Along the Nomad Land

Along the Nomad Land

Around the Kyrgyzstan in 3 weeks

Duration: 21 days

Season: middle of June – October

Route: Chui, Issyk-Kul, Naryn, Djalal-Abad, Osh region

Conditions: There is not a lot of physical exertion throughout the journey. But there will be several long transfers about 7 hours a day and travelers will reach an altitude up to 3500 m. And also there will be three-day horse-back or hiking trip (about 3-4 hours, every day) with overnight in tents.

Kyrgyzstan is a small mountainous country, but with a very diverse nature and culture. In order to see all the beauties of Kyrgyzstan you need to find in your schedule three free weeks and go on the road, to the unknown. We suggest you to cross the whole country from north to south and get acquainted with the life and culture of nomads in the mountains and settled Sarts (Uzbeks) in the south of Kyrgyzstan.

The trip starts from the shores of Issyk-Kul Lake - this is truly a pearl of our country. We are glad to present you magnificent nature of the Issyk-Kul valley and the mountains that surround lake as big wall.

Then we get to the Son-Kul Lake this is the second largest lake after Issyk Kul Lake, and the largest fresh water lake in Kyrgyzstan. It is surrounded by a broad summer pasture and then mountains. The area is inhabited and safely accessible only from June to September.

After the Son Kul Lake we are moving to the Naryn Valley, where we will visit the ancient caravanserai of Tash-Rabat. Tash-Rabat was built in the XV century on the site of an older monastery of the 9th-10th centuries.

Continuing the road to the south of Kyrgyzstan, we will visit the Saimaluu-Tash hole (it is translated from the Kyrgyz as a painted stone) - one of the world's largest petroglyph galleries. Here, travelers will ride on horseback to an open-air museum.

Then we set out to the Ferghana Valley, where we will visit the ancient Osh and the amazing Arslanbob. In Arslanbob village and Arslanbob valley there are walnut trees up to 30 meters high; whose age can exceed 1000 years.

Now we set off on the way back to the Chui valley through another valley, not less famous and significant for Kyrgyzstan - Suusamyr valley. On the way we will have the opportunity to visit the incredibly beautiful lake Sary-Chelek, to admire the Toktogul reservoir and the Naryn river, and visit the Chichkan gorge.

Having made this trip, you can be sure that you have seen most of Kyrgyzstan and are imbued with its soul.

Day 1

Airport-Bishkek (25 km)

Meeting at the airport, transfer to Bishkek. Accommodation in a guest house. Excursion around the city.  (LD)

Altitudes during the day (above sea level): Bishkek – 700 m

Day 2

Bishkek-Karakol (400 km)

Transfer to Karakol. On the way excursion to museum of rock drawings in Cholpon-Ata. Accommodation in a guest house. (BLD)

Altitudes during the day (above sea level): Bishkek – 700 m, Karakol-1800m

Day 3

Karakol – Djety-Oguz gorge (60km)

In the morning excursion to memorial complex of N. M. Prjevalsky. Visiting Russian Orthodox Church and Dungan mosque. After lunch transfer to Jety-Oghuz gorge. Overnight in yurt camp. (BLD)

Altitudes during the day (above sea level): Djety-Oguz gorge - 2200 m

Day 4

Djety-Oguz gorge – Tamga village (100 km)

Transfer to Tamga guest house along the south shore of Issyk-Kul Lake. On the way excursion to waterfall in Barskaun gorge. Overnight in the guest house. (BLD)

Altitudes during the day (above sea level): Djety-Oguz gorge - 2200 m, Tamga-1685m

Day 5

Tamga – Kochkor village (200km)

Transfer to Kochkor village. On the way excursion to “Fairy tale” place - valley of red sandstone cliffs. Upon arrival in Kochkor visiting workshop, where you may see Kyrgyz traditional fancy-work, and make your own felt carpet. Family run accommodation. (BLD)

Altitudes during the day (above sea level): Tamga-1685m, Kochkor – 1750m

Day 6

Kochkor – Son- Kul Lake (140km)

After breakfast transfer from Kochkor village to Son Kul lake over Kalmak-Ashuu pass. Overnight in yurt camp. (BLD)    

Altitudes during the day (above sea level): Kochkor – 1750m, Kalmak-Ashuu pass – 3446m, Son-Kul Lake – 3016m

Day 7

Son-Kul – Naryn (250km)

Transfer to Naryn town over Kurtka pass.  Accommodation in a guest house. (BLD)    

Altitudes during the day (above sea level): Kurtka pass – 3174m, Naryn – 2500m

Day 8

Naryn - Tash Rabat - Naryn (220km)

Transfer and excursion to Tash-Rabat caravanserai. Historical monument of the XV century, on the Great Silk Road. Return to Naryn. Accommodation in a guest house. (BLD)

Altitudes during the day (above sea level): Naryn – 2500m, Tash-Rabat – 3000m

Day 9

Naryn-Kazarman (220km)

Transfer to Kazarman village. Family run accommodation. (BLD)

Altitudes during the day (above sea level): Naryn – 2500m, Kazarman –1230m

Day 10-12

Kazarman-Saimaly-Tash-Kazarman

Horse riding trip to Saymaly-Tash place. This is open-air museum, which has gathered an  unique collection of ancient stone inscriptions. Overnight in tents. (BLD)

Altitudes during the day (above sea level): Kazarman –1230m, Saimaluu-Tash –  3000-3450m

Day 13

Kazarman – Djalal-Abad (200km)

Transfer to Djalal-Abad city. Family run accommodation. (BLD)

Altitudes during the day (above sea level): Kazarman – 1230m, Djalal-Abad –  763m

Day 14

Djalal-Abad – Osh (120km)

Transfer to Osh in the morning. It is the oldest city of Kyrgyzstan with 3000 years history. Accommodation in a guest house. (BLD)

Altitudes during the day (above sea level): Djalal-Abad – 763m, Osh - 1000 m

Day 15

Osh

Sightseeing tour around the city. Visiting sacred mount Suleiman-Too, history museum in the cave of the mount, Orthodox Church, central square, green gardens of the city and oriental market (bazaar). Accommodation in a guest house. (BLD)

Altitudes during the day (above sea level): Osh - 1000m

Day 16

Osh –Arslanbob (210km)

Transfer to Arslanbob village. Excursion to the Small Arslanbob waterfall, and visiting relic walnut forest which is the biggest in the world. Hike to panoramic  mount with nice view to the village. Family run accommodation. (BLD)

Altitudes during the day (above sea level): Osh –1000m, Arslanbob -1700m

Day 17 

Arslanbob – Arkyt (Sary-Chelek Lake) (200km)

Transfer to Arkyt village. Family run accommodation. (BLD)

Altitudes during the day (above sea level): Arslanbob – 1700m, Arkyt – 1700m

Day 18 

Arkyt - Sary-Chelek Lake - Arkyt (25 km)

Rest day. Excursion to Sary-Chelek Lake and walk around it. Family run accommodation. (BLD)

Altitudes during the day (above sea level): Sary-Chelek lake-1873m

Day 19

Arkyt - Chichkan (250 km)

Transfer from Arkit village to Chichkan gorge. On the way stop on Toktogul reservoir. Overnight in a guest house. (BLD)

Altitudes during the day (above sea level): Sary-Chelek lake-1873m, Chichkan gorge – 2000m

Day 20 

Chichkan - Bishkek (280 km)

Transfer to Suusamyr valley over Ala-Bel pass, and then to Bishkek over Tuya-Ashuu pass. Accommodation in a guest house. (BLD)

Altitudes during the day (above sea level): Tuya-Ashuu pass - 3582m, Ala-Bel pass - 3184m, Bishkek – 700m

Day 21 

Bishkek-Airport (30 km)

Transfer to airport. Flight home. (B)

Altitudes during the day (above sea level): Bishkek – 700 m

Service includes:
Double or twin accommodation in guesthouses
Transport for transfers during tour;
Cook and full board during tour;
English speaking guide;
Tents, kitchen and camping equipment during tour;
Porters during trekking to carry up to 10kg of your private stuff (for each person).
 
Servise doesn't include: 

Accommodation in hotels before and after the program;
Alcohol and soft drinks;
Transfers, excursions or horse riding over the program etc.;
Visa and invitation letter to Kyrgyzstan;
Medical insurance.

Clothing and Equipment
Sunscreen (at least 20SPF)
Chapstik or equivalent lip balm
Sunglasses with UV protection
At least a 25 Liter backpack for personal items
Sleeping bag 
Sleeping mat
Telescopic trekking sticks poles (optional)
Head lamp (eg Petzl) spare bulbs & batteries 
T-Shirts, long-sleeved T-shirt, shorts
Trekking pants
Underwear
Fleece jacket or pullover 
Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional) 
Down vest and/or jacket (optional) 
Waterproof jacket (Gore-Tex) with hood
Waterproof pants (Gore-Tex)
Thick, warm wool hiking socks - 2 pairs (for sleeping in tents cotton socks - 3 pairs)
Thin gloves for trekking and overnight    
Sun hat or scarf 
Warm fleece hat or light balaclava 
Trekking/Hiking boots with spare laces 
Footwear for around camp, eg running shoes and/or sandals