Bishkek - Torugart

Silkway

1 - day 

Arrival in Bishkek, then drive to the hotel Alpinist/Grand hotel /Shah Palace. In hotel you will have a breakfast, then after 2 hours time for sight seeing. Visit of the National Historical  Museum, the Art – Galleries, the famous Osh  Bazaar and short stroll through the small parks in the center of Bishkek. Dinner in a restaurant.

2 - day

After breakfast go to the super market for buyinglunch , then drive to the Tamchy 260 km there you will stay in a Home stay , dinner also in the home stay. On the way  visit the old town of Balalsagyn. The historical complex Burana  which was build in 10 -11 century near this complex you can also visit Balbals (unusual stones which we know as a monument of people  in 7-8 century).

3 - day

After breakfast as usual go to the super market, then this day you will drive to Karakol 200 km there you will stay in the home stay or hotel dinner it is up to you if you want in the home stay or in the restaurant .So on the way visit to the site of the petroglyphs oh Cholpon –Ata. Then according to the time have a lunch near the lake. After lunch continue your drive to Karakol.

4 - day

As usual  after breakfast go to the super market for buying lunch. This day you will drive to Jety – Oguz , 100 km. Before driving to this place in Karakol visit memorial complex named after Przhevalsky  and museum. ( Nikolay Mikhailovich Przhevalsky is one of the first Russian Scientist-Geographer who started studying in details the geography, flora and fauna of the Central Asian countries. Beginning from 1870, he arranged 4 large expeditions to Mongolia, China and Tibet. During his expeditions he revealed the exact directions of the mountain ranges and borders of the Tibet Mountains. He described the nature, relief, climate, flora and fauna in the territories under his study and discovered over 200 plant species. Przhevalsky also collected an enormous zoological collection which comprised several thousand of species of plant, animals, birds, fishes and insects. In the year of 1888, he died from typhoid fever on the eve of his fifth expedition to Central Asia; he was buried on the Issyk-Kul lakeside not far from the city of Karakol.( The Memorial Museum of N. M. Przhevalsky was opened on 29 April 1957 in Karakol.)  For lunch you can buy as usual in the super market or can go to the restaurants in Karakol. Then city tour in Karakol with visits to the DunganMosque. (There is a Dungan (Chinese) mosque in Karakol built by a Chinese architect and 20 artisans between 1907 and 1910. It was built entirely of wood, without a single nail. The Dungans first arrived in Karakol, as refugees, in 1877 and created a small community.

The Mosque is set into its own territory and the distinctive decoration (it is painted in bright colors – red, green and yellow – and bears reliefs depicting various types of flora and mythical animals such as dragons and the phoenix  that give it an original character). After it visit  the 19th  century wooden Russian orthodox cathedral .( The cathedral was originally built of stone in 1872, when Karakol was a garrison town established as an outpost on the edges of the Tsarist Russian Empire. It was destroyed in 1890 by an earthquake and the current cathedral was built out of wood on a brick base. It took six years to complete, and was finally completed in 1895. It has seen considerable service, not just as a church. During an anti-Russian uprising in 1916 its monks were brutally murdered.

Over the years, particularly following the Revolution in 1917, it has been used as an educational center housing a school, ladies’ gymnasium and an institution of Higher Education; a Sports Hall; a Theater; a Dance Hall and even as a Coal Store. Then, in 1991, following the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Independence of Kyrgyzstan, the local authority once again gave the building back to the church, with the proviso that all further restorations were their responsibility). After visiting these places drive to Jeti-Oguz(translated as Seven Bulls ), the famous valley with red sandstone wall formation it is scheduled for one day. Accommodation in professional yourt camp . All day for exploring the nature of the famous valleys, horse – riding possibilities ,guided nature walks. Dinner will be there in the yurt.

5 - day

After breakfast drive to the Kochkor vie the south side of the Issyk – Kul Lake. On the way stop for the lunch near the water reservoir Orto-Tokoy. Then arrival in Kochkor in the home stay, meeting local Kyrgyz people, visit to the workshop for making and selling the Kyrgyz national carpets. Dinner in the home stay or in the restaurant .

6 - day

This day drive to Song-Kul Lake to the Batay-Aral 220km.This full day of rest to explore the area ,walking or riding on a horse .Night in a yourt on the high plateau, near the Song-Kul Lake. Dinner in the yourt .

7 - day

Drive to the Naryn 230 km. In Naryn stay in home stay dinner is up to you home stay or restaurant.

8 - day

After breakfast go to the super market for buying lunch for 2 days. Finally in to the direction of the south 120km, to the famous Tash Rabat Valley and Tash Rabat Caravansaray, dated back to the 15th century, at an altitude of 3200m, accommodation in a local yourt.

9 - day

After breakfast, transfer to the Kyrgyz-Chinese border, Torugart 100 km, where Chinese transport brings you to Kashgar.

Bishkek - Torugart

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