The Great Silk Road Traveler

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1,600 (incl. VAT) / Per Person

  • Tour Duration 12 days
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Min number of people 7
  • Max number of people 14
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In this tour riders can indulge themselves. Eight days of horseback riding through the fantastic nature of Kyrgyzstan where you follow the trail of the old Silk Road from Lake Issyk Kul via the highest passes to the Chinese border. You will feel like an adventurer from ancient times!

Locations you will visit

  • Bishkek
  • Karakol

Included

  • TWIN/DBL room in comfortable guesthouse and tent or shepherd's cottage
  • Full board
  • Accompanying English speaking guide
  • Entrance tickets to the sites, listed in the program
  • Transport (depends on the number of travellers) and driver services

Not included

  • International air tickets
  • Alcohol and soft drinks
  • Surcharge for special requests on food, and meals
  • Entrance fees, transport service, permits and guide service during free time
  • Rental of personal equipment (sleeping bag, water bottle, flashlight, etc.)
  • Travel Insurances
  • Tips (always optional, always appreciated)
  • Visas (if applicable) & any other administrative costs
  • Surcharge for public holidays

Your Itinerary – in Brief:

Day 1: Bishkek – Tamga
Day 2: Tamga – Juuku
Day 3: Juuku Pass To Juuku Valley
Day 4: Kumtor Gorge
Day 5: Ak-Bel Pass
Day 6: Pass Ishtik
Day 7: Ishtik – Tez
Day 8: Tez – Uch Koshkon
Day 9: Uch Koshkon – Ak Shyyrak
Day 10: Ak-Shyyrak – Karakol
Day 11: Karakol – Bishkek (420 km)
Day 12: Bishkek Manas Airport

Day 1Bishkek – Tamga

Arrival in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Meeting at the airport. Transfer to the guesthouse for rest and breakfast.

Timetable:
• The guide gives an overview of the tour
• Transfer to the village of Tamga
• On the way a few stops to get a good feeling of Kyrgyzstan and
for lunch
• Arrival in the village of Tamga
• Welcome by the host

Dinner and overnight stay in the guesthouse.

Day 2Tamga – Juuku

Breakfast at the guesthouse.

Timetable:
• Departure to the Juuku valley
• Meeting with your horse and the accompanying riders
• Short introduction about the Kyrgyz horse:
These are smaller and quieter than in Europe or the United States.
• Start of the tour on horseback
• Goal: to reach the base of the Juuku Pass
• First night in the wilderness of Kyrgyzstan

During the trip there will be a break for lunch.

Dinner and overnight stay in the tent camp.

Day 3Juuku Pass To Juuku Valley

Breakfast in the tent camp.

Timetable:
• Everyone saddles up their horse
• Goal: crossing the Juuku Pass at 3800 meters
The guide and riders will help you achieve this goal.
• Don’t forget to take lots of pictures!
• After the crossing we reach a flat spot where we build the camp for the night.

During the trip there will be a break for lunch.

Dinner and overnight stay in the tent camp.

Day 4Kumtor Gorge

Breakfast in the tent camp.

Timetable:
• Everyone saddles up their horse
• Descent to the Kumtor Gorge
• Goal: to reach the ridge of the Ak-Shyyrak Gorge
• Building the camp

During the trip there will be a break for lunch.

Dinner and overnight stay in the tent camp.

Day 5Ak-Bel Pass

Breakfast in the tent camp.

Timetable:
• We follow in the footsteps of numerous caravans from the time of the Silk Road
• Goal: pass the Ak Shyyrakkam (white side) and the Ak-Bel Pass (black side)
• Along the way you can see wild ibex, Marco Polo sheep and countless other wild
animals
• Building the camp

During the trip there will be a break for lunch.

Dinner and overnight stay in the tent camp.

Day 6Pass Ishtik

Breakfast in the tent camp.

Timetable:
• We continue to reach an old caravanerai Ishtik
• Goal: to cross Ishtik Pass
• Arrival at the camp with the possibility to take a bath

During the trip there will be a break for lunch.

Dinner and overnight stay in tents or a shepherd’s cottage.

Day 7Ishtik - Tez

Breakfast in the tent camp or in the shepherd’s cottage.

Timetable:
– On the way to the Chinese border
– Breathtaking views of the serpentine leading to the Chinese border
– Goal: To reach the Tez ravine
– Drinking tea with a local family in one of the most remote places

During the trip there will be a break for lunch.

Dinner and overnight stay in tents or a shepherd’s cottage.

Day 8Tez - Uch Koshkon

Breakfast in the tent camp or in the shepherd’s cottage.

Timetable:
• To the south side of the Ak-Shyyrak ridge.
• From there to the very small settlement of Uch Koshkon

During the trip there will be a break for lunch.

Dinner and overnight stay in tents or a shepherd’s cottage.

Day 9Uch Koshkon - Ak Shyyrak

Breakfast in the tent camp or in the shepherd’s cottage.

Timetable:
– Everyone saddles their horse for the last time
– Goal: the small village that has been lost in the Tian Shan Mountains
– On the way you can see yaks, wild animals and numerous snowy peaks
– Start a conversation with the host about the history of the Soviet Union

During the trip there will be a break for lunch.

Dinner and overnight stay in yurts/tents.

Day 10Ak-Shyyrak - Karakol

Breakfast in the tent camp.

Timetable:
• Goal: the military checkpoint in Kara Sai
• Saying goodbye to your horse
• Late lunch at a local yak shepherd family
• Next stop is the Seok Pass at 4028 meters
• Via the Barskoon Pass at 3754 meters to the final destination Karakol
Dinner with a local family

Overnight stay in the Hutorok guesthouse.

Day 11Karakol – Bishkek (420 km)

Breakfast at the guesthouse.

Timetable:
• Return to Bishkek
• On the way stops for taking pictures and lunch
• Arrival in Bishkek
• Possibility to buy souvenirs and walk through the numerous green parks
Farewell dinner in the local ethnic café

Overnight stay in a guesthouse.

Day 12Bishkek Manas Airport

Early breakfast at the guesthouse.

Departure. The local partner will take you to the airport.

Kyrgyzstan officially the Kyrgyz Republic (Kyrgyz: Кыргыз Республикасы, romanized: Kırğız Respublikası; ), is a country in Central Asia. Kyrgyzstan is a landlocked country with mountainous terrain. It is bordered by Kazakhstan to the north, Uzbekistan to the west and southwest, Tajikistan to the southwest and China to the east. Its capital and largest city is Bishkek. Kyrgyzstan's recorded history spans over 2,000 years, encompassing a variety of cultures and empires. Although geographically isolated by its highly mountainous terrain, which has helped preserve its ancient culture, Kyrgyzstan has been at the crossroads of several great civilizations as part of the Silk Road and other commercial and cultural routes. Though long inhabited by a succession of independent tribes and clans, Kyrgyzstan has periodically fallen under foreign domination and attained sovereignty as a nation-state only after the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991. The nation's largest ethnic group are the Kyrgyz, a Turkic people, who comprise (73.3%) of the population. Other ethnic groups include Russians (5.6%) concentrated in the north and Uzbeks (14.6%) living in the south. Small but noticeable minorities include Dungans (1.1%), Uyghurs (1.1%), Tajiks (1.1%), Kazakhs (0.7%), and Ukrainians (0.5%) and other smaller ethnic minorities (1.7%). The country has over 80 ethnic groups.
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