Travel from historical Tashkent to beautiful Bishkek.

Get right off the beaten track on this challenging trip into Central Asia's mountainous hinterland. Beginning in Uzbekistan's capital Tashkent, we travel through the fertile plains of the Fergana Valley before heading for the high country of remote Kyrgyzstan and the dramatically rugged Tian Shan. We experience the daily life of these mountain people, staying in yurts and shopping in local markets. Lake Issyk-Kul offers plenty of hiking opportunities, and we'll camp in the wilds of the Mountains before heading down to Bishkek and civilisation. If you're after an out-of-the-box travel adventure through 'the Stans', then this trip is it.

Start
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Finish
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Countries
Kyrgyzstan,
Uzbekistan
Themes
Overland
Code
KDOW
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 4, Max 22
Carbon offset
656kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Discover the delights of Tashkent
  • Learn the rules of goat polo
  • Travel through the Kyrgyz Fergana Valley
  • Stare out over Song-Kol Lake
  • Explore Chong Kemin National Park
  • Visit a women’s co-op

Itinerary

An old Soviet city, Uzbekistan’s bustling capital has fascinating and intricate history. Wander the city streets or maybe visit one of the many museums. Perhaps peruse the stalls of the Chorsu Bazaar and pick up some fresh fruit or souvenirs.
Drive from Tashkent to the city of Fergana. Stop en route at Kokand – the intersection of ancient trade routes – in the pretty Fergana Valley.
Cross the border into Kyrgyzstan and journey out to Arslanbob on the eastern edge of the Ferghana Valley. There is some excellent hiking in these parts through lush greenery and wild walnut forest. Don’t forget your camera!
Travel overland through the stunning Kyrgyz Fergana Valley. See rivers meander through the picturesque valleys as rugged mountain ranges loom majestically in the distance.
Head out to Song-Kol Lake and enjoy some free time exploring the area. Choose to go hiking or horse riding – or maybe watch a game of goat polo. It’s just like regular polo but there’s a goat carcass instead of a ball. Tonight, sleep in a traditional yurt.
Journey to the village of Kochkor. Visit a women’s co-operative and learn how shyrdaks (traditional felt carpets) are made. Enjoy the beautiful hospitality of local Kyrgyz people – feel really privileged to be welcomed into their homes.
Be mesmerised by the magnificent alpine region of Jeti-Oghuz. Don your hiking boots and go explore the wild surrounds – there are walks all round the canyon and valley.
Formally known as Przhevalsk, the Russian-style city of Karakol exudes a quiet charm. Located not far from Issyk Kul Lake, the city is home to a gorgeous wooden mosque built by Chinese artisans in the early 20th century. It also hosts a fantastic livestock market on Sundays.
Explore the spectacular landscape of Chong Kemin National Park. There is a good chance you will meet nomadic Kyrgyz families in these parts – stop and say hello!
Those feeling energetic might want to squeeze in one last hike this morning before we drive out to the city of Bishkek. Why not explore the myriad museums in the city centre or pick up some local handicrafts and souvenirs at Osh Bazaar, Bishkek’s largest market, before our journey comes to an end.
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Inclusions

Meals
n/a
Transport
Overland vehicle
Accommodation
Bush camp (no facilities) (7 nights), Guesthouse (1 night), Homestay (1 night), Hotel (4 nights), Yurt (2 nights)

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Important notes

1.This trip requires minimum numbers to depart, and may be cancelled up until 56 days prior to departure. The places showing on the dates and availability page are an indication only so please contact Intrepid to check if your preferred date will depart before making any final arrangements, such as booking non-changeable flights.
2. Please note this Intrepid trip is operated by our experienced local partners Dragoman Overland. Your departure will be run in a Dragoman vehicle with a Dragoman crew.
3. This trip runs on a slightly different itinerary in the colder months of May to mid-June and October to November.

Trip notes

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