Mountain Bike tour in Tien-Shan
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