Welcome to Kyrgyzstan


As can be expected in a country where the vast majority of attractions are rural and high altitude, the timing of your visit is crucial. Summer is ideal with hikes and roads generally accessible. Midsummer also sees Kazakh and Russian tourists converge on the beaches of never-freezing Lake Issyk-Köl. From October to May, much rural accommodation closes down and the yurts that add such character to the Alpine vistas are stashed away – think twice about a winter visit unless you've come to ski or snowboard.


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Overland expedition around Kyrgyzstan

ItineraryDay 1: Day at Bishkek cityStop At: Bishkek-City, BishkekUpon arrival at Manas International Airport in Bishkek you will be met by us in the terminal and transferred to our comfortable, 3-star hotel in the city. As everybody will be arriving at different times, today is a day of leisure. You can choose to relax in the hotel, check out one of the many lovely cafes Bishkek has to offer or go on a self-guided walking tour. There will be our first group meeting at 6pm, followed by a delicious dinner in one of our favourite restaurants in the city.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at 3-4 star hotelDay 2: Bishkek- Kalmak AshuuStop At: Chon-Kemin National Park, Kemin, Chuy ProvinceWe’ll have breakfast at our hotel before leaving early in the morning for Chong Kemin, a beautiful village located in a valley. Along the way we’ll stop off at the 9th century minaret, the Burana Tower, and then continue to our guesthouse for a nice lunch. In the afternoon we will go for a mountain hike to get some beautiful views of the region. Dinner will be in the guesthouse.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Authentic type Guest HouseDay 3: Chong Kemin to Song KulStop At: Song Kol Lake, Naryn, Naryn ProvinceAfter breakfast in our guesthouse we will start driving towards the large town of Kochkor. Here we will have lunch with a local family known for their amazing handicrafts. After the meal we will be treated to a workshop on how to make the felt handicrafts that Kyrgyzstan is famous for. You will have the opportunity to purchase some handmade souvenirs before we continue the drive towards Song Kul, one of the jewels of the country.This alpine lake sits above 3000m and is surrounded by nomadic shepherds, looking after yaks, donkeys, goats and horses. We will be staying in a luxury yurt camp, the best one on the lake, and isolated from the other main yurt accommodations. Once we check in to our yurts we will head out for a short walk and enjoy a sunset photoshoot. Dinner will be prepared by the family in the yurt camp.Duration: 2 daysMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Yurt campDay 4: Day at Song KulStop At: Song Kol Lake, Naryn, Naryn ProvinceWe’ll wake early to catch what will hopefully be a gorgeous sunrise, and then have breakfast in the dining yurt. In the morning the whole group will take part in a half-day horse trek to visit some ancient petroglyphs and take in a spectacular panoramic view of the landscape. Lunch will be back at the yurt camp. In the afternoon the family will put on a boorsok show, teaching us how to make this famous, doughy snack that is a staple all around the country, and then there will be free time to relax before dinner. If the skies are clear we’ll do an astrophotography workshop to learn how to capture images of the Milky Way.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Yurt CampDay 5: Song Kul-BokonbaevStop At: Issyk-Kul Lake, Karakol, Issyk Kul ProvinceIn the morning we’ll have breakfast with our family at Song Kul before saying goodbye and driving down to Kyrgyzstan’s other legendary lake – Issyk Kul. Here we’ll stay in another high-end yurt camp near the shores of the lake. We’ll have lunch at the accommodation and then head off to what promises to be one of the highlights of the trip – an eagle hunting demonstration, hosted by a world champion! We’ll be given a close-up experience of how man and eagle have worked together for centuries in Central Asia, and you will have the opportunity to pose for photos holding the eagle yourself. There will also be a number of other traditional sporting demonstrations. In the evening will have dinner and a traditional folklore show.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Yurt campDay 6: Day at Issyk-Kul lakeStop At: Ethno-Cultural Tourist Destination South Shore of Issyk-Kul, Bokonbayevo, Issyk Kul ProvinceWe’ll have breakfast in the yurt camp and then set off for a half-day horse trek into the mountains. The views will be amazing, and after you’ve worked up an appetite we’ll return to camp for a delicious lunch. In the afternoon we’ll visit a nearby village that is famous for building yurts, the awesome domes we’ve been staying in for the last few nights. Here we’ll take part in a yurt-building demonstration from the world record holders for the fastest time to erect a yurt. We won’t be in a rush though – instead this will be a hands-on experience so you can learn how to build your own yurt! Afterwards we’ll head back to the yurt camp for dinner and another special show.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Yurt CampDay 7: Drive to Karakol cityStop At: Karakol Tourist Information Center, Karakol, Issyk Kul ProvinceWe’ll hit the road on an early start and start off the day’s adventures with a visit to Skazka Canyon, also known as Fairytale Canyon. This spectacular sandstone formation is like one giant playground for adults, and we’ll spend around an hour to climb all over the gorgeous canyon and take pictures of the rainbow-like formations. Afterwards we’ll continue on our way towards Jeti Oguz to get a gorgeous view of the Seven Bulls rock formation. In the late afternoon we’ll arrive in the cool town of Karakol, and check in to our awesome 3 star hotel. Dinner will be in an excellent local restaurant.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: 3-4 star hotelDay 8: Day at Karakol cityStop At: Karakol Historical Museum, Karakol, Issyk Kul ProvinceAfter breakfast we will go on a walking tour of Karakol city with a local guide and visit the famous Dungan mosque, the Russian Orthodox Cathedral and other highlights of the city.. For lunch we will be experiencing a traditional cooking class with a Dungan family. The Dungans are a Chinese-Muslim ethnic minority group that fled persecution in their homeland and settled in the valleys around Karakol. After learning about their history and visiting one of their mosques you will be taught how to make ashlanfu, one of their most famous dishes. Then enjoy one of the most amazing feasts you can imagine.The afternoon is free, then we will head off on a sunset kayaking mission on Issyk Kul. This is a brand new activity, and having the opportunity to go for a paddle around the stunning lake is definitely not to be missed. We’ll finish with dinner in a great local restaurant.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: 3-4 star hotelDay 9: Karakol - JyrgalanStop At: Jyrgalan Valley Trekking/Freeride Skiing, Karakol, Issyk Kul ProvinceToday we’re going to wake up before sunrise and head to the famous livestock bazaar in Karakol. Here hundreds of local farmers and herders get together every Sunday during the summer to buy and sell horses, goats, sheep and cows. It’s a manic, dusty, loud place, but is very interesting. We plan to go early as most of the trading actually starts around 3am, so this way we’ll beat the tourists and see it while it is still busy.Afterwards we’ll head back to the hotel for breakfast and to shower before driving out to Jyrgalan, our favourite place in all of Kyrgyzstan! This mountain village proved to be everyone’s favourite as well on our last two tours, and we’re sure you’ll fall in love with it. We have a couple of days jam packed with adventure for you, and we’ll start with a hike in the afternoon before enjoying a traditional Finnish sauna and dinner with the local family.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Guest HouseDay 10: Day at JyrgalanStop At: Jyrgalan Valley Trekking/Freeride Skiing, Karakol, Issyk Kul ProvinceAs tempting as it is to simply relax around the village of Jyrgalan, the real beauty is out in the mountains, and that’s exactly where we’re headed today. We’re going to go on a full-day horse trek to a beautiful alpine lake. Lunchboxes will be provided, and we’ll return again to the guesthouse for dinner. For those that don’t want to horse trek for an entire day, there are plenty of other options to do around the village or the mountains. Options will be discussed.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Guest HouseDay 11: Day at JyrgalanStop At: Jyrgalan Valley Trekking/Freeride Skiing, Karakol, Issyk Kul ProvinceToday we have another full-day guided hike planned, this time to a nearby mountain ridge that offers gorgeous views over the border into Kazakhstan. It’s of moderate difficulty, so decent fitness is required. Lunchboxes will be provided along the way. We’ll have dinner back at the guesthouse.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Guest HouseDay 12: Jyrgalan - Cholpon AtaStop At: Oluya Cholpon Ata Mausoleum, Cholpon Ata, Issyk Kul ProvinceToday we say our reluctant goodbyes to Jyrgalan and drive towards Cholpon Ata, one of the biggest towns on Issyk Kul’s north shore. For lunch we will visit a golden trout mountain farm and try our hand at a bit of fishing. For lunch we’ll have a delicious fresh fish spread, and then continue to the ancient petroglyphs spread out over hundreds of boulders in an open sky museum, and check out the new Rukh Ordo Cultural Centre. We’ll be staying in a lovely guesthouse in town, and have dinner at a nice restaurant in Cholpon AtaDuration: 24 minutesMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: 4 star hotelDay 13: Cholpon Ata - BishkekStop At: Bishkek-City, BishkekIt’s a short 3-hour drive to Bishkek, so we will have a leisurely breakfast and then get on the road. When we arrive back in the city we’ll check in to our hotel, and the afternoon is free to relax, pack your bags or get in a last bit of souvenir shopping. Lunch is included today, and we’ll have a final group dinner in the evening.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerNo accommodation included on this day.Day 14: Depart from BishkekStop At: Bishkek-City, BishkekThe final goodbyes will be sad, but it’s onto the next adventure! We’ll transfer you to the Manas International Airport in time to catch your departing flights.Duration: 3 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

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Bishkek city walking tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Bishkek-City, BishkekOn our walking tours you will learn the history of both Bishkek and Kyrgyzstan, as part of the Great Silk Road, Karakhanid dynasty, Kokand Khanate, more recent Soviet Union and get a glimpse of how it is shaping today.Duration: 2 hours

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See life of kyrgyz

Today enjoy with itinerary9:00: Departure to Ala-Archa. One of the most visited places in Kyrgyzstan is Ala-Archa nature reserve. It is located 30 km from Bishkek in an area of 20,000 hectares, where there is everything: mountains, rivers, pine forests growing on the slopes of the mountains. It is these forests gave the name to the reserve. Have a short walking. 12:00: Arrival to Bishkek. 13:00 Go to Osh Basar and buy products for cooking. 14:30: Departure to local house that is about 12 km from Bishkek. 15:00: Visit local family and watch master show of kyrgyz traditional food in which you will participate and know how to cook Kyrgyz traditional food. Have a dinner with local family. After dinner see cattle and how people make soured cream. 18:00 or 19:00 Return to Hotel.

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Kyrgyzstan Discover real life of kyrgyz people in 8 days

Arrival day: Welcome to BishkekDay 1: Today is a day to develop Bishkek city and learn how to cook.Early arrival to “Manas Airport”. Meet the group at “Manas” Airport. Transfer to hotel for rest. City tour of Bishkek. We will start our excursion from Frunze Statue and visit train station. As well as in our program one of main sightseeings as Ala-Too square, Panfilov Park and Victory square.  Our last destination in Bishkek will be Osh bazar, where we buy products and drive to village to cook Kyrgyz meal in local house with local familyDay 2: Bishkek- Chon-KeminToday you will visit one of famous sightseeing in Kyrgyzstan “Burana Tower”. Your morning will start from transfer to Burana Tower. After visiting Burana Tower we are going to Chon-Kemin. It is recommended to ride a horse and have a picnic there. (by your wish you can ride a horse and walk through mountain). (Should be paid supplementary) At the end of day debate club (depends on number of people in group). Day 3: Chon-Kemin-KarakolOur day will start from transfer to Karakol. En route we will stop to visit house of woman that make kyrgyz traditional carpet from felt for long period of time. She will share knowledge of making felt carpet and show master class to us.Today we also we are going to visit Rukh -Ordo. One of best open-air cultural centre in Kyrgyzstan. Continue to drive to Karakol and visit Hippodrom en route. By arrival to Karakol take a rest and have a dinner in one of the most popular restaurant "Dastorkon", where you have a chance try ice-cream from mare's fermented milk. Day 4  Karakol-Bokonbaevo (Full day of fascinating nature)Today we are going to Bokonbaevo. En route we will visit Barskoon gorge and have a lovely picnic. After some time we are going to go to Bokonbaevo and have a chance to speak with eagle owner and take a photo with eagle. Day 5 Bokonbaevo- Son-Kul lake (3016 m oversee level) After breakfast we are going to Son-Kul. En route we will have short stop in Kochkor. Our destination is Son-Kul lake. After reaching Son-Kul walking time and having a rest in yurt. Talking club inside of yurt.(Please take warm clothes, temperature of weather can change at night and can be -2 or -3 С.) Day 6 Son-Kul lakeOpen air breakfast. After breakfast show of making process of kaimak (soured cream). Be ready to see waterfall today and road that name is “44 Popugaya” that in translation means 44 Papagei. Having a picnic in nature and coming back to see kok bory game (should be paid supplementary) (kyrgyz traditional game). Day 7 Son-Kul lake- BishkekAt that day we will visit rot Front village in which there are living german people. After return to Bishkek last dinner with a kyrgyz dancing show(there will be also explanation of  movement in a dance). Day 8 Bishkek-Manas AirportSaying good bye to local people that accompanied you. Transfer from hotel to Aiport

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Pamir and Tien Shan tour in Kyrgyzstan and Tadjikistan

ItineraryDay 1: International Airport - BishkekStop At: Bishkek-City, BishkekWe will start our excursion from Frunze Statue and visit train station. As well as in our program one of main sightseeings as Ala-Too square, Panfilov Park and Victory square. Our last destination in Bishkek will be Osh bazar, where we buy products and drive to village to cook Kyrgyz meal in local house with local family Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Bridges 4* hotel or similarDay 2: Bishkek- Cholpon - AtaStop At: Issyk-Kul Lake, Karakol, Issyk Kul ProvinceToday you will visit one of famous sightseeing in Kyrgyzstan “Burana Tower”. Your morning will start from transfer to Burana Tower. After visiting Burana Tower we are going to Cholpon - Ata.Duration: 3 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Raduga 3* hotel or similarDay 3: Cholpon - Ata - Karakol Stop At: Karakol Cattle Market, Karakol, Issyk Kul ProvinceOur day will start from transfer to Karakol. En route we will stop to visit house of woman that make kyrgyz traditional carpet from felt for long period of time. She will share knowledge of making felt carpet and show master class to us.Today we also we are going to visit Rukh -Ordo. One of best open-air cultural centre in Kyrgyzstan. Continue to drive to Karakol and visit Hippodrom en route. By arrival to Karakol take a rest and have a dinner in one of the most popular restaurant "Dastorkon", where you have a chance try ice-cream from mare's fermented milk. Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Green Yard 3* or similarDay 4: Karakol-Bokonbaevo (Full day of fascinating nature) Stop At: Issyk-Kul Lake, Karakol, Issyk Kul ProvinceToday we are going to Bokonbaevo. En route we will visit Barskoon gorge and have a lovely picnic. After some time we are going to go to Bokonbaevo and have a chance to speak with eagle owner and take a photo with eagle. Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Local houseDay 5: Bokonbaevo- Kochkor Stop At: Eki-Naryn Valley, Naryn, Naryn ProvinceToday we are going to Kochkor. After arrival to Kochkor tour around Kochkor. Walking tour in Kochkor. Overnight in local houseDuration: 2 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Local HouseDay 6: Kochkor - Suusamur valleyStop At: Suusamyr Valley, Suusamyr, Chuy ProvinceAfter breakfast drive to Suusamyr. Try kymyz(mare’s fermented milk). Walking in Suusamur valley. Seeing real life of nomad people.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Guest HouseDay 7: Suusamur - Kok BelStop At: Toktogul Lake, Toktogul, Jalal-Abad ProvinceAfter breakfast drive to Kok- Bel guest house that is situated near Toltogul reservoir that is one of the biggest reservoir in Kyrgyzstan. Duration: 2 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 8: Kok - Bel - OshStop At: Jayma Bazaar Osh, OshDrive to Osh. En route visit Uzgen minaret. By arrival visit Sulaiman - Too (sacred place that is situated on mountains)Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Sun Rise or similarDay 9: Osh - Kyzyl Art pass - KarakulPass By: Jayma Bazaar Osh, OshDrive to Kyzyl -Art Pass. Kyzyl-Art pass – MurgabMeeting at the Kyrgyz-Tajik border. After border crossing drive to Murgab through AkBaital pass (the highest pass in our tour with the altitude of 4655 meters). Murgab is the capital of Murghob District in the Pamir Mountains. The modern town was constructed during the Soviet period as a rest stop along the Pamir Highway. Murghab is expected to become a major center for trade between Xinjiang and central Asia.There is a Yak house in Murgab handycraft center, which you will be able to visit. Due to its altitude, the sunrise in Murgab is especially beautiful. You can make incredibly beautiful shots.Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Murgab hotel “Ibragim”Day 10: Murgab – LangarPass By: Bishkek-City, BishkekIn the morning, leave Murgab. The beautiful scenery attracts tourists to this area. Later you will join the Pamir High Way(PHW), Langar is the final destination of today’s drive. The road will take you via Alichur valley and Khargush Pass (4344 m) , where you can stop and do some photo shots of spectacular view. As you enter the Wakhan, there are amazing views of the Pamirs to the left and the Hindu Kush to the right. Straight ahead, there is a peak of Karl Marx (6,723 m). Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Langar Guest House “Edgor”Day 11: Langar – KhorogPass By: Khorog City Park, Khorog, Karotegin ProvinceIn the morning, leave Langar and drive to Khorog, the capital of Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO). In Khorog visit to Local Bazaar, Khorog Regional History Museum, city park and handicraft souvenir center. After lunch drive to the Pamir Botanical Garden, second highest park in the world, based just 4 km away and over from Khorog. Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: “Lal inn"Day 12: Khorog – Kalai-khumbPass By: Pamir Stadium, DushanbeIn the morning, you will start driving to Kalai-Khumb, along the Panj River. You will be able to enjoy the spectacular view of mountains; on the other side of the river, you will have a chance to see the lifestyle of Afghans. From Khorog, the road joins the river Panj, which forms Tajikistan's border with Afghanistan. This is a fascinating drive. On the Tajik side of the river, the road is asphalted and buildings have electricity and are constructed using metal and glass. On the Afghan side – only about 100 m distant – the road is a donkey track and buildings are built of mud and wood. Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Kalai-Khumb hotel “Pamir Express"Day 13: Kalai-khumb- Kulob - Kurgan-Tyube-Ajina-TepaPass By: Pamir Stadium, DushanbeDrive from Kalai-Khumb to Kulob. Throughout its history, Kulob was known by the name Khatlān or Khatlon in modern Tajik, with its modern name only about 250 years old. Part of the Khanate of Bukhara since the 16th century (the Emirate of Bukhara since the 18th century), the city changed its name from Khatlon to Kulob in 1750. Following the Russian conquest of Central Asia and the creation of the Tajik Soviet Socialist republic within the USSR in 1929, Kulob became one of the largest cities in the republic. Continue drive to Ajina-Tepa, which is situated at a distance of 12 km east from the city of Kurgan-Tyube. Ajina-Tepa is the ancient Buddhist monastery, where the largest Buddha in Nirvana was found. It came out as a surprise when archeological excavations, which started in 1961, resulted in 500,000 artifacts: sculptures, reliefs, wall painting fragments of a uniform complex of dwelling and cult rooms belonging to the 7th-8th century Buddhist monastery. However, the most sensational finding in Ajina-Tepa became a huge clay statue of the Buddha in Nirvana found in 1966 in one of the monastery corridors. Today the sculpture of Budda is exhibited at the National Museum of Antiquities of Tajikistan in Dushanbe. That is the biggest sculpture of the Buddha found on the territory of modern Central Asia. The site is being considered to be put on the World Heritage list of sites that have "outstanding universal value" to the world.Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Kurgan Tyube hotel “Ramz"Day 14: Kurgan-Tyube-Ajina-Tepa – Hissar – DushanbePass By: Children's City Park Dushanbe, Dushanbe Breakfast in the hotel.Drive from Kurgan Tyube to Hissar Fortress - the remains of the Bukhara Emirate Beck’s palace. Its thick walls once guarded a pool, garden, and palace, while the fortress itself opposed a noisy market and caravanserai. What remains today is a peace of wall and gate towers which represent the 18th and 19th century style. The place is famous for its center of commerce during the Silk Road. You will also be able to visit the Old Medressa (Madrasai Kuhna) of 16-17th century with a museum inside, the new Medressa of 17-18 cenery. Continue to Dushanbe Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: hotel “Meridian 3* Vatan 4* or Atlas 4*"Day 15: Dushanbe Pass By: Children's City Park Dushanbe, DushanbeAfter Breakfast City tour in Dushanbe Visit the Tajik National Museum of Antiquities with Tajik pride – the biggest Buddha in Nirvana. Continue to explore the sightseeing of Dushanbe. Tajik flagpole-the World tallest flagpole. The 165-meter flagpole entered the “Guinness Book of World Records” as the world’s tallest in August 2011, in time for the country’s 20th anniversary of independence. Having visited the flagpole, continue our excursion to the main square of Dushanbe. The Monument of Ismoili Somoni-the ancestor of Tajik Nation located on the main square. A 40-metre high monument built to the memory of Ismaili Saman-Khuda, founder of the Samanid dynasty in the X century. The base contains a permanent exhibition on the Samanids and is paved in granite slabs. The upper part of the statue is coated with gold. Than visit Mehrgon bazaar – one of the biggest bazaar of Dushanbe.The market reflects Dushanbe's historical ties to local trade bazaar. Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: “Meridian 3* Vatan 4* or Atlas 4*"Day 16: Dushanbe – Iskanderkul Pass By: Children's City Park Dushanbe, DushanbeAfter breakfast we will drive from Dushanbe to Iskanderkul over Anzob pass (2900m) and Anzob tunnel, Varzob gorge. Arrive to Iskanderkul, enjoy the view of the purl of Fan Mountains – Iskanderkul Lake (Alexander Lake) (2195m). Excursion and hike to the waterfall (45 m) and Snake Lake. Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Iskanderkul “Cottage"Day 17: Iskanderkul – Penjikent Pass By: Children's City Park Dushanbe, DushanbeAfter breakfast we will drive from Iskanderkul to Penjikent Arrive to Penjikent City tour in Penjikent-a city in the Sugd province of Tajikistan on Zeravshan River, with a population of 33,000 (2000 census). It was once an ancient town in Sogdiana. The ruins of the old town are on the outskirts of the modern city. The Sarazm Important Bird Area (UNESCO World Heritage) lies downstream of the city on the tugay-vegetated floodplain of the river. The archaeological site of the ruins of old Penjikent - a walled inter-city which stood 2500-years ago - was once a Sogdian trading city on the Silk Road. Today, only ruins are left owing to the fact that the main construction material was clay-bricks. Overnight in Penjikent “Sugd 3*"Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Penjikent “Sugd 3*"Day 18: Penjikent – Dushanbe Pass By: Children's City Park Dushanbe, DushanbeAfter breakfast we will drive from Penjikent to Dushanbe over Anzob pass (2900m) and Anzob tunnel, Varzob gorge. Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: “Meridian 3* Vatan 4* or Atlas 4*"Day 19: DushanbePass By: Children's City Park Dushanbe, DushanbeTransfer to the internationl airport in Dushanbe, departureMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: NO

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Trekking Kyrgyzstan: Alay Mountains Adventure

ItineraryDay 1: Osh city - Sarymogul VillageStop At: Alay Mountains, OshArrival in Osh*, the second largest city in Kyrgyzstan and once an important trading center along the Silk Road. Meet with your guide for a briefing about the tour and trek. After lunch, drive to Sary Mogul village at 3,000 meters above sea level (approx. 4 hours). Enjoy a home-cooked dinner and overnight at a local family homestay. Enjoy the view of the 7,000+ meter high snow-capped Pamir Mountains in the distance.Duration: 5 hoursMeals included: • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at homestayDay 2: Sarymogul village – Sarymogul Pass 4,306m – CampsiteStop At: Alay Mountains, OshDistance: 12 km trekkingAscent: 1054 m, Descent: 477 mAfter a hearty breakfast, drive for 20 minutes from Sarymogul village to the starting point of the trek. Walk along the stream on a one-person trail all the way up to the first viewpoint (1 hour). Some parts are a bit challenging as the trail is narrow and the terrain is composed mainly of scree and small pebbles. Enjoy a break and views of the Pamir Mountains at the viewpoint before descending into a valley to follow the small stream all the way to a flat meadow. We break for lunch at the riverbank with glacier views all around. After lunch, we head to Sarymogul Pass at 4,306 meters (1 hour). As you ascend, the glaciated peaks and alpine lakes will begin to appear. Enjoy your accomplishment at the top of the pass with its otherworldly and stunning views. The descent from the pass is steep and covered in loose scree, so consider long sliding strides or “skiing” down in a zigzag motion as you navigate the snaking path. After descending, we walk down to the campsite and set up the tents at 3,934 meters. Enjoy your dinner under the stars.Duration: 7 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at yurt campDay 3: Campsite – Kyzyl Shoro villageStop At: Alay Mountains, OshDistance: 15 km trekkingAscent: 31 m, Descent: 1579 mCompared to the first day, the beginning of the second day is relatively easy-going and mainly downhill. As the trek progresses through the valley, the trail cuts back and forth across the river several times. With the decline in elevation, the terrain begins to change from high alpine rocky and dry to mid-mountain green punctuated by the alpine lush of juniper bushes. Don’t forget to turn around from time to time to enjoy views of the surrounding glaciers and snow-covered peaks above and behind you. Pass through fields filled with grazing cows and shepherd’s yurts inviting you for a tea. Break for lunch near these yurts. After a few kilometers, you’ll reach the farmlands of the nearby village, Little Sarymogul village. Pass through the village and walk for 3,5km along the dusty road to Kyzyl Shoro village. Dinner and overnight in a homestay at 2,389 meters.Duration: 6 minutesMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at homestay Day 4: Kyzyl Shoro village – Koshmoinok Pass – Koshmoinok Valley – Kojokelen villageStop At: Alay Mountains, OshDistance: 22 km trekkingAscent: 1303 m, Descent: 1124 mAfter breakfast, leave your homestay and walk to the gorge to the east of the village. The trail becomes steep and ascends approximately 860 meters through grass meadows and pastures to Koshmoinok Pass at 3,210 m. After the pass, descend into Koshmoinok Valley (1 hour). There are several shepherd’s yurts and huts in this valley. Break for lunch near one of the shepherd’s yurts. After lunch, cross over the stream and walk up to Sarybell Pass at 3,132 m (1 hour). The magnificent views of the rugged Kichik Alay Mountains open up on top of the pass. From there, follow the path as it winds along the edge of the hills on your left and enjoy the expanse of unusual red rock formations forming the “Three Dragon Gorge.” The diversity of colors and landscapes is something travelers have called “The Best of Kyrgyzstan” where you can see the dramatic and snow-covered Pamir landscapes in the distance with various grades of high-, mid- and low alpine landscapes along the way. Eventually, the trail winds its way down into a small stream through evergreen trees and continues on the edge of the valley until it reaches Kojokelen village (3 hours). Enjoy a hearty home-cooked meal and overnight in a guesthouse.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at homestay Day 5: Kojokelen village – Shepherd’s campStop At: Alay Mountains, OshDistance: 10 km trekkingAscent: 833 m, Descent: 69 mToday is an easy walk on an unpaved road along the river leading up to the foot of Jiptick Pass. Enjoy walking in this beautiful gorge with evergreen trees, and engage along the way with Kyrgyz nomads who are busy with their daily activities, including shepherding their animals. Arrive at the yurt camp. Enjoy a home-cooked meal with a local family and overnight in a yurt.Duration: 4 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at yurt campDay 6: Yurt camp – Jiptick Pass at 4,185 meters – down to Darbazatash ValleyStop At: Alay Mountains, OshDistance: 16 km trekking,Ascent: 1150 m, Descent: 931 mFrom the yurt camp the trail goes easily up along the river all the way to the foot of Jiptick Pass (1 hour). Head up to the pass on a barely seen trail in a zigzag formation on loose scree (2 hours). Reach the breathtaking Jiptick Pass at 4,185 meters and enjoy the stunning view of the snowcapped Pamir Mountains with towering Lenin Peak at 7,134 meters in the far distance. Break for lunch on top. The path then goes steeply down to Darbazatash Valley (3 hours). Arrive in the valley at 3274 meters. Dinner and overnight are in yurts on the shore of the stream.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at yurt camp Day 7: Darbazatash valley – Sarymogul village – Peak Lenin Base CampStop At: Alay Mountains, OshDistance: 11 km trekkingAscent: 34 m, Descent: 286 mWalk to Sary Mogul village on an unpaved road (3 hours). While walking, enjoy the expansive view of the Alay Valley and snowcapped mountain ranges of Pamir-Alay in a distance. Arrive at your homestay and enjoy a home-cooked lunch. Take a shower, check your emails if you wish. After lunch, drive to the yurt camp at Tulpar Kol Lake at Lenin Peak base camp (1 hour). Enjoy walking around this turquoise high alpine lake at 3,500 meters before you are invited for a home-cooked dinner. Overnight in a yurt.Duration: 5 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in yurt campDay 8: Peak Lenin Base Camp – Traveler’s Pass – Osh cityStop At: Alay Mountains, OshDistance: 20 km trekkingAscent: 760 m, Descent: 760 mAfter a hearty breakfast, walk up about 10 minutes from the yurt camp to the south and cross the bridge to get to the Peak Lenin base camp where the mountaineers are staying. Pass by the tents of big mountaineering companies at the base camp and take the trail leading to Traveler’s Pass. The trail goes slowly up except for the last 20 minutes where it becomes a steep zigzag trail that ends up on the mountain pass. Reach the Traveler’s Pass at 4,100 meters and enjoy the magnificent views of glaciers tumbling off the massive peak. Go to the view point on the right of the pass and get an even better view of Lenin Peak at 7,134 meters, the highest peak in this Pamir-Alay Mountains. Break for the lunch there to continue enjoying the views. Return to the yurt camp on the same way you came. Drive back to Osh city (5 hours).Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchAccommodation included: Not included