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Travel To Kyrgyzstan-Nomadic Country!

Program D1 Europe – Bishkek Meeting at “Manas” International Airport. Transfer to Bishkek (40 km-30 min). Sight-seeing tour of Bishkek, the capital of the Kyrgyz Republic. From 1926 to 1991 the city was known as Frunze named after the Bolshevik military leader Mihail Frunze. After the independence it was renamed Bishkek. Visiting Ala-Too Square, the
main square of Kyrgyzstan, The State Historical Museum, providing different founds and exhibits relating to the Kyrgyz history, Old Square, Manas Square called after Kyrgyz legendary hero Manas, “ZUM” shopping center where you can buy different souvenirs. Lunch at a local restaurant. Visiting colorful Osh Bazaar, the main open-air market in Kyrgyzstan. Dinner in national café. Overnight in guesthouse。
D2 Bishkek – Chon Kemin (200 km-5 h) Leaving Bishkek. On the way visiting of the Burana Museum a site of a medieval city of Balasagun, the capital of the Karahanid Kaganate, a Turkic dynasty of the 11 century. Setting off for the Chong-Kemin gorge. On the way visiting the Konorchek Canyon. Hiking about 2 hours amidst impressive beauty of the canyon that resembles the Grand Canyon in the United States. In the afternoon arrival in Chon Kemin valley. Night in tent.
D3.Chon-Kemin-Karakol (300 km- 7 h)
In the morning walking in Chong-Kemin. Here we can see alpin forest, big river where we could see rafting boats going down to the valley. After
transfer to Issyk-Kul Lake, the second largest mountain lake in the world. Situated at the altitude of more than 1600 meters above the sea level the lake keeps a very pleasant temperature of about 25°C. Swimming. Boating. After transfer to city Karakol
where we will visit Dungan mosque constucted without single nail and orthodox church very famous in all Soviet countries with its famous Ikon. Then transfer to Jety-Oguz, a very famous sanatorium of the Soviet time. Soviet president and famous astronauts visited it. We will see the famous rocks “Seven Bulls” and “Broken Heart”. Night in yurt.
D4 Jety-Oguz. Local hiking one day to see the most beautifull glaciar and nature in the region Oguz-bashi(the head of the bull). On the way we could
see local nomads with their yurts guarding their animals. We will try to speak and try national cheese (kurut). People of different countries come to visit and improve their health in Jety-Oguz sanatorium very famous with its rodon water. Night in tent.
D5Jety-Oguz-Kochkor(320 km-6 h)
We leave the gorge and drive along the southern coast of the lake.
On the way visiting hunter with Golden Eagles, who will show us the process of hunting. Walking in Manjili suu(1h). Arrival in Kochkor village, where we can explore national traditions and customs, watch the process of making traditional Kyrgyz carpets and see a folklore concert. Overnight in a local family.
D6 Kochkor – Son Kul(130 km-4 h) Getting up early in the morning for a visit of a local animal bazaar and a small museum of handicraft. Then
setting off for Sary-Bulak, where we can try fried fish from the Son-Kul Lake. In the afternoon drive to a small valley of Toeloek, then to the Kalmak-Ashu Pass. Then walk (2h) from one yurt to another to the Son-Kul Lake (“Last Lake”), situated at the high of 3016. We can see the life of nomadic people, traditions and customs of Kyrgyz ancestors. We meet a Kyrgyz family that hosts us in their yurt for a night.
D7 Son-Kul – Naryn (150 km-4 h) In the morning an excursion to the mystical stones of Manas. Then drive along the coast of the lake towards the jailoo (summer pasture) of our nomads. We will try Kumyz, a traditional Kyrgyz drink (fermented mare’s milk) and other dishes made of milk. In the afternoon we will watch national horse riding games and participate in the process of assembling a yurt. Drive to the Naryn River, the longest river in Kyrgyzstan, come down to the Kurtka valley and then to Naryn city the administrative center of the Naryn region, the last city on the road to the Torugart Pass, Kyrgyz-Chinese border. In the evening dinner with local people who will tell us about the famous Kyrgyz Epic « Manas », the biggest oral epic in the world, telling about the life of a legendary hero of the Kyrgyz people. Overnight in guest house.
D8.Naryn – Tash-Rabat 3200m (150 km- 4 h) Morning and breakfast in Naryn. Visit of the city, its bazaar, the Art Gallery. Drive to At-Bashy village, visit of the ruins of an old fortress Kosho-Korgon. After we continue to follow the way of ancient traders, the route to Kashgar. On the way visit to Tash-Rabat, a Karavan Sarai of the 15th century and a unique stone building in Central Asia of that time. It served as an inn for travelers and traders. Enjoy the nature, opportunity to see yaks, that are very popular animals in the Naryn region. Overnight in tent.
D9 Tash-Rabat – Kosh-Debe (200 km-8 h) Setting off for the most unexplored corners of Kyrgyzstan. Drive over the MELS Pass (Marks, Engels, Lenin, Stalin). Comming down to the basin of the Naryn River. Opportunity to watch wild nature, see different birds and animals such as griffins, eagles, falcons, ibex, Marco Polo rams. Overnight in tent.
D10 Kosh-Debe – Arslanbob(200 km-7 h) Drive through Kazarman village, then one of the highest passes of the Great Silk Road. Immersion into
the green kingdom of the Pamir-Alai, one of the two mountain chains on the territory of Kyrgyzstan. Overnight in guesthouse.
D11 Arslanbob Walking in Arslanbob walnut forests covering 11 000 hectares and sometimes called “the Royal Woods of Kyrgyzstan”. It is known that nuts from this area were exported along the Great Silk Road in the Middle Ages. Here we can enjoy the wonderful nature and have a hike to a small waterfall. Overnight in tent.
D12 Arslanbob walnut forests-Bishkek
Early in the morning setting off for the Kyrgyz capital
and then to the Naryn River. We will see Toktogul reservoir, the biggest reservoir in Kyrgyzstan. After picnic we will round the reservoir and ascend to Chichkan Canyon and to Ala-Bel Pass (3184m). Then we will come down to a wide valley used as a huge pasture land called by Kyrgyz nomads “jailoo”. We will stop at yurts to try Kyrgyz drink Kumyz (fermented mare’s milk) once more. After that the road will lead us to Toe-Ashuu Tunnel (Camel’s Pass) at the altitude of more than 3100m and enjoy a wonderful scenery from the top. Then we will descend to Kara-Balta Canyon to get to the Chui Valley. Arrival in Bishkek. Accommodation at the hotel Asia Mountains***
D13. Bishkek. Free day. Disko!!! Night in GUESTHOUSE!
D14.Bishkek-Europe www.kyrgyznomads.com


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