Landlocked Kyrgyzstan may be bordered by Kazakhstan to the north, Uzbekistan to the west, Tajikistan to the southwest, and China to the east, but it has more than enough natural beauty in the form of mountains, lakes, and forests to keep you exploring for days and days. This packed eight-day adventure takes you through the big city life in the country’s capital, Bishkek, the natural beauty of the Suusamyr valley, the incredible lakes of the Sary-Chelek Biosphere Reserve, the traditional culture of Arkit village, and the color of the markets in Jalal-Abad and Osh. For an adventure matching that of Alexander the Great, come with us!
• Horseback Riding: Trot through the woodlands of Arslanbob to a small, sacred waterfall, and picnic at the famous walnut forests.
• Sary-Chelek Biosphere Reserve: Hike to five of the reserve's seven mountain lakes, exploring the rare flora and fauna of the area.
• Osh: Swapping the great outdoors for history and culture, discover Jalalabad's towers, mausoleums and markets.
Your exciting journey starts in Bishkek, the largest city in Kyrgyzstan with a newly thriving tourism industry. You will be picked up at the airport and brought to your hotel; after you have time to settle in, you will have the chance to check out the city’s sites, including the Philharmonic House with the Statue of Manas, Central Square, Lenin's statue, and the National Historical Museum and Museum of Fine Arts. Afterwards, enjoy your first dinner and night in the hotel.
Today, you will travel to the Toktogul reservoir by way of the Suusamyr valley - a drive of around 4.5 hours. With stunning views - and stops for pictures along the way - this drive will set into motion the rest of the trip. Enjoy lunch in a pretty Chichkan gorge before continuing on to Toktogul, where you will stay overnight in a family-run accommodation.
After breakfast, you will traverse along Naryn river and Toktogul reservoir to the Sary-Chelek Biosphere Reserve. Along the way you will have the chance to observe the stunning scenery before enjoying dinner and a night in a family-run accommodation in Arkik village.
Today, you’ll visit one of the most beautiful lakeside destinations in the world in the Sary-Chelek Biosphere Reserve. The Sary-Chelek lake is located over a mile above sea-level, and its largeness and deepness have earned it the title of the “Jewel in the Crown”, even when compared to the reserve’s seven other lakes. Explore five of the seven lakes today by hiking and enjoying a picnic lunch. In the evening, you will return to Arkik village for dinner and overnight.
You’ll head to the Arslanbob village today, where sprawls the largest walnut forest in the world, at 130 miles long. Enjoy a picnic along the way to the village, and spend the afternoon exploring the village and the lovely forested areas around it. You will spend the night in a family-run accommodation in Arslanbob.
After breakfast, get ready to giddy up! You’ll spend four hours this morning horseback riding through the forested areas surrounding Arslanbob village. Along the way, you will check out a small sacred waterfall, where you’ll enjoy a picnic lunch, and stroll through the famed walnut forest. After your horseback riding adventure, you’ll head back to Arslanbob village for dinner and overnight.
Today, you’ll leave Arslanbob to travel to Osh, the second-largest city in the country (around 3 hours' drive). Along the way, you’ll enjoy lunch in Jalalabad, explore the Uzgen tower and mausoleums from the Karakhanids’ period, and visit the Uzgen’s market to take a look at the many different goods that are sold there on a daily basis. After arriving in Osh, you’ll enjoy dinner in a restaurant and the night in a comfortable guesthouse.
On your final full day of the trip, you will enjoy breakfast in Osh before flying back to Bishkek for your final afternoon and evening in Kyrgyzstan. Spend some time taking in any of the sights you may have missed, and enjoy an optional traditional folklore program during the dinner.
Today, enjoy breakfast at the hotel before heading to the airport, to take off back home or onto your next exciting destination, with a camera full of beautiful scenes and a mind full of wonderful memories.
Exploring the gems of Kyrgyzstan will take you to distant lands, often hundreds of miles away from the nearest city. In these remote areas, from the outskirts of Karakol to the Tian Shan mountains, the only accommodation to be found are homestays at which local families happily host weary travelers in their houses for a peaceful night’s rest. Genuinely warm and hospitable, the hosts keep the rooms clean and comfortable, and the tasty authentic meals are carefully prepared. There is no better way to really get the sense of life in a community than to eat, talk, share and stay with the locals.
Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, breakfasts and some casual lunches while touring. Flights and optional special activities will be quoted separately. Most personal expenses, including dinners, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling. Prices may vary depending on season, choice of accommodation and other factors.
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