Mountain Biking along Tien-Shan

Best season:

Location: Bishkek – Issyk-Kul Lake – Son-Kul Lake

Duration: 11 days

Highly recommended: All tourists should have medical insurance for the particular activities with a minimum coverage of USD 35 000.

Border permit is required and must be arranged preliminary. Paper work takes 5-6 weeks.


This trip of bike ride among the Tien-Shan Ranges and along two famous lakes in Kyrgyzstan Issyl-Kul Lake and Son-Kul Lake. You will see picturesque landscape of Karkara valley, try rustic cuisine and breath fresh air during trip. Itinerary is a combination of asphalt and gravel roads with light traffic. 

Scheme of the program

1st Day. Bishkek

 Arrival in Bishkek. Meet with guide and short city sightseeing.  Check bikes. Lunch and dinner in restaurants.  

2nd Day. Bishkek – Karkara valley

After breakfast transfer to Karkara valley (500km) along north shore long day driving, part of the road biking, acclimatization. This valley is permanent place for acclimatization and base (in summer time) for climbers. Dinner and overnight in tent camp.


3rd Day . Karkara - Jety-Oguz Gorge 

Start of Biking tour. Departure from Kar-Kara valley to Karakol town by Issyk-Kul Lake via Novovoznesenovka village (70 km, 4-5 hrs). Sightseeing biking in Karakol, then transfer to the Jety-Oguz Gorge (50 km, 1 hr). Dinner and overnight in tent camp. 

4th Day  Jety-Oguz 

 Biking through the forests along the river, following Jety-Oguz gorge to the mountain barrier (full day). Overnight in tent camp.

5th Day. Jety-Oguz – Kaji- Say village

  Biking downhill from Jety-Oguz to Issyk-Kul Lake, further along the Lake to Kadjy-Sai (100 km, 5 hours). Swimming on the way. Overnight in tent camps

6th Day. Issyk-Kul Lake

 Rest by the Lake. Afternoon biking along the southern lakeside of Issyk-Kul to the Kara-Tala place (70 km, 4 hours). Overnight in tent camp.

7th  Day. Issyk-Kul  - Kochkor village

 Rest by Issyk-Kul Lake. Afternoon bike from Kara-Tala to Kochkor village (70 km, 4 hours). Overnight in CBT home stay.

8th Day. Kochkor village – Son-Kul Lake

  Biking/transfer from Kochkor to Son-Kul Lake (3016m above sea level). Rest and overnight in Yurt Inn.

9th Day. Son-Kul Lake

   Day in Son-Kul Lake. Free time, walking around, meeting with local nomad family or radial biking.  As option: horseback riding.

10th Day. Son-Kul Lake – Bishkek

  Transfer to Bishkek, 360 km.

11th  Day. Departure

 Check out, airport transfer. Departure


Prices 2021

Group of 4 people –USD1400  per person

Group of 6 people –USD  1200  per person

Group of 8 people –USD 1000  per person

Single supplement for accommodation – USD 45  per person per program (available in Bishkek only)

Price includes the following service

  • English speaking  Guide for biking
  • Land transport as stated in the programe (Airport - Airport)
  • Cook service ( from Day 1 till Day 9)
  • Accommodation in twin standard room

Bishkek – 3*Hotel – 3 nights including early check- in

Karakol – Guest house – 1 night

  • Tent accommodation based on two people sharing one tent.
  • Meals: full board during the biking  
  • Border permit
  • Excursions and entrance fees


Additional services available at extra cost

  • Kyrgyz visa fee (if required) – USD 50 per person
  • OVIR registration ( if required)– USD 15 per person
  • Mountain bike rental –USD 15 per day, USD 500 deposit (refundable)
  • Horseback riding in Son-Kul
  • Lunches and/or Dinners in Bishkek – approx. USD 10-15 per person per meal


To guarantee booking, full payment for confirmed trips should be made 21 days prior the 1st day of the trip. Border permits should paid 6 weeks prior. Different  terms of payment may apply to particular trips. Failure to pay on time may result in full cancellation.

All service fees charged by banks or other financial institutions for payment processing must be paid by the sender.

Cancellations and charges
- There is no fee for changes or cancellations when made more than 21 days prior to arrival, but any actual expenses incurred relating to documents such as visa support, permits, or any other necessary official paperwork,  have to be paid for by the client;

  • There is a fee '10% of ordered services' for changes or cancellations when made 15 to 21 days prior to arrival.
  • There is a fee '50% of ordered services' for cancellations when made 7 to 14 days prior to arrival.
  • There is a fee '100% of ordered services for cancellations when made less than 7 days prior to arrival
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