Explore the nomadic heartland of the Tian Shan mountains on the ancient Silk Road
Kyrgyzstan is an incredible, off the beaten path, adventure cycling destination. This small Central Asian nation is defined by its topography, with soaring peaks and dramatic mountain landscapes throughout the entire country. Expect ever changing, jaw dropping views, rugged gravel roads and the warmth and hospitality of a proud, nomadic people.
Our Kyrgyzstan experience will take you on a tour of some of the highlights of this little known destination. There will be a mix of historical and cultural experiences, all taking place within the awesome natural setting of the Tian Shan mountains.
You’ll be taken through high mountain passes, past pristine alpine lakes and onto long forgotten old Soviet roads to the border lands with China, visiting an ancient caravanserai, before finishing the tour on the shores of lake Issyk-Kul, the second largest saline lake in the world.
Wed 18 - Sat 28 Sep 2019
Ride in the vast, desolate, mountain landscapes of the Tian Shan mountains
Stay in a yurt and experience the proud local tradition of nomadic hospitality
Experience the fascinating blend of influences in this ex-Soviet Republic at the crossroads of cultures
Explore wilderness at its finest, in the border zone with China at Kel Suu lake
Expertly crafted daily routes with industry leading on the road service including guides, mechanics and vehicle support
All ride food and drink, lunches and coffee stops
Pre-loaded GPS devices if you prefer not to bring your own
Transfers, accommodation, laundry, all meals and alcoholic drinks (within reason)
At present, bike hire is not available for this trip
Travel insurance is not included but appropriate cover is mandatory for all guests
Flights and on-trip staff gratuities are not included
Typical daily riding distance: 75km
Typical daily riding elevation: 1,200m
Road surface: rough gravel roads that vary from compact to technical and demanding. At least 35mm tyres and low gearing highly recommended.
Expect long climbs, some slow going and technical gravel riding and sections were you may not be able to ride due to the steep gradient
Please see our FAQs for more information on our trip difficulties
Arrival day: transfers are provided from Bishkek airport
Departure day: transfers are provided to Bishkek airport
Flights: we recommend only booking your flights once your trip is confirmed to go ahead, or at least booking flexible or refundable tickets
What to bring: full cycling clothing and accessories including helmet and shoes. A fully serviced gravel-specific bike including your pedals, fresh tyres and brake pads. GPS device if you prefer to use your own. We will provide laundry when possible but we advise bringing at least three complete riding outfits. There is no dress code for evenings - we want you to feel as relaxed and comfortable as possible.
11 days / 10 nights:
Single occupancy: €6,500 per person
Double occupancy: €5,400 per person*
*Double occupancy must be booked in pairs, sharing either a double or twin room
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