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

26th Aug DAY 1 (SUN): DUBAI / BISHKEK

6 SEATS LEFT!

Recommended Flight Info:

Fly Dubai 759 Dubai 2240hrs Bishkek 0430hrs+1 (Duration: 3h 50mins)

Arrive Dubai Intl Airport this evening where then you connect over to Fly Dubai for your flight to Bishkek

Meals: NIL

27th Aug DAY 2 (MON): ARRIVE BISHKEK & EXCURSION OF ALA ARCHA

Arrive Bishkek Manas Intl Airport early this morning where you will be met and transferred to the Hyatt Regency Bishkek for check in and rest (early check in is guaranteed).

After some rest, we get ourselves rejuvenated breathing in the fresh alpine air of the Ala Archa National Park, The valleys offer a concentration of wonderful, stunning landscapes, waterfalls and amazing rocks and unexpectedly rich flora and fauna, We get a positive impression to begin our journey of Kyrgyzstan and make several stops including the mausoleum of the National hero - Baitik Baatyr, visit the stunning Ak-Sai waterfall. Returning to Bishkek later, lunch follows before enjoying a city tour of Bishkek where we will see the landmarks and monuments including that of the Monument of Manas the Great, the Statue of Kurmanjan Datka, the Lenin Statue and Walk on the Ala Too Square, built in 1984 to celebrate its independence from the former USSR. This evening, we will toast to new beginnings over a Welcome Dinner

Overnight: Hyatt Regency, Bishkek (including guaranteed early check in)

Meals: Welcome Dinner

28th Aug DAY 3 (TUE): BISHKEK / SON KUL LAKE

After breakfast, our destination is Son Kul Lake. En route, we visit the UNESCO-listed Burana Tower architectural complex. The minaret was constructed in Balasagun town, one of the capitals of the Karakhanid State that existed between the 8th to 12th Centuries AD. Here we explore the ruins of one of the most important trading point at the Great Silk Road and also visit a little local museum tells about that civilization by items of ancient. Thereafter, we have the chance to enjoy lunch with a local Kazakh family before continuing our drive along the spectacular road to the high altitude Son Kul Lake to reach our yurt camp. Here we will taste the local lifestyle, meet nomads, see their houses called yurts and also spend the night in a yurt like a real shepherd. 

Overnight: Yurt Camp, Son Kul Lake

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

29th Aug DAY 4 (WED): SON KUL LAKE / KOCHKOR VILLAGE / BOKONBAEV

This morning, we drive to Kochkor village. Here local people make felt, various carpets, embroidering and spinning, and other handicrafts.  We visit a handicraft museum and a shop, where you can buy different masterpieces – starting from huge felt-silk blankets, finishing with small Christmas tree decorations. After lunch, continue to Bokonbaev village, located on the Southern Shore of the Issyk Kul Lake where we arrive at our yurt camp. Enjoy an insight into the old traditions of eagle hunting meeting a local eagle hunter, who takes us to the closet slopes to demonstrate the skills of birds of prey. The Golden Eagle is the biggest raptor, who is the king in the air.

Overnight: Yurt Camp, Bokonbaev Village

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

30th Aug DAY 5 (THU): BOKONBAEV / DJETY OGUZ CANYON / KARAKOL / KARKARA

After breakfast, we head to the Djety Oguz Canyonliterally-translated to "Seven Bulls",  which comes from the fact that the rocks look like seven bulls. As you approach the valley, you pass another rock formation, which resembles a “broken heart” and legend says that this is the heart of a beautiful woman who died of a broken heart after two suitors killed each other fighting over her. Enjoy a mesmerizing hike to witness the surreal nature of the gorge and thereafter, continue to Karakol where arrive at our Base Camp surrounded by the majestic beauty of the mountains

Overnight: Yurt Camp, Karkara

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

31st Aug DAY 6 (FRI): KARKARA (SOUTH ENGILCHEK BASE CAMP EXCURSION)

An early rise today as we embark on an exciting helicopter excursion to the world's second-largest glacier, the Engilchek Glacier for one of the most incredible ice paradise in the world. We spend some time at the Khan Tengri Base Camp at 3,600m altitude walking and admiring the magnificent peaks - Pobeda (7,439m) and Khan Tengri (7,010m) subject to weather conditions. We will also witness the Merzhacher Lake - one of the most incredible and mystical alpine lakes. After enjoying lunch in the base camp, we return back to Karkara. 

Overnight: Yurt Camp, Karkara

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

01st Sep DAY 7 (SAT): KARKARA / KARAKOL / TEPKE

Today, we will continue our journey to Karakol town where we spend the night at the luxurious Karagat Hotel. We then visit the unique Dungan Mosque with its Chinese-inspired wooden architecture built in the early 20th Century. Visit as well the Holy Trinity Orthodox, built during the early foundations of Karakol in 1869. From Karakol, we continue to the village of Tepke where we will spend the night at the Reina Kench Guest House near a horse farm, renowned for the breeding of Kyrgyz horses. Enjoy a tour of the horse farm and stable where we gain insights into the special types of racing horses and a chance for a little hiking around the pristine area. Join your fellow travelers for a bonfire ritual and celebrate the great nature and vast plains of life in the Kyrgyz countryside. 

Overnight: Reina Kench Guest House, 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

02nd Sep DAY 8 (SUN): TEPKE VILLAGE / CHOLPON ATA

We leave Tepke today for a 3-4 hours drive to Cholpon Ata - home of the annual World Nomad Games! On arrival at Cholpon Ata, visit the Museum of Petroglyhs and then arrive at our hotel for check in and rest. Enjoy an early dinner this evening as we then gear up in attendance for the World Nomad Games Opening Ceremony at the Cholpon Ata Hippodrome - a colorful event celebrating nomadic culture and heritage and then traditional music and dance. 

Overnight: Karven Issyk-Kul Hotel, Cholpon Ata

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

03rd Sep DAY 9 (MON): CHOLPON ATA (WORLD NOMAD GAMES)

We spend a full day engaged with the atmospheric scenes of the World Nomad Games - where the mission is to revive and preserve the historical cultural heritage of the nomadic people's civilization of the world. Depending on your interest, we will marvel at the games and participants who will be dressed in their most traditional costumes while participating in a range of games such as wrestling, horseback archery, eagle hunting and more. This is going to be a day you will never forget!

Overnight: Karven Issyk-Kul Hotel, Cholpon Ata

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

04th Sep DAY 10 (TUE): CHOLPON ATA / BISHKEK

Leave Cholpon Ata today where we will return back to Bishkek (4-5hrs drive) where on arrival, we enjoy a rest followed by a Farewell Dinner this evening to celebrate an epic journey with dinner in a local restaurant to the beats and rhythms of Kyrgyz folklore music. 

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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