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Explore Kyrgyzstan in 10 days / 9 nights

Highlights: Burana Tower, Issyk Kul Lake, Song Kul Lake, Tash Rabat caravanserai, hiking, horse riding, nomadic lifestyle.

This trip will lead you through the Tien Shan Mountains on the tracks of the Kyrgyz nomads. You will discover the natural and cultural treasures of Kyrgyzstan: the wild shore of Issyk Kul lake, Tash Rabat caravanserai and the alpine pastures of stupendous Son Kul Lake. Throughout this trip, you will be immersed into the ancient nomadic culture and its equestrian tradition.

Program

Day 1: Arrival in Bishkek and city walk

∣         Your guide/driver will meet you at the airport. Transfer to the guesthouse in Bishkek city. Installation and resting time.

Meeting with a guide at the guesthouse for a welcome lunch and briefing.
Bishkek city tour, we discover the city center, parks, and monuments.
Here you can enjoy the view of the real eastern bazaar. Then dinner at the best canteen in town.
Night in the guesthouse.
L, D included

Altitude: 800m

 

 

Day 2: Burana Tower on the way to Issyk Kul

∣         Meeting at 8.30 for departure.

Visit of Burana tower site, on the ruins of the ancient Karakhanid’s capital, Balasagyn.
Lunch in a Dungan family in Tokmok city, and then interesting walk through the Konorchek canyons to admire the red rocks structures.
Arrival at Aida’s place, our yurt camp for the next 2 nights, on the southern shore of Issyk Kul, the second biggest mountain lake in the world, at 1600m high. Discover the place, go for a swim, play, you will have free time.
Overnight in the yurt.
 

B, L, D included

Driving time: 4h

Driving kilometers: 360km

Walking time: 2,5h

Altitude: 1600m

 

Day 3: The Red Skazka Canyon and the Barskoon Forest Valley

∣         In the morning, visit of Skazka (Fairy Tale) canyon. The red, ocher or yellow sedimentary rocks are stunning and seem to be taken out from another planet. A paradise for photographers! Discovery of places (2h).

∣         We meet with a berkutchi, an eagle hunter who will tell us about his passion and show his eagles and will show us how he trains them to hunt during the summer.

∣         After a picnic on the Beach of Issyk Kul Lake, we will take the road to the Forest Valley of Barskoon, one of the many mountain valleys watering Issyk Kul Lake. We leave for a beautiful walk (1h30) through the fir trees to discover the waterfalls that spring here from the rock wall.

∣         Back to our yurt camp after the first “physical day”

Overnight in the yurt.
 

B, L, D included

Walking Time: 3h30

Driving time: 3h

Driving kilometers: 150km

Altitude: 2500m

 

Day 4: Heading to Song Kul Lake

∣         Last moments on the shore of Issyk Kul, we meet Kurmanbek, with his family that makes yurts in the small village of Kyzyl Tuu for several generations. He will teach us the secrets of making yurts, symbols of the nomadic peoples of Central Asia.

∣         We continue our discovery of Kyrgyz handicrafts at the Kochkor Altyn Kol Felt Cooperative. We will have lunch here in a cozy café or guesthouse in Kochkor.

∣         After lunch, we take the road to Song Kul Lake via Kalmak-Ashuu at 3447m., the view is amazing, make sure that you grab your camera.

∣         Arrival to the yurt camp at 3016m, at the foot of the mountains. Now is a great time to discover the surroundings, gather and milk the cows, gaze at the fascinating lake, this time is designed to be flexible.

∣         Overnight in the yurt.

 

B, L, D included

Driving time: 3h45

Kilometers by car: 275km

Altitude: 3447m

 

Day 5: At Song Kul Lake

∣         Let’s go for a hiking in the vast meadows covered by Edelweiss around the lake, and search of petroglyphs on the hs of the Song-Kul Lake. This is the opportunity for you to walk among the grazing cattle and scattered yurts and herders.

∣         Second and last night in Song Kul.

∣         Optional: if you prefer horse riding than hiking, this is also possible = 40 USD / person

 

B, L, D included

Hiking Time: 4-h

Altitude: 3150m

 

 

Day 6: Through the Tien Shan on the Silk Roads

∣         We leave at 8 am to Moldo-Ashuu pass. Glimpsing Song Kul for the last time, we start driving and discover the Naryn river valley. It is still the beginning of the mighty Syr-Daria, known as Iaxartes by the ancient Greeks, irrigating Central Asia with his sibling Amu-Daria.

∣         We continue driving across the Tien Shan Mountains. Visit of 18th and 19th centuries mausoleums. Lunch in Baetov’s oasis. We cross the mountains thanks to MELS pass.

∣         Arrival in the valley of At Bashy at Jackshylyk, a farmer from the region who welcomes us to his house in the last Kyrgyz village before China, on the ancient Silk Road.

∣         Overnight in the homestay.

 

B, L, D included

Driving time: 6h

Kilometers by car: 320km

Altitude: 3450m

 

 

Day 7: Hike to infinity and beyond, to Tash Rabat

∣         After a short transfer to the entrance of the Shyrykti Valley, we start a beautiful hike (6h) in this valley ted with yurts and shepherds.

∣         We cross the Jol Bel pass (3500m altitude) which allows us to reach the Valley of Tash Rabat. We arrive like the caravans of yesteryear, on foot, to the caravanserai of Tash Rabat, the highest in the world at 3200m altitude.

∣         Visit this place full of history on the Silk Roads before settling at Nazira, who welcomes us in his yurt camp near the caravanserai.

Overnight in the yurt.
∣         Optional: if you prefer horse riding than hiking, this is also possible = 40 USD / person?

 

B, L, D included

Walking Time: 6h

Driving time: 1h

Kilometers by car: 25km

Altitude: 3500m

 

 

Day 8: Free day in Tash Rabat, Afternoon transfer to Char Valley

∣         Today we have all the leisure to discover the Valley of Tash Rabat and its surroundings.

∣         Culture lovers can learn more about the history of the Kyrgyz Silk Roads with our guide.

∣         After lunch, we will drive toward to Char Valley. Which located in the Naryn region. This is a calm and relaxing place, nature here is amazing. It is possible to do a short hike to a nearby peak to see a panoramic view of the whole At Bashy region.

∣         Overnight in the guesthouse.

Walking time: 2h

Driving Time: 2h15 min

Kilometers by car: 110km

Altitude: 3200m

B, L, D included

 

 

Day 9: Way back to Bishkek

∣         After breakfast, a short hike to the canyons near the guesthouse. We will be able to see the rocky canyons and fir trees.

∣         Then we leave the mountains and drive to Bishkek. Arrival in Bishkek in the middle of the afternoon.

∣         Farewell dinner.

∣         Night in our cozy guesthouse in Bishkek

 

Walking time: 2h

Driving time: 5h

Kilometers by car: 340km

Altitude: 3300m

B, L, D included

 

Day 10: Goodbye Kyrgyzstan

∣         Transfer to the airport according to your flight schedule.

∣         Flight back home with the head full of memories... at least we hope so!

 

Price per person:

2 pax:                    1371$ per pers.

3 pax:                    1085$ per pers.

4 pax:                    1032$ per pers.

5 pax:                    935$ per pers.

6 pax:                    870$ per pers.

7 pax:                    832$ per pers.

8 pax:                    769$ per pers.

The extra cost for a single room (only for the nights in a hotel in Bishkek): 40$

Price is calculated according to an exchange rate of 68 KGS = 1 USD. Prices could be modified according to the importance of exchange rate fluctuation.

 

Date:

From mid-June till mid-September

Price includes:

-        Organization of the stay

-        All transfers in vehicle incl. from/ to airport

-        Еnglish speaking tour guide

-        Full board incl. drinking water and tea

-        Accommodation described in the program

-        All activities mentioned in the program

-        Entrance fees for monuments and parks mentioned in the program

 

Price does not include:

-        Visas (if applicable) & any other administrative costs

-        Insurance repatriation and CR insurance

-        International airfare and taxes

-        International banking fees

-        Alcohol or sweetened beverages

-        Any charged activity not mentioned in the program

-        Rental of personal equipment (sleeping bag, water bottle, flashlight, etc.)

-        Tips (always optional, but always appreciated)

-        Personal expenses

-        Additional costs due to personal problems (health, loss of luggage, etc.).

 

Personal Equipment:

-        Sunglasses

-        50+ sun cream

-        Hat / Beanie

-        Scarf

-        Hiking water bottle

-        Hiking shoes

-        Hiking towel

-        Camera

-        Summer clothing

-        Clothes for cooler evenings

-        Light fleece

-        Silk sleeping bag liner (meat bag)

-        Rain cloak

-        Bathing suit, flip-flops

-        Your good mood

 

Do not take too much with you, as space is limited in the vehicles. Therefore, we advise you to take a travel backpack (60-70L) and a light backpack (20-30L, hand luggage style).

Weather:

In summer, days are warm and even hot in Chuy or Ferghana valleys. But as 80% the country lays above 1500m altitude, evenings and nights are cool, with freezing risks in the morning in the mountainous areas. In case of weather conditions that will prevent us to perform some activities, we will do our best to propose alternative activities.

 

Number of days: 10
Covered regions:
Bishkek City
Batken
Chuy
Jalal-Abad
Naryn
Osh
Talas
Issyk-kul
Osh City
Included services:
Guide
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
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:  Visas (if applicable) & any other administrative costs  Insurance repatriation and CR insurance  International airfare and taxes  International banking fees  Alcohol or sweetened beverages  Any charged activity not mentioned in the program  Rental of personal equipment (sleeping bag, water bottle, flashlight, etc.)  Tips (always optional, but always appreciated)  Personal expenses  Additional costs due to personal problems (health, loss of luggage, etc.).
What to bring: Personal Equipment:  Sunglasses  50+ sun cream  Hat / Beanie  Scarf  Hiking water bottle  Hiking shoes  Hiking towel  Camera  Summer clothing  Clothes for cooler evenings  Light fleece  Silk sleeping bag liner (meat bag)  Rain cloak  Bathing suit, flip-flops  Your good mood Do not take too much with you, as space is limited in the vehicles. Therefore, we advise you to take a travel backpack (60-70L) and a light backpack (20-30L, hand luggage style).
Transport: SUV 4x4
Tour season:
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September
October
November
December
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Payment Method

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.

Cancellation Policy

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.