Kyrgyzstan Tour – 14-DAY Best of Kyrgyzstan

14-DAY BEST OF KYRGYZSTAN TOUR DATES:

July 15th – July 28th, 2022 (1 place left)

August 15th – August 28th, 2022 (9 places left)

September 12th – September 25th, 2022 (5 places left)

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(If you’re from Belgium or the Netherlands, click here for the Dutch version)

After the big success of the 8-day Overland Expedition and 10-day Adventure Tour in Kyrgyzstan, I decided to combine both trips in one big adventurous round trip: The Best of Kyrgyzstan in 14 days!

Do you love adventure, culture, and spending time in nature? Are you ready to travel by 4×4, by horse, and on foot to the most pristine alpine lakes of Kyrgyzstan?

Can you imagine yourself camping in majestic valleys and on the shores of crystal-clear mountain lakes? Would you love to meet the semi-nomadic shepherds of Kyrgyzstan, stay in their yurt camps and travel with them on horses in the surrounding mountains?

If your answer to all these questions is an enthusiastic “yes”, then you should join the 14-day Best of Kyrgyzstan Adventure Tour!

Here are some reviews of travelers who joined the 14-day Best of Kyrgyzstan Adventure Tour in 2021:

“This tour offers the highlights of Kyrgyzstan in a small group setting guided by Cynthia and Aleksei. It attracts like-minded, adventurous people from over the world. Kyrgyzstan is a beautiful country with breathtaking nature. It has beautiful mountains, lakes, horses, people, and yurts. It is special due to its remoteness and few tourists. In this tour, you will visit the incredible highlights of Kyrgyzstan but there are countless moments that make this tour special. To only name a few: enjoying home-made meals by the families you will stay at in the yurts, relaxing in a hot spring after a day of hiking, going for a morning swim in Yssik Kul lake in silence and with the mountains in the background, driving for hours through breathtaking landscapes without meeting any other cars.” – Lisa (the Netherlands)

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“The Best of Kyrgyzstan Adventure Tour was truly amazing. Very diverse and varied landscape, with amazing views of lakes and green hills and snow-capped mountains. Kyrgyzstan is truly a horse country, so I was in heaven with three days of horseback riding and seeing numerous herds of horses. Each family-run yurt camp was a treat in and of itself as they each had their own charm. The trekking was amazing, with such extraordinary views. The porters did a great job of taking good care of us by carrying all the food and camping gear, and then setting up camp and preparing amazing meals. The Eagle Hunter presentation was the best raptor presentation I had ever seen, and at the end, everyone got to hold the eagle. The fellow participants were all amazing people as well, which added to this incredible experience. Highly recommend this tour to any adventurous individuals. I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity for this amazing experience! Both Cynthia and Aleksei have amazing organizational and communication skills and as a team went above and beyond to make this trip very special for everyone.” – Jay (USA)

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14- day Adventure Tour, July 2021

AVAILABLE DATES:

July 15th – July 28th, 2022 (1 place left)

August 15th – August 28th, 2022 (9 places left)

September 12th – September 25th, 2022 (5 places left)

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What can you expect on the Best of Kyrgyzstan Adventure Tour?

During this Adventure Tour, we’ll go by 4×4 to the remote area around Kel Suu Lake, which is considered to be one of the most beautiful and spectacular mountain lakes in the Kyrgyz Republic. 

Kel Suu is located next to the western side of the Kolshaal-Too mountains, not far from the Chinese border, and this lake is very hard to reach if you’re not an experienced driver and have your own 4×4 vehicle. 

You’ll have the chance to go on a few hikes, meet and interact with the local shepherds to learn more about their daily lives, explore the lake by boat and/or just relax and connect with nature.

We’ll also visit Tash Rabat, a 600-year-old caravanserai where travelers used to take a break during their journey along the old Silk Road.

From there, we’ll go on a one-day horseback trip to the Panda Pass, a 4.100-meter high mountain pass from where we’ll get a magnificent panoramic view over Chatyr Kul lake, which means “Celestial Lake” in Kyrgyz – the name says it all!

Chatyr Kul lake Kyrgyzstan - Journal of Nomads Kyrgyzstan Tours - Adventure Tours - horse riding in Kyrgyzstan

But Kel Suu and Chatyr-Kul aren’t the only beautiful lakes you’ll get to see during this trip! 

We’re also going on a one-day horseback trek around the beautiful Son Kul Lake during which we stop at one of the stunning Terskye Alatau mountain passes. Along the way, we’ll see the settlements of nomadic shepherds and ride along the shores of Son Kul.

After we’ve done all these trips on horses, there will be some time to relax, swim in Issyk-Kul lake and attend an eagle hunting training demonstration.

We’re saving the best for last: a 4-day trek across the Ala-Kul mountain pass (about 65km in total), during which we’ll hike along the Karakol river and across breathtaking valleys until we reach the gorgeous mountain lake of Ala-Kul, known for its ever-changing watercolors.

During this trek, we’ll be camping in a tent in the most beautiful settings and you’ll be able to bathe in the hot springs of the Altyn-Arashan valley.

I’m organizing this tour in collaboration with my good friend and local tour guide Aleksei from Kyrgyz Nomad.

During my time in Kyrgyzstan, Aleksei has been an indispensable resource for showing me the most beautiful places in the country and he gave me some great insights into the culture.

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Aleksei & Cynthia

We’ll also be accompanied by local mountain guides and experienced horsemen who will make sure we smoothly find our way through the mountains.

We’re looking forward to showing you the best of Kyrgyzstan!

It’ll be an unforgettable trip and a unique opportunity for you to discover the beauty of a truly magnificent country (which is one of my favorite destinations in the world!)!


Overview of the trip

When: 

  • July 15th – July 28th, 2022 (guided by Cynthia & Aleksei)
  • August 15th – August 28th, 2022 (guided by Cynthia & Aleksei)
  • September 12th – 25th, 2022 (guided by Aleksei)

Start & Finish: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Transport: 4×4 off-road vehicle with A/C

Housing and lodging: tent, yurts, guest house

Maximum group size: 10 people

Level of difficulty of the 4-day trek: medium/hard  (the 2nd and 3rd day of the trek are physically very challenging as we’re hiking up steep hills, through rough terrain and above altitudes of 3000 meters. We strongly recommend you do some endurance training in advance!)

Who can join: This 14-day Adventure Tour is suitable for adventurous travelers aged 18 and above. The average age of the travelers who have been joining us so far was between 20 and 65 years.

The participants are usually solo travelers, friends, and couples. The Adventure Tour isn’t suitable for families with children who are younger than 16 years. 

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14-day Best of Kyrgyzstan Adventure Tour, September 2021

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14-day Itinerary

Day 1:  BISHKEK – ORTO TOKOI RESERVOIR – SON KUL LAKE

We meet up in Bishkek around 10 in the morning. We pack our belongings in the van and start the journey towards Son Kul Lake, a beautiful mountain lake just below 3000 meters altitude. Along the way, we’ll make a stop at the Orto Tokoi Reservoir.

Orto Tokoi Water Reservoir Kyrgystan

We arrive at Son Kul lake in the late afternoon. After our arrival at the yurt camp, you’ll have some free time to explore the area on foot.

Son Kul lake - Kyrgyzstan Tours - Journal of Nomads

Dinner is shared with the group at the yurt camp and we spend the night in a shared yurt near the shores of Son Kul lake.

Meals included: Dinner.
Accommodation: Shared yurt
Facilities: no wi-fi, no electricity, no hot shower. You can refresh yourself in the lake. Toilet is outside. 

Day 2:  Horse riding at SON KUL LAKE

After enjoying a traditional Kyrgyz breakfast at the yurt camp, we mount our horses and go on a 4-hour horse riding trip in the surrounding mountains of Son Kul lake.

Kyrgyzstan Adventure Tour - Horseback riding to Son Kol

We ride to a 3500 meters high mountain pass where we enjoy a panoramic view over the lake and the nearby mountain range.

Kyrgyzstan Adventure Tour - Journal of Nomads - Horseriding Son Kul

After a short break on the mountain pass, we return towards Son Kul to ride along its shores.

After our return to the yurt camp, you’ll have the rest of the afternoon free so you can go swimming in the lake, go for a walk or just enjoy the beauty of the area. 

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Accommodation: Shared yurt
Facilities: no wi-fi, no electricity, no hot shower. You can refresh yourself in the lake. Toilet is outside. 

day 3: Son Kul lake – Naryn – Kok Kiya Valley

After an early breakfast, we say goodbye to Son Kul lake and continue our journey through Kyrgyzstan.

We drive all the way to Naryn where we have a stop at a local supermarket to buy some snacks. Then we hit the road again and drive to the Kok-Kiya Valley, an area near the border with China.

Along the way, we get treated to some spectacular views over the At-Bashi range and the Eki-Naryn Canyon.

We arrive in the valley in the early evening. After stretching our legs from the long car ride, we make ourselves comfortable at a local yurt camp. There will be a little time to explore our new surroundings before having dinner at the camp.

Staying in a yurt camp Kyrgyzstan - Journal of Nomads Kyrgyzstan Tours

Meals included: Breakfast, dinner.
Accommodation: Shared yurt.
Facilities: No electricity, no cell phone connection & wi-fi, no hot shower. Toilet is outside.

Day 4: Day hike to Kel Suu Lake

After having breakfast in the yurt camp, we go on a day hike (around 3-4 hours one way) to explore the stunning Kel Suu Lake.

This lake is one of Kyrgyzstan’s most beautiful and unique alpine lakes, located at 3500 meters altitude. It looks like a winding canyon and was formed years ago by a strong earthquake.

Kel Suu Lake - Cynthia Bil - Journal of Nomads Adventure Tour

The lake is surrounded by hundreds of meters high cliffs that have numerous caves and alcoves. There’s a small island in the center of the lake that you can reach by boat.

You can rent a boat from local shepherds and/or explore the area on foot. You could also go for a swim, however, the water is very cold (around 6ºC) and the lake is 5 to 10 meters deep so it can be dangerous.

After having a picnic at the lake, we hike back to the yurt camp.

Meals included: Breakfast, dinner
Accommodation: Shared yurt.
Facilities: No electricity, no cell phone connection & wi-fi, no hot shower. Toilet is outside.

Day 5: Kok Kiya – Tash Rabat

After having breakfast, we pack our belongings in the car and leave the Kok Kiya Valley to drive towards Tash Rabat. We drive off-road across the most beautiful scenery you can imagine.

We arrive in Tash Rabat in the late afternoon. Tash Rabat is a 15th century stone caravanserai that used to function as a ‘roadside inn’ for the people and their animals who used to travel along the ancient Silk Road. 

We spend the night in a yurt camp and enjoy a lovely dinner from the Kyrgyz cuisine.

Yurt camp at Tash Rabat

Meals included: Breakfast, dinner
Accommodation: Shared Yurt
Facilities: no wi-fi, no hot shower. Toilet is outside.

Day 6: Horseback trip to Panda Pass

Today we go on a horseback trip (6 hours in total) through the Tash Rabat Valley, all the way up to the Panda Pass.

Horse riding near Tash Rabat - Panda Pass - Journal of Nomads Adventure Tours Kyrgyzstan

This is a beautiful 4100-meter mountain pass that gives spectacular views over the Ak Sai Valley and Chatyr Kul lake

Chatyr Kul lake Kyrgyzstan - Journal of Nomads Kyrgyzstan Tours - Adventure Tours - horse riding in Kyrgyzstan

Chatyr Kul is one of Kyrgyzstan’s largest and deepest lakes and is frozen most of the year due to its location between glaciers. After enjoying the views and a nice picnic in one of the surrounding valleys, we return to our yurt camp near Tash Rabat.  

Meals included: Breakfast, dinner
Accommodation: Shared Yurt
Facilities: no wi-fi, no hot shower. Toilet is outside.

Day 7: Tash Rabat – Issyk Kul lake

We start the day with a lovely breakfast and a short visit to the centuries-old caravanserai of Tash Rabat. Then we get ready for a long road trip towards Issyk Kul lake.

We arrive in the late afternoon in Kaji-Say, a small town on the southern shore of Issyk-Kul lake. Issyk-Kul means “warm lake” in the Kyrgyz language because it never freezes, despite the cold temperatures in the region during winter.

You’ll get time to go for a swim in the lake before dinner and spending the night at a yurt camp on the shores of the lake.

Meals included: Breakfast, dinner.
Accommodation: Shared yurt
Facilities: Warm shower, western-style toilets, wifi

Day 8: Rest Day at issyk kul lake

Today we’re having a rest day at Issyk Kul lake and you’re free to do what you feel like.

You can spend the day swimming, kayaking, sup boarding, hiking, sleeping and/or sunbathing at the lake.

You’ll also have the chance to catch up with emails, share photos and stories about this trip on social media, and/or make a call home to tell you’re still alive as there will be wi-fi at the yurt camp.

Meals included: Breakfast, dinner.
Accommodation: Shared yurt
Facilities: Warm shower, western-style toilets, wifi

Day 9: Issyk-Kul Lake – Fairytale Canyon – Barskoon Waterfall – Karakol

After breakfast (and an optional morning swim in the lake), we go on a short drive to meet one of the few remaining Golden Eagle hunters in Kyrgyzstan for a demonstration of how he trains his eagles.

Hunting with eagles is an ancient tradition amongst the nomadic people of Central Asia but nowadays there are only a few people left in Kyrgyzstan who practice this art.

After the eagle hunting demonstration, we continue our journey to Karakol. Along the way, we have a stop at the “Fairytale Canyon” where we go on a short hike.

The canyon is famous for its unique red “Mars” colors and its strange shapes and is a paradise for photographers.

After wandering around the canyon and taking plenty of photos, we continue our little road trip to the Barskoon Gorge where we visit a beautiful waterfall in the forest.

We get back in the car and finish our trip in the town of Karakol, where we spend the night in a guest house.

Meals included: Breakfast, dinner.
Accommodation: Shared room in Karakol guesthouse
Facilities: Hot shower, western-style toilets, wifi.

Day 10: Start of the 4-day hiking trek. Karakol Valley – Sirota

We have breakfast in the guesthouse and get everything prepared for the hiking trek. Once we’re ready, we leave the guesthouse in the late morning and drive to the Karakol gorge. This is the starting point of our 4-day trek.

Today we hike 16km along the fast raging Karakol river to the Karakol Valley where we continue the trek towards the forested oasis named Sirota. Today is a rather “easy” day of hiking. It’s a great introduction to the area and we get treated to some amazing views of the distinct landscapes.

We set up camp on one of the river banks and enjoy a good dinner before we sleep for the first night under the stars.

Meals included: Breakfast, dinner.
Accommodation: Tent
Facilities: none. You can refresh yourself in the river.

Day 11:  Hiking towards Ala Kul lake

We start the day with a good breakfast before taking down our tents. Today we’re making a 12 kilometers long ascent to Ala-Kul lake (3500m). The distance might not sound very long but today will be physically challenging as we’ll have to hike up a steep hill for hours in a row. Don’t underestimate this trek!

Don’t forget to stop along the way to catch your breath and enjoy the magnificent views! We’ll also pass a beautiful waterfall.

Once we reach the lake that locals refer to as the ‘pristine diamond of the Karakol Canyon’, we continue hiking for a bit before reaching our camp above the shores of the lake. 

We have a well-deserved rest while enjoying the view over the lake and its ever-changing colors. The water changes hourly from azure to violet, depending on the weather conditions.

Meals included: Breakfast, dinner.
Accommodation: Tent
Facilities: none.

Day 12: Ala Kul pass –  Altyn-Arashan Valley

After breakfast and packing up, we continue our hike towards the Ala-Kul pass (3850m). The total hiking distance today is around 17 km. It doesn’t sound very long but it will be another physically challenging day. 

We start with a 2-hour challenging climb to the Ala Kul mountain pass and once we reach the summit, we get treated to a panorama of the highest peaks of the Terskey Alatau mountain range: Karakol Peak, Djigit, and the Oguz Bachi Peaks. Those peaks create a ridge that goes across the horizon from East to West.

We take a small break here to enjoy the magnificent views (and catch our breath) before we start our descent towards the Keldeke Gorge and the Altyn-Arashan valley (2600m).

Altyn-Arashan means ‘Golden Spa’ and is famous for its hot sulfur springs. The mineral water has a temperature of 40-50°C. Once we arrive, we take a well-deserved therapeutic bath in the indoor hot springs before having dinner at a guest house. Then we set up camp to sleep one last time in our tents.

Meals included: Breakfast, dinner.
Accommodation: Tent
Facilities: Bathing in indoor hot springs!

Day 13: Last day of the trek. Altyn-Arashan – Ak-Suu – Karakol

This is the last day of the trek! After our breakfast, we hike 15 km along the Arashan river toward the village of Ak-Suu, the endpoint of this trek.

In the morning, we’ll pass the hidden outdoor hot springs where we can sit in an outdoor bath with a view!

Once we’ve arrived in the village, we hop in the car and drive back to Karakol. In the evening we enjoy a delicious and nourishing dinner at the same guest house where we stayed on day 9. 

Meals included: Breakfast, dinner.
Accommodation: Shared room in Karakol guesthouse
Facilities: Hot shower, western-style toilets, wi-fi.

Day 14:  Return to Bishkek.

We enjoy one last breakfast together before we head back around 9 am to Bishkek. Today will be a long day of driving (around 7 hours)!

Along the way, we stop to visit the Jeti Oguz Gorge and we take a lunch break at the south shores of lake Issyk-Kul during which we can go for a last swim in the lake.

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Jeti Oguz

When we arrive in Bishkek, we’ll drop off everyone at a central location in the city center where we can easily park the vans and unload the luggage. If needed, we’ll call a taxi for you so you can easily get to your hostel or hotel. 

This is the moment where the tour is finished! There’s an optional dinner to say goodbye to our amazing group of friends!

Meals included: Breakfast

Note: This itinerary can be modified in case of weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances.


Costs of the trip

Price for the 14-day Best of Kyrgyzstan Adventure Tour:

1600 euro per person (max. 10 people)

What’s included in this price?

  • Transportation: Van with AC and 4×4 SUV with an experienced local driver
  • Accommodation: shared rooms in guesthouses, shared space in yurts
  • All meals mentioned in the itinerary
  • All activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • Border permits for the Kel Suu lake area
  • Entry tickets to Tash Rabat, Fairy Tale Canyon, National Park areas in Karakol, hot springs
  • 1 horse per person during the 2 days of horseriding
  • Experienced horsemen who guide us during the 2 horseback trips
  • Certified local guides and cook who accompany us during the 4-day trek to Ala Kul
  • Porters who carry camping equipment and personal luggage up to max.10 kg per person during the 4-day trek

Kel Suu is located near the Chinese border and there are military checkpoints on the road to the lake. Anyone who wants to go there needs a border permit. To arrange these border permits for you, we’ll ask for a copy of your passport when you finalize your booking.

What’s not included in this price?

  • Airfares to and from Bishkek
  • Visa application fee (however, Kyrgyzstan is visa-free for most EU and other countries. Check this link to see if you can visit the country without having to obtain a visa)
  • Medical or travel insurance (mandatory to join our trip). We recommend SafetyWing or Battleface if you want a good insurance provider (in case you don’t have one yet).
  • Lodging in Bishkek
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary (there will be an opportunity to buy snacks before we go off-road)
  • Alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, bottled water
  • Personal expenses and souvenirs
  • Camping material: tent, sleeping bag, camping mattress (we offer you the possibility to rent these before the tour for the additional price of max.€10 per day)
  • Private room in guesthouse (we stay in a shared room in the guesthouses, if you want to have your own private room, please mention beforehand as there will be an additional cost)

What you need to know before joining this tour

  • Visa for Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan has a visa-free policy for citizens of 61 countries, including citizens of most EU countries, USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. Check here to see whether or not you need to obtain a visa or if you’re granted a free visa on arrival.

  • Coronavirus

You need to be fully vaccinated or show a negative Covid- PCR test issued in the last 72 hours before entering Kyrgyzstan. Even if you’re fully vaccinated, we still require you to do a PCR test before joining this trip.

You’ll also need to take a PCR test upon leaving Kyrgyzstan. This test can be done in different lab centers in Bishkek. We’ll provide you with all the info you’ll need!

  • Housing and lodging during the tour

We put together this tour with the intention of providing you with an authentic Kyrgyz experience. Therefore we organized lodging in guesthouses and yurt camps of local families.

We sleep in shared spaces, exactly as the Kyrgyz families do. In the guesthouses you’ll have your own bed, in the yurt we sleep in a bed or on thick blankets on the floor. These blankets are very comfortable and soft so we can ensure that you’ll sleep very well!

During the 4-day trek to Ala Kul, you will camp in a tent so definitely bring a good camping mattress and a warm sleeping bag as nights in the mountains are cold.

  • Bathroom facilities in Kyrgyzstan

Along the road and in remote areas, there are no western-style toilets. Even at the gas stations or road restaurants, you’ll have to be comfortable using a squat toilet.

With the exception of the guesthouses where you’ll have a hot shower and western-style toilet, most toilets will be outside in the form of a separate small building with a hole in the ground. Sometimes there’s toilet paper but definitely bring a roll (or two) of toilet paper with you on this tour.

When we’re camping during the 4-day hike to lake Ala Kul, you have to be comfortable by doing ‘your business’ in nature.

You also have to be fine with not being able to take a hot shower for the majority of the time but you can refresh yourself in the lakes and rivers.

A typical “bathroom” of a yurt camp

  • Food in Kyrgyzstan

Breakfast is usually fried eggs, bread and/or porridge.

Lunch and dinner usually consist of 2 courses. The first course is often a hearty soup. The second course is mutton, beef and chicken, served with noodles or rice and a salad on the side. Mention if you’re vegetarian so we can arrange meals without meat for you!

  • Drinking water during the tour

Bottled water isn’t provided so you must bring your own refillable water bottle.

You’ll be able to refill your water bottle(s) in clean water springs and streams along the tour. If there aren’t any water springs at the yurt camp, we’ll request boiled water to fill up your bottle(s).

I also highly recommend bringing a water filter or a steripen if you’re worried about getting sick – I’ve been using a Lifestraw water bottle and that has always done the job for me!

  • Weather in Kyrgyzstan

July and August are the best months during the summer for horseback riding and trekking in the mountains. The average temperature in the mountains is between 15 and 25 ºC during the day, nights can be chilly (between 0 to 10 ºC).

However, the weather in the mountains can be unpredictable so we might experience rain, snow, and sun in one day. Bring warm and waterproof clothes, suitable for any weather condition.

The weather in the mountains is very unpredictable. We might have 4 seasons in one day!

  • Gear/ equipment needed for this tour

As this is an adventurous tour, you’ll need a backpack in which you carry your clothes, personal items, tent, sleeping bag and pad.

Once you’ve booked for this trip, you’ll receive a detailed packing list. You can already read my Packing List for Trekking in Kyrgyzstan to get an idea of what you’ll need. 

You’ll be able to leave some of your belongings in a secure place during the 4-day trek to Ala Kul. 

Trekking equipment such as tents, sleeping bags, and pads can be rented on a daily basis (not more than €10/day). 

  • Charging electronics

There will only be 4 nights on this 14-day tour during which you can charge your electronic devices. Bring enough batteries for your camera and a USB power bank to keep your electronic accessories charged.

In Kyrgyzstan, the power plugs and sockets are of type C and F (same as in Europe). The standard voltage is 220 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

  • Will this tour be dangerous?

We want to give you an adventurous experience, not a dangerous one! The biggest danger is that you might not want to leave Kyrgyzstan (that’s why I stayed1 year in the country and keep coming back…).

Kyrgyzstan is one of the safest countries in Asia. To ensure your safety in the mountains, we’ll be accompanied by experienced mountain guides who know all the paths. Safety is our priority and we wouldn’t organize anything that would put you in danger!

The only danger is that you might enjoy it here so much that you just don’t want to leave!

  • Do I need to have previous camping/ hiking/horseback riding experience?

You don’t need to have previous camping experience but you need to be aware of what you’re signing up for.

This is not a ‘glamping’ trip so you need to be comfortable with living in basic conditions, not being able to take a hot shower for days in a row (you can wash yourself in the lakes and/or rivers) and feel confident enough to use a tree or a hole in the ground as a toilet.

When you sign up, we’ll ask about your horseriding experience. It’s not a problem if you’ve never ridden a horse before. We’ll give instructions and the horses are used to carrying inexperienced riders.  They’ll walk very slowly so all you have to do is sit and enjoy the ride. We’ll also have some experienced horsemen with us that will guide and help you if needed.

The majority of the travelers who’ve signed up in the past didn’t have any horse riding experience so don’t worry, we got your back!

Active mountain trekking is teamwork, so we’ll help each other with setting the camp, building a cover for the rain and motivate each other during the steeper parts of the trek.

The only thing that you have to keep in mind is that the 4-day hike will be difficult during the climbing parts. If you’re not used to doing physical activity, train beforehand and build up your endurance by doing cardio exercises before starting this trek.

Even if you have done a multiple-day trek before, don’t underestimate this hike! It’s not a walk in the park! 

Don’t underestimate this hike!!

  • Altitude levels

On this trip, we’ll be reaching high altitudes with an average of 3500 meters above sea level. You’ll have the time to get used to the altitude but in case you ever had issues with altitude sickness, please seek medical advice before booking this trip.

The highest places we reach will be the Panda pass at 4100 meters and the Ala-Kul pass at 3850 meters. 

In case you have more questions about this tour, don’t hesitate to contact me.


Booking

Cost of tour:

€1600 per person  (max. 10 people)


Availability:

July 15th – July 28th, 2022 (1 place left, guided by me)

August 15th – August 28th, 2022 (9 places left, guided by me)

September 12th – September 25th, 2022 (5 places left, guided by Aleksei)

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Confirm your participation with a deposit of €300 per person.

Deposits can be made via bank transfer in EUR or USD.

The remaining amount can be paid either in cash on the first day of the tour or via bank transfer at the latest one week before the start of the trip.

As soon as we receive your booking, we’ll send out the payment details. You have 48 hours to pay the deposit. If not, we have to cancel your participation and reserve the place for the next person who books.

If you have any more questions or want more info, please contact me here!

Cancellation policy

If for any reason you can’t join this tour, we’ll refund your deposit if you cancel before April 30th, 2022.

In case we have to cancel this tour due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control (pandemic, political reasons, natural disasters,…), you’ll receive a full refund of the tour costs (minus transaction costs).


We’re excited to share this adventure with you!!
We hope to see you in Kyrgyzstan!

Cynthia & Aleksei

Kyrgyzstan Adventure Tours Journal of Nomads