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At-Bashy to Kol Suu Transhumance

The transhumance of At-Bashy Kol Suu with a Kyrgyz herdsman

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From late April to early June, Kyrgyz shepherds leave their villages for the Jailoo (pasture), with their families, livestock, yurt, furniture and basically everything. It's a festive time for families and villages come back to life after the cold winter months. This year, we propose that you join this event and participate in moving to the Jailoo with a family from At-Bashy village to their Jailoo in Kok Kyia, by Kel Suu Lake.   Programme (most likely to be modified due to the 'shepherd factor'): Day 1: Bishkek - At Bashy, We leave Bishkek by public transport to reach the village of At-Bashy, in the Naryn region. Once there, we meet Meder and his family at their home, where we stay for the night. Day 2 - Day 5: We pack the last of our gear, saddle the horses and leave the village with the cattle. During these 5 days, we ride about 120 km and pass through wonderful landscapes, pine forests, high mountain passes and desolate steppes, together with the livestock consisting of about 200 sheep, horses and cows. Every night we set up camp, light a fire, have dinner and sleep in tents. At the end of the transhumance, we arrive at Jailoo by Kel Suu Lake. Day 6: Today you can rest or walk to Kel Suu Lake (2hrs), one of the most impressive landscapes you will see in Kyrgyzstan. Day 7: Return to At Bashi village by truck (limited comfort). Overnight in At Bashy village. Day 8: Return to Bishkek by public transport after this unique and incredible journey in the heart of the nomadic Kyrgyz culture.

8 Days Untainted tours Kyrgyzstan

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Program

We booked a ride from Almaty (Kazakhstan) to Karakol (Kyrgyzstan). This cross border trip is beautiful, and you cross many mountains. It is quite long, and we were riding in a regular sedan. It isn't anything fancy, but it does the trick! Our driver only spoke Russian, but he was very kind and helpful even though we didn't speak much Russian. We stopped for food in a town along the way. We also stopped at Charyn canyon for a few hours. This is a bumpy ride. The road isn't great, and it is slow going at times. The road wasn't paved and had lots of potholes. As long as you don't expect anything fancy, you'll be fine.

Claire

Perfect organization of a 4-day trek on horseback at Lake Son Koul! Guide and family where we stayed at the top! It makes you want to come back

Nicolas

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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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