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 traveller 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 in 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 recommended 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 Kya 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 a more challenging day it’s possible to hike up to the Karakol pass and gain a view of both sides of the Fergana range. Tonight, you will sleep near the Karakol River.
Day 6: Karakol – Koek 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 footpaths of the Marco Polo Sheep to the base of the Koek Bell pass at 3,885m.
Day 7: Koek Bel 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 Koek 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 goodbye to your horsemen and go with your guide to Tash Rabat. Tash Rabat is a caravansary from the 10th century 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, and 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.
Price per person:
- 2 pax: 1,785 dollars English speaking guide
- 3 pax: 1,385 dollars English speaking guide
- 4 pax: 1,165 dollars English speaking guide
- 5 pax: 1,050 dollars English speaking guide
- 6 pax: 1,075 dollars English speaking guide + guide assistant
- 7 pax: 1,030 dollars English speaking guide + guide assistant
- 8 pax: 965 dollars English speaking guide + guide assistant
- Organization of the stay
- All transfers in a vehicle from Osh, back to Bishkek
- All airport transfers
- English speaking trekking guide
- Horse potters to take your gear (you will still need to take a day pack with you)
- Full board incl. drinking water
- Accommodation described in the program
- Rent camping equipment (tents, mats, kitchen utensils)
- All the visits indicated in the program
- Entry fees at national parks or nature reserve
- Entry fees at museums mentioned in the program.
- Flight from Bishkek to Osh
- International airfare and taxes
- Insurance repatriation and CR insurance
- Alcohol or sweetened mineral water
- Additional services not mentioned in the program
- Rental of personal equipment (ATV, sleeping bag, water bottle, flashlight, etc.)
- Additional costs due to personal problems (health, loss of luggage, etc.).
In summer, days are warm and even hot in Chuy or Ferghana valleys (+35-40°C). But as 80% the country lays above 1500m
altitude, evenings and nights are cool (10°C), with freezing risks above 3000m. 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)
- Travel bag (70-80L)
- Light hiking backpack
- (20-30L max)
- 50+ sun cream
- Hat / Beanie
- Personal hygiene set
- Hiking bottle
- Hiking shoes
- Warm clothes for cold evenings
- Summer clothing
- Light fleece
- Light gloves
- Silk inlet
- Bathing suit
- Camera + batteries
- Your good mood
During your whole trip, we will do our best to follow the customs regarding body acclimatization in altitude in order to avoid altitude sickness. We will also adapt to your physical condition and rhythm. Despite all these measures, altitude sickness can happen. Travellers could feel headaches, insomnia, loss of appetite, general tiredness, or even nausea. Your trip has been also designed to avoid immediate exposition to local food and its preparation methods because the hygiene standards are not always meeting western ones. Nevertheless, as everyone’s body reacts differently, it is common to feel the effects of an “exotic” cuisine.
Therefore, it is recommended to see a doctor prior departure, as he is the only one who can prescribe an appropriate travel pharmacy. Besides, a pharmacy will always be available in our vehicles. We kindly ask you to communicate us any medical contraindication or food allergy, so that we could adapt to it.
See you in Celestial Mountains!