Kyrgyzstan biking: Tour 1
Activity: Bike tour
Duration of the tour: 11 days
Places to visit: Bishkek - Chon Kemin valley - Dzhylangach river - Kichi-Naryn - Naryn town - Tash Rabat caravanserai - Moldo village - Son Kul lake - Bishkek city
Kyrgyzstan is one of the best countries where you can have a bike tour. The variety of landscapes and great amount of route makes it possible to have unforgettable time here. If you want to see high mountains rapid rivers and sparkling lakes do not miss your chance and come here.
Day 1: Arrival in Bishkek
You will be met by your tour guide in the International Airport Manas and accompanied to the Bishkek City which is located in 30 km from the airport. This day you will start from breakfast. After accommodation in a hotel*** locating in a calm district of the city you will can have a rest after the flight. After that you will have an excursion to Natural Park Ala-Archa which is situated only 45 km from Bishkek on the Kyrgyz range (a spur of Tien-Shan). The route will lead us to the top of a mountain where you will see a panorama of the whole gorge. Return to Bishkek. Traditional dinner will be served for you at 7 o'clock. Night is in a Hotel***.
Day 2: Bishkek - Chon Kemin valley - Dzhylangach river
Today after breakfast you start your trip from Bishkek to Chon Kemin valley (200 km). The first part of the way goes on the road from which you can see the Kyrgyz range that is situated just 40 km from the capital of Kyrgyzstan. There are many different gorges along the whole ridge which are most popular place to have a day off among our people. We will have wonderful views of snowy peaks from the road. Today we will also visit the Burana Tower (minaret built in the 11th century) and an open air museum of Balbans (stone warriors).
Afterwards we will arrive to the Dzhylangach River. After that is time to start the bike trip; you will be riding about 40 km. Overnight will be in the tent camp.
Day 3: Ride (58 km) Dzhylangach - Kichi-Naryn
Today you will be cycling along two rivers Balgart and Kichi-Naryn. This day will be quite easy one. Riding on dirt road. There will be a forest near Kichi Naryn River and this place has been popular among nomads since ancient time. Shepherds were coming to this area with all their relatives sometimes counting up one thousand yurts! All of them were roaming from one place to another as a huge family with a great amount of cattle. Kyrgyz nomads are very hospitable and like to meet travelers. Overnight in tents in the forest near the Kichi-Naryn river.
Day 4: Ride (63 km) Kichi-Naryn - Naryn town
Today after breakfast we ride down to the Kichi-Naryn village (2351m. alt.) the location of in 4 km from the confluence of the Kichi-Naryn and Naryn rivers. You will ride along Naryn River to the town of Naryn (2050 meters asl.). It is a long narrow town built right along the gorge near the longest river Naryn. The town is situated 2800 meters asl very close to the mountain range. The road to Naryn will surprise you by its beauty and amazing views. It will be a quite easy day today. We will have lunch on the road. This night you spend as in yurts and you will manage to feel real nomadic way of life!
Day 5: Transfer or Ride Naryn - Tash Rabat caravanserai (130 km)
Today we go from Naryn to the Tash Rabat Caravanserai on the Great Silk Road (Stone Castle from the 14th century) and you can choose to ride or to go on the van this distance. Tash Rabat is a unique building which is located at the very heart of Tian Shan Mountains; it was made of stones and furthermore it was built inside a mountain at a height 3200 m above sea level. In total there are 31 rooms in the castle. There are also underground prison cells for ancient thieves. You will spend the night in yurts camp near by the Tash Rabat.
Day 6: Ride (86 km) Tash Rabat - Moldo village
In the morning after breakfast you will ride from Tash Rabat to Moldo village. It will a ride distance of moderate difficulty along the Naryn Valley. Asphalt road. This route was used by ancient traders at the time of Great Silk Road. Thousand of traders were passing this place with their goods loaded on camels and horses. It is a nice chance to feel that you ride along the same way! You will overnight in tents (1670m. alt.).
Day 7: Moldo village - Son Kul Lake
Today you can choose to ride or to go by car to Son Kul Lake over the Kurtka Pass (3243m. alt.). First part of riding leading to the beginning of the gorge is easy with a slight descent. There is a narrow spot where we will enter a narrow gorge with high sharp rock walls, in some places they reach up to 200 meters. A steep riding down to the pass begins from here. Descent is shorter and easier. Son Kul Lake is surrounded by mountains and situated at an altitude of 3016 meters above sea level being the highest lake in Kyrgyzstan. Kyrgyz nomads used to come here with their families to graze their cattle because here are many good pasturelands. After our arrival, you will be free to explore and enjoy the the lake and its surroundings. You will have dinner and overnight in nomadic collapsible dwellings - yurts made of wood leather and felt. Overnight is in yurts (3016 m. asl)
Day 8: Son Kul Lake
This day you will have much free time to see the surroundings. We will be walking among the Tian-Shan Mountains where many people still practice nomadic way of life. You will have an excellent chance to explore Kyrgyz nature and lifestyle on your own. You can ride along the lake on a horse, or just relaxing in the atmosphere of the wild, but calm nature. It is a great chance to get acquainted with Kyrgyz traditions and culture. You will stay for a night in the tent camp.
Day 9: Transfer to Bishkek city
In the morning is return to Bishkek city. During the whole way back you can enjoy the scenery of our nature which will not leave indifferent. In Bishkek you will have free time for shopping or walking around. In the evening you will have a dinner in a restaurant. This night you will spend in a hotel***.
Day 10: Bishkek
Today you will have city tour which starts from visiting Osh bazaar. You will walk there and it is possible to bargain for different goods there. After that is the main part of city tour. The tour includes the visiting of the main Ala-Too Square, Oak Park, Victory Square, the Historical Museum, National philharmonic, Art Gallery and others places of interest. You will have farewell dinner at 7 o'clock. This night you will spend in a hotel***.
Day 11: Transfer to the airport
Your guide will pick you up from the hotel and accompany you to Manas Airport at arranged time according to the details of your flight.