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Kyrgyzstan Mountain Biking Tour

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 14 day(s)
Group Size: 6 - 16 people
Destination(s): Kyrgyzstan  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring  
Season: June - August
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1595 Pound Sterling (GBP)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1595 Pound Sterling (GBP)

The Kyrgyzstan mountain biking tours are a rare opportunity to explore the heart of Central Asia with scenic grand vistas, deep gorges, high, snowy peaks, rural villages and glacial rivers. We experience nomadic culture and traditions enjoying local hospitality from shepherd families in their summer yurts amongst sparsely populated green mountains. Kyrgyzstan is dominated by mountains, over 90% of the terrain lies above 1000 m. The cycling includes challenging climbs over high passes. Tourism is still in its infancy and vast areas of Kyrgyzstan are largely unknown to foreign visitors. Beaming smiles, open arms and unrivalled hospitality await you on our tours.

Day 1: Bishkek. On arrival our guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Later in the day you have the opportunity to go on a tour of Bishkek. The principal city buildings date from the Soviet era, but you will learn the history of Bishkek from its origins to the present day. The tour includes Victory Square, Oak Park with its stone sculptures, Old Square, The House of Parliament, Main Ala Too Square, White House, Manas Hero Square, City Hall and many other interesting places.

Day 2: Bishkek – Burana Tower – Kara Talaa Bokonbaeva - Bel Tam Yurt Camp.

Today we drive to Issyk Kul Lake; the largest mountain lake in Central Asia, and the second largest in the world: 180 km x 60 km. We have a stunning view of the pure blue water and surrounding Tien Shan Mountains with their snow white peaks. The water is about 22 degrees and many people come here in summer time. In former times the lake was considered sacred. Nobody was allowed to swim or even to touch the water. In the 19th C people started to swim and fish here. On our way to the lake we visit the Burana Tower, originally built in the 11th C, it was rebuilt in the 1970’s. There was a thriving city here on the Great Silk Road, many caravans came en route from China to Rome. There are also Stone Warriors: ‘Balbals’ here: 7/8th C statues which commemorate famous soldiers killed during war.

Day 3: Bokonbaeva - Bel Tam Yurt CampKara Talaa – Kochkor.

This morning we transfer 69 km to Kara Talaa where the cycling begins. Our route avoids heavy traffic and busy towns taking us off the beaten track. We begin our amazing journey through a stunning and mythical land, riding from a small village. The route has beautiful mountain views, far from the main roads; a forgotten path where more stone warrior Balbals can be seen along the way. We cycle on good road but it can get windy making the cycling harder. There can be few other places in Kyrgyzstan where nature has remained so unchanged. At times the road seems to disappear as almost nobody uses it nowadays apart from nomads. This evening we can visit a Kyrgyz handicraft museum.
- Biking details: Kilometres: Feet, miles:
- Altitude start 1 952 m 6 404 ft
- Highest point 2 043 m 6 702 ft
- End point 1 829 m 6 000 ft
- Distance 64 km 40 miles
- Overnight: Homestay.

Day 4: Kochkor - before the Jalpak Bel Pass.

Today is not as easy as it first seems, a gentle incline continues throughout the day; a good warm up for the challenging mountain passes we encounter tomorrow. We set off from Kochkor along an asphalt road and turn to unpaved track, rarely used by cars heading deep into the heart of Tien Shan Mountains. Our route continues on winding roads along incredible gorges. Fitness will win over technical experience on this section of the ride. We pass through places where life has hardly changed in hundreds of years and encounter the nomadic inhabitants of the region. 93% of mountainous areas in Kyrgyzstan are home to nomadic people. At 3 000 m it will feel chilly this evening.
-Biking details: Kilometres: Feet, miles:
-Altitude start 1 829 m 9842 ft
-Highest point 3000 m 9 842 ft
-The end 3000 m 9 842 ft
-Distance 97 km 60 miles
-Overnight Tent.

Day 5: Jalpak Bel Pass – Eki Naryn.

Today our mountain adventure continues offering you completely different views of the evermore enchanting Kyrgyzstan. The highest point of the day is the Jalpak Bel Pass – at 3 348 m. As we cycle in the Central Tien Shan, along the Terskey range on unpaved road, our route boasts some of the most spectacular mountain riding you could ever wish for with steep climbs and descents and stunning views of the river in the valley beneath us.
-Biking details: Kilometres: Feet, miles:
-Altitude start 3000 m 9 842 ft
-Highest point 3 348 m 10 984 ft
-End end 2 502 m 8 208 ft
-Distance 87 km 54 miles
-Overnight Tent.

Day 6: Eki Naryn – Naryn.

We continue our cycle in the heart of the Tien Shan Mountains, with more stunning climbs, thrilling descents and unforgettable views. We’re very likely to encounter more nomadic shepherds today grazing their cattle in the mountains, moving from one pasture to another. Still living in traditional yurts, during the summer months and keeping to their unique cultural traditions.

We’re climbing again but the gradient becomes easier as the day progresses. The road is mixture of dirt and paved road and quite rough at times, we will feel this on the bikes today. Naryn is a small town built right in the gorge with mountain slopes on either side of us. There will be an opportunity to do laundry today.
-Biking details: Kilometres: Feet, miles:
-Altitude start 2 502 m 8 208 ft
-Highest point 2 540 m 8 333 ft
-End point 1 870 m 6 135 ft
-Distance 47 km 29 miles
-Overnight Tent.

Day 7: Naryn – Kurtka.

Our journey through mountain landscapes takes us further onwards on traffic-free unpaved roads with more challenging climbs and exciting descents along meandering valley and mountain. Tonight you will have a home stay with a local family in Kurtka village; and experience local life.
- Biking details: kilometres: Feet, miles:
- Altitude start 1 870 m 6 135 ft
- Highest point 2 357 m 7 732 ft
- End point 1 694 m 5 557 ft
- Distance 81,4 km 51 miles
- Overnight Home stay.

Day 8: Kurtka – Son Kul South.

We begin today with a challenging uphill cycle along a snaking route to the summit at over 3346 m, higher than any Alpine pass. A great spot for a group photo. We folow a narrow road along the top of the mountain peak which leads us to the most famous place in Kyrgyzstan – Son Kul Lake. This is a wild mountainous area with a large nomadic population. Remote from civilization Son Kul Lake is a real encounter with unspoiled nature. At the end of the day we arrive at our camp and will stay in Yurts tonight: a genuine Kyrgyz nomadic experience that will take you back in time. Made from felt and wood and held together with wooden sticks and strips of leather, it takes just one hour to collapse or to erect a yurt.
- Biking details: Kilometres: Feet, miles:
- Altitude start 1 694 m 5 557 ft
- Highest point 3 225 m 10 580 ft
- End point 3 113 m 10 213 ft
- Distance 55 km 20 miles
- Overnight Yurt.

Day 9: Son Kul South – Son Kul North.

Today we cycle around Son Kul Lake in beautiful surroundings at altitude ranging from 3 016 - 3 113m. All around are rolling hills as far as the eye can see and we will encounter many nomadic families. You are likely to be offered Kumis, the Kyrgyz national drink. Kumis is fermented mare’s milk an alcoholic drink with an unusual taste. Son Kul is over-looked on the south shore by Moldoo Too ridge. The lake is 59 km long and 23 km wide. The name Son Kul can be translated from Kyrgyz as “the last lake”. Although the winter climate is very harsh in summer time the area is a haven for nomads and their grazing herds. Besides sheep, goats, cows and horses you may see yaks and even camels. Sunsets at Son Kul are absolutely stunning. Once seen never forgotten.
- Biking details: Kilometres: Feet, miles:
- Altitude start 3 113 m 10 213 ft
- Highest point 3 070 m 10 072 ft
- The end 3 034 m 9 954 ft
- Distance 59 km 34 miles
- Overnight Yurt.

Day 10: Son Kul North – Kochkor.

Today we make a thriiling descent from the Kalmak Asuu Pass for the 10-15 km, enjoying beautiful scenery. We leave the gravelled mountain road to join newly paved road. We may face the added challenge of strong winds.
- Biking details: Kilometres: Feet, miles:
- Altitude start 3 034 m 9 954 ft
- Highest point 3 364 m 11 036 ft
- The end 2 393 m 7 851 ft
- Distance 81 km 50 miles
- Overnight Tent.

Day 11: Kochkor - Kuyurchuk.
Today you will enjoy more lovely scenery. This morning we cycle up to the Kyzart Pass at 2664 m and then drop down to our lunch spot. Again we are likely to encounter nomads along the way. This afternoon we have a sweeping descent to our riverside camp in a beautiful location surrounded by high mountains.
- Distance 71 km
- Overnight Tent.

Day 12: Kuyurchuk – Kyzyl Oi.

Our final day on the bikes, we cycle to Kyzyl Oi through the Red Rocks Gorge. The day is not without its challenges; however the going does get easier as the altitudes become more “normal’ and we enjoy riding through remote mountains and small villages. It is a stunning route of dirt track, old paved road and small villages. There is plenty of time to meet and engage with the friendly locals, always quick to smile and return a “Salam Aleikum”. The rural areas of Kyrgyzstan remain unspoiled, traditional and rich in culture. At the end of the day we reach Kyzyl Oi. Views of these red mountains are absolutely breath-taking, and there is no better way to end this fantastic, unforgettable cycling route.
- Distance 67 km
- Overnight Tent.

Day 13: Kyzyl Oi – Bishkek.
Today we drive to Bishkek city. The road goes up and down over the high hills before we come to the Tue Ashu pass that is more than 3000 meters high and followed by a dramatic descent. The road takes us through the Southern part of Kyrgyzstan with scenic views all around. This road is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Kyrgyzstan. We have a farewell dinner in Bishkek at 8 o’clock this evening, and afterwards we can go for a walk and enjoy the night scenes of the city.

Day 14: Bishkek. This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your journey home. “Chon Rakhmat! Ak Jol!” – Thank you! Have a good flight!

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Optional Extras:
- Own Room/Tent: From £195
- Bike Hire from: From £170
- The extra costs for the Optional Extras are calculated after the booking process so will not appear in your shopping cart when booking the bike tour online. The extra costs will be added to your cycling Tour cost, we will contact you with a Tour Total Cost and give you instructions on how your remaining payments can be made.
- Flights
- Approximate Cost of Flights: £700

Our holidays do not include flights to and from the designated cycle Tour countries, however, some bike tours contain internal flights that are included in the price.

About This Supplier
Location: England
Joined InfoHub: Mar 2011

M20818 is a specialist company taking small groups of cyclists to spectacular, remote areas of the world. We offer a unique blend of physical challenges, cultural experiences and cycling camaraderie, at highly competitive prices. M20818 guides are experienced cyclists and tour leaders. Destinations include Laos,...

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