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Silk Road Round trip

2017

 

 

11-days soft adventure tour with transportation

Destination:  Kyrgyzstan – China – Kyrgyzstan.

On the way you visit the oldest towns of central Asia, these are Osh and Kashgar. East Pamir Mountains, ancient monuments and graves take you back to the ancient time as well as local games let see you a real nomad life of different peoples of Kyrgyzstan and China. You are able to see   all Kyrgyz land -beautiful and marvellous! This route will go you to Sary-Chelek is one of the most beautiful alpine lake on the South of country. Rocky slopes emerge from the water and the aqua colour sparkles like a jewel in the necklace of snow that surrounds.

Best time for journey – June-September                                                                                   

Duration: 11 days

Group size: maximum 12 pax   

Meals: All meals (Russian, Asian, European meal)

Transportation: subject to number of pax – Jeep 4 WD, MB Sprinter or Chinese buses.

Accommodation: in hotels, yurt inn, guest houses.

Guiding: English speaking guide

Equipment: Guests must to have the personal clothes and shoes for walking in the mountains till height 3600m above sea level

Day 1. Bishkek – Cholpon-Ata (250km)

Arrival to Bishkek in the early morning. Rest at the hotel. Drive to the lake Issyk-Kul 250 km It takes 3-4 hours. Accommodation at the hotel in the northern part of the lake Issyk-Kul. On the way visit Burana tower (11-13c.c.) .
Burana Tower - situated 10 km south of Tokmok, is all that remains of the ancient city Balasagun, which was established by the Karahanids at the end of the 10th century.  The entire museum complex today includes the tower itself (24.6 m high), reconstructions of mausoleums, a mound that is all that remains of the palace, a collection of balbals (grave stones) and a museum. From the Tower, it is possible to head into the mountains to a picturesque valley to the Kegety or Shamshy gorges.
O/N Hotel***. Full board.

Day 2. Cholpon-Ata – Tash-Rabat (450km)

The way goes by northern part of lake Issyk Kul via Balykchy town, then Kochkor village, then via Dolon Pass 3038m to Naryn town. On the way short stop in Kochkor for lunch.
Kochkor is a small town (village) which lays just on the way to Naryn and is about 260 km from Bishkek. The town is best known for its handy craft masters, who are making the best national souvenirs and carpets (Shyrdaks) in whole Kyrgyzstan. Here you may stop for a lunch in a kurguz style, visit a small museum of applied art and see a felt show.

Then drive to Tash Rabat caravan sarai.

O/n in the yurt inn. Full board.

Day 3. Tash-Rabat

After breakfast visit Tash-Rabat caravan sarai. Tash Rabat, a stone fortress, with the altitude of about 3500 m above sea-level. Tash Rabat is located 80km from Torugart and 90km from Naryn. It is a carefully restored stone building that once housed an inn on the Great Silk Road. This caravanserai was occupied in the 10th century. The origins of the caravanserai, which underwent some restoration work in the 1980s, are not clear. Today the caravanserai is a square; rather squat-looking building that is much bigger than it appears from the outside because it digs deep into the hillside behind. Inside there is a domed central chamber leading to the remains of 30 dank cold rooms including, opposite the entrance, the khans own quarters. One chamber contains two underground dungeons, one of which has been filled in and another, which is apparently 10 meters deep. There is also a well and supposedly an old tunnel, possibly leading to a look-out point. The chambers on either side of the entrance each have a broad, raised ledge, which is said to be a communal bed used by the caravanserais soldiers, who were garrisoned here to protect against bandits.

It is possible to have walking along the gorge and learn local lifestyle.
O/n in the yurt inn. Full board.

Day 4 Torugart pass - Kashgar (450km)

Drive Tash Rabat - Torugart pass – Kashgar. In the early morning drive to the Torugart Pass. After border formalities cross the Kyrgyz border and meet with Chinese partners. Transfer to Kashgar. Hotel



Day 5. Kashgar – Karakuli Lake - Tashkurgan

Early morning drive to Karakul lake. You will see the grand mountains around, more than seven thousand meters above sea level.  Late afternoon transfer to Tashkorgan. Overnight: Hotel Crown Inn

Day 6. Tashkurgan - Kashgar

Early morning see Tashkurgan fort Drive back to Kashgar see Market, old town. Visit Id Kah Mosque. Hotel

Day 7. Kashgar – Irkishtam Pass – Sary-Tash.

Breakfast at the Hotel, transfer via the Irkishtam Pass to the yurt camp.
Irkeshtam Pass is a border crossing between Kyrgyzstan and China. The pass lies some 238 km from Osh and 250km from Kashgar. The road travels south along the valley of the Taldyk and Gulcho river gorges to the village of Sary Tash.
Sary-Tash is a minor village and major crossroads in the Alay Valley of Osh Province. Although this remote village has only some shop-cafes, a petrol station and two guest houses, it is an important road junction. Spending a night in this village is necessary for travellers who travel to China or Tajikistan.


O/N Yurt camp. Full board.

Day 8. Sary-Tash – Osh (200km)

Enroute at Gulcha short stop to visit the Museum Dedicated Qurbanjan Dotka (Kyrgyz Mother).
Gulcha is a mountain town in the Osh Province of Kyrgyzstan. It is the capital of Alay District. The M41 highway leading south from Osh to the Alay Valley and eastern Tajikistan passes through Gulcha. The 2402m Chyrchyk Pass separates Gulcha from Osh, and the 3615m Taldyk Pass separates Gulcha from Sary-Tash in the Alay Valley.  Here you may stop for a lunch in a kurguz style and visit a museum devoted to Kurmanjan Datka - (1811-1907) known as the "The Tsaritsa of Alai" or "The Queen of the South", was a stateswoman in Kyrgyzstan, known for her initial resistance to the annexation of that region by Russia.

O/N Hotel***. Full board. Dinner in the local Uzbek family.


Day 9. Osh – Chichkan gorge (230km)
Chychkan is a wonderful gorge with fantastic views for photographs, especially the snow covered mountains. It is the perfect place where you can see the beauty of the kurguz nature. There is a guest house that is beautifully situated beside a fast flowing river.
O/N Guest House. Full board.

Drive to Chichkan picturesque gorge O/N in the hostel.

Day 10. Chichkan gorge – Bishkek (250km)

In the morning drive to Bishkek. Visit the center part of the city, History museum, ZUM. Farewell dinner with local folk. Hotel accommodation***.

Day 11. Departure.



Quotation for 2017:

2 Pax – 1789 Euro p.p. in twin

4-6 Pax – 1519 Euro p.p. in twin

7-10+1 pax – 1198 Euro p.p. in twin

11-13+1 pax – 929 Euro p.p. in twin

14-16+1 pax – 869 Euro p.p. in twin

Single supplement –  170 Euro  p.p

The above cost includes

Accommodation at hotels, yurts as per the itinerary
Transport for transfers and sightseeing as per the itinerary
Half board
Entrance fees
English speaking guide
Folk concert

Doesn't include:

Items of personal nature, tips

 

Country guide on Kyrgyzstan and China.