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KYRGIZSTAN, TREKKING TOURS 11 DAYS

Nomadic Kyrgyzstan!

Just about every tourist should make this journey at least once in their life!

It is much more than a cultural tour; this is an opportunity to really experience Nomadic culture and to meet people ready to share their wonderful customs and traditions. During this tour you will drive along the most beautiful places of Kyrgyzstan! You will meet real nomads and communicate with them! You will even have an opportunity to sleep in their felt dwellings – yurts! There is no better way to experience our country! The views really shouldn’t be missed. It is an unforgettable journey through a mythical land of nomads!!!

Highlights of this amazing tour:

  • Burana Tower – built in 11 century by Karahanids!
  • Stone Warriors Balbals – statures made in 7 century for brave warriors!
  • Issyk Kul Lake – the second largest mountain lake in the world!
  • Petrogliphs – ancient stone pictures made more than 2 500 years ago!
  • Karakol town – old town with famous Orthodox Church and Dungan Mosque!
  • Jeti Oguz gorge – the gorge of red rocks with nomads not far from it!
  • Eagle Hunter – a real Kyrgyz family that still practice this ancient skill!
  • Kochkor museum – a museum with examples of national Kyrgyz handicraft!
  • Felt Show – You’ll see the way carpets are made and you’ll even participate!
  • Son Kul Lake – a hidden lake in the mountains where real nomads live!
  • Tash Rabat Caravanserai – Stone Castle (14th century) built in mountains!
  • Nomads – you will meet nomadic families to find out more about them!
  • Yurts – you will have a chance to sleep in nomadic felt dwellings yurts!
  • High passes – you will drive over passes more than 3 000 meters high!
  • Asian Bazaar – it is very bright and colorful, photo paradise!
  • Drinking Kumis – it is fermented mare’s milk!
  • Yaks – it is possible to see these unusual animals in the mountains!
  • Mountains, Mountains, Mountains – amazing nature will surprise you!

Day 1: Bishkek
Welcome to Kyrgyzstan! Our guide will wait you in the airport and then you will drive together to the hotel. After a short rest we will start a city tour. The main buildings in Bishkek were built at Soviet Times and now you can see this kind of architecture. During the tour you will find out the whole history of our capital from the very begging till our days. Your guide will tell you a lot of amazing facts about Bishkek. This city tour includes visiting of Victory Square, Oak Park with stone sculptures, Old Square, The House of Parliament, Main Ala Too Square, White House, Manas Hero Square, City Hall and many other interesting places.

It is not a real city tour without visiting our Asian Bazaar! We will show you it today and you will be able to make a lot of photos there. This bazaar is very colorful and noisy. People sell there all kinds of goods. You will walk there about an hour to see local people, goods, fruits, vegetables, meat store, and other things! In the evening we will go to a national restaurant to eat Kyrgyz food. Kyrgyzstan is the country of nomads and almost all dishes consist of meet. If you prefer vegetarian food – just tell your guide, she will help you to choose the proper one. Among meals that have meet we suggest to taste during the tour the following dishes: Manti – look like big ravioli, kuurdak – fried pieces of meat with potatoes, lagman – a little bit spicy noodle soup, guro lagman – the same noodle with vegetables but dry, plov – rice with meet and small pieces of vegetables. Ask you guide – she will always suggest you something delicious! After dinner if you wish we can go for a walk to the main Square Ala Too. There are special fountains that always change their directions and colorful lights to enjoy the view!

Day 2: Bishkek – Burana – Tamga
We are going to visit today our famous Burana Tower. It was built in the 11th century. There was a thriving city on the Great Silk Road. Also you will see Stone Warriors – Balbals. If a famous soldier was killed during a war then people would always make a stature for him. After an interesting excursion and climbing on the top of the Tower we will drive to the most famous place of Kyrgyzstan – Issyk Kul Lake!!! Issyk Kul is the biggest mountain lake in Central Asia, and the second biggest mountain lake in the whole world! Its length is 180 km and it is 60 km wide! The view of the lake is fantastic – it has pure blue water and it is surrounded by high Tien Shan Mountains from all sights! The water is about 22 degrees and many people come there to swim in summer time. You will also have time even to swim there! On the way we will visit one of the most interesting families in Kyrgyzstan – the family of Eagle Hunters! There are still some people in villages that continue this ancient way of hunting in our days. They train eagles and hawks when they are young and every winter go with them to the mountains for hunting. The Eagle Hunter just lets the bird fly and it finds the victim on its own. You will find out many interesting facts about this way of hunting and you will be able to make photo while keeping the bird on your hand! This night you will spend in Tamga village in a house of a very friendly Kyrgyz family.

Day 3: Tamga – Barskoon – Chokolu Lakes
Today we will drive 2 hours to Barskoon gorge where we will start our trekking part of the tour. The length of this gorge is more than 30 km. There is a road along the gorge which connects Issyk Kul valley with valleys of Inner and Central Tien-Shan. In the beginning of the gorge its slopes are covered by steppe flora and sparse bushes. Then fir tree forests zone begins. You can see a nice mixture of fir trees and different colored bushes of barberry, mountain ash, sea-buckthorn, currant, raspberry, dog rose and honeysuckle. At 2 800 meters above sea level juniper forests appear. Also on the way you will see a very beautiful waterfall. Today we have a challenging route over a mountain landscapes and you will have challenging climbs and exciting descents. Our trekking starts from the ascent to a mountain pass. This pass is 3 736 meters high and you will see a fantastic panorama view from the top of it. During this day we will go trekking high in the mountains and you will see a lot of small mountain lakes. The trekking time will be about 6 hours.

Trekking details:

Meters, kilometers:

Feet, miles:

Altitude start

3 711 m

12 175 ft

Highest point

3 736 m

12 257 ft

The end

3 663 m

12 017 ft

Distance

10 km

6 miles

Overnight

Tent

Day 4: Chokolu Lakes – Jashil Kol Lake – Dzhukuu gorge
We will start our trekking at 8 o’clock. During this day you will go over Dzhukuu pass (3512 m). The road is just breathtaking and you will fall in love with our mountains! On the top of the pass we will stop for a while to enjoy the amazing views. Also you will see our fantastic Jashil Kol Lake that is hidden in the rocky mountains! During one day you will see many different mountain landscapes. Today it is quite possible that we meet real nomads! They come to these mountains in summer times with their cattle. Nomadic families do not live at one place all the time. Every week they move from one pasture to another in order to have more fresh grass. Nomads still live in their felt houses yurts. It is the best dwelling to live and to transfer from place to place. Nomads still keep all their amazing traditions that are completely different from all other nations in the world. Your guide will tell you about them. Also it will be possible to communicate with nomads. During this day be prepared for amazing views of the impressive mountains and gorges.

Trekking details:

Meters, kilometers:

Feet, miles:

Altitude start

3 663 m

12 017 ft

Highest point

3 512 m

11 522 ft

The end

2 719 m

8 920 ft

Distance

20 km

12 miles

Overnight

Tent

Day 5: Dzhukuu gorge – Ashu Kashka Suu gorge
This day is devoted to trekking from Dzhukuu to Ashu Kashka Suu gorge. The path will lead us along high mountains that are covered with fir tress and junipers. Fir trees are called the Queens of Tien Shan because of their beauty and juniper trees are the most sacred trees for nomads. Juniper lives more than 2 000 years and people considered it to be the tree of life and rebirth. Very often you can see different pieces of colorful fabric that are fastened on them by locals to get good luck and a long life. Our trekking takes place in the Central Tien Shan, along the Terskey range. Tien Shan is the Chinese name. The Kyrgyz name is Tenir Too – Celestial Mountains. Kyrgyzstan is a mountainous country and 93% of the land is mountains, including Central Tien Shan, Kyrgyz Mountains and the Alai range of the Pamirs. The highest point of the Kyrgyz part of the Tien Shan is Victory peak – it is 7 437 meters high! The Tien Shan Range is one of the largest in Asia. It stretches across several countries and 2/3rd of the system lies in the territory of Kyrgyzstan. With 93% of mountains in Kyrgyzstan, nomadic life in remote places – our country is a real paradise for people that are in love with mountains and unusual cultures. Today during your trekking you will visit places where nomadic life has hardly changed in hundred of years! Following the path along mountain gorges, weaving between the dramatic peaks of surrounded mountains, this trekking provides the ideal opportunity to explore Kyrgyzstan!

Trekking details:

Meters, kilometers:

Feet, miles:

Altitude start

2 719 m

8 920 ft

Highest point

2 779 m

9 117 ft

The end

2 779 m

9 117 ft

Distance

13 km

8 miles

Overnight

Tent

Day 6: Ashu Kashka Suu – Jukuchak gorge
You will have trekking today to Jukuchak gorge and we will have to go over pass that is 3 641 m high. Its name is Ashu Tor and it is famous for the panorama views that you can see there! In the afternoon we can see some other nomads. All nomads are very hospitable. They will always invite you inside their houses yurts to drink tea with them. They are not used to see many tourists and always glad to speak with them. Hospitality is one of the main lows among nomads. They used to say: “Guest is sent by God”. So they can not just let you pass without having a rest with them. If you come up to their yurt – they will bring you immediately some food. It may be the last food of this family but anyway they will try to treat you. In this case you must at least break a little piece of bread and to eat it in order not to offend the owners. Then you can just say that you are not hungry. It is much more than a trekking trip; this is an opportunity to really experience Nomadic culture and to meet people ready to share their unusual cuisine and traditions. These areas are largely untouched by foreign visitors. Beaming smiles, open arms and unrivalled hospitality await those who do make this tour. At the end of the day you will come to the place where you will swim in natural hot springs. There are several small rooms with healthy water. People come to this place to get energy and to improve their health. Time of trekking is 6-7 hours. Night is on 2 250 m.

Trekking details:

Meters, kilometers:

Feet, miles:

Altitude start

2 779 m

9 117 ft

Highest point

3 641 m

11 945 ft

The end

2 223 m

7 293 ft

Distance

24 km

15 miles

Overnight

Tent

Day 7: Dzhukuchak gorge – Kichi Kyzyl Suu
You will have breakfast at 8 o’clock. Afterwards we start our trekking to the foothill of Orto Bulak pass. We will go over it to come to the Kichi Kyzyl Suu gorge. Mountain pass is 2 543 meters above the sea level and you will be surprised by its virgin beauty. If we meet today another nomadic family then we will be able to get acquainted with them.
Kyrgyz nomads continue this way of life for more then 2 200 years and that is why all they customs are very extraordinary. For example they still steal a wife for their son… Yes, it is a tradition to steal a girl from another tribe to get married her. And even in villages people follow it. If you ask women about their opinion about it – they will answer that they are happy. Their mothers were stolen, their grandmothers were stolen, and they are also not against it. According to the old traditions a man had to pay Kalim for his bride. It could be around 10 horses or 30 sheep. Few people could do it and they started to steal ladies. Step by step it became common and nowadays it is widely spread in rural areas.
The landscape of Kyrgyzstan is complicated and varied and it is dominated by mountain chains which crisscross the country – but as well as the peaks, gorges and valleys, there are also steppes and hollows. In a small area it is possible to see a wide variety of landscapes and experience different climates because when you travel even relatively small distances – yet you have ascends and descends all the time.

Trekking details:

Meters, kilometers:

Feet, miles:

Altitude start

2 223 m

7 293 ft

Highest point

2 543 m

8 343 ft

The end

2 300 m

7 546 ft

Distance

19,5 km

12 miles

Overnight

Tent

Day 8:Kichi Kyzyl Suu – Jili Suu
In the morning we will start our way to Chon Kyzyl Suu gorge. The gorge is very popular among nomads because it has a lot of green grass and a fast mountain river. You will see some families with their cattle and yurts. In the evening you will come to natural hot springs Jili Suu. There is a small pool with this curative water. You can take a bath there to get better health and to relax after your trekking.
Kyrgyzstan is famous for its unusual way of life and meals. It is possible that on the way some nomads will offer you to drink Kumis. It is our national drink. Kumis is made of mare’s milk and it is an alcoholic drink as a beer. We suggest you not to drink too much for the first time. It is better just to taste it a little bit and in this case you will not have stomach problems. It is a very healthy natural drink and at Soviet Times we had even a lot of special health resort to treat people only with kumis. Be aware that this alcoholic mare’s milk has an unusual taste. You will have plenty of time to meet and engage with the friendly nomads, always quick to smile and return a “Salam Aleikum” when greeted.

Trekking details:

Meters, kilometers:

Feet, miles:

Altitude start

2 300 m

7 546 ft

Highest point

2 621 m

8 599 ft

The end

2 531 m

8 303 ft

Distance

15 km

9 miles

Overnight

Tent

Day 9: Chon Kyzyl Suu gorge – Jeti Oguz
We continue today our amazing nomadic trekking tour in the direction of famous Jeti Oguz gorge. It is one of the most beautiful gorges in Kyrgyzstan! To come to that gorge we will cross a mountain river and go over Kok Dzhayyk pass (2 751 m). From this mountain pass you will see unforgettable views and you will make a lot of photos there. Also during trekking you will see several times the panorama views of Issyk Kul Lake!

At the end of the day we will come to the yurt camp! There are many nomadic families in this gorge! And this night you will also spend as real nomads in Kyrgyz yurts!!! It is a great opportunity to get unforgettable memories about Kyrgyzstan and its people! Yurt is a collapsible felt dwelling. It is made of felt and wood without using a single nail! To fix the wooden sticks people use stripes made of leather. It takes just one hour to
collapse or to erect a yurt. And you need just 3-4 horses to take it from one place to another. It is very nice to sleep inside at summer time and it is very warm to sleep there in winter. Take your chance to get new feelings!

Trekking details:

Meters, kilometers:

Feet, miles:

Altitude start

2 531 m

8 303 ft

Highest point

2 751 m

9 025 ft

The end

2 259 m

7 411 ft

Distance

12,5 km

7 miles

Overnight

Yurt

Day 10: Jeti Oguz – Cholpon Ata
Today we drive to Cholpon Ata town. The road goes along the northern shore of the lake and you will have many photo stops to make pictures of our amazing lake. You will have time to swim in the lake and to see mountains around you with snow white peaks! For more than 1 500 years local people considered the lake to be a sacred one. Nobody was allowed to swim there and even to touch the water! Only in 19th century people started to swim in the lake and to go fishing. In the afternoon we will visit a place where you will see ancient pictures on stones! They are called petroglpihs. These petroglpihs were made more than 2 000 years ago by shamans. All these stones are still at the same place as they were at that time. You can see a panorama view of the Issyk Kul Lake from this place – people were thinking that it was the middle of the world. All these pictures were depicted on the southern side of stones. People believed that in this case the God of the Sun will see their messages. Also beside the pictures there are big stones put in a circle way to make sacrifices. This overnight you will spend in a nice home stay.

Day 11: Cholpon Ata – Bishkek
In the morning we will visit a place where you will see ancient pictures on stones! They are called petroglpihs. These petroglpihs were made more than 2 000 years ago by shamans. All these stones are still at the same place as they were at that time. You can see a panorama view of the Issyk Kul Lake from this place – people were thinking that it was the middle of the world. All these pictures were depicted on the southern side of stones. People believed that in this case the God of the Sun will see their messages. Also beside the pictures there are big stones put in a circle way to make sacrifices. After an excursion you will visit a museum in Cholpon Ata. There are many attractive things from the Kyrgyz history, handicraft, music instruments and a lot of other interesting artifacts. Afterwards we will drive to Bishkek city. The road to the Lake goes along Boom gorge. The views are really stunning there! There is a spectacular canyon inside Boom with unusual Red Rocks formations. If you want we can stop to have a short hiking there. The road to the Red Rocks takes about 2 hours one way. At the end you will see an incredible view of this canyon. If you are not tired then you can spend one more hour walking around. The road to the red canyon is not a difficult one. It goes along amazing rocky mountains. Only 3 times you will need to go over some big stones. In the evening you will spend a night in Bishkek. Next morning is transfer to airport.

Difference in altitude during the trek and useful information:

Trekking details:

D 1

D 2

D 3

D 4

D 5

D 6

D 7

Altitude start (m)

3 711

3 663

2 719

2 779

2 223

2 300

2 531

Highest (m)

3 736

3 512

2 779

3 641

2 543

2 621

2 751

The end (m)

3 663

2 719

2 779

2 223

2 300

2 531

2 259

Altitude start (ft)

12 175

12 017

8 920

9 117

7 293

7 546

8 303

Highest (ft)

12 257

11 522

9 117

11 945

8 343

8 599

9 025

The end (ft)

12 017

8 920

9 117

7 293

7 546

8 303

7 411

Kilometers

10

20

13

24

19,5

15

12,5

Miles

6

12

8

15

12

9

9

Night

Tent

Tent

Tent

Tent

Tent

Tent

Yurt

Weather in Kyrgyzstan:

The climate in our country is totally continental. There is sunshine more than 200 days a year. The temperature during summer time in the lower areas may rise up to 40ºC. In higher altitude (3 000 - 4 000 m above sea level) it will be around 20ºC and it may become cold during the night (sometimes 0ºC). Weather can change 3-4 times a day in mountains on altitude 2 500 - 4 000 m.

Temperature

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

Day (°C)

+23

+26

+30

+35

+27

+20

+14

Night (°C)

+18

+20

+25

+28

+19

+11

+6

Day (°F)

+73

+79

+86

+95

+81

+68

+57

Night (°F)

+64

+68

+77

+82

+66

+52

+43

Travel season in Kyrgyzstan is from May till the end of October. The best time to have a cultural tour is from the middle of June till the end of August. At this time are warm temperatures and almost no rain. At September we have cooler temperatures with a chance of rain. You can see nomads and yurts only from the middle of June till the end of September.

Service includes:
- Airport transfers
- Transport for all transfers and excursions
- Double room accommodation in hotels, guesthouses and home stays
- Three time meals and mineral water during the tour
- Full-time service of your English speaking guide-interpreter
- Entry fees to museums
- Service charges and government tax
- No extra charge after confirmation

Service does not include:
- Single room accommodation
- Early check-in
- Alcohol and soft drinks
- International flight tickets
- Personal travel insurance
- Cost for the Kyrgyz visa (additional payment is 70$ per person)

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