the Dzheti Oguz gorge, where we take a hike. Dzheti Oguz translated means seven oxen, as the red rocks are to remember seven oxen (but with a little imagination :). On the slope of this gorge beautiful Tian-schan spruce grow. The ground is littered with fragrant grasses and flowers. Lunch at the guesthouse in Karakol. Then we visit the local Przhevalsky Museum.
Day 6: Altyn Arashan Gorge, 9km, + 800m, 3-4 hours of walking
Drive to the gorge Altyn Arashan. We let our truck pull up the rucksacks and walk through the gorge and pictorial meadows, forests and pastures to our accommodation.
On the way visit a shepherd's harness.
Day 7: Altyn Arashan, high mountain lake Ala-Köl, thermal springs
11km, 1100m, 3-4 walking hours in one direction
Hike to the high mountain lake Ala-Köl (3520m NN). Ala Kol means "colorful lake". Depending on the illuminance, the water changes color from turquoise to diluted white to light green, dark gray and even black. Picnic with beautiful views. Descend back to the camp, where we can relax in the hot thermal springs Altyn Arashan ("golden hot springs"). Many different mineral springs with different water composition and temperature are located next to each other, where the water stays warm throughout the year.
Day 8: City Karakol: cultural diversity, meeting place of religions
Drive to Karakol. Lunch in the guesthouse, then we drive to the city. During the city tour in Karakol we visit a Dungan mosque and a Russian Orthodox church.
Traditional dinner with folklore music.
Day 9: Karakol - Cholpon Ata - Balykchi
After breakfast transfer to Cholpon Ata, to Ruch-Ordo. Translated from Kyrgyz, Ruch-Ordo means "spiritual center" and unites under its roof five world religions: Judaism, Buddhism, Catholicism, Orthodox Christianity and Islam as well as many collections dedicated to the history of this area and nomadic culture.
Lunch in a fish restaurant.
After lunch we continue to Balykchi, where we stay overnight with a Kyrgyz family.
Day 10: Balykchi - Ortotokoi Reservoir - Song Köl
Crossing to the Hochgebirgssee Song Köl. First we drive to the Ortotokoi Reservoir. Lunch is offered in the form of picnic with a view of the mountains.
The Ortotokoi Dam is located on the upper reaches of the Chui River. The dam mainly serves as a water reservoir for irrigation of the downstream agricultural area. Below the dam there is a settlement called Ortotokoi. The view from here is breathtaking: the impressive width of the dam with water in changing colors, surrounded by gray-brown mountains.
Arrival at the fresh water lake Song Köl, the largest fresh water lake of Kyrgyzstan in the middle of the interior Tian Shan mountains. Here we move into a yurt camp.
Day 11: High mountain lake Song Köl, getting to know the nomadic life
Visiting local residents: we are building a yurt together - the traditional tent of nomads in Western and Central Asia, tasting traditional food and getting to know the everyday life of the nomads. In a landscape at an altitude of about 3000 m above sea level, surrounded by pastures with sheep, horses, yaks, and the beautifully decorated yurts you can experience the nomadism up close.
In the afternoon, we walk along the banks of Song Köl, climb a hill to see the lake from above and watch the sun go down slowly and the water surface sparkle in the last rays of sunshine.
Day 12: High Mountain Song Köl: Riding
Get to know the local way of life, customs and traditions.
On Song Kol you should spend at least two nights to experience the diverse moods around the lake in detail. In the morning, riding into the high mountain steppe where we can expect wonderful views of the valley, many yurt settlements as well as the galloping nomads with numerous flocks of sheep.
In the afternoon we will climb from our camp out to the south upstream mountain range. You are traveling without a route, with some prudence but only in easy terrain (over 3100 m above sea level).
Day 13: Filzfabrik in Kochkor, felt workshop
Crossing to Kochkor. Visit to a felt factory with Schyrdak workshop (a traditional carpet made using wet felting - one of the oldest textile techniques).
After lunch we cook traditional Kyrgyz bread together - Borsoki.
Day 14: Return to Bishkek
Crossing to Bishkek. The views on the way are really breathtaking. Various stops on the way. Arrive in Bishkek, lunch in the guest house.
In the afternoon city sightseeing, shopping and strolling on the Osh Bazaar.
Farewell dinner in a restaurant in traditional style.
Day 15:Transfer airport.
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