From  £2985
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Explore colourful Osh bazaar in Bishkek
  • Cross mountain passes with spectacular scenery
  • Spend time in a traditional lakeside yurt camp
  • Watch the local art of felt making
  • Attend the World Nomad Games Opening Ceremony
  • Enjoy exciting nomadic events at the Games
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Kyrgyzstan: World Nomad Games & Beyond

15 Day Tour, from £2985 per person
Itinerary Dates
2018
26 Aug  -  09 Sep

Mountainous Kyrgyzstan has served as a cross-roads along the Ancient Silk Road for many centuries.  Whilst the majority of the population are ethnic Kyrgyzs, there are also a number of Russians, Uyghurs, Tajiks, Tatars, Uzbeks and Dungans reflecting its place at the heart of Central Asia’s nomadic roots.  Kyrgyzstan is home to some of the most stunning scenery in the region, with beautiful Alpine lakes, towering mountains with snow-capped peaks, forests, rivers and vast grasslands. 

On this trip we will get under the skin of nomadic culture, staying in a traditional yurt camp, learning about nomadic cultures and traditions and spending time immersed in the spectacular scenery. The highlight of the tour is visiting the 3rd World Nomad Games, held on the shores of Lake Issy-Kul.  The Games started in 2014 and are held here every two years, with nomadic nations from across the world arriving for this ever-expanding spectacle to demonstrate their skills at various traditional nomad sports including traditional wrestling, eagle hunting, bone throwing and the enduringly popular and fast-paced kok-boru (also referred to as headless goat polo).

 

 

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1
Fly to Bishkek
Fly to Bishkek, via Istanbul.
DAY 2
Arrive Bishkek
Arrive Bishkek
Land Bishkek and transfer to the hotel (early check-in included). After time to freshen up had out to explore the city on a sightseeing tour. Visit the bustling and colourful Osh bazaar and the National Philharmonic which is a popular place for locals to enjoy an afternoon stroll. See Victory Square and the heart of the city at Ala Too Central Square and relax in Oak Park, the oldest in the city with some trees dating back to 1890. If time allows there may also be the chance to explore the Museum of Fine Arts and the popular ZUM Department store with its interesting array of local souvenirs. (B,L,D)
DAY 3
Bishkek to Toktogul
Bishkek to Toktogul
Drive towards Toktogul, home to the largest water reservoir in central Asia and one of two major hydroelectric stations in Kyrgyzstan. The journey takes you through Too Ashuu pass, also known locally as 'camel pass', a mountain pass which travels through the scenic Suusamyr Valley. The journey offers the chance to see local nomadic life passing herds of horses, traditional yurts and local people. Arrive at your guesthouse for the night and enjoy free time to explore the region or simply relax. Enjoy dinner with your hosts in the guesthouse. (B,L,D)
DAY 4
Toktugul to Sary Chelek
Toktugul to Sary Chelek
This morning embark on the drive to Akyt village which sits in the picturesque Sary-Chelek Biosphere Reserve surrounded by the impressive Chatkal Mountains. This small park was established in 1959 for the purposes of protection and research and boasts an abundance of plant, animal and bird species as well as smaller insect life - the park itself remains largely unspoiled. Enjoy free time to discover the park before dinner with your hosts at a local guesthouse. (B,L,D)
DAY 5
Sary Chelek
Sary Chelek
Spend the day discovering the sights of this UNESCO registered Biosphere Reserve with explorations of the countryside and lakeside. (B,L,D)
DAY 6
Sary Chelek to Chychkan
Sary Chelek to Chychkan
Depart Sary Chelek and drive to Chychkan Gorge. The journey takes you over high mountain passes where you can savour the views before dropping down to the bottom of the gorge and following the line of the Chychkan river. Enjoy a packed lunch along the way before checking into a local guesthouse. Enjoy dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)
DAY 7
Chychkan
Chychkan
Today will be spent exploring the Gorge. There is an interesting hike to an impressive waterfall and for those looking for a tougher challenge there is also the chance to head for the gorges of At-Agar and Ashu-Bulak. Lunch is provided as packed lunches and dinner is at the guesthouse. (B,L,D)
DAY 8
Chychkan to Son Kul
Chychkan to Son Kul
Drive to Son-Kul, high in the Tian Shan Mountains and home to an alpine lake, this will be your yurt camp home for the next two nights. The lake is the second larges in the country and sits at over 3000 metres above sea level. The area is home to the last remaining nomadic families who re-locate here during the summer months to take advantage of succulent summer pastures for their herds to graze on. The drive passes through stunning mountain scenery and climbs to over 3000m above sea level. Enjoy a lunch box along the way. Check into the yurt camp and enjoy dinner with your local host family - don't forget to step outside to take a look at the abundance of stars in the clear mountain skies. (B,L,D)
DAY 9
Son Kul
Son Kul
Today enjoy the day free to explore the lake region with a spot of hiking. Horse riding is also available on request. (B,L,D)
DAY 10
Son Kul to Kochkor
Son Kul to Kochkor
Depart Son Kul and descend the mountain roads travelling towards Kochkor village. Check into the homestay and enjoy a homemade lunch. This afternoon visit a felt making workshop and museum. Enjoy a display of this traditional technique - there will be a chance to make your own felt item and also purchase some of their wares. Return to the homestay for dinner. (B,L,D)
DAY 11
Kochkor to Issyk Kul Lake
Kochkor to Issyk Kul Lake
Drive to Cholpon Ata on the banks of Issyk Kul Lake, the second largest lake in the world after Lake Titicaca. Enjoy lunch followed by a visit to the open-air museum of petroglyphs and the Rukh Ordo Cultural Centre. Check into the hotel and enjoy lunch followed by free time. This evening will be dedicated to attending the opening ceremony of the World Nomad Games 2018. In 2016 when the Games last took place the event was a spectacular display of hundreds of dancing nomadic women, acrobatic horse riders in traditional dress and fire jugglers all carousing in the packed stadium. It should prove to be a very special evening. (B,L,D)
DAY 12
Issyk Kul Lake: World Nomad Games
Issyk Kul Lake: World Nomad Games
Today is set aside to attend the World Nomad Games. Events include various forms of wrestling, bone throwing, eagle hunting and the most popular of all the events, kok-boru often referred to as headless goat polo. (B,D)
DAY 13
Issyk Kul Lake: World Nomad Games
Issyk Kul Lake: World Nomad Games
A further day to enjoy the Games. The events take place in up to three different locations and transport will be provided for the group to attend the various events. (B,D)
DAY 14
Issyk Kul Lake to Bishkek
Issyk Kul Lake to Bishkek
This morning enjoy a one hour boat trip on Issyk Kul Lake before commencing the drive back to Bishkek. En-route stop to visit the scenic Burana Tower. On arrival into the city check into your hotel. This evening head out to enjoy a farewell dinner accompanied by a folklore concert as a group. (B,L,D)
DAY 15
Departure
Departure
This morning drive to Ala Archa National Park to stretch your legs before the flight home. (B)

Pricing Information

15 day tour, from £2985 per person
(Single person supplement + £340)

Price Includes

  • Return flights in economy class on Turkish Airlines from London Heathrow via Istanbul
  • Airport taxes and security charges
  • Accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Meals as specificed (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • All transfers and transportation
  • Sightseeing as specified with English-speaking guide throughout
  • Entrance ticket to opening ceremony of World Nomad Games 2018

Price Excludes

  • Travel insurance
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Any optional excursions not mentioned
  • Any other items not mentioned

 


Itinerary Dates From Price Single Room Supp.  
26 Aug 2018
-
09 Sep 2018
£2980 £340

Tour Route Map


  1. Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek
  2. Kyrgyzstan, Toktogul
  3. Kyrgyzstan, Sary-Chelek
  4. Kyrgyzstan, Chychkan Gorge
  5. Kyrgyzstan, Son-Kul lake
  6. Kyrgyzstan, Kochkor
  7. Kyrgyzstan, Issyk-Kul Lake
  8. Kyrgyzstan, Ala Archa National Park
  9. Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek

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