Biking Tour to Song-Kul Lake8 Days | Bishkek, Kochkor, Kyzart, Kilemche, Tuz Ashu Gorge, Song-Kul, etc.

Biking Tour to Song-Kul Lake

The tour is offered in summer.
Biking Tour to Song-Kul Lake is the perfect way to experience the drastic beauty and exhilarating extremes for which Kyrgyzstan is famous. Bike through the calming Jumgal Valley and rugged Tuz Ashu Pass in the Song-Kul Mountains, staying in yurts and family homestays as you go. Each day will also provide unique cultural opportunities, from mingling with semi-nomadic families to hiking, horseback riding, carpet weaving and touring historical sites in and near Bishkek.

Tour itinerary:

Day 1: Bishkek – Kochkor
 
Arrival in Bishkek before noon. Meeting with the guide and transfer to Bishkek for breakfast (early arrival night at the hotel is not included). Short city tour in the center of Bishkek with visiting the central square, Osh bazaar (oriental market). Transfer to Kochkor village (260 km). Lunch on the way. Optionally visit felt carpet workshop, where you can not only buy souvenirs, but also make them yourself. Dinner. Overnight at the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Day 2: Kochkor – Kyzart
 
Breakfast. Transfer to Jumgal valley to a starting point of the bike tour. Start the biking toward to Kyz Art village (60km). Within sight of the road, cross Kyz Art pass and descend to the village. Lunch boxes for lunch. Dinner and accommodation in the family guesthouse.
Biking time: about 5-6 hours
Altitudes during the day, starting point of the biking – 1900 meters above the sea level, ending point – 2100 meters above the sea level in Kyz art village.
Meals: Breakfast/Lunchbox/Dinner
Day 3: Kyz Art – Kilemche – Tuz Ashu Gorge on Song-Kul Lake (Son-Kul)
 
Breakfast. Start the biking from the village to Kilemche jailoo (14km), with views of holy 4400 m Baba-Ata Mountain. The name means “like a carpet,” and this swathe of grass covers whole mountain ranges, with shadings as subtle as any shyrdak (shyrdak is a Kyrgyz felt carpet).Lunch.
After lunch riding to Tuz Ashu pass (3350 m), over the Song-Kul Mountains and into the lake’s basin (13km). The afternoon ride affords wonderful views of Kilemche jailoo, and the pass itself is exciting. From the pass, Song-Kul (Son-Kul) is still distant, but as you bike down the slopes, it gets larger and larger; the mountains on the other side get higher and higher, until finally the lake fills most of your field of view and the southern mountains tower above it. Dinner and accommodation in the yurt camp.
Biking time: about 5-6 hours
Altitudes during the day, starting point of the biking – 3150 meters above the sea level, highest point – 3350 meters Tuz Ashu Pass above the sea level, ending point – 3080 meters above the sea level in Song-Kul.
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Day 4: Tuz Ashu Gorge – Jaman Echki Gorge on Song-Kul Lake (Son-Kul)
 
Breakfast. Biking along the shore of the lake to Jaman Echki valley about 4 hours (13km) Local people live and graze their livestock on the meadows (jailoo) around the lake, from June till September. You will taste the wilderness and freedom of nomadic life here. It will be possible to taste the Kyrgyz traditional drink kymyz (fermented mare’s milk). Dinner and overnight in the yurt.
Altitudes during the day – 3080 in Song-Kul Lake.
Riding time: about 4 hours
Meals: Breakfast/Lunchbox/Dinner
Day 5: Jaman Echki gorge on Song-Kul Lake
 
Breakfast. Full day in Song-Kul lake. This is a popular place among the local people, who come here every summer with their families and cattle. You can do one day hiking to mountains, meet local shepherds, and watch the shepherd’s way of life: taste bread and kymyz (the national Kyrgyz drink from mares’ milk). For walking excursion and visit nomads the guide will be with you. It is different possibilities of walking distances on Song-Kul. Watching and / or participation in everyday life of shepherds, watching the processes of milking mares; making national milk products like kymyz (a fermented mare’s milk) or airan (a sour dense milk product). Optionally it is possible to have horse riding. Dinner in the yurt camp. Overnight in the yurt.
Altitudes above sea level during the day – 3080m in Yurt camp.
Meals: Breakfast/Lunchbox/Dinner
Day 6: Jaman Echki Gorge – Kalmak Ashu Pass – Kochkor
 
Breakfast. Start the biking toward the Kalmak Ashu pass. Descend from the pass continue biking along the river till Tolok village (40km). End of the biking tour. Transfer to Kochkor. Diner and accommodation in the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Altitudes during the day, starting point of the biking – 3080 meters above the sea level, highest point – 3446 meters Kalmak Ashu Pass above the sea level, ending point – 1900 meters above the sea level in Tolok village.
Meals: Breakfast/Lunchbox/Dinner
Day 7: Kochkor – Bishkek
 
After breakfast Transfer to Bishkek (250 km). On the way a visit to visit Burana Tower, a place on the Great Silk Road, the remaining of ancient town Balasagun (11 century). Arrival in Bishkek. Overnight in the hotel. Accommodation in the small private hotel.
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch
Day 8: Bishkek
 
Transfer to Airport early in the morning. Flight home. End of Biking Tour to Song-Kul Lake.
  • Double/Twin room accommodation in hotels Bishkek, Kochkor;
  • Twin room accommodation in the family guesthouse in Kyzart village;
  • Four-people accommodation in the yurt;
  • Meal based on full board from breakfast in Day 1 to lunch in Day 6;
  • Mineral water during the tour (1 L per person a day);
  • English speaking tour guide from Day 1 to Day 6;
  • Transport for all transfers according the program One Minibus Mercedes sprinter;
  • Helmets.
  • Renting mountain bikes (possible for additional payment);
  • Early arrival night in Bishkek;
  • Single room accommodation;
  • Alcohol and soft drinks, deserts;
  • Horses for riding;
  • Dinner in day 6;
  • International flights;
  • PCR TEST if needed in Bishkek before departure.

Level of difficulty: This tour is recommended for beginners with simple mountain biking experience (biking time approximately 4-6 hours per day).

Conditions: 

Equipment:

Down jacket, warm sweater, silk sleeping bag liner, rain gear (waterproof trousers should have an opening on the outside at the bottom of the leg in order to put on and take off without removing your trekking boots), 2-3 pairs of warm socks, waterproof trekking boots, gloves, sunglasses, sun cream with high UV-protection, lip balm with UV-protection, horse chaps and safety horse riding helmets.

Health:

If you have some specific sicknesses you need to bring own first aid kit with necessary medicaments.

Responsibilities of clients:

Your clients should recognize and accept the risk that circumstances may arise which would cause some activities to be shortened or eliminated altogether without reimbursement or refund. Such circumstance includes weather conditions, earthquakes and other acts of nature, injuries or other medical problems, which they may experience. However, you recognize and accept that none of the eventualities described above will give you a right to a refund or other forms of reimbursement.

NOTES:

  • The price is given based on 3 star’s hotel accommodation in Bishkek. We can change it for hotels with higher level upon request for additional payment.
  • Please keep in mind that people in the countryside do not stick to time and can be late for 20-30 minutes. So it may not always be on time according to the itinerary, especially when local people cook and serve food or organize horses for riding.
  • People in Kyrgyzstan are very friendly and like to take pictures. But please do ask for permission if you take a picture of old people, mosques, churches, funerals etc or in countryside as people may be offended.
  • The same tour program can be organised for another date upon request or for individual groups with the same conditions and same price.

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