Cycling provides an unrivalled opportunity to travel through some of the most scenic mountain terrain in Kyrgyzstan. Kyrgyzstan’s natural paradise can be enjoyed especially by cycling through Tien Shan Mountains, canyons, amongst snowy peaks and pastures strewn with alpine flowers. All roads led to majestic vistas and encounters with friendly people.
Trip season: May -October
Duration: 12 days
Type: Cycling, mountain biking
Difficulty: Medium — Hard
Accommodation: Hotels, Resort, Guest houses, Yurt Camp, Mountain Hut.
Meals: Full board.
Itinerary: Bishkek – Suusamyr – Keke Meren – Too Ashuu pass(3229m) – Son Kul lake(3000m) – Naryn – At Bashy – Dolon pass(3030m) – Yssyk Kul lake – Cholpon Ata(1600m).
Brief description: This eight days-long cycling tour takes in some of the most beautiful scenery in Kyrgyzstan -the world’s second largest alpine lake Issyk-Kul, mountain ranges and alpine peaks, passes and truly amazing Son Kul lake located high in the mountains at the altitude of 3000 meters above sea level. You will have the opportunity to discover the natural areas of Tien Shan Mountains, to get an epic view of the highest points and nomadic life.
In this combined mountain bike tour You will enjoy the highlights and night life of Bishkek city, silk route- historical sites, amazing mountain lakes, red canyons, nomadic green pastures, lots of cycling and of course golden beaches of Yssyk Kul lake.
Arrival in Bishkek. Meeting at the airport “Manas” and drive to the hotel 5*. Check-in the hotel 5*. Rest. Sightseeing in Bishkek: State Historical Museum, Ala-Too Central square, Second World War Memorial Square, Osh Eastern style market, Shopping Malls (Bishkek Park, ZUM). Lunch in local restaurant. Afternoon check and prepare the mountain bikes. Dinner in local restaurant. Accommodation in the hotel 5*.
|Day 2||Bishkek – Too Ashuu Pass(3586m) – Suusamyr, 128 km, 5-6 hrs.
Breakfast. The first ride is to Suusamyr( 2025m),the route proceeds sedately at first, on the well- used road from Bishkek to Kara Balta village at the foot of Kyrgyz Ala Too range. The Suusamyr road turns south to rear over the Kyrgyz range, after lunch crossing it via the 1.7 km – long tunnel at the Too Ashuu Pass (3586m). The road then slides down eleven kilometers into the Suusamyr valley, Dinner and accommodation in Ski base. Cycling distance is 40km, 4-5 hrs.
|Day 3||Suusamyr – Keke Meren – Son Kul Lake (3000m), 230km, 6-7 hrs.
Breakfast. Biking along the Keke Meren River to Son Kul Lake (3000m), Son kul is the second largest Lake in Kyrgyzstan with its lush pastures, silvery streams and huge expanse of water (13,5 meters deep) filled with fish, it is summer paradise for herders and their flocks. After lunch take the Pass Kara Keche on a truck. Dinner and overnight in Yurt Inn. Cycling distance 50km, 4-5 hrs.
|Day 4||Son Kul – Chara Archa Pass(3061m)-Naryn, 150km, 5-6hrs.
Breakfast. In the morning we transfer to the Chara-Archa Pass (3061m), and descending on bikes to the Kara Oi River (2800m). After lunch continue cycling to Naryn Town – is a long, thin town, set between impressive red sandstone cliffs on one side and rolling green hills on the other, and spreads for about 15km along the longest river in Central Asia. Dinner and accommodation in a guest house with shower in share basis. Cycling distance 35km, 5 hrs.
|Day 5||Naryn – Kyzyl Bel Pass(2484m)- At Bashy Village, 50km, 4-5 hrs.
Breakfast. Start biking from Naryn Town to At Bashy Village via Kyzyl Bel Pass (2484m), After lunch continue cycling through modern Silk Road high way to At Bashy, the road emerges into a huge, flat valley of lush pastures, with the green, leafy village of At Bashy tucked away in a hollow. It has a lively animal market on Sundays. Visit local open air market and then return to Naryn Town by truck. Dinner and accommodation in a guest house with shower in share basis. Cycling distance 40km, 4-5 hrs.
|Day 6||Naryn – Dolon Pass(3030m) – Kochkor Village, 100km, 5-6 hrs.
Breakfast. Start biking from guest house straight to Kochkor Village through Dolon Pass (3030m). This well-travelled route has some dramatic scenery of the vast Central Tien Shan, with lots of yurts and grazing herds. On the other side, there is beautiful descent through rugged limestone cliffs and steep valleys. Lunch stop – near the tiny village Sary Bulak to taste a local fish from Son Kul Lake.
|Day 7||Kochkor — Tamga, 100km, 5-6 hrs.
Day of rest on the shore of Issyk-Kul Lake, 1600m. On this day you can enjoy an easy ride along the South Shore of Yssykkul Lake, 15km to west there are Red Canyons called Skazka. Afthernoon there is chance to swim in the lake, walk the beaches or lay in the sun and make barbeque! Overnight in a guest house.
|Day 8||Tamga – Karakol, 170km, 5-6 hrs.
Breakfast in a Guest House. Start cycling along the Lake Shore to Karakol Town, on the way visit Djety Oguz Red Rocks & Broken Heart mountains. Lunch box. Check in the hotel in Karakol Town. Overnight & Dinner.
|Day 9||Karakol – Enilchek Nature Park, 170km, 5-6 hrs.
Breakfast at Hotel. Drive on the Kamaz 60km out of Town, start cycling to Too Ashuu Pass (4000m).Picnic – Lunch. Overnight & Dinner in a Base Camp-Enilchek.
|Day 10||Enilchek – At Jailoo – Hot Springs, 100km, 5-6 hrs.
Breakfast at Base Camp, Start riding to At Jailoo, lunch box. After lunch ride to the Natural Hot Springs. Drive back to Base Camp. Overnight & Dinner in a Base Camp Enilchek.
|Day 11||Enilchek – Cholpon Ata, 300km, 5-6 hrs.
Breakfast at Base Camp. Drive to Cholpon Ata Resort, on the way we will stop for cycling. Lunch – Picnic. Overnigh & Dinner at Resort.
|Day 12||Cholpon Ata – Bishkek, 260 km, 5-6 hrs
Breakfast at Resort, Start driving to Bishkek via Burana Tower, Cultural Complex Ruh Ordo. Lunch en-route café. Dinner with traditional music at Local Restaurant. Overnight at Hotel.
Early Morning Flight.
Price is available by request.
Silk Road & Kyrgyz Guided Trips LLC
189 Tynystanova str., 720000
Tel: +996 312 883644 land line
Whatsapp: +996 557 799683
Web site: http://silkroad-trip.com/
Price includes the following service:
Twin accommodation (standard rooms)
Minibus for city sightseeing
Cross country «truck bus» GAZ-66 — vehicle support for the entire bike itinerary
Meals: Full board + bottled water
English speaking Guide
Kitchen & Dining utensils
Formalities: Excursions + entrance fees
Folklore show in Bishkek
Price does not include:
International air fare
Personal equipment: bikes and equipments
Alcoholic beverages in restaurants
Note: 4* and 5* accommodation is possible in Bishkek only. Prices for this trip with 3* hotel accommodation can be send by request.
Kyrgyz visa support (if required) – USD 30 per person
Kyrgyz visa (if required) – USD 70 per person
Mountain Bike rental – USD 210 per bicycle per programme. Refundable deposit – USD 500 per bike Horseback riding in the Son-Kul Lake area — USD 20 per horse