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Bike Tours in Kyrgyzstan: amazing cycling around Issyk-Kul lake!

Tour Country:

Kyrgyzstan

Duration:

16 days

Price per person:

1460 USD

Tour dates:

July 25 – August 9, 2020

Tour description:

This is an adventurous tour on your own or rented bicycle in a country not often visited by western tourists. During your bike tour there will be plenty of time to enjoy our wonderful nature. At the yurt camp on the shore of Lake Issyk Kul you can go for a swim in the clear blue water. In the mountains you can go for a hike, ride a horse or pay a visit to the nomadic families who live in the mountain pastures during the summer. Meet the nomads and their culture. Sleep in yurts, the nomadic tents made of felt. Listen to children sing their folksongs and play traditional Kyrgyz instruments. See kymyz (fermented mare’s milk), the national drink, being made. This trip will be an unusual and unforgettable vacation. Our bicycling trips are suitable for those who do not insist on luxury, love the mountains, appreciate the silence and do not want to travel in large groups.

Tour Program:

Day 1 – Airport – Bishkek.

Arrival at Manas airport where you will be met by your guide-interpreter and transfered to Umai hotel. After lunch preparation of bicycles followed by some sightseeing around Bishkek. Accommodation in the hotel.

Meals: lunch, dinner.

Accomodation: Hotel.

Day 2 – Bishkek – Ananievo.

By minibus to the north side of lake Issyk-Kul. When we have passed Bosteri, we start cycling, on an asphalt road, to Ananievo, a small village where we stay in a nice B&B (275 km by car, 30 km cycling).

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Accomodation: Local family.

Day 3 – Ananievo – Karakol.

Continue along the north side of the lake. After 70 km we arrive in Tupp (68 km) and from here you continue by minibus through Karakol to the Kara-Kyz Yurt Camp (alt 2000m) Kara Kyz is located in a wooded area, 20 km from Karakol, next to a small river. Stay in a yurt.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Accomodation: Yurts.

Day 4 – Karakol – Karakol NP.

Descend from Kara Kyz to Karakol, the first part over a rather bad stony road, (if necessary this can be done in the minibus), and then over a flat asphalt road to Karakol, Sightseeing in Karakol. Places of interest that are worth visiting include the Dungan Mosque and the Russian Orthodox Cathedral. In the afternoon visit Karakol National Park. Here it is possible to either cycle or hike and enjoy the beautiful nature. Along the river there is a small path which leads up into the mountains (from 1,740 to 3,000m). Stay in guesthouse.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Accomodation: Guest House.

Day 5 – Karakol – Jeti-Oguz gorge – Jenish.

Cycle from Karakol along the south side of Lake Issyk-Kul to the turn off to Jeti Ogus. Jeti Ogus is one of the most beautiful gorges in Kyrgyzstan located at an altitude of 2,200 m. We will see famous red rocks the Seven Bulls and the Broken Heart. From here return to the main road and continue to Jenish, stay in a guesthouse near the lake Total 31 + 55 km.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Accomodation: Bed&Breakfast.

Day 6 – Juuku valley – Jenish.

Day trip: Discover Juuku and the valleys around Jenish, total 62km, of which 28km asphalt. Stay in guesthouse.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Accomodation: Guest House.

Day 7 – Manjyly yurt camp.

Today we head to Manjyly Yurt Camp in a semi desert area. Stop for a short hike in the Skazka Valley. About 70km over asphalt road, the last 4 km sand path. The lake shore and a sandy beach are only a few hundred metres from the yurts and we can swim in the lake. Stay in yurt.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Accomodation: Yurts.

Day 8 – Manjyly yurt camp – Bokonbaevo – Boz Salkyn yurt camp.

To the village of Bokonbaevo, 15km and at an altitude of 1.600m. After 4km again asphalt road. Stop to meet a man who hunts with golden eagles and see his bird(s). From here up into the mountains to the yurt camp at Boz-Salkyn at 2,500m 12km cycling. Not an easy road, and again it is possible to ride this part in the minibus. Stay in yurt.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Accomodation: Yurts.

Day 9 – Bokonbaevo – Temir-Kanat yurt camp.

Cycle back down to Bokonbaevo and then into the mountains to the yurt camp at Temir-Kanat, 20km of mostly asphalt road. From the village of Temir-Kanat to the yurt camp is a short steep climb where you will have to walk up. Stay in yurt.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Accomodation: Yurts.

Day 10 – Leisure day in yurt camp.

Leisure day in yurt camp, time to relax, hike, ride on horseback. Watch the horse games and maybe hear music performed by local people. Overnight in a yurt.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Accomodation: Yurts.

Day 11 – Temir-Kanat yurt camp – Kara Taala village.

Leave Temir-Kanat after lunch. From Temir-Kanat over a reasonably good asphalt through the village Toguz-Buak and over the Kesken-Bel Pass to Kara Taala where you will spend the night with a local family.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Accomodation: Local family.

Day 12 – Kara Taala – Kochkor.

Leave Kara-Talaa, and cycle through a pleasant canyon but over a bad asphalt road, 35km, before joining the asphalt road to Kochkor (alt 1800m), center of felt making. Total 97 km. Stay in B&B.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Accomodation: B&B.

Day 13 – Local cycling to the Salt Mine.

Local cycling today to the Salt Mine and surrounding area. Stay in B&B.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Accomodation: B&B.

Day 14 – Kochkor – Bishkek.

From Kochkor to Boom, alongside a water reservoir and over a pass at 2.100m, then down. Here we all get in to the minibus and drive to Bishkek. 48 km asphalt road. Stay in hotel Umai or equivalent.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Accomodation: Hotel.

Day 15 – Free day.

Free day for shopping, visit Osh bazaar etc. Lunch is not included.

Meals: breakfast, dinner.

Accomodation: Hotel.

Day 16 – Transfer to the airport, departure.

Transfer to the airport and departure.

Meals: breakfast.

Notes:

Level of difficulty – this is not an arduous tour. The tour passes through mountainous regions with frequent slopes and every now and then a stiff climb (usually graded as 3rd level). If you cycle regularly, are in good physical condition and are not scared of a short climb, then this trip is perfect for you. With the breaks and different activities available on this tour it is well within the scope of a reasonably experienced cyclist.

Accommodation – the tour takes you around the south side of Lake Issyk Kul. You will stay in hotels, guesthouses, with local families and in yurts.

Travelling in a group – A group consists of a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 8 participants. The average cycling distances per day are between 60 and 95 km. If necessary you can ride along in the minibus. Your luggage will be carried in the minibus, along with the interpreter, and will be within reach during the whole trip.

Rest days – we have planned sufficient days of rest during the trip. During these days you will have the opportunity to explore the countryside or nearby towns and villages, go for a hike or ride a horse.

Bicycle – ideally you should bring your own bicycle. However, bicycle rental is available. As many of the roads are often in a poor condition we advise you to bring a good mountain bike or a strong trekking bike. You will also have to bring  your own helmet and orange or yellow safety jacket.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, it might be necessary to make small changes in the programme. We ask for your understanding.

Included
  • • Transport
  • • Guide/interpreter
  • • Meals
  • • Accomodation
Does not include
  • • Flight
  • • Visa (if required)
  • • Insurance
  • • Alcoholic and bottled beverages
  • • Optional extras such as saunas and horse riding
  • • Bicycle rent

TOUR PRICES

Fixed price per person

1460usd

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  • July 25 - August 9, 2020

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