Kyrgyzstan by bicycle

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Kyrgyzstan is considered the Shangri-La of Central Asia. It is a small nation whose predominantly mountainous territory is surrounded by vertiginous peaks belonging to the central Tian Shan chain and Pamir Alay.

Our journey will wind through places of great scenic and historical charm. In part on the traces of the caravans, which crossed the ancient “Silk Road” and partly in the territories inhabited by the Kyrgyz Nomads, who for centuries, continue to live in the yurts near their animals.

We will go biking among green hills, snowy mountains, steppes, small deserts, near lush rivers and calm mountain lakes. We will experience the hospitality of nomads who will not miss inviting us to their typical home (yurta) for a cup of tea or Kumys.

15 Aug 2018
Photos of the last travel in Kyrgyzstan by bicycle

Distance 650 km
Level: +8250m

Day 1 (August 17). Bishkek – Chon-Kurchak valley
The meeting will be in a hotel to be designated in Bishkek (700m).
Short rest in the hotel, bicycle test and preparation of the material.
30 kms transfer by truck to the Chon-Kurchak Gorge Canyon (2000 m).Downhill biking near a river with green mountain views and snowy peaks.
Bike ride: 30 kms.
Difference of height: + 600 – 1400m
Overnight stay: hotel Bishkek.

Day 2. Suusamyr (2300)- Kokomeren valley (1500)-Jany-Aryk
Transfer to Suusamyr, we will start pedaling in the valley bearing the same name towards the picturesque canyon of the Kokomeren River and we will pedal with the sight of its powerful waters.
Bike ride: 80 kms
Difference of height: +300 -1200 m.
Overnight stay: Family house in Jany Aryk

Day 3. Jany-Aryk village (2080m)-Tyuz-Ashu (3228m) -Song-Kul Lake (3000m)
By a narrow footprint, we will ascend to a pass at 3228 m, making a very steep section. Where we will be rewarded with a spectacular view of Lake Song. We will visit some nomad families and see how they live and will taste some of their typical products such as kumys (fermented milk), airan (yogur), kurt (dry cheese).
Bike ride: 40 kms.
Difference of height: + 1150 – 250 m
Overnight stay : camp

Day 4. Lake Song-Kul (3000m)- Narym. Pedalearemos a orrillas del lago Song-Kul y luego descenderemos a un espectacular valle por un zigzageante camino (2500m).
We pedal along the shore of Lake Son-Kul and then descend to a spectacular valley by a zigzag path to (2500m).
Bike ride: 60 kms
Climb: +800 -1200
Overnight stay: Hotel.

Day 5.  Narym- Eki-Naryn (2100m)- Valley of the River Boulgart (2470)
We will go biking through the canyon of Eki-Naryn, a very ancient place. We will ride the first 17 kms on a stony walk with the view of the majestic Tian-Shan (heavenly mountain) chain.
Bike ride: 50 kms.
Climb: +850 -650m
Overnight: Camp near the Boulgart River.

Day 6. River Boulgar (2470m)- Jilu-Suu (thermal waters) (3000m).
We will run several cold water streams before reaching the Jilu-Suu thermal waters where we can take advantage of a refreshing bath.
After camping and having lunch, for those who want to, there will be a chance to go trekking (13km)  and reach the beautiful lake of Teshik-Kul at 3500m.
A suggestive place also for the sight of perennial glaciers.
Bike ride: 69 km.
Difference in altitude: +950  -450 m
Overnight stay: camp.

Day 7. Jilu Suu (3000m)- Tosor Pass (3893m)- Tosor (1650m).
In 37 kms we will reach the Tosor pass (3893 m) the highest point of the trip. A long 35 km downhill with peaks and yak grazing views will take us to the shores of Lake Issyk-Kul.
Bike ride: 75 kms.
Difference in height: + 1050 – 2200 m.
Overnight: guest house in Tosor.

Day 8. Karakol Village (1700m) (rest day).
Day off with the opportunity to take advantage of the beach of Lake Issyk-Kul, boasting to be the largest alpine lake in the world. Optional visit to the Cañón Skazka (Fairy), an attractive place for the color and shape of the rocks. Towards evening transfer to the town of Karakol located on the eastern tip of the lake. We will dedicate some time to visit the main attractions of the city: the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity and the Dungan Mosque (9th century). Free dinner
Overnight: guest house in Karakol.

Day 9. Karakol- Valley of Karkyra (2550)
Short transfer east of Karakol. Pedaleamos en  the border with Kazakhstan with the splendid scenery of the Karkyra valley, a place inhabited by nomadic shepherds
Bike ride: 60 kms
Difference in height: + 1150 -540m
Overnight stay: camp.

Day 10.  Valley of Karkyra (2500m)- Turuk pass (3481m) – Valley of Sary- Djaz (2840m)
We will walk along a path that crosses the mountain at 3481m and if we are lucky enough we will admire the highest mountains of Kyrgyzstan; Khan-Tengri (7010m) and Pobeda (7439m). We will descend the remote Sary-Djaz valley
Bike ride: 58 kms,
Difference in altitude: +1100 – 750 m
Overnight stay: camp.

Day 11. Valley of Sary Djaz (2840m) – Ak Bulak (1860m)- Karakol City.
In 35 kms we will reach the Ashuu pass (3822m). We will descend pedal the picturesque Turgen Aksuu Gorge enjoying the view of alpine woods and panoramic views. Transfer to Karakol.
Bike ride: 88km
Difference in height: + 1400 – 2300m.
Overnight stay: in guest house.

Day 12 (August 28). Karakol – Bishkek
Transfer to Bishkek (400km), to the north of the magnificent Issyk-Kul lake. During the journey we will stop visiting the city of Cholpon-Ata for a visit to the collection of hieroglyphics (III AC).
Overnight stay in hotel

- Chon-Kurchak Gorge (2100m)
- Too-Ashuu Pass (3125m)
- Conon, of the Kokokeren.
- Tyuz-Ashuu Mountain Pass (3228m)
- camp with the nomads of Song-Kul Lake (3016m)
- Ground trail, between Eki-Naryn River Canyon
- Paso de Tosor (3893 m), the highest of the route.
- Lake Issyk-Kul Lake (1700m). UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest alpine lake in the world.
- Pass of Chon-Ashu (3822m)
- Sary-Djaz and Karkyra Valley.

about 700 kms (almost exclusively dirt road)

medium/hight. A daily route of 65 kms distributed over 10 days of pedaling. Some mountain passes between 3000 and 3800 meters above sea level
During the journey there will be several transfers.
It is required the ability to handle the bike. There will be rivers to wade and probably land traces that will require to be walked...

Kyrgyzstan is a special place for people who love nature, for those who can appreciate camps in remote areas and enjoy go biking along routes and tracks even in the extreme environment created by sudden changes in climate.

In summer in Bishkek (the capital), it can reach + 40° C and in mountainous areas, the night may drop to 0° C.

Well revised MTB, equipped with good grip tires.

6 participants

for practicable things, it is necessary to have the necessary luggage in one bag (possibly soft) and reasonable measures.

Passport required, with a valid validity of at least three months from the date of entry into the country.

No travel and / or business visa is required for stays of up to 60 days.

Som

no compulsory vaccination.

  • Presence of 2 or more guides (Mariano and a local guide)
  • Cook.
  • Supporting means of transport for carrying materials and participants.
  • Accommodation, 13 nights: in a double room (hotel, yurte, tents, accommodation)
  • All entrances to museums and parks mentioned in the program.
  • Food during the tour: The chef will take care of most meals (breakfasts, lunches and dinners).
  • Snacks during the day (sweet, dry and fresh fruit). Bottled water (3 liters per person)

  • International flight Supplement for individual accommodation.
  • MTB rental (150 or 300 euros depending on the type of bicycle).Recent bikes are available from Giant, Author and GT brands.
  • Personal expenses and extra food.
  • Any overnight stay on August 4th

  • Super revised bicycle (new chain, sprockets in order, new brakes...)
  • Strong tires and good grip.
  • Minimal bike kit (spare chambers, pump... It is essential to carry a fork and a couple of rays)
  • During the day, energy breaks will occur, but it will be good to wear some fingers and energy gels.

  • Keep in mind that temperatures in Bishkek (capital) can reach + 40° C while in mountain regions can reach 0° C by night. These temperature changes should be handled with technical material, overlapping layers of clothing in cold places and removing them by increasing temperatures. It will be appropriate in the respect of all to bring the strictest necessary.
  • During the ride everyone should wear a backpack or a bicycle handbag where to put things to be minimally self-sufficient (jacket, leggings, sleeves, energy bar...)
  • Rainwear (trousers, jackets, shoe covers)
  • Sleeveless and whole windproof jacket.
  • bike shorts - t-shirts
  • sleeves, leggings
  • hammock, gloves, warm and light stockings
  • pile
  • Strong solar protector, lip protector, eyeglasses
  • Repellent
  • Backpack
  • Bicycle helmet (compulsory)
  • Bottles
  • shoes for pedaling and sturdy sports.
  • Sandals (to blow torrents)
  • Sleeping bag (comfort -10° C)
  • Sports post bicycles (duvet...)
  • Mat
  • Personal medicines (also consider something for mountain sickness)
  • personal hygiene products (toilet paper... Wet towels)
  • Wiping
  • Bathing suit
  • front stack with new batteries.
  • Camera