Nomads Way

10 Days Kyrgygstan Nomads Way Tours

Nomads Way Map

More than any other Central Asian people, the Kyrgyz have been attached to their traditional way of life as nomads. This tour will show you the hospitality of Kyrgyz people when you visit them at yurts where they live; introduce to nomadic way of life: milking mares, cooking food on fire and taste homemade national dishes.

  • Dates: June - September
  • Duration: 10 days / 9 nights
  • Route: Bishkek - Chon - Kemin - Cholpon - Ata - Karakol - Jeti - Oguz - Manjyly-Ata - Kochkor - Song - Kul Lake - Kyzyl-Oi - Suusamyr Valley - Bishkek

Airport - Bishkek 30km/50min

Upon arrival to Bishkek Airport meet your local driver who will transfer you to city.

Flight details are to be confirmed - standard check-in to hotel at/after 14:00.

Afternoon guided city tour of capital's main highlights: Ala-Too Main Square, open air Art Gallery where you can see paintings of local artists, Oak Park, Panfilov Park, walk through the Erkindik boulevard where you can meet urban people of all ages, Youth Alley, the Statue of Manas - the founder of the Kyrgyz nation is located in front of the Kyrgyz State Grand Philharmonic Hall. The Alley is surrounded by two main universities and it is crowded by students during the semester.

If time permits, finish the tour with excursion to colorful Osh Bazaar where it is possible to feel the real scent of Central Asian culture: visit fruit, dry fruit and souvenir sections. Overnight at hotel.


Chon Kemin

Bishkek - Chon - Kemin 135km/3h

In the morning meet with your guide/driver and depart to Chon-Kemin Valley, a popular tourist destination for its beautiful unspoiled nature. On the way, stop to visit historical Burana Tower, a minaret from the 11th century and an open air museum of Balbals (stone warriors). You can climb the top of the minaret and enjoy the view to the valley.

Arrival to Kalmak-Ashuu village and check-in to charming guest house run by a local family where you will feel home-oriented warm atmosphere.

After lunch at guest house spend the rest of the day hiking at Kalmak-Ashuu gorge.

In the evening you take a leisurely walking tour nearby guest house area and introduce with the lives of local people, watch them taking care of home cattle, milking cows and cooking food.

Available activities upon request:

  • Boorsok show (small pieces of dough fried in oil, Kyrgyz national bread)
  • Horseback riding

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

chon kemin

Chon-Kemin - Karakol 300km/5h

After breakfast leave towards Karakol through the Issyk-Kul Lake's northern shore.

Spend some time in Cholpon-Ata town near the lake and visit open air Petroglyphs Museum.

Enjoy the scenic road to Karakol town located at far east of the lake.

Upon arrival to Karakol town, check-in to guest house.

In the afternoon short city tour: visit beautiful Russian Church made entirely of wood (built without nails), the Dungan Mosque (Dungan's are minority group of Chinese Muslims living in this region and originally from Western China), the museum of Przewalski, a soviet renowned explorer of Central and East Asia. He contributed significantly to European knowledge of Central Asia and was the first known European to describe the only extant species of wild horse, which is named after him: Przewalski's horse. One-Village - One Product local shop. This shop is run by the association of local women who produce wide range of products from wild berry jams, handy crafts, herbal soaps and other souvenirs, all using products and materials found in Issyk-Kul region.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Karakol - Jeti-Oguz Valley 40km/1.5h

It is possible to visit Sunday animal market (open only on Sundays) which opens early in the morning.

After breakfast drive to Jeti-Ogyz, a lush valley with some striking red sandstone rock formations including the "Seven Bulls" from which the valley takes its name. It is also possible to visit a spa built during Soviet time and still in operation. Here you can take a bath. Do not expect anything luxurious, it is still functioning as it did in Soviet times! After some sightseeing proceed to Kok-Jayik (valley of flowers).

Accommodation at yurt camp.

In the afternoon (after lunch at yurt camp) hiking tour to surrounding mountains and waterfall which name is lady's Plat (40 min).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Jeti-Oguz Valley - Kochkor 280km/5h

After strengthening breakfast at yurt camp, you'll drive through the south shore of the Issyk-Kul Lake to Kochkor village.

Excursion to Barskoon valley.

At the beginning of the gorge grow rare shrubs and steppe grasses. On both slopes of the canyon rise huge Tien-Shan spruce trees. Above 2800 m grow juniper groves. Along the road running through the gorge of Barskoon there are unusual monuments such as the Soviet truck on the platform and a bust of the first cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, vacationing on the southern shore of Issyk Kul after his flight into space.

From the gorge you can see the snowy peaks of the surrounding mountains, the highest and most beautiful ones are the Peak of Panfilov Heroes (4610 m) and the Peak of the World Peace Council (4310 m). Barskoon gorge is famous for its cascading waterfalls. The most picturesque have interesting names: Tears of a Bars, Oldman Beard, Splashes of Champagne and Cup of Manas.

Also visit Skazka (Fairy Tale) Canyon. Lunch-boxes.

The canyon was named due to its bizarre rocky landscape, which for many years has been transformed by wind into fabulous sculptures and formations. Some formations in "Skazka" have been named for their similarity to well-known objects. For example, one set of ridges in the canyon is named "The Chinese Wall" due to its similarity to the Great Wall of China. You can also find what appear to be statues of a hippopotamus, snake, dragon, sleeping giant and even whole castles. Because the different rocks have amazing colors, the rocky statues not only have unusual shapes, but also magical colors.

Arrival to Kochkor village and accommodation at family run guest house.

If time permits, Altyn-Kol (Golden hands) - a cooperative shop of women from the surrounding villages where they sell the felt products they make.

Depending on time, today or in the morning (next day) participate at felt craft product creating show together with local women.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch-box, Dinner

Song-Kul Lake

Kochkor - Song-Kul Lake 110km/2h

After breakfast, Drive to Song-Kul Lake.

Song-Kul is a mountain lake in the Central Tien-Shan Range. The beauty of the lake has enraptured both by locals and tourists and is a wonderful place for summer pastures. That's why you can find here yurts around the lake, accompanied be their herds of yaks, sheep and horses, and if you are lucky, you will glimpse camels, trotting through the hills like long time ago, in the times of Silk Road. Today this lake is a place where it's possible to stay in yurts, like nomads do, watch Kyrgyz herding their cattle and making national dishes and handcrafts such as felt carpets. It is full of wild edelweiss flowers.

Dinner and overnight yurt camp.

Song-Kul Lake

Song-Kul Lake

Full day rest in Song-Kul and hiking tour to nearby mountains.

You can visit Kyrgyz mountain nomads and their families and introduce with the true nomadic lifestyle, watch them milking cows and mares, preparing dairy products from the milk and a national Kyrgyz drink Kymyz (fermented mare's milk), cooking food and taking care of households. Even if they don't speak your language, they will try to show their hospitality and be nice, invite you into their yurt and offer bread with Kymyz.

Overnight at yurt camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Kyzyl-Oi Village

Song-Kul Lake - Kyzyl-OI 310km/6-7h

After breakfast, drive to Kyzyl-Oi village.

Overnight at a local homestay.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Kyzyl-Oi - Bishkek 170km/4h

Transfer to Bishkek through Too-Ashuu mountain highway Pass (3586m). Stop at Suusamyr Valley for tasting Kymyz (fermented mare's milk). The road from Bishkek to Suusamyr is absolutely one of the most stunning in the world. It wounds up and down several mountain passes above 3500 meter before opening out to the green pastures of the Suusamyr Valley where shepherds stay with their livestock.

Arrival to Bishkek.

Afternoon free time for resting, shopping and independent exploration of the city.

Overnight at hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


Bishkek - Airport

Departure day. Transfer to the Airport for the departure flight

Meals: No

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