Kyrgyz culture and lifestyle 16 days

Kyrgyzstan, land of mountains, oasis of lakes and pastures overlooking the great steppes of Central Asia, offers exceptional landscapes, inhabited by horses and wildlife. With KirghizAsia, you’ll discover distant routes once used by caravans of the Silk Road; you’ll wander around rural habitats with pastoral yurts, while always staying close to the locals’ daily life, which has remained intact for centuries.

Starting from 1190 euors

Jour 1: Vol
Day 1: International flight to Kyrgyzstan

Day 2: Bishkek
Manas airport pick-up and transfer to Bishkek. Rest up at your host’s house. Visit of Bishkek: the town is a mix of Soviet architecture and large green spaces. Tour of the Osh Grand Bazaar: its small lively streets, its traditionally made goods and the mix of cultures, between Chinese specialties and Middle Eastern dried fruit.
Transfer: 45 mins; Housing: Guesthouse

Day 3: Karakol  
Drive to Karakol along the north side of the Issyk-Kul Lake (a 5-hour drive). Stop to visit the Burana Tower, minaret dating from the 11th century.
Transfer: 5 hours; Housing: Guesthouse

Day 4: Karakol
Visit of the city: The Prejivalskii museum, the orthodox Church and Dungan Mosk. Picnic and walk around the surrounding mountains in the afternoon.
Housing with a host family

Day 5: Eshperov
In the morning, we’ll drive to Jeti-Oguz, the red canyons called « Seven Bulls». Small hike in the Valley of Flowers. In the afternoon, we’ll drive to Kizil-Tou, a village renown for its yurt craftsmen. There, you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about how yurts are made.
Transfer: 3 hours; 2-3 h walk; Housing with a host family

Day 6: Horseback riding
That day, we'll ride by another pass (altitude: 3400m). We'll have a picnic around the Boru-Kotboz glacial lake. After crossing the pass, we'll go down the Kichi-Japrtmakty Valley.
Duration: 4-5 hours; Housing : Tent

Day 7: Horseback riding
We’ll continue our ride on the Uzun-Kya mountain ridges. At the top of the mountain, you'll be able to admire the view over the Toktogul region: a large valley with a lake in the middle.
Duration: 6-7 hours; Housing: Tent

Day 8 : Horseback riding
We'll go down the Toktogul Valley. You'll leave the fresh air of the mountain and feel the dry and arid heat of the valley where the kings of Scythia were buried 3-2 centuries B.C. The family hostess whose house you’ll be staying in, is a French teacher at the village school. She also heads an NGO focused on the development of traditional Kyrgyz crafts. There, you’ll have a chance to discover traditional Kyrgyz carpets.
Duration: 4-5 hours; Housing with a host family

Day 9: Horseback riding
Discover the art of traditional Kyrgyz crafts with the Jash-Muun NGO, which will show you how Kyrgyz felt and carpets called “Chirdak” are made. In the afternoon, you can rest and swim in the Toktogul Lake, which you can reach by bike.
Housing with a host family

Day 10: Kizart 
Drive to Kizart, a village located at the foot of the Son-Kol mountains. The drive will take you alongside the Kokomerene River, which flows into a beautiful ochre-red canyon.
Transfer : 6 hours; Housing with a host family

Day 11: Horseback riding
We'll go up to the Son-Kol Lake (a 6-7 hour hike) crossing the Kilemché Valley. Arriving at the Jalguiz Karagaï Pass, a breathtaking scenery will be right in front of you.
Duration : 5-6 hours; Housing: Yurt

Day 12: Horseback riding
We'll ride on horseback around the Son-Kol Lake (altitude: 3015m). You'll discover the nomadic life of the Kyrgyz people.
Housing : Yurt

Day 13: Horseback riding
Using a different route, we'll go back down to the village of Kizart. In the afternoon, we'll take the road to the Issik-Kul Lake.
Transfer : 3 h; Duration : 4/5 h; Housing with a host family

Day 14: Issik-Kul
Rest by the Issyk-Kul Lake, a peaceful place surrounded by red canyons. Admire the magnificent view of the snowy mountains of Terskei Ala-Too. In the evening, gather around the fire.
Housing: Tent

Day 15: Bishkek
Drive back to Bishkek. On the way, we’ll stop in Bourana, minaret dating from the Karahan Kingdom (11th century). Farewell dinner at a traditional restaurant.
Transfer: 6 hours; Housing with a host family

Day 16: Return flight
Transfer to the airport

A qualified English-speaking Kyrgyz guide and a person who’ll care for the horses will be leading the trip. Horses will be carrying the luggage during the hike.

On location: Good command of horses in an outdoor environment (4-6 hours horseback riding/day). Must know how to saddle, trot, and gallop in a group.

All transfers are made by minibus and car.

Climate : In Kyrgyzstan, the climate is continental. Summers are hot (30 to 42°C) and winters are cold (-10 to -25°C). In the winter, temperatures vary from 0 to 10°C during the day and -5 to -25 °C at night.

What to bring:
- for day trips, a small backpack for your personal belongings
- One piece of luggage per person which will be stored in the minibus
- 1 sleeping bag (warm enough to accommodate low temperatures) and 1 air mattress.
- Warm clothes for our evenings spent in the mountains
- Lighter clothes like shorts and pants for warmer weather and raincoat
-A spare pair of shoes (sneakers or comfortable sandals)
- One 1-liter flask
- Hat, sunglasses, sun block
- Flashlight
- Toiletries
- Fanny pack for your papers and other personal belongings
- basic first-aid kit : anti-blister lotion, pills for small intestinal problems, disinfectant, antalgic.The guide will bring an emergency first-aid kit with him.

Please note that it is the traveler’s responsibility to let KyrgyzAsia know of any medical condition (allergies, specific medical history, response to certain drugs etc.) before the beginning of the trip and to take, if necessary, the corresponding medication before traveling.

Formalities :
Passport must be valid at least 6 months after the return date of your trip. Visa can be obtained at the Bishkek airport upon arrival. No mandatory vaccination. However, we recommend that your tetanus boosters are up to date.

-The price shown above is based on a group of 4 participants
- A supplement of 250 euros/person is applied to a group of less than 4 -The trip is guaranteed once 2 persons sign up.

What’s included in the price:
-The organizing and planning of the trip
- Full board and all accommodations
-A qualified English speaking Kyrgyz guide
-Packed horses
-Equipment (tent, camping stove, dishes)
-Car transfers
What’s not included :
-The Visa (free since 2012)
-The plane ticket
4 companies are traveling to Bishkek: Aeroflot, Turkish Airlines and Pegasus 
- Insurance and repatriation
-Meals in restaurants and cafes