Self-drive off-road Grand tour in Kyrgyzstan - 20 days
Self-drive Off-road around Issyk-Kul lake on UAZ Hunter with guide services, off-road training, technical support. We will accompany you on another vehicle – TLC Prado 95 with set of tools, spare parts and etc. Difficulty level - middle.
Announcement: Kyrgyzstan is very diverse country in every way. Here you can see many different nations, cultures, also landscapes and even the climatic zones - from very hot like desert till frozen arctic. The Tien Shan mountain system in Central Asia covers the territory of 5 countries. Most of it lies on the territory of Kyrgyzstan.
You will get great off-road driving experience in mountain. Our rout is like a stretched circle - through Chuy region, around Issik-Kul lake, loops in Naryn and Osh regions. Yoг will meet original nomadic culture in the North of Kyrgyzstan and mixed nomadic-farmer culture in the South of Kyrgyzstan.
The tour program includes visiting of historic places and museums, meeting with local people and culture, participate in local holiday events, horse riding, eagle hunting, bathing in hot springs, overnight in yurt and homestay, hiking in the mountains, skitour at wintertime and etc.
Day 1 - Starting from Bishkek to Issyk-Ata gorges (60 km). Hiking and short excursion to Buddha stone (10 century a.c.). Bath at will in hydrogen sulfide hotsprings. Drive to Kegety gorge and hiking to Kol-Tor lake. Overnight in guesthouse or yurt.
Day 2 - Departure to Chong-Kemin National Park (90 km). By the way we will visit Burana tower museum (10-11 century a.c.). Horse riding in Chong -Kemin to Kol-Kogur lake. Overnight in guesthouse.
Day 3 - Drive to Konorchek Canyon (50 km) which looks like a little version of Grand Canyon in USA. Short hiking there for 2-3 hours. Departure to Cholpon-Ata city (130 km), lunch and petroglyph open-air museum and History museum at will. Overnight in guesthouse or yurtcamp on the Issik-Kul lake shore.
Day 4 - Drive to Georgievskiy gorge (30 km). Hiking to lakes. There 3 beautiful lakes, 2 lakes open for visit, but for 3d lake you should get border permit. Offroad drive to the Kyrchyn gorge, where was World Nomad Games. Drive to Altyn-Arashan gorge (150 km). By the way short cultural and food program there. Hotsprings and overnigth in yurt.
Day 5 - Ala-Kul lake trekking through most beautiful places of Altyn-Arashan gorge. Horse riding till Ala-Kul pass, than climbing to lake. Comeback and hotsprings again :). Overnigth in yurt.
Day 6 - Departure Jety-Oguz gorge (110 km), most scenic and beautiful gorge in Kyrgyzstan. Drive and hiking around resort and red rocks there. Hiking to waterfall. Overnight in yurt.
Day 7 - Hiking to Oguz-Bashy glacier, looks like an unreal magic mountain. There we can see Eltcin and Karakol peaks. Comeback and overnight in yurt.
Day 8 - Departure to the Ak-Shiyrak village and Kara-Say pasture (250 km). This day we will drive to the most unexplored place in Kyrgyzstan and Tien-Shan mountains. Ak-shiyrak village located at an altitude of 3000 meters, near with China border, beneath Kakshal-Too ridge. This ridge have summits near 6000 m. We will drive through Barskoon gorge and pass to Ara-Bel plateau, 3800 m. (a.s.l.) with high mountain lakes and pastures. Than after Sook pass we will see Dankov (5982 m.) and Kyzyl-Asker (5842 m.) peaks. Overnight in yurt.
Day 9 - Return to the Barskoon gorge and excursion to the waterfalls. Trip and excursion to Fairy Tale Canyon (80 km). Overnight in the yurt camp on the shore of the Issik-Kul lake.
Day 10 - Drive to Naryn region (220 km). It is a most difficult, but very wild beauty part of road. We will drive through Tosor pass and along up tributary of Naryn river. Naryn river - one of the general river in Tyan-Shan that gives rise to a Syrdarya river. Short stop in Eki-Naryn valley. So, you can see the inception of this great rivers. National kyrgyz food dinner in restaurant and overnight in yurt or guesthouse in Naryn city.
Day 11 - Drive to Kel-Suu lake (150 km). Hiking there and swimming at will. Overnight in yurt.
Day 12 - Drive to Chatyr-Kul lake (150 km), then Tash-Rabat history complex. This caravan-saray (15 century a.c.) was one of the pitstop on Silk Way Between China and Europe. Located at an altitude of 3,200 meters. By your will, you can make a horsetrek from Chatyr-Kul lake to Tash-Rabat through the pass and valley. Overnight in yurt.
Day 13 - Driving to the Song-Kul lake (160 km) through the Terskey-Torpok pass, also called like 38 parrot, because it is steep and have serpentine with 38 turns. Short stop to waterfall before pass. Hiking and boating in Song-Kul. National kyrgyz food dinner. Overnight in yurt.
Day 14 - Departure to the Kazarman village (200 km). Visiting Saimaluu-Tash petroglyphs open-air museum and park. Overnight in guesthouse.
Day 15 - Departure to the Osh city (260 km) through the hard and dangerous mountain road with scenic pass. By the way short stop in ancient Uzgen city to see the Karakhanid Empire Mausoleum and Minaret 44 m. high (12 century a.c.) and several ruins of a fortress. Uzgen is uzbek city, there are more than 90% of uzbek population. Although all south of Kyrgyzstan have much uzbek population and under great influence of uzbek culture. National uzbek food dinner and short evening citytour in Osh. Overnight in guesthouse.
Day 16 - Osh city tour to the Sulaiman-Too mountain, Osh History museum and mosque (15 century a.c.), local market and lunch with national uzbek food, walk in the ancient part of city. Departure to the base camp of Lenin Peak (250 km). Overnight in the Sary-Mogol village.
Day 17 - Drive to the base camp. Walk to the onion meadow and the Tulpar-Kul lake. Overnight in a yurt camp at an altitude of about 4000 m.
Day 18 - Drive back to the Jalal-Abad region (400 km), to the Arstan-Bab village and relict walnut forests. Hiking there, waterfalls and fams. Overnight in guesthouse.
Day 19 - Departure to the lakes of Sary-Chelek National park (220 km). Hiking to the lakes and you will see one of the most beautiful lake of the Tien-Shan. Bathing as desired. Overnight at the guest house.
Day 20 - Departure to the Bishkek (480 km). This day we will drive to Bishkek by the beautiful Bishkek-Osh road. This road connect North and South of Kyrgyzstan and we will drive along great Naryn river and the largest water reservoir in Central Asia - Toktogul. We will cross two passes. Ala-bel pass (3175) and arrive to the Suusamyr Valley - it is a high plateau in the center of the Western Tien-Shan and the largest jailoo (pasture) in Kyrgyzstan. Here you will see huge herds of sheep and horses and you can drink the best koumiss in the country, possibly in the world :). Than picturesque and lively Too-Ashuu pass. This pretty city was a succesfull city in USSR time under Moscow control. So, if you want see a frozen soviet industry town as it is, well maintained - Kara-Balta best example of this.
Additional information: Tour of the program for 20 days, but can be extended up to 21 days depending the situation on the mountain roads.
To realize all points of tour you should get a border permits (paid separately). You should send me a full copy of your passport at least 10 days before. Urgent option also possible, write me for discuss.
The total distance of the tour path is 2800 km.
The team of one car can be 2 person. Cost for extra passenger – 850 USD.
The cost of the tour includes accommodations and meals 3 times a day, fuel, insurance for car, lunch maybe like snacks, fee antrances, horseback riding.
Program and route for winter time is different and shorter: many passes are closed, from the programm excluded larger half of Naryn region, Ala-Kul and Song-Kul lakes, Jety Oguz gorge and Eagle hunting.
Self-drive vehicle – UAZ Hunter 2012.
Support Vehicle - TLC Prado 95.
Requirements for drivers:
- Driver's age shall be between 21 and 65 years old;
- Driving experience shall be 3 or more years;
- Security deposit - 350 USD.
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.