Festival

Nowruz, the Kyrgyz New Year: Tradition & Culture

This program will amaze you with a week rich in traditions in Kyrgyzstan. Come celebrate the Persian New Year Nowruz with us on March 21st. Elmira will welcome you in her home to show you the wealth of the Kyrgyz culture. Together, we will learn about local cuisine, games and hunting. After spending the holiday in Bishkek, we’ll take the road in direction of Issyk Kul Lake to explore the beauty of its southern shore.

This is an authentic trip for those who wish to discover the Central Asian...

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Manas airport
40m - 30km

Day 1Meet Elmira and her family

Manas airport - Bishkek

  • Your driver will pick you up at the airport upon arrival, and transfer you to your hotel.

  • After a short rest, we leave to meet our host family. Together, we’ll prepare for the holiday. We’ll help Elmira cook traditional Kyrgyz meals for the celebration, including the boorsok, small fried breads given at important events. This is a great opportunity to discover the local cuisine and bring home a few recipes.

Meal and accommodations
Lunch: Local restaurant
Dinner: Homestay
Accommodation: Homestay

Day 2Let's celebrate Nowruz, the Kyrgyz New Year!

  • __March 21st __ marks the new year around Central Asia, Nowruz. With our family, we’ll attend an event at the hippodrome, and get to watch many competitions with the best sportsmen of the country. These include traditional horse games, like Kok Boru.

    On the main square of the Kyrgyz Capital, __Ala-Too __, locals come to celebrate Nowruz.

  • We spend the evening with Elmira’s family, and enjoy a great Kyrgyz meal. The dinner will be accompanied by a concert of Komuz, the traditional instrument, to complete your immersion in local culture.

Meal and accommodations
Breakfast: Homestay
Lunch: Local restaurant
Dinner: Guest house
Accommodation: Homestay

Day 3The Chon Kemin National Park

Bishkek - Burana's minaret

  • On the way, we stop to visit the Burana Tower, a mosque that was destroyed in the 13th century during invasions. We’ll be able to climb up on the roof of this Unesco world heritage site, from which you’ll have a splendid view on the mountains. We’ll also visit a small museum, which shows the history of this sight and archeological treasures found nearby.

Burana's minaret - Chon-Kemin National Park

  • We arrive in the green Chon Kemin Valley, a natural reserve park that offers a splendid diversity of landscapes, with its large forests, its rivers, its gorges and glaciers.

  • You’ll be able to explore this wilderness on horseback from the guest house where we’ll spend the night.

Meal and accommodations
Breakfast: Homestay
Lunch: Local restaurant
Dinner: Homestay
Accommodation: Yurt Homestay

Day 4On the shores of Issyk Kul Lake

Chon-Kemin National Park - Bokonbayevo

  • We’ll go for a short hike in the Konorchek Canyons, a gorge with towering red, orange and yellow rocks similar to the Grand Canyon. You’ll be impressed and intimidated by the heights of the rock formations.

  • Finally, we make it to the shores of the Issyk-Kul Lake (1609m or 5979ft above sea level), the second largest alpine lake in the world. This is what we call the pearl of Kyrgyzstan. It is surrounded by the Celestial Mountains, with snow-capped summits that climb above 5000m, and are reflected in the crystal clear water. Several dozen rivers drop from the mountains into the lake via stunning valleys.

Meal and accommodations
Breakfast: Homestay
Lunch: Local restaurant
Dinner: Guest house Emeli
Accommodation: Guest house Emeli

Day 5Ancient traditions

  • We visit the superb Skazka Canyons, whose name translates as Fairy Tale Canyons in Kyrgyz language. Formed from erosion, the rocks tower over the Issyk Kul Lake and offer a great contrast in color. Let your imagination work to make out the shapes of the rocks.

  • This morning, we attend an eagle hunting demonstration. The Kyrgyz hunter, on his horse, will show you the impressive agility of his eagle, who will have to catch small preys like a rabbit.

  • We’ll also have the chance to see traditional archery.

  • We’ll then arrive in the small village of Kyzyl-Tuu, famous for its traditional fabrication of yurts. One family in the village will show you how to build a yurt, and you’ll be welcomed to help them in this task.

Meal and accommodations
Breakfast: Guest house Emeli
Lunch: Homestay
Dinner: Homestay
Accommodation: Homestay
5h 30m - 290km

Day 6Visit Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan’s capital

Kyzyl-Tuu - Bishkek

  • This is our last day before getting back to the capital. We leave the mountains of Kyrgyzstan, where we met a generous culture, and go back to Bishkek. Drop-off at your hotel, where you’ll be able to relax.

  • We visit the Osh Bazar, one of the most fascinating markets in Kyrgyzstan. Enjoy the colors and the smells coming from stands of dry fruits and spices. You can also buy a few traditional souvenirs to bring home.

Meal and accommodations
Breakfast: Homestay
Lunch: Local restaurant
Accommodation: Grand Hotel
40m - 30km
Manas airport

Day 7Have a nice trip!

  • Breakfast at your hotel. We drive you back to the airport at the time of your flight.

Meal and accommodations
Breakfast: Grand Hotel
duration 7 days. International flight not included.

from 550€ (per person)

Difficulty:3/5
Comfort:4/5
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