Kyrgyzstan by bicycleMedium
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.
Photos of the last travel in Kyrgyzstan by bicycle
Day 1. Bishkek – Chon-Kurchak valley – de Suusamyr valley (acclimatization day).
The meeting is scheduled at Bishkek Airport in the early hours of the morning.
Transfer from the airport to the town of Biskek (700 m asl).
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: + 100 – 1300m
Overnight stay: mountain hotel
Day 2. Aral-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: +60 -500 m.
Overnight: Family house
Day 3. Puerto de Aral Village-Tyuz-Ashu (3228m) -Song-Kul Lake
We will start by crossing the Kokomeren river on a stretch of asphalt. Then we will go up to the Tyuz-Ashuu Pass (3228 m) 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: 50 kms (about 40 kms transfer).
Difference of height: + 1350 – 230 m
Overnight stay : camp
Day 4. Lake Son-Kul-Moldo-Ashu (3200m) – Pueblo de Baetov
We will head to the village of Baetov, passing through Moldo-Ashu Canyon. We will cross the Naryn River, the largest in Kyrgyzstan. Spectacular view of the colored mountains.
Bike ride: 90 kms (40 km of which on broken asphalt)
Overnight stay: camp, near the village of Baetov.
Day five. Pueblo de Baetov – Passo de MELS (3380m) – Kulak-Ashu Pass (3400m) – Caravansary of Tash-Rabat.
It will be a picturesque day.
For lunar-like arid landscapes we will climb 2 mountain passes up to Tash-Rabat (3,200 m), very close to the Chinese border; In ancient times this place was a Christian monastery, later used as a hotel by travelers of the Great Silk Road (Great Silk Road)
Bike ride: 75kms.
Difference in altitude: – 900 + 2100 m.
Overnight stay: camp.
Day six. Caravanserai Tash-Rabat- Cañón del Cañón Eki-Naryn- Valley of the Río Boulgart
Transfer of 146 kms to Tash-Bashat country. 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: 60 kms.
Climb: -100 +700m
Overnight: Camp near the Boulgart River.
Day seven. Río Boulgar-Aguas Termales Jilu-Suu
We will ride to the wild and uninhabited valley of Rio Boulgart.
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 and reach the beautiful lake of Teshik-Kul at 3500m.
A suggestive place also for the sight of perennial glaciers.
Bike ride: 40 km.
Difference in altitude: – 100 + 650 m
Overnight stay: camp.
Day eight. Jilu Suu Tosor-Tosor Pass
In 10 kms we will reach the Tosor pass (3893 m) the highest point of the trip. A long 37 km downhill with peaks and yak grazing views will take us to the shores of Lake Issyk-Kul.
Bike ride: 70 kms / 37 kms downhill (100% dirt road)
Difference in height: + 700 – 2200 m.
Overnight: guest house in Tosor.
Day nine. Tosor Village (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.
Overnight: guest house in Karakol.
Day 10. Puerto de Karakol-Chon-Ashuu (3822m) – Valle de Djaz.
Short transfer east of Karakol. We will pedal the picturesque Turgen Aksuu Gorge enjoying the view of alpine woods and panoramic views. We will descend the remote Sary-Djaz valley
Bike ride: 80 kms
Difference in height: + 1400 -1200m
Overnight stay: camp.
Day eleven. Valley of Sary-Djaz – Turuk pass (3481m) – valley of Karkyra.
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 bordering the border with Kazakhstan with the splendid scenery of the Karkyra valley, a place inhabited by nomadic shepherds and where we can admire the Tamerlán Rock with tombs and remains of an ancient caravanserai.
Bike ride: 80 kms,
Difference in altitude: + 500 – 1200 m
Overnight stay: camp.
Day twelve. Karkyra Valley – Karakol City.
A track on the ground that winds through small Kyrgyz countries will bring us back to Karakol. In the evening 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)
Bike ride: 80km
Difference in height: + 200 – 300m.
Overnight stay: in guest house.
Day thirteen. 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) and the tower of Buranathe, the minaret of Kharakhanid Stae-Balasagyn (XI 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)
- Descent from Song-Kul Lake to Tash-Rabat caravanserai
- Moldo-Ashu Pass (3200m) and MELS (3380m)
- Ancient Caravanserai of Tash-Rabat-
- 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 11 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.
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.
no compulsory vaccination.
- Presence of 2 or more guides (Mariano and a local guide)
- 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
- Strong solar protector, lip protector, eyeglasses
- Bicycle helmet (compulsory)
- shoes for pedaling and sturdy sports.
- Sandals (to blow torrents)
- Sleeping bag (comfort -10° C)
- Sports post bicycles (duvet...)
- Personal medicines (also consider something for mountain sickness)
- personal hygiene products (toilet paper... Wet towels)
- Bathing suit
- front stack with new batteries.