Mountain biking tour in Kyrgyzstan

Season: July - August
Duration: 15 days
Countries: Kyrgyzstan
Category: Summer
Type: Bicycle Tour

 

Itinerary of the trip:

Day 1. BISHKEK (627M↑)-CHON-KEMIN GORGE (1600M↑) (150 KM→)
Upon arrival in the international airport “Manas” (AM flight) drive by transport to Chon-Kemin gorge. Prepare for tomorrow biking: unpack and reassemble bikes. Lunch, dinner and overnight in guest house.

Day 2. CHON-KEMIN GORGE (1600M↑)- VIA KALMAK-ASHU PASS (3200M↑) – KOCHKOR (1767M ↑) (50 KM biking + 60 KM by transport)
After breakfast start biking (20 km →) by gravel track to Kalmak Ashuu pass. Continue biking (30 km →) by gravel track. After passing Orto Tokoi Reservoir at 1700m altitude stop for lunch. Then take driving by transport (60 km →) to Kochkor. Kochkor is famous of traditional Kyrgyz crafts, upon arrival to Kochkor visit local house where *making felt carpets. Dinner and overnight in local house with Kyrgyz family.

Day 3. KOCHKOR (1767M↑) –VIA CHAAR-ARCHA PASS (3061M↑)- TENT CAMP 1 (2700M↑)
After breakfast start biking from Kochkor (40 km →) by gravel track Stop for lunch. After lunch continue biking (25 km →) by half stony half gravel track to Chaar Archa pass. Dinner and overnight in tents.

Day 4. TENT CAMP 1 (2700M↑)- VIA KARA-KECHE GORGE (2847M↑) -TENT CAMP 2 (2648 M↑)
After breakfast start biking (40 km →)by half gravel half stony road. At the beginning of the gorge stop for rest and lunch. After lunch continue biking (40 km→). Dinner and overnight in tents.

Day 5. TENT CAMP 2 (2648 M↑)– VIA KARA-KECHE PASS (3384M↑)-SOUTH COAST OF SON-KUL LAKE (3016M↑)
After breakfast start biking (20 km→) to Kara-Keche pass. After passing Kara-Keche pass stop for rest and lunch. After lunch continue biking (30 km →) to south coast of Son-Kul lake. Dinner and overnight in traditional dwelling of nomads - yurts.

Day 6. SOUTH COAST OF SON-KUL LAKE (3016M↑) – NORTH COAST OF SON-KUL LAKE (3034 M↑)
After breakfast start biking (30 km→) to the north coast of Son-Kul lake. Stop for lunch at river Son-Kul, after lunch continue biking (30 km→). Son Kul lake is a haven for nomads and grazing herds although the winter climate is very harsh in summer time. Besides sheep, goats, cows and horses you may see yaks and even camels. Sunsets at Son Kul are absolutely stunning. Once seen never forgotten. Dinner and overnight in yurts.

Day 7. NORTH COAST OF SON-KUL (3034M ↑) – VIA KALMAK ASHUU PASS (3447M↑)- TENT CAMP 3 (2700M↑)
After breakfast start biking (20 km →) to Kalmak Ashuu pass by half gravel half dirty road. On the way to the pass you can admire surprising nature: After passing Kalmak Ashuu pass descent (50 km→) to Sary-Bulak village by mountain spiral road. Bike more 2-3 km from the village to tent camp close to Kara-Kudjur river.

Day 8. TENT CAMP 3 (2700M↑)- VIA JER KOCHKU VILLAGE(2845M↑)- TENT CAMP 4 (2985M↑)
After breakfast start biking (35 km→) by half gravel half dirty road. Stop for lunch. After lunch continue biking (35 km). Dinner and overnight in tents.

Day 9. TENT CAMP 4(2985M↑)-VIA JALPAK-BEL PASS (3300 M↑)- TENT CAMP 5 (3200M↑)
After breakfast start biking (45 km→) till Jalpak Bel pass. Lunch en route. Descent from Jalpak-Bel pass. Dinner and overnight in tents.

Day 10. TENT CAMP 5 (3200M↑) – VIA BALGART RIVER (2700M ↑)- JILUU SUU HOT SPRINGS (3000M↑)
After breakfast start biking to the hot spring Jiluu-Suu (70 km→) by half gravel half dirty road. Up-stream of Balgart river and it right confluent Jiluu-Suu river. Stop at the mineral hot springs. Dinner and overnight in tents.

Day 11. JILUU SUU HOT SPRINGS (3000M ↑)-VIA TOSOR PASS (3893M ↑) –KAJI-SAI (1750 M↑)
After breakfast start biking (35 km→ ) to Tosor pass. Standing high on the pass you can feel the sense of serenity, and it seems as if mountains are breathing nearby. The pass is quite difficult for passage. It has rather steep and rocky snow-covered trails. After passing Tosor pass stop for rest and lunch. After lunch continue biking (45 km →) to south coast of Issyk-Kul lake. Take driving to Kaji-Sai (25 km→). Dinner and overnight in hotel/guest house.

Day 12. KAJI-SAI (1750 M↑) – SKAZKA CANYON (1827M↑)-KAJI-SAI (1750 M↑)
After breakfast drive (25 km→) to Skazka (Fairy Tale) canyon. Remain part of the day you can enjoy with swimming in the southern shore of Issyk-Kul lake. Dinner and overnight in hotel/guest house.

Day 13. VILLAGE TOSOR (1620 M↑) - BISHKEK (360 KM →by transport)
After breakfast drive (360 km→) by south side of Issyk-Kul lake via Boom gorge. En route stop on 120 km of the road at Chon-Kemin river to have rafting**. Lunch en route. Dinner at local restaurant in Bishkek. Overnight in hotel / guest house.

Day 14. CITY TOUR IN BISHKEK(750-900M↑)-ALA-ARCHA (1500-2500M↑)
After breakfast city tour in Bishkek. Lunch at local restaurant. After lunch drive to Ala-Archa National Park (52 km) which is situated away south of the capital city of Bishkek. The total area of the Park is 19, 5 thousand sq. km., and its altitude ranges from about 1.500 meters at the entrance to a high of 4.895 meters. Farewell dinner at local restaurant in Bishkek. Overnight in hotel / guest house.

Day 15. DEPARTURE DAY
After breakfast transfer to the airport, see the group off.

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