Trekking from Osh to Tash Rabat
During this trip, you will discover one of the most remote treasures of Kyrgyzstan. It’s magical to travel from Osh to Tash Rabat as a real traveler on the Silk Road. You will pass the Ferghana mountain range in a totally wild environment. You will be on an expedition into the wild, seeing the stunning wildlife there and the few shepherd’s families that live there will show you the best of Kyrgyz traditional hospitality.
You will discover the natural and cultural treasures of Kyrgyzstan: The ancient city of Osh, the high passes of the Ferghana range, the alpine pastures of the Arpa Valley, and Tash Rabat caravanserai. Throughout this trip, you will be immersed into the Kyrgyz wilderness. A real experience of a lifetime!
Day 1 – The Tour starts in Osh City
Altitude: 950 m
Accommodation: Guesthouse in Osh
Meeting your guide in Osh at the airport or at a guesthouse in Osh. Osh is a 3000-year-old city on the Silk Road full of many colorful parks and must-see bazaars. The first stop of the day will be at Sulaiman-Too mountain where you will be able to hike up to the ridge and dive deep into Kyrgyz culture at the large Silk Road bazar in Osh City. Lunch will be had a café in one of the many parks in Osh. The rest of the day will be spent getting ready for the rest of your trip buying fresh fruits and vegetables. After this busy day, you will be able to have a rest at a cozy guesthouse in Osh.
*It’s also possible to start the tour in Bishkek. It’s no problem to buy a flight from Bishkek to Osh for an additional fee.
Day 2 – Osh to Yassy Gorge
Altitude: 1,950 m
Altitude Gain: 200 m
Altitude Loss: 0 m
Trekking time: 3 hours 7 km
Driving: 125 km
Driving time: 3-4 hours
Leaving Osh, you will make your way to the Yassy Gorge. The first stop of the day will in the accent Silk Road town of Uzgen. You will be able to visit the three mausoleums in the historical park and have a great view from the top of a Silk Road minaret. The next stop will be in the Yassy gorge where you will meet the horsemen and start your trek to the base of the Chiite pass at 2,400m. Today is not a very challenging day, but a great day to get to know your horsemen, trekking guide and get used to the altitude in the mountains.
Day 3 – Yassy Gorge to Koek Kya
Altitude: 2,450 m
Altitude Gain: 1,300 m
Altitude Loss: 1,000 m
Trekking time: 7 hours 20 km
After packing all your gear on the back of the horse porters you will leave the Yassy Gorge and start making your way to the Chiite pass at 2,400m. After taking a few great pictures from the pass you will keep moving forward to the Shiite pass at 3,630m and finally cross down into the Jylangash valley. The final resting place for the night will be the base of the Koek Kya pass at 2,650m. Today is a challenging day and it’s recommend to get an early start.
Day 4 - Koek Kya –Kichi karakoman
Altitude: 2,750 m
Altitude Gain: 1,050 m
Altitude Loss: 600 m
Trekking time: 6.5 hours 18 km
Today you will trek thought an ever-changing landscape and cover a lot of ground. The first pass will be the Koek Kay Pass at 3,081m. The next pass will be the Kyzyl Beles Pass at 3,143m. From the top of these mountain passes it’s also possible to add a bit more of a challenge to hike to a higher vantage point to capture a great picture. Tonight, you will sleep near the Kichki Karakoman River at 3,135m.
Day 5 - Kichi Karakoman River –Karakol River
Altitude: 3,150 m
Altitude Gain: 200 m
Altitude Loss: 250 m
Trekking time: 6.5 hours 16 km
Today is created to be an easier day where you are able to really enjoy the mountain views and recover from the last days of high mountain passes. In this area, you will have chance encounters to meet shepherds living in the Yurts and see an authentic side of Kyrgyz hospitality. If you wish to make it more challenging day it’s possible to hike up to the Karakol pass and gain a view of both sides of the Ferghanarange. Tonight, you will sleep near the Karakol River.
Day 6 - Karakol –Kek Bel pass
Altitude: 3,100 m
Altitude Gain: 815 m
Altitude Loss: 465 m
Trekking time: 6.5 hours 17 km
The early morning is the best time to cross the Karakol River when the water level is the lowest. The horsemen will help you cross the river and make it easy for everyone. Today you will follow the foot paths of the Marco Polo Sheep to the base of the Kek Bell pass at 3,885m.
Day 7 – Kek Bell Pass – Soek River – Tash Rabat
Altitude: 3,450 m
Altitude Gain: 0 m
Altitude Loss: 150 m
Trekking time: 3.5 hours 7 km
Accommodation: Yurt Camp in Tash Rabat
Today you will make one last mountain pass with great views all around. The first pass will be the Kok Bel pass at 3,885m which will lead you to the Soek river where you will meet your driver for the last part of your trip. You will be able to say good bye to your horse men and go with your guide to Tash Rabat. Tash Rabat is a caravansary from the 10thcentury and it’s definitely a great spot to rest after your long trek. You will feel like a true traveler from the Silk Road times and spend the night in an authentic Yurt Camp from the Silk Road days. You will be able to have a local style shower and charge your devices too.
Day 8 - Drive from Tash Rabat to Bishkek
Altitude: 850 m
Driving: 450 km
Driving time: 6.5 hours
Accommodation: Guesthouse in Bishkek
Today you will be able to enjoy a totally different landscape, green and dry nature, cliffs, red canyons, the wide river of Naryn, in the heart of Kyrgyzstan. The drive is quite long from Tash Rabat to Bishkek, but it’s on good roads. Once you arrive in Bishkek you will be able to relax and clean up after your long trip. Tonight, everyone will have a farewell dinner in a café in Bishkek.
Day 9 - Flight back home
Today everyone will be transported to the Manas Airport and we hope you enjoyed your trip to Kyrgyzstan and we hope to meet you or your friends one day here in Kyrgyzstan.
- Organization of the stay
- All transfers in vehicle incl. A / R airport
- French speaking tour guide
- Full board incl. drinking water
- Accommodation described in the program
- Carrying luggage during trekking and horse riding
- Rent camping equipment (tents, mats, kitchen utensils)
- All the visits indicated in the program
- Entry fees at national parks or nature reserves
- Entry fees at museums mentioned in the program
- National or regional flights specified in the program
- Insurance repatriation and CR insurance
- International airfare and taxes
- Alcohol or sweetened mineral water
- Additional services not mentioned in the program
- Staff costs and rental of personal equipment (ATV, sleeping bag, water bottle, flashlight, etc.)
- Additional costs due to personal problems (health, loss of luggage, etc.)
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This is a draft program. It can be changed due to changes of flight schedules, safetely 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 to read some guidebooks and other books about Kyrgyzstan before getting prepared to visit.
Hope to see you soon.
Nomad’s Land Team
On your way
Kyrgyzstan is a mountainous country and about 50% of the territory is at the altitude of more than 3000m above the sea level. There is variety of mountaineering activities in the country. There are two big mountain systems in Kyrgyzstan – the Tien-Shan and the Pamir. There are three summits higher than 7000m in Kyrgyzstan. Nomad’s Land can organize for you different mountaineering tours and climbing and can provide mountain guides and all necessary equipment, such as tents, gas, etc.
Nomad Land and its team would like to present a region situated in middle Tian-Shan. Kyrgyzstan, the country of nomads located in the center of Central Asia, offers widely unexplored mountains. Kyrgyz people, who keep the tradition of hospitality, live peacefully inside landscapes of a surprising diversity of landscapes (meadows, deserts and also canyons, high alpine valleys, steppes, lakes in waters turquoise), which makes the country the pearl of Central Asia. In summer as in winter, Nomad Land invites you for the unpublished programs.
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