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The Kyrgyz Republic is a country that was populated by different Kyrgyz tribes, nomads from ancient times. The caravans came through the chain of the Tian-Shan mountain gorges where people created new family relationships and exchanged cultures and traditions. Now, you have an opportunity to go along one of the ancient roads, to enjoy the wild nature of the mountains, to feel the warmth and hospitality of local people. But the main thing is you can feel that you are a real nomad!
Stay overnight in Sun Rise hotel, a three-star hotel. There is a shower and toilet in each room.
Accommodation for this night will be with a family. The accommodation in the family will be in twin rooms with a shared shower and toilet for four to five people in one house.
Stay overnight in tents (2650 meters). During the trek, the accommodation will be twin tents; there will also be a dining tent for meals.
Stay overnight in tents on the Echki-Tal Jailoo (3100 meters).
Stay overnight in tents (2600 meters).
Stay overnight in tents (2700 meters).
Spend overnight in the yurt camp in Tashrabat. The accommodation in the yurt camp is for four to five people; the shared facilities will be outside.
Stay in family-run accommodation. Accommodation in the family will be in twin rooms with a shared shower and toilet; four to five people will be accommodated in one house.
You will have a chance to visit one of the shepherd’s families where you will be accepted as an honored guest. The accommodation and dinner for this night will be in a yurt camp. People sleep by four to five in a yurt; there are beds and personal linens. There are sleeping yurts and a separate dining yurt. There are toilets and showers outside (not in the yurt) but they are good.
Accommodation and dinner in the yurt camp.
Dinner and accommodation will be in a guesthouse in Kochkor. The Kochkor guesthouse will have twin rooms with a private shower and toilet.
Accommodation will be in the Asia Mountains Hotel.
Song-Kol is an incredibly beautiful alpine lake and a unique place to stay in traditional yurts with modern comforts. There are 10 yurts in the camp for accommodation for up to four pax in each one. There are two separate dining yurts with wooden tables and benches, decorated with traditional ornaments.
Each living yurt is decorated in a national style, has electricity and comfortable wooden beds with warm blankets. Yurts are heated by stove every evening. There are 10 toilets and five showers in the territory of the yurt camp.
The yurt camp is located on the northern shore of the Lake Song-Kul in around 25 kilometers from the Kalmak-Ashuu Pass. Song-Kul is a mountain lake situated in the Tian-Shan Mountain Range at an altitude of 3016 meters; the scene that greets you there is surprising! The wide, brilliant, steel-colored expanse of the lake appears majestic, quiet, and transparent, like a huge bowl of pure mountain air surrounded by hills.
Water and sky seem to meet here, the surroundings of Song-Kul are completely untouched. Perhaps the most surprising fact is that around Song-Kul, you will never see a tree or even a shrub, but there are plenty of medicinal herbs and various flowers. Once the last snow melts, a broad swathe of edelweiss - the beautiful high-altitude mountain flower - bursts into bloom.
It is no surprise then, that this place has, since ancient times, been used as a summer pasture (jailoo). There are 10 yurts for accommodation and two canteen yurts. All yurts are equipped with carpeted wooden floors and stoves. Also, there are western-style toilets and a warm shower (upon request).
The Kyrgyz are one of the last truly nomadic peoples and 130 years of Communist and Tsarist rule have not quenched their spirit. Horses and horsemanship run in the blood and Kyrgyz children learn to ride horses before they can walk. Their horses are specially bred for riding and load carrying on mountain paths and are extremely sure-footed.
They are famous for their quiet disposition and endurance and will carry you easily across the mountains, valleys, and glaciers of Kyrgyzstan. On horseback, you will experience the wilderness and beauty of Kyrgyzstan first hand and feel the genuine warmth and hospitality of the Kyrgyz people in their natural environment.
Additionally, your experienced guides will be on hand at all times to help you understand your hosts and guarantee your safety. The tours skirt along the shores of Lakes Issyk-Kul and Son-Kul, as well as others in the Suusamyr area.
The guides and grooms accompanying you on horseback treks have a wealth of knowledge and have been riding horses since before they could walk! For Novi Nomad's tours, they can provide either a "nomad saddle", which is wider than European saddles or a "cavalry saddle", a Russian saddle. For carrying your equipment and luggage, Novi Nomad uses special bags, which are easily attached to a saddle.
Arrive in Osh via Aeroflot and transfer to the hotel Sun Rise. Have a city tour of Osh including the four-peaked Sacred Suleiman Mountain in the center of the city, on the southern slope of which there is an ancient Iron Age settlement with stone inscriptions and marking sand caves containing a History Museum and a visit to Osh Bazaar, one of the largest in Central Asia. Stay overnight stay in a hotel.
Transfer from Osh to the village of Ak-Terek (110 kilometers distance, 1900 meters above sea level). Visit the town of Uzgen on the way. Rest and get organized for your trek.
Transfer to the Kara Shoro National Park (50 kilometers). Upon arrival, have lunch and the horseback riding begins from the national park and takes you up onto the Aga-Tan jailoo (Jailoo - mountain summer pasture) for three to four hours. Visit the Kara Shoro mineral spring on the way
Horseback riding northwards through the Naryn region (five to six hours). From the Aga-Tan jailoo, the road goes over the small Shilbiluu Pass (3800 meters). This region is very rich in wildlife, especially eagles, vultures, falcons, ibex, Marco Polo sheep, and marmots.
Horseback riding from Echki-Tal to the Kuljauyk jailoo (five to six hours). Rocks that give you a feeling as if you are a real highlander are everywhere around you.
Two days of horseback riding from Kuljauyk along with the River Arpa (55 kilometers). The road goes close to high mountains with glaciers. You can see ibex and Marco Polo sheep on the way.
Full day horseback ride to the historical place Tash Rabat (four to five hours). Visit a historic resting place on the Great Silk Road, the Tash Rabat Caravan - Sarai (12th century). Dinner and overnight in the yurt camp in Tash Rabat.
After breakfast, have free time in Tash Rabat. After lunch, transfer to Naryn (135 kilometers); the road goes along the At Bashy Valley over the Kyzyl Bel pass. Upon arrival, rest and have dinner.
Have breakfast then transfer to Lake Song-Kul (180 kilometers). The road goes through Moldo-Ashuu Pass (3300 meters). Local people live and graze their livestock on the meadows (jailoo) around the lake from July until September. You will taste the wilderness and freedom of nomadic life here.
Have lunch on the way and you will have time to enjoy the amazing scenery of this place: edelweiss carpet, beautiful mountains, and lake. There is a lot of shepherds with their sheep and horses who came with their families to jailoos for summertime. You will have a chance to visit one of the shepherd’s families where you will be accepted as an honored guest.
Have breakfast and your free day in Song-Kul; walk around the yurt camp or ride a horse
Have breakfast and transfer to Kochkor village after breakfast (130 kilometers). You will test traditional Kyrgyz food; visit the felt carpet workshop where you cannot only buy souvenirs but also produce them yourself. Dinner and accommodation in the guesthouse in Kochkor.
Have breakfast and transfer to Bishkek (250 kilometers). On the way, visit the historical place and ancient town on the Silk Road “Balasagun” (11th century). Have dinner in the restaurant.
Have breakfast then a city tour in Bishkek. Have a visit to Osh Bazaar, Central Ala-Too Square, Historical Museum, and Oak Park. There will be a farewell dinner in the restaurant.
Transfer to the airport early in the morning then fly home.
This type of horseback riding is of average difficulty. You should be ready to go to an altitude of more than 2500 meters above sea level. An average level of fitness is required.
Kyrgyzstan, a magical place with shades of Shangri-la or The Lost World. Maybe those masters of prose who wrote such masterpieces had visited or heard of this legendary mountain kingdom. Unlike its Himalayan or South American counterparts of literary fame, Kyrgyzstan, or The Kyrgyz Republic to give it its official title, is real but its beauty and untamed wildness are the stuff of oral legends.
It is said that everything in life can be found in Kyrgyzstan, both physically and geographically. There are flat steppes, arid deserts, green, rolling foothills, plunging ravines with turbulent, frothing rivers, waterfalls cascading from the sides of sheer mountain faces, wondrous nut, and fir forests full of some of the most beautiful - and endangered - species in the world, endless grass-covered high mountain pastures, alpine meadows that make Switzerland's meadows look like small well-tended parks, and staggeringly beautiful snow-covered mountain peaks sitting atop some of the most difficult - and rewarding - climbs in the mountaineering world.
This is a land where vultures and eagles soar. Seeing is believing and the only way you can ever experience the true delights of this small, secluded mountainous country - by Asian standards - is to visit it. Words alone cannot do justice to the variety of sights and sounds - and truly awesome silences - that await you.
Kyrgyzstan lies at the very heart of Central Asia, surrounded by the mighty expanses of China, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan. It covers an area of 198,500 square kilometers and its longest borders run 925 kilometers from west to east and 454 kilometers from north to south. The topography and geography of the country lend itself to a North-South divide, with the main concentrations of population/business in the north and south with an almost uninhabited interior.
The mountainous terrain and distance from the sea and desert outskirts give Kyrgyzstan what can only be described as a harsh continental climate, with big changes in temperature occurring over short periods of time. The wettest place is the west slope of the Ferghana Range with 1,000 millimeters, whilst the driest is Balykchy on the western tip of Issyk-Kul Lake with 100 millimeters of precipitation.
The average temperature throughout the country in January varies between -4 degrees Celsius to -14 degrees Celsius and in July between 12 degrees Celsius and 40 degrees Celsius and there is an average of 247 days of sunshine a year.
The fact that 94% of Kyrgyzstan is covered by mountains produces great variations in the geographical and topographical appearance of the country. The lowest valley floor is itself 500 meters above sea level and the highest peaks soar to more than 7,000 meters above sea level in the mighty Tien Shan Range.
These mighty peaks are world-renowned and are part of the exclusive list of 7,000-meter plus peaks of the world; Pobeda Peak (Victory Peak) - 7,439 meters, Lenin Peak - 7,134 meters, and the legendary Khan-Tengry - 7010 meters, the white/pink marble pyramid held sacred by Kyrgyz through the ages.
Mountain lakes abound and arguably one of the most beautiful series of lakes anywhere in the world can be found at Sary Chelek in a national park, to see this is to behold the true beauty of nature. The "Pearl of the Heavenly Mountains" - or Issyk-Kul Lake - is the second-largest high mountain lake in the world, second only to Lake Titicaca in size and is so big it has its own unique biosphere. Although forests cover only a small area of Kyrgyzstan, the truly unique indigenous walnut tree forests of Arslan-bob are warranted for a visit on their own.
The flora and fauna here are both unique and plentiful, ranging from exquisite semi-tropical tulips to stunningly beautiful alpine edelweiss - yes, Kyrgyzstan isn't known as the "Switzerland of Asia" for nothing, and the vitamin content of herbs here isn't bettered by a single country in the world, not even Georgia, whose herbs are much loved by Western medical and perfume companies. There is even a uniquely fir tree - the Tien Shan Spruce.
The number and range of birds of prey have to be seen to be believed and travelers to the more remote parts of the country will be amazed at how close they can get to these animals if they are careful. Although they should probably be counted as domestic animals, it should be noted that camels and yaks are also to be found in the higher areas and plans are afoot to dramatically increase the breeding of yaks.
To do full justice to the wonderful range of flora and fauna would take far more space than is available here - so, again, please come and see for yourself - you will not be disappointed!
Three daily meals are included in the package.
The retail market, especially in Bishkek, continues to develop apace and there are now several modern shopping complexes and supermarkets and lots of individual specialist boutiques selling mainly imported food, clothes, footwear, electronic goods, etc. For lovers of the exotic, the bazaars are open seven days a week.
There are also several bazaars selling literally everything and the Dordoi Bazaar on the northern outskirts of the city is in fact the largest market in Central Asia. Buyers come from all over, including Russia, arrive here to purchase goods for wholesale in their own countries. If you have money, it is possible to buy virtually anything you could wish for here.
Aside from ordinary shops, there are a host of specialist stores in Bishkek where you can buy anything you may need, including specialized trekking equipment and clothes.
There are lots of pharmacies in the towns and western drugs and medicines are quite freely available but if you need special prescriptions you would be well advised to bring an adequate supply with you. Opticians are everywhere and offer very good services at very good prices compared to Europe/USA.
In specialized food shops in large cities, you can buy virtually all your favorite food and drinks. The majority of shops are open from 9 a.m. till 5 p.m. and some are open 24 hours a day. Supermarkets work from 10 a.m. till 8 p.m. You are advised to go shopping and to the markets with Kyrgyz som (KGS) only and no other currencies.
Manas International Airport
Please arrange your flight to arrive at Manas International Airport (FRU). Transfers are included in the package, Novi Nomad will pick you up from the airport.
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