Activity: Bike tour
Duration of the tour: 10 days
Places to visit: Bishkek - Tamchi village - Kochkor - Sarybulak - Jalpak pass - Dzhylangach river - Kichi-Naryn - Naryn town - Bishkek city
People from all over the world come to Kyrgyzstan to enjoy its nature. Biking tours are very popular in Kyrgyz Republic. 93% of our country represents mountainous landscape. That is why you can visit so many unbelievable gorges during your biking tour. Your adventure will comprise also the visiting of the most famous places in the republic. You will also have a great opportunity to make the acquaintance of the genuine nomads and to see their nomadic way of lifestyle.
Day 1: Arrival in Bishkek
From the International Airport of Manas you will be collected by your guide and accompanied to Bishkek (the capital of Kyrgyz Republic). Drive from the Airport to Bishkek City takes half an hour. On arrival in Bishkek you will start the day with a nice breakfast. You will have a rest after accommodation in the hotel*** that is situated in the tranquil part of the city. Today an excursion to Natural Park Ala-Archa will be organized for you. Ala - Archa Park is situated 45 km. south Bishkek, in the Ala-Arch Gorge, on the Kyrgyz ridge (a spur of Tien-Shan). To have a nice view of this famous gorge you will go on the top of the mountain. Drive back to Bishkek. At 7 o'clock in the evening dinner will be served. Overnight is in the hotel***.
Day 2: Bishkek - Tamchi village
This day we will drive via Keuk Ayrik pass to Issyk Kul Lake (1608m. above sea level). This lake is the 2nd biggest mountain lake in the world. The Lake is also called "The treasure of Central Asia". Owing to the fact that the water is salty, Lake Issyk Kul possesses curative qualities. We will have a lunch on Keuk Ayrik Pass. After that we will start cycling down. In the village of Sary Oi our driver will meet us. Drive to the village of Tamchi that is situated on the lake's northern shore. Overnight stay is in the guesthouse.
Day 3: Transfer Tamchi - Kochkor - Sarybulak
We start our trip by car in the morning. Our way passes via Orto Tokoi water reservoir to Kochkor village. You will meet a family in the Kochkor Village that shows you the way national felt carpets are created. During this felt show you even can create your own carpet together with them. In Kochkor Village you will also visit Kyrgyz museum of handicrafts. After that we will ride to Sary Bulak village (2310 m. alt., 38 km) by the asphalt road. Transfer (7 km, 2390m. alt.) by bike on dirt road to confluence of Biulioomiu and Kara-Kudjur Rivers. Night is in the tent camp.
Day 4: Ride by bike to the foot of Jalpak Pass (58 km, 3345 m)
This day we are going to ride to the Jalpak Pass foot. This marvelous place will amaze you. It is far away from the busy civilization and you can enjoy its beauty in full. The ride is of temperate complexity in satisfactory conditions, but on dirt road. Along the whole way you will see many wonderful views of the mountains. In the gorge, landscape is similar to tundra. The variety of mountains views on the way will surprise you. Night is in the tents.
Day 5: Ride to the Jalpak pass (3345m. alt.) - Dzhylangach river
You will cycle in the morning to the Pass of Jalpak and then descend down (25 km) to the Valley of Korumdu, after that to Kara Saz area till Dzhylangach River. The confluence of the Dzhylangach and Balgart Rivers forms Kichi - Naryn River. You will have a free time after lunch. You can see at this place the peaks of Kara-Kaman, Burkan and Archaly, which have glacial forms - flat slopes and smooth tops. Lower parts are covered with loose rock, especially along Balgart River left bank. In the gorge landscape is like in tundra. The variety of mountains views on the way will surprise you. Night is in the tent camp, at the altitude of 2648 m. above sea level.
Day 6: Ride (58 km) Dzhylangach - Kichi-Naryn
This day is easy one. Cycling is on the dirt road. You will ride along Balgart and Kichi - Naryn Rivers. The region of Kichi - Naryn is popular among nomads since ancient time. Herdsmen with all their relatives were coming to this area. All of them, as a big family, were going from one place to another one with a great amount of livestock. Some Kyrgyz tribes could comprise 1000 yurts! The Kyrgyz nomads like to meet travelers and they are very hospitable. Near the Kichi-Naryn River in the forest overnight stay is in tents.
Day 7: Ride (63 km) Kichi-Naryn - Naryn Town
We will ride down to the Kichi-Naryn village (2351m. alt.) after breakfast. Easy day. The Village of Kichi - Naryn is situated 4 km from the confluence of Naryn and Kichi-Naryn Rivers. You will cycle to the town of Naryn (2050 m. alt.) along Naryn River. The road to Naryn will surprise you by its beauty and amazing mountains. The town is situated very close to the mountains, at the altitude of 2800 meters above the sea level. Naryn was built right along the gorge near the longest river in Kyrgyz Republic - Naryn; it is a long narrow town. The whole way passes along the incredible gorges and you will have many stops for taking photos. On the road we will take lunch. You spend this night in yurts, as nomads do. Yurt is nomadic collapsible abode that is made out of wood without using a single nail and felt.
Day 8: Transfer to Bishkek city
In the morning we will drive to Bishkek city. You will be carried away by the amazing scenery offered through views of the untouched nature. In the city you will have free time to go shopping and to walk in the capital. In the evening you will have a dinner in a restaurant and this night you will spend in a hotel***.
Day 9: Bishkek
This morning starts with guided city tour. This city tour concludes the visiting of many sights, such as: National Concert Hall, Ala-Too Central Square, the History Museum, Duboviy Park (Oak Park), The Museum of Fine Arts and Pobeda Square (Victory Square). Afterwards we will visit famous Osh bazaar. You will walk there and bargain for different goods. At 7 o'clock in the evening a farewell dinner will be served. Overnight stay is in the hotel***.
Day 10: Transfer to the airport
Your guide will meet you at your hotel at the pick up time arranged previously according to your flight details and accompany you to Manas International Airport.