During the first part of this program, we descend the mountain bike Suusamyr Valley and Canyon Kekemeren. Then we ride to Lake Song Kul, home of the nomadic life. We then go cervical Kalmak Ashu at 3460m. alt. to ride to the town of Naryn through the picturesque valley Kichi Naryn.
Arrival in the morning at Bishkek international airport. After customs and immigration formalities, transfer (30 min) to the city center. Installation in a guest house for a few hours of rest. Drive to Ala Archa National Park. Colorful ride to the Aksai waterfall; picnic on the spot. Back to Bishkek for a first discovery of the city: the Red Square, the Flag, the Dubovy park and art gallery. Dinner in town and overnight in guest house.
We leave Bishkek for the west. the road gradually rises to the pass at over 3500 m. The splendid view on the Sussamyr valley. We leave the track for a path that will lead us in the valley. We hurtled over 600 vertical meters. We take the track to reach the Karakol town then of Kojomkul. Overnight in tents along the river Kekemeren.
We walk along the beautiful River Kekemeren, powerful water flows in a beautiful canyon. The slope is steady, pleasant track. We take full eyes. We stop at Aral village and leave the river behind us. Few kilometers and we are in Chaek village of Djumgal Valley. We drive a bit to reach our camp. Overnight in tents.
This step will allow us to reach the lake Song-Kul located more than 3000 m. A day under the sign of "effort". Indeed, the climb to the pass Karakeche however beautiful it is worthy of a big mountain stage of the Tour de France! After having reached the pass located at 3384 m the view is spectacular. Song-Kul Lake is nearby. Around the tens of small white dots, yurts camps Kyrgyz nomads. We take the old track that leads to the lake and our camp. Overnight in yurt or tent.
We leave to the north shore of the lake and pass of one yurt villages to another yurt village. We take the opportunity to soak us to the nomadic life. We share moments with them, oulak Tartich, Koumiss ... .. Overnight in tents.
Gradually we will be closer to the pass Kalmakashu after a stage among fishermen Song Kul. We leave the lake behind our camp at the foot of the pass. Overnight in tents.
To exit the "bowl" of Song Kul we must climb the Col Kalmak Ashu (3447 m) and approximately 500 m elevation. Once reached, a steep descent ahead of us to reach the valley and the village of Sary Bulak (2800 m). (option: through pastures of Ichke Ter) The landscape has changed, the area is drier. Overnight in tents near the Karakol river.
This step takes us to the confines of a secluded valley civilization. Arid landscapes, but many wetlands provide sufficient water for some plantations in the valley. (45 km / + 500m.) Overnight in tents (2800 m).
In the morning, we attack the Japakbel's pass at 3300m. We descend to the confluence with the Little Naryn. Setting up camp at the confluence of two rivers: River Bolgart and Archali. Overnight in tents at 2725 m.
This day allow us to evolve as a first step in a broad valley (similar to a valley of Patagonia). The tops of the Terskey chain are all close. We will cross our path, herds of yaks. Then we gradually dive into a beautiful gorge where flows the powerful Kitchy Naryn. Nights in tents.
This day will lead you to the main city of Naryn Oblast. This time we follow Naryn river which rises at the foot of the high Kyrgyz mountains (Pic Pabeda, Khan Tengry) and will flow into the Amur - Darya. In alpine valley region where we spend on the Kyrgyz cultivated wheat. Night in guest house.
Transfer day to the pearl of Kyrgyzstan, Lake Issyk Kul. This lake at 1600 m is the second largest mountain lake in the world after Lake Titicaca (Peru and Bolivia). Road through the Dolon pass and Kochkor. Camp near the lake. Night under yurts.
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.
Morning, drive back along the shore of Issyk Kul lake, then descend slowly to the Boom gorge where we will have lunch. In the afternoon, we will visit the Burana Tower dating from the 11th century, the ancient capital of Central Asia. Arrival in Bishkek, dinner and overnight in guest house. (options : visit of Kyzyl Tuu village and its yurt makers, 2-3 hours rafting in Chuy or Chong Kemin river)
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.
Very reliable and good organization! Have helped us all around to plan our road trip, big plus: very flexible people, adapt their trips to your personal requirements and works with local partners (cool if you want to learn the local culture and inhabitants). Also renting camping/trekking equipment and possible to stay the night/eat in their guesthouse (Bishkek). Highly recommend this for travelers! FYI: the guide Shamil is amazing and very funny (we did a Song Kol Horse trip with him)
Alex Johnson is a tour guide par excellence, especially for English-speaking visitors. He is very knowledable about Kyrgyzstan, considerate, flexible, and a born problem-solver. Combined with his detailed knowledge of off-the-beaten-path sights and wonders plus his many friendships with locals everywhere, a traveler cannot go wrong picking Alex as a companion. I know because we toured the mountains together for two weeks of glorious fun
On your way
Small and main village of the Suusamyr valley.
Song Kul lake KG
The scenary Song Kul (or Song Kul) lake is the main pasture of nomads. Hundreds yurts are built during summer. The beautiful lake large of about 25-35 km is a natural reserve. Many species of birds are stopping during their long migration. Some tombs from Sakh times and petroglyphs are most ancient traces of live. Different trekking or horseback riding roads are joining the place.
Small Naryn valley KG
A beautiful gorge full of pine forests. The river is a confluence of the Naryn River.
Kyzyl Oy KG
A small village in the heart of the Kekemeren canyon, with red rocks landscape. A nice place to start a trek or horseback riding to Suusamyr valley.
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 cycling guide
Bicycles (Hard tail, 27.5 inch tyres, Giant or similar)
Basic repair kits, spare tubes & helmets
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 banking fees (PayPal, ...)
Travel & repatriation insurance
Visas / LOI (if applicable)
Alcoholic and soft drinks
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)
Through various ecotourism projects and initiatives, Nomad's Land aims to increase awareness of ecotourism and responsible travel, for a sustainable development of the tourism sector.
Rural development in Nepal
The Nepalko Sathi association leads its actions in favor of the Sherpas of Khembalung in the Arun valley (Province of Koshi). Nepalko Sathi
From Tumlingtar airport we reach by jeep the small town of Kahandbari where we are greeted by Kibutie and his family. From there, we climb to the small village of Gontala, in the heart of the actions of Nepalko Sathi (three days of walking), then we go up to Saissima, where Tendi Sherpa is rehabilitating the hamlet of his childhood. From Saissima it is possible to continue and make a loop towards Makalu and the impressive surrounding peaks (under tent).
Beyond the Glacier, a short film over the water in Central Asia
Conflicts over water in Central Asia are at the heart of the short film Beyond the Glacier, directed by David Rodríguez Muñiz in 2019. An interesting documentary that takes the form of a journey, from the glaciers of Kyrgyzstan to the sea of Kyrgyzstan. Aral.
Silk Road Yurt Camp
Another yurt camp that Nomad's Land is supporting so that shepherds of Song Kul Lake can get extra income from tourists. With the family of Sagyn and Jumabek, we have prepared this camp in order to keep all the nomadic authenticity. You can participate in the daily activities of nomads. Not far from the camp, you can access the shores of the lake but also the petroglyphs hidden in the nearby mountains.