11 passes of the Great Tian Shan - Motorcycle tour in Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan is the pearl of Central Asia! This country embodies many beautiful mountain roads, passes, the purest lakes and rivers. Friendly locals still live the real life of nomads using yurts and horses.
Kyrgyzstan has entered the top ten countries recommended for visiting in 2019 according to the Lonely Planet magazine rating. CNN has compiled a list of the top 20 places, and Bloomberg International agency has compiled a rating of 24 places to travel in 2020. Kyrgyzstan was included in both lists.
The route of the motorcycle tour includes the most striking sights of Kyrgyzstan: Lake Issyk-Kul, Lake Song-Kol, caravanserai Tash Rabat, Grigorievskoe and Barskoon gorge and of course 11 mountain passes with a height of over 3000 meters where you will see an amazing panorama of the Tien Shan Mountains. All this is connected by interesting asphalt and gravel roads! Clean air, delicious food and yurts are also waiting for you in this motorcycle tour!
We do not describe on our website some places and roads which is commercial secret and exclusive part of our itinerary. But you will see it!)
Date 1: 10 - 21 JUNE, 2023Date 2: 17 - 28 JULY, 2023
Price - $2800
Tour price includes: bike including fuel, car support, tour-leader on the bike, all stays, all meals, water and soft drinks, all entry fees, airport transfer, SilkOffRoad souvenirs.
Tour price excludes: damage of motorcycle, single room (+$350), flights, visas and visa support, insurance.
Requirements: readiness to have unbelievable adventure with lots of surprises on the way, physical strength and pure optimism, motorcycle driving licency and good riding skills, respect laws and culture of local people. Negative PCR test.
Airport transfers to hotel. Then we take you to lunch at a local restaurant after which you will return to the hotel where your bikes have been parked and familiarize yourselves with them. Before a dinner we will take you on a city tour. Then the welcome dinner after which you return to your hotel.
2. Bishkek - Toktogul Lake. 339 km.
After departing Bishkek you will turn to the Kyrgyz range and start your climb to the famous Too-Ashu Pass (3,700 mt). You will feel as though you are riding stairs to the sky! Too-Ashu Pass is famous for its 4 km tunnel through the mountain peak. After the tunnel you will descend to cross the Susamir mountains valley with Alabel Pass at 3,200mt. 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.
Our 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.
3. Toktogul Lake - Arslanbob village. 243 km
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.
4. Arslanbob village - Kazarman village. 230 km
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 mt. and descends into Kazarman village. Guest house accommodation.
5. Kazarman village - Song-Kol Lake. 160 km.
Continuing your motorcycle tour in Kyrgyzstan you will ride the “Mountain Serpentine” of Moldo Ashu Pass (3201m.) If you research Moldo Ashu Pass we know that once viewed 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 3,500mt 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.
6. Song-Kol Lake - Naryn town 180 km
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 coloured parrots as this road has nothing to do with birds! Hotel accommodation.
7. Naryn town - Naryn town. 250 km
Our 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.
9. Barskoon gorge - Karakol town. 220 km.
Our motorcycle tour of Kyrgyzstan continues. On this day you will climb the 3 pesses - the Sarimonok Pass at 3,216 mt. and the Barskoon pass at 3,754mt.. Now be ready to conquer the highest pass on your tour, the Suek Pass at 4,021mt. If you have not yet had enough high sections then today should make you really happy!
10. Karakol town – Issyk -Kul Lake. 262 km
On this day you will drive along the lake to its northern part. On the way we will climb into Grigorievskoe mountain gorge called little Switzerland with its forests and small mountain lakes. In the evening you will relax in a pleasant resort on the shore of the lake and enjoy the sunset.
11. Issyk -Kul Lake - Bishkek
On this day you will drive some more beautiful roads to complete our tour in Bishkek. In the evening, a festive dinner, souvenirs and a lot of fun. In the evening, a festive dinner, souvenirs and a lot of fun.
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!