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Mountain Kingdoms of Kyrgyzstan Tashkent - Bishkek

Trip Overview

This adventurous trip takes us far down the Silk Road, along which ancient traders would journey between Europe and China, and is the perfect holiday-length trip for travellers who love the great outdoors and spectacular mountain scenery.

Starting or finishing in urban Tashkent, in Uzbekistan we explore the lush farmlands of the Fergana Valley, visiting some of the historical highlights en route. We will then head into the favourite Central Asian country of many of our travellers - the remote and mountainous land of Kyrgyzstan and the dramatically-rugged Tian Shan mountain range. Home to nomadic peoples who will be our hosts during our journey through the wilds of this beautiful country.

Hiking, riding and staying with nomads, we will journey across this region slowly to enjoy a country famed for its hospitality

16 DAYS THROUGH Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan
RATING:
of 38 reviews
PRICE FROM:
$1,600 (USD) + 370 KITTY (USD)
DURATION:
16 days
TRANSPORT:
Overland expedition vehicle, Jeep, Russian bus
CREW:
2 Dragoman crew, Local guides where necessary, 1 local crew in certain areas
ACCOM:
45%
55%
PHYSICAL CHALLENGE:
LIFESTYLE CHALLENGE:
TRIP CODE:
KYR
DEPOSIT:
$350 USD

Highlights

  Visit the nightclubs and Imperial Russian-style cabaret restaurants of Tashkent

  Overland through Uzbekistan's Fergana Valley in local transport

  See the silk-weavers of the Fergana Valley

  3 days overlanding through the stunning Kyrgyz Fergana Valley

  Stay in traditional felt yurts at the incredible Song Köl Lake

  Experience the daily life of the Kyrgyz mountain shepherds

  See a demonstration from a traditional eagle hunter near Kochkor

  Learn how Kyrgyz carpets and hats are typically made

  Trek into the wilds of the Jeti-Oghuz Gorge

  Walk around the incredible scenery of the Chong Kemin valley

  Relax in the picturesque city of Bishkek

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If you enjoy challenging yourself and being slightly outside your comfort zone, this trip offers plenty of opportunities. Ideal for lovers of the outdoors and spectacular scenery. We will travel through mountains at over 3000 metres altitude at times. Wild camping combined with yurt home stays and small local hotels are the norm. Horse riding and easy trekking.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Tashkent ( 1st Aug 2019 )

Border Information: if joining in Tashkent, you will most likely enter Uzbekistan at Tashkent International Airport (IATA code: TAS).

There will be a pre-departure meeting at 10:00am - please look out for a note from your leader at the reception of the joining hotel upon arrival with more details about this important meeting. Your leader will need to carefully check your visas at this initial meeting.

The rest of the day is free to explore the Uzbek capital.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Tashkent before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Tashkent.

In Tashkent we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities.

*Important note - do not bring any medicines containing tramadol, codeine, temazepam, morphine or opiates to Central Asia. These are illegal in all circumstances in most of Central Asia and you will risk arrest. If in doubt about a particular medicine, please do not bring it. See the notes at the bottom for more details.*

*Another important note - please be aware that all itineraries in Kyrgyzstan are highly weather-dependent. The itinerary described in these notes are a statement of best intention, but we must approach each trip in Kyrgyzstan with a large degree of flexibility, as our leaders and local guides will have to 'play things by ear' according to the local conditions and weather. In low season certain routes become impossible and it may become far too cold to camp - in all cases there are fantastic and well-tried alternatives in place which means we can always run an excellent and comprehensive trip here, but please do not treat the exact details of the itinerary listed here as gospel - thanks for your understanding!*

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Explore urbane Tashkent and experience a surreal cabaret dinner

Free

Visit the nightclubs and Imperial Russian-style cabaret restaurants of Tashkent

Free
Visit the religious centre of Tashkent at Hast Imam Square and see the Uthman Koran, believed to be the world's oldest extant copy of the Koran
USD 5
Day 2 - Fergana Valley ( 2nd Aug 2019 )

This morning we travel in local transport over the Kamchik Pass to Kokand, where we will have the oppurtunity to visit the Khudayar Khan's Palace and the nearby Margilan Silk Factory before completing the journey to Fergana. 

The truck must pass over the Kamchik Pass without passengers and will rejoin us this evening in Fergana.

In Fergana we will stay in a basic local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Overland through Uzbekistan's Fergana Valley including historic Kokand and Fergana City

UZS 3000

Explore the impressive 19th-century Juma Mosque in Kokand in the stunning Fergana Valley

UZS 17500

See the silk-weavers of the Fergana Valley at the Yodgorlik Silk Factory

Free
Day 3 - Arslanbob ( 3rd Aug 2019 )

Border information: Exit Uzbekistan at Andijon, enter Kyrgyzstan at Dustlik.

This morning we leave Uzbekistan behind and make our way into the magical mountain kingdom of Kyrgyzstan! 

Once we have crossed the border we continue our journey to Arslanbob in Kyrgyzstan's Fergana Valley - if we are delayed at the border we may choose to stay in the closer town of Jalalabad instead.

In Arslanbob we will stay overnight in a local family-run guesthouse.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

Day 4-6 - Kyrgyz Fergana Valley ( 4th Aug 2019 to 6th Aug 2019 )

We will spend the next 3 days overlanding through the stunning and remote Kyrgyz Fergana Valley, stopping often to admire the views and perhaps take some impromptu hikes in the hills and countryside.

During these days we plan to wild camp en route. Please note that trips running in low season (May to mid-June and October to November), we may not be able to camp if temperatures are too low, in which case we will stay in local guesthouses along the route instead.

Estimated Drive Times - 4-8 hours each day.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Get off the beaten track with 3 nights wild camping and a leisurely overland journey through the stunning mountains and National Parks of Kyrgyzstan

Included in Kitty
Day 7-8 - Song Köl Lake ( 7th Aug 2019 to 8th Aug 2019 )

Today we complete the drive to the incredible Song Köl Lake, where we will spend the next two nights.

We will have free time here to explore the area, and to enjoy some optional activities including hiking and horse-riding.

At Song Köl we will stay in traditional felt yurts.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-8 hours.

Please note that trips during the low season will not be able to visit Song Köl Lake, as temperatures will be below freezing, the road will be snowed over, and there will be no yurts to stay in! Instead we will likely stay in yurts on the southern shore of Lake Issyk Köl.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Experience the daily life of the Kyrgyz mountain shepherds.

Included in Kitty
Day 9 - Kochkor ( 9th Aug 2019 )

Today we drive to the small village of Kochkor, where we stay in local family-run guesthouses and enjoy traditional Kyrgyz hospitality!

Whilst here we will visit a small museum and women's felt making cooperative that produces 'shyrdaks', the felt carpets for which Kyrgyzstan is renowned. We may also have the opportunity here to see some excellent local musicians playing traditional Kyrgyz folk music and to see how a yurt is put up!

In Kochkor we will stay in family-run guesthouses, accommodating up to 8 guests in each home.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Overnight homestay at a traditional rural Kyrgyz village

Included in Kitty

See the traditional felt workshops or Kochkor and learn about how Kyrgyz carpets and hats are typically made here

Included in Kitty
See an incredible demonstration from a traditional eagle hunter near Kochkor
Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit a folklore demonstration near Kockhor where you can learn all about the handicrafts of the area, see a fantastic outdoor concert of traditional music and help to erect a yurt!
KGS 1000
Day 10-11 - Jeti Oguz Valley ( 10th Aug 2019 to 11th Aug 2019 )

Today we drive along the southern shore of Lake Issyk Köl and up into the mountains to the alpine trekking region of Jeti Oguz. En route we will have an included demonstation from a local 'eagle hunter'.

The next day we will have a free day to hike in the incredible scenery here, or take an optional horse ride with some of the local nomads!

In Jeti Oguz we will camp close to a local family yurt.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

Please note that on trips in the low season we may not be able to camp in Jeti Oguz due to low temperatures. If this is the case, we will stay for 1 night in a local hotel at the base of Jeti Oguz Valley (allowing time for some day walks) and then move via a stunning and incredible drive up a mountain in a Russian 4x4 truck to Altyn Arashan, a hot spring development in a stunning alpine setting, staying in dormitory accommodation.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Trek into the wilds of the Jeti-Oghuz Gorge on the edge of the Tian Shan mountains

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Explore the incredible mountain landscapes of the Jeti Oguz Valley by horseback

KGS 800
Day 12 - Karakol ( 12th Aug 2019 )

Today we will move on from Jeti Oguz or Altyn Arashan to the Russian-style town of Karakol, where we will have a free afternoon to explore and relax!

In Karakol we will stay in a decent local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

Day 13-14 - Chong Kemin Valley, Cholpon Ata ( 13th Aug 2019 to 14th Aug 2019 )

Today we will drive to the northern shore of Lake Issyk Köl and visit the ancient petroglyphs at Cholpon Ata. We will then continue to the beautiful area of Chong Kemin where we will spend 2 nights.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

The next day we will have a free day to explore and hike in this stunning area, or to get involved in an optional white water rafting excursion!

In Chong Kemin we will wild camp. If it is too cold or simply preferred by the group, we may choose to camp in the grounds of a guesthouse in Ashu, a village in the Chong Kemin valley, where there could be the possibility to upgrade to rooms.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Get off the beaten track with 3 nights wild camping and a leisurely overland journey through the stunning mountains and National Parks of Kyrgyzstan

Included in Kitty

Tourist time: pedalos, sand, sun. On Lake Issyk-Kul, it?s a time warp

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Explore the beautiful Chong Kemin valley on horseback

KGS 300

Head out on a white-water rafting adventure through the stunning Chong Kemin valley

KGS 1800
Walk around the incredible scenery of the Chong Kemin valley
Free
Day 15 - Bishkek ( 15th Aug 2019 )

Today we have a short drive to the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek, with the opportunity to visit the Burana Tower en route. We will have free time to relax and explore the city upon arrival.

In Bishkek we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

Day 16 - Bishkek ( 16th Aug 2019 )

Border Information: if finishing in Bishkek, you will most likely exit Kyrgyzstan at Bishkek Manas International Airport (IATA code: FRU).

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Bishkek. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Sales Team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Begin our journey in picturesque Bishkek

Free

Freely explore the vast Osh Bazaar, Bishkek's largest market

Free
Explore Bishkek's past at the State Historical Museum on Ala-Too Square
KGS 150

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Departing: 1 Jul 2019
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Duration: 16 days
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REVIEWS FROM OUR PASSENGERS

Loved the trucks and dragoman, the best overland company I have used!
Rachael H
The whole experience from start to finish with Dragoman was incredible, I wouldn't have changed a thing!
Sarah H
Its been truly great!
Lovisa V
Fantastic group and the crew went above and beyond to make sure we had a great time. Loved the people and camaraderie - the truck is a great set up.
Leonie P
Song Kul was the best bit for me, the yurts were so fun and the food up there was amazing. The horse riding was also really fun up there. I loved it, the leaders were amazing and the trip was so much fun.
Hannah E
Amazing trip - well coordinated by the crewl in stunning places. I didn’t want to leave!!
Joanna C
We visited places you could never find on your own!
Lies V
Just excellent! A unique way to experience a country and its culture.
Christopher M
Really enjoyed the wild camping! Such a great USP for Dragoman! The locations used were fantastic.
Patrick T
An exciting trip
Veronika F
It was honestly one of the best travel experiences I've had - all round great and I wish I was still out there with them.
Michael H
Fantastic scenery, excellent group of fellow travellers.
David P
This was my first Drago trip and I think I realized that I'm more into visiting cities and towns, and staying in upgrades than roughing it.
Alexander M
It was absolutely wonderful. Beyond all my expectations. The group gelled into a real team.
Megan E
Loved Song Köl Lake and Altyn Arashan
Alberdina W
Ilya was very informative about Uzbekistan.
Jennifer P
I actually did not know what to expect until a couple of weeks before leaving when I stumbled upon a YouTube video -- it exceeded my expectations in every way.
Jennifer R
The drivers were both super helpful and responsible, I enjoyed Domingo's leadership style - very funny and laidback but serious when he needed to be.
Jennifer R
I loved Begaim, our guide in Kyrgyzstan and wished I could have continued on in Uzbekistan with Jalal as he was fantastic as well!
Jennifer R
Euan and Domingo were absolutely incredible - helpful and informative and always going that extra step to assist all the travellers - some of whom required a lot of tact and patience!
Graeme S
All the crew were great, and special mention should be made of Jalol (Uzbekistan). He was really good at his job and really informative about his country.
Graeme S
Begaimin Kyrgyzstan was perfect. Very helpful all the time and knowledgable.
Patricia R
Begaim proved to be a very pleasant and approachable guide, who led a large group on a number of activities.
Peter R
Guides in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan were excellent.
Madeleine H
Jalol was our guide in Uzbekistan and he was - far and away - the best guide we've had. He was full of information, gave us detailed explanations of the sights we were visiting (even quizzed us on them), constantly put events in perspective with respect to the local culture, and was a great story teller. He was full of tips and ideas, and went out of his way to help members of the group who wanted to do optional activities. Jalol was a big part of making Uzbekistan a most memorable part of our journey.
Joseph K
Pleasant, very approachable and capable guides.
Robyn D
I had a really pleasant time! I can't wait to tell others about it.
Eveline L
Excellent local guides - good pick!
Thomas D
Farhad in Kyrgyzstan was brilliant.
Richard D
Excellent guide!
Christian F
Our guides in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan (Said and Jalol) were outstanding.
Rosemary B
Gino, full of enthusiasm and energy - excellent leader. Jim, excellent driver, safe and reliable. Both great fun and worked well together.
Louise K
Both crew were excellent and dealt incredibly well with all matters.
Yvonne D
Fantastic crew. Both Lynsey and Tim were approachable, well organised, fun, and great company.
Rosemary B
I think that Lynsey and Tim were the best trip leaders I ever had. They were very professional, were always enthusiastic and they helped everyone as much as they could. They worked so hard during my trip and I have a lot of respect for them and their work.
Eveline L
Both Tim and Lynsey worked very well together and were very helpful.
JOAN L
Fred was awesome.
Christine G
Wonderful crew who really made the trip for us and did a heroic job.
Jennifer P