Kyrgyzstan Cycle Tour

Trip Details

  • Trip Type: Cycling

  • Region: Central Kyrgyzstan

  • Grade: Moderately Challenging - Challenging

  • Duration: 16 days

  • Best Season: June to October

Bike Tour Kyrgyzstan Overview

Bishkek – Suusamyr – Son-Kul Lake – Naryn – Issyk-Kul Lake –Bishkek

 

Kyrgyzstan is an adventure destination like no other in the sheer diversity it offers. This 16 day journey takes you through the Tian Shan mountains of Central Asia and culminates on the banks of the second largest saline lake in the world - the Issyk Kul.

 

Bike over parts of the Silk route and 6 passes going upto 3900m, follow ancient rivers as they cut through the expansive meadows and rocky mountains and relax at the Jyli Suu hot springs and on the banks Song Kul, Teshik Kul and Issyk Kul Lakes.

Dates and Cost

We have a Fixed Departure for this trip in 2020. 

9th August - 24th August

Trip cost: USD 2870

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Bishkek

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel

We meet you at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Lunch and dinner at a local restaurant and sightseeing in the city.

Day 02: Bishkek

Distance: 35km

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel

Today we prepare our bikes and ride up to Oruu-Say Ski Base (1600m) and Bike back to Bishkek. Dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 03:Bishkek – Suusamyr.

Distance: 50 km

Accommodation: Tent

Our first biking day. We bike from Bishkek to the expansive meadows of Suusamyr (2025m). Tent camp at the confluence of the Karakol and Kekemeren Rivers.

Day 04: Day Suusamyr – Karakol Pass

Distance: 40 km

Accommodation: Tent

We bike along the Karakol River (2820m) all day today. We camp at the base of the Karakol Pass (3452m).

Day 05: Karakol Pass - Djumgal River

Distance: 35 km

Accommodation: Tent

We transfer by vehicle to Kyz Art Pass (2664m) and then bike over the Chara Archa Pass (3061m) to the Djumgal River (2800m). Bike 35km. Camp overnight in tents.

Day 06:  Djumgal River – Song Kul

Distance: 50 km

Accommodation: Yurt Inn

We bike over the Tuez Ashu Pass (3229 m)  to Song Kul Lake (3021m). Overnight in Yurts.

Day 07: Song Kul Lake

Distance: 40km

Accommodation: Tent

Bike along the lake to reach Kokjerty River via Terskey Torpok Pass (3133m).

Day 08:  Song Kul - Naryn

Distance: 50 km

Accommodation: Guest House

We leave the Lake today to bike to the city of Naryn along country roads.

Day 09: Naryn – Kara-Kaman River.

Distance: 70 km

Accommodation: Tent

Today is our longest distance covered. We leave Naryn city and follow the Naryn & Kichi Naryn rivers to get to the Sary-Kungey gorge and onward to the Kara-Kaman river. We camp next to the banks of the river (2200m)

Day 10: Kara-Kaman River – Jyli-Suu springs.

Distance: 40 km

Accommodation: Tent

Today we bike along the Balgart river (2725m) and Jyli-Suu River (2947m) to the Jyli-Suu hot springs.

Day 11: Teshik-Kol Lake

Accommodation: Tent

Today we go on a circular bike ride or hiking to Teshik-Kol Lake (3504m) about 5km from Jyli-Suu springs. We then bike to Uchemchek River (approx 3451m).

Day 12: Teshik-Kol Lake – Tamga Village - 50km

Distance:  50 km

Accommodation: Guest House

Bike along Uchemchek and Tosor Rivers via the Tosor Pass (3893m) to Tamga Village. Tosor Pass is the highest altitude we reach on this trip. Tamga village on the banks of the Issyk Kul Lake is a welcome sight.

Day 13: Tamga Village

Accommodation: Guest House

Rest day on the shore of Lake Issyk-Kul. It is the second largest saline lake in the world after the Caspian Sea, Fed by most of the rivers we cycled along, this lake is 182 km long and 60km wide.

Day 14: Tamga Village - Bishkek.

Distance: Drive 310 km

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel

Transfer by car to Bishkek (310km). Overnight in Hotel in Bishkek.

Day 15: Bishkek.

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel

Last minute shopping, sightseeing etc. in Bishkek, Overnight in Hotel.

Day 16: Departure.

Transfer to Bishkek Airport (40km, approx. 40min drive.). Trip Ends.

The participants arrive in Manali. Take the day to get acclimatised with your bike and for last minute preparations.

Cost Includes

  1. Twin accommodation in the hotels, guest house and tents as per the itinerary in standard rooms.
  2. 4-5 people of the same gender accommodation in yurt camps
  3. Tents for camping
  4. Minibus for city sightseeing and airport transfers
  5. Cross country vehicle (truck bus) URAL during the whole bike itinerary
  6. Meals as detailed
  7. English speaking local guide
  8. Workman / Cook
  9. Formalities: excursions + entrance fees
  10. Bike hire
  11. International Airfare (Delhi to Delhi)

Cost Excluxdes

 

  1. Kyrgyz visa fee
  2. Safety Fee for the bikes (refundable) USD 300 per bike
  3. Extra airport transfers: USD 120 per car.
  4. Personal equipment: sleeping bags and mats, clothes, sunglasses etc. 
  5. Alcohol beverages etc
  6. Trip Insurance 
  7. ANY COSTS ARISING OUT OF UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES SUCH AS BAD WEATHER/LANDSLIDES/ROAD CONDITIONS/ANY OTHER CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND OUR CONTROL
  8. Anything not mentioned above 

Things you need to get

Clothing:

- Good quality waterproof jacket

- Waterproof trousers

- Balaclava (thick fleece)

- Sun hat

- Cycle mitts

- Warm gloves - mountaineering gloves (waterproof outer, fleece inner) are good.

- Mid-weight fleece top

- Cycling tights (looser, "trackster" fit rather skin-tight lycra),

- Shorts

- Long sleeved shirt

- Travel trousers

- 2 wicking tee-shirts (synthetic or merino wool)

- Cotton tee-shirt for around town

- Long sleeved thermal top

- Thermal long johns

- 2-3 pairs underwear

- 2-3 pairs of standard socks

- 1 pair warm sock

Footwear:

- Cycling shoes, e.g. SPD's, if applicable (bring spare cleats)

- Trekking shoes and climbing shoes

- Flip-flops, Crocs or Sandals to wear around camp.

Pack:

- Main bag - soft shell duffle bag to be kept in the logistics vehicle. 
- Day Pack 15 - 20 lts - You will use this to carry your camera, water bottle, Trail layers, trail food etc.

Accessories:

- A bike helmet

- Dark glasses (the sun is very strong),

- Camera

- A couple of spare passport photos photocopies of key documents. e.g., passport (data and visa pages),

- travel insurance policy

- Toiletries - Sunscreen SPF 40+, Moisturizer, Lip balm, Soap, Toilet paper

- Repair Kit (needle and thread).

- Headlamp/ Torch.

- Water Bottle- Ideally keep two bottles 1 litre each.

- Plastic Packing covers. 

Notes:

- Weather in altitude areas of the Kyrgyz Republic is cold (min -1C -5C), therefore it is recommended to

have warm jackets and rain coats