Kyrgyzstan biking 02
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
In Kyrgyz Republic biking is very popular among the travelers, who come to Kyrgyzstan to have biking along our beautiful gorges and to find out more about nomads. During this bike tour you will visit different parts of Kyrgyz Republic that will surprise you with the views, which change kaleidoscopically.
Day 1: Arrival in Bishkek
Your guide will collect you from the International Airport of Manas and accompany you to Bishkek City (capital of Kyrgyzstan). The drive from the Airport to Bishkek takes half an hour. After accommodation in a hotel*** that is situated in the tranquil part of the city you will have a rest and you will start the day with a breakfast. Afterwards you will have an excursion to the Natural Park of Ala - Archa that is located on the Kyrgyz ridge (a spur of Tien - Shan), in the Ala-Arch Gorge, 45 km. south from Bishkek. To have a nice view of this famous gorge you will go to the top of a mountain. Transfer back to Bishkek. At 7 p.m. traditional dinner will be served Overnight stay is in the hotel***.
This morning we will be transferred to Kochkor Village via Orto Tokoi water collecting reservoir. In Kochkor Village you will visit the shop of Kyrgyz Handicrafts. There you will meet a family that will show you the way of national felt carpets production. During this felt show you even can create your own carpet. Afterwards we ride to Sary Bulak Village (2310 m. alt., 38 km) by the asphalt road. Transfer (7 km, 2390m. alt.) to confluence of Kara-Kudjur and Biulioomiu rivers by bike on the dirt road. This night we will spend in the tent camp.
Day 3: Sarybulak - Kichi-Naryn
Today you will ride along the Balgart river and Kichi-Naryn river. Easy day. Riding on dirt road. Overnight in tents in the forest near the Kichi-Naryn river. This place is popular among nomads since ancient time. Shepherds were coming to this area with all their relatives. Some big tribes could have about 1000 yurts! All of them were going from one place to another as a big family with a great amount of cattle. Kyrgyz nomads are very hospitable and like to meet travelers.
Day 4: Ride (63 km) Kichi-Naryn - Naryn town
Easy day. We will ride down to the Kichi-Naryn Village (2351m. alt.) after breakfast. It is situated 4 km. from the confluence of Naryn and Kichi-Naryn Rivers. 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! You will cycle to the town of Naryn (2050 m. alt.) along Naryn River. Naryn is a long narrow town that streched along the gorge near the longest river in Kyrgyz Republic - Naryn. The town is situated very close to the mountains, at the altitude of 2800 meters above the sea level. Lunch is on the way. After having lunch we will continue cycling by the main road. You spend this night as nomads do, in yurts! Yurts are collapsible nomadic dwellings that are made of wood without using a single nail and felt.
Day 5: Transfer or Ride Naryn - Son Kul Lake
This day you can ride or to be transferred over the Kurtka Pass (3243m. alt.) to Son Kul Lake, which is the 2nd largest lake in Kyrgyz Republic. Son Kul Lake is surrounded by mountains and it is the highest alpine lake in Kyrgyzstan, situated at an altitude of 3016 meters above sea level. Kyrgyz nomads started 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. The first ride's part to the entrance of the gorge is trouble-free with a slight descent. There is a narrow spot where we will enter a narrow gorge with high sharp rock walls, in some places up to 200 meters. A steep rise to the pass begins here. Descent is easier and shorter. Upon our arrival, you will be free to explore and enjoy the untouched nature of the lake and its environs. Dinner. Overnight stay (3016 m. alt.) is in nomadic collapsible dwellings - yurts. Yurt represents wooden frame, covered with thin felt mats.
Day 6: Son Kul Lake
This day you will have an excellent opportunity to explore Kyrgyz nature and lifestyle by yourself. You can ride on a horse along the lake's shore or just relax in the atmosphere of the wild and calm nature. It is a great chance to familiarize with nomadic culture and customs. We will walk among the Tian - Shan Mountains where every nomad invites you to his yurt to taste a piece of bread and kymis - national staple drink made of mare's milk that is fermented. You will spend this night in tents.
Day 7: Ride Son Kul lake - Kyzyl Korgon canyon (80km)
Breakfast. After that we will cycle in the sacred stones direction. These ancient (dating back to 800 B.C.) stones are with carvings. After visiting the site of petroglyphs we leave Son Kul and cycle through Kara Keche Pass (3381m. a. s. l.) to the Valley of Djumgal. Upon arrival we will have walking in the region of high mountains, snow peaks, rocks and red canyons. Overnight stay is in the tent camp.
Day 8: Ride Kyzyl Korgon - Kyrk-Kyz pass 3223m
Today we will see different color rocks, pastures, panoramas. We pass near the Kizil Oi (red canyon) village. It is a small poor village in the mountains and you will have time to walk there to see the country side life of Kyrgyz people. On the way to the village you will see our famous red canyons that are completely different from other mountains in Kyrgyzstan. This place always impresses travelers and all of them want to come back there one more time. Night in the tents.
Day 9: Ride Kyrk-Kyz pass - Ter Jailak pass 2446m - Toluk village (50km)
Today our rout will be difficult enough, but we will meet loads of Kyrgyz shepherds on the summer pastures (jailoo). The Kyrgyz nomads are very hospitable and they are always glad to talk with foreign visitors. You could see their felt dwellings and ask them about their life. It is also possible to try national drink kymis that has really specific taste. Kymis is made of fermented mare's milk. Even these days the Kyrgyz shepherds come to this place and you can see how they live in the harmony with nature. Overnight stay is in tents.
Day 10: Ride and transfer to the Toktogul Village
We will start cycling after breakfast. Our chauffeur will drive behind us. The road has a plenty of incredible views and when you are there it becomes clear that the best creation in the world is natural world! You will never forget the sceneries that surround you here. Lunch and transfer to the Village where we can take a shower or drive to the artificial lake. Free time.
Night is in the home stay.
Day 11: Transfer to Bishkek city
In the morning we will drive to Bishkek city. You will be carried away by the amazing scenery offered through views of the untouched nature. In the city you will have free time to go shopping and to walk in the capital. In the evening you will have a dinner in a restaurant and this night you will spend in a hotel***.
Day 12: Transfer to the airport
Transfer to the International Airport of Manas according to your flight details.