Biking Kyrgyzstan: Tour 04
Activity: Biking tour
Duration: 14 days
Day 1: By car from Barskoon village to the Arabel Pass (3800 m) in Kyrgyzstan. Distance: 55 km. Time: 2 hours by car. After lunch you will ride by horse through the Arabel Pass (3800m) along the Jashyl-Kol mountain lake and then across the Suyek Pass (4028 m). Distance: 15-20 km.
Time: 3 hours. Overnight of tour in tents.
Day 2: You will have biking tour and travel along the Suyek and Taragai Rivers and through the Kyzyl-Eshme valley in Kyrgyzstan. In the afternoon you will come to the Bel Pass (3714 m). Here you will enjoy biking through beautiful high mountain valleys and pastures. Distance: 25-35 km. Time: 4-5 hours.
Day 3: Biking tour and travel from Bel Pass to Kara-Sai River of Kyrgyzstan and a mountain lake where shepherds once took their cattle. Now these pastures are empty because of the present economic crisis.
Day 4: Biking tour and travel in Kyrtash-Yshtyk Valley with the possibility of sighting Marco Polo sheep. Distance: 35-40 km. Time: 5-6 hours.
Day 5: Biking tour through Ak-Shyyrak Canyon where you will come to a shepherds yurt and have tea with them. Through your guide you can talk to them about the life of a shepherd. Distance: 35-40 km. Time: 5-6 hours. Overnight of tour in tents.
Day 6: Biking tour from Kurtash to Kara-Sai River with open fields to gallop and occasional roads to walk. The weather will vary from scorching sun to snow and hail. Distance: 35-40 km. Time: 5-6 hours. Overnight of tour in tents.
Day 7: Biking tour fom Kara-Sai River to the Akbel Pass (3833 m), then to the Taragai River. Distance: 30-40 km. Time: 5-6 hours. Here you have again an opportunity to see mountain goat and Marco Polo sheep.
Day 8: Biking tour down to Taragai River and Maitor Valley to Chokuluu Kol. On the way you will meet horse shepherds and taste Kymyz (mares' milk). From Juuku Pass (3633 m) down to the Juuku Valley. Distance: 35-40 km.
Time: 5-6 hours. O/n in tents. This pass is unique with its horse trails used by shepherds to bring their cattle to summer pastures. On the way you will see two mountain lakes called Jashyl-Kol (meaning "green lake" and colored green by the glacial melt).
Day 9: Biking tour from Juuku Valley up to Dunguromo Pass (3773m), then down to Sary-Moinok. The trails run alongside the wild mountain river and you will cross it many times at safe fords. The steep slopes are covered with thickets of blackberry, juniper bushes and fir trees.
Distance: 30-40 km. Time: 5-6 hours.
Day 10: Biking tour in Sary-Moinok and Keregetash region. Along the way you will see shepherds and drink the national drink - Kymyz. A legend says that when a foreigner drinks Kymyz they will come back to Kyrgyzstan. The wildness of the mountains will excite you every day during this horse riding trek.
Day 11: Biking tour from Zoo Otok-Jantyk to Chunkur-Kol, a beautiful mountain lake whose name means Deep Lake. At night of tour the stars shimmer on it as if the sky were kissing the earth.
Day 12: Biking tour to Chunkur-Kol and over Tosor Pass (3893 m). Two to three hours of horse riding will bring you to a yak shepherd's yurt where you can watch them herd the hardy, woolly cattle.
Day 13: Biking tour up to Tash Kechuu. On the way you will meet shepherds and listen to their stories about the Kyrgyz and their beloved Ala-Too mountains.
Day 14: Biking tour in Tash gorge to Kok Dobo (green hill) Valley. Revel in the beautiful mountain scenery with glaciers on the right and Issyk-Kul Lake on the left. In the evening, drive to Barskoon by car. Soak in a hot water bath and enjoy supper before falling asleep in a real bed.
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