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Mountain Kingdoms of Kyrgyzstan

Mountain Kingdoms of Kyrgyzstan

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Duration
16 days
Starts in
Tashkent
Ends in
Bishkek
Group size
24
This adventurous trip takes us far down the Silk Road, along which ancient traders would journey between Europe and China, and is the perfect holiday-length trip for travellers who love the great outdoors and spectacular mountain scenery. Starting or finishing in urban Tashkent, in Uzbekistan we explore the lush farmlands of the Fergana Valley, visiting some of the historical highlights en route. We will then head into the favourite Central Asian country of many of our travellers - the remote and mountainous land of Kyrgyzstan and the dramatically-rugged Tian Shan mountain range. Home to nomadic peoples who will be our hosts during our journey through the wilds of this beautiful country. Hiking, riding and staying with nomads, we will journey across this region slowly to enjoy a country famed for its hospitality.
  • Overland through Uzbekistan's Fergana Valley in local transport
  • See the silk-weavers of the Fergana Valley
  • Stay in traditional felt yurts at the incredible Song Kol Lake
  • Experience the daily life of the Kyrgyz mountain shepherds
  • See a demonstration from a traditional eagle hunter near Kochkor
  • Learn how Kyrgyz carpets and hats are typically made
  • Trek into the wilds of the Jeti-Oghuz Gorge
  • Walk around the incredible scenery of the Chong Kemin valley
  • Relax in the picturesque city of Bishkek
  • If you enjoy challenging yourself and being slightly outside your comfort zone, this trip offers plenty of opportunities. Ideal for lovers of the outdoors and spectacular scenery. We will travel through mountains at over 3000 metres altitude at times. Wild camping combined with yurt home stays and small local hotels are the norm. Horse riding and easy trekking.

    Itinerary

    Mountain Kingdoms of Kyrgyzstan

    Day 1 Tashkent

    Border Information: if joining in Tashkent, you will most likely enter Uzbekistan at Tashkent International Airport (IATA code: TAS).There will be a pre-departure meeting at 10:00am - please look out for a note from your leader at the reception of the joining hotel upon arrival with more details about this important meeting. Your leader will need to carefully check your visas at this initial meeting.The rest of the day is free to explore the Uzbek capital.Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Tashkent before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Tashkent.*Important note - do not bring any medicines containing tramadol, codeine, temazepam, morphine or opiates to Central Asia. These are illegal in all circumstances in most of Central Asia and you will risk arrest. If in doubt about a particular medicine, please do not bring it. See the notes at the bottom for more details.**Another important note - please be aware that all itineraries in Kyrgyzstan are highly weather-dependent. The itinerary described in these notes are a statement of best intention, but we must approach each trip in Kyrgyzstan with a large degree of flexibility, as our leaders and local guides will have to 'play things by ear' according to the local conditions and weather. In low season certain routes become impossible and it may become far too cold to camp - in all cases there are fantastic and well-tried alternatives in place which means we can always run an excellent and comprehensive trip here, but please do not treat the exact details of the itinerary listed here as gospel - thanks for your understanding!*

    Day 2 Fergana Valley

    This morning we travel in local transport over the Kamchik Pass to Kokand, where we will have the opportunity to visit the Khudayar Khan's Palace and the nearby Margilan Silk Factory before completing the journey to Fergana. The truck must pass over the Kamchik Pass without passengers and will rejoin us this evening in Fergana City.

    Day 3 Arslanbob

    Border information: Exit Uzbekistan at Andijon, enter Kyrgyzstan at Dustlik.This morning we leave Uzbekistan behind and make our way into the magical mountain kingdom of Kyrgyzstan! Once we have crossed the border we continue our journey to Arslanbob in Kyrgyzstan's Fergana Valley - if we are delayed at the border we may choose to stay in the closer town of Jalalabad instead.

    Day 4 Arslanbob

    Today we have a free day to explore the local area. There will be options to do an all day hike to a big waterfall or alternatively do an optional horseride through the Walnut Forest

    Day 5 Kyrgyz Fergana Valley

    We will spend the next 2 days overlanding through the stunning and remote Kyrgyz Fergana Valley, stopping often to admire the views and perhaps take some impromptu hikes in the hills and countryside. Tonight we will find a wild camp close to Toktugal Lake. Please note that trips running in low season (May to mid-June and October to November), we may not be able to camp if temperatures are too low, in which case we will stay in local guesthouses along the route instead.

    Day 6 Kyrgyz Fergana Valley

    We will have another day of scenic driving as we make our way to our second wild camp at Karakuchi Gorge

    Day 7 Son-Kol Lake

    Today we complete the drive to the incredible Song Köl Lake, where we will spend the next two nights.We will have free time here to explore the area, and to enjoy some optional activities including hiking and horse-riding.Please note that trips during the low season will not be able to visit Song Köl Lake, as temperatures will be below freezing, the road will be snowed over, and there will be no yurts to stay in! Instead we will likely stay in yurts on the southern shore of Lake Issyk Köl.

    Day 8 Son-Kol Lake

    We will have free time in Song Kul Lake today to explore the area, and to enjoy some optional activities including hiking and horse-riding.

    Day 9 Kochkor

    Today we drive to the small village of Kochkor, where we stay in local family-run guesthouses and enjoy traditional Kyrgyz hospitality!Whilst here we will visit a small museum and women's felt making cooperative that produces 'shyrdaks', the felt carpets for which Kyrgyzstan is renowned. We may also have the opportunity here to see some excellent local musicians playing traditional Kyrgyz folk music and to see how a yurt is put up!

    Day 10 Jeti-Oguz Valley

    Today we drive along the southern shore of Lake Issyk Köl and up into the mountains to the alpine trekking region of Jeti Oguz. En route we will have an included demonstation from a local 'eagle hunter'.The next day we will have a free day to hike in the incredible scenery here, or take an optional horse ride with some of the local nomads!Please note that on trips in the low season we may not be able to camp in Jeti Oguz due to low temperatures. If this is the case, we will stay for 1 night in a local hotel at the base of Jeti Oguz Valley (allowing time for some day walks) and then move via a stunning and incredible drive up a mountain in a Russian 4x4 truck to Altyn Arashan, a hot spring development in a stunning alpine setting, staying in dormitory accommodation.

    Day 11 Jeti-Oguz Valley

    Today is a free day where we will have the chance to hike in the incredible scenery around Jeti Oguz, or take an optional horse ride with some of the local nomads!

    Day 12 Karakol

    Today we will move on from Jeti Oguz or Altyn Arashan to the Russian-style town of Karakol, where we will have a free afternoon to explore and relax!

    Day 13 Chong Kemin Valley

    Today we will drive to the northern shore of Lake Issyk Köl and visit the ancient petroglyphs at Cholpon Ata. We will then continue to the beautiful area of Chong Kemin where we will spend 2 nights.In Chong Kemin we will wild camp. If it is too cold or simply preferred by the group, we may choose to camp in the grounds of a guesthouse in Ashu, a village in the Chong Kemin valley, where there could be the possibility to upgrade to rooms.

    Day 14 Chong Kemin Valley

    We will spend another night in Chong Kemin today and will have free time to explore and hike in this stunning area, or to get involved in an optional white water rafting excursion!

    Day 15 Bishkek

    Today we have a short drive to the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek, with the opportunity to visit the Burana Tower en route. We will have free time to relax and explore the city upon arrival.

    Day 16 Bishkek

    Border Information: if finishing in Bishkek, you will most likely exit Kyrgyzstan at Bishkek Manas International Airport (IATA code: FRU).Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Bishkek. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact your sales agent if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.
    Summary

    What’s included?

    Activities

    See the silk-weavers of the Fergana Valley at the Yodgorlik Silk Factory

    See the traditional felt workshops or Kochkor and learn about how Kyrgyz carpets and hats are typically made here

    See an incredible demonstration from a traditional eagle hunter near Kochkor

    Accommodation

    Comfortable Hotel 2 nights
    Basic Hotel 2 nights
    Homestay 5 nights
    Yurt Camp 2 nights
    Wild Camp 4 nights

    Local transport

    Overland Expedition Vehicle, Jeep, Russian Bus

    Meals

    Breakfasts x 15, Lunches x 6, Dinner x 9

    Mountain Kingdoms of Kyrgyzstan

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