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Our driver will welcome you at the airport for your hotel transfer for early check-in. You can have a rest, shower and eat breakfast. for lunch we gather with our group and spend the afternoon on a city tour of Bishkek. On a clear day, the mountain peaks of the form the perfect backdrop to urban parks. We will see the statue of a hero Manas, protagonist in the national epic tale. His statue takes pride place in central Ala-Too Square. We will see major sightseeing highlights that Bishkek has to offer through our tour. Over dinner, you can get to know your guide and group closer and discuss the upcoming tour in detail.
We’ll depart Bishkek after breakfast. Our first stop is the Burana Tower. It’s possible to climb the winding staircase inside the tower to reach the top. Originally, however, it was over 40 meters, the top part fell after the 15th century earthquake.
Moving on, our next stop is at the Konorchek Canyon. There, we’ll take a short walk to admire the red rock formations. Our destination is Issyk Kul lake, which sits at an altitude of 1600 meters above sea level.
In the morning we’ll drive to the summer pasture, from where we start hiking to the wonderful mountain viewpoint overlooking Issyk Kul Lake.
After a picnic fairytale Canyon, the deep red and orange sedimentary rocks are stunning and seem almost alien. Back at our yurt camp, as night falls, we’ll dine under the stars and enjoy a traditional folklore music show.
Walking: 3.5 hours on 2500m altitude
This morning, we will meet an Eagle hunter and watch him in action. Later, we will visit a village of yurt makers and see them making a real yurt. In the afternoon, we will drive to yurt camp for the next two nights which is situated at an altitude of 3000m.
Walking: 1 hour at 3000m altitude
Today is an optional horse riding at the alpine pasture. Even if you’re a novice rider, you’ll enjoy horse riding among scattered yurts, and nomadic herders. Later, we will watch traditional nomad horse games such as Kok-Boru, in which two teams attempt to place a goat carcass in the goal of their opponents.
Glimpsing Song Kul for the last time, we start walking and discover the Naryn River valley. After a walk, we continue driving across the Tien Shan Mountains and visit some 18th and 19th century mausoleums before enjoying lunch. In the late afternoon we’ll arrive at yurt camp next to the Tash Rabat caravanserai.
Today we will have time to visit the Tash Rabat Caravanserai. For the rest of the day you can choose to relax near the yurts or go on a hike in the nearby mountains.
Hiking time (optional): 5-6h, max. altitude 3900m
Our destination today is Kashgar, at the gateway to the Taklamakan Desert. After international border crossing, and administrative formalities we will soon be able to hit the road again. We will enter the ancient city in Xinjiang and discover the fascinating blend of culture.
We leave Kashgar early in the morning and drive to another oasis on the Silk Road, Yarkant. Browse at the typical Uyghur market, where you’ll find local produce and visit Amannisakhan’s mausoleum. We drive further into the vast Taklamakan desert to scale the huge sand dunes. Finally, we will go back to Kashgar.
Early in the morning we will start our city tour with famous Sunday animal market. Following the animal market we will learn more about Kashgar’s numerous historical sights.
Today, we’ll drive along the famous Karakoram Highway, which connects Kashgar to Islamabad in Pakistan via the Karakoram Mountain Pass. As we gain altitude, the landscape is nothing short of spectacular. Yaks and camels graze on mountainous pastures. The road is long but the journey is one that can be found on many a bucket list.
Later, we’ll arrive at the shore of Karakol Lake, meaning “black lake” in the Uyghur language. We take the time to discover this magical place, with its breathtaking scenery and snowy summits of “Mountain’s Father” Mustag Ata which rises to a height of 7509 metres and Kongur Tagh, slightly higher at 7649 metres. Eventually, though, the time will come for us to drive back to Kashgar, arriving at the hotel in the late evening.
We leave the oasis of Kashgar this morning and drive up to Irkeshtam Pass at the Kyrgyz border. We’ll drive on the Chon-Alay high plain to Sary Mogol. We cross the Pamir Highway and discover the high summits of this border region. Tonight, we will spend the night in a guesthouse in village of Sary Mogol.
In the morning, we have a short drive to the foothills of Peak Lenin (7134 m). We start walking from Tulpar Kul Lake (alt. 3500 m) and head towards the Peak. The walk is easy and the scenery impressive. We will have a picnic on the foothills of the mountain.
Our return walk takes us back along Tulpar Kul Lake to home of a yak farmer. Tonight we will sleep in a traditional yurt.
Walking: 4-5 hours, max. altitude 3800 m
On the way to Osh, we will make several stops to admire the beautiful landscape and take little detours. Osh has history stretching over more than three millennia. We will be staying for the night in guesthouse.
Walking: ca. 2 hours
There’s much to see in Osh: Sulaiman Too, the mountain which pops-up in the city center, its museum, the old bazaar, parks and city monuments. We’ll make time to have a tasty lunch in a traditional tea house, where we will taste the famous plov. In the evening, we will fly back to Bishkek and enjoy farewell dinner.
Flying time: 45 minutes
Today it’s time to say a fond farewell to marvellous Central Asia. Our driver will provide your transfer to Manas International Airport.