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Kyrgyzstan biking 06

Kyrgyzstan biking: Tour 06

Destination: Kyrgyzstan

Activity: Bike tour

Duration of the tour: 10 days

Places to visit: Bishkek - Son Kul Lake - Kyzyl Korgon Canyon - Kyrk-Kyz Pass - Ter Jailak Pass - Toluk Village - Toktogul Village - Bishkek City

In Kyrgyz Republic biking is very popular among the travelers, who come to Kyrgyzstan to have biking along our beautiful gorges and to find out more about nomads. During this bike tour you will visit different parts of Kyrgyz Republic that will surprise you with the views, which change kaleidoscopically.

Day 1: Arrival in Bishkek
You will be collected by your guide from Manas International Airport and accompanied to Bishkek (the capital of Kyrgyzstan). The drive from the Airport will take half an hour. After accommodation in the hotel*** that is located in a calm area of the city you will have a rest and then start the day with a breakfast. After that you will have an excursion to Ala-Archa Natural Park that is situated on the Kyrgyz ridge (a spur of Tien-Shan), 45 km south Bishkek, in the Ala-Arch Gorge. To have a nice view of this famous gorge you will go on the top of a mountain. Drive back to Bishkek. At 7 p.m. traditional dinner will be served. Overnight stay is in the hotel***.

Day 2: Bishkek - Son Kul Lake
This day you will be transferred over the Kurtka Pass (3243m. alt.) to the 2nd biggest lake in Kyrgyzstan Son Kul. Son Kul Lake is surrounded by mountains and it is the highest alpine lake in Kyrgyzstan, situated at an altitude of 3016 meters above sea level. Herders of the Naryn region come to the lake to use it as a pastureland. Kyrgyz nomads started to come to this wonderful area with their families for rest and relaxation. The first part of cycling to the gorge beginning is easy with a slight descent. There is a narrow spot where we will enter a narrow gorge with high sharp rock walls, in some places up to 200 m. A steep ascent to the pass begins here. Descent is easier and shorter. You will be free to explore and enjoy the virgin nature of the lake and its environs after our arrival. Dinner. Overnight stay (3016 m. alt.) is in the collapsible nomadic abodes - yurts. Yurt represents a wooden carcass, covered with thin felt mats.

Day 3: Son Kul Lake
Today we have free time in the Kyrgyz paradise after long bicycle journey. You will have an excellent chance to explore nature and the lifestyle of the local nomads by yourself. Optionally you can ride on a horse along the lake's shore, or just relax in the atmosphere of wild and calm natural world. It is a great opportunity familiarize with nomadic traditions and mores. We will walk among the Mountains of Tian - Shan where every nomad invites you to his yurt to try a piece of bread and drink kumis - national staple drink made of mare's milk that is fermented. You will spend this night in the tent camp.

Day 4: Ride Son Kul lake - Kyzyl Korgon canyon (80km)
We will ride after breakfast in the sanctified stones direction. These are ancient (dating back to 800 B.C.) carvings on the stones. After visiting the petroglyphs site we leave Son Kul Lake and ride through Kara Keche pass (3381m) to the Djumgal Valley. It is a. Upon arrival we will have a walk in the region of red canyons, high mountains, snow peaks and rocks.  Overnight stay is in the tent camp

Day 5: Ride Kyzyl Korgon - Kyrk-Kyz pass 3223m
This day we pass near the Village of Kyzyl Oi (red canyon). On the way to the village you will see famous red canyons, which are completely different from other mountains in Kyrgyz Republic. We will see also the rocks of different colors, pastures, panoramic views. Kyzyl Oi is small poor village in the mountains. There you will have time to see the countryside life of the Kyrgyz people and just to walk. This place always impresses travelers and they want to come back there one more time. Overnight stay is in the tent camp.

Day 6: Ride Kyrk-Kyz Pass - Ter Jailak Pass 2446m - Toluk Village (50km)
Today, our cycling will be difficult enough. On our way we will meet many Kyrgyz herdsmen on their summer pastures. The Kyrgyz nomads always glad to talk with foreign guests and are very hospitable. You could see their felt dwellings and ask them about their life. Even these days they come to this place and you can see how they live here. It will be also possible to try national drink kymis that has really specific taste. Kymis is made of fermented mare's milk. Overnight stay is in tents.

Day 7: Ride and transfer to the Toktogul Village
We will start cycling after breakfast. Our driver will drive behind us. The road has an abundance of unbelievable views and you will never forget them. There it becomes clear that the best creation on our planet is natural world. Lunch. Drive to the village where we can take a shower or drive to the artificial lake. Free time for leisure. Night is in the home stay.

Day 8: Transfer to Bishkek City
We will drive to Bishkek City in the morning. You will be carried away by the astonishing landscapes offered through views of virgin nature. You will have free time in Bishkek to go shopping and to walk. You will have a dinner in a restaurant in the evening. You will spend this night in the hotel***.

Day 9: Bishkek
This morning we will have a city tour. This city tour includes the visiting of the central Ala-Too Square, Duboviy Park (Oak Park), Pobeda Square (Victory Square), the History Museum, National philharmonic, Oriental Bazaar, Art Gallery and many other interesting places.  Afterwards we will visit famous Osh bazaar. You will walk there and bargain for different goods and you will have a feeling as if you are 1000 years ago. At 7 o'clock a farewell dinner will be served. Overnight stay is in the hotel***.

Day 10: Transfer to the airport

At the time arranged beforehand according to the detail of your flight your guide will collect you from your hotel and accompany you to the International Airport of Manas.

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