Cycling through the Mountains of Kyrgyzstan CD01

22 Days From £0 (1,555 USD)

We offer an exceptional holiday in an unknown country in Central-Asia where you will meet the nomads who live in the mountains, stay in their yurts, live the way they did for many ages.

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Travel Style: Small Group - Up to 12 People
Start Location: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
End Location: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Accommodation: Hotel, B&B, yurts and local families
Period: May to Sep 15th
Difficulty: Good physical condition required for active tours

About The Operator

Accreditations: Green Globe Award for ecological way of working, Member of KATO, the Kyrgyz organization for tourism
Years In Business: 14

Kyrgyzstan is one of the five Central Asian countries and if you like mountains, unspoiled nature, and an unknown culture, it is the most beautiful country you can think of. High white caped mountains, green pastures and very hospitable people.
Kyrgyzstan is an agricultural country. In the valleys of the big rivers they grow vegetables and fruits. In the mountains, the biggest part of the country, you find cattle breeding.
About our tour company Ecotour. In 1998 a large area around the Issyk-Kul lake was proclaimed to be a bio-reserve. Ecotour then started to organise sustainable tourism. By involving the local people, renting their horses, buying their food and giving them a job in the yurt camps, farmers could earn an addition on their low income. The philosophy of Ecotour is that tourism should not damage the environment, tourists and local people both, must learn about the importance of protecting nature and the profit should not go to a foreign tour operator but stay in the country.

Meet the nomads on your bike, one of our active tours

A three weeks tour by bicycle You sleep in yurts, the felt houses of the nomadic herdsmen. Children sing their folksongs and play traditional instruments of the Kyrgyz. You watch the making of kymyz, fermented milk of mares. You see the hunting with an eagle and traditional horseback games. On your way you visit the petroglyphs of the period of the Scythes.
During your bike tour there is plenty of time to enjoy the overwhelming nature. You can go hiking or go for a swim in the extensive Lake Issyk-Kul, ride on horseback and visit nomadic families on the mountain pastures You will stay in guesthouses, with local families and in yurt camps where a local family board you.
During the whole tour you are accompanied by an interpreter, your luggage will be transported by car.
A unique trip for people who like the unexpected, not insist on luxury and are interested in other cultures

Level of difficulty: You need a good physical condition. The tour leads through mountainous region with frequent slopes and every now and then a firm climb. Roads are often stony. A mountain bike or a strong tracking bike are necessary. ( own or rented)

Description

A full day by day itinerary will be provided by the tour operator when you make an enquiry about this holiday.

Includes
- program as described, all meals, transportation, interpreter, taxes, entrees, horse riding.

Excludes
- flight, visa, personal expenses, insurance and bottled beverages.

Prices per person - please submit an enquiry to receive a personalized itinerary and costs.

Itinerary
Day 01. Departure for Kyrgyzstan
Day 02. Arrival, transfer to hotel, after lunch preparation of bicycles. Sightseeing.
Day 03. By car to Bosteri at the north shore of Lake Issyk-Kul. Stay with local family.
Day 04. Cycle to Ananievo along the shore of Lake Issyk-Kul, no ascend. 49 km asphalt road, last few km sandy road. Stay with local family.
Day 05. To Karakol. Karakol is the biggest town on the shore of Lake Issyk-Kul. Interesting to visit: Dungan mosque, Russian-orthodox cathedral. 92 km asphalt, slight climb. Overnight in guesthouse.
Day 06. If you are here on a Sunday, in the morning you can visit of the famous animal market (market) in Karakol, next to Jeti-Ogus, this yurt camp is situated at 2250 m. A real climb for the first time, along a river. 20 km asphalt, then 16 km dirt road up to the beautifully situated yurt camp.
Day 07. Leisure days in yurt camp. Possibility to hike in the woods and meadows near the camp. Beautiful red rocks, with names like
Day 08. As Day 7
Day 09. To Kichi-Jargylichak, starting with a 23 km descend to the main road, then asphalt road, total about 75 km. You now cycle on the south shore of the lake. Overnight with a local family.
Day 10. To Manjyly, a dry semi dessert area. Overnight in a yurt. About 59 km over asphalt road. Last 2 km sandy road, total 59 km.
Day 11. To the village of Bokonbaevo 13 km, alt. 1.600 m. asphalt road, then turn into the mountains to yurt camp Temir-Kanat, 20 km dirt road. From the village Temir-Kanat to the yurt camp is a short steep climb, you may have to walk there.
Day 12. Leisure days in yurt camp, time to relax, hike, ride on horseback. To see horse games and maybe hear music performed by local people.
Day 13. As Day 12
Day 14. Descend to the lake, 30 km dirt road. To Ak-Say yurt camp, last 12 km through a very pretty dry gorge, total 42 km. Ak-Say is situated in a semi-desert area, not far from the shore of Lake Issyk-Kul. Possibility to swim, and walking in the badlands.
Day 15. Stay in Ak-Say at the lake.
Day 16. From Ak-Say to yurt camp Tuura-Suu at 2250m, 45 km over a difficult and stony road. You have to climb over the Ala Bash pass of 2365m.
Day 17. Stay in Tuura-Suu yurt camp, possibility to hike, ride on horseback, and may be hear the children from the nearby village sing and play their instruments.
Day 18. Stays in Tuura-Suu.
Day 19. To the small town of Kochkor, from Tuura-Suu 25 km dirt road down to the lake, then bad asphalt, total 97 km. Stay with local family.
Day 20. To Boom, 48 km along a storage lake to a pass at alt. 2.000 m, then down and back to the place you started 3 weeks ago. To Bishkek by car.
Day 21. Free day in Bishkek for shopping etc. Lunch not included. Farewell dinner.
Day 22. Departure.