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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

Unleash Your Adventurous Spirit: Discover the Enchanting Silk Road on Horseback accross the high plateau of the Tien Shan range

12 Days Adventure tours Kyrgyzstan

  • 2 people: $3,390

  • 3 people: $2,620

  • 4 people: $2,230

  • 5 people: $1,995

  • 6 people: $1,840

  • 7 people: $1,730

  • 8 people: $1,650

  • Starting from

    $1,223
    USD

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    Program

    






            Bishkek - Tamga
    On the road to Issyk Kul lake
    Bishkek - Tamga

    In the morning, we depart from Bishkek. Along the way, we visit the Burana Museum, a site housing the remains of a medieval city of Balasagun, the capital of the Karakhanid Khanate, a Turkish dynasty from the 11th century. We have lunch in the village of Tuura-Suu at Aibek's house, an experienced hunter of royal eagles. Hunting with these majestic birds is very popular in Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia, and Aibek shares his experiences and training techniques with us. We spend the night in a guesthouse in Tamga.

    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
    330 km
    04:00
    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

    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
    80 km
    01:30
    06:00
    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

    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
    25 km
    06:00
    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. 

    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
    21 km
    06:00
    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.

    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
    25 km
    05:00
    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.

    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
    14 km
    03:00
    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

    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
    15 km
    05:00
    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.

    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
    25 km
    05:00
    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

    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
    8 km
    04:00
    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.

    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
    90 km
    03:00
    04:00
    






            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.

    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
    150 km
    04:00
    






            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.

    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
    420 km
    06:00
    1000 m
    50 m

    A friend who has been living in Khirgistan for some years recommended Nomad’s Land to me and it was one of his best advices! The team is careful about customizing the trip and taking time to define the best program according to the budget and wishes of travelers. They also created a matching group (I came with my partner and we were 5 in total). I got sick during the trip and was not able to go to high altitude so the team reorganized an alternative one in a very short time. So despite this unfortunate event we did not have the feeling of ruined holidays, thanks to their flexibility and local contacts in the country. The whole stay was amazing: trekking, horse riding, learning about the culture and food (and vodka!) and having some rides by car with an excellent driver despite the traffic - hectic sometimes. I recommend without hesitation!

    Marine

    The experience has been unforgettable, one of the best trips I have made. The country is wonderful and our guide Mikel has been spectacular, always aware of everything and all the members of the group, decisive to the maximum. He would certainly repeat himself with them and I recommend it.

    Isabel

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    Info

    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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