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You are invited to visit one of the most beautiful countries in Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan. Kyrgyzstan is located in the heart of Eurasia; 94% of the territory is mountains and they also have more than 80 nationalities - a country with beautiful nature, landscape, and rich culture. Most fascinatingly, the country is also populated by different Kyrgyz tribes, nomads from ancient times. 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!
You will stay at a twin room in various hotels throughout most of this tour.
On night 3, you will get to enjoy a stay at a yurt camp, each shared by four or five people. Please note that there are no beds, you will sleep in a traditional way on the mattresses. There are sleeping yurts and a separate dining yurt. There are toilets and showers outside (not in the yurt) but they are good. In winter time, the yurt is heated.
Arrival to Bishkek early in the morning (early check in to the hotel for supplement). Transfer to Bishkek city center for breakfast. Later, transfer to Chon-Kemin. Arrival to Chon-Kemin, accommodation in the guesthouse. Lunch is in the guesthouse.
In the afternoon, a three-hour light horse riding to the panoramic view of the valley. Dinner and overnight in the guesthouse.
After breakfast, transfer to the northern shore of Issyk-Kul lake, that is the second largest mountainous lake in the world on the altitude of 1,607 meters above the sea level.
On the way, you will make a 30-minute break with a photo stop at a nice spot at lake right behind the city of Balykchy.
Later, you will have a walk in the Open Air Museum of Petrogliphs in Cholpon-Ata city. The Open Air Museum, sometimes referred as a Stone Garden, covers some 42 hectares and contains a number of prehistoric monumental structures (stone circles, tombs, the remains of a boundary stone wall, balbals) and Petroglyphs (dating from the II millennium BC upto the Middle Ages upto the VI century AD).
In the afternoon, upon arrival to Karakol, go on a city tour visiting Russian Orthodox Church, Muslim Mosque in Dungan Style, and the Museum of Mikhail Prjevalsky. Afterward, you will visit a local bazaar. Dinner with a local family. Overnight in the hotel.
After breakfast, transfer to the southern shore of Issyk-Kul lake. Here, you will have another three hours of horse riding along the lake side and in the nature. Dinner and overnight in the yurts.
After breakfast, transfer to Bishkek. On the way, optionally you will see eagle hunting. It is an old Kyrgyz tradition of hunting with the eagles. Also a visit to workshop that product the parts of the yurts.
Upon arrival to Bishkek, enjoy dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight in the hotel.
After breakfast, transfer to outskirt of Bishkek, to the horse club. Another three hours of horse riding. Enjoy lunch, and then transfer to Bishkek. Go on a city tour visiting Central Ala-Too Square, Oak Park, Victory Square.
Farewell dinner in the local restaurant. Overnight in the hotel.
Today is the day that you fly back to your home country.
There are no difficulties on the route, but tourists should have an average level of fitness because sometimes they have long transfers 4-5 hours by mountain roads.
It is necessary to bring warm clothes, trekking boots, rain coat, and etc. Weight of personal things is not limited.
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!
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