Multi-Day Tour | Independent, Private

Exploring the Jewel of Central Asia: The Natural Charms of Kyrgyzstan (9 days)

Remote Lands, Inc

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan To Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Valid for Departures Now Through: 18 Mar 2019

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Hyatt Regency Dinner

Your adventure begins in Bishkek, the capital city of Kyrgyzstan that was once a stop on the ancient silk road. After being picked up at the airport and taken to your hotel, you will have a chance to explore the highlights of this city. Start out in the Central Square, and then check out the Philharmonic House with the Statue of Manas, Lenin's statue, the National Historical Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts. In the evening, enjoy dinner at the “Supara” ethnic complex.

Day 2
Chunkurchak, Kyrgyzstan
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Beshik Hotel Bungalow Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The second day of your journey will kick off with a visit to the handicraft workshop of Aidai Asangulova, a renowned feltmaker in Bishkek who developed a technique for incorporating silk into felt making. Afterward, you’ll take a tour of Tumar Studio, a modern Kyrgyz atelier which produces a wide variety of felts. Following lunch, you’ll head to the weaving studio of Gulmira Akmatova, a founder of Kyrgyz Oimo studio, where she makes handmade ponchos, shawls, hats, and scarves. Finally, you will travel to Chunkurchak, a stunning valley with wonderful snowy peaks, fine alpine meadows, and rapid mountain streams, to stay overnight at the Beshik Hotel.

Day 3
Chunkurchak, Kyrgyzstan
Beshik Hotel Bungalow Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, you have the chance to explore Chunkurchak, known as a “jailoo” - a high mountain pasture or meadow. Take a hike through the open pastures and along side the rivers and streams, or ride a horse along the scenic landscapes. For those in search of a little quiet, this is a wonderful destination for meditating.

Day 4
Kyzyl oi, Kyrgyzstan
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Chunkurchak, Kyrgyzstan
The Yurt Camp of Roza & Ishen Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After spending the morning and enjoying lunch in Chunkurchak, you will head to Kyzyl-Oi village in the Suusamyr Valley. Along the way, you will pass the Kara-Balta gorge, go through a 1.8-mile mountain tunnel, and enjoy spectacular panoramas of the Suusamyr valley itself. There will also be chances to stop to take photos near livestock flocks, as well as meet local Kyrgyz nomads. Once you reach Kyzyl-Oi village, you will enjoy local cuisine for dinner and spend a night in a family-run accommodation.

Day 5
Song-Kul Lake, Kyrgyzstan
Kyzyl oi, Kyrgyzstan
The Yurt Camp of Roza & Ishen Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, you will leave Kyzyl-Oi Village and head to Song-Kul Lake, one of the most picturesque places in Kyrgyzstan. Enjoy long hikes or horseback rides through its large pastures, take a swim in the lake, and meet nomads who can show you how they milk cows - you may even want to have a try yourself! After your action-packed day, you will spend the night in a yurt.

Day 6
Song-Kul Lake, Kyrgyzstan
The Yurt Camp of Roza & Ishen Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

You will have the opportunity to spend the entire day by Song-Kul Lake: enjoy a horseback ride or a hike; check out a yak herd and all of the beautiful migratory birds in the area; take a boat out on the lake and meet local fishermen; and a take in a match of Ulak Tartish, a traditional nomadic sport played on horseback throughout Central Asia. Overall, soak in the beauty, culture, and tradition of Song-Kul Lake while enjoying nature and meeting the people who enjoy it every day.

Day 7
Kalmak Ashu village, Kyrgyzstan
Song-Kul Lake, Kyrgyzstan
Ashu Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, you will head out to Kochkor, where you will visit local felt handicraft shops and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Afterwards, you will continue on through the pretty Orto-Tokoi reservoir and the Boom gorge to Chon-Kemin valley, which boasts sweeping mountain views. Tonight, you will enjoy dinner and spend the night in the “Ashu” guesthouse in Kalmak-Ashuu village.

Day 8
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Burana, Kyrgyzstan
Kalmak Ashu village, Kyrgyzstan
Hyatt Regency Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, you will enjoy two to three hours of horseback riding or hiking in Chon-Kemin National Park, a gorgeous area featuring rivers, mountains, and even the desert in some areas. After you’ve worked up an appetite, you will enjoy lunch back at “Ashu” guesthouse restaurant before heading back to Bishkek. On the way back, you will visit Burana tower, a large minaret from the Karakhanid period located about 50 miles east of the city. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner at a restaurant and the night in Bishkek hotel.

Day 9
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
None Breakfast

After your exciting week of history, culture, and natural exploration, your trip has come to an end. Once you’ve checked out of your hotel, you’ll be transferred to the airport, whether you are heading back home or onto a new destination for more incredible adventures.

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Description

Kyrgyzstan is full of extremes: from deserts to lakes, mountains to gorges, big cities to quiet “jailoos”, this landlocked Central Asian country can offer something to everyone. This action-packed nine-day itinerary will take you through you some of the best Kyrgyzstan has to offer: you’ll start and end in the capital Bishkek, visiting a renowned handicraft workshop and checking out the local sites before hiking around the Chunkurchak mountain meadow, enjoying local cuisine in the Kyzyl-Oi village, taking a dip in Song-Kul Lake, and exploring Chon-Kemin National Park. From learning about the local feltmaking industry to milking a cow, the possibilities are endless on your exploration of this Central Asian jewel.


Highlights


  • Visit felt making and weaving handicraft studios

  • Hike or horseback ride through stunning mountain landscapes

  • Enjoy sweeping panoramas of Suusamyr valley and Son-Kul lake

  • Watch the famous nomad horseback game, Ulak Tartish

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