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"The Great Loop": Around Kyrgyzstan

Come for a great adventure on the Kyrgyz roads. You’ll get to visit all of the best sights of the country. Let yourself be amazed by the alpine lakes, the snowy mountains and the breath-taking landscapes on your way.

Manas airport
40m-30km

Day 1Welcome and relax in Chunkurchak mountains

  • Your guide will meet you in the hotel lobby at 11H30 and take you to a valley near Bishkek, Chunkurchak, where you’ll enjoy a barbecue.

    You’ll then have a relaxing afternoon, with a small hike in this calm environment. Back to Bishkek in the evening.

Meal and accommodations
Lunch: Barbecue
Accommodation: Hotel 3 star
1h 30m-60km
Manas airport
40m-630km

Day 2Osh, and its rich history

Bishkek - Osh

  • We take a domestic flight from Bishkek to Osh. Enjoy the view on the high summits from the plane.

  • Then, we visit the sacred mountain of Sulaiman-Too, also known as the Throne of Salomon. This is an important pilgrimage sight for local Muslims, rich in mystical legends. In 2009, it was added to the UNESCO world heritage list.

    We visit the historical museum, carved into a nearby cliff.

Meal and accommodations
Breakfast: Hotel 3 star
Lunch: Local restaurant
Dinner: Local restaurant
Accommodation: Sunrise 2 Osh
1h 40m-110km
1h 30m-85km

Day 3 - 4Arslanbob's waterfalls

Osh - Jalal-abad

  • In the morning, we’ll visit the historical bazar of Osh city, which has always been an important commercial place. Enjoy the smell and colors of the spices, the dry fruits, the samsa and the textiles. You might also be able to find some local souvenirs.

  • We leave for Jalal-Abad, the third biggest city in Kyrgyzstan. On the road, we’ll visit the historical sight of Uzgen, where you’ll be able to see three mausoleums and one minaret from the 11th century.

Jalal-abad - Arslanbob

  • After driving on a dirt road, we finally reach the picturesque Uzbek village of Arslanbob. Nestled in the mountains at an altitude of 1600m, besides one of the world’s largest walnut forests, this village, which looks like no other in Kyrgyzstan, is a paradise for hikers.

Day 4

  • Today, we go for a hike in the ** walnut forest**, where we’ll be able to glance at two splendid waterfalls. We’ll take our lunch in this relaxing and stunning environment.

    4-5 hours hike

Meal and accommodations
Breakfast: Sunrise 2 Osh (3)
Breakfast: Guest house (4)
Lunch: Local restaurant (3)
Lunch: Guest house (4)
Dinner: Guest house
Accommodation: Guest house
5h-240km
Arkit village
2h 30m-15km
Arkit village

Day 5 - 6The turquoise waters of Sary Chelek

Arslanbob - Arkit village

  • We get back on the road for Sary-Chelek. We cross mountainous landscapes, with their bright contrasting colors. Lunch on the road.

Day 6

  • This morning, we go horseback riding to discover this little lake at 1837m (6027 ft) altitude.

    We can rest by the lake, and even go for a short swim in its clear water.

Meal and accommodations
Breakfast: Guest house (5)
Breakfast: Guest house (6)
Lunch: Prepared by your team (5)
Lunch: Guest house (6)
Dinner: Guest house
Accommodation: Guest house
Arkit village
5h-260km

Day 7The Toktogul dam

Arkit village - Toktogoul Lake

  • We take the road towards Toktogul, a large artificial lake of 284km2.

    The landscape is breath-taking, with mountains and cliffs of all colors. We go through the magnificent Low-Naryn gorge, and follow a river of the same name. The turquoise water only adds to the beauty of the scenery.

Meal and accommodations
Breakfast: Guest house
Lunch: Local restaurant
Dinner: Guest house
Accommodation: Guest house
2h-150km
1h-45km
Kyzyl-Oi

Day 8Along the Kekemeren River

Toktogul - Suusamyr valley

  • Finally, we arrive in the Suusamyr Valley, and are amazed by its superb landscape – one that you could easily find on a postal card of Kyrgyzstan.

Suusamyr valley - Kyzyl-Oi

  • We continue our trip to Kyzyl Oi, which translates as "the red bowl".

    This little village, located at 1800m altitude (5905ft), gets its name from the surrounding red mountains. The road is a little harsh, but this new landscape will astonish you.

Meal and accommodations
Breakfast: Guest house
Lunch: Local restaurant
Dinner: Guest house
Accommodation: Guest house
Kyzyl-Oi
4h-140km

Day 9 - 10Horseback riding at Son Kul Lake

Kyzyl-Oi - Son Kul lake

  • We arrive on the shores of Son Kul Lake. This huge alpine lake is an important water reserve in Kyrgyzstan. Nestled in the celestial mountains, it is located at 3016 m (9895 ft) above sea level. Its crystal clear water changes colors depending on the weather, which can change every hour. The lake takes on blue, turquoise and sometimes even orange colors. It hosts nomadic shepherds and their herds in the warm months of summer.

Day 9

  • You can enjoy the day, relax, and discover the daily life of our host family. You might be lucky enough to attend the production of Kumys, the local mare milk, or see how shepherds gather their herds.

Day 10

  • We leave after breakfast to discover the lake on a horse.

Meal and accommodations
Breakfast: Guest house (9)
Breakfast: Homestay (10)
Lunch: Homestay
Dinner: Homestay
Accommodation: Yurt Homestay
Son-Kul lake
3h 30m-150km
2h 30m-115km

Day 11 - 12On the Silk Road

Son-Kul lake - Naryn

  • We get back in our car to continue our adventure. We go through the Teskeï-Torpok (3133 m) pass and take a road called the 33 parrots due to its 33 curves. We get to see splendid landscape in the valley of Korgo, before getting back on the main road to Naryn.

  • We arrive in the city of Naryn, Kyrgyzstan’s highest city, nestled in beautifully-colored mountains and crossed by the Naryn River. We have lunch there, before getting on with our adventure.

Naryn - Tash Rabat

  • We travel in time with our visit of the Tash Rabat caravanserai. Located on the road to Khasgar, China, this stone hotel is one of the best preserved monuments of the Silk Road. You’ll be able to feel the original atmosphere of this merchant spot when exploring the caravanserai. In the 15th century, it had many rooms to host the traveling merchants, and sometimes their animals.

Day 12

  • Today, we’ll hike toward the Tash Rabat pass, from which we’ll have a splendid panoramic view on the Chatyr-Kul Lake, which translates as the “celestial lake”. It is nestled between the At Bashy and Torugart-Too mountain range, at 3530 m (11581 ft), by the Chinese border. Chatyr-Kul is the third largest lake in the country.

Meal and accommodations
Breakfast: Homestay (11)
Breakfast: camp (12)
Lunch: Local restaurant (11)
Lunch: Prepared by your team (12)
Dinner: camp
Accommodation: camp
4h 30m-240km

Day 13Kochkor, a cultural town

Tash Rabat - Kotchkor

  • We go back on the main road, this time towards the village of Kochkor, known for its local development initiatives. We then visit a felt fabric held by an association of women. Discover the Kyrgyz felt rug, shyrdak, and other handmade handicrafts.

  • In the evening, you’ll be charmed by a concert of traditional Kyrgyz music. The program includes extracts of the Manas epos, traditional songs and instruments.

Meal and accommodations
Breakfast: camp
Lunch: Local restaurant
Dinner: Homestay
Accommodation: Homestay
1h 20m-90km
30m-35km

Day 14The enchanting Skazka canyons

Kotchkor - Kyzyl-Tuu

  • We 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.

Kyzyl-Tuu - Bokonbayevo

  • Then, we attend an eagle hunting demonstration near the village of Bokonbayevo. 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.

  • Before heading towards our guest house, we visit the superb Skazka Canyons, whose name translates as Fairy Tale Canyons in Kyrgyz language. Formed from erosion and volnaco eruptions, 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.

Meal and accommodations
Breakfast: Homestay
Lunch: Homestay
Dinner: Homestay
Accommodation: Yurt Homestay
1h 20m-100km
Jeti-öghüz
40m-30km

Day 15The Seven Bulls of Jety-Oguz

Bokonbayevo - Jeti-öghüz

  • We arrive at the Jety Orguz Valley. Covered with fertile vegetation, this gorge is probably one of the prettiest in the country. It stretches over 37 km (23 miles), between the Issyk Kul Lake and the Tian Shan Mountains. Strange rock formations, nicknamed the “seven bulls” and the “broken heart”, fill the place with mystical legends. We hike in the valley.

Jeti-öghüz - Karakol

  • Finally, we make it to Karakol, a small town that borders Issky-Kul. We take the time to visit itsSaint Trinity Cathedral, an orthodox from the 19th century; and its Chinese mosque which looks like a Mongol Buddhist temple, built by the Dungan population. We also visit the Przewalsky museum, where you will learn about local history.

Meal and accommodations
Breakfast: Homestay
Lunch: Prepared by your team
Dinner: Local restaurant
Accommodation: 2 stars hotel

Day 16The Golden Spa of Altyn Arashan

Karakol - Altyn-Arachan

  • We hike towards the Golden spa of Altyn Arachan, located at around 3000m (9842ft) altitude. To reach the hot springs, we take a small trail near the Arashan river and gradually climb up. At the summit, we’ll have an incredible view on the surrounding mountains, including the Palatka (“tent”) Peak.

    Car assistance.

  • After this hike, we get to relax in the famous natural hot springs of the valley, known for their curative properties.

  • Tonight, enjoy an original evening in Karakol. You’ll be welcomed by a Dungan family, and get to taste their culinary specialties, different from what you’ve been able to try so far.

Meal and accommodations
Breakfast: 2 stars hotel
Lunch: Prepared by your team
Dinner: Own
Accommodation: 2 stars hotel
30m-25km
Ak-Suu valley
1h 50m-120km

Day 17The Chon Suu River

Karakol - Ak-Suu valley

  • We go to the splendid Ak-Suu Gorge, located around 15 km (9.3 miles) east of Karakol. We take this opportunity to bathe in the hot mineral sources.

Ak-Suu valley - Grigorievka

  • North of Grigorievka, we take a small mountain trail to the Chong Ak-Suu Valley during approximately 40 minutes. We settle in a family’s house.

    We follow the "great white river", a strong mountain torrent.

    You can rent kayaks near our camp to discover the surroundings (optional)

Meal and accommodations
Breakfast: 2 stars hotel
Lunch: camp
Dinner: camp
Accommodation: camp

Day 18Rafting in the Chuy River

Grigorievka - Chon-Kemin National Park

  • We arrive in the green Chon Kemin Valley, a stunning natural reserve with landscapes varying from large forests, glaciers, gorges and semi-desertic planes. We’ll go for a walk in the surroundings.

  • Let’s go for an adventure before ending our trip. This afternoon, we go rafting in the Chuy River for a few hours. There are no particular difficulties. Enjoy the view you get on the Chon Kemin Valley.

Meal and accommodations
Breakfast: camp
Lunch: Prepared by your team
Dinner: Guest house
Accommodation: Guest house

Day 19Visite de Bishkek, la capitale des Kirghizes

Chon-Kemin National Park - 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.

  • Walk on the Ala Too Square in the center of Bishkek. Meeting place for Bishkek’s youth, it comes alive every evening with families and friends who come here to relax. It’s also an important historical place, since it hosted several revolutions.

Meal and accommodations
Breakfast: Guest house
Lunch: Local restaurant
Accommodation: Rich Hotel
40m-30km
Manas airport
Departure

Day 20Have a nice trip!

Bishkek - Manas airport

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

Meal and accommodations
Breakfast: Rich Hotel
duration 20 days. International flight not included.

from 1800€ (per person)

Difficulty:3/5
Comfort:5/5
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