Kyrgyzstan is a landlocked country which borders Kazakhstan to the north, Uzbekistan to the west, Tajikistan to the southwest and China to the southeast. A beautiful mountainous country that beckons hikers from around the globe.
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Beijing to Istanbul
Get ready for a massive Overland adventure from the metropolitan mammoth of Beijing to Istanbul’s bustling bazaars. Travel through some of Asia’s most remote, wild and unique wildernesses along the legendary Silk Road from China. See Istanbul’s famous blue mosque; pass through Uzbekistan’s soaring mountain vistas; tour Xi’an’s famous Terracotta Warriors; and discover secluded sections of the snaking Great Wall of China. From Beijing to Baku and beyond, this adventure encompasses the very best of Central Asia and the Middle East. If you’re longing for an epic overland odyssey, away from the tourist crowds, Beijing to Istanbul is just for you.
Starts Beijing, China Ends Istanbul, Turkey Region China Duration 96 days Tour Operator Intrepid Travel
Bishkek to Ashgabat
Follow the central Silk Road through Turkmenistan’s harshly beautiful deserts, Uzbekistan’s soaring minarets and Kyrgyzstan’s sublime lakes. Travel to a land once home to brutal, yet sophisticated, khans and sultans, as well as the furthest reaches of the USSR. Offering the bold traveller a startling vision of Central Asian culture – from the relaxed charm of Bishkek to the futuristic Ashgabat – your central Silk Road journey is an enlightening experience full of memories to last a lifetime.
Starts Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan Ends Ashgabat, Turkmenistan Region Kyrgyzstan Duration 30 days Tour Operator Intrepid Travel
Ashgabat to Bishkek
Follow the central Silk Road through Turkmenistan’s harshly beautiful deserts, Uzbekistan’s soaring mountain ranges and Kyrgyzstan’s sublime lakes. Travel to a land once home to brutal yet sophisticated khans and sultans, as well as the furthest reaches of the USSR. Offering the bold traveller a startling vision of Central Asian culture, from the futuristic Ashgabat to the relaxed charm of Bishkek, this central Silk Road journey is an enlightening experience full of memories to last a lifetime.
Starts Ashgabat, Turkmenistan Ends Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan Region Uzbekistan Duration 30 days Tour Operator Intrepid Travel
Tashkent to 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.
Starts Tashkent, Uzbekistan Ends Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan Region Kyrgyzstan Duration 16 days Tour Operator Intrepid Travel
Central Asia Explorer
Be entranced by the beauty and the wonder of Central Asia on this 16-day tour from the capital of Kyrgyzstan to the heartland of Uzbekistan. Take in the tranquil landscape of Song-Kol Lake; watch for wild boar and deer around Chychkan Gorge; see a three-storey yurt in historic Osh; and get your fill of mosques and museums in Samarkand. Abounding with ancient culture, divine natural beauty, intriguing relics and friendly locals, this is a journey that will leave you eager to discover more of Central Asia.
Starts Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan Ends Tashkent, Uzbekistan Region Uzbekistan Duration 16 days Tour Operator Intrepid Travel
Mountain Kingdoms of Kyrgyzstan
Get right off the beaten track on this challenging tour into Central Asia’s mountainous hinterland. Beginning in Bishkek, we travel through Chong Kemin and the imposing Kyrgyzstan mountains. From the high country we head through Jeti-Oghuz Valley, experiencing local life on a homestay and exploring the lush pastures of the Fergana Valley, before finally reaching the quirky capital of Uzbekistan, Tashkent. If an outside-of-the-box travel adventure through ‘the Stans’ is what you’re after – then this is it.
Starts Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan Ends Tashkent, Uzbekistan Region Kyrgyzstan Duration 16 days Tour Operator Intrepid Travel
Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan sprawl across the vast expanses of Central Asia but are still hidden from many visitor’s minds, despite offering outstanding beauty, simplicity and a feeling of complete remoteness. The allure lies in the heritage of the Silk Road, where ideas, culture and people flowed from East to West, and in the green field backcountry and sweeping mountain landscapes that play host to the traditional nomadic lifestyle. Journey through cities featuring crumbling reminders of Soviet occupation and influence and out into the stunning wilds, where the ancient history of these long-lived nations – Persian and Mongol, Buddhist and Muslim – becomes clearer. While political and military forces have battled over these regions, life in these isolated areas has changed little in the past centuries – the yurts you’ll stay in with local families have remained, while empires have fallen.
Starts Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan Ends Dushanbe, Tajikistan Region Tajikistan Duration 13 days Tour Operator Intrepid Travel