Day 1: Bishkek - Ala Archa - Bishkek
Today day we will visit Ala Archa gorge. It is a Natural Park. At the Soviet Time only V.I.P. people had permission to go for a walk here. The Ala Archa gorge is on a spur of the Tien Shan mountain range. It is just 45 km from Bishkek. You can have a short hiking tour to see a panoramic view of the gorge. Afterwards is return to Bishkek. The second part of the day is dedicated to the City Tour. It includes the visiting of the Pobeda Square (Victory Square), Duboviy Park (Oak Park), central Ala-Too Square, the History Museum, National philharmonic and many others places of interest. This overnight will be in a hotel.
Day 2: Bishkek - Kara Talaa
In the morning you will start your journey to celestial Issyk Kul Lake, the second largest alpine lake in the world. The lake is called "the pearl of Central Asia". You can come up to the lake and to see mountains all around it. On route you will visit Burana Tower (an 11th century minaret) and an open air museum of Balbans (stone warriors). After having taken a traditional lunch, we continue our way to the lake. We will have a break in Bokonbaeva village, where we will visit a local eagle-hunter. He hunts hares and foxes with the help of eagles (traditional way of nomads hunting). Then we transfer to Kara Tala. Night is in tents.
Day 3: Kara Talaa - Kochkor
Our carefully chosen route avoids heavy traffic and busy towns and takes us well off the beaten tracks. Today you will drive 90% of the route along an old Soviet unpaved road where there are no cars at all-only wilderness and beautiful mountains. At the end of the day we will ride into a small village and will make camp nearby. On the way you will ride over many hills, and you will be astounded by the beauty of our mountains. On the route you can see some ancient stone warriors, balbals. If you are tired you always can use our support vehicle that can take you over a pass or transfer you to the camp site. In the evening you will get to visit a home-museum of Kyrgyz handicrafts. Night is in tents (at 2835 m).
Day 4: Kochkor - Ak Tash
Our biking begins this morning with an easy route that gives us a warm-up for the challenging mountain passes. The biking today starts at Kochkor village and part of the route will be along an asphalt road. Then we will turn to an unpaved route that is rarely used by cars. This is a challenging journey deep into the heart of Tien Shan Mountains, requiring a reasonable level of fitness rather than technical experience. You will visit places where nomadic life has hardly changed in hundreds of years. Night is in tents (2 835 m).
Day 5: Ak Tash - Eki Naryn
Today you will see varied mountain views. The highest point of the day is Jalpak Bel - it is 3 348 meters high! Our biking 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. This tour boasts some of the most spectacular mountain riding you could ever wish for! You will have biking today along a narrow gorge that has a fast river running along it. This gorge is quite wild and there are almost no people there. It's a nice chance to enjoy nature. This night will be in a tent camp (2 502 m).
Day 6: Eki Naryn - Emgek Talaa
Today you will have stunning climbs, thrilling descents and unforgettable views. On a mixture of dirt and paved road, we will ride among impressive mountains to our next camp. At one point we will bike by the small town of Naryn. This town is built right in the gorge. Mountain slopes run both sides along this narrow town. Today it is quite possible that we will meet real nomads. They come to these mountains in summer time. Nomadic families do not live in one place all the time. Every month they move from one location to another in order to have better pastures. Night is in tents (1 870 m).
Day 7: Emgek Talaa - Kurtka
Today we have a dynamic route over a mountain landscapes-you will have challenging climbs and exciting descents on a traffic-free unpaved road. Part of the road will go along a beautiful valley and then you will ride over many hills. Following unpaved quiet roads along mountain gorges, switch-backing, up and down - this day provides the ideal opportunity to explore Kyrgyzstan. This night we will spend in Kurtka village (1 694 m). It gives you an insight into the local traditional way of life. We will erect our tent camp in the garden of a small house and you will discover more about the Kyrgyz people.
Day 8: Kurtka - Son Kul South
Today we will have biking which ultimately brings us all the way back to the times of nomads. You will bike over Moldo Ashu pass (3 225 m). The road to the lake is fantastic - a narrow serpentine road to the summit. The road leads us to the most famous place in Kyrgyzstan - Son Kul Lake. It is a wild mountain place with a big lake where real nomads still live. They come to this high mountain lake every year and you will meet a lot of them there. At the end of the day we will come to the yurt camp. And this night you will spend as real nomads in Kyrgyz yurts (3 113 m).
Day 9: Son Kul South - Son Kul North
Today you will bike around the lake. You will ride over endless rolling hills and you will see many nomadic families. It is possible that on the way some nomads will offer you Kumis to drink. It is our national drink. Kumis is made of mare's milk and it is a mildly alcoholic drink. We suggest you don't drink too much for the first time. It is better just to taste it a little bit and in case you have stomach problems. This night you will spend again in a yurt (3 034 m).
Day 10: Son Kul - Kara Keche
Today provides magnificent climbs, thrilling descents and unforgettable views. Also we will see some more nomads along the way. Combining these truly stunning and very different places presents an extraordinary and unique experience. The road goes up and down over the high hills before we come to the third pass that is more than 3 000 meters high. The pass is called Kara Keche and it is 3 364 meters high! After riding to the top of the pass you will have a long sweeping descent. In the evening we will sleep in our tent camp in a very nice place surrounded by high mountains (2 393 m).
Day 11: Kara Keche - Kyzyl Korgon
We spend our last biking part of the tour riding to amazing Kyzyl Korgon - the gorge of Red Rocks. This last day is not without its challenges; however the going does get easier as the altitudes become more "normal". It is enjoyable riding through remote mountain gorges and small villages. The stunning route consists of dirt roads, old paved road, small villages, steep climbs and thrilling descents. At the end of the day we will come to Kyzyl Korgon. Views of these red mountains are absolutely breathtaking, and there is no better way to finish the day than by setting a tent camp near a mountain river (1 360 m).
Day 12: Kyzyl Oi - Bishkek
After meeting with locals, we will drive to the capital of Kyrgyzstan - Bishkek city. The road to the city goes through the southern part of Kyrgyzstan. During your transfer be prepared for amazing views of impressive mountains and gorges. Today you will see panoramic views of Tue Ashuu pass which is more than 3000 meters high! This road is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Kyrgyzstan. You will have many photo stops so that you will remember this day. Fantastic roads, amazing views, nomads, high mountains; ensure your memories of Kyrgyzstan will last a lifetime. Night is in a hotel.
Day 13: Bishkek - Airport
In the morning is transfer to airport.
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.
Travel season in Kyrgyzstan is from the middle of May till the end of October. The best time to have a biking 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.
Level of difficulty:
This tour is recommended for people with some biking experience.
Biking time is approximately 5-7 hours per day.
It is necessary to bring a sleeping bag, warm clothes.
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