Nomadic Life Experience Tour
8 Days Culture Tour
SCHEDULED DATES IN 2024
Group #1: 12.06 – 19.06.2024
Group #2: 17.07 – 24.07.2024
Group #3: 31.07 – 07.08.2024
During the tour, we work with local communities and the resources available to them. Many of our local service providers are working towards a more sustainable future of local tourism through efforts to reduce/recycle plastic waste, compost in yurts and homes, and use locally produced materials. You have the opportunity to contribute to a more sustainable future by bringing a reusable water bottle with you, reducing waste when possible, and properly disposing of items when they run out.
- Enjoy the quiet charms and warm hospitality of Kyrgyzstan;
- Visit Issyk Kul, the lake known as “The Pearl of Kyrgyzstan”;
- Experience nomadic life sleeping in a yurt beside the alpine lake of Song Kul;
- Soak up the hustle and bustle of oriental bazaars;
- Explore Kyrgyzstan’s green, modern capital, Bishkek;
- Take part in workshops of Felt and Yurt production, learn how to cook Kyrgyz cuisine;
Local driver and guide will meet with you at 10:00 AM at the lobby of the hotel. Transfer to southern shore of Issyk- Kuk. On the way visit the old town of Balasagun and Burana Tower. Its construction dated from the 10th to the 11th century.
Lunch in road side cafes, where it is possible to taste local bread called “Kattama”, guide will help with arrangements. Stop in Kyzyl-Tuu, where the local masters make the wooden parts of the yurts. The local artisan will show you how to make wooden parts of Yurt by your own hands. Dinner and overnight at the yurt camp in Jaichy Gorge, experience overnight in yurts as nomads. (Meal: D)
Breakfast in the yurt camp. Later you will learn more about Eagle Hunting in the country. Berkutchi, the hunter, will talk about the process of breeding and training Eagles. After, hike for about 3 hours to Boz- Salkyn Panorama viewpoint and back. Those who don’t want to do hike, can explore nomad’s life in the camp, with driver support.
Lunch will be arranged as a picnic. In the afternoon continue trip to Tamga village (about 1,5 hours of driving). It is possible to have a swim in the lake. Here is a wild beach. Dinner and overnight in the yurt camp. (Meal: B/L-B/D)
Breakfast in the yurt camp. Start the hiking from Svetlaya Polyana to Jety- Oguz. It is a 3-4 hours hike. Lunch as a picnic on the way. Dinner and overnight in the yurt camp. (B/L-B/D)
Breakfast. Have morning hike in the surrounded gorge. Transfer to Karakol. Visit famous red rock formation and Dungan Museum in Yrdyk village. Learn more about Dungan ethnicity.
Lunch with Dungan Family. Upon arrival to Karakol, city tour. Start the city tour in Karakol with visiting Russian Orthodox Church, Muslim Mosque and Museum of Przhevalsky. Dinner in Uighur family, together with the host experience to cook local dish called “Lagman”. Overnight in the family guesthouse. (Meal: B/L/D)
Early morning visit of Sunday Animal market, in case this day is Sunday. Experience local trading culture. Breakfast. Continue trip to Kochkor village, along the northern shore of Issyk- Kul. Issyk-Kul lake is the second largest mountain lake in the world at an altitude of 1607 meters above sea level. The lake does not freeze in winter (hence the name), even though it is surrounded by mountains. In Cholpon- Ata 1 hour boat excursion in Issyk-Kul Lake.
Upon arrival to Kochkor accommodation in the family guesthouse. Visit the women’s cooperation called “Altyn Kol” (Golden Hand). You can take part in the felt production master class and buy beautiful felt art handicrafts from local artists. Dinner and overnight at the guesthouse in Kochkor. (Meal: B/L/D)
Breakfast. Trip to Song-Kul. Here you can go on a day hike in the mountains, meet local shepherds, observe the shepherd’s way of life: taste bread and Kymyz (the Kyrgyz national drink made from mare’s milk). You can see how mare is milked, how the nomads live. There are various options for hiking in Song-Kul.
If you would like to experience horse riding during the day, we can organize this service for you. It will be possible for additional payment. For riding we will arrange a local stableman for your escort. For extra payment, it is possible to watch Horse Games competitions. Overnight and dinner in the yurt camp. (B/L/D)
After breakfast free time for a walk. After lunch transfer to Chon- Kemin Nature Park. Upon arrival accommodation in the family guesthouse. Dinner in the guesthouse. (Meal: B/L/D)
Breakfast. Learn to cook local bread – “Boorsok”, you can take part in the process. Breakfast with freshly made bread and jam. Continue trip to Bishkek. City tour with visiting of Historical Museum, Ala- Too central square and other centrally located sightseeing’s. After the city tour, end of service. (Meal: B)
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Level of difficulty: There are no difficulties on the route, but tourists should be ready for long transfers by mountain roads.
Conditions: It is necessary to bring warm clothes, walking shoes, rain coat and etc. Weight of personal things is not limited.
Health: If you have any specific sicknesses, you need to bring own first aid kit with necessary medicaments.
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Tour updated 1.2.2024