Kyrgyzstan–China–Kyrgyzstan | TopAsia

On the way you visit the oldest towns of central Asia: Osh, Kashgar, 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! Visit the Kyrgyz village Chon-Kemin where you’ll find nomad’s life. This route will go you to Karakul lake  is one of the most beautiful alpine lake. You’ll visit an ancient Sunday market in Kashgar.

 

Day 1 Bishkek – Kochkor (250km)

On the way visit Buraqna Tower (11c)

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.

Home stay, B&B

 

Day 2 Kochkor – Tash-Rabat  (260km)

Tash-Rabat caravan saray is a stone fortress that was built in the 15 century, the medieval inn of the merchants and travelers on the Great Silk Road is situated in the beautiful Tash-Rabat gorge at a height of 3000m, 100km from Torugart pass. The construction is a multi-domed rectangular building with sides of 35 and 33 m. The whole structure consists of a big central hall with 31 rooms around it. On the walls are traces of old paintings. That area is good for hiking, walking and horse back riding.  

Day hiking in Tash-Rabat

Yurt inn, B&B

 

Day 3 Tash-Rabat – Torugart – Kashgar (265km)

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***, B&B

 

Day 4 Kashgar – Tashkorgan (300 km)

Morning  transfer to Tashkorgan via the famous Karakorum highway en route Stop at Karakuly Lake located at the foothills of the beautiful Muztagata Mountain at 3600 meters above the sea level.

Visit Uygur traditional village Opal to see Mausoleum of the well known 11 c. Uygur philologist Mohammed Kashgeri, visit Karavan Sarai old ruins by the bank of the Gaz River, Bulunkul Lake and white sand hill which is a very good photo scenic spot.

Enjoy view of the mountains and the surrounding grasslands

Visiting nomadic Kyrgyz ethnic people, who still live in felt yurts.

 Hotel***, B&B

 

Day 5 Tashkorgan – Kashgar (300 km)

Early morning short visit of ancient Stone Fortress around 7th century and continue back to kashgar, again enjoy mountain scenery of Karakrum Highway. 

On arrival in Kashgar visit colorful unique chaotic Great Sunday bazaar where you will see numerous sections: silk and cotton, knives, hats, pots and pans, fresh vegetables and fruits, carpets and jewellery, there is a separate livestock and horse section located 6 km from the main market.

Later if time allows visit the largest mosque in China Idkah mosque (1442)

Hotel***, B&B

 

Day 6 Kashgar – Irkishtam – Sary-Tash (340km)

Transfer to Irkeshtam border.

Breakfast at the Hotel, transfer via the Irkishtam Pass to Osh.

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.

 

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.

 

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.

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.

Home stay, B&B

 

Day 7, Sary-Tash – Osh (188 km)

Arrival in Osh

Osh is the southern capital of Kyrgyzstan and one of the oldest cities in Central Asia, with mixed population of around 300,000. The city is at least 3,000 years old, and has served as the administrative center of Osh Province since 1939. The centerpiece of the city is the Suleiman Mountain which offers a splendid view of Osh and its environs. The Osh bazaar remains one of the largest bazaars of Central Asia.

Hotel***, B&B

 

Day 8   Osh – Arslanbob (170km)

On the way visit Uzgen

Uzgen town lies 55 km northeast of Osh. It is the capital of Uzgen District. It was founded during the 8th and 9th centuries in the Turkic Kaganat on the Great Silk Road. Uzgen is another ancient settlement, is home to some archeological monuments – a tower – the Minaret of the 10th – 12th centuries (twin of Burana), built near Muslim Mosque. Uzgen Mausoleum of the 11th century, the Northern, Middle and the South, were built in Shakhristan (the center) of the city on one axis. Today the town is mostly an agricultural center with sunflowers, tobacco and especially rice all being important crops.

 

Arslanbob

The mountain village of Arslanbob, which lies at over 1,700 m., up the south-western slopes of the Fergana range, about 90 km. from Jalal-Abad. Here the trees, with their dome shaped crowns atop two meter thick trunks, can reach a height of 30 meters and are found growing wild on mountain slopes and along river banks at an altitude of between 1000 and 1800 meters above Sea Level. The whole region is like an orchard and boasts much different variety of fruits. The village has a population of about 15,000 and stretches a long way up the valley, nestling on the hillsides giving many of the houses spectacular views.

Homestay, B&B

 

Day 9   Arslanbob – Suusamyr Valley Chichkan gorge (350km)

The Suusamyr valley is high steppe plateau – 2200 meters a.s.l.-that is some 160km from Bishkek. This valley is considered to be the coldest in Kyrgyzstan. The lowest temperature in winter time was -60 C. There are many natural pastures in this area, it is a good place to take photos and feel the smell of fresh grass and breathe fresh alpine air.

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.

Hotel**, B&B

 

Day 10 Suusamyr-Kyzyl-Oi (200km)

About 20 kilometres from Kojomkul the narrow gorge suddenly widens into the lovely tree-lined valley of Kyzyl Oi.  This is probably the best place in the Suusamyr valley for mountain hikes on foot or horseback, especially if you can afford a few days.  In the hills around the village you may be able to see local wildlife, including the elusive and rare Marco Polo sheep.

Homestay, B&B

 

Day 11 Kyzyl-Oil

ONE DAY STOP FOR HIKING

Homestay, B&B

 

Day 12 Kyzyl-Oi – Son-Kul (250km)

Song-Kul Lake is located 90 km northwest of Naryn.  At an altitude of 3016m a.s.l.; 29km long and 18km wide and a maximum depth of 13.2m – it is Kyrgyzstan’s second largest lake. It lies in high mountain area within a valley that stretches 60 km in length and 30 km in width. The lake is situated in a treeless, mountainous plateau and is surrounded by the mountain meadows. These meadows are used by local people as the pasture. Shepherds come to the lake with their family and flocks and live during summer time.

Yurt inn, B&B

 

Day 13 Son Kul

ONE DAY STOP FOR HIKING or Horse riding

Yurt inn, B&B

 

Day 14 Son-Kul – Bishkek (350km)  

Hotel***, B&B

 

Day 15 Departure                  

 

Quotation from 1490 uro p.p. in twin

 

The above program includes

–          accommodation with breakfast as per the itinerary

–          service of English speaking guide

–          transport for transfers and sightseeing as per the itinerary

–          entrance fees to museum and sites

–          full board

 

Doesn’t include:

–          visa fees

–          items of personal nature

 

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