10 Days Explore Kyrgyzstan Open Group 2-11 September

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.

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

Day 1: Arrival in Bishkek and city walk
• Your guide/driver will meet you at the airport. Transfer to our 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.
• Drive to the city panorama, then dinner at Faiza’s place, the best canteen in town.
• Night in our cozy guesthouse.
L, D included

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 Boom gorge and then a short walk in Konorchek canyon 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.

Driving time: 4h
Driving kilometers: 295km
Altitude: 1600m
B, L, D included

Day 3: Boz Salkyn Jailoo and Skazka canyon
• In the morning, drive to Boz Salkyn Jailoo (pastureland), from where we start hiking to the wonderful panorama on Issyk Kul.
• After a picnic, visit of Skazka (fairy tale) canyon. The red, ocher or yellow sedimentary rocks are stunning and seem to be taken out from another planet.
• Back to our yurt camp after the first “physical day”
• Optional: folkloric musical show = 45 USD/group

Walking Time: 3h30
Driving time: 2h30
Kilometers by car: 115km
Altitude: 2500m
B, L, D included

Day 4: Heading to Son Kul
• Last moments on the shore of Issyk Kul, we meet with a Berkutchi, an eagle hunter who will tell us about his passion and show his eagles. Then we visit the village of yurt makers and their workshops. Lunch in Kochkor at a local family.
• Drive up to Kalmak-Ashuu, acclimatization walk and then we go down next to the lake.
• Arrival at Roza’s place, our new yurt camp for the next 2 nights, at 3016m high. Discover the surroundings, gather and milk the cows, gaze at the fascinating lake, play with the kids, you will have free time.

Walking Time: 1h
Driving time: 3h45
Kilometers by car: 225km
Altitude: 3446m
B, L, D included

Day 5: Horse riding at Son Kul Lake
• Let’s go for a horse riding day in the vast meadows covered by Edelweiss around Son Kul Lake. This is an opportunity for you to get along with horse riding among the grazing cattle, and scattered yurts and herders.
• Second and last night at Roza’s place.
• Optional : Different nomadic horse games show = 100 USD / group
NOTE: if you prefer hiking than horse riding, this is also possible

Horse riding Time: 4h
Altitude: 3150m
B, L, D included

Day 6: Heading to Tash Rabat through Tien Shan Mountains
• We leave at 8 am to Moldo-Ashuu pass. Glimpsing Son Kul for the last time, we start walking 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.
• After the walk, 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 at Nazira’s yurt camp next to Tash Rabat caravanserai, the highest in the world (3300m).

Walking Time: 2h30
Driving time: 5h15min
Kilometers by car: 220km
Altitude: 3450m
B, L, D included

Day 7: Horse riding from Tash Rabat to Chatyr Kul
• We start a 2 days horse trek that will lead us from Tash Rabat to Chatyr Kul across a 4104m high mountain pass on the tracks on caravans from the Silk Road period. From the pass, you will glimpse neighboring China!
• We will spend the night in one nomadic herder’s family yurt along Chatyr Kul.
NOTE: it is possible to hike instead of riding if preferred.

Horse riding Time: 5-6h
Altitude: 4104m
B, L, D included

Day 8: Horse riding from Chatyr Kul to Tash Rabat
• Today we ride back to Tash Rabat.
• It is possible to hike instead of riding if preferred.
• Overnight at Nazira’s yurt camp next in Tash Rabat.

Horse riding Time: 4h-5h
Altitude: 3200m
B, L, D included

Day 9: Visit of Tash Rabat and way back to Bishkek
• Before departure, we take time to visit the inside of the caravanserai.
• Drive to Bishkek. Arrival in Bishkek in the middle of the afternoon for potential shopping
• Farewell dinner
• Night in our cozy guesthouse.

Driving time: 7h
Kilometers by car: 485km
Altitude: 3300m
B, L, D included

Day 10: Goodbye Kyrgyzstan
• Drive to the airport
• Flight back home with the head full of memories... at least we hope so!

B included

Price per person:
2 pax: 1567$ per pers.
3 pax: 1223$ per pers.
4 pax: 1060$ per pers.
5 pax: 963$ per pers.
6 pax: 898$ per pers.

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

Price includes:
 Organization of the stay
 All transfers in vehicle incl. from/ to airport
 The еnglish speaking tour guide
 Full board incl. drinking water and tea
 Horses
 Local horse boys
 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
 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.

Health:
During your whole trip, we will do our best to follow the customs regarding body acclimatization in altitude in order to avoid altitude sickness. We will also adapt to your physical condition and rhythm. Despite all these measures, altitude sickness can happen. Travelers could feel headaches, insomnia, loss of appetite, general tiredness, or even nausea.
Your trip has been also designed to avoid immediate exposition to local food and it's preparation methods because the hygiene standards are not always meeting western ones. Nevertheless, as everyone’s body reacts differently, it is possible to feel the effects of “exotic” cuisine.
Therefore, it is strongly recommended to see a dor, as he is the only one who can prescribe an appropriate travel pharmacy. Besides, a pharmacy will always be available in our vehicles.
We kindly ask you to communicate us any medical contraindication or food allergy, so that we will adapt to it.
Medical infrastructures out of Bishkek are limited, therefore we strongly recommend our travelers to take travel insurance with repatriation policy.

Notes:
Since July 27, 2012, the visa is not anymore required for the persons of Swiss, EU, US, Canadian and Japanese nationalities (in total 44 new countries, for more information visit http://nomadsland.ch/en/kyrgyzstan/info/visa; passport should be with a minimum of 6 months validity for a period of 60 days maximum. Vaccination is not mandatory.
This is a draft program. It can be changed due to changes of flight schedules, safety reasons, weather conditions, and others imponderable or unforeseen conditions. Only our tour guide is authorized to take the necessary decisions. Prices are calculated daily and are subject to change in case of wide fluctuations in prices or exchange rates.
Though Kyrgyzstan evidenced caravans over 3000 years it is still a young developing country and infrastructure of villages is not at a very high level. Refusing hospitality might be offensive and in order to avoid misunderstanding one had better read some guidebooks and other books about Kyrgyzstan before getting prepared to visit.

Hope to see you soon.

Number of days: 10
Start Date: Sep 2, 2019
End Date: Sep 11, 2019
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: Not-Included • International flights • Possible visa and passport fees • Repatriation insurance • Travel insurance • Extra drinks / alcohol • Tips (never required, always appreciated) • Personal equipment (sleeping bag, water bottles) • Any personal expense • Any paid activity not mentioned in the program. • International bank charges
What to bring: Individual equipment (not exhaustive) • Travel bag (70-80L) • Lightweight backpack (20-30L max) • Sleeping bag -5 ° C • 50+ Sunscreen • Hat / cap • Scarf / shawl • Gourd • Hiking boots • Micropur tablets • Individual pharmacy • Towel • Sunglasses • A summer outfit • An outfit for cold evenings • A light fleece • Waterproof mountain jacket • Headlamp • Powerbanks • Your good mood
Transport: SUV 4x4
Start in (City): Bishkek
End in (City): Bishkek
Languages:
English
German
French
Spanish
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Russian
Other