We are collecting travellers to join this tour for one of the departure dates. Group size is limited to 6 people to ensure the authenticity and quality of the tour.
June 29/06 – 08/07 – 1 place open
July 17/07 – 26/07 – 3 places open
August 2 departures on 06/08 & 20/08 – 6 places open
September 2 departures on 01/09 & 09/09 – 6 places open
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.
Day 1. Arrival in Bishkek and city walk:
Your guide/driver will meet you at the airport. Transfer to your hotel in the city centre. Installation and resting time. Meeting at noon at the reception desk for a welcome lunch. Bishkek city tour, we discover the city centre, parks and monuments. Drive to the city panorama, then dinner at Faiza’s place, the best canteen in town!
Day 2. Burana Tower on the way to Issyk Kul:
Meeting at 8.30 at the reception desk for departure. Visit of Burana tower site – on the ruins of the ancient Karakhanid’s capital Balasagyn. Small walk in Konorchek canyon to admire the red rocks structures. Lunch in Boom gorge. Arrival at Aida’s place, our yurt camp for next 2 nights, on the southern shore of Issyk Kul. Issyk Kul is the second biggest mountain lake in the world located at 1600m high above sea leavel. Discover the place, go for a swim, play, you will have free time. (driving time 4 hrs, 295 km)
Day 3. Boz Salkyn Jailoo and Skazka canyon:
Departure at 8.30 for the Boz Salkyn jailoo (pastureland) where we are going to walk up to the wonderful panorama of Issyk Kul. After 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 our first “physical” day. (driving time 2.30 hrs, 115 km. walking time 3.30 hrs)
Day 4. Heading to Son Kul:
Last moments at Issyk Kul, we meet with a berkutchi, a eagle hunter who will tell us about his passion. Then we visit the village of yurt makers and their workshops. Lunch in Kochkor. 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 next 2 nights, at 3000m high. Discover the surroundings, gather and milk the cows, gaze at the fascinating lake, play with the kids, you will have free time. (driving time 3.45 hrs, 225 km. walking time 1.00 hrs)
Day 5. Horseriding 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 the opportunity for you to get along with horseriding among the grazing cattle, and scattered yurts and herders. Second and last night at Roza’s place. (horse riding time 4.00 hrs)
Day 6. Heading to Tash Rabat across Tien Shan:
We leave at 8am 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 Iaxarte by the ancient Greeks, irrigating Central Asia with his sibling Amu-Daria. After the walk we continue across Tien Shan. 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). (driving time 5.15 hrs, 220 km. walking time 2.30 hrs)
Days 7 & 8. Tash Rabat – Chatyr Kul by horse:
We start a 2 days horse trek which will lead us from Tash Rabat to Chatyr Kul across a 4104m high mountain pass. From the pass you will glimpse neighbouring China! We will spend the night in one nomadic herder’s family yurt along Chatyr Kul.
The next day, we ride back to Tash Rabat. (horse riding time 5-6 hrs)
Day 9. Visit of Tash Rabat and wayback 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. End-of-trip dinner.
Day 10. Good bye Kyrgyzstan…
Drive to the airport. Flight back home with the head full of memories… at least we hope so! )
Group tour price: 750 USD per person
Price per person for a private tour :
1 pax: 1900$/pp
2 pax: 1230$/pp
3 pax : 970$/pp
4 pax : 860$/pp
5-6 pax : 790-750$/pp
The price includes:
- Airport / City Centre / Airport transfers
- 2 nights in hotel B&B in Bishkek
- 7 nights in a yurt
- Full-board during the whole trip (3 meals per day)
- All transportation in 4WD vehicle
- Drinking water and tea
- English speaking guide
- Local horseboys
- All activities mentioned in the program
- Entrance fees for monuments and parks mentioned in the program
- Cooking equipment
The price doesn’t include:
- International flights
- Visas (if applicable)
- Travel insurance
- Repatriation insurance
- Alcoholic beverages
- Tips (always optional, but always appreciated)
- Personal expenses
- Any charged activity not mentioned in the program
- International banking fees
Most of the western countries benefit a 60 days visa free regime to visit Kyrgyzstan as tourist. Nevertheless, check the recommendations given by your MOFA before coming. Also make sure that your passport is valid at least 6 months after your return date.
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.
Personal gear (non-exhaustive)
Sunglasses, 50+ sun cream, Hat / Beanie, Scarf, Hiking bottle, Hiking shoes, Beach towel, Camera, Summer clothing, Clothes for cooler evenings, Light fleece, Silk sleeping bag, Rain coat, 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 have a travel backpack (60-70L) and a light backpack (20-30L, handbagage style)
Hope to see you in the land of Celestial Mountains soon!