Activity: Bike tour
Duration of the tour: 12 days
Places to visit: Bishkek - Kochkor - Sarybulak - Kichi-Naryn - Naryn town - Son Kul lake - Kyzyl Korgon canyon - Kyrk-Kyz pass - Ter Jailak pass - Toluk village - Toktogul village - Bishkek city
If you are a person who likes adventures then Kyrgyzstan is place you are looking for! If you want to see gorgeous nature and century culture with old historical sights, then do not lose your time come to travel to Kyrgyzstan. We offer you a wonderful tour which includes many beautiful places. You will be just amazed by beauty of our lakes mountains alpine meadows rivers and forests, and all these beauties you will see in one small country called Kyrgyzstan.
Day 1: Arrival in Bishkek
You guide meets you in airport after your arrival in Kyrgyzstan, after that you go to Bishkek (the capital of Kyrgyzstan), there you check in a hotel *** and after accommodation you have time for taking a nap after long flight. Then after breakfast you have an excursion to Natural Park Ala-Archa. It is located in the Ala-Arch gorge, on the Kyrgyz Range. This place is in 45 km from Bishkek. .There you will go up along the slopes of the mountains and you can see panorama view of this place. Way back. Your dinner will be at 7 p.m. You will stay for a night in a Hotel***.
Day 2: Bishkek - Kochkor - Sarybulak
In the morning we start moving to Kochkor village passing by very beautiful artificial lake called Orto Tokoi water reservoir. At the Kochkor village we stop at the house of family that will show you the way our national felt carpets are produced. You will get a chance to display your imagination and to create a pattern for a carpet. Then you will visit Kyrgyz Handicraft museum in Kochkor village. After that is ride on an asphalted road going to Sary Bulak village (2310 m. alt., 38 km). Transfer (7 km, 2390m. alt.) by bike on dirt road to confluence of Kara-Kudjur and Biulioomiu rivers. You will sleep in tents this night.
Day 3: Sarybulak - Kichi-Naryn
Today you are riding along two rivers Balgart and Kichi-Naryn . The distance is on dirt road. We are staying for a night in tents in the forest near the Kichi-Naryn River. This place was used by shepherds a lot when they roamed from one place to another in search of good pasturelands. Some tribes living here counted up to one thousands of families. They installed yurts here and grazed their cattle during summer. Even now some people still prefer to live in the mountains and you can meet them here.
Day 4: Ride (63 km) Kichi-Naryn - Naryn town
After hearty breakfast we start moving to the Kichi-Naryn village (2351m. alt.). This village is 4 km from the confluence of the Kichi-Naryn and Naryn rivers. The riding will go along Naryn River and the road will lead you to Naryn (2050 m. alt.). The Naryn town has prolonged form as it was built right along the gorge very close to the mountains. The town is situated 2800 meters above the sea level. The road to Naryn is very picturesque. The whole way will be along incredible gorges and you will have many photo stops! This day will seem you very easy. Lunch will be served while a break. You ride on the main road. You will have dinner and you will stay for a night in nomadic collapsible dwelling called yurts
Day 5: Transfer or Ride Naryn - Son Kul Lake
In the morning we start moving to Son Kul Lake via the Kurtka Pass (3243m. alt.). If you want you can ride this distance or just to sit in the van and enjoy the road. First part of ride distance leading to the beginning of the gorge is easy with a slight descent. Then we will enter a narrow gorge with high sharp rock walls up to 200 meters. Then begins a steep ascent to the pass. Descent is shorter and easier. Son Kul Lake is situated at the flat plateau surrounded by mountains and it is the highest lake in Kyrgyzstan, located at an altitude of 3016 meters above sea level. Here you will be able to see wonderful pasturelands and even meet shepherds who still graze their cattle here. You will be served dinner and you will sleep yurts which are made of a wooden framework and covered with felt. (3016 m. alt.)
Day 6: Son Kul Lake
This day you can spend as you want .We can go for a walk among the Tian-Shan Mountains where nomads can invite you to his yurt to taste a piece of bread and kumyz (national holy drink made of mare's milk). It will be disrespect to refuse them, because guests have been messengers of the God for them since ancient time. You have good opportunity to explore Kyrgyz nature and Kyrgyz way of life on your own. You can ride along the lake on a horse, or just relaxing in the atmosphere of the wild, but calm nature. It is a great chance to merge in to nomadic traditions and culture. This night you will spend in set up tents.
Day 7: Ride Son Kul Lake - Kyzyl Korgon canyon (80km)
Today you will see ancient petroglifs (inscriptions carved on the stones dating back to 800 B.C.). Then we leave Son Kul and ride to the Djumgal valley via Kara Keche pass (3381m asl). Here you will see high mountains, snow peaks, rocks, red canyons. This night you will spend in tents.
Day 8: Ride Kyzyl Korgon - Kyrk-Kyz pass 3223m
This day will give you an opportunity to see many new beautiful places. We will pass the Kizil Oi (red canyon) village, a small poor village in the mountains where you will have time to walk and to see the country side life of Kyrgyz people. On the way to this village you will see red canyons that are of different shapes. This place always impresses travelers and many of them will to come back here one more time. You will have dinner and overnight in set up camp.
Day 9: Ride Kyrk-Kyz pass - Ter Jailak pass 2446m - Toluk village (50km)
Today you will have rather difficult day, but you will not notice it because our gorgeous country will not let you to think about tiredness. Here we can meet Kyrgyz shepherds garzing the cattle on the summer pastures. They still prefer to practice nomadic way of life and keep century traditions. Nomads are very hospitable and they are always glad to talk to foreigners. You can ask them about their life and to see their unique dwellings. Dinner and overnight is in tents.
Day 10: Ride and transfer to the Toktogul village
After packing your bags you continue bike tour. You go from Tash Rabat to Moldo village. The road goes through the Naryn Valley. You will ride Asphalted road. This way was used by many ancient traders bringing their goods from China on camels and horses. It is a nice chance to feel that you ride along the same way! Dinner and overnight is in tents. (1670m. alt.).
Day 11: Transfer to Bishkek city
Today you are coming back to Bishkek. The whole way back won't let you be indifferent to our nature because you will see many gorgeous views. After arrival you will have enough time to go to the mall and buy souvenirs or just to walk in the capital. In the evening you will have dinner in a restaurant; rooms will be reserved in the hotel***.
Day 12: Transfer to the airport
You r guide meets you at your hotel at picked up time and with your driver they accompany you to airport according to the time of your flight back home.