Take in the highlights of Kyrgyzstan on this 16 day overland group tour which also visits Tashkent and Fergana in Uzbekistan. Stay in a traditional yurt on the shore of Song Kol Lake, overland through the stunning Kyrgyz Fergana Valley and explore the Russian-style town of Karakol. Hike in the Jeti Oguz region, see a demonstration from a local eagle hunter and end your adventure in Kyrgyzstan's bustling capital, Bishkek.
Welcome to Uzbekistan! On arrival there’s a pre-departure Welcome Meeting and the rest of today is free to explore Tashkent, the Soviet-style capital of Uzbekistan.
Please note: The following itinerary is subject to change due to the unpredictable conditions in Kyrgyzstan. We have tried and tested alternatives in place to ensure your trip runs smoothly, please see the trip notes for details.
Tashkent - Kokand - Fergana. Today we cross over the mountainous Kamchik Pass in local transport to Kokand where we’ll visit the Khudayar Khan’s Palace and the Margilan Silk Factory. We then continue through striking mountain scenery to Fergana where we'll be joined by our overland truck, which must cross the pass without passengers.
Overnight: Fergana | Breakfast
Fergana - Arslanbob (Kyrgyzstan). Today we enter Kyrgyzstan and drive to the village of Arslanbob in the stunning Kyrgyz Fergana Valley. If the border crossing takes a long time then we may stay in the closer town of Jalalabad instead.
Overnight: Arslanbob | Breakfast
Kyrgyz Fergana Valley
Arslanbob - Kyrgyz Fergana Valley. We spend the next three days overlanding through the Kyrgyz Fergana Valley. We’ll make frequent stops to hike in the stunning mountain region and will camp in suitable spots on the route.
Please note: If the group prefers, we will spend an extra day in Arslanbob and depart for two days of overlanding in the valley on day 5. In cold weather we will be unable to camp and will stay in guesthouses along the route.
Overnight: Kyrgyz Fergana Valley | Breakfast x 3, Lunch x 3, Dinner x 3
Song Kol Lake
Kyrgyz Fergana Valley - Song Kol Lake. On day 7 we drive to shimmering Song Kol Lake, where we base ourselves for the next two nights. We’ll stay in traditional yurts and experience the life of rural Kyrgyz people. There’s optional hiking and horse-riding in the area.
Please note: In the low season we will be unable to stay at Song Kol Lake due to the adverse weather. Instead we will likely stay in yurts on the southern shore of Lake Issyk Kol.
Overnight: Song Kol Lake | Breakfast x 2, Dinner x 2
Song Kol Lake - Kochkor. Today we drive to the small village of Kochkor. We’ll stay in small, family-run guesthouses so you can get to know the local people. We also visit the village museum and a women’s felt making cooperative which produces shyrdaks - the felt carpets that Kyrgyzstan is known for. There’s also an optional outdoor folk concert and you can learn how to erect a yurt.
Overnight: Kochkor | Breakfast, Dinner
Jeti Oguz Valley
Kochkor - Jeti Oguz. On day 10 we have a scenic drive along the southern shore of Lake Issyk Kol and up into the mountains of the Jeti Oguz region. We’ll make a stop en route to watch a demonstration from a local eagle hunter, whose well-trained birds are used to catch wild animals for their skins and meat.
The next day is free to explore this picturesque corner of Kyrgyzstan. Hike in the hills and mountains or opt for a horse-riding excursion with some local nomads. We’ll camp in the area for these two nights.
Overnight: Jeti Oguz | Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2
Jeti Oguz - Karakol. Today we drive to the Russian-style town of Karakol, where the afternoon is free to explore. Perhaps pay a visit to the beautiful Russian Orthodox Holy Trinity Cathedral.
Overnight: Karakol | Breakfast
Chong Kemin Valley & Cholpon Ata
Karakol - Chong Kemin. Leaving Karakol behind on day 13, we drive to the northern shore of Lake Issyk Kol to admire the ancient petroglyphs at Cholpon Ata. We then continue to the Chong Kemin Valley, our base for the next two nights.
Day 14 is free to hike in the region or join an optional white water rafting excursion. There is also horse-riding available in the area. We plan to camp in Chong Kemin but if it's too cold or preferred by the group then we may be able to camp in the grounds of a guesthouse instead, or possibly upgrade to rooms.
Overnight: Chong Kemin | Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2
Chong Kemin - Bishkek. Board our overland truck for the final time today as we complete our journey to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan’s relaxed and charming capital. En route we’ll visit the impressive Burana Tower and there’s free time to relax or explore Bishkek at leisure. Perhaps head out to the colourful Osh Bazaar or explore Ala-Too Square - the central point of the city.
Overnight: Bishkek | Breakfast
Our adventure ends today. If you wish, speak to our Sales Team about booking extra accommodation in Bishkek in order to fully explore the city.
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Local payment - $420pp, paid in USD
Please note that this is payable locally on day 1 of your trip in the currency specified.