BIG BICYCLE CIRCLE KAZAKHSTAN-KYRGYZSTAN

August 16 – 23, 2020

Route details

We are not standing still, to expand the borders we present you a new route. We will travel, walk, spend evenings in the most magical and unusual places of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan.

Our journey begins with a unique natural reserve, the Chon-Kemin River. The Chon-Kemin Gorge and Valley is one of the most picturesque areas in Kyrgyzstan, which is a unique natural complex that includes a gorge, valley and the Chon-Kemin River flowing through the valley.

Next we will find the majestic Zailiyskiy Alatau mountain range. Zailiyskiy Alatau is a mountain range located in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, part of the Tien Shan mountain system. The length of the ridge is about 360 kilometers. Talgar Peak, the highest point of the Trans-Ili Alatau, is visible from the southern capital of Kazakhstan, Almaty. Its height is 5017 meters, and the mountain range as a whole is dominated by heights of 4000-4600 meters. At the conquest of the pass we will see an incredible confluence of seasons in a single moment, where the tops of the mountains sparkle with snow caps, and at their foot there are greenery and flowers.

The most important center of this snow-covered frame and our tour is a precious aquamarine — Lake Issyk-Kul, which heals not only the body but also the soul, inspiring people for many centuries, being a hidden pearl of Kyrgyzstan.

We will continue our active tour and find ourselves literally in the fantastic beauty and natural diversity of Kazakhstan, the valley of Tekes, part of the Great Seven Rivers, which opens incredible landscapes, combining all the beauty of nature, majesty of mountains and the power of water. We will also get acquainted with another unique part of nature; bitter-salt lake Tuzkol, which is famous for its impermanence in different seasons. At the end of the tour, we will be more than ever filled with the power of nature, its beauty and charming views, and for yourself personally you will get a portion of adrenaline, drive and positive emotions.

Route specification

8 days

duration

1000 km

total length

200 km

bicycle length

989 €

price

Main route points

The valley of the Chon-Kemin River

The Chon-Kemin River Valley is one of the most picturesque areas of Kyrgyzstan. The valley passes between the high mountain ranges of Kungei-Alatau and Iliyskiy Alatau, covered with eternal glaciers, and is located on the border between Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. The length of the Chon-Kemin River is 120 km. There are more than 7 lakes in the river basin. It is a summer pasture for livestock.

Kok-Airyk Pass

Kok-Airyk (Passage) is located at an altitude of almost 4000 meters and is surrounded by eternal glaciers. Passage of the pass is seasonal. It is possible to pass it only in a certain period of time. From a certain point of view you can see the pearl of Kyrgyzstan — Lake Issyk-Kul.

Issyk-Kul Lake

Issyk-Kul (Kirg. Ysyk-Көл — «hot lake») — the largest lake in Kyrgyzstan, drainless, is among the 30 largest lakes in the world and the seventh place in the list of the deepest lakes. It is located in the north-eastern part of the republic, between the ranges of the Northern Tien Shan: Kungei Ala-Too and Terskei Ala-Too at an altitude of 1609 m above sea level. The lake is drainless, with up to 80 relatively small tributaries flowing into it. The water level in Issyk-Kul changes cyclically (rises and falls); the cycle takes place over several decades. The lake is a pearl of Kyrgyzstan.

Tekes River valley

The Tekes River is one of the two rivers (along with the Kunges) that make up the Ili River. The length is 438 km, of which about 100 km fall on the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan, including 40 km within the territory of Kazakhstan and about 60 km along the border of Kazakhstan and China. The place is small tourism, which allowed to preserve the virgin beauty of nature! In the depth of the gorge there is a bowl-shaped waterfall. It is not very high, but thanks to its shape it is very interesting!

Tuzkol Lake

Bitter-saline mountain lake in Kazakhstan is located on the left bank of the upper reaches of the Charyn River. This lake can be compared with the famous dead sea by its water composition! In clear weather from Tuzkol right in the south one can see the majestic peaks of Tien Shan: the pyramidal peak of Khan-Tengri (7010 m) and a little more right trapeze of Victory Peak (7439 m).

The pass is 3100 meters

The final chords of cycling will be a vast valley in the depths of the country, as well as overcoming the harsh pass in the border with China! We will approach the border with China at a distance of less than 30 km. There are also a lot of pastures for cattle and many national yurts in this region. It is also very difficult to meet a tourist in these parts!

Tour Video

Bicycle tour program

Meeting guests at the airport.
Transfer to the hotel.
11:00 — General meeting of participants. Lunch in a cafe with a national flavor. There will be an opportunity to taste national cuisine.
Then we are going to move by car in the direction of alpine ice rink «Medeo». From there we go up by cable car to the ski resort «Chimbulak».
Walk in the mountains. We will go up to a height of 3200 meters above sea level, from where you can enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of the city.
In the afternoon we go down to the city. A few hours of free time, you can walk around the city.
20:00 — Dinner at the cafe.
22:00 — Return to the hotel.

Bicycle part: 0 km
Automotive part: 350 km

06:00 — In the morning early collection and loading of things, bicycles on a car.
06:30 — Departure by car from Almaty to the Kazakhstan-Kyrgyzstan border.
09:30 — Breakfast in a cafe.
11:00 — 12:00 — Kazakhstan-Kyrgyzstan border crossing.
13:00 — Lunch in cafe.
16:00 — Arrival in the valley of the Chon-Kemin River, check-in at the guest house.
19:00 — Dinner.

Bicycle section: 33 km
Automotive part: 0 km
Altitude climb: 580 meters

09:30 — Breakfast.
11:30 — Start of the bicycle part.
11:30...17:00 — Active bicycle part along the valley of the Chon-Kemin river with a small set of heights. On the way we will make a stop for lunchtime snack lunchbox.
17:00 — We arrive at the camp.
17:00...20:00 — Installation of the field camp for overnight stay. Free time for rest.
20:00 — Dinner. Overnight stay in tents.

Bicycle section: 40 km
Automotive part: 20 km
Altitude climb: 1300 meters
Loss of height: 2500 meters

06:30 — Breakfast.
07:30 — The start of the bicycle part.
07:30...17:00 — Active bicycle part. Rise to the highest point of the pass about 18 km with a set of 1300 meters. Stop for lunchtime snack lunchbox. Then the descent to the shore of Lake Issyk-Kul is about 22 km with a loss of height of 2500 meters.
18:30 — Arriving at a hotel off the shore of Lake Issyk-Kul.
19:00 — Dinner.
20:00 — Free time. Walk on the beach. Swimming in the lake if desired.

Bicycle part: 0 km
Automotive part: 250 km

07:00 — Early rise. Breakfast.
08:00 — 10:00 Free time for rest.
11:00...15:00 — Transfer to the Kyrgyz-Kazakh border, on the way is a lunch snack near the river Tyup.
18:00 — Arrival. Installation of a field camp for the overnight stay. Free time for rest.
20:00 — Dinner.

Bicycle part: up to 40 km
Automotive part: 40 km
Altitude climb: 200 meters
Loss of height: 900 meters

07:00...09:00 — Early rise. Breakfast.
09:00...11:00 — After breakfast we go to a small trekking to Tekes waterfall.
11:30...15:30 — Cycling along the valley of the river Tekes in the direction of the lake Tuzkol. The road will run along the plateau with the loss of height. On the way we will make a stop for a snack lunchbox.
15:00...17:00 — Near the village we loaded into escort cars and drive to the lake Tuzkol, from which you can enjoy a magnificent view of the majestic mountain Khan-Tengri, the height of 7000 m (the highest mountain in Kazakhstan). The mountain stands on the border of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and China. The peak is visible only in good weather at dawn and dusk.
17:00...19:00 — Installation of the field camp. Free time.
20:00 — Dinner. Field night in tents.

Bicycle section up to 50 km
Automotive part: 0 km
Altitude climb: 800 meters
Loss of height: 200 meters

08:00...10:00 — Early morning climb. Breakfast.
10:00 a.m. — Cycling along the Shalkodes valley. On the way we will make a little rest for lunchtime snack lunchbox.
17:00...19:00 — By the evening we arrive at the foot of the pass, which we will overcome the next day. We are camping in the field.
20:00 — Dinner. Field night.

Bicycle section up to 35 km
Automotive part: 350 km
Altitude climb: 400 meters
Loss of height: 2500 meters

07:00...08:30 — Early rise, breakfast.
08:30...13:00 — The cycling part begins with the ascent to the pass. About 8-10 km we go up. Then we go downhill to 30 km from the pass with big loss of height. On the way we have lunchbox snack.
14:00...16:30 — Car part to cafe.
16:30 — Lunch.
19:00 — Arrival in Almaty. Check-in at the hotel.
21:00 — Dinner in a restaurant in Almaty.

What's included in the price

  • Meet and greet guests at the airport
  • Accommodation in a hotel (standard 2-bed room, one day before the beginning and one after the active part of the tour. Plan your arrival on the dates recommended by the organizers.
  • Accommodation in guest house and hotel according to the program
  • Lunch and dinner on day 0. Dinner on the last day.
  • A guided tour to the Chimbulak ski resort
  • Full car support during the active part of the bicycle tour
  • Drinking water and cycling meals
  • Environmental posts, national park entry fees
  • Registration of passes to the border area
  • Veloguide
  • Cycle mechanic's support on the route
  • Cycling kit: keys, pump, patches, chain lubricants, high-pressure pump, brake repair kit and other tools, spare parts
  • Cycling instructor training and assistance
  • First aid kit: bandages, peroxide, painkillers, etc. A small first aid kit is located near the velogiste, a large extended first aid kit in the escort car.
  • Common camping equipment: tent, field kitchen tent, tables, chairs, refrigerator, dishes, washbasin, field toilet, 220V, etc.
  • Health insurance (not allowed to cycle tours without insurance)

What to take with you

  • Bicycle (if you don't have your own, you can rent it by appointment)
  • Tent, sleeping bag, karemat (if you don't have your own, we'll give you one - you'll have to leave a preliminary application)
  • Helmet, bicycle gloves and other protection as required
  • Individual first-aid kit (in case of diseases)
  • Sunscreen
  • Water flask
  • Backpack, where you can put the things you need during the active part
  • Windbreaker, raincoat
  • Weather clothes for the active part and warm clothes for the evening in the camp
  • Comfortable shoes for the active part, as well as exchangeable shoes
  • Identity document (it is necessary to have it with you, because part of the route passes through the border area and can be checked)

Additional services

  • MTB Hardtail bicycle: Cube, Giant and others with equipment above average

    32 €
    price in 8 days
  • MTB double suspension bike with equipment above average

    48 €
    price in 8 days
  • A tent and karemate

    Double tents and a mat are provided free of charge upon prior request (limited number)
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