Ethnic expedition on Issyk-Kul, to cattle breeders and hunters of Tien-Shan and Pamir-Alay

KYRGYZSTAN


August 14 – 22, 2021
Tour Kyrgyzstan

Tour to Kyrgyzstan travel to Kyrgyzstan Ethno-expedition to Issyk-Kul cattle breeders and hunters Tien Shan Pamir-Alai Lenin peak golden eagles

Traditional cattle breeders and hunters with golden eagles of the Tien Shan, gaping peaks and wild valleys of the Pamir-Alay overlooking the seven-thousand-meter high Lenin Peak mountain and the unique Issyk-Kul Lake.

Our ethnic expedition actoss Kyrgyzstan will open for you the country of mountains, that you fall in love with.

Traditional stock breeders and hunters with golden eagles of the Tien Shan, gaping peaks and wild valleys of the Pamir-Alai overlooking the seven-thousand-meter high Lenin Peak mountain and the unique Issyk-Kul Lake.
Our ethnic expedition actoss Kyrgyzstan will open for you the country of mountains, that you fall in love with.
of Central Asia.

SCHEDULE & COST:
Dates: August 14 - 22, 2021

Duration: 9 days / 8 nights

Number of participants: 7 – 12

Cost of participation per person
:
- 1490 USD subject to 10 - 12 participants.
- 1650 USD subject to 8 - 9 participants,
- 1750 USD subject to 7 participants.

Single supplement: 270 USD (single accommodation is provided throughout the whole itinerary, but the availability is upon request).




TRAVEL PROGRAM: TOUR TO KYRGYZSTAN


Day 1. August 14, 2021 (Saturday). Manas airport (Bishkek) - Issyk-Kul - Karakol (370 km)

Arrival by international flight to Manas airport. Meeting the driver and the guide at the airport.
Set off to the beautiful mountain lake Issyk-Kul to Karakol town.
In the first half of the day, we drive along the Chuya valley along the Kyrgyz ridge, then through the Boom gorge we reach the Issyk-Kul region and continue our way to the eastern part of the lake - the town of Karakol by the northern shore.
A town where you can see a Russian wooden church of the 19th century, an old Dungan mosque in Chinese pagoda style built at the beginning of the 20th century, old Russian houses with wooden shutters, small streets and a merchant passage.
If we have time, we stop at Buranu tower. Lunch at a family in the village (national dish Besh-Barmak)
After lunch, a master class on making a national carpet. The road to Issyk-Kul lake along the southern coast.
Rest in a yurt camp on the shore of Lake Issyk-Kul.

* Recommended direct flight from Moscow to Bishkek with Aeroflot on August 14 at 1:45 am, arriving in Bishkek at 9:00 am on August 14, or any other flight arriving in Bishkek not later than 10 am on August 14.

Accommodation in a guest house in Karakol.
Meals: breakfast lunch dinner



Day 2. August 15, 2021 (Sunday). Karakol - Dzhety Oguz gorge - Bokonbaevo village - Kochkor (340 km)

After breakfast we drive along the southern shore, stop by the Dzhety Oguz gorge ("Seven Bulls", "Broken Heart" rock), a resort that was visited by Soviet cosmonauts, including Yuri Gagarin.
Continue our way to Bokonbaevo. In the foothills of Bokonbaevo village, we will meet eagle hunters, then we go hunting with an eagle, shooting from a traditional bow. We will also see Kyrgyz hunting hounds - taigans.
Lunch in the village of Kyzyl-Tuu in a house of a local man, a yurt maker. We will see a workshop in a farmhouse of a craftsman who makes traditional nomadic dwellings.
And then we head to the central part of the Tien Shan mountains past the Orto-Tokoy reservoir to the village of Kochkor.

Accommodation in the hotel Nomad's lodge / Olive Hotel 3 *
Meals: breakfast lunch dinner



Day 3. August 16, 2021 (Monday). Kochkor - Son-Kul (150 km)

In the morning we drive to Son-Kul Lake - a high-altitude camp of modern nomads. Son-Kul is a high-altitude lake, which is located at an altitude of more than 3000 meters above sea level. The road to it goes through picturesque mountain passes and serpentines, where we can meet herds of yaks along the way. Joint setting of a yurt with a family of nomads. Acquaintance with the life of cattle breeders. Horseback riding and visiting petroglyphs (ancient rock paintings).
In the evening, we will gather by the fire and, according to the tradition of nomads, we will pass "Yr-kese" to each other.
"Yr-kese" - "Singing bowl" - one of the ancient traditions of the Kyrgyz people, when people gather together and sing songs.
Nomads use a large bowl "kese" filled with a drink symbolizing a song that can flow endlessly. The next singer, having finished the song, takes a sip from the common bowl and passes it on to another singer. In his turn, having taken a sip from the bowl, he begins to sing. And then it lasts endlessly, until there is nothing left in the bowl.

Accommodation in a yurt camp with a Kyrgyz family.
Meals: breakfast lunch dinner



Day 4. August 17, 2021 (Tuesday). Son-Kul – Kyzyl-Oy – Suusamyr valley (250 km)

We descend from Son-Kul through the Kara-Keche pass to the village of Kyzyl-Oy (150 km).
This day we move through the mountainous area of the Central Tien Shan (which in Chinese means the Heavenly Mountains) which is sparsely populated.
We will stop for lunch in the village of Kyzyl-Oy, which is located in a narrow valley among high mountains.
We will take a photo on the picturesque banks of the turbulent Kekemeren River and admire the colorful mountains of this area.
Then we will continue our road to the Suusamyr valley - the birthplace of the Kyrgyz giant hero Kozhomkul (1888-1955). A house-museum and gumbez (grave) of the baatyr. Suusamyr is a high-mountainous plateau surrounded by mountains, where we will stop for the night in a kumys treatment center.
We will taste the national drink kumis, and samal made from fermented mare's milk.
A walk before dinner is possible.

Accommodation at the mountain hotel SuusLodge
Meals: breakfast lunch dinner



Day 5. August 18, 2021 (Wednesday). Suusamyr valley - Osh (540 km)

We set off through the Central Tien Shan to the Fergana Valley, where the ancient city of Osh is located on the Great Silk Road with the sacred mountain Sulaiman-Too (Solomon's throne).
On the way, we will pass the Toktogul reservoir, the picturesque Chychkan gorge and cross the largest river in Kyrgyzstan - the Naryn river, a tributary of the Syr-Darya. We will see a cascade of hydroelectric power plant.

Accommodation at Classic Hotel in Osh or similar
Meals: breakfast lunch dinner


Day 6. August 19, 2021 (Thursday). Osh - Sary Tash (Pamir-Alai) 200 km

Leaving the city of Osh, we will go towards the Pamir-Alai ridge, which is the natural border between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.
From the village of Sary Tash one can already see Lenin Peak, the second highest seven thousand peak in Kyrgyzstan. (7134 meters). National equestrian games. Ulak-Tartysh (goat dragging on horseback), Oodarysh (wrestling of two riders on horseback). Horseback riding is available upon request.

Accommodation in a guest house.
Meals: breakfast lunch dinner



Day 7. August 20, 2021 (Friday). Sary-Tash – Achik Tash base camp – Sary Tash. (100 km)

After breakfast, we will head towards Lenin Peak to the Achik-Tash base camp, walk to Tulpar-Kol lake and return for dinner to the guest house in Sary-Tash. Visit to the ethnographic museum in the village of Sary Mogol. Life and traditions of the Murghab Pamir Kyrgyz who migrated from Tajikistan.

Accommodation in a guest house.
Meals: breakfast lunch dinner



Day 8. August 21, 2021 (Saturday). Sary Tash – Osh (200 km)

Return to Osh city. Walk around the city. Sulayman Mountain, bazaar. Urgent PCR test. City tour.
At dinner we will hear musical compositions performed on ancient folk instruments by musicians of the "Ethno-Osh" folklore ensemble. The sound of each instrument has a special charm; the names of some do not have a translation from Kyrgyz into Russian.
Artists play musical instruments made to order by the Bishkek master Mirbek. These are kyl kyyak, komuz, dobul bas, chopochor, sybyzgy, ooz komuz, asa tayak, etc.
Promoting the historical values of their ancestors, artists show ancient rites and traditions accompanied by music, for example, the ceremony of seeing off the bride (kyz uzatuu).

Accommodation at Classic Hotel in Osh or similar
Meals: breakfast lunch dinner



Day 9. August 22, 2021 (Sunday). Osh - Moscow

Breakfast. Transfer to the airport of Osh city. Departure from Osh to Moscow.
* Recommended direct flight from Osh to Moscow by Aeroflot on August 22 at 9:50 am, arriving in Moscow at 11:25 am on August 22, or any other flight departing from Osh at any time on August 22.

Accommodation not included
Meals: breakfast



* The operator reserves the right to change the order of execution of the program subject to keeping of all activities.
Cost includes:

• Transport according to the program, transfers to and from the airport
• Minibus Mercedes Sprinter along the entire route (1 bus for up to 10 participants and 2 buses for 11-12 participants)
• Accommodation in hotels and guest houses on the basis of double occupancy
• Accommodation in yurt camps
• Three meals a day along the entire route: breakfasts, lunches, dinners
• Drinking water along the route (2 bottles of 1.5 liters per person per day)
• Experienced English and Russian speaking guide
• Russian and English speaking team leader Mzungu
• Ethno-program: Equestrian games, master classes, shows, setting up a yurt, folklore concert
• all entrance fees,
• All permits and payments to local communities
• Visits to museums and excursion


Cost excludes (to be additionally paid):

• International air tickets (to Bishkek and back from Osh)
• Medical insurance
• PCR test on departure
• Drinks and alcohol
• Tips for guides and drivers
• Horseback riding
• Single occupancy



To take with:

• sets of clothing suitable for weather conditions (trousers, long-sleeved shirt, T-shirt, underwear, socks, sun hat);
• light hiking jacket, warm jacket with windstopper for mountainous terrain, light gloves and a mountain hat (it can be cold, up to +5 / +15 С in the mountains);
• comfortable and practical footwear: 1) light for the city; 2) trekking boots (waterproof); 3) slippers;
• raincoat;
• bathing suit;
• sun and wind protection (cream, sunglasses, sun hat)
• head Torch;
• a backpack with a capacity of no more than 80 liters or a hiking bag;
• a small backpack for personal belongings and photo and video cameras;
• personal first aid kit (analgesic, antiseptic, antibiotic, antiviral, intestinal, multivitamins, rehydron, patch, motion sickness medicine, your personal medicines);
• personal hygiene items (towels, wet wipes);
• repellents;
• photo and video camera;
• additional batteries for cameras and a power bank


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