Tour A Nomadic Life on the Great Silk Road, 6 Days
Tour highlights: Issyk-Kul, Cholpan-Ata, Song-Kul, Naryn, Tash-Rabat, Torugart pass
This tour offers you an excellent chance to get acquainted with the history and nature of Kyrgyzstan. During this tour you will visit magnificent historical places dating back to 9-11th Century, see the incredibly beautiful Kyrgyz Mountains, relax on the shore of Issyk-Kul Lake – the Pearl of Kyrgyzstan, learn about the culture of the people and eat the tastiest national dishes.
Since ancient times, the Great Silk Road has attracted people from different countries. This road has become a bridge between peoples. Now you have a great opportunity to visit Kyrgyzstan, a small unique part of the Great Silk Road, to return to the past.
Day 1 Europe-Bishkek (with British Airways, Turkish Airlines or Aeroflot)
Arrival in Bishkek early in the morning. Transfer to the Guesthouse. The panorama of a city with a backdrop of the majestic snow-covered Ala-Too Mountains will await you during your excursion around the city in the afternoon. Overnight in the guesthouse. (800 m above sea level)
Day 2 Bishkek - Issyk-Kul (Cholpon-Ata)
Transfer to Lake Issyk-Kul (270 km). Visit a place on the Great Silk Road - the Burana Tower (11th Century) the remains of Karakhanid's Empire in Central Asia on the way. Enjoy a short picnic in the Boom Canyon. Excursion to the Petroglyph” Open Air Museum in Cholpon-Ata. Accommodation in a guesthouse. (1,600 m above sea level)
Day 3 Cholpon-Ata - Song-Kul
Transfer to Lake Song-Kul (270 km). Visit a felt carpet workshop, where you can not only buy souvenirs but make them yourself, on the way. Local people live and graze their livestock on the meadows (jailoo) around the lake, from June till September. You will taste the wilderness and freedom of nomadic life here. It will be possible to taste the Kyrgyz traditional drink kymyz (fermented mare’s milk). Overnight stay in a yurta camp. (3,016 m above sea level)
Day 4 Song-Kul - Naryn
Transfer to Naryn (160 km). Excursion to a Kyrgyz Art Gallery. Kyrgyz folklore programme in the evening. Family-run accommodation in Naryn (1,900 m above sealevel).
Day 5 Naryn - Tash-Rabat
Transfer (115 km) to this historic resting place on the Great Silk Road - the Tash-Rabat Caravan-Sarai (12th C). Free time in the afternoon. You can go for a short walk or a horse riding excursion and visit Kyrgyz shepherds who live in this area. Overnight in a yurta camp. (2,800 m above sea level)
Day 6 Tash-Rabat – Torugart Pass
Transfer to the Kyrgyz-Chinese Border (150 km). You will cross the high point of this tour, the Torugart Pass (4,010 m above sea level).
Level of difficulty: There are no difficulties on the route, but tourists should have an average level of fitness because sometimes they have long transfers for 8-9 hours.
- Transport for transfers and excursions (good condition minibuses);
- Double room accommodation in Bishkek, Issyk-Kul;
- Family run accommodation in Naryn;
- Four people accommodation in yurts;
- Half board during the tour (breakfast and dinners);
- English / German / French speaking tour guide;
Service is not included:
- Single room accommodation;
- Full board (lunches during the tour);
- Alcohol and soft drinks;
- Horses for riding in Song-Kul and Tash-Rabat;
- Visa support (LOI) for China;
- Cost for Kyrgyz and Cinese visa;
- Any service in China
- Porter service at airport and hotels;
- International flight tickets
Price is 840 USD per person
Size of the group: Minimum 4 pax, Maximum 10 pax
For a confirmed booking, a deposit of (10%) is required. Deposit is paid by credit card (secure payment via Stripe, no credit card fees). The remaining balance can be paid in cash upon start of the trip - unless Host & Traveler agree on different payment methods.
Cancellations can be made free of charge up to 30 days prior to the beginning of the booked service. The deposit (10%) is only refundable if the booking is canceled at least 30 days in advance.