GoPackme to Kyrgzstan
GoPackme to Kyrgzstan
Rugged Kyrgyzstan is an adventure destination where travellers can experience nomadic culture and vast, untouched landscapes. This nation is defined by its natural beauty and nomadic residents and is blessed with gorgeous mountain scenery at every turn. The country’s mystery is both tied to its isolation and a general lack of awareness – Kyrgyzstan has only been a country since 1991! The landscapes are enticingly varied; snow-capped peaks, pine forests and glaciers opening into vast plains and glistening lakes. Rejuvenating, to say the least!
Thursday 12th August – Sunday 15th August
Leaving on Thursday and returning by Sunday morning, this Islamic New Year trip will get you to the heart of Kyrgyzstan’s nature and culture without missing a day of work.
Welcome to Kyrgyzstan! Our first day will be spent discovering Bishkek, a delightfully green capital full of post-Soviet anachronisms and the cultural hub of this incredible country. We’ll see it all: Oak Park, Ala-Too Square, Philarmonic hall, Statue of Manas, Victory Square, and we will end our day in the Oriental Market – Osh Bazaar.
At night we’ll be treated to a delicious meal in the city centre, and for those willing, we will continue to enjoy Bishkek’s vibrant nightlife.
After breakfast, we hit the road to explore Kyrgyzstan! It’s roughly a one-hour drive to our first stop. The Burana tower stands 24 meters high and is a great place to stretch the legs and take in this area’s mountain scenery and history. The tower/minaret is located in the Chuy Valley and is the last symbol that remains of the medieval city of Balasagun that once stood here long ago.
We will enjoy a traditional Kyrgyz meal and continue to a local village to learn about golden eagle hunting. Hunting with the golden eagle is an ancient tradition that dates back to the Mongol conquest of Central Asia around the 12th and 13th centuries when a fine eagle and a good horse cost the same price, and both lent prestige to their owner.
By late afternoon we will reach Issyk-Kul lake and spend the rest of the day enjoying the views, fresh air and helping our host family with their everyday life: looking after the horses and sheep, making bread and milk products, and bringing water from a source nearby. After enjoying our family-style dinner, we can sample the local drinks of fresh koumiss (a fermented drink made from mare’s milk) or kvass (a mildly alcoholic drink made from fermented rye bread) or to stick to what we know and enjoy some wine!
Days 3 & 4
Waking up in a yurt and seeing the vastness of the jailoo is an incredible experience. After breakfast and a dip in Issyk-Kul Lake, you have the option to go hiking in the incredible mountains that surround us. The entire loop will take less than 3 hours and boasts uninterrupted views across the lake and snow-capped mountains. Simply put, it’s stunning! For those looking for something more relaxed, you can stay at the camp to enjoy the lake and clean mountain air.
After lunch, we will have the challenge of building our own yurt. Team Kyrgyzstan set the record time for assembling a yurt in the last World Nomad Games at eight minutes. Let’s see if we can set a new record!
After the yurt building, we will make our way back to Bishkek, check into our hotel, and enjoy another group dinner together. You’ll have the option of getting some rest or joining us for a night on the town!
This morning it’s an early start to the airport in time for our departure back home.
What is included?
- 3 nights accommodation on shared basis
- 2 nights in Bishkek in 4* Hotel and 1 in a yurt
- All meals
- All transportation
- All fees associated with the trip program
- Professional, English-speaking guide
What is excluded?
- Cost of visa and flight (see below recommended flights to purchase)
- Travel Insurance
- Tips for guide
- PCR Test for flight home $30
Flights & Visas:
Recommended flights to book via Flydubai will be shared for the trip upon booking confirmation.