Mountain Bike Tour
Tour duration: 12 days
It is all about feeling the wind in your face as you experience the flow while descending endless kilometers of the trail. It’s about pedaling for hours revealing the hidden treasures of remote mountain valleys and fantastic gorges. It is about pushing your bike up steep mountain passes and carrying your bike across glacier fed rivers. It is about being immersed in the wilderness with your bike as your trusty steed, as you travel through some of the most majestic terrain.
One of the most important factors in providing the most memorable journey is a trip on a bicycle across our region in the company of our guides, experts of the business, bikers of the highest class.
Kyrgyzstan is considered to be one of the last countries in the world with an authentic taste of nomadic life. Through centuries Kyrgyz people have been carrying traditional lifestyle based on their cattle breeding and ethnographical roots. Their life is strongly interwoven with legends and national heroes of the past. Most of semi-nomadic families still follow a tenor of life established by their ancestors. Supplemented with amazing mountain landscapes, friendliness of people and bright colors of traditional Asia this trip will immerse you in the outstanding environment of the nomad’s land.
Day 1. Arrival in in Bishkek
Arrival in Bishkek. Transfer to the hotel for a rest. Bishkek is a capital and the largest city in Kyrgyzstan, located at the foothill of magnificent Kyrgyz Ala-Tau mountain range. Bishkek is a city of many green parks and marble-faced public buildings combined with numerous Soviet-style apartment blocks and thousands of smaller privately built houses. It is laid out on a grid pattern, with most streets flanked on both sides by narrow irrigation channels that water the innumerable trees which provide shade in the hot summers. The city is believed to be the greenest in Central Asia with more trees per head of population than any other. Our sightseeing tour includes: blooming Osh Bazaar, Museum of Applied Arts and Ala-Too square, the main square of the country. The square serves as a place for state events and celebrations and includes many monuments, open-air picture gallery, famous Oak Park, marble government buildings and theaters.
Day 2. Transfer to Tepke, 370 km
Transfer to the starting point our bike tour in Tepke Village. On the way there we make a stop at Karakhanid’s minaret of the 12 century - Burana tower. Nowadays it is a museum complex which includes the tower itself, reconstructions of mausoleums found on the site, remains of a citadel, collection of balbals (grave stones used by nomadic Turkic peoples), petroglyphs (stone carvings) and a small museum. Further transfer through Boom gorge and along northern shore of the Issyk-Kul Lake to Tepke. The lake sits in a hollow surrounded by snowcapped peaks of Terskei and Kungei Ala-Tau mountain ranges at the altitude of 1600 m. The Lake is 180 km long, 60 km wide and 700 m deep. 134 streams and rivers flow into the lake but none flows out what is explained by underwater tectonic activity.
Days 3-6. Biking Part 1 (210 km)
Biking Part 1. Tepke - Karakol
Today we start a biking part of the tour at silent valley called Karkara, straddling the Kyrgyzstan-Kazakhstan border. The wide verdant valley, surrounded by tame rolling hills, seems out of place in this landscape of extremes. Our tour will take you off the grid and into the heart of the Tien-Shan Mountains that include the panorama of Khan Tengri Peak (7010m) and amazing landscapes of Saryjaz River.
We will accompanied by our services vehicle. At any moment we can make a coffee stop or just for a short rest.
Within this part of the tour we will spend 3 nights in tents.
Day 7. Karakol
Relaxing day in Karakol.
Karakol in previous times had another name – Prjevalsk, in honor of the famous Russian explorer of Asia – Nikolai Prjevalski, whose grave is situated at the shore of Issyk-Kul Lake. Visiting of Prjevalsk Museum. The town was founded in 1869 and constructed in an old Russian style with many buildings from Tsar time. We visit Holy Trinity Cathedral (1872) and Dungan Mosque (1910).
Dinner with Uighur family to taste national cuisine and lagman-show (lagman – is a traditional Uighur dish. You will be able to see the process of Lagman cooking and participate in it.
Day 8. Karakol – Tosor. Biking Part 2
Transfer to Tosor Pass (3893 m) along southern shore of Issyk-Kul Lake.. Ride down to our tent camp.
Biking Part 2. Tosor - Naryn
Day 9. Biking to Kichi-Naryn
Day 10. Naryn
Biking to Tash-Bashat and then transfer to Naryn.
Day 11. Transfer to Bishkek, 320 km
Transfer to Bishkek. Free afternoon in Bishkek will be culminated by farewell dinner with folklore show. Artists will demonstrate you national musical instruments and techniques of playing.
Day 12. Departure
Transfer to the airport and departure. End of services.
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