Besh-Tash Nature Reserve — eco-tourism & nomads life, 7 days

Experience a traditional lifestyle among nomads living in a yurt on a highland pasture in Kyrgyzstan.

It's a far-flung land cut-off from global civilization with no phone, hot shower and news.

Just you and spectacular mountains, valleys, lakes, organic food and herds of animals freely roaming on pastures under the owners' care.

Day-by-Day Tour Itinerary

1. From Bishkek to Besh-Tash
First thing in the morning we set off to Talas. This region boasts its rich cultural heritage. Legends have it that epic hero Manas led Yenisei Kyrgyz tribes to this very land.
Here was born Chingiz Aytmatov, a distinguished writer.

Our destination is Besh-Tash nature reserve with total isolation from the outside world.

High in the mountains, we will be welcomed into a separate guest-yurt by hospitable livestock farmers.

2. A walk across the nature reserve
Average altitude of our camp is 2,700 m.a.s.l. That's why on our first day here we are going to have a leisurely walk to let our bodies acclimatize to high altitude.

On our way we'll see a few picturesque lakes and enjoy the views of a mountain gorge. We'll meet the dwellers of the valley — cattlemen and their herds of animals.

Lying on warm rocks heated by the sun on the shore of an alpine lake you will feel the absolute harmony of Kyrgyz nature.

3. Quest for "Heart" Lake
The hike up this day is not going to be easy. But what you eventually see is worth all the efforts and challenges.

A small heart-shaped mountain lake is hidden from prying eyes among the young Talas mountains. Just like older brothers they protect their little sister from all the "imperfections" of the outside world.

The more daring and well prepared group members will be able to reach the summit (3,500 m) to fully enjoy the breathtaking view from the top.

4. Horseback riding and cultural activities
On our 4th day we'll relax and discover the nomadic and farming culture of Kyrgyzstan.

You will see how daily life and farming household is organized, how natural farmer food products are made.

All those who want can mount a horse and go on a short 2-hour horse riding trip.

5. Another peak
Our final high-altitude hiking trip (3,500 m).

Two lakes, wild animals, birds and breathtaking views on adjacent mountain valleys.

This ascent is the most challenging one, so we can have a picturesque walk in a neighboring gorge instead.

6. Museum and bath-house
We will take a scenic route out of the nature reserve and head to the region's capital — the city of Talas.

There we'll visit Manas Ordo cultural complex and have insights into the history of the Kyrgyz people.

After that, if you want, you can go to a great public bath-house, which is a perfect way to recharge your body.

We will spend the evening with a big family of Kyrgyz farmers. Farming household, a bunch of kids and a welcoming table to sit around for a friendly talk.

7. Back to Bishkek
A scenic route and several high mountain passes including Töö Ashuu (also Teo-Ashuu or Camel Pass), which is notable for steep serpentine roads. In ancient times it was also one of the crucial mountain passes on the Great Silk Road.

Suusamyr Valley is the largest Alpine pasture of the USSR. Magnificent views of the northwestern Tian Shan.

At the end of the day we will arrive in Bishkek.

Extra adventures

Horseback riding. You pay for it separately. It costs around $20.

Number of days: 7
Covered regions:
Bishkek City
Osh City
Included services:
Accommodation (Hotel/Guesthouse)
Accommodation (Homestay)
Entrance tickets (e.g. museums, parks etc.)
Beverages (non-alcoholic)
Car (with driver)
Fuel, Petrol
Bus/Train tickets
Domestic flight tickets
Not included: Horseback riding, Airport transfer, Health insurance
What to bring: Sleeping bag, Trekking poles, Medical insurance, Trekking shoes, Clothes and accessories, Two backpacks or small one and a big suitcase
Transport: Minivan
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