Kyrgyzstan Cycling in Kyrgyzstan | Travel Land Cycling

Discover Kyrgyzstan by Bicycle

Description

Enjoy the picturesque views of Kyrgyzstan by riding the bicycle. You will discover the magical land of nomads and challenge yourself by overcoming the celestial mountains passes.

What's included
  • All transfers in air-conditioned and comfortable vehicle (2pax: SUV and 4-10pax: one minibus type Mercedes Sprinter + minibus for the bikes)
  • Experienced driver
  • English-speaking guide throughout the trip
  • Transport for the bikes (4-10 pax)
  • Accommodation mentioned in the program
  • Full board
  • Visits mentioned in the program
  • Bicycles rental
What's excluded
  • International flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Single room supplement
  • Insurance
  • Early check in
  • Tips for guide, driver etc.
  • Optional activities
  • Porters for baggage in hotels and airport
  • Alcohol
  • Cycling equipment (helmet and etc)

Itinerary

Day 1. Airport – Bishkek (ca. 30 km, 40 min)

Day 1. Airport – Bishkek (ca. 30 km, 40 min)

Arrival to Manas Airport in Bishkek where our team will pick up you and drive you to the capital (check-in at the hotel after 14:00).

We start our city tour in Bishkek. We will visit the heart of the city, Ala-Too Square. After we can enjoy a walk in Oak Park, one of the favorite places of local people. Bishkek is known as the greenest city in Central Asia thanks to its countless parks and alleys making the city a great place to live.

After lunch, we will have time to visit the local market Osh bazaar. Here you can appreciate the creativity and talent of local artisans. Just as you step into the market, you plunge into the real oriental atmosphere: an interminable stream of people, and a big variety of goods and colors.

In the evening, we can go to one of the best restaurants in Bishkek where you can taste delicious Kyrgyz national dishes.

Meals included: lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Hotel 3* (Rixon Hotel or similar)

Day 2. Bishkek – Suusamyr – Kyzyl Oy (ca. 155 km, 3h of transfer) (Cycling)

Day 2. Bishkek – Suusamyr – Kyzyl Oy (ca. 155 km, 3h of transfer) (Cycling)

Breakfast in the hotel.

At the beginning of our journey, we will have to overcome the Too Ashu mountain pass. We cross the wonderful Suusamyr valley, a paradise for nomads.

Picnic or lunch at a small cafe along the way.

We descend from the pass into the valley and turn left by changing the highway to the off-road. From the village Suusamyr, you continue your journey riding the bicycles. Cycling along the Kokomeren River.

We get Kyzyl Oy, a mountain village located at an altitude of about 1800. Here you can take a picture of extraordinary landscapes of majestic mountains surrounding it.

Cycling: 35 km (off-road, slight slopes)

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Guesthouse (CBT Guesthouse or similar)

Day 3. Kyzyl Oy – Kara Keche – Son Kul (ca. 100km, 2h of transfer) (Cycling)

Day 3. Kyzyl Oy  – Kara Keche – Son Kul (ca. 100km, 2h of transfer) (Cycling)

Breakfast in the guesthouse. Departure.

A winding mountain serpentine leads you to the gorge. We cross the pass and the coalmine Kara Keche to reach Son Kul lake. The lake is surrounded by green meadows, long used by nomads for grazing their animals.

From the pass, you take the bikes and you will go down to the lake by bike. When we arrive at the yurt camp in Son Kul, you can appreciate the hospitality of the nomads and get to know their lifestyle.

Dinner in the yurts.

Cycling: 30-40 km (off-road, – 400 m)

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Note: yurt capacity 4-5 people. But during the low season, you can be accommodated 2pax per yurt according to the availability. Toilets and sauna are outside.

Accommodation: Yurt camp

Option: horse riding, national horse games 

Day 4. Son Kul (Cycling)

Day 4. Son Kul (Cycling)

Breakfast in the yurt camp.

You leave the yurt camp by bike along the shore of the lake. You can enjoy beautiful views of the lake while breathing the pure mountain air.

Picnic along the way. Dinner in the yurt camp.

Cycling: 40-50 km (off-road, slight slopes)

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Note: yurt capacity 4-5 people. But during the low season, you can be accommodated 2pax per yurt according to the availability. Toilets and sauna are outside.

Accommodation: Yurt camp

Option: horse riding, national horse games

Day 5. Son Kul – Naryn (120 km, 2h of transfer) (Cycling)

Day 5. Son Kul – Naryn (120 km, 2h of transfer) (Cycling)

In the morning you can enjoy the fresh air and a beautiful view of the lake surrounded by mountain ranges.

After breakfast in the yurt, you start riding the bikes towards the Moldo Ashu pass, located at 3350 meters’ altitude. You go down by bike and head to Naryn, an administrative center of the region. This small city is located at an altitude of 2000 meters above sea level, on the bank of the biggest river in Kyrgyzstan.

When you join the main road, you get in the car and continue by car.

Dinner and overnight in the hotel.

Cycling: 40 km (off-road, +350 m, -1100 m)

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Hotel 3* (Khan Tengri Hotel or similar)

Day 6. Naryn – Kyzyl Tuu – Bokonbaevo (ca. 270 km, 4h)

Day 6.  Naryn – Kyzyl Tuu – Bokonbaevo (ca. 270 km, 4h)

After breakfast, we drive to Issyk Kul Lake, the pearl of Kyrgyzstan. We go to the south shore of the lake.

Along the way, we visit Kyzyl Tuu village, where the local family reveals the secrets of yurt production. This family is engaged in this unique art from generation to generation (option).

In Bokonbaevo, we meet an eagle hunter with his bird. You can appreciate the alertness and speed of the bird during the hunting. It is one of the oldest traditions of Kyrgyz nomads (option).

Dinner and overnight are in the guesthouse.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Guesthouse (Ulukbek Guesthouse or similar)

Option: eagle hunting

Day 7. Bokonbaevo – Ak Say – Salt Lake – Bokonbaevo (Cycling)

Day 7. Bokonbaevo –  Ak Say – Salt Lake – Bokonbaevo (Cycling)

After breakfast, you head towards the small Salt Lake, located 30 km from the village. The road goes through the Ak say canyons.

Upon arrival, you can swim in this small salty lake resembling the Dead Sea. Mud from the lake is used to treat skin problems. Driver will meet you there, go back to the village by car.

Dinner and overnight are in the guesthouse.

Cycling: 30 km (off-road, slight slopes)

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Guesthouse (Ulukbek Guesthouse or similar)

Day 8. Bokonbaevo – Skazka – Tamga (ca. 80 km, 1-2h)

Day 8. Bokonbaevo – Skazka – Tamga (ca. 80 km, 1-2h)

Breakfast in the guesthouse. Departure.

Along the way, we visit Skazka canyons, which translates from Russian as Fairytale. There you can find rocks of surprising shapes and sizes. A real skyscraper or an animal may appear in front of you. You can do short hiking in the canyons.

Then we go to the Barskoon Gorge. The gorge is famous for its waterfalls. One of the best known is Tears of a Leopard. Here you find the monument for the first cosmonaut Yu. A. Gagarin, who was very fond of this place and rested in the nearby Tamga military sanatorium.

Dinner and overnight in the guest house of a Russian family.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Guesthouse (U Pavla Guesthouse or similar)

Option: eagle hunting

Day 9. Tamga – Jety Oguz – Karakol (ca. 150 km, 2h)

Day 9.  Tamga – Jety Oguz – Karakol (ca. 150 km, 2h)

After breakfast, we go towards Jety Oguz gorge.

The name of the gorge is symbolic and means “seven bulls” in Kyrgyz because there are seven giant red-brown rocks resembling furious bulls standing together. You can take a walk here and enjoy the beautiful landscapes.

When we get to Karakol, we will visit its famous sights, such as the Russian Orthodox cathedral and Dungan mosque.

For dinner, you can order the typical dish of this region ¨ashlan fu¨, Dungan traditional cuisine.

Overnight in the hotel.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Hotel 3* (My Hotel or similar)

Day 10. Karakol – gorges Grigorievskoe and Semienovskoe – Chon Kemin (ca. 300 km, 4 h of transfer) (Cycling)

Day 10.  Karakol – gorges Grigorievskoe and Semienovskoe – Chon Kemin (ca. 300 km, 4 h of transfer) (Cycling)

After breakfast, we go towards Grigoriev and Semenov gorge.

They are located on the northern shore of Issyk Kul Lake, 60 kilometers from Cholpon Ata. These places are considered the most famous attractions in the Issyk Kul region. We can drive to the first lake at Grigoriev Gorge to have a picnic on the shore (if the weather is nice). You can take a walk and enjoy the wild nature around you.

Picnic for lunch. Then you go down to the village by bike.

Then we head to the Tar Suu village located in Chon Kemin Valley, known for its beauty and the rich diversity of animals and plants. You go for a walk in the village to explore the lifestyle of the local people.

Dinner and overnight in the guesthouse.

Cycling: 15 km (off-road, – 500 m)

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Guesthouse (Kemin Guesthouse or similar)

Day 11. Chon Kemin – Burana – Bishkek (ca. 200 km, 3h)

Day 11.  Chon Kemin – Burana – Bishkek (ca. 200 km, 3h)

Breakfast in the guesthouse. Back to Bishkek.

Along the way, we visit Burana, located about 80 km from the capital. The tower with funerary monuments, earthworks, remains of the castle, and three mausoleums – that’s all that last out of the ancient Balasagyn town founded by Karakhanids at the end of the ninth century.

After lunch, we will have time to visit the local market to buy some souvenirs.

In the evening the farewell dinner is planned.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Hotel 3* (Rixon Hotel or similar)

Day 12. Bishkek – Airport – Departure (ca. 30 km, 40 min)

Transfer to the airport. Departure.

Private tour
Season May – September
Duration 12 days / 11 nights
Group 2 - 10 pax
2893 USD 2 pax
2616 USD 4 pax
2084 USD 6 pax
1820 USD 8 pax
1660 USD 10 pax

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