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Ak-Bel pass

On the footsteps of the Silk Road's great adventurers

Follow the footsteps of Marco Polo along the Silk Road's most beautiful passes

This new adventure will take you to a country located in the highlands of Tien Shan, forms the great barrier between China and the West.With the agility of Kyrgyz horses, you will cross mountains and rivers to meet Kyrgyz nomadic peoples with their two thousand years of culture.

On the footprints by the caravan trails

12 days with 9 days of horseback riding on high plateau of Tien Shan.

12 DaysAdventure toursKyrgyzstan

  • 10 people: $1,223

  • 2 people: $2,767

  • 3 people: $2,135

  • 1 people: $4,664

  • 4 people: $1,820

  • 5 people: $1,630

  • 6 people: $1,500

  • 7 people: $1,405

  • 8 people: $1,330

  • 9 people: $1,270

  • 5 people: $1,465

  • 6 people: $1,327

  • 7 people: $1,290

  • 8 people: $1,208

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            Bishkek - Tamga
Drive to Tamga
Bishkek - Tamga

In the morning, we leave Bishkek. On the way, visit of the Burana Museum, a site of a medieval city of Balasagun, the capital of the Karahanid Kaganate, a Turkic dynasty of the 11 century. Drive along the southern shore of the lake. Lunch in Bokonbaevo village in Sagynbai’s House, an old hunter with golden eagles. Hunting with golden eagle is very popular in Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia and Sagynbai's son will tell us about this kind of hunting and how he trains his birds of prey. Overnight in guesthouse.

330 km
900 m
50 m

            Tamga - Juku valley
Ride to the Jukku valley
Tamga - Juku valley

After breakfast we will leave the village for Djoukkou valley. We will get to the kingdom of green mountains, red rocks, steep cliffs. Stop en route for picnic. Horseback riding to Djoukkou valley, where we will camp. Overnight in a tent. Transfer: 60km, Riding: 6h

80 km
400 m
0 m

            Juku valley - Arabelsuu syrt
Horse riding to Arabel Suu high plateau by the Juku pass
Juku valley - Arabelsuu syrt

After leaving the camp we will ride over Juku pass (alt. 3633m). We will enjoy a wonderful view of the Arabel Suu Syrty and small glaciers of the Soek Too range. Overnight in a tent near the Chokoli lakes

25 km
1100 m
0 m

            Arabelsuu syrt - Kumtor valley
Horseride to the Kumtor river bank
Arabelsuu syrt - Kumtor valley

Descending to Kumtor valley. We will see a goldmine and as well as big Ak-Shirak mountnain ridge. Overnight in a tent. 

21 km
20 m
190 m

            Kumtor valley - Paterbashik lakes
Horseback riding by the Ak-Bel pass to Paterbashik lakes
Kumtor valley - Paterbashik lakes

Crossing Ak-Shirak (white banks) Ridge and Ak-Bel (white back) Pass. Among the traces of hunters and gold diggers we find the traces of caravans. Overnight in a tent.

25 km
300 m
300 m

            Paterbashik lakes - Ishtik ancient caravanserail site
Horseriding by the Ishtik pass to an ancient caravanserail site
Paterbashik lakes - Ishtik ancient caravanserail site

We continue our way to the ancient caravanserai of Ishtik. We will ride over a small Ishtik (3689 m.) pass and come back to our camp. Free time in the afternoon. Sauna in the evening. Overnight in a tent.

14 km
110 m
370 m

            Ishtik ancient caravanserail site - Tez canyon
Ride into the tight canyon of Tez
Ishtik ancient caravanserail site - Tez canyon

In the morning we will ride in the direction of the Chinese border. We will s have a wonderful view on the ridge on the border with China. Comming back to the Ishtik river and enter Tez Canyon to get to a small farm. Overnight in a tent. Riding: 5/6h

15 km
300 m
200 m

            Tez canyon - Utch Kochkon valley
Ride along the canyon of Utsh Koshkon
Tez canyon - Utch Kochkon valley

We will ride along the bank of Ak-Shirak canal and get to the canyon of Utsh Koshkon. Overnight in a tent.

25 km
350 m
750 m

            Utch Kochkon valley - Ak-Shyyrak village
Horse riding to Ak-Shyyrak hamlet
Utch Kochkon valley - Ak-Shyyrak village

We will arrive in Ak-Shirak, a small village lost in the heart of the Tien-Shan. Visiting a yurt camp, see herdsman and yaks. Overnight in a tent. Riding: 4h

8 km
0 m
348 m

            Ak-Shyyrak village - Taragaï
On the road from Ak-Syyrak village to the Taragaï river
Ak-Shyyrak village - Taragaï

We leave our horses and set off for a place amidst the Syrty-Taragaï. Overnight in tent. Transfer: 70 km dirty road.

90 km

            Taragaï - Karakol
From Taragaï river to Karakol
Taragaï - Karakol

Transfer to the Issyk-Kul Lake. Coming over Soeyeuk Pass (4021m), Barskoon Pass 3980 m.. We will stay for a night in a guesthouse. Transfer: 280km on dirty road and asphalt road.

150 km

            Karakol - Bishkek
Morning transfer to Bishkek, visit of Eagle hunter and visit of the capital.
Karakol - Bishkek

After breakfast you will hit the road again. On the way, a stop will be at the house of an Eagle hunter. You wil be able to get to know him and his long traditions of hunting with eagles. You will have lunch on the way. Arrival in Bishkek, the capital of the Kyrgyz Republic. From 1926 to 1991 the city was known as Frunze named after the Bolshevik military leader Mihail Frunze. After the independence it was renamed Bishkek. City tour. Walk around the city. Visiting Ala-Too Square, the main square of Kyrgyzstan. Overnight in our guesthouse.

420 km
1000 m
50 m

"Visit to Kyrgyzstan = Nomad’s Land"

Our stay in the country boils down to this. An unforgettable experience!

The whole team is very competent and responsive.

The country is amazing. We did 17 days and visited incredible and untouched corners.

I recommend the nights with nomadic shepherds. Magical moments!

Yann Décaillet

They only have one problem ... do everything to please us! And it is successful! To be redone without moderation

Beatrice Peton

On your way

Issyk Kul lake KG

The Issyk-Kul lake has a length of 182 km, a maximum width of 60 km and covers an area of ​​6,236 km². This makes it the second largest mountain lake in the world behind Lake Titicaca. Located at an altitude of 1,606 m, it reaches 668 m deep. About 118 rivers and streams flow into the lake. The largest are the Djyrgalan (Jergalan) and Tyup. It is fed by springs, including many hot springs and snowmelt, and it has no outlet. Its south side is dominated by the Tian Shan mountain range of wild beauty. The lake water is slightly saline and level down about 5 cm per year.

The Issyk-Kul lake is an important step on the Silk Road, a dirt road for travelers from the Far East to Europe. Many historians believe that the lake was the point of origin of the plague that hit Europe and Asia in the early and mid 14th. The status of the lake as a place of passage for travelers allowed the plague spread across the continents through the medieval merchants who unknowingly took away the vermin infested with them. Armenian monastery from the 14th century was found on the northeast coast of Lake retracing the steps of a medieval map used by Venetian merchants on the Silk Road.

Juku pass KG

A pass that allows crossing the Terskey Ala-Too for caravans coming from Kyzyl-Suu to Kashgar.

As soon as you reach the highest point of the pass, an incredible view of the peaks and glaciers of the huge high-mountainous desert, the Arabel Plateau, immediately opens up.

A great view of the lakes of the Juuku gorge, the Dunguromo gorge, the winding river that goes into the depths of the gorge also fascinates with its view.

Glaciers are everywhere, beckoning with their ancient history and beauty.

The height of the pass is 3,700 m above sea level.

One of the most beautiful places that everyone who comes to our amazing country should visit.


What is included

  • All transportation in a private vehicle

  • All airport transfers

  • Accommodation as described in the program

  • Meals (3 per day)

  • Bottled water (when possible) & tea

  • English-speaking trekking guide

  • Horses with local saddles

  • Pack horses with saddle bags & horsemen

  • Camping & cooking equipment (tents, mats, gas, stove, etc)

  • All the activities listed in the program

  • Entry fees at national parks and/or border zones listed in the program

  • Entry fees at museums and historical sites listed in the program

  • Domestic flights mentioned in the program

  • A contribution to our sustainable development projects

  • Organisation of the trip & local taxes

What is not included

  • International flights

  • International banking fees (PayPal, ...)

  • Travel & repatriation insurance

  • Visas / LOI (if applicable)

  • Alcoholic and soft drinks

  • Personal expenses

  • Personal equipment (sleeping bag, headlight, personal medication, etc)

  • Additional costs due to unexpected personal events (health, loss of luggage, ...)

  • Tips for guide & driver (always optional, always appreciated)

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Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

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Ecotourism projects

Through various ecotourism projects and initiatives, Nomad's Land aims to increase awareness of ecotourism and responsible travel, for a sustainable development of the tourism sector.

Village Monde - Vaolo
community permaculture garden

Rural development in Nepal

The Nepalko Sathi association leads its actions in favor of the Sherpas of Khembalung in the Arun valley (Province of Koshi). Nepalko Sathi

From Tumlingtar airport we reach by jeep the small town of Kahandbari where we are greeted by Kibutie and his family. From there, we climb to the small village of Gontala, in the heart of the actions of Nepalko Sathi (three days of walking), then we go up to Saissima, where Tendi Sherpa is rehabilitating the hamlet of his childhood. From Saissima it is possible to continue and make a loop towards Makalu and the impressive surrounding peaks (under tent).

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Samuel Maret

5 November 2021

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