The Great Silk Road Tours
Following the Silk Road – from Kyrgyzstan to Uzbekistan through China (This tour can also be arranged vice versa: From Uzbekistan to Kyrgyzstan)
- Itinerary: Bishkek – Burana Tower – Tamchy Village – Karakol Town – Altyn-Arashan Hot Springs — Jety-Ögüz Gorge – Bokonbaevo Yurt Camp- Kochkor Village — Song-Köl Lake – Naryn Town — Tash-Rabat Caravanserai — Torugart Pass – China – Irkeshtam Pass – Sary-Tash Village – Sary-Mogol Village – Osh Town — Uzbekistan
- Duration: 15 days
- Best Season: mid June — mid September
- Category: combined – 13 days auto / 2 days optional medium-level trekking or horseback riding
- Level of Difficulty: medium
- Group Size: any
- Requirements: weatherproof warm clothes, trekking boots, hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
Day 1: Arrival at Manas airport. Pick-up and transfer to Bishkek. Hotel accommodation. Free time in Bishkek.
Day 2: Leave for Yssyk-Köl Lake, Tamchy Village (4-hour drive). On the way, visit the Burana Tower architectural complex (10-11th century, an important point on the Great Silk Road), 15km from the main road. Lunch en-route. Afternoon arrival in Tamchy then relax by the lake. Dinner and overnight stay at a CBT home- stay.
Day 3: Continue the drive to Karakol (about 4-hours). On the way, we make a stop in Cholpon-Ata to visit an open-air petroglyph (rock painting) gallery (5km from Cholpon-Ata, heading to the mountains). Lunch en-route in a café. Afternoon arrival in Karakol followed by a city tour: visit the Dungan Mosque and the Russian Orthodox Church. Dinner, bed and breakfast at a CBT home-stay.
Day 4: Morning transfer to the Ak-Suu Village (about 30 km). Start the trekking. Lunch-picnic on the way. Trek to the footsteps of the Ortok Pass. Camp in the tent near the Pass. Trekking time: 5-6 hours. Detailed description with map is given below!
Day 5: Hike through the Ortok Pass, 3560 m. Amazing views of the valley, and the small beautiful mountain lakes. Lunch after descend. Walk to the Altyn-Arashan resort, which is situated 2450 m above sea level. Camp at this wonderful place which is surrounded by magnificent rocks and from where a lot of streams begin from the glaciers. A great panoramic view of the snow-capped Tashtanbek Tor Bashy (Peak Tashtanbek), 4600 m. Overnight is available in a mountain hut or in tents. Trekking time: 6-7 hours.
Day 6: At the Altyn-Arashan resort is possible to take a thermal water bath. You will never be able to forget the sight of the snow on Peak Palatka (Tent) 5260 m or «Swallow’s Nest Pool», nestling beneath the open sky. After breakfast walk from Altyn Arashan resort down by Arashan Gorge (4 hours). Drive to Karakol (30 minutes). Dinner, bed and breakfast at a CBT home-stay.
Day 7: After breakfast transfer to the Jeti-Ögüz Gorge (Seven Bulls), (1 hour). Visit the Kök-Jaiyk area (Valley of Flowers), 2-3 hours. Picnic lunch en-route. Further transfer to the southern shore of the Lake, 3 hours. Dinner and overnight are in a yurt camp near Bokonbaevo village.
Day 8: Morning departure to Kochkor Village (Naryn region, about 3 hours). Arrival by noon, lunch. Afternoon — learn how “ala kiyiz” –Kyrgyz felt carpets — are made. Dinner, bed and breakfast at a CBT home-stay.
Day 9: After breakfast, head to Song-Köl Lake (110km, 3-hour drive). Meet your host family, lunch upon arrival. Optional: horseback riding. You can also help your host family with their everyday life: looking after the horses and sheep, making bread and milk products, bringing water from a source nearby. Dinner and overnight stay in a shepherd’s yurt.
Day 10: Free morning by the lake-side. Stroll along the lakeshore, and hope the legendary Song-Köl weather is kind. Lunch. Afternoon transfer to Naryn (3 hours). Arrival in Naryn, dinner and overnight stay at a CBT home-stay.
Day 11: Morning departure to Tash-Rabat caravanserai (12th-13th century) (3-hour drive). Meet your host family, lunch upon arrival. Take a walk around, visit the caravanserai. Dinner and overnight stay in a yurt.
Day 12 (must be a working day): Early morning drive from Tash-Rabat to the Torugart Pass, 2.5 hours. Cross the Kyrgyz-Chinese border. The Chinese will transfer you from Torugart to Kashgar.
Day 12-13-14: Spend time in Kashgar.
Day 15 (must be a working day): Transfer from Kashgar to Irkeshtam Pass, where the Kyrgyz car waits for you. Leave for Sary-Tash Village (5-6 hour drive). Arrival in Sary-Tash, dinner, bed and breakfast at a local home-stay.
Day 16: Leave for Sary-Mogol Village, some 55km from the Lenin Peak (7134 meters above sea level). Continue to the shores of Tulpar-Köl Lake by local car, 3000 meters above sea level. If the weather is clear, you will have a great view of the Lenin Peak. All meals and accommodation in a CBT yurt.
Day 17: Morning departure to Osh (6-7 hour drive). Arrival in Osh, dinner, bed and breakfast at a CBT home-stay.
Day 18: Spend the day in Osh: visit the sacred Sulaiman-Too (Prophet Solomon’s mountain) and Osh bazaar, one of Central Asia’s largest open-air markets. Optional lunch and dinner in a café offering Kyrgyz dishes. Bed and breakfast at a CBT home-stay.
Day 19: Transfer to the “Dostuck” border point. Departure to Uzbekistan
8 nights CBT home stays
4 nights CBT yurt stays
2 nights in tent or mountain hut
— Burana Tower (10-11th centuries, an important point on the Great Silk Road;
— Song-Köl (Son-Kol) lake, mountain lake on 3016 m.;
— Tash-Rabat Caravan Serai (12-13th centuries, an important point on the Great Silk Road);
— Sulaiman-Too (Prophet Solomon’s mountain) in Osh.
7 Lunches and 2 Lunch-picnics