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Mountain Bike tour in Tien-Shan


Season: July-September

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. 

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

Group of 4 people –USD 1070  per person

Group of 6 people –USD  1005  per person

Group of 8 people –USD 900  per person

Single supplement for accommodation – USD 64  per person per program (available in Bishkek only)

Price includes the following service

  • English speaking Guide for biking
  • Transportation support (Airport – Airport)
  • Cook service (from Day 2 to Day 10)
  • Accommodation in twin standard room
    Bishkek 3*Hotel – 3 nights including early check- in
    Kochkor Guest house – 1 night
    Shared accommodation in yurt camp in Son-Kul – 2 nights
  • 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:

Accommodation in a hotel or guest house in Bishkek – from USD 30 per person

Accommodation in four or five-star hotel in Bishkek – available on request, prices on request

Excursion fee to Burana tower – USD 2 per person

Folklore show in Kochkor village – from USD 50 per group

Local English speaking Guide USD 190 per programme

Meals: Lunch-Box USD 12 per person

Lunch in cafe en-route on day 1 – USD 10 per person