Biking is a great way of seeing Kyrgyzstan. What makes it so good is:
- there's not much traffic;
- wilderness camping is safe and easy;
- the scenery is fantastic;
- there is cheap B&B accommodation through the CBT network;.
- cycling is a great way of meeting the locals, who are very friendly.
The Inner Tien Shan is an interesting part of Kyrgyz nature. Here are hidden many unique places, such as the Arabel Valley, Naryn valley and the mountainous pearl of Son-Kul Lake. The Arabel Valley is situated at 3,600-4,000 m above sea level, and is a place of permafrost; it is a high mountain tundra zone with plenty of bogs and lakes. There are approximately 50 lakes here. Naryn is a in high mountain valley, the largest valley in Kyrgyzstan. It is narrow and long, it's width being 5-15km and length 470km. A river of the same name flows through the Naryn valley. There are 5 hydroelectric power stations on the Naryn river. Lake Son-Kul (length 29 km, width 18 km) is the second biggest lake after Issyk-Kul, situated in the inner Tien Shan at 3,016m above sea level. There are no trees in the Son-Kul Valley, being far above the tree line, and the slopes of the ridges which surround it are covered by grasses. From ancient times, this valley was used as a pasture. In the valley you can see plenty of burial mounds.
This trek is a great opportunity for experienced riders and beginners alike to experience the breathtaking beauty of the Inner Tien Shan and traditional lifestyle of the Kyrgyz people.
Day 1: Arrive in Bishkek. Accommodation in hotel. Excursion around the city. Overnight in Bishkek.
Day 2: Transfer by bus from Bishkek to Tamga village (330 km). First part of the road is along the Kyrgyz range. We will have wonderful views of snowy peaks from the road. Then, through the Boom gorge, we arrive in the Issyk-Kul Valley at the entrance to which is a desert; rainfall amounts in this region average no more than 100mm (3 in) a year. Passing Balykchi, our route follows the South Shore of Issyk-Kul. 136 km from Balykchi, arrival Tamga village. Overnight in guesthouse.
Day 3: Ride (17 km) along the main road to Tosor-gorge road. This is a short easy ride on an asphalt road. Transfer (12 km) by bike on dirt road to confluence of Tosor and Toguz-Bulak rivers. This road is not difficult, with a small ascent. Ride (45 km) from the confluence of Tosor and Toguz-Bulak rivers along the Tosor River to the foot of Tosor pass. In this section, the road gets more difficult, there is quite a difficult climb from the confluence to the pass. For those who need a rest, a support vehicle will follow the group. Overnight in tents.
Day 4: Transfer by bike over Tosor pass and descent along the Uchemchek River to hot springs Dzhili-Suu, on an old earth road to the pass and down. This day is difficult also, ascent of the pass is steep and quite complicated; descent to Dzhli-Suu is easier and less steep. The Uchemchek range is a southern spur of the Terskey Ala-Too range; it is situated in the Naryn river basin. There are several small glaciers nearby, which give birth to the Uchemchek and Burkan rivers. Over the Tosor pass we arrive in the Arabel Valley. Overnight in tents.
Day 5: Day of rest. Excursion to Teshik-Kel Lake (3,504m). Overnight in tents.
Day 6: Ride (20 km) from hot spring Dzhili-Suu along Dzhili-Suu river to its confluence with the Burkan river (the confluence of rivers Djili-Suu and Burcan form the Balgart river). This ride is of moderate difficulty, and there are no difficult ascents. Dirt road in satisfactorily condition. Ride (25 km) along the Balgart river to the confluence with the Archaly river and then further to the Dzhylangach river (confluence of the Balgart and Dzhylangach rivers forms the Kichi-Naryn river). Peaks Kara-Kaman, Archaly and Burkan, above the valley, have old glacial forms - smooth tops and flat slopes. Lower parts, especially along left bank of the Balgart river are hilly, covered with loose rock. Landscape in gorge is similar to tundra. Overnight in tents.
Day 7: Ride (58 km) along the Balgart river and Kichi-Naryn river to Eki-Naryn village(village Eki-Naryn is situated 4km from the confluence of the Kichi-Naryn and Naryn rivers. Easy day. Riding on dirt road. Overnght in tents.
Day 8: Ride (63 km) along Naryn river to the city of Naryn. Easy day. Riding on the main road. Overnight in yurt-camp.
Day 9: Ride (86 km) from Naryn to Ak-Tal village. This is moderate difficulty ride along the Naryn Valley. Asphalt road. Overnight in tents.
Day 10: Ride (60 km) from Ak-Tal village to Son-Kul Lake over the Kurtka Pass. First part of ride to the beginning of the gorge is easy with a slight descent. There is a narrow spot where we will enter a narrow gorge with high sharp rock walls, in some places up to 200 meters. From here begins a steep ascent to the pass. Descent is shorter and easier. Overnight in tents.
Day 11: Ride (90 km) from Son-Kul Lake to Sary-Bulak village. Moderately difficult ride. Straightforward ascent of a low pass and descent to the village. Dirt road. Overnight in tents.
Day 12: Ride (72 km) from Sary-Bulak village to the Boom gorge. Easy day. Riding on the main road. Overnight in tents.
Day 13: Vehicle transfer (150 km) from Boom gorge to Bishkek. Riding on the main road. Overnight in hotel.
Day 14: Transfer to Bishkek airport for flight to next destination (according to timetable).
We hope you like the program and assure you that we are absolutely open to any suggestions to increase the range of our services for the entire satisfaction of our clients and are happy to meet your special requirements.
You can alter the duration of your tour and places of visits by adding one of the extensions. Our tour operator will work closely with you or your travel agent to carefully prepare an itinerary based on your stated interests.