Ride / Rest day
12 / 3
Sealed / Dirt
70% / 30%
2,500 km / 1,560 mi
Kyrgyzstan: Be one of a handful of bikers to explore this rugged Central Asian country in the shadows of the Tien Shan Mountains on the ancient Silk Road
A landscape of towering mountains, lush alpine valleys, glaciers and lakes, Kyrgyzstan is the ultimate bikers destination. Kyrgyzstan is a nation of incredible untouched natural beauty and is home to the world’s second largest freshwater lake and some of the finest remote mountain riding in the world. We stay in Gers atop lonely remote Jailoo’s (summer pastures) or scenically located high altitude lakes. Often described as some of the finest riding on earth, Kyrgyzstan offers a new and very unique riding destination. Join us on this ride of Silk Road legends and legendary landscapes.
Images courtesy of Ian Emmett.
Dates and Pricing
27th Jun 2023 to 12th Jul 2023
Rider / Yamaha XT600
Rider / BMW F700 GS
Rider / BMW F800 GS
Pillion / Support Vehicle
Day 1: Your Bishkek airport transfer will take you directly to our joining hotel, ready for an early start tomorrow. Today you will meet your crew for your tour briefing and welcome dinner.
Day 2: A short introductory ride today to the stunning Ala Archa National Park before returning to Bishkek.
Day 3: Leaving the big city lights behind we ride south again and into the mountains where we cross the 3,586 m Too Ashuu Pass. Tonight we stay at the amazing Chychkan Canyon at a basic hotel amazingly located over a raging glacial river.
Day 4 The ride today will see us reach the biggest Walnut grove on earth at Arslanbob, an elevated village beautifully located between the Ferghana and Chatkal Ranges.
Day 5: Today will see us descend from the mountains and into the broad Ferghana Valley arriving into one of Central Asia most historic cities of Osh late afternoon.
Day 6: Today's ride will see us ride south over the 2,389 m Chyyrchyk Pass on the road that takes travellers into Tajikistan and circling back to Osh. It's an amazing day of impossibly rugged scenery.
Day 7: Leaving Osh we ascend from the fertile Ferghana Valley and hit the dirt for some extraordinary dirt tracks that climb to a dizzying 3000 m at Kaldama Pass. We overnight at a homestay in the mining village of Kazarman.
Day 8: We spend the day at around 1900 m ascending and descending via an amazing series of twisties. Todays’ riding is absolutely stunning and is rounded off at the best hotel in Naryn, the Khan Tengri.
Day 9: Leaving Naryn we quickly climb to 2000 m and are awestruck by an icy snow covered At Bashy Range that borders China. We overnight in a wonderful traditional Yurt Camp spectacularly located under the “Dragons Teeth”.
Day 10: Today's riding is challenging as we cross rivers, most of them dry, and ascend and descend mountain passes via amazing switch backs and pass lofty “Jailoos” (summer pastures), but it will all be worth it when we cross the 3rd and final pass and get our first glimpses of Song Kol (lake) ringed by a wall of snow capped peaks. We overnight in our second, and final, yurt camp set beside Song Kol.
Days 11,12, 13 & 14: Leaving Song Kol we briefly ascend to 3460 m before “descending” to the second highest alpine lake in the world of Issyk Kol. We ride the southern shores of this massive lake before arriving at Karakol our base for the next 4 nights allowing us to explore this incredibly beautiful region full of stunning alpine valleys that tumble down from the Tien Shan Mountains. No visit to this region is complete without an overnight stay at the staggeringly beautiful Altyn Arashan, a postcard perfect Alpine Valley at 3000 m.
Day 15: For a completely different perspective we ride the northern shores of Issyk Kul, running along the border with Kazakhstan, on our way to Kyrgyzstan’s capital, Bishkek for our final night together.
Departure day: Spend some time in Bishkek or fly home, the choice is yours.
All accommodation is twin or double share, if you would like a single room there will be a single supplement: US $900
(Please note, you may be required to share a bathroom at least once on this trip).
Our motorcycles are insured and have a damage excess of US$ 2500, you can reduce the excess by taking advantage of our Excess Reduction Policy: US$ 15 per day
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Tour End: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
- All riders must have a valid motorcycle license and at least two years riding experience.
- It is a requirement that all clients have appropriate insurance for this type of expedition.
2,500 km / 1,560 mi
Sealed / Dirt
70% / 30%
- 15 nights of accommodation: 11 nights in 3 to 4 star hotels, 2 nights in traditional yurts, 2 nights in home-stays
- A flexible attitude is needed, as services in these extremely remote regions of Central Asia will NOT be what you are accustomed to.
- All accommodation is on a twin share basis. If you are traveling alone we will pair you up with another solo traveler. However, if you prefer single accommodation a single supplement is available: US$ 900.00 (please note that you may be required to share a bathroom at least once on this trip)
- On every day of the tour we include breakfast: 15 Breakfasts
- On mentioned ride days we provide a picnic lunch that we prepare ourselves from our mobile kitchen: 9 Lunches
- We include mentioned dinners in reliable restaurants we have used many times before: 11 Dinners
Yamaha XT600 E
Yamaha XT660 Z Tenere
Accidents happen, luggage is lost and tour or flight cancellations can occur, so it is our policy that all participants of Compass Expeditions tours have an appropriate level of travel insurance to cover the unforeseen. This is not only compulsory when joining our tours, but it makes sense.
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