Kyrgyzstan biking 05

Kyrgyzstan biking: Tour 5

Destination: Kyrgyzstan

Activity: Bike tour

Duration of the tour: 10 days  

Places to visit: Bishkek - Naryn town - Tash Rabat caravanserai - Moldo village - Son Kul lake - Kyzyl Korgon canyon - Bishkek city      

Among tourists, biking is very popular in Kyrgyz Republic. Travelers come to the country of heavenly mountains and alpine lakes to familiarize with nomadic culture and to have biking along the beautiful gorges and rushing rivers. You will see diverse landscapes during one bike tour, and you will be stunned with the views that will vary so quickly. The country is a magnet for plenty of people that are fond of cycling. Those, who have already visited Kyrgyz Republic always want to come back here ones more.                                                                            

Day 1: Arrival in Bishkek
You will be picked up from the Airport of Manas by your guide. Transfer from the Airport to Bishkek City (the capital of Kyrgyzstan) takes 30 minutes. On your arrival you will be accommodated the hotel***. It is situated in the tranquil area of the city. After accommodation you will start the day with a breakfast and have a rest. Today you will also have an excursion to Ala - Archa Natural Park. Ala - Archa is located on the Kyrgyz ridge (Tien - Shan spur), in the gorge of Ala - Archa, 45 km south Bishkek. To have a good view of this wonderful gorge we will ascend up on the top of the mount. After that we return back to Bishkek city. Dinner is served at 7 o'clock in the evening. You will spend this night in the hotel***. 
Day 2: Bishkek - Naryn town
Early morning breakfast. After that transfer is from Bishkek city to the Village of Kichi - Naryn (2351m. alt.). We will ride down to the confluence of Naryn and Kichi - Naryn Rivers.  You will ride along Naryn River to the town of Naryn (2050 m. alt.). You will be surprised with amazing mountains beauty while cycling to Naryn. You will have many photo stops as the whole way will be along incredible gorges. Lunch is on the road. Cycling is by the main road. Naryn is a long, narrow town that was built right along the gorge near the longest river in Kyrgyz Republic - Naryn. The mountains are very close to the town. Naryn town is situated 2800 meters above sea level. This night you will be spent in yurts. Yurts are nomadic collapsible abodes. They are made out of wood without using a single nail and covered with thin felt mats.
Day 3: Transfer or Ride Naryn - Tash Rabat caravanserai (130 km)
This day you could choose between riding and transfer from Naryn town to the Great Silk Way Caravanserai of Tash Rabat (Stone Castle). Tash Rabat is located at a height 3200 m above sea level, at the very heart of Tian - Shan Mountains. The building has no analogue in the whole world, because it was constructed out of layered stones and in addition to that it was partly built inside the mountain. According to the opinion of the scientists the construction of this caravanserai refers to the 14th century A. D. Totally, there are 31 rooms in the mountain. There are also dungeons for medieval convicts. The width of the walls is about one meter. The night will be spent nearby Tash Rabat in the yurt camp.

Day 4: Ride (86 km) Tash Rabat - Moldo village
This morning after having breakfast and packing backpacks we will ride from Tash - Rabat Caravanserai to the Village of Moldo. This ride is of temperate complexity by the asphalt road along the Valley of Naryn. At the times of Great Silk Way this road was used by ancient merchants. It is a nice chance to feel that you ride along the same way!  From China on camels and horses thousand of traders with their goods were passing there. This night will be spent in the tent camp (altitude is 1670meters above sea level). 
Day 5: Moldo Village - Son Kul Lake
This day you can choose between cycling and transfer. Today we will go to the 2nd biggest lake on the territory of Kyrgyzstan - Son Kul, over the Pass of Kurtka (altitude is 3243meters a. s. l.). Son Kul Lake is the highest alpine lake in Kyrgyz Republic, situated at an altitude of 3016 m. above sea level, and surrounded by the mountains. Naryn region shepherds come to the lake to use it as summer grass land.  The riding to the gorge beginning is with a slight descent and easy. We will enter through the narrow passage to the narrow gorge with high sharp rock walls (in some places up to 200 meters). A steep ascent to the pass begins here. The descent is easier and shorter. On arrival, you will be free to walk around and enjoy the virgin nature of the lake and its environs. The Kyrgyz nomads with their families started to come to this magnificent district for relaxation and rest. Dinner and overnight are in the yurt camp. 
Day 6Son Kul Lake
This day is destined for being spent in Kyrgyz paradise of Son Kul Lake. Today, you have a brilliant chance to explore lifestyle of the Kyrgyz nomads and nature of the lake on your own. Along the lake's shore you can ride on a horse, or just relax in the atmosphere of the wild and calm natural world. It is a perfect chance to have an acquaintance with nomadic customs and way of life. At Son Kul Lake every nomad invites you to his yurt to try a piece of bread and national staple drink made of mare's milk that is fermented - kumis. You will spend this night in the tent camp.

Day 7: Ride Son Kul Lake - Kyzyl Korgon Canyon (80km)
Breakfast. After that we will visit the site of sacred stones with ancient inscriptions (dating back to 800 B.C.). After that we leave Son Kul Lake and cycle to the Valley of Djumgal through the Pass of Kara Keche (3381m). Upon arrival we will have a walk in the district of red canyons, high mountains, snow peaks and rocks. Overnight will be spent in the tent camp. 
Day 8: Ride Kyzyl Korgon - Bishkek city
Breakfast is served in early morning. We will drive to Bishkek city in the morning. Offered through the views of untouched nature you will be carried away by the wonderful panoramic views.  You will have spare time in Bishkek to go for shopping and just to go for a walk. You will spend this night in the hotel***.  This evening in a restaurant you will have a departure dinner. 
Day 9: Bishkek
Your breakfast will be served in the hotel. Afterwards we will visit Oriental Osh Bazaar to walk there and bargain for different goods. You will have a feeling as if you are 1000 years ago! After visiting Osh Bazaar you will have a sightseeing tour. During this city tour you will visit Ala-Too Central Square, the Historical Museum of Kyrgyzstan, Oak Park (Duboviy Park), Victory Square (Pobeda Square), National Philharmonic and Art Gallery. Overnight stay is in the hotel***.
Dinner is served at 7 o'clock in the evening.
Day 10: Transfer to the airport
According to your flight details, at the pick up time you will be collected from the hotel and transferred to the International Airport of Manas.