On the trail of the Snow Leopard tour in Kyrgyzstan

Snow Leopard Tour in Kyrgyzstan

Tour Type: 3 days horseback riding, 5 days driving

Total Duration: 7 days

Best Season:  mid-June – mid September

Level of Difficulty:  from moderate to difficult

Maximum Altitude on the Trip:  4 200 meters ASL

Accommodation: guesthouse, simple home stay and camping

Transport: jeep/minibus

Best group size:  4-10 persons 

Trip Highlights: Snow leopard, Marko Polo sheep, Ibex, Yak, Marmot, Fox, Wolfe, Golden Eagle,  Griffon Vulture

TRIP ITINERARY:

Day 1: Bishkek - Barskoon

After breakfast, check out from hotel in Bishkek. Drive to Barskoon village. Stop at Burana Complex where we will visit Burana Tower, historical museum and Balbal grave markers and have lunch at local family house. While driving by Southern Shore of Issyk Kul lake (Second largest alpine lake after Titikaka, 1605m asl) we will see eagle hunting demonstration at Jaichy gorge. At Barskoon village we will have dinner and stay at guest house.  

 Day 2: Barskoon – Uch Koshkon village

After breakfast we will drive to Uch Kochkon village which is located at  area of unique high mountain steppes with eternal permafrost earth. We will see first Barskoon gorge and waterfall, Sary Moinik pass, Barskaun pass, Arabel valley which is a beginning of one of the biggest rivers in Central Asia Syrdarya. Picnic lunch will be at Taragai river bank, when we will rich high steppes depending on time and weather conditions. After stop at Kara Say village for border zone registration we will drive to Uch Kochkon village (3400m asl).  We will have dinner and overnight at guest house. Before dinner from village we will drive (15 Min) to Ak Sjirak river canyon which is more than 60 meters deep. At the bank side we will see marmots, vultures, partridge. Plus to it probably: owl fox

 Day 3: Barskoon – Uch Koshkon village

After breakfast we will drive to Uch Kochkon village which is located at  area of unique high mountain steppes with eternal permafrost earth. We will see first Barskoon gorge and waterfall, Sary Moinik pass, Barskaun pass, Arabel valley which is a beginning of one of the biggest rivers in Central Asia Syrdarya. After stop at Kara Say village for border zone registration we will drive to Uch Kochkon village (3400m asl).  We will have dinner and overnight at guest house. Before dinner from village we will drive (15 Min) to Ak Sjirak river canyon which is more than 60 meters deep. At the bank side we will see marmots, vultures, partridge. Plus to it probably: owl fox

Day 4: After breakfast drive 18 km to Koyundu Rager Station where we will have riding and safety instruction, deliver our luggage and horses. Our target is Eshekart Ranger station. We will ride over Eshekart pass of 4200m asl,  ride at the landscape of high meadows, with nice panoramas at 5000 meters summits and glaciers. On the way we will visit one mountain glacier. Picnic lunch on the way. At slopes near the pass we might see Marko Polo sheep, vulture, Golden Eagle. Upon arrival at Ranger station we will have some tea and after that have a hike to the bank of Sarychat river which flow to Tarum basin in China. With this hike we will acclimatize and see special marmots and rabbits, Eagles, vultures and depending on season also ibisbill. At this area eagles have they nests. Dinner and overnight at Eshekart Ranger station at tent. 

Animals to see: Marko Polo sheep, vulture, Golden Eagle, marmots and rabbits, Eagles, vultures. Most probably we will also see ibis bill

 Day 5: After breakfast we will walk to check second photo trap. We will walk to small forest and there are trails of bear and wolfs along breakage between forest and Sary Chat river.  Ride back to Uch Kochkon village.  Tea brake en route. On the way at the top of the Kara kiya pass we will see nice panorama at all Ak Shiyrak high mountain valley. At summer we also will see rich vegetation variety edelweiss and many other flowers. Upon arrival at the village take shower or have experience of visiting Russian banya (sauna). We will have dinner and overnight at guest house.

 Day 6. Uch Koshkon village – Bokonbay or Kadji-Sai

After breakfast drive to Barskoon village. Lunch at guest house. After lunch drive to Bokonbaevo or Kadji-Sai. Dinner.

Day 7: Bokonbay - Bishkek

After breakfast we will drive to Bishkek. Lunch en route at café. Free time. Farewell dinner at restaurant with folklore concert.  End of the tour. 

 

 

Included services:
Guide
Breakfast
Lunch/Dinner
Beverages (non-alcoholic)
Car (with driver)
Fuel, Petrol
Bus/train tickets
Domestic flight tickets
Entrance fees (i.e. parks, events)
Accommodation (Homestay)
Accommodation (Hotel)
Transport: SUV 4x4
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