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Explore Kyrgyzstan #3
22–31 August 2021

Throughout this trip, you will be immersed into the ancient nomadic culture and its equestrian tradition.

Discover the highlights of Kyrgyzstan in an active way!

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.

Per pers.
$ 880


            Manas International Airport - Bishkek
Arrival at airport Manas, rest and visit Bishkek city, the capital of Kyrgyzstan
Manas International Airport - Bishkek

Early arrival in Bishkek where everyone will be picked up at the airport by our driver. Short transfer to your hotel in Bishkek city centre and resting time in the morning. Around midday, meeting at the reception desk with your guide for the general briefing, before enjoying a tasty Kyrgyz lunch. Then we stop at Ala Too Square where you will start a walking tour of Bishkek. You will be able to visit countless parks, the Osh Bazar and get to know your guide. Tonight, everyone will get to know each other at a welcome dinner with a mix of the best local dishes and drinks.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
46 km
140 m
0 m

            Bishkek - Bokonbaeva
Drive to the South shore of Issyk Kul lake, at Bokonbaeva
Bishkek - Bokonbaeva

The road takes up the valley of Chuy, to arrive at the lake Issyk Kul, the 2nd biggest mountain's lake to the world after Titicaca. The road passes by the south bank of the lake Issyk Kul, very authentic and surprising landscapes between forests and desert. Installation at the inhabitant in Bokonbaeva or under yurt by the lake.

On the way, visit of Burana tower site, on the ruins of the ancient Karakhanid’s capital, Balasagyn. Lunch in Boom gorge and then short walk (2h) in Konorchek canyon to admire the red rocks structures.

Other options: rafting in the river of Chuy or Chong Kemin, visit of the ancient cities: Ak-Beshim, Navekat ; meeting with a hunter provided with an eagle; visit of the producers of yurts of the village of Kyzyl Tuu.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
280 km
270 m
270 m

            Bokonbaeva - Bokonbaeva
Day visit or rest at Bokonbaeva
Bokonbaeva - Bokonbaeva

Day active or day of rest, relaxation, swimming in the waters of Lake Issyk Kul. Overnight in yurts the all year-around on the shore of the lake.

Options included : hiking on the Boz Alkyn pasture, hiking Skazka canyon "fairy tale",

Options non included : eagle training, visit of holy springs of Manjili Ata, visit of Ak-Say canyon, visit of Kyzyl Tuu village and yurt makers,

Depending on your wishes, the options can be combined in advance with your trip designer or with your guide once there.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
100 km
400 m
400 m

            Bokonbaeva - Batay Aral (Song Kul)
Heading to Song Kul Lake
Bokonbaeva - Batay Aral (Song Kul)

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 a 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.

Yurt camp of shepherd's family
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
275 km
3090 m
1870 m
380 m

            Batay Aral (Song Kul) - Batay Aral (Song Kul)
Horse riding day around yurt camp
Batay Aral (Song Kul) - Batay Aral (Song Kul)

One-day walking on the horses in the Son-Kul. We will discover nomad’s life. We will walk around the yurts and go up high mountains with shepherd... Coming back to the yurts camp. We will spend the night and have a dinner in the yurt.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

            Batay Aral (Song Kul) - Tash Rabat
Through the Tien Shan on the Silk Roads
Batay Aral (Song Kul) - Tash Rabat

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 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.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
320 km

            Tash Rabat - Chatyr-Kul lake
Horseback riding from Tash Rabat to Chatyr-Kul.
Tash Rabat - Chatyr-Kul lake

We begin a horse ride that will lead us from Chatyr-Kul to Tash-Rabat through a 4104 m high pass along the trails of caravans from the times of the Great Silk Road. From the pass you will see neighboring China!

We spend the night in a yurt with a local shepherd near the caravanserai.

NOTE. If you wish, you can go for a walk instead of horse riding.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
14 km
980 m
450 m

            Chatyr-Kul lake - Tash Rabat
Horseback riding from Chatyr-Kul lake to Tash Rabat
Chatyr-Kul lake - Tash Rabat

We start a horseback ride that will take us from Chatyr Kul to Tash Rabat crossing a high mountain pass 4104 m high on the caravan tracks of the Silk Road period. From the pass, you can see China!

We spent the night in the family yurt of a nomadic shepherd near the caravanserai.

NOTE: Instead of riding, it is possible to walk if you prefer

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
14 km
330 m
840 m

            Tash Rabat - Bishkek
Visit to the Tash Rabat caravanserai and return to Bishkek.
Tash Rabat - Bishkek

Before leaving, we will have time to inspect the caravanserai from the inside
Long road to Bishkek. Arrival in Bishkek in the afternoon, time for the last shopping.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
485 km

            Bishkek - Manas International Airport
Transfer from Bishkek to Manas International Airport.
Bishkek - Manas International Airport

Depending on your flight time, your guide will join you to the airport and help you check in for your flight.  If your flight is later in the day your guide will show you more places in Bishkek before your flight. We hope you enjoyed your trip to Kyrgyzstan and we hope you come back again to explore other counties in Central Asia with us. 

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
40 km
0 m
100 m

On your way

Issyk Kul lake KG

The Issyk-Kul lake has a length of 182 km, a maximum width of 60 km and covers an area of ​​6,236 km². This makes it the second largest mountain lake in the world behind Lake Titicaca. Located at an altitude of 1,606 m, it reaches 668 m deep. 

About 118 rivers and streams flow into the lake. The largest are the Djyrgalan (Jergalan) and Tyup. It is fed by springs, including many hot springs and snowmelt, and it has no outlet. Its south side is dominated by the Tian Shan mountain range of wild beauty. The lake water is slightly saline and level down about 5 cm per year.

The Issyk-Kul lake is an important step on the Silk Road, a dirt road for travelers from the Far East to Europe. Many historians believe that the lake was the point of origin of the plague that hit Europe and Asia in the early and mid 14th. The status of the lake as a place of passage for travelers allowed the plague spread across the continents through the medieval merchants who unknowingly took away the vermin infested with them. Armenian monastery from the 14th century was found on the northeast coast of Lake retracing the steps of a medieval map used by Venetian merchants on the Silk Road.

Tash Rabat KG

The historic-cultural area, which includes the most ancient memorial Tash-Rabat (the 14th century) is situated 110 km to the South from Naryn and not far from the border with China on the height of 3120 m in the canyon Kara-Koyun. Tash-Rabat (Caravan-Sarai) was the inn for merchants and travelers on the ancient Silk Road from Central Asia to China and was the place for rest protecting sellers from bandits in those ancient times.

Tash-Rabat is a comfortable and attractive place for a stop between Bishkek and Kashgar. Today the caravanserai is a square, rather squat-looking building that is much bigger than it appears from the outside because it digs deep into the hillside behind. Inside there is a domed central chamber leading to the remains of 30 dank rooms including, opposite the entrance, the khan’s own quarters. One chamber contains two underground dungeons, one of which has been filled in and another, which is apparently 10 meters deep.

There is also a well and supposedly an old tunnel, possibly leading to a look-out point. The chambers on either side of the entrance each have a broad, raised ledge, which is said to be a communal bed used by the caravanserai’s soldiers, who were garrisoned here to protect against bandits.

Chatyr-Kul lake KG

Chatyr-Kul lake is an endorheic lake on the south-western side of the At-Bashi  range in the district of Naryn Province. On the south, the road linking Bishkek to Kashgar runs alongside the lake and exceptional mineral water sources. But it is above all the summer habitat of many species of migratory birds. The name of the lake means “Celestial Lake” in Kyrgyz (literally "Roof Lake"). The lake and around it is part of the Karatal-Japyryk State Nature Reserve. The lake is a Ramsar site of globally significant biodiversity. To access to the lake, you need a special border permit.


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What is included

  • All transportation in a private vehicle

  • All airport transfers

  • Accommodation as described in the program

  • Meals (3 per day)

  • Bottled water (when possible) & tea

  • English-speaking trekking guide

  • Horses with local saddles

  • Pack horses with saddle bags & horsemen

  • Camping & cooking equipment (tents, mats, gas, stove, etc)

  • All the activities listed in the program

  • Entry fees at national parks and/or border zones listed in the program

  • Entry fees at museums and historical sites listed in the program

  • Domestic flights mentioned in the program

  • A contribution to our sustainable development projects

  • Organisation of the trip & local taxes

What is not included

  • International flights

  • International banking fees (PayPal, ...)

  • Travel & repatriation insurance

  • Visas / LOI (if applicable)

  • Alcoholic and soft drinks

  • Personal expenses

  • Personal equipment (sleeping bag, headlight, personal medication, etc)

  • Additional costs due to unexpected personal events (health, loss of luggage, ...)

  • Tips for guide & driver (always optional, always appreciated)


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