Kyrgyzstan: Cycling down the Silk Road
The Switzerland of Asia: Kyrgyzstan owes the nickname to its beautiful nature. We will ride our bicycles through Tian Shan (meaning “Mountains of Heaven” in Chinese). This means crossing dozens of pasture valleys and crystal clear blue rivers, snow-capped peaks, glaciers and the picturesque Lake Issyk-Kul. It is the land of shepherds, yurts and horses. We will bike right along the Chinese and Kazakh borders, ascend up to the Chon Ashuu pass (that rises to 3 822 m), spend the night in the hot springs valley of Altyn Arashan and visit the ghost town of Engilchek.
We will also see the unusual rock formations of the Jeti-Oguz Gorge, take a dip in the Issyk-Kul lake, visit Bishkek, the Burana minaret and the fabulous Skazka Canyon.
During this cycling trip, we will sleep in a yurt, get steaming hot in a Russian “banya", drink kumis, eat a lamb skewer and listen to music played on traditional Kyrgyz musical instruments.
Enjoy a cycling trip through the most beautiful trails of Kyrgyzstan!
Flight to Bishkek or Almaty in Kazakhstan. Transfer by minibus to the east of the country - to town of Karakol. For the first time we will take a bath in the second largest mountain lake (after Titicaca) in the world - Issyk-Kul (1690m above sea level). We will spend the night next to a glacial river in a mountain valley under a sky full of stars, in a traditional yurts. Accommodation. Preparation of bicycles for the first day.
We start the first stage - warming up towards the mountains, watching the well-known orange rock formations of Jety-Oguz, snowy peaks of five thousand meters high mountains. We will try to find warm mineral springs. Then a long downhill towards Karakol, where we will spend the night in a charming family pension.
From Karakol we reach the beautiful valley of Altyn Arashan. We will have a hard uphill ride several kilometers long which will end with a beautiful view of the valley.
We rest from bikes and set off for a full-day trek to the mountain lake Ala Kul. This is the highest point on the route of our trip - 3860m above sea level. Overnight at Altyn Arashan.
We will go east, having on the right with the "Heavenly Mountains", but still among civilization - through villages and pastures to the place where our route turns south. We drive up to the Chongas Pass (3822 m above sea level), then we will descend to the almost abandoned Enylchek settlement.
No more civilization: sometimes we will meet the shepherds, abandoned villages or old broken mines. We will leave the main trail and by taking an interesting mountain route we will go towards the camp, from which begin trips to the "Ghost Mountain" - Chan Tengri.
Drive by car to the picturesque valley of Sary-Jaz. Then we will switch to bicycles and go along the glacial river, almost to the border with Kazakhstan, the valley of shepherds, yurts and cattle.
We pass the next ridge and the road will begin to fall through the endless green pastures, where you can see hundreds of grazing horses. Going through the roads of north-east Kyrgyzstan, we reach the camp with a "charming" name of Kalashnikov. In the camp, we have a well-deserved rest in the local bathhouse and sauna.
The longest stretch of our cycle route which will end with a well-deserved bath in Issyl Kul. On the next day, return to Karakol.
Transfer to Bishkek. On the way, visit the unusual Burana Tower and stone sculptures and walk through the Skazka Canyon (Fairy Tale Canyon). Visiting Bishkek, optional visit to the Lenin museum.
Flight back home.
• return flight ticket with all fees
• care of an English-speaking guide
• local guide - driver
• accommodation (4 x guest accommodation, once a traditional yurt, other accommodation in own tents) • transporting backpacks in an assurance car
• meals prepared by a local chef during a bike ride (8 days) + breakfast in cities
• any transport in Kyrgyzstan
• visit to the bathhouse (and sauna) in the Kalashnikov camp
• information packages and maps
• entrance to the Enylczek Park (75 USD)
• permission to enter border areas
• mandatory travel agency insurance
• accident and accident insurance and luggage up to 200 Euro
• a mandatory fee for the State Tourist Guarantee Fund (TFG) for each person
PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
• extra charge for air transport of the bike
• catering in cities (Karakol and Bishkek) - prices relatively low
• fees for passes to border zones when registering for participation less than 60 days from the date of departure (50 EUR)
The place of departure is WARSAW. In case you wish to travel from another destination or book flights on your own, please contact us for price quotation for this trip.
We will be accompanied by a KAMAZ, which will not only transport luggage from one accommodation to another each day, but can also serve as a transport for tired cyclists.
Medium difficulty level, passing through mountain roads, unpaved surface or dirt road, often outside the marked paths, numerous ramps. The average daily distance is approx. 70km. Estimated length of the bicycle route: about 600 - 680 km.
During the bicycle trip (11 days), a Uyghur chef will be with us. He will prepare for us delicacies of Kyrgyz cuisine, but also Uyghur and Tatar. During the trip you should try the Tien Shan shashlik. In cities (Karakol, Bishkek) individual catering, prices in restaurants and shops are relatively low.
In own tents in places selected by the guide. In cities, accommodation in family pensions. One night will be organized in traditional yurts! Car shower available (hot water more or less every other day, cold every day :) )
We travel in small groups. The minimum number of people on the trip is 7, maximum 14.
In August, the highest temperatures are recorded, the weather is stable. However, you have to be prepared for the changing mountain weather - rain or snow at altitudes above 3000 meters. During the day, the temperature is around 20-30 degrees.
• The itinerary may change depending on the date of departure, weather, group speed, and other factors.
• The organizer of the trip is Active Travel Agency Barents.pl