To visit the remote At-Bashy valley is to step into the unknown - to venture to a part of the world few get the opportunity to see. Here, life is difficult. The severe, arid climate makes it difficult to grow plants, so most of the people lead a nomadic lifestyle, breeding livestock to make a living. Nomadic traditions have been around for a while, to say the least, dating back thousands of years. This is one of the most sparsely-populated areas in the country.
The surrounding At-Bashy mountain range stretches for around 100 miles, with peaks over 15,000 feet. At-Bashy village, on the northern side of the range, has a population of 10,000 people, not far from which lie verdant pine forests and mineral springs. Due to the spectacular surrounding scenery, At-Bashy is a fantastic place to spend the night, especially for guests either en-route to the nearby Chinese border, or to use as a base for day-trips to Koshoy Korgon and Tash Rabat.
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Day-trip to Koshoy Korgon
To the west of At-Bashy village stands a ruined fortress with mud-walls, enclosing a large area. The date and history of its construction is uncertain, leaving visitors to guess when it was built, and why. There is an on-site museum to help solve the mystery, but it is, unfortunately, rarely open.
Day-trip to Tash Rabat
Thought to have once been a Nestorian or Buddhist monastery, Tash Rabat is a well-preserved stone caravanserai. The structure dates back to the 15th century, though evidence shows it may date back even farther. This fascinating spot makes a wonderful day-trip, especially when combined with a trip to Koshoy Korgon.
Visitors keen to try their hand at a bit of fishing can do so in the fresh mountain rivers, fed by some of the region’s 190 glaciers.
Perched on a ridge overlooking At-Bashy town is an evocative cemetery. Though cemetery visits may not be everyone’s thing, this prominent feature is sure to shed some insight into the local culture.
On Sundays, visitors can have the chance to visit one of Central Asia’s largest livestock bazaars - if they can stand the smell!
National Horse Games
Participating in traditional games is not only fun, but also a great way to learn about Kyrgyzstan’s culture and interact with locals. Ulak Tartish is one such game - a national horse game that involves
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At-Bashy Valley Itineraries
- 9 days / 8 nights
- Price Per Person
- From $6,000
Kamandy Jailoo Yurt Camp
Travelers in the At-Bashy Valley will have the unique opportunity to discover the incomparable beauty of the Kamandy high pastures - known locally as the jailoo and immerse themselves in Kyrgyz nature. The most authentic way to experience the pastures is to stay in a traditional nomadic yurt camp. Here, guests can bed down as close to nature as possible without forgoing shelter and the comforts of a warm bed. The hospitality of the nomads is notorious and guests will feel right at home, cooking, eating, sharing and laughing with the community. Waking up every morning in the midst of stunning Kyrgyz scenery, there is a range of activities and outward-bound adventures right on the doorstep, from horseback riding to hiking and picnicking, there’s something for everyone. While the accommodation is not the sumptuous luxury of a five-star hotel, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance to stay in a uniquely charming environment.
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