Kyrgyzstan biking 01
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
Do you want to explore pristine nature? We want to offer you a bike tour that taking place in the heavenly mountains of Kyrgyzstan. The route will be along picturesque gorges where it is still possible to meet real nomads. You will ride your bike in places that are so far from busy world and it is a perfect chance to feel the nature. On the way you will see yurts - nomadic felt dwellings. These Kyrgyz mountain house are very unique and their owner will invite you to have a cup of tea.
Day 1: Arrival in Bishkek
After arrival in Kyrgyzstan your guide meets you in the International Airport Manas and you go to the Bishkek city where you check in a hotel and have breakfast and rest. After that is an excursion to Natural Park Ala-Archa which is situated 45 km from Bishkek - capital of Kyrgyzstan on the Kyrgyz ridge (a spur of Tien-Shan). You will go to the top of the mountain to see the panorama view of the Ala-Archa gorge. Return to Bishkek. You will have dinner at 7 p.m. Rooms will be reserved for you in a Hotel***.
Day 2: Bishkek - Kochkor - Sarybulak
After having breakfast we begin our way to Kochkor village by car passing by Orto Tokoi water reservoir. At the village we will visit a family that will show us the process of national Kyrgyz carpet production. You will get a chance to create your own carpet together with them! Also you will visit Kyrgyz Handicraft museum in Kochkor village. Then you will ride on an asphalt road to Sary Bulak village (2310 m. alt., 38 km). Transfer (7 km, 2390m. alt.) by bike on dirt road to the confluence of Kara-Kudjur and Biulioomiu rivers. You will overnight in the set up tent camp.
Day 3: Sarybulak - Kichi-Naryn
Today we will pass by two rivers Balgart and Kichi-Naryn .It will be an easy day. Riding on dirt road. You will overnight in set up camp in the forest near the Kichi-Naryn River. This place has been one of the favorite places among kyrgyz nomads since ancient time. Shepherds were coming to this area with all their relatives. Some big tribes could count up to 10000 yurts! All of them were roaming from one place to another as a big family with a great amount of cattle.
Day 4: Ride (63 km) Kichi-Naryn - Naryn townAfter breakfast you ride down to the Kichi-Naryn village (2351m. alt.) situating 4 km from the confluence of the Kichi-Naryn and Naryn rivers. You will ride along Naryn River to Naryn town (2050 m. alt.). It is a long narrow town that was built right in the gorge near the longest river in Kyrgyzstan Naryn. The town is situated at a height of 2800 meters above the sea level and it has mountains very close to the town. The road to Naryn will surprise you by its beauty and amazing mountains. The whole way will be along incredible gorges and you will have many photo stops! It will be an easy day. Lunch will be taken while driving. This night you spend as in yurts Kyrgyz dwelling made of felt leather and wood! They are collapsible nomadic dwellings and have been used for more than two thousands years.
Day 5: Transfer or Ride Naryn - Son Kul Lake
Today we will go to the second biggest lake in Kyrgyzstan Son Kul Lake over the Kurtka Pass (3243m. alt.) and you will have choice to ride this distance or to go by car. First part of ride to the beginning of the gorge will be easy with a slight descent. There will be a narrow spot where we will enter to a narrow gorge with high sharp rock walls, in some places up to 200 meters. From here begins a steep ascent to the pass. Descent will be shorter and easier. Son Kul Lake is surrounded by mountains and wonderful pastures .It is also the highest alpine lake in Kyrgyzstan, situated at an altitude of 3016 meters above sea level. Kyrgyz nomads used to come to this wonderful area with their families for rest and relaxation. Herders of the Naryn region come to the lake to use it as a pastureland. After our arrival, you will be free to explore and enjoy the virgin nature of the lake and its surroundings. Your dinner will be served in yurts where you will also spend a night. (3016 m. alt.) Yurts are made of a wooden skeleton, covered with felt coverings.
Today you will have free time at this wonderful place. We will walk among the Tian-Shan Mountains where you will be able to see nomads and to try a piece of bread and kumyz (national holy drink made of mare's milk). You will have an excellent opportunity to explore Kyrgyz nature and their lifestyle on your own. You can ride along the lake on a horse, or just relaxing in the atmosphere of the wild and pristine nature. It is a great chance to get acquainted with nomadic traditions and culture. You will overnight in tents.
Day 7: Ride Son Kul lake - Kyzyl Korgon canyon (80km)
In the morning we start riding in direction of the holy stones with ancient carved inscriptions (dating back to 800 B.C.). Having seen them we will leave Son Kul and ride to the Djumgal valley via Kara Keche pass (3381m). It is a region of high mountains, snow peaks, and red canyons. There we will go for a walk to see canyons. Overnight will be in tents.
Day 8: Ride Kyzyl Korgon - Kyrk-Kyz pass 3223m
Today you will see different landscapes color rocks, pastures, panoramas. We will pass near the Kizil Oi (red canyon) village. It is a small poor village in the mountains and there you can see life of Kyrgyz people. On the way to the village you will see red canyons. This place differs from many other places in Kyrgyzstan. These canyons always impress travelers and all they want to come back there one more time. Night will be in the tents.
Day 9: Ride Kyrk-Kyz pass - Ter Jailak pass 2446m - Toluk village (50km)
Today you will ride rather difficult route, but you will not be tired of it because here you will see many interesting things, here you can meet real nomads. Even nowadays they come to this place and you can see their way of life. Nomads are very hospitable and they are always glad to communicate with foreigners. You can ask them about their life and to see their felt dwellings. Also it is possible to try national drink kumis that has unusual taste. It is made of mare's milk and it is fermented. Night will be in tents.
Day 10: Ride and transfer to the Toktogul village
In the morning after the meal you start riding and the driver will follow you. The road will go through a plenty of picturesque places and you will never forget them. When you are there it becomes clear that the best architecture in the world is Mother Nature! Lunch and transfer to the village where we can take a shower or drive to the artificial lake. You will stay for a night in the guest house.
Day 11: Transfer to Bishkek city
In the morning we return to Bishkek city. You will be carried away by the amazing scenery on the way back. In the city you will have free time for shopping and going for walk. In the evening you will have a farewell dinner in the restaurant and this night you will spend in a hotel***.
Day 12: Transfer to the airport
Our guide will pick you up from the hotel at arranged time and see you off on your flight to International Airport "Manas".