World Nomad Games 2018 Tour

Ultimate Nomadic Experience

Visit World Nomad Games & discover Kyrgyzstan's cultural and natural highlights.

Days

10

Price

€1780

Briefing

Comfort level:

Physical rating:

Group size: Max 12

Countries: Kyrgyzstan

Route:

  • Bishkek
  • Issyk Kul
  • Song Kul
  • Bishkek

Themes: Festivals

Kyrgyzstan is a fascinating country of nomadic heritage in the heart of Central Asia. Started in 2014 the World Nomad Games are taking place in 2018 for the third time on the shores of Lake Issyk Kul. More than 3000 athletes from 80 countries are competing in 36 nomadic disciplines and the Games are surrounded by a cultural program.

This trip will lead you in 10 days on a roundtrip through the country. You will discover the main highlights of Kyrgyzstan: the rural shore of Issyk Kul lake, the alpine pastures of stupendous Son Kul lake, and the green capital Bishkek. Throughout this trip, you will be immersed in the ancient nomadic culture and its equestrian tradition.

2 days visit of the World Nomad Games are at the end of the tour, so you are free to choose to depart one day earlier or a bit later from the Games.

highlights

  • City Tour of Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan
  • Visit World Nomad Games 2018, including Opening Ceremony
  • Enjoy the quaint charm and hospitality of Kyrgyzstan.
  • Visit the ‘Pearl of Kyrgyzstan’ – Issyk Kul Lake
  • Experience nomadic life at the alpine lake Song Kul, and sleep in a yurt
  • Experience the hustle and bustle of oriental bazaars
  • Stay at a guesthouse of farmers breeding Kyrgyz horses

ITINERARY & MAP

Central Asia tour travelling to Kyrgyz markets

Welcome to Central Asia! Most flights arrive very early in the morning. Transfer to the hotel and early check in at the hotel. You can have a rest after your long flight, take a shower and have breakfast.

Optional excursion to Ala Archa National Park, in the mountains, just 30km outside of Bishkek. You can go for a short hike in the Park, enjoying the nice views and fresh air.

In the afternoon we will have a city tour in Bishkek. The tour includes Osh Bazaar, Panfilov Park, Ala-Too Square with the National History Museum, and monuments to national hero Manas, writer Chingiz Aitmatov and another Kyrgyz hero Baatyr Kozhomkul. Dinner in a nice local restaurant.

Hotel Orion 5* or similar

Central Asia Tour in Kyrgyzstan, the view of Burana Tower

After breakfast we depart from Bishkek. First stop is Burana Tower near the town of Tokmok, 60km east of Bishkek. The minaret from the 11th century is the only remaining building from the ancient town of Balasagun, once capital of the mighty Karakhanid empire. You can walk up the winding staircase and enjoy a nice view of the Chuy valley. There is also a small open-air museum with “balbals”, carved stone figures used as monuments.

We then continue driving further into the mountains to a guesthouse in the beautiful Chon-Kemin Valley. Upon arrival we have lunch at the guesthouse. In the afternoon you can have a walk in the village, observe the life of the local people, or optionally go for a short horse riding tour into the surrounding hills. Dinner and overnight in the guesthouse.

Ashu Guesthouse (single/ twin room with private bathroom)

world nomad games tour in Kyrgyzstan

Early in the morning we drive from Chon Kemin to Song Kul. Lake Song Kul is a mountainous lake on the altitude of 3016 meters above the sea level. The nomads pass their summer on the “jailoo” (summer pasture) with their animals. You can see herds of horses and sheep grazing on meadows full of Edelweiss. If you like, you may go for a short horse ride. Accommodation and dinner will be in a traditional Kyrgyz yurt. You can taste “kymyz” (mare’s milk) and observe the shepherd’s wife preparing bread and cheese. At night, gaze at the skies like an astronomer – the nearness of the stars will take your breath away.

Overnight in yurt – 2-4 people in a yurt, facilities are outside (Western toilet, shower with heated water)

World Nomad Games Tour with Eagle hunting

After breakfast, it is time to leave Song Kul and drive to Issyk Kul – the “Pearl of Kyrgyzstan”. On the way, we stop in Kochkor to see a presentation of how traditional felt carpets are made and you can even try to make your own. Shortly after Kochkor we arrive at Issyk Kul and drive along the southern shore to the village of Kyzyl Tuu. Most people in this village are engaged in the manufacturing of yurts and it is the perfect place to learn more about the Kyrgyz yurt and how it is made. A bit further along the road we will stop near Bokonbaevo to meet an Eagle hunter, who will make a demonstration for us. By evening we arrive at Tosor. Upon arrival at the yurt camp there is some time to go swimming in the lake before dinner.

Overnight in yurt – 2-4 people in a yurt, facilities are outside (Western toilet, shower with heated water)

World Nomad Games city tour in Karakol

After breakfast, first we drive to nearby “Skazka” or “Fairytale” canyon. The canyon derived its name from its bizarre landscape with fabulous formations from rocks. We have a short walk before driving further to the town of Karakol.

In Karakol, we will have lunch and have a short sightseeing tour of the town’s most interesting sights. The tour includes the Dungan Mosque, built in 1904 with no metal nails and the wooden Russian Orthodox Church which has been standing since 1869. We will also visit the small Historical Museum of Karakol with the photo exhibition of Ella Maillart, Swiss traveler, who embarked on an extensive journey through Central Asia in the 1930s. She wrote an interesting book about her travels called “Turkestan Solo”.

From Karakol, it is another 30km driving north to the village of Tepke where we will spend the night in a nice guesthouse of farmers who breed Kyrgyz horses. You can see their horses and learn how “Boorsok” (deep fried bread, typical for Kyrgyzstan) is made.

Overnight & dinner in guesthouse “Reina Kench” – Twin/ Single rooms with shower and toilet in the room

We depart Tepke village and head to Cholpon Ata. Until the grandiose opening ceremony of the epic World Nomad Games, we have time to visit the Open Air Museum of petroglyphs. The opening ceremony of the World Nomad Games 2018 takes place at the hippodrome in Cholpon Ata and it is a spectacular event followed by traditional music and cultural performances.

Accommodation in the hotel (private toilet and shower)

Today we spend the full day at the World Nomad Games. There are many games, such as: Aba Kurosh, Alysh, Cirit, Er enish, Gyresh, horse racing and more.

We will visit several games during the day and we can also spend some time at the beach at the lake.

Accommodation in the hotel (private toilet and shower)

Today is the second day at the World Nomad Games, we will enjoy the national games and get to know Kyrgyz culture. There are different options for the program you can see wrestling games, horse games and see how the traditional cooking is done. You can get acquainted locals, visit yurts of various country representatives or just enjoy time at the lake.

Accommodation in the hotel (private toilet and shower)

World Nomad Games Kyrchyn gorge with yurt camp

In the morning we head to Bishkek and upon arrival in Bishkek free time to shop for souvenirs. In the evening we have a farewell dinner.

Hotel Orion 5* or similar

world nomad games departure

Transfer to Airport for departure flight back home. We hope you enjoyed your trip to Kyrgyzstan and will return soon to discover more places in this beautiful part of the world!

Inclusions

Transport
Minivan, Jeep
Meals
Full Board
Accommodation
Hotel ( 5 nights), Guesthouse (2 nights), Yurt (2 night)
Included Activities
  • Bishkek – City Tour
  • World Nomad Games
  • Felt workshop
  • Skazka Canyon
  • Karakol – City Tour
  • Sleeping in a Yurt
  • Meeting eagle hunter

dates & price

You can choose to join a small group on a guaranteed departure or book a private tour on the date of your choice
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Total trip price

€1780

Euro

10

Days

Single supplement available for €450

Deposit: €500

Currently there are no planned trips. Please contact us if you would like to know about the availability of this tour in the future.

Price includes
  • All transfers by minibus according to the itinerary, from/to airport
  • English speaking tour leader accompanying the group for the whole time
  • Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing
  • Four people accommodation in a yurt
  • All entrances fees according to the itinerary
  • Full board (breakfast, lunch, dinners)
Price does not include
  • International airfares
  • Hotel charges for additional services
  • Travel insurance required
  • Personal expenses, e.g. souvenirs
  • Horse riding (optional)
  • Tips for guide and driver

Important notes

  • Travel insurance is required for this tour.
  • We planned visit of the World Nomad Games at the end (for two full days plus Opening Ceremony on the evening before), so if you like you can depart a day earlier or stay longer in Cholpon Ata at the Games
  • Departure for this tour is guaranteed

KYRGYZSTAN TRAVEL INFORMATION

MONEY & COSTS:

The Kyrgyz currency is called the Som (KGS). In the capital Bishkek there are many ATMs that you can find in shopping centers, supermarkets or on the main streets. All of them accept Visa cards and some, like Kyrgyz Kommerts Bank, Demir Bank and Uni Credit accept other cards such as MasterCard or Maestro card. Outside of Bishkek, we don’t recommend relying on ATMs as there are so few of them. We also recommend that you bring some cash in new USD banknotes of denominations of at least 20 USD. There are many exchange offices, some working 24/7. Small and old-looking bank notes are harder to exchange. Paying directly with a credit card is still not possible at most places, except for high-end restaurants, hotels and a small number of international stores. An emergency fund of around 500 USD in cash is always good to have during guided trips to Central Asia.

SAFETY:

Kyrgyzstan is the most liberal and democratic country in the Central Asian region. For the last seven years, the political situation in the country has been calm and there is nothing to suggest that this situation might change. Guests and locals are treated with respect and the whole country can be regarded as very safe destination for travelers. That said, you are advised to wear a money belt, watch your belongings, avoid dark streets at night and only use official taxis. Your safety is our first priority at Kalpak Travel; we know and regularly assess all our Kyrgyz partners and we closely monitor political events.

ENTRY & EXIT:

Citizens of most Western countries do not need a visa for a stay of up to 60 days in Kyrgyzstan. To be sure whether you need a visa or not you can check on www.thevisamachine.com. Any special permits that you might need for access to places that will be visited during your tour, we will provide to you free of charge.
As soon as we receive your deposit payment, we will confirm your booking and send you an email with important pre-departure information. Please read it carefully as it contains important information on customs regulations for Kyrgyzstan.

BEST TIME TO GO:

The climate of Kyrgyzstan is continental and dry in the majority of the country, including the largest cities. In the Ferghana Valley in the south and in capital Bishkek, summers are very hot with day temperatures between 30° and 40° Celsius. However, most of the country is situated more than 1500 meters above the sea level, where temperatures are in the mid-20s during summer. At high altitudes of 3000 meters or more it may even snow overnight during the summer, so make sure you bring some warm clothes. The best season to visit for activity or jeep tours would be in summer and winter for skiing tours. Please note, weather in some mountain areas may be very changeable.

HEALTH:

Do not drink water, unless it is bottled, filtered or boiled. Do not use tap water for brushing teeth or making ice either. Do not eat ice cream. Only eat well-cooked meat and fish, preferably served hot. Vegetables should be cooked and fruit peeled. If you follow these basic rules, you are likely to avoid any health issues like traveler’s diarrhea. Diphtheria, Hepatitis A and Tetanus are recommended vaccinations for Kyrgyzstan. Ensure you are fully insured for medical emergencies including repatriation. Medical services in Kyrgyzstan are basic at best.

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