Kyrgyzstan - Land of the Nomads

World Nomad Games Experience

26th August - 05th September 2018

An enigma, wild, remote and very less-trodden, Kyrgyzstan is the odd "Stan" more so for its sheer mountain splendor, picturesque alpine lakes and the imposing Tian Shan mountains that its recent official name change to the Kyrgyz Republic. Enter into the land of the nomads, albeit changing soon!

HIGHLIGHTS

Uncover the best of Kyrgyzstan's most iconic sites

Stay in boutique and charming hotels, guesthouses and yurts

Sample the most palettable traditional Kyrgyz cuisine

Experience the magic of the World Nomad Games in Cholpon Ata

ITINERARY

8 SEATS LEFT!

02nd Jun DAY 1 (SUN): SINGAPORE / DUBAI (Morning)

Recommended Flight Info:

Emirates 433 Singapore 0940hrs Dushanbe 1300hrs (Duration: 7h 20mins)

Arrive Dubai Intl Airport Terminal 3 this afternoon where you will be picked up and transfer to the Le Meridien for check in and rest. 

 

02nd Jun DAY 1 (SUN): DUBAI / DUSHANBE (Evening)

This evening at 2015hrs, we return to Dubai Intl Airport Terminal 2 for your onward connecting flight to Dushanbe, Tajikistan. 

Meals: NIL

03rd Jun DAY 2 (MON): ARRIVE DUSHANBE 

Arrive Dushanbe which means "Monday" in Tajik - you'll learn about Tajikistan past and present. 

Have the morning to rest before setting out on a city tour which includes the National Museum and the impressive Hissor Fortress, as well as more modern sites such as Rudaki Park (with its colorful monuments) and the impressive Navruz Hall

Overnight: Dushanbe Serena Hotel (including guaranteed early check in)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

04th Jun DAY 3 (TUE): DUSHANBE / KALAIKHUMB 

This day, you will start your journey towards the Pamirs over the Shurabad pass to Kalaikhumb, the halfway point to Khorog, taking the southern road via Kulyab. 

Not far from Kulyab, visit the 9th Century citadel and palace of Hulbuk, once the fourth largest city in Central Asia and recently restored under the decree of the president. 

There will be plenty of rest stops, and the stretch along the Afghan border is particularly scenic. You will also be able to spot Afghan villages along the way, and notice that the region gets more conservative with more bearded men as well as women wearing traditional clothes. 

Overnight: Karon Palace Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

05th Jun DAY 4 (WED): KALAIKHUMB / KHOROG

Drive to Khorog, the capital of the Gorno-Badakhshan (GBAO) region, along the Panj River which forms a natural border between Tajikistan and Afghanistan. 

In Khorog, we will visit the bazaar, then take a stroll through the botanical gardens which is the second highest in the world, boasting a panoramic view of the town in Khorog. 

Overnight: Khorog Serena Inn

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

06th Jun DAY 5 (THU): KHOROG / ISHKASHIM

Today, you drive towards Ishkashim. En route, we visit the turquoise pool of Garam Chashma hot spring (separate timings for men and women) for a dip. 

The remote Wakhan Valley starts here, shared between Tajikistan and Afghanistan. You will be rewarded with stunning views of the 7,000m peaks of the majestic Hindu Kush mountain range.

Overnight: Local Guesthouse

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

07th Jun DAY 6 (FRI): ISHKASHIM / HISSOR

We leave Ishkashim today for a drive to Vrang to see the remains of a 4th Century Buddhist stupa, evidence that this was once a monastery along the Silk Road. In Zong village, visit the Abrashim Qala Fort, built to defend against Chinese and Afghan invaders. 

Have lunch at the sacred Bibi Fatima hot springs, named after Prophet Muhammad's youngest daughter, then visit the ruins of the ancient, 3rd Century Yamchun Fort, perched defiantly on a hill in an area prone to tectonic movement and landslides. 

End the day in Langar, near Hissor, where you can hike uphill to check out the 6,000-plus Bronze-age petroglyhs and enjoy the spectacular views over the valley. 

Overnight: Local Guesthouse

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

08th Jun DAY 7 (SAT): HISSOR / MURGHAB

Set off early in the morning heading towards Murghab crossing the Khargush Pass. Visit two high freshwater alpine lakes - Yashilkul and Bulunkul, with the settlement of Bulunkul reportedly the coldest place in Tajikistan, and 6th coldest in the world. 

Continue to Murghab through the Alichur Valley. The plains around Alichur are one of the most fertile in the region, and as such, in summer, you will be able to spot Kyrgyz nomads with their yurts, and who have inhabited the eastern Pamirs for generations. 

Arrive at the town of Murghab, with a majority-Kyrgyz population where we enjoy a tour including the Container Bazaar and the white Lenin statue. 

Overnight: Local Guesthouse

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

09th Jun DAY 8 (SUN): MURGHAB / KHOROG

After breakfast, we head back to Khorog. En route, visit the sacred Ak-Balik Lake, meaning white fish pond, and at Jelondy, enjoy another 40 degrees celsius hot spring dip in Soviet-style sanatorium, also known for its curative properties. 

Overnight: Khorog Serena Inn

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

10th Jun DAY 9 (MON): KHOROG / KALAI KHUMB

In the morning, we drive back to Kalai Khumb, spotting Afghan villages clinging to the hillsides. 

Overnight: Karon Palace Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

11th Jun DAY 10 (TUE): KALAI KHUMB / DUSHANBE

The next day, we will return to Dushanbe. This evening, enjoy a a farewell dinner 

Overnight: Hyatt Regency, Bishkek 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Farewell Dinner

05th Sep DAY 11: DEPART BISHKEK

Recommended Flight Info:

Fly Dubai 760 Dubai 0540hrs Bishkek 0820hrs (Duration: 4h 40mins)

An unforgettable journey and adventure comes to an end as we make our way to Bishkek Manas Intl Airport early this morning or your onward journey home or continue your adventures in Central Asia. 

Meals: Breakfast

HOTELS

The only 5 star hotel in Bishkek, the Hyatt Regency Bishkek is conveniently located in the center of the capital city overlooking the awe inspiring Tien-Shan Mountain range and part of the ancient trading route The Silk Road, right in the center of the Bishkek’s business and government district and cultural area including the Kyrgyz Republic Opera House and Art Museum offering luxurious and well-appointed rooms for the discerning traveler. 

Hyatt Regency, Bishkek

The definitive lodging experience in Kyrgyzstan - Yurt camps are set up in the great outdoors and remote pristine areas of Kyrgyzstan in a portable tent/camp allowing you the opportunity of a lifetime to experience life under the stars, the romance of nomadic lifestyle and disconnect from the hustle and bustle. 

Yurt Camps

Agro Complex Reina-Kench, which is situated in Tepke Village (Issyk-Kul region), has a total area of 27 hectares. While visiting this place, you can fully enjoy horse-riding, archery, hiking and many activities in this cozy family-owned guesthouse with comfortable rooms. 

Reina Kench Guest House, Tepke Village 

The Karven Issyk-Kul Hotel is situated on 251 km of Bishkek and 20 km of Cholpon-Ata (city-center) in Bulan-Sogotuu village. It is a four star hotel with 45 comfortable rooms including standard rooms (Single and Double), Deluxe rooms and Apartments. 

Karven Issyk-Kul Hotel, Cholpon Ata

LAND COST: 

Per Person: S$6,390 on Twin-Sharing Basis

"My Own Room Supplement": S$700

What Is Included? 

* All accommodations as stated in the program

* Services of Private Local English-Speaking Guide

* Services of Beyond X Boundaries Expedition Leader

* Tours and Visits as stated in the program

* Meals as stated in the program

What's NOT Included? 

* International airfare arriving and departing Bishkek

* Sightseeing and excursions not specified in the program

* Any other meals not stated in the program

* Personal & other expenses not stated in the program

* Travel Insurance

* VISAS to Kyrgyzstan

* Any other expenses incurred beyond our control due to natural disasters, weather conditions,  etc.

AIR PASSAGE ROUTING: 

The program is planned in a flexible concept that guests can join our tour pre, post or in between possible dynamic travel arrangements and hence, we advise the necessary flight details to arrive and depart as per the dates scheduled. Subject to individual travelers' requirements, we are also able to arrange international flights according to guests' preference. 

QUICK FACTS:

Adventure Level: Moderate

For physically active guests who are comfortable with a moderate level of physical exertion, fitness and embracing the concept of staying in remote wilderness tents.

Small International Group:

Founders Journeys celebrate diversity and through the exchange of cultures and ideas, we learn more about one another on our groups of no more than 8 travelers, enjoying an intimate experience. 

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