- Wandern in der traumhaften Djety Oguz Schlucht
- Übernachtung in traditionellen Jurten
- Spektakuläre Natur von Chong Kemin und Ala Archa
- Felszeichnungen von Cholpon Ata
- Charmantes Karakol
- Übernachtung bei einer Gastfamilie in Kochkor
- Einblick in die traditionelle Nomadenkultur
- Übernachtung in Jurten am malerischen Song-Kul See
- Wunderschöne Natur im Fergana Valley
- Termine & Preise
Kirgistan ist ein Land reich an spektakulärer Natur und nomadischen Traditionen. Sie starten Ihre Reise in Bishkek. Die Übernachtung bei einer Gastfamilie ermöglicht Ihnen Einblicke in das alltägliche Leben. Sie übernachten in traditionellen Jurten am malerischen Song-Kul See und haben Gelegenheit die wilde Natur Kirgistans zu erkunden. Der glasklare Issyk-Kul See wird Sie ebenso begeistern wie das atemberaubende Chong Kemin Tal und die wunderschöne Natur im Fergana Valley. Zu Fuß erkunden Sie die beeindruckende Natur des Djety Oguz Tals. Sie schlagen Ihre Zelte in der unberührten Wildnis auf und erkunden verborgene Orte abseits der Touristenpfade, bevor Sie Ihre Reise nach Tashkent, die Haupstadt Usbekistans, und zurück in die Zivilisation führt.
Tag 2-3: Chong Kemin Valley & Ala Archa Gorge
Tag 4: Karakol
Tag 5-6: Jeti-Oghuz Valley
Tag 7: Kochkor
Tag 8-9: Song Kul See
Tag 10-12: Kirgisisches Fergana Valley
Tag 13: Arslanbob
Tag 14: Fergana City
Tag 15-16: Tashkent
- Kirgistan und Usbekistan Rundreise gemäß Programm
- Transporte, Unterbringung und Verpflegung gemäß Programm
- Ausflüge, Aktivitäten und Besichtigungen gemäß Reiseverlauf
Leistungen nicht enthalten
- Internationale Flüge (gerne über uns buchbar)
- Nicht genannte Mahlzeiten und Getränke
- Optionale Ausflüge und Aktivitäten
- Persönliche Ausgaben, Trinkgelder
- Flughafengebühren und Ausreisesteuern
Die Unterbringung erfolgt in Zwei-/Mehrbettzimmern sowie in Zwei-Personen-Zelten. Die Unterbringung im Einzelzimmer ist nicht möglich. Alleinreisende werdenmit Mitreisenden gleichen Geschlechts untergebracht.
Die Ausstattung der Campingplätze reicht von recht einfach bis hin zu relativ komfortabel. Einige Zeltplätze sind mit Schwimmbädern, Restaurants und Bars ausgestattet. In einigen Fällen kann es auch möglich sein, direkt vor Ort in Bungalows, Lodges oder sogar Baum-Häuser upzugraden. Einer der Höhepunkte ist das Busch-Camping in abgelegeneren Gebieten. Dies erlaubt uns, weit weg von den Touristenmassen, auch die abgelegensten Orte zu erkunden. Wir werden zudem bei Gastfamilien übernachten, um einen Einblick in das alltägliche Leben der Einheimischen zu bekommen und um sicherzustellen, das unser Geld auch innerhalb der örtlichen Gemeinden bleibt.
Alle Mahlzeiten während des Campings inklusive.
Die Mahlzeiten während des Campens werden von der Trip Kitty abgedeckt. Für weitere Mahlzeiten und Getränke planen Sie etwa USD 500 zusätzlich ein.
Border Information: If joining in Bishkek, you will most likely enter Kyrgyzstan at Bishkek Manas International Airport.
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.
The rest of the day is free for you to explore this relaxed and atmospheric city.
Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Bishkek before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Bishkek.
In Bishkek we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities.
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.
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
Days 2-3: Chong Kemin Valley & Ala Archa Gorge
The next 2 days will need to be fairly flexible. Many of the group will apply for Uzbekistan visas in Bishkek. However, the Uzbek Embassy opening times will often vary and therefore our itinerary will need to remain flexible over the next 2 days to accommodate this.
As a general guide, we will most likely spend our first night camping in stunning mountainous Ala Archa National Park near to Bishkek. We will then return to Bishkek on the following day in order to submit our visa applications. Once this is process is complete we will continue to Chong Kemin National Park, where we will have free time to explore and hike in this beautiful area, or to get involved in an optional white water rafting excursion if time allows.
In Chong Kemin and Ala Archa 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.
Estimated Drive Times - 3-5 hours each day (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).
About Ala Archa:
Ala Archa means "bright juniper", and indeed there are juniper bushes growing all through this beautiful gorge. The alpine area is stunning, and is abundant with wild flowers, bubbling mountain streams, glaciers and vast mountain panoramas. The gorge itself is 35kms long, and the surrounding mountains are massive and home to some of the largest glaciers in all of Kyrgyzstan. The park is also an important habitat for all kinds of wildlife, including marmots, badgers, hares, foxes, wolves, lynx, and wild goats.
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
- Wild camping and hiking in the beauty of Ala Archa Gorge - Free
Day 4: Karakol / Cholpon Ata
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 Russian-style town of Karakol, where we will have a free evening to explore and relax!
In Karakol we will stay in a decent local hotel.
Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.
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.
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.
Tourist time: pedalos, sand, sun. On Lake Issyk-Kul, it's a time warp
Days 5-6: Jeti-Oguz Valley
Today we drive up into the mountains to the alpine trekking region of Jeti Oguz.
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.
Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.
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 take 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. We will then stay for 1 night in a local hotel at the base of Jeti Oguz Valley (allowing time for some day walks).
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
- Trek into the wilds of the Jeti-Oghuz Gorge on the edge of the Tian Shan mountains
- Explore the incredible mountain landscapes of the Jeti Oguz Valley by horseback - KGS 800
Day 7 Kochkor
Today we drive to the small village of Kochkor, where we stay in local family-run guesthouses and enjoy traditional Kyrgyz hospitality! En route we will have an included demonstation from a local 'eagle hunter'.
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.
Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.
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.
- 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
- 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
Days 8-9: Song Köl Lake
Today we will 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 or horse-riding!
At Song Köl we will stay in traditional felt yurts.
Estimated Drive Time - 4-7 hours.
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 for get.
- Experience the daily life of the Kyrgyz mountain shepherds.
Days 10-12: 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.
Get off the beaten track with 3 nights wild camping and a leisurely overland journey through the stunning mountains and National Parks of Kyrgyzstan
Day 13: Arslanbob
Today we will complete our drive to Arslanbob in Kyrgyzstan's Ferghana Valley - if we have had a slow journey in the previous days with lots of stops, we may choose to stay in the closer town of Jalalabad instead.
In Arslanbob we will stay overnight in a local family-run guesthouse. Drive time - 6-7 hours
Day 14: Fergana Valley
Border information: Exit Kyrgyzstan at Dustlik, enter Uzbekistan at Andijon.
Today we will have a full day's drive across the Uzbek border to the eastern city of Fergana. In Fergana we will stay in a basic local hotel. Estimated Drive time - 4-5 hours.
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.
- Overland through Uzbekistan's Fergana Valley including historic Kokand and Fergana City - UZS 3000
- 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 - Free
Day 15: Tashkent
This morning we travel in local transport 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 over the Kamchik Pass to Tashkent, the Uzbek capital. The truck must pass over the Kamchik Pass without passengers and will rejoin us this evening in Tashkent. In Tashkent we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities. Estimated Drive time - 5-6 hours.
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.
Day 16: Tashkent
Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Tashkent. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Dragoman Sales team 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.
Border Information: if finishing in Tashkent, you will most likely exit Uzbekistan at Tashkent International Airport.
- 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
The routes, activities and places visited described in these trip notes are intentions and are meant as a rough guide only. We intend to follow the planned route but exact night stops and inclusions cannot be guaranteed. It sometimes happens that we decide to make a change to our planned itinerary. This may be for a variety of reasons - climatic, road or bureaucratic conditions may demand it. By their very nature, overland itineraries need to be flexible and the regions that we are travelling through are often unpredictable. We run adventure journeys in off the beaten track areas, which often have poor infrastructure. You should expect that some of these areas do not adhere to 'Western' safety standards.
Echtes Abenteuer für budgetbewusste Reisende, die Unabhängigkeit mit der Sicherheit einer Gruppe verbinden wollen oder ein Maximum an Flexibilität suchen. Sie können alles erwarten, aber keine Extras, die Sie nicht in Anspruch nehmen wollen. Das bedeutet in der Regel einfache Unterkünfte, einige inkludierte Highlights und viel Freiraum für eigene Erkundungen.
Bitte beachten Sie, dass zusätzlich zum Tourpreis noch eine Vor-Ort-Zahhlung (Trip Kitty) in Höhe von ca. USD 360 anfällt. Die genaue Höhe der Kitty ist abhängig vom Abfahrtstermin. Dieser Betrag wird gemeinsam von den Reisenden und dem Reiseleiter verwaltet und unter anderem für die Mahlzeiten während des Campings, Unterkunft und einige Aktivitäten eingesetzt. Der Betrag wird entweder an Tag 1 der Reise, oder, wenn es sich um eine längere Reisen handelt, stufenweise während der Tour eingesammelt.
Beim Overlanding sind Sie nicht bloß Zuschauer, sondern aktives Mitglied in der Gruppe. Alle Teilnehmer packen bei den täglich anfallenden Aufgaben mit an, darunter Kochen, Einkaufen, Abwaschen etc. Je mehr Sie sich aktiv an der Reise beteiligen, desto erlebnisreicher wird Ihre Tour werden.