Erlebnisreise entlang der Seidenstraße

Overlandtour auf den Spuren der alten Handelstraße durch Turkmenistan, Usbekistan und Kirgistan

  • Glutroter Krater von Derweze
  • Historische Altstadt von Bukhara & Samarkand
  • Beindruckender Chorsu Basar in Tashkent
  • Malerischer Song-Kul See
  • Imposante Djety Oguz Schlucht
  • Wildnis des Chong Kemin Nationalparks
  • Überblick
  • Leistungen
  • Reiseverlauf
  • Termine & Preise
  • Zusatzinformationen

30 Tage Turkmenistan · Usbekistan · Kirgisistan

Historische Stätten Wildnis Camping ab 2.790 € zzgl. 980 $ (ca. 903 €)
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Folge auf dieser Erlebnisreise der legendären Seidenstraße durch die Wüsten Turkmenistans und über Usbekistans emporragende Bergketten bis zu den Seen Kirgistans. Du startest deine Reise in Ashgabat und staunst über die futuristische Architektur der Stadt. Du schlägst dein Zelt im Herzen der Wüste Karakum auf, machst einen Abstecher zum brennenden Krater von Derweze, erkundest Khiva und Bukhara und lässt dich von faszinierenden Zeugnissen islamischer Architektur in Samarkand begeistern. Schlendere über den Chorsu Basar in Tashkent, einen der größten und ältesten Bauernmärkte in Zentralasien, ehe es über das eindrucksvolle Ferganatal zum malerischen Song-Kul See geht, wo du in traditionellen Jurten übernachtest. Zu Fuß kannst du die Dzeti-Oguz Schlucht mit ihren rot schimmernden Felsformationen erkunden, ehe dich die Naturschönheiten des Chon-Kemin Nationalparks erwarten. In Bishkek endet deine Reise entlang der berühmtesten Handelsroute der Welt.

1. Tag: Ashgabat
2. Tag: Ashgabat - Darvaza
3. Tag: Darvaza - Kunye Urgench
4-5. Tag: Khiva
6. Tag: Khiva - Bukhara
7-8. Tag: Bukhara
9. Tag: Bukhara - Nurata
10. Tag: Nurata - Samarkand
11-12. Tag: Samarkand
13. Tag: Samarkand - Tashkent
14-15. Tag: Tashkent
16. Tag: Tashkent - Fergana
17. Tag: Fergana - Arslanbob
18-20. Tag: Kyrgyz Fergana Valley
21-22. Tag: Song Köl Lake
23. Tag: Song Köl Lake - Kochkor
24-25. Tag: Jeti Oguz Valley
26. Tag: Karakol
27-28. Tag: Cholpon Ata - Chong Kemin Valley
29. Tag: Bishkek
30. Tag: Bishkek

Leistungen enthalten

  • Zentralasien Overlandtour gemäß Programm
  • Transporte, Unterkünfte und Mahlzeiten gemäß Programm
  • Ausflüge, Aktivitäten und Besichtigungen gemäß Reiseverlauf
  • Besuch des Gaskraters ("Tor zur Hölle") in Darvaza
  • Geführte Stadttour durch Ashgabat, Chiwa, Buchara und Samarkand

Leistungen nicht enthalten

  • Nicht genannte Mahlzeiten und Getränke
  • Optionale Ausflüge und Aktivitäten
  • Persönliche Ausgaben, Trinkgelder
  • Visum Turkmenistan
  • Local Payment (vor Ort zahlbarer Teil des Reisepreises)

Unterbringung

13x Mittelklasse-Hotel
9x Wildniscamp
3x Jurte
2x Standard-Hotel
2x Gästehaus
Die Unterbringung erfolgt in Zwei-/Mehrbettzimmern sowie in Zwei-Personen-Zelten. Alleinreisende werden mit einem/einer Mitreisenden gleichen Geschlechts untergebracht. Die Unterbringung im Einzelzimmer/-zelt ist bei dieser Tour nicht möglich.
Das Wildcamping findet ohne sanitäre Einrichtungen statt. Für das Camping wird ein Schlafsack benötigt.

Verpflegung


Alle Mahlzeiten während des Campings inklusive. Weitere Mahlzeiten sind nicht enthalten. Dies soll dir die größtmögliche Flexibilität bei der Wahl der Mahlzeiten und die Möglichkeit geben die einheimische Küche des bereisten Landes kennenzulernen.

Tourbegleitung

2 englischsprachige Crewmitglieder, lokale Führer

Transportarten

Overland-Truck, öffentlicher Bus, Jeep

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1. Tag: Ashgabat

There will be a pre-departure meeting at 10:00am - please look out for a note from your leader at the reception of the joining hotel upon arrival with more details about this important meeting. Your leader will need to carefully check your visas at this initial meeting.

After the meeting we will have an included tour of the city of Ashgabat using local minibuses.

If arriving at Ashgabat airport you will need to have a confirmed arrival transfer and representative from our local supplier to meet you at the airport. Please contact us for prices and to book also if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation to have extra time exploring Ashgabat.

In Ashgabat we will stay in a decent quality local hotel.

About Ashgabat:
Ashgabat is a unique modern city that has been extensively rebuilt since the country gained independence in 1991. Little is left of the original Russian Imperial city as most of it was destroyed in a massive earthquake in 1948, and today the city centre is a bizarre mix of futuristic and outrageous public buildings that are an extraordinary sight - these include many ornate marble buildings and extravagant golden statues of the president.
Ashgabat's Sunday Market is famous along the whole Silk Road - this wonderful market stretches for hundreds of acres into the desert. Carpets, camels, clothes, pigs, jewellery, goats, cars, chickens, hats and ex-Soviet military paraphernalia are readily available.

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Explore the unique and bizarre Turkmen capital of Ashgabat on a guided tour of the city

Unterkunft: Ak Altyn Hotel, Ashgabat

2. Tag: Ashgabat - Darvaza

Today we set off north from Ashgabat and head into the Karakum Desert. We will have an included side trip to the amazing flaming Darvaza Gas Crater (also known as the 'Door to Hell'!).

We will wild camp in the deserts near Darvaza Crater tonight.

About Darvaza:
Darvaza is a tiny settlement in the Karakum Desert of Turkmenistan, which is the location of one of the world's more unusual highlights - the flaming Darvasa Gas Crater, sometimes dramatically called 'The Door to Hell'. The crater formed as a result of an industrial accident - Soviet oil prospectors started drilling in 1971 expecting to find oil, and when only gas was found underneath the ground collapsed to form the crater. Worried about the gas released into the air, they deliberately set the crater on fire to burn off the excess, expecting this to only last a few weeks - however the natural gas supply turned out to be much more plentiful, and it's been burning away ever since!
The crater is truly a breathtaking sight, especially at night - it's about the size of a football pitch and ablaze with fire, truly looking like the entrance to the underworld!

Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
See the bizarre and incredible burning gas crater at Darvaza, popularly known as the 'Door to Hell'

Fahrzeit: ca. 6 Std.

Unterkunft: Wildniscamp

Verpflegung: 1x Mittagessen, 1x Abendessen

3. Tag: Darvaza - Kunye Urgench

Today we will continue our overland journey north across the Karakum. We will visit the Kunye Urgench ruins towards the end of the day.

We will wild camp in the deserts near Kunye Urgench tonight.

About Kunye Urgench:
Kunye Urgench is one of Turkmenistan's most important historic sites, and was once a major city along the Silk Road. Situated on the shores of the Amu Daria River, the area has been settled since the 5th-Century BCE and came to prominence under the rule of the Persian Khwarezem Empire in the 11thCentury CE. The city managed to flourish even after Genghis Khan's invasion of 1221, only being finally destroyed and abandoned after an attack by the warlord Timur in 1373.
Timur did a very thorough job in demolishing the city, there are still plenty of old ruined buildings from the 11th-14th centuries dotted around, including a mosque, mausoleum and the towering 60-metre-high Kutlug-Timur minaret, the highest in Central Asia.

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Overland into the green Oxus Valley to the ancient ruined city of Kunye Urgench

Fahrzeit: ca. 7 Std.

Unterkunft: Wildniscamp

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück, 1x Mittagessen, 1x Abendessen

4-5. Tag: Khiva

This morning we will visit the markets in the border town of Dashoguz, before driving across the border into Uzbekistan and continue to the beautiful historic town of Khiva.

The following day we have a guided tour of the ancient city of Khiva during the morning. In the afternoon we will have plenty of free time to further explore this wonderfully preserved Khanate town.

In Khiva we will stay in a comfortable hotel.

About Khiva:
The small historic town of Khiva in Uzbekistan was once the capital of the Khwarezmid Empire, one of Central Asia's most powerful states in the 12th Century CE until they were invaded by Genghis Khan in 1220 CE. Khiva once again rose to prominence as the centre of the Khanate of Khia between 1500 CE and 1924, when the area was fully incorporated into the Soviet Union.
The city's long history is fascinating, and fortunately much of the magnificent architecture has been incredibly well preserved. The ancient walls that used to provide sanctuary for the travellers on the Silk Road are intact, as is the old town that the walls were built to protect. Many of the buildings are beautifully decorated in classic turquoise tiles. As well as exploring the streets of the old city, you should make sure you visit the Kukhna Ark and Juma Mosque, Pakhlovan Mahmus Mausoleum and Islam Hodja Madrassa.

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
See the beautiful turquoise Kalta Minor Minaret, one of the iconic symbols of Khiva
Visit the Mohammed Rakhim Khan Madrassa, a museum dedicated to the Khan that surrendered to the Russians in 1873
Explore the incredibly photogenic blue palace of Tash Khovli in Khiva
Learn all about the Khoezm culture and handicrafts at the Islam Hodja Madrassa, Khiva's newest monument
Explore the incredible Juma Mosque and the 12th century fortress of the Kukhna Ark
Visit the mausoleum of Pahlavon Mohammed, the legendary 14th-century poet, philosopher, wrestler, and patron saint of Khiva

Fahrzeit: ca. 5 Std.

Unterkunft: Mittelklasse-Hotel

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück

6. Tag: Khiva - Bukhara

Today we will have a full day's drive to the fascinating city of Bukhara, where will spend the next 3 nights.

In Bukhara we will stay in a comfortable local hotel.

About Bukhara:
Bukhara is an atmospheric city with an incredible history and a wonderful heritage - exploring the streets, you really get the feeling that this is how Central Asia was before Soviet domination.
Bukhara was once a very powerful Khanate, controlling most of Turkmenistan and the surrounding area. Many of the buildings here are spectacular and very well-preserved, particularly the Ark Fortress, Ismail Samanid Mausoleum and the famous Kalyan Minaret (also known as the Death Tower). The government has invested a considerable amount of money into the city in order to preserve the architecture here.

Fahrzeit: ca. 10 Std.

Unterkunft: Mittelklasse-Hotel

7-8. Tag: Bukhara

Today we will have a guided tour of Bukhara and the surrounding area, including the Ismail Samani Mausoleum, Kalon Mosque, Zindon Prison and the Ark Fortress.

On our second day here, we will have a free day to further explore this incredible historic city and its surroundings.

Optional Activities:
See the Indian-style Char Minar Minarets, four towers nestled in a maze of alleyways in downtown Bukhara - Free
Visit the gruesome museum at the old prison of Zindon - UZS4500
Watch an entertaining evening puppet show, featuring many local Uzbek and Tajik poems and songs - USD5

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Explore the city's oldest Islamic monument, the 10th-century mausoleum of Ismail Samanid, the founder of the Samanid Dynasty
Discover the ruins of the ancient 5th-century fortress of the Bukhara Ark
Explore the colossal Kalon Mosque and Minaret, which has survived without restoration for 850 years and impressed Genghis Khan so much that he ordered the building to be spared
Visit the magnificent 16th-century architectural ensemble surrounding the Lyab-i Hauz ponds, once the city's principal source of water

Unterkunft: Mittelklasse-Hotel

9. Tag: Bukhara - Nurata

Today we will drive into the Kyzylkhum Desert near the town of Nurata. In the afternoon we will have the opportunity to head out on an optional camel ride into the desert!

In the Kyzylkhum Desert we will stay in a desert yurt camp.

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Overnight in the Kyzylkum Desert staying in yurts.

Fahrzeit: ca. 6 Std.

Unterkunft: Jurte

Verpflegung: 1x Mittagessen, 1x Abendessen

10. Tag: Nurata - Samarkand

This morning we will spend some time exploring the Nurata Hills with the option of taking a dip in Lake Ajdar Kul. After lunch we will drive to Samarkand where we will stay for the next 3 nights.

In Samarkand we will stay in a good hotel on the outskirts of town.

About Samarkand:
A city brimming with history, Samarkand became famous in the 14th Century CE as the birthplace of the warlord Timur and the capital of his Sultanate. Thanks to its cemtral location along the Silk Road, the town originally grew propserous as a crossroads between East and West, creating a melting pot of different cultures and traditions whose influences are still very much apparent today.
Samarkand is perhaps the most romantic and evocative of the Silk Road cities, and is crowned by the decorative domes and minarets of the many beautiful buildings here. The must-sees include the iconic Registan Square (the central focus of the city and home to a group of impressively decorated madrassas), Guri Amir and the Shah-i-Zinda mausoleum.

Fahrzeit: ca. 5 Std.

Unterkunft: Mittelklasse-Hotel

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück

11-12. Tag: Samarkand

Today we will have a guided tour of the incredible historic city of Samarkand and the surrounding area, including the Registan, Ulug Beg Observatory, Bibi-Khanym Mosque and Shah-I-Zinda.

On our second day here, we will have a free day to further explore the beautiful city and its surroundings.

Optional Activities:
Explore the stunning green city of Shahrisabz, the centre of folk art in Uzbekistan and the birthplace of the medieval warlord Timur - USD 20
Wander through the markets and carpet vendors of Samarkand, and marvel at the intricate craftsmanship of the local carpet weavers - Free

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Learn about the area's scientific heritage with a visit to the 15th-century Ulug Beg Observatory, once the finest observatory in the Islamic world
Visit the Guri-Amir Mausoleum, the final resting place of the Turko-Mongol conqueror Timur
Explore the stunning plaza of The Registan, a world-famous and iconic symbol of Central Asia
Discover the ruins of the Bibi-KhanymMosque, once one of the largest mosquesin the world and the jewel in Timur'sempire
See the beautiful and moving ancientmausoleum of Shah-I-Zinda

Unterkunft: Mittelklasse-Hotel

13. Tag: Samarkand - Tashkent

This morning we will have a little more free time to explore more of Samarkand. After lunch we will drive to the Uzbek capital of Tashkent.

In Tashkent we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities.

About Tashkent:
Whilst the historic cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva still retain much of the atmosphere of the ancient Khanates, Tashkent is very definitely a Soviet city, because old Tashkent was largely destroyed by a series of earthquakes and Soviet planners. Having said that, it is still a great place to visit - the city has a clean, modern feel and there is some unusal contemporary architecture here, which makes it an interesting contrast to many other places along the Silk Road.

Fahrzeit: ca. 6 Std.

Unterkunft: Mittelklasse-Hotel

14-15. Tag: Tashkent

Today and tomorrow we will have a free day to explore Tashkent.

Optional Activities:
- Explore urbane Tashkent and experience a surreal cabaret dinner - Free
- Visit the nightclubs and Imperial Russian-style cabaret restaurants of Tashkent - Free
- Visit the religious centre of Tashkent at Hast Imam Square and see the Uthman Koran, believed to be the world's oldest extant copy of the Koran - USD 5

Unterkunft: Mittelklasse-Hotel

16. Tag: Tashkent - Fergana

This morning we travel in local transport over the Kamchik Pass to Kokand, where we will have the oppurtunity to visit the Khudayar Khan's Palace and the nearby Margilan Silk Factory before completing the journey to Fergana.

The truck must pass over the Kamchik Pass without passengers and will rejoin us this evening in Fergana.

In Fergana we will stay in a basic local hotel.

About Fergana Valley:
A stunning corner of Uzbekistan dominated by the rolling mountains near the Kamchik Pass, the Fergana Valley is one of the most scenic drives on our route though Central Asia. The Palace of Khudayar Khan is an or nate palace from the 1870s built bu the last leader of the Kokand Khanate.

About Fergana City:
Similar to the Uzbek capital Tashkent, Fergana isa modern city, far-removed from the ancient Silk Road cities of Bukhara and Samarkand. The town is located in the Fergana Valley, a broad bowl thousands of kilometres wide surrounded by far off mountain peaks. Nearly 90% of people who live here are indigenous Uzbek's and the communities here are typically very welcoming and hosptiable. A very fertile area, the land is highly cultivated and used to produce fruitand vegetables and cotton. The textile industry thrives here and there are some exceptional crafts people weaving beautiful fabrics. It may be possible for you to visit a local factory or workshop where you will be able to see how silk and other fabrics are still hand-woven and dyed here.

Optional Activities:
- Explore the impressive 19th-century Juma Mosque in Kokand in the stunning Fergana Valley - UZS 17500
- See the silk-weavers of the Fergana Valley at the Yodgorlik Silk Factory

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Overland through Uzbekistan's Fergana Valley including historic Kokand and Fergana City

Fahrzeit: ca. 6 Std.

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

17. Tag: Fergana - Arslanbob

This morning we leave Uzbekistan behind and make our way into the magical mountain kingdom of Kyrgyzstan!

Once we have crossed the border we continue our journey to Arslanbob in Kyrgyzstan's Fergana Valley - if we are delayed at the border we may choose to stay in the closer town of Jalalabad instead.

In Arslanbob we will stay overnight in a local family-run guesthouse.

Fahrzeit: ca. 5 Std.

Unterkunft: Gästehaus

18-20. Tag: Kyrgyz Fergana Valley

We will spend the next 3 days overlanding through the stunning and remote Kyrgyz Fergana Valley, stopping often to admire the views and perhaps take some impromptu hikes in the hills and countryside.

During these days we plan to wild camp en route. Please note that trips running in low season (May to mid-June and October to November), we may not be able to camp if temperatures are too low, in which case we will stay in local guesthouses along the route instead.

Estimated Drive Times - 4-8 hours each day.

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Get off the beaten track with 3 nights wild camping and a leisurely overland journey through the stunning mountains and National Parks of Kyrgyzstan

Fahrzeit: ca. 8 Std.

Unterkunft: Wildniscamp

Verpflegung: 2x Frühstück, 3x Mittagessen, 3x Abendessen

21-22. Tag: Song Köl Lake

Today we complete the drive to the incredible Song Köl Lake, where we will spend the next two nights.

We will have free time here to explore the area, and to enjoy some optional activities including hiking and horse-riding.

At Song Köl we will stay in traditional felt yurts.

Please note that trips during the low season will not be able to visit Song Köl Lake, as temperatures will be below freezing, the road will be snowed over, and there will be no yurts to stay in! Instead we will likely stay in yurts on the southern shore of Lake Issyk Köl.

About Song Köl Lake:
Song Köl lake is one of the most spectacular spots in central Kyrgyzstan. All around the lake are lush pastures favoured by local nomadic herders, who come here in the summer with their animals.
On our overland trips we spend a couple of days staying in traditional felt yurts, learning about the local culture and traditions. We might get to see the local men play a game of "Ulak-Tartys" (goat polo) or have a chance to ride out with the shepherds on their small hardy ponies, or you might prefer to explore the surrounding area on foot and trek in the nearby hills.
Song Köl really is a sublime and unique spot, it is a truly magical place where you are guaranteed to have travel experiences that you will never forget.

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Experience the daily life of the Kyrgyz mountain shepherds.

Fahrzeit: ca. 8 Std.

Unterkunft: Jurte

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück

23. Tag: Song Köl Lake - Kochkor

Today we drive to the small village of Kochkor, where we stay in local family-run guesthouses and enjoy traditional Kyrgyz hospitality!

Whilst here we will visit a small museum and women's felt making cooperative that produces 'shyrdaks', the felt carpets for which Kyrgyzstan is renowned. We may also have the opportunity here to see some excellent local musicians playing traditional Kyrgyz folk music and to see how a yurt is put up!

In Kochkor we will stay in family-run guesthouses, accommodating up to 8 guests in each home.

About Kochkor:
Kochkor is a sleepy little Kyrgyz village and looks very much like the paintings of traditional Kyrgyz life seen in various museums and art galleries throughout the country. Here we will stay with a traditional Kyrgyz family, living with them and finding out about their daily life, food and family patterns. The Kyrgyz have embraced Responsible Tourism and actively encourage travellers to stay in the homes of local people. There is an excellent local animal market and a traditional felt making enterprise which we usually visit. Here they make a variety of the different felts used for making yurts, rugs, carpets and souvenirs.

Optional Activities:
- Visit a folklore demonstration near Kockhor where you can learn all about the handicrafts of the area, see a fantastic outdoor concert of traditional music and help to erect a yurt! - KGS 1000

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
- Overnight homestay at a traditional rural Kyrgyz village
- See the traditional felt workshops or Kochkor and learn about how Kyrgyz carpets and hats are typically made here
- See an incredible demonstration from a traditional eagle hunter near Kochkor

Fahrzeit: ca. 6 Std.

Unterkunft: Gästehaus

24-25. Tag: Jeti Oguz Valley

Today we drive along the southern shore of Lake Issyk Köl and up into the mountains to the alpine trekking region of Jeti Oguz. En route we will have an included demonstation from a local 'eagle hunter'.

The next day we will have a free day to hike in the incredible scenery here, or take an optional horse ride with some of the local nomads!

In Jeti Oguz we will camp close to a local family yurt.

Please note that on trips in the low season we may not be able to camp in Jeti Oguz due to low temperatures. If this is the case, we will stay for 1 night in a local hotel at the base of Jeti Oguz Valley (allowing time for some day walks) and then move via a stunning and incredible drive up a mountain in a Russian 4x4 truck to Altyn Arashan, a hot spring development in a stunning alpine setting, staying in dormitory accommodation.

About Jeti Oguz Valley:
Seven spectacular red sandstone cliffs stand guard over the entrance to the Jeti Oguz Valley. Local tradition says that the cliffs were once wild bulls, immobilised by the gods to stop them terrorising local yurt dwellers. The base of this stunning canyon lies on the northern slopes of the Terskei Ala-Too range, surrounded by a broad valley and majestic snow-capped mountains. The valley is a fantastic place for camping and hiking - by exploring the valleys and canyon by foot you'll be able to admire the unusual rock formations and alpine peaks

Optional Activities:
- Explore the incredible mountain landscapes of the Jeti Oguz Valley by horseback - KGS 800

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Trek into the wilds of the Jeti-Oghuz Gorge on the edge of the Tian Shan mountains

Fahrzeit: ca. 6 Std.

Unterkunft: Wildniscamp

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück, 2x Mittagessen, 2x Abendessen

26. Tag: Karakol

Today we will move on from Jeti Oguz or Altyn Arashan to the Russian-style town of Karakol, where we will have a free afternoon to explore and relax!

In Karakol we will stay in a decent local hotel.

About Karakol:
Originally a Russian military outpost built in 1869, Karakol quickly grew in the 19th Century as explorers arrived to map the mountains and valleys of the area, and Chinese Muslims fled warfare in China. For many years the town was names Przhevalsk, in honour of a Russian explorer who died there in the 1880s, but has been known as Karakol since independence.
Karakol is a picturesque town surrounded by orchards and mountains, with a delightful Russian church and gracious colonial houses on tree-lined streets sloping up towards glaciers and pine forests.

Fahrzeit: ca. 4 Std.

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück

27-28. Tag: Cholpon Ata - Chong Kemin Valley

Today we will drive to the northern shore of Lake Issyk Köl and visit the ancient petroglyphs at Cholpon Ata. We will then continue to the beautiful area of Chong Kemin where we will spend 2 nights.

The next day we will have a free day to explore and hike in this stunning area, or to get involved in an optional white water rafting excursion!

In Chong Kemin we will wild camp. If it is too cold or simply preferred by the group, we may choose to camp in the grounds of a guesthouse in Ashu, a village in the Chong Kemin valley, where there could be the possibility to upgrade to rooms.

About Cholpon Ata:
Issyk Köl Lake is one of the biggest natural water reservoirs in the world, at 170 km long and 70kms wide. Issyk Köl means "warm lake" in the local language, and a combination of extreme depth, thermal activity and mild salinity means the lake never freezes. On the shores of the lake is the small town of Cholpon Ata, a favourite holiday spot with the locals. The area has a number of health resorts and spas and there are also some interesting rock inscriptions and petroglyphs dating back to 500 BCE close nearby.

About Chong Kemin Valley:
The Chong Kemin Valley lies within the Tian Shan mountain range separating Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. The towering peaks of the Tian Shan range reach above 7,000m along their rugged run towards China. This spectacular valley is famed for its natural beauty, abundant wildlife and rich, varied flora. The valley offers several trekking possibilities along the Chong Kemin River, and recently white water rafting has become a popular activity for visitors in the area - exploring this stunning valley on horseback is also a great option.
Included activity:Get off the beaten track with 3 nights wild camping and a leisurely overland journey through the stunning mountains and National Parks of Kyrgyzstan

Optional activities:
- Explore the beautiful Chong Kemin valley on horseback - KGS 300
- Head out on a white-water rafting adventure through the stunning Chong Kemin valley - KGS 1800
- Walk around the incredible scenery of the Chong Kemin valley - Free

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Get off the beaten track with 3 nights wild camping and a leisurely overland journey through the stunning mountains and National Parks of Kyrgyzstan

Fahrzeit: ca. 6 Std.

Unterkunft: Wildniscamp

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück, 2x Mittagessen, 2x Abendessen

29. Tag: Bishkek

Today we have a short drive to the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek, with the opportunity to visit the Burana Tower en route. We will have free time to relax and explore the city upon arrival.

In Bishkek we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities.

About Bishkek:
Bishkek is the relaxed capital of Kyrgyzstan, and it has a pleasant laid-back atmosphere. The city centres around Ala-too Square, previously known as Lenin's Square under the previous Soviet regime. Lenin used to stand in his concrete overcoat in the middle of the square, proudly gesturing towards the mountains. A pleasant place to watch the world go by is Dubovy (Oak) Park, where you'lll find a few open air cafes, a perfect spot to sit and have a drink and soak up the atmosphere. The centuries-old oaks here and all along Freedom Avenue make Bishkek one of the greenest cities in Central Asia.

Fahrzeit: ca. 4 Std.

Unterkunft: Mittelklasse-Hotel

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück

30. Tag: Bishkek

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Bishkek. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact us if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.

Optional activities:
- Freely explore the vast Osh Bazaar, Bishkek's largest market
- Explore Bishkek's past at the State Historical Museum on Ala-Too Square - KGS 150

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Local Payment
Bitte beachte, dass die Tour ein Local Payment verlangt. Dieser Betrag ist vor Ort zu zahlen und Beitrag zur Gemeinschaftskasse, die von der Crew und der Gruppe zusammen verwaltet wird. Mit dem Geld werden Unterbringung, einige Mahlzeiten und einige der eingeschlossenen Aktivitäten bezahlt. Das Local Payment wird entweder am ersten Tag der Reise oder - wenn es sich um eine Kombination von Reisen handelt - phasenweise während der Tour eingesammelt. Dieser Betrag ist Bestandteil des Gesamtreisepreises und muss vor Ort in bar entrichtet werden.

Mithilfe
Bei dieser Tour sind nicht nur Zuschauer, sondern aktives Mitglied der Gruppe. Alle Teilnehmer packen bei den täglich anfallenden Aufgaben mit an. Dazu gehören beispielsweise die Unterstützung bei der Zubereitung der Mahlzeiten, Einkaufen, Geschirrspülen oder Saubermachen. Jeder in der Gruppe beteiligt sich und man wechselt sich täglich mit den Aufgaben ab. Der Spaß steht dabei im Vordergrund!

Tourstil
Echtes Abenteuer für budgetbewusste Reisende, die Unabhängigkeit mit der Sicherheit einer Gruppe verbinden wollen oder ein Maximum an Flexibilität suchen. Du kannst alles erwarten, aber keine Extras, die du nicht in Anspruch nehmen wollst. Das bedeutet in der Regel einfache Unterkünfte, einige inkludierte Highlights und viel Freiraum für eigene Erkundungen. So hast du unterwegs die Möglichkeit, dir aus zahlreichen optionalen Aktivitäten je nach Interessen, Reisebudget und Schwierigkeitsgrad dein persönliches Programm zusammenstellen.

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