Days 1-2: Arrive Bishkek
We begin our adventure in Bishkek and join your Tour Leader and fellow travellers on Day 1 at 4:00pm for your Welcome Meeting.
Welcome to the heart of Central Asia. Nestled at the base of the Tien Shan mountain range, which provides a spectacular back drop to the city of Bishkek. We spend a day at Ala Archa National Park, an area of spectacular natural beauty with wooded valleys and waterfalls glistening at every turn. Keep your eyes open for local marmots and deer as well as the ever-elusive snow leopard.
Days 3-5: World Nomad Games
Today we journey out to Lake Issyk Kul, Warm Lake, for the start of the World Nomad Games. But first a stop at UNESCO Heritage Listed Burana Tower, an important stop along the Silk Road. For one week every two years the sleepy lakeside town of Cholpan-Ata transforms into a bustling centre of the World Nomad Games. With over 15 games involved, prepare to witness some astonishing shows of horsemanship as teams brave it out in the most revered and ancient sport of Kok Boru, similar to polo, but using a headless goat carcass as the 'ball'. There's seven varieties of wrestling including Er Enish, wrestling on horseback. The eagle hunting round will seem tame by comparison!
Day 6: World Nomad Games and to Karakol
Today we skirt around the shore of Issyk-kul to Karakol a small but very interesting town with traditional Russian architecture. It was established in the middle of 19th century and became an important garrison settlement in the territory of Issyk Kul region. We get an opportunity to interact with locals as we've been invited to dinner by a local family.
Day 7: To Bokonbaevo village via Djety Oguz gorge
We wind our way back towards Bishkek via Bokonbaevo, a Tamga village whose descendants come from Mongolia before a final few days in the capital to explore more of the culture of this fascinating country.We'll experience more Kyrgyzs hospitality tonight at our homestay.
Days 8-10: Bishkek
After breakfast we say goodbye to our gracious hosts and drive back to Bishkek. Perhaps buy yourself a Kalpak hat as a memento which recalls the snow-capped mountains that have surrounded you on this journey.
Note: The date and location of the 2020 World Nomad Games is subject to change. For further information please contact our Travel Advisors.