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The Tian Shan Motorcycle Tour in Kyrgyzstan

Motorbike adventures are waiting for you in the magical country of Kyrgyzstan! Kyrgyzstan is a country of green mountains, glaciers, and the clearest of rivers. It provides the loftiest and clearest images of the Central Asia region and is the heart of the great Tyan-Shyan mountain range. You can be part of this motorcycle tour through an amazing country. This tour will provide plenty of acquaintance opportunities with local hospitable people and accommodation stays in the yurts of nomads and will also visit ancient monuments.

Key information

  • Terrain: about 70% paved roads and 30% dirt roads
  • Bike: rental bike (Suzuki DR650)
  • Mileage: 2200 kilometers / 1367 miles
  • Daily rides: 160 - 350 kilometers / 99 - 217 miles
  • Riding gear: not included
  • Meals: all meals included

Meet the guides

Marat & Andrey
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Highlights

  • Visit Issyk-Kul Lake, a tourist highlight
  • Navigate your bike on exciting mountain passes
  • Starts and ends in Bishkek, capital city of Kyrgyzstan
  • Visit Arslanbob, one of the most beautiful villages in Kyrgyzstan
  • Take opportunity to try local cuisine prepared by shepherd
  • Visit Song-Kol Lake, the highest lake in Central Asia
  • 10 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


9 riding days in English
The organizer also speaks: German, Russian
Group size: 6-10 participants
Airport transfer included: Manas International Airport
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Accommodation

During the tour, you will stay in a twin room in hotel (7 nights), guesthouse (2 nights), and yurt (1 night).

Program

Tyan-Shyan is translated as "Sky Mountains". Here you will ascend and descend the most beautiful mountain passes of the Central Asian region. About 90% of this tour lies at 1,500 meter altitude and a section of it at 3,000 meters.

On this tour you will ride to the main sightseeing regions of the country including Issyk-Kul Lake, the clearest lake in the world. At 182 kilometers long and 60 kilometers wide, it is like an inland sea. Silk Off Road Tours dares you to research the mysteries of the submarine city at Issyk-Kul and the large humanoids that have been reported. True or false? Come and see for yourself!

Day 1: Bishkek

Airport transfers to hotel. Then the staff will take you to lunch at a local restaurant after which you will return to the hotel where your bikes have been parked and familiarize yourself with them. Before dinner, you will be taken on a city tour. Then enjoy welcome dinner after which you return to your hotel.

Day 2: Bishkek - Toktogul Lake (339 kilometers / 211 miles)

After departing Bishkek, you will turn to the Kyrgyz range and start your climb to the famous Too-Ashu Pass (3,700 meters). You will feel as though you are riding stairs to the sky! Too-Ashu Pass is famous for its four-kilometer tunnel through the mountain peak.

After the tunnel you will descend to cross the Susamir mountains valley with Alabel Pass at 3,200 meters. There are many nomads living in yurts and grazing hundreds of horses and sheep on lush green meadows. You will drink tea in the yurt of a hospitable nomadic family.

Your overnight stay will be at Toktogul Lake where you will have time to relax and swim before a meal of fresh trout from the lake. Hotel accommodation.

Day 3: Toktogul Lake - Arslanbob village (243 kilometers / 151 miles)

On this day, you will ride the Bishkek-Osh road (M41) which is certainly one of the most beautiful of roads alongside the Naryn River. You will ride and view more mountains and travel through several tunnels. You will arrive at Arslanboba mountain village for your overnight stay.

Arslanbob is without doubt one of the most beautiful villages in the country. It is surrounded by mountains with a river running through town and has the largest wild walnut forest in the world. Most residents are Uzbeks hence this village has a truly unique culture. You will visit local waterfalls. Guest house accommodation.

Day 4: Arslanbob village - Kazarman village (230 kilometers / 143 miles)

Today your fascinating motorcycle journey will have you riding deep into the mountains of Tien Shan. There are many beautiful mountain gorges and panoramic views. A gravel road passes through the Kaldama Pass at 3,000 meters and descends into Kazarman village. Guest house accommodation.

Day 5: Kazarman village - Song-Kol Lake (160 kilometers / 99 miles)

Continuing your motorcycle tour in Kyrgyzstan you will ride the "mountain serpentine" of Moldo Ashu Pass (3201 meters). If you research Moldo Ashu Pass, you'll know know that once you see it you will be even more eager to ride in Kyrgyzstan.

This road with the greatest of twisty sections and switchbacks will lead you to the high mountain Song-Kol Lake situated at 3,500 meters altitude which is among the highest altitude of lakes throughout Central Asia. Here you will have an opportunity to dine on Kyrgyz dishes prepared by shepherds and spend a night in nomadic yurt under warm blankets and songs of the mountain wind. Yurt accommodation.

Day 6: Song-Kol Lake - Naryn town (180 kilometers / 112 miles)

After what will be a delicious breakfast you will take a ride around the amazing Song Kol Lake with many majestic viewpoints. From there, you ride down to Naryn City through the “33 Parrots Pass”. If you liked riding the twisty sections yesterday, then you will be smiling today. This is a dizzy winding pass. Don’t look for brightly colored parrots as this road has nothing to do with birds! Enjoy hotel accommodation.

Day 7: Naryn town (250 kilometers / 155 miles)

Your Kyrgyzstan motorcycle tour continues. Early in the morning you will go along the road traveling to China along the At Bashi snow-white mountain range to get to Tash Rabat Caravanserai (an inn with courtyard or stone castle from the 14th century) on the Great Silk Road. You will get to visit this mysterious Caravanserai and have lunch in a yurt with nomads. You will then return to Naryn via a different route with wonderful panoramas. Hotel accommodation.

Day 8: Naryn town - Issyk Kol Lake (350 kilometers / 217 miles)

This day is full of bright emotions because you come down on the other side of Terskei-Alatau mountain range and get to the Issyk-Kul Lake. The lake is one of the largest mountain lakes in the world (1608 meters above sea level). The lake is frequently called "the pearl of Central Asia" and is the main touristic highlight in Kyrgyzstan. Relax on the lake. Overnight at a resort.

Day 9: Issyk Kol Lake (south coast) - Issyk Kol Lake (north coast) (220 kilometers / 137 miles)

In the morning, you can swim in the clear waters of the lake and then continue the fascinating journey on a motorcycle in Kyrgyzstan. You will then visit the museum of Przhevalsky the great Russian explorer. You will then ride around the lake to the day’s finish post on the north side. Along the way, you will also visit several beautiful mountain gorges. Resort accommodation.

Day 10: Issyk Kol Lake - Bishkek (262 kilometers / 163 miles)

Today your riding will be completed as you leave beautiful Issyk-Kul Lake and ride back to Bishkek. A generally relaxing day getting you back to the city with time to clean up and get ready for the night’s gala dinner where you will celebrate your ride with Silk Off Road Tours with souvenirs for you as well as certificates. It will be Silk Off Road Tours' wish that you have enjoyed the ride and local hospitality and that they may see you again on another fabulous tour within Central Asia.

Day 11: Bishkek

Transfers from hotel to your flights with best wishes for safe travel from all at SilkOffRoad Tours and also from the new friends you will have made during the ride. No doubt you have lots of photos and wonderful feelings and memories to share on your return home!

Bike Rental Deposit

Silk Off Road Tours requires 500 USD as bike rental deposit which is refundable.

Requirement

  • Readiness to have unbelievable adventure with lots of surprises on the way
  • Physical strength and pure optimism
  • Good riding skills (especially the experience of driving on the sand)
  • Respect laws and culture of local people

Skill level(s) required for this tour:

Intermediate:

  • can ride for 3-4 hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

Advanced

  • can ride for 5-6 hours
  • extensive riding experience
  • assistance on demand (if required)
  • experienced with riding a variety of motorcycles
  • comfortable with any terrain and weather conditions

Silk Off Road Tours: General Terms and Conditions

These General Terms and Conditions of the contractual agreement are a constituent part of the travel agreement between SilkOffRoad Motorcycle Tours (the organizers of a trip) and You (the participant of tour). Rights to deviations, variations or supplemental provisions, which shall be valid only in writing, reserved.

1. Contractual agreement

The tour reservation must be made online by you, on a reservation form available on the operator's website. The agreement will only be made effective upon written confirmation of the reservation, made by the operator. The prerequisite to participate in one of our tours is the online acceptance of this Terms and Conditions. Before starting the trip, you sign a motorcycle rental agreement.

2. Deposit Payment – Final Payment

Together with the reservation confirmation, the you will receive an invoice from the organizers of a trip that is to be paid as follows:

  • Reservation deposit (10%) you have to payment within 10 days after receiving the an invoice.
  • Final payment of the remaining amount (90% balance) must be paid 30 days before the start of the tour.

If transportation costs (fuel costs, fees for certain services, currency exchange rates increase after signing a contract, the organizers reserve the right to adjust the cost of the tour.

The organizer notifies the participant. If the increase in the price is more than 10%, the participant can cancel tour and receive all his advance payments back considering the bank's commissions.

3. Services and Prices

Confirmation provided by the organizers of a trip lists the services in detail and the total amount to be paid. You must provide additional payment for any individual services that you may require on conclusion of the contractual agreement or during the trip.

Any changes to the scheduled routes or overnight accommodation shall not be considered as a change to the offered services provided the changes, deviations or variations do not substantially alter the overall character of the booked trip.

Please bear in mind that a motorcycle trip demands a higher degree of participation and cooperation on your part than a conventional package tour. Many aspects are not completely predicable and cannot be fully planned in advance. We therefore hope you will appreciate any changes that may prove to be necessary.

4. Cancellation

You may cancel the trip in writing at any time before the start of the trip. The date of receipt of the cancellation by the organizers of a trip shall be decisive. If you cancel a tour, the organizers of a trip shall be entitled to demand cancellation costs transferred deposit. The price will not be refunded if the you don’t arrive or arrives too late for the departure. If you miss the return flight or trip home, you must organize the return journey. The participant shall not be entitled to any compensation from the organizers of a trip.

In addition, you are at liability to prove to us a lower loss. Changes to scheduled dates, time and destinations are possible only by cancelling the existing agreement and subsequently booking a new trip.

5. Cancellation by the organizers of a trip

The organizers of a trip shall be entitled to cancel a trip up to 30 days before the start of the tour if the minimum number of 6 participants has not been booked. In this case, the you shall be notified accordingly and the amounts already paid shall be reimbursed in full. No further claims or demands will be accepted.

If it is necessary to cancel a trip for reasons outside our control (force major, strikes, terror attacks, accidents, illness or injury of the tour guide, disasters or similar), the amounts already paid by you shall be reimbursed in full. No further claims or demands shall be accepted. %We also reserve the right to terminate the tour prematurely for the aforementioned reasons. In such cases, we shall reimburse the amount equivalent to the remaining days of the tour (excluding any flight costs). No further claims or demands shall be accepted.

In the event of undisciplined, dangerous or disruptive behavior as well as disregard of road traffic regulations, the organizers of a trip and his authorized tour guides shall be entitled to exclude you from the trip. In this case, the organizers have the right to withdraw the motorcycle. Money for a rental motorcycle does not come back to you.

6. Premature Termination of the Trip by the Participant

If, for any reason whatsoever, you terminate the trip prematurely, you shall not be entitled to reimbursement of outstanding services charged by the organizers of a trip to your account. If it is necessary for you to prematurely terminate the trip for a compelling reason, e.g. due to illness or accident or serious illness or death of a close family relative etc. the organizers of a trip shall assist as far as possible in organizing the return trip home.

7. Complying with Rules and Regulations

You shall be responsible for complying with the respective road traffic regulations. You at your own peril and shall be liable for any damage you may inflict on fellow tour participants or other road users. This requirement also applies when you are following the guide. You must adapt your riding style in the interest of own safety.

8. Passport, Visas, Insurance, Health Regulations, driving license and permits

You shall be responsible for ensuring compliance with the passport, visa, health regulations and driving license, permits of the visited countries and for observance of the respective traffic regulations. If you cannot participate in or must prematurely terminate the tour due to failure to meet these requirements, the organizers of a trip shall be exempt from any liability and shall not be obliged to refund payments to the customer. The main requirement for all countries is a passport which is valid for at least 6 months and an internationally recognized motorcycle driving license. You are also responsible for the safety of your documents and money.

You are responsible for choosing the insurance company. Make sure that your chosen company will be able to cover the necessary expenses in case of an accident and are also able to contact the necessary services in the countries of Central Asia. You are responsible for choosing our protective gear.

9. Liability

The organizers of a trip shall be responsible for thorough preparation of the trip, conscientious supervision and careful selection of the service providers as well as the correct execution of the agreed tour services corresponding to local participants.

10. Liability and Weather

Depending on the season and weather conditions, the tour organizers reserves the right to change the route of the trip and therefore the accommodation if deemed necessary. We always take care to ensure the character of the trip is not altered and make every effort to provide a consistently high standard of services.

The trip dates are chosen such that the prevailing weather conditions in the respective regions are optimally suited to a motorcycle trip. %The organizers of a trip shall bear no responsibility for bad weather conditions that may occur. The participant shall not be entitled to claim reimbursement of the trip and rental costs for this reason.

11. Features tours.

When booking tours, you must consciously understand that you are going on a trip to countries with limited infrastructure and low level of services provided. You must understand that the indefinite and not high level of comfort is the very aspect that is part of the appeal of such trips.

You determine the degree of adventure by choosing a tour.

Accommodation in hotels, tents and yurts is carried out according to generally accepted local national standards of measurement. Noiselessness, water supply, electricity, food quality and communication are not guaranteed in all cases. In such cases, we expect tolerance and a small equanimity from you.

The same applies to the passage of boundaries and registration points where it takes a lot of time and attention.

Travel delays and route changes can also be made due to fuel shortages at gas stations or natural phenomena such as sandstorms, flooded roads and trails, or even due to vehicle breakdowns and traffic accidents. In extreme cases, this may jeopardize the dates of return and travel.

Guides

Marat Luchezarnyi

Andrey Penkin

Location

The tour will bring you to stunning places in Kyrgyzstan, such as mountain passes with beautiful view, Song-Kol Lake, Naryn City, Issyk Kol Lake, and more!

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Soda

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Rent motorcycle Suzuki DR650, including fuel
  • 4WD car support for luggage
  • The tour leader on the bike
  • Airport transfer
  • 10 nights accommodation on twin-sharing basis (single room upgrade available)
  • All meals
  • Water and soft drinks
  • Local sim-card
  • All entry fees
  • Souvenirs from organizer

What's not included

  • Damage of motorcycle
  • 500 USD refundable bike rental deposit
  • Single room
  • Flights
  • Visas and visa support
  • Insurance

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Book your flight to arrive at Manas International Airport (FRU). Transfer from and to the airport is included. The organizer will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Manas International Airport Airport transfer included: Manas International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 10% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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11 days / 10 nights
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 6 participants

Availability

Start: Saturday August 14, 2021
End: Tuesday August 24, 2021

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