The fifth international Marathon of Kyrgyzstan

«Run the Silk Road»
Dear sportsmen and amateurs of running! We invite you to participate at the fifth international Marathon of Kyrgyzstan “Run the Silk Road”, which is held on the 14 of May, 2016 on the northern shore of Issyk Kul lake.

Marathon it is not just a kind of sport, it is also a great chance to increase the touristic potential of a country. Every year each of the developed countries held marathons, where tens of thousands of runners and fans from all over the world gather together.

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Duration of the program and time of travelling
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The aims of the Marathon:
• Promotion of resort tourism and healthy life-style; motivation of the people
for physical exercises and activities.
• Develope of international contact in tourism and sport; acquaintances with the best marathoners of Kyrgyzstan.
• Attraction of sportsmen and tourists of neighborhoods and other countrie.
There will be 3 Marathon destinations:
• Full Marathon Distance (42 km and 195 m)
• Half Marathon Distance (21 km and 97.5 m)
• 5 km running distance.

Please kindly pay your attention, Marathon will take place at 1600 meters above sea level. This sport event isn’t just the part of tour program, it’s also the great opportunity to be introduced the culture and beauty of Kyrgyzstan!
Everybody is welcome!

Please, contact us by mail: pagetour@ya.ru or telophone +99898 3039846
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Photo tour – “Five Lakes”

Guaranteed departure date: 7th of August, 2016

Don’t miss an opportunity to join our photo tour – “Five Lakes”.

Price:

1600 USD per person (accommodation in DBL)
1700 USD per person (accommodation in SGL)

Contacts

ClimberCA International Consortium
www.ClimberCA.com
www.ClimberCA.ru
e-mail: PageTour@ya.ru
skype – dmitriy.page
tel. +99898 3039846 – telegram

Route:

Bishkek city – Toktogul reservoir – Burana canyon – Sary Chelek reservation – Chychkan gorge – Son Kul Lake – Kara Koun canyon – Tash Rabat caravanserai – Chatyr Kul Lake – Tash Rabat caravanserai – Kara Koun canyon – Eki Naryn area – Bishkek city.

Highlights:

– Visit the biggest reservoir of Kyrgyzstan – Toktogul.
– Visit Burana canyon
– Visit beautiful Sary Chelek reservation and walk up to its famous Sary Chelek Lake (the biggest among seven).
– Boat cruise across the Lake.
– Night inside of reservation
– Visit high altitude lake – Son Kul
– Meeting nomadic culture
– Visit caravanserai Tash Rabat on the way of the Great Silk Road
– Visit Chatyr Kul Lake.
– Visit Eki Naryn area where two rivers turn to a big one.

Detailed itinerary

Day 1. Sunday 7 of August.
Bishkek city – Toktogul water reservoir (330 km).
Meeting with the group. Leaving Bishkek city for Toktogul water reservoir. Toktogul is the largest water reservoir in central Asia. Its maximum depth is about 215m. It is very popular to bathe in the reservoir and there are a lot of locals in summer as the water gets very warm.
Lunch picnic en route.
Accommodation in a hotel (very basic). Dinner and overnight.
L- picnic; D- picnic. Accommodation «Kok Bel» Hotel.

Day 2. Monday 8 of August.
Toktogul water reservoir – Burana canyon (150 km)
Wake up before sunrise (approximately at 4 am).
Sunrise shooting of Toktogul water reservoir. Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to Kara Djygach village in Djalal Abad oblast (region). The locals call it Burana. We drive as far as possible and set our tent camp. A several kilometers hike into the gorge and to a cave. Sunset shooting. Return to the camp. Dinner and overnight.
B- hotel; L-picnic; D- picnic. Accommodation – tents.

Day 3. Tuesday 9 of August.
Burana canyon – Sary Chelek Nature Reserve (90 km)
Sunrise shooting, breakfast, Gathering the camp and drive to Sary Chelek Nature Reserve. Lunch picnic en route. Setting our tents at the higher lake.
Sary Chelek Lake translates from Kyrgyz as “Yellow bucket”. Its maximum depth is 246m. The reserve was created in 1959 for saving the flora and fauna of the walnut forest and alpine landscapes. Sunset shooting. Dinner overnight in the camp.
B- tents; L-picnic; D- picnic. Accommodations – tents.

Day 4. Wednesday 10 of August.
Sary Chelek Nature Reserve
Sunrise shooting at the higher lake. Breakfast and packing. Transfer by boat to the Northern shore of Sary Chelek lake. Setting the camp, lunch. Sunset shooting from the view point. Return to the camp for dinner. Overnight in the tents.
B- tents; L-picnic; D- picnic. Accommodation – tents

Day 5. Thursday 11 of August.
Sary Chelek Nature Reserve – Chichkan gorge (300 km).
Wake up an hour and a half before the sun rise and hike to the view point for sunrise shooting. Return to the camp for breakfast and packing. Return by the boat to the Southern shore. Transfer to Chichkan gorge. Chichkan gorge lies at 2000m above sea level. The name translates as “mouse” because it is very narrow and reminds the mousetail. There are Tien Shan blue spruces covering the slopes, as well as birches and juniper (”Archa” in Kyrgyz). Accommodation and dinner in the hotel.
B – tents; L – picnic; D – hotel. Accommodation – «Oson» Road hotel.

Day 6. Friday 12 of August.
Chichkan gorge – Son Kul Lake (310 km).
After breakfast we leave for Son Kul lake.
Son Kul lake – is located in Tien Shan at 3016m above sea level. The territory around the lake is summer pastureland for nomads from Kochkor, Naryn and At Bashi regions. It is considered as the best jailoo. The road up to Son Kul lake windes up through mountains and disappears in the sky. This is why the lake is called Son Kul which means “the last lake”.
Lunch picnic en route.
Arrival to Son Kul lake. If we get before sunset we take pictures from the view point at petroglyphs.
Dinner and overnight in the yurt camp.
B- hotel; L-picnic; D- yurt camp. Accommodation – yurt camp.

Day 7. Saturday 13 of August.
Son Kul lake.
Early morning wake up. Transfer to the viewpoint for sunrise shooting. Return to the camp and breakfast. Rest until noon and lunch. Later we go to watch the horse games of the nomads. They demonstrate “Kok Boru” or “goat tearing” game. It is very popular in Central Asia. Return to the camp. At 6 pm we drive to the view point (on the big bridge) for sunset shooting. Return to the camp. Dinner and overnight in the yurt camp.
B,L,D – yurt camp. Fccjmmodation – yurt camp.

Day 8. Sunday 14 of August.
Son Kul lake – Kara Koyun gorge (260 km)
Wake up at 8 am. Packing and departure to the yurt camp in Kara Koyun gorge near Tash Rabat Caravanserai (7 km). After lunch and rest in the afternoon we head into the mountains where we take pictures of the petroglyphs, rock drawings, and Ak-Tash range. Sunset shooting at Ak-Tash. Return to the camp at about 9pm. Dinner and sauna. Overnight in the yurt camp.
B- yurt camp; L-picnic; D- yurt camp. Accommodation – yurt camp.

Day 9. Monday 15 of August.
Tash Rabat Caravanserai – Tash Rabat pass – Chatyr Kul lake (12 km)
Wake up at 7 am, breakfast and transfer to Tash Rabat caravanserai.
Tash Rabat is build of stone and located on the bank of Tash Rabat river which is a tributary of Kara Koyun river. It lies at higher than 3500m above sea level.
We take pictures of the caravanserai outside and inside (please bring stands (beds), it is very dark inside). Later we get on the horses and leave for Chatyr Kul lake. Those who can not or do not want to ride can walk. The hike is about 12 km. The horses take our luggage. Lunch – lunch boxes.
We reach Chatyr Kul lake in the afternoon. We photograph the lake from Tash Rabat pass (3800m), but as it is not the best time for shooting we do not spend much time here, we descend towards the lake and set our camp. Before sunset we get on the horses and return to the top of the pass to take good pictures. Return to the tent camp, dinner and overnight.
B- yurt camp; L-picnic; D- picnic. Accommodation – tents.

Day 10. Tuesday 16 of August.
Chatyr Kul lake – Tash Rabat pass – Tash Rabat Caravanserai – Kara Koyun gorge (12 km).
Wake up before sunset. We take horses and ride up to the pass again. We are planning to take photos of Chatyr Kul lake at morning light.
Chatyr Kul lake is located in Aksai valley close to Chinese border at 3500m above sea level. Its depth is 16,5 meters. The lake is the winter stay for several wild bird species, though there is no fish in the lake.
Return to the camp, breakfast, packing and return to the yurt camp. Arrival to the yurt camp, dinner and sauna. Overnight in the yurt camp. B- tents
L-picnic; D- yurt camp. Accommodation – yurt camp.

Day 11. Wednesday 17 of August.
Kara Koyun gorge.
Late wake up, breakfast and rest after the hike on the previous day. Lunch at 1 pm. Short rest and an easy hike along the big circle to a cave and wonderful views over Ak Tash rocks. Today we are going to photograph them at sunset from the other side of the gorge.
Return to the yurt camp, dinner and sauna. Overnight in the yurt camp.
B,L,D – yurt camp. Accommodation – yurt camp.

Day 12. Tuesday 18 of August. Kara Koyun gorge – Eki Naryn (170 km).
Wake up at 8am, breakfast, packing and departure for Naryn town. Lunch in a local café. Transfer to the place at coinfluence of Naryn and Kichi Naryn rivers. Sunset at the coinfluence. Setting up the tent camp higher the river flow.
Naryn river is the longest river in Kyrgyzstan. Its length is 535km. It is formed by Big Naryn and Small Naryn rivers that start in Central Tien Shan. There are several hydropower stations on Naryn river.
Dinner (snacks and hot tea boiled on a gas burner). Overnight in tents.
B- yurt camp; L-café; D- tents. Accommodation – tents.

Day 13. Tuesday 19 of August.
Eki Naryn – Bishkek city (400 km).
Sunrise shooting on Naryn river bank. Gathering the camp and transfer to Naryn town for breakfast. Lunch in Kochkor village. Demonstration of felt making. Departure for Bishkek city. Farewell dinner in Bishkek city.
B- cafe; L-local family; D- cafe. Accommodation – Hotel 3*

Day 14. Tuesday 20 of August.
Bishkek city – Airport “Manas” (30 km).
After breakfast in the hotel, you will be transferred to the International Airport “Manas”.
B – hotel.
End of our service

Faces of heavenly mountains

Guaranteed departure date: from 12th of June till 23rd of June, 2016

Country: Kyrgyzstan
Duration: 12 days, 11 nights
Best season: June – September
Features: photograph, landscapes, nature, hiking.

Don’t miss an opportunity to join our photo tour “Faces of heavenly mountains”!

Prices:

1500 USD per person (accommodation in DBL)
1600 USD per person (accommodation in SGL)

Please note: The payment must be done 10 days before departure via bank transfer. The tour will not be booked until the payment is received.

Services included in the price:

Accommodation: 11 nights
* Meal – full board
* Transfers according the program
* Master classes and workshops
* Professional guide-photographer

Services not includef in the price:

* Airfares
* Alcohol drinks
* Personal expenses
* Tips for guide and driver
* Insurance (please consider we don`t work with GLOBAL VOYAGER insurance system and companies that work with this system, chose other available options)

Contacts

ClimberCA International Consortium
your.climberca@ya.ru
skype – dmitriy.page
tel. +99898 3039846 – telegram

Route:

Bishkek city – Konorchek canyon – Skazka canyon – Barskoon canyon – Kumtor pass – Arabel plateau – Kichi Kyzyl Suu canyon – hot springs – Kyzyl Suu canyon – Djety Oguz gorge – Karakol town and Sunday cattle market – Salt Lake near Issyk Kul – Son Kul Lake – 33 Parrots pass – Bishkek city.

Highlights:

• Eol Castles
• Tracking to the Konorchek Canyon
• Teaching how to shoot at night with artificial light and without it. (star tracks and starry sky also)
• Sunrise photography
• Shooting sunset pictures
• Visit hot springs in Juuku Gorge
• Shooting some classical Tien-Shan landscapes with mountains and needle-like fir-trees
• Workshop on how to process pictures, stitch panoramas and make pictures with high dynamic range (HDR)
• Visit cattle bazaar of Karakol where we will experience and take pictures of the life of bazaar, nomads and their cattle.
• Visit Salt Lake where it`s impossible to sink in it
• We will watch how the local felt handicraft shirdak is made. Also we will visit souvenir store at the same place and a museum of yurt decoration items called tush-kiyiz
• Short track to the mountains to reach the place with great panoramic view of the Son-Kul lake.

Photo tour “Faces of heavenly mountains” – Northern Kyrgyzstan. Detailed itinerary.

Day 1. Sunday. 12th of June.
Bishkek city – Konorchek Stone town (140km)
The group gathers to have a breakfast in a local cafe. Transfer Bishkek city – start of the trek in Konorchek canyon. There is an adventure for us – we are heading along a twisting canyon to Eolian castles – the red canyon. Martian landscapes similar to Grand Canyon. There is a feeling of being a pioneer. We set our tents and have a lunch in the field – picnic. We start exploring the canyon and find the spots for taking sunset and sunrise pictures.
Sunset shooting. Picnic dinner.
If it is a nice clear weather and a small moon we take pictures of the starlit sky and the canyon with artificial light. Overnight in the tents.

NB: Konorchek trail seems to be difficult. It is necessary to be fit and ready for a hike. Please bring your hiking boots. If there are participants in the group who are not confident about their walking abilities they may get to the camping by car.
B – cafe; L – picnic; D – picnic. Accommodation – Tents.

Day 2. Monday. 13th of June.
Konorchek – Skazka canyon (170km)
Wake up before sunrise (approximately at 4 am). Morning shooting in Konorchek canyon. Breakfast in the open air. Departure at 9am. We leave for Skazka canyon (“Fairy Tale”). It is situated on the Southern shore of Issyk Kul lake. We sert our tents. Lunch picnic and sunset shooting of the canyon. Dinner in the open air. Overnight in the tents.
B – camp; L – picnic; D – picnic. Accommodation – Tents.

Day 3. Tuesday. 14th of June.
Skazka canyon – Barskoon gorge – Kumtor pass – Arabel plateau (80km)
Wake up before sunrise (approximately at 4 am). Shooting the sunrise in Skazka canyon. Breakfast in the open air. Slowly we put the camp together and leave for Barskoon gorge. It is located about 80km. We get to Kumtor pass where we stop for taking pictures. Lunch picnic. Further drive to Arabel plateau. We look for a nice place and set our tents. After choosing the view point we take evening pictures. Dinner in the open air. Overnight in the tents.
B – camp; L – picnic; D – picnic. Accommodation – Tents.

Day 4. Wednesday. 15th of June.
Arabel plateau – Chon Kyzyl Suu gorge- hot springs (105km)
Wake up before sunrise (approximately at 4 am). Shooting Arabel plateau at sunrise. Breakfast in the open air. Further drive from the plateau to Chon Kyzyl Suu gorge. It is about 105km. We drive deep into the gorge, take pictures of it, its rivers, sandbars and mountain landscapes. Lunch picnic. After hard work we get an award – hot springs! We take baths, rest. Dinner and overnight in a guest house near the hot springs.
B – camp; L – picnic; D – guest house. Accommodation – Guest house.

Day 5. Thursday. 16th of June.
Kichine Kyzyl Suu gorge (35 km)
Wake up at 9am. Breakfast. We leave for Kichine Kyzyl Suu gorge. The drive is about 35km. We get to the view point at the red rocks. Shooting in the gorge the amazing mountain landscapes with fir-trees. Lunch picnic. We return to the gorge entrance and set our tents. Shooting at sunset. Dinner in the open air. Overnight in the tents.
B – guest house; L – picnic; D – picnic. Accommodation – Tents.

Day 6. Friday. 17th of June
Kyzyl Suu gorge – Djety Oguz gorge (55 km)
Wake up before sunrise (approximately at 4 am). Shooting sunrise. Gathering the camp and driving towards Djety Oguz gorge. The drive is about 55km. We park the car at the river bank and stay near the red rocks until sunset. Lunch picnic. After the sunset in the twilight we go further along the gorge to the yurt camp. Overnight in the yurts. If we are lucky we might meet the shepherds, take photos of them surrounded by beautiful landscapes. Dinner and overnight in the yurt camp.
B – tents; L – picnic; D – yurt camp. Accommodation – Yurt camp.

Day 7. Saturday. 18th of June.
Djety Oguz gorge – Karakol town (35 km)
Wake up before sunrise (approximately at 4 am). Sunrise shooting. We slowly get ready to move to Karakol town. The drive is 35km. Accommodation in a guest house. Lunch in a local café. After lunch we meet in the hall and discuss the pictures that we had taken. We explain the mistakes, learn to work with the material, compose panoramic pictures, etc. At sunset we go to the view point in Karaol gorge. Dinner in a local café. Overnight in the guest house.
B – yurt camp; L – cafe; D – cafe. Accommodation – «Green Yard» guest house.

Day 8. Sunday. 19th of June.
Karakol town – Cattle market – salt lake at Issyk Kul Lake (180km)
Wake up at 5am. Light snacks. We are going to the Cattle market! Sheep, horses, noise and dirt! It is so picturesque! We arrive rather early in the morning to see the trade. And further to the food market. Again reportage photography, we buy fruit, berries, etc. Return to the hotel where we take our luggage and check out. The breakfast is in a local cafe.
We are going to a salt lake near Issyk Kul lake. Check in to a guest house. Lunch in the guest house. We can swim in the lake and apply the mud, which has medicinal qualities. At sunset we take pictures of the lake and the mountains (Terskei Alatoo range). Dinner and overnight in the guest house.
B – snacks and in a local cafe; L,D – guest house. Accommodation – Guest house.

Day 9. Monday. 20th of June.
Sunrise at salt lake – drive up to Son Kul lake (225 km)
Wake up before sunrise (approximately at 4 am). Shooting the lake and the mountains at sunrise. Breakfast and drive towards Son Kul lake at 9 am. The drive is about 225km. En route we stop at Kochkor village to visit the local handicraft museum-shop. We will watch and participate in felt carpet making. The museum-shop contains a lot of tushkiyiz (felt carpets and embroided textile). The owner of the museum-shop will tell you the story and the symbols of the pieces. Lunch in a local Kyrgyz family. Further drive to Son Kul lake over Kalmak Ashuu pass (3446m). There are several stops with amazing views. If we are lucky we might see herds of yaks and we will try to take photos of them. Kyrgyz yaks are half wild and are afraid of a human. We will have to sneak up to them, crawl or use telephoto.
Arrival to the yurt camp located on the Southern shore of Son Kul lake, Dinner and overnight in the yurt camp. B – guest house; L- local family; D-yurt camp. Accommodation – Yurt camp.

Day 10. Tuesday. 21st of June. Full day at Son Kul Lake.
Wake up before sunrise (approximately at 4 am). Drive to the view point. After shooting we return to the camp for breakfast. Rest and lunch in the yurt camp.
After lunch we leave for the nomads. Meeting a family, communication, reportage shooting. The traditional game on the horses is organized for us – Kokboru (goat tearing). Before sunset we move to the view point – sandbars of a mountain river. We learn to take pictures of the soft water. Return to the yurt camp. Dinner and overnight in the yurt camp.
B,L,D – yurt camp. Accommodation – Yurt camp.

Day 11. Wednesday. 22nd of June. Son Kul lake – “33 parrots” pass – Bishkek city (400km)
Wake up at 8 a.m., breakfast in the camp. After breakfast we leave for Bishkek city over “33 parrots” pass (3133m). The drive is about 400km. Lunch in a cafe en route.
Farewell dinner in Bishkek. We exchange the impressions and communicate. Overnight in a hotel in Bishkek city.
B – yurt camp; L – cafe; D – hotel. Hotel 3*

Day 12. Tuesday, 23rd of June.
Bishkek city – “Manas” airport (30km)
Breakfast in the hotel.
Departure home (transfer to the airport).

If you depart later we suggest paraplane flight (not included into the package price). The flights are held in tandem with a professional instructor at 200 and 1000m. The flights depend on the weather.

B – hotel. End of our service.

Tour Program Culinary Tour in Kyrgyzstan

Country: Kyrgyzstan
Duration: 8 days, 8 nights.
Best Season: June – September
Group Size: maximum 9 persons. (Every next group will have separate guide and vehicle).
Trip Features: Central Asian cuisine, overland travel, history, culture, sightseeing, walking.

Attention!!! Guaranteed departure date: August 20, 2016

Do not miss your chance and join our fixed date group for this

“Culinary Tour in Kyrgyzstan”!

Guaranted departure date: Aug 20, 2016

Prices:
TWIN base accommodation – 1445 USD/pax
SGL room accommodation – 1575 USD/pax

Booking:
ClimberCA International Consortium
e-mail: your.climberca@ya.ru
skype – dmitriy.page
tel. +99898 3039846 – telegram

Route:

Bishkek city – Chon Kemin Valley – Issyk Kul Lake – Kochkor village – Karakol city – Bishkek city.

Highlights:

Excursion to Ala Archa Natural park
Sightseeing tour in Bishkek city.
Handicraft museum-shop in Kochkor.
Karakol sightseeing tour: Dungan mosque, Russian Orthodox cathedral, Przhevalskii Memorial Complex.
Cholpon Ata – Petroglyphs site.
Burana Tower Historical complex (UNESCO)
“Kuksi” preparation in a Korean restaurant in Bishkek.
Pilaf preparation in Uzbek family house in Bishkek.
Lecture about traditional Kyrgyz cuisine at “CACSA” and demonstration of products.
Tasting of Ice cream and fruits at “CACSA.
Lamb butchering in Chon Kemin. Preparing delicacies, traditional drinks, tea from herbs.
Lunch in Russian family house with degustation of honey, jams and homemade wine. Jam cooking in Cholpon Ata.
Picnic in Grigorevski gorge. Vegetables and meat on the grill.
Dungan cuisine in Karakol. Master Class.
Uyghur cuisine in Karakol. Master Class.
Bread making in Kochkor village.
Kazakh cuisine in Tokmok city. Master Class.
Visit to the Bishkek Wine and Champagne Factory. Degustation.
Visit to the “Shoro” factory in Bishkek. Degustation of traditional drinks.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1. Saturday. 20 of August. Korean cuisine.
Arrival to Bishkek city. Transfer airport – hotel in the city (30 km., 30 min.)

Meeting at the airport, transfer to the hotel, check in. Free time. After a short rest and breakfast you meet with the guide. Short introduction and details of the tour. Transfer to the city center for a walking tour around Ala Too square to see the White House, Parliament, Lenin Statue, Manas Monument, etc.
Transfer to a local cafe for learning about Korean cuisine and culture.

The Koreans used to come to Kyrgyzstan for many reasons, mainly in search of a new better life. The first ones came in the 30s during the repressions. Nowadays there are about 18 thousand Kreans living in Kyrgyzstan. The majority arrived from Uzbekistan or Kazakhstan. Despite the fact that there are only 0.30% of Koreans in the population, their cuisine is extremely popular among the locals. This is why there are many restaurants and cafes that offer Korean food in the national interior.

You taste one of the main dishes of the Korean cuisine – Kuksi – and before that you can participate in the master class. Transfer to the hotel after the dinner.

Breakfast – in the hotel; Lunch – in a local cafe; Dinner – in a local cafe.

Accommodation – Shah Palace/Asia Mountains/Baikhan 3*

Day 2. Sunday. 21 of August. Uzbek cuisine. Full day in Bishkek city.

After breakfast you leave for the house of Dinara Chochunbaeva. She is the leader of CACSA – the association of women who do various handicrafts. You meet the women, see their products, talk about the Kyrgyz culture and try summer dessert – ice cream and fruit. After the visit you leave for an oriental market where you purchase the ingredients necessary for cooking our dinner. You learn how to make Uzbek pilov (rice with meat and spices).

Uzbeks used to live in the southern-western part of Fergana valley before Kokand Khanate. They settled at the territory on the border with Osh and Jalal Abad regions. The Uzbeks in the Northern part of Kyrgyzstan are decendands of Kokand Khanate fortress citizens.

After the masterclass you taste the dish. Dinner together with the Uzbek family in their usual style, and transfer to the hotel.

Breakfast – in the hotel; Lunch – in CACSA house; Dinner – in a Uzbek family.

Accommodation – Shah Palace/Asia Mountains/Baikhan 3*

Day 3. Monday. 22 of August. Kyrgyz cuisine
Bishkek city – Chon Kemin valley (150 km., 3 hrs.)

After breakfast you leave for the National Nature park Chon Kemin. It lies at the altitude of 1400-2800 m and covers about 500hectars. En route you stop for an excursion at Burana tower cal complex. It is enlisted to the World Heritage list of UNESCO. The lunch is set on the territory of the complex with the veiw of the tower. It is a fish lunch today. The fish is cooked on the open fire. After the lunch you are transferred to Chon Kemin valley. There is a special procedure of sheep preparation that you watch here. You also participate in the master-class of bread baking (boorsoks, Kattama, and Chak-Chak). We taste it with herbal tea gathered on the territory of the park.

The Kyrgyz is one of the most ancient Turkic nations in Central Asia. According to the census held in 1897 there were only 600 thousand Kyrgyzs living on the territory of Russian Empire. Their language is the state language of Kyrgyzstan. The Kyrgyz live all over the territory of Kyrgyz republic.

Kuurdak – the traditional Kyrgyz dish is cooked on the open fire. You taste it and have dinner with the local Kyrgyz family. You also try the national drinks: Kumis and Bozo.
Return to the guest house for overnight.

Breakfast – in the hotel; Lunch – in the park; Dinner – in a Kyrgyz family.

Accommodation – Ashuu Tor guest house/home stay

Day 4. Tuesday. 23 of August. Russian cuisine.

Chon Kemin valley – Cholpon Ata town at Issyk Kul Lake (160 km., 3,5 hrs.)

Morning departure to Issyk Kul lake through Boom gorge. In the town you visit open air museum of Petroglyphs that dates back to the 8th century BC. You drive to a Russian family to try the national dishes, home-made wine and honey.

The Russians arrived to Northern Kyrgyzstan in the 60s in the 19th century. They arrived to the Southern part of the country in 1893. The Russian Empire was colonising territories and started mass resettlement. The second stage of the resettlement was registered in 1941—1945 during the Great Patriotic war. They evacuated the largest factories and works, as well as high professional staff. Russians live all over the territory of Kyrgyzstan.

You go to a bazaar for purchasing berries and watch jam cooking. Accommodation in a hotel on the lake shore some 10-15km from Cholpon Ata town. You have some free time to walk down to the beach.
Optional: It is possible to organize a short boat cruise on the lake. Please consult your guide in advance.
Breakfast – in the guest house or home stay

Lunch – in a Russian family; Dinner – in the hotel.

Accommodation –
Karven /
Ak Maral/
Caprice 4*

Day 5. Wednesday. 24 of August. Dungan cuisine.
Cholpon Ata town – Karakol town (150 km., 3 hrs.)

Morning transfer to Karakol town – the largest town at Issyk Kul region. En route you visit Grigorievskoe gorge. After a short easy hike you have a lunch – picnic with barbeque. Before entering Karakol town you visit Przhevalskii museum, grave and memorial complex. It is located 10km from the town. Upon arrival to Karakol town you get accommodated in the guest house. Check in and rest. Transfer to the main sights of the town: Dungan mosque and Orthodox church, central bazaar and Victory park.
Transfer to Dungan family house where you watch the master class – cooking traditional Dungan dishes.

Dungans arrivaed to Kyrgyzstan in the end of 19th century (1877—78) from Northern-Western part of China. They participated in Tsin uprising and had to flee.

You learn how to cook lagman. The procedure consists of sauce and noodle cooking. You have dinner with the family who tell about their roots and ancsestors. Return to the guest house.

Breakfast – in the hotel; Lunch – picnic; Dinner – in a Dungan family.
Accommodation –
Green Yard /
Tagaitai/ Altamira Guest house

Day 6. Thursday. 25 of August. Uighur cuisine.
Karakol town – Kochkor village (260 km., 5,5 hrs.)

In the morning we leave for Uighur family house. You watch Manty cooking (similar to dumplings or raviolli). This dish is called “the food of djigits”, who are young and strong men. There are many variations of the dish depending on the stuffing. You also try Laza sauce and tasty home made pie.

There were two waves of Uighur migration. The first – in the 20s of 19th century from Xin Dzian province of China, the second – after the Chinese “culture revolution” in the end of 50s of 20th century. Unlike the Dungans Uighur ethnic group is Turkic, like the Kyrgyz. They are differrent from the main mass of Chinese population in the religion, culture and language. Today there are about 53 thousand Uighurs living on the territory of Kyrgyzstan.

After lunch in the Uighur family we leave for Kochkor village along the Southern shore of Issyk Kul lake. En route we stop in Djety Oguz gorge to watch Golden Eagle hunting demonstration and to see the famouse red rock formations – Broken Heart and Seven Bulls.

Upon arrival in Kochkor village you visit the local handicraft museum and see felt making master class. You stay overnight in the houses of the local people (very basic facilities).
Breakfast – in the hotel; Lunch – in a Uighur family; Dinner – in a Kyrgyz family;
Home stay in Kochkor village.

Day 7. Friday. 26 of August. Kazakh cuisine.
Kochkor village – Bishkek city (230 km., 5 hrs.)

Transfer to Bishkek city. We pass by Orto Tokoi water reservoir and through narrow Boom gorge. Lunch is in Tokmok town in a local Kazakh family. You taste their traditional dishes. The main one is Beshbarmak which means “five fingers”. The nomad did not use any cutlery and ate with their hands.

There are about 43 thousand Kazakhs living in Talas and Chui regions. They are involved in trade and cattle breeding. Some of them are native population, others arrived to the territory of modern Kyrgyzstan in the 30s of 20th century during the forced collectivisation. There are stories when whole families came from Kazakhstan looking for food in Kyrgyzstan, asking for help. Some died of hunger, others settled down and still live here.

Upon arrival to Bishkek city we can visit “Bishkek Wine-Champaign” Factory and “Shoro and Toitalkan” factories to taste their products. The visit depends on the factories’ administration. The factories might be closed for visits and there is no possibility to know in advance. A shopping tour in ZUM department store, where you can purchase souvenirs. Farewell dinner in a traditional restaurant in Bishkek city. Return to the hotel.

Breakfast – at home stay; Lunch in a Kazakh family; Dinner in a local restaurant

Accommodation – Shah Palace /Asia Mountains /Baikhan 3*

Day 8. Saturday. 27 of August.
Bishkek city – airport (30 km., 30 min.).

After breakfast you are transferred to the international airport “Manas”.
Breakfast – in the hotel

End of our service

INCLUDED:
Accommodation
* Shakh Palace hotel 3* in Bishkek (or similar) – 3 nights (including early check-in on Day 1);
* Ashu Guest House in Chon Kemin Valley – 1 night
* Home stay in Kochkor village – 1 night;
* Green Yard guest house (or similar) in Karakol town – 1 night;
* Karven Hotel (or similar) at Issyk Kul Lake – 1 night.
* Accommodation – 8 nights
* Meals – Full Board
* Transfers from arrival till departure
* Entrances according to the program
* Bottled water (1 liter/pax/day)
* Guide services
* Master Classes and shows according to itinerary

NOT INCLUDED:
* Services not included in the main program
* Personal expenses
* Tips for guide and driver
* Airfares
* Photo/video in museums
* Porter services
* Alcohol beverages
TRANSFERS Groups 1-3 pax: minivan Mitsubishi Delica (or similar) or Toyota Sequoia jeep
Groups 4-9 pax: Minibus Mercedes Sprinter or similar
GUIDE English, Spanish, German, French, Russian speaking guides
MEALS Full Board (Breakfasts – 8, Lunches – 7, Dinners – 7)

Recommended:
1. Rain-coat
2. Sweater/fleece
3. Wind-stopper
4. Enough t-shirts and other underwear (think of taking sth with long sleeves to avoid sunburns)
5. Hat (remember – the sun can be violent)
6. Sun-screen cream (30 or higher)
7. Insect repellent (skin + clothes)
8. Good trekking boots for easy hikes in the mountains.
9. Walking shoes (don’t need heavy ones) for the city walks
10. Personal first aid kit (most likely problems: blisters, sunburns, allergy, diarrhoea, sore muscles after hikes. Take painkillers, anti-histaminic, antibiotics of general action, and anything you need for your usual medical conditions).
11. Personal hygiene kit (disinfection gel is highly recommended) + some toilet paper.
12. A small towel
13. Swimming suit (for Issyk-Kul)
14. Sunglasses

Cultural tour “Colors of Kyrgyzstan”

Attention!!! Guaranteed departure dates: 16 and 23 July, 2016

Do not miss your chance and join our fixed date group for cultural tour “Colors of Kyrgyzstan”!

Maximum group size – 9 persons.

Itinerary:

Bishkek city – Son Kul Lake – Tash Rabat Carawanserai – Naryn town – Kochkor village – Jety Oguz canyon – Karakol town – Cholpon Ata town – Bishkek city.

Highlights:
Excursion to Ala Archa Natural park
Sightseeing tour in Bishkek city.
Overnight at high altitude Lake Son Kul (3016m asl) where the local nomads graze their flocks of sheep and herds of horses.
Moldo Ashuu mountain pass (3665m asl) with stunning views.
Tash Rabat Caravanserai.
Naryn town – visiting the Central mosque, central square and art gallery (if it is open).
Kochkor village over Dolon pass (3030m asl). In Kochkor we visit a handicraft museum-shop.
Jety Oguz gorge with unusual red sand rock formations (Broken Heart and Seven Bulls).
Karakol sightseeing tour: Dungan mosque, Russian Orthodox cathedral, Przhevalskii Memorial Complex.
Cholpon Ata – Petroglyphs site.
Burana Tower Historical complex (UNESCO)

Contacts:

Skype: dmitriy.page
Email: pagetour@ya.ru

Tel: +99898 3039846

Guaranteed departure dates: 16 July and 23 July 2016

Price: 1000 USD /Pax on half twin basis.

Single room accommodation – 1150 USD/pax

The payment must be done 10 days before departure via bank transfer. The tour will not be booked until the payment is received.

Detailed itinerary
Day 1 – Airport – Bishkek city.
Meeting at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Early check in is included. After some rest and breakfast, we meet with the group and the guide in the lobby. On 09.00 we depart and start our excursions. Excursion to Ala-Archa Natural park (45 km one way). Easy hiking along the river. Lunch picnic. We return to the city, stop at Baytik Baatyr mausoleum (local tribe) and start sightseeing tour (walking tour): Ala Too Central Square, State History Museum (closed on Monday), White House, Parliament House, Lenin Statue, Change of Guard of Honor, etc. B, L, D (B – hotel, L- picnic barbeque in the park, D- local cafe) Hotel – Shakh Palace 3*

Day 2 – Bishkek city – Son Kul Lake(360km).
The drive is quite long ), so we leave early. Today we reach the high altitude Lake (3016m asl) where the local nomads graze their flocks of sheep and herds of horses. It is a nice opportunity to meet nomads, learn more about their life and take photos. Our way goes through narrow Boom gorge, passing by Orto Tokoi water reservoir and over Kalmak Ashuu mountain pass (3445m asl). Lunch in a Kyrgyz family. Dinner and overnight in a yurt camp. Accommodation in yurts, 4-6 Pax in one yurt, toilets outside, no shower available.
B, L, D (B-hotel, L- local Kyrgyz family, D- yurt camp) Nightt in Ak-Sai yurt camp.

Day 3 – Son Kul Lake – Tash Rabat Caravanserai (280km).
We drive over Moldo Ashuu mountain pass (3665m asl) with stunning views. Lunch in a local family in Naryn town. Continue to Tash Rabat, upon arrival we go inside the Caravanserai. Time to explore the area. Dinner and overnight in a yurt camp. Accommodation in yurts, 4-6 Pax in one yurt, toilets outside, no showers available. For extra charge you can use the local sauna (heated room with hot water to pour on yourself), you can order on the spot, the price is about 5-7USD. B, L, D (B- yurt camp, L- local Kyrgyz family, D- yurt camp) Night in Ak-Sai yurt camp.

Day 4 – Tash Rabat Caravanserai – Naryn town – Kochkor village (230 km).
Drive to Naryn town. Lunch in a local café. In Naryn we visit the Central mosque, central square and art gallery (if it is open). Continue our drive to Kochkor village over Dolon pass (3030m asl). In Kochkor we visit a handicraft museum-shop. Dinner and overnight in the houses of local people. You have your own room (per rooming list), but share the facilities with the locals and the other members of the group. B, L, D
(B-yurt camp, L-local cafe, D-local family) Night in CBT local family house

Day 5 – Kochkor village – Jety Oguz canyon – Karakol town (270 km.)
Drive along the Southern shore of Issyk Kul Lake, the second largest high mountainous lake in the world after Titicaca. Hiking up to panoramic view point or along the river and photo opportunity in Jety Oguz gorge with unusual red sand rock formations (Broken Heart and Seven Bulls). Dinner in a local Uigur family. Overnight in a guesthouse. B, L, D (B-yurt camp, L-local cafe, D-local family) Night in Green Yard guest house

Day 6 – Karakol – Cholpon Ata town (150 km.)
In the morning Karakol sightseeing tour: Dungan mosque, Russian Orthodox cathedral, Przhevalskii museum. En route we stop at Scythian burial mounds, in Cholpon Ata we will visit Petroglyphs open air museum. Lunch in a loca cafe. Dinner and overnight in a hotel on the lake shore, time to visit the beach.
B, L, D (B-yurt camp, L-local cafe, D-local family) Royal Beach Resort 3*

Day 7 – Cholpon Ata town – Bishkek city (280 km.)
Drive along the Northern lakeshore to Bishkek. En route we stop for an excursion in the historical complex “Burana tower” (UNESCO site). Lunch in a local Kazakh family. Dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight in a Hotel in Bishkek. B, L, D (B-yurt camp, L-local cafe, D-local family) Shakh Palace 3*

Day 8 – Bishkek city – Airport.
B (B- hotel)

End of our service

Note: B – breakfast, L – lunch, D – dinner

What is included:

– accommodation:
* Shakh Palace hotel 3* in Bishkek (or similar) – 3 nights (including early check-in on Day 1);
* Yurt Camp at Son Kul Lake (4-6 Pax in one yurt) – 1 night;
* Yurt Camp at Tash Rabat (4-6 Pax in one yurt) – 1 night;
* Home stay in Kochkor village – 1 night;
* Green Yard guest house (or similar) in Karakol town – 1 night;
* Royal Beach Hotel (or similar) at Issyk Kul Lake – 1 night.

Total: 8 nights

NB! In yurts, there are no single or double accommodation, 4-6 pax per yurt.

– meals – full board (B – 8; L – 7;D – 7)
– English speaking guide
– transport as per program (18-seat minibus Mercedes Sprinter)
– entrance tickets
– bottled water (1 liter per person per day)

What isn’t included:

– Airfares
– Visa and visa support (if needed)
– Alcohol beverages
– Personal expenses
– Tips

Clothes and equipment

Take whatever you like but remember that our trip will start in Bishkek, where the temperature may go up to 45 C. By contrast, the horse-riding part is at the altitude of 3000 m., where the temperature can go below 10C in the night. Therefore, you should be prepared to all weather conditions. As to the dress-code remember that Kyrgyzstan is a “mild Muslim” country (so, please, no minis, guys))).

Recommended:

1. Rain-coat
2. Sweater/fleece
3. Wind-stopper
4. Enough t-shirts and other underwear (think of taking sth with long sleeves to avoid sunburns)
5. Hat (remember – the sun can be violent)
6. Sun-screen cream (30 or higher)
7. Insect repellent (skin + clothes)
8. Good trekking boots for easy hikes in the mountains.
9. Walking shoes (don’t need heavy ones) for the city walks
10. Personal first aid kit (most likely problems: blisters, sunburns, allergy, diarrhoea, sore muscles after hikes. Take painkillers, anti-histaminic, antibiotics of general action, and anything you need for your usual medical conditions).
11. Personal hygiene kit (disinfection gel is highly recommended) + some toilet paper.
12. A small towel
13. A flask for water (at least 2 litres), which should be easily accessible when you hike. Though you get normal 0,5 bottles of water, in the mountains you may want something more solid.
14. Swimming suit (for Issyk-Kul)
15. Gloves (for sleeping at 3000m above sea level, if you are sensible to low temperatures or sun).
16. Sleeping bag and Slippers for yurts
17. Sunglasses
18. Photo camera
19. Leggings for sleeping in yurts
20. Notepad and a pen to make notes as you travel
21. A smaller backpack, except for your normal suitcase.
22. Flash light (torch)
23. You may want to have a small walking stick, if you are going on a hike – it is up to you.
24. Hygienic lipstick for the trekking part.

Easter Week in Kyrgyzstan

 

Attention!!! Guaranteed departure date: March 16, 2016

Do not miss your chance and join our fixed date group for cultural tour “Easter Week in Kyrgyztsan”!

Itinerary:
Osh city – Uzgen city – Bishkek city – Burana Tower – Issyk Kul Lake – Karakol city – Jety Oguz gorge – Bishkek city.

Highlights:
Visit to the ancient cities Osh and Uzgen
Sightseeing tour in Bishkek
Visit to Burana Tower – the historical monument
Visit to the Petroglyph Site at Cholpon Ata, Issyk Kul
Visit to the natural monument “Seven Bulls” in Jety Oguz gorge.
Sightseeing tour in Karakol city with visits to the Dungan Mosque, the Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral, the N.M Przhevalski Memorial Complex and Karakol Ski Resort.

Tour Program Easter Week in Kyrgyzstan

Country: Kyrgyzstan
Duration: 8 days, 7 nights.

Group Size: maximum 9 persons.

Trip Features: overland travel, history, culture, sightseeing, walking.

Day 1
International flight to Osh city. Suggested flight: TK 360.
Sun Rise Hotel 2*

Day 2 Osh – Uzgen – Osh.
Meeting with your guide. Breakfast at hotel. Then we will go to the Uzgen town which is located 60 km from Osh city. Excursion. Visit a local bazaar Lunch at local cafe. Dinner at a local Uzbek family in Osh city or at a local cafe. B,L,D. Sun Rise Hotel 2*

Day 3
Osh. Bishkek flight.
After breakfast we visit Sulaiman Mount, one of the main shrines of the Islamic world in Central Asia. You will follow the way of all pilgrims up to the top of the hill where you watch a little mosque of Babur, the Great Mogols Dynasty founder, and take a bird eye’s view of the city.
Today is a holiday. People celebrate the feast of “Nooruz” (Navruz). It is the day of the vernal equinox, symbolizing the beginning of the calendar year. Lunch in local cafe. Evening flight to Bishkek city. Check in to the hotel. Dinner at a local restaurant in Bishkek city. B,L,D.
Asia Mountains 3*
or similar.

Day 4 Bishkek – Issyk Kul Lake via Burana Tower.
After breakfast we visit Central square Ala Too to watch a ceremony of changing of the Guard of Honor, and Manas Monument, the main national hero of the Kyrgyz people, the Old square. Then one hour drive to Burana Tower (old minaret) near Tokmok town. That minaret was constructed in Balasagun town; one of the capitals of Karakhanid State existed in 10-12 centuries AD. Explore ruins of that important trading point at the Great Silk Road and visit a little local museum telling about that civilization. Also watch a collection of Balbals, Turkic ancient tombs. After excursion lunch at local family in Tokmok, where tourist can closer learn about life of local people. In the afternoon three hour drive to the Issyk-Kul Lake, the second largest alpine lake in the world. En route you visit Cholpon-Ata Petroglyphs site, the temple in the open air of Scythians and Huns from 9-8 centuries BC till 3-4 centuries AD. Upon arrival in the lake area accommodation and
dinner at local hotel located right on the beach. B,L,D
Karven Hotel 4*
or similar.

Day 5 Issyk Kul Lake – Karakol city.
Drive to Karakol town situated in the east of the lake area, at the foot of the most picturesque mountains of Tian Shan.
On the way visit the museum of N. M. Przhevalski, the outstanding Russian explorer of Asian continent.
Lunch at local café in Karakol.
Then sightseeing tour in the town. Visit Dungan mosque, a unique construction in Chinese style, but serving as a mosque. Also you will see an old Russian Orthodox cathedral made of wood without any nails.
B,L,D “Green Yard” Guest House or similar.

Day 6 Karakol city – Ski Resort – Karakol.
Breakfast at hotel. Drive the ski resort. We can take the cable car to admire the wonderful views of the mountains.
Optional: if you have a good weather we can ski. You can rent a ski or snowboard etc in the ski resort for extra charge.
Lunch at the Cafe in ski resort or at Karakol town. Return to Karakol. If we have a time we will visit the Museum of Karakol. Rest.
Dinner at local restaurant. B,L,D
“Green Yard”
Guest House or similar.

Day 7 Karakol – Bishkek via Jety Oguz gorge.
After breakfast transfer to Bishkek. Stop on the way to see Jety Oguz Gorge and make great photos of the famous Red Rocks – Jety Oguz (Seven Bulls) and The Broken Heart Rock.
After the excursion transfer to Bishkek along the southern shore of the Issyk Kul Lake. Lunch en route. Upon arrival to Bishkek check-in to the hotel.
Dinner at local restaurant with folklore musical show. B,L,D
Asia Mountains 3*
or similar

Day 8 Bishkek – “Manas” airport.
Transfer to the airport early in the morning.
Suggested flights:
TK 347, TK 349

Guaranted departure date: 19 of March, 2016

Price:

1280 EURO per person (accommodation in DBL)
1390 EURO per person (accommodation in SGL)

Please note: The payment must be done 10 days before departure via bank transfer. The tour will not be booked until the payment is received

Services included in the price:

Accommodation: 7 nights
“Sun Rise ” Hotel in Osh – 2 nights
“Asia Mountains” (or similar) in Bishkek– 2 nights
“Karven” Hotel (or similar) at Issyk Kul Lake – 1 nights
“Green Yard” guesthouse (or similar) in Karakol town – 2 nights
Meals – full board
English speaking guide
Dinner at local restaurant with folklore musical show.
Flight Osh-Bishkek
Transport as per program (18-seat minibus Mercedes Sprinter)
Entrance tickets
Bottled water (1liter per person per day)

Meals:

Lunch at local cafe in Osh
Dinner at local Uzbek family in Osh
Dinner at traditional restaurant in Bishkek
Lunch at local Kazakh family in Tokmok town
Dinner at hotel on the Issyk Kul lake
Lunch at local restaurant in Karakol
Dinner at local Uighur family in Karakol

Accommodation:

Hotel in Osh 2*
Hotel in Bishkek 3*
Hotel at Issyk Kul Lake 4*
Guest House in Karakol 2*

Services not included in the price:
International airfares
All personal expenses
alcohol drinks
Tips for guide and driver

ClimberCA International Consortium
www.ClimberCA.com
www.ClimberCA.ru
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skype – dmitriy.page
tel. +99898 3039846 – when call, please take into consideration
our time zone – GMT+05:00

Uzbekistan Snowboarding & Snow-skiing

Skiing & freeride program in Uzbekistan. Sketch itinerary winter 2015-2016

Chimgan-Beldersay is the main skiing area in Uzbekistan, which is
located in the mountains of Western Tien-Shan (90 km far from Tashkent). Chimgan in the best way approaches for family leisure with children, Beldersay is more appropriate for skilled skiers and snowboarders.

There are two double-chair ski lifts and some hoop lifts in Chimgan and
Beldersay (5 km from Chimgan).

Ski slopes and avalanche danger areas in Chimgan ski resort
Ski slopes and avalanche danger areas in Chimgan ski resort
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Sketch itinerary winter 2015-2016

Day 01. Arrival in Tashkent. Meeting at the airport, transfer in Chimgan.
Arrangements with an accommodation. If the time allows – ski-tracks of Chimgan. The length of the chair lift road in Chimgan – 800 m. Overfall of heights – 385 m. Length of the rope-tow – 570 m. Overfall of heights – 250 m. Chimgan has several routes and type of complexities, a ski-track for beginning skiers, extended up to 1500 m has a rope-tow lift, considered as “blue” tracks long, flat, and easy. The ski-track for slalom is extended up to 900 m and equipped with chair lift and classified as a “red” track of mid level difficulty.

Day 02. Transfer in Beldersay. Highest point – 2880 m. Length of the ski-track –
3017 m. Overfall of heights – 765 m. Average bias of the ski-track – 27. Maximal bias – 52.1. Extension of the chair-lift – 2250 m. Overfall of heights – 565m. Extension of the rope-tow – 700m. Overfall of heights – 200m. Ski-tracks of Beldersay basically are intended for skilled mountain skiers, but there are also good conditions for beginners. The peculiarity of local climate creates extreme temperatures and plentiful snowfalls which promote a high-quality snow cover. Descents are carried out from mountain Kumbel, which slopes in area of skiing have smoothed relief (steepness up to 30 degrees) without deep gorges and canyons. Archa and the deciduous woods grow on slopes alternating with open glades. Going up to the top of Kumbel mountain is carried out by chair lift road (length 2250 m) and further proceeds on rope-tow lift (length 700m). Ski-tracks for mass riding are laid out along the rope-tow and chair lifts. Free descents begin from the west side of Kumbel mountain directly from a crest of a ridge and come to an end in a vein of stream of Beldersay. Width of slopes for free descents up to 1 km, length of descents up to 5 km. Returning in Chimgan. Accommodation.
Day 03. Free descents from the northwest counterfort of the Western ridge of the Greater Chimgan. Start at height of 2350 m.

Day 04. Climbing to the top of Greater Chimgan. Spending night at summit in tent.

Day 05. Descent from the summit of Greater Chimgan (3309 m.) via Central couloir. Transfer to Tashkent train station. Leave for Bukhara by the night train.

Day 06.
07.00 Meeting at the Kagan train station. Transfer to Bukhara. A breakfast in
hotel;
09.00 Excursion across Bukhara;
19.00 Transfer to train station;
20.50 Train to Samarkand.

Day 07.
01.40 Arrival in Samarkand. A meeting at train station, transfer to hotel.
10.00. Excursion across Samarkand.
17.30. Transfer to the train station.
18.00 Train to Tashkent.
20.00 Arrival in Tashkent, meeting at train station, transfer in the airport.
End of the program

The cost includes:
All meetings, seeng-offs and transfers on a route.
Service of a professional guide.
Accommodation in guest house in Chimgan (or hotel on your choice). Registration.
Railway tickets for a train (compartment) Tashkent – Bukhara, Bukhara –
Samarkand.
Railway tickets for «Аfrosiab» train Samarkand – Tashkent.
Service of guides in Samarkand and Bukhara.
Car with the driver during excursion in Samarkand.
Breakfast in Bukhara and Samarkand (and in Chimgan at place of residence).
Food, gas during climb to Greater Chimgan summit.

The cost does not include:
A food in Chimgan and in the cities.
Skipass/Lift charge in Chimgan and Beldersay.
Entrance tickets for excursion objects in Samarkand and Bukhara.
Rent of ski/board, tent, sleeping bag and personal gears and wearing.

Price.
2 pax:
550 USD – accommodation in guest house.
630 USD – accommodation in hotel (Standard room).

3 pax:
455 USD – accommodation in guest house.
635 USD – accommodation in hotel (Junior suite room).

4 pax:
485 USD – accommodation in guest house.
600 USD – accommodation in hotel (Standard room).

Local peculiarities of Snowboarding & Snow-skiing in Uzbekistan Mountains

Uzbekistan Mountains near to Tashkent

Chimgan Mountains

The Chimgan Mountains are invariably attractive for mountaineers. The wide variety of Chimgan and its surroundings allows the activity in all kinds of mountaineering and landscape tourism. Mountains  (Small and Greater Chimgan Peaks – 3,309 m) of Chatkal range, plateaus, the Black Waterfall (40 m) at the lower part of Greater Chimgan PeakGulkam and Novotasha waterfalls, attract a lot of tourists from Uzbekistan and abroad.

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Heli-skiing
. Uzbekistan has the advantage over the other regions of Heli-skiing on the territory of the former USSR (Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Caucasus, Altay, and Camchatka) because of sunny, warm and fine stable weather.

Heli-skiers make descends from summits of Ugam, Pskem and Chatkal mountain ranges (on the altitude 3000-4000 m.). The amplitude of descends 1,3 – 2 km; the length of the descending 5-10 km. Usually heli-skiers make 4-6 descends per day. The flight time from the hotel to the landing place 5-30 min. Tourists are accompanied with 2 guides. Each tourist must have his own special equipment (ski, beacons, first-aid medical set). Helicopter grounds are located near the hotel. The best time for skiing – late January – March.

We provide guides for all kinds of skiing and snowboarding. By preliminary inquiry we can arrange descents outside of the route by a virgin snow (backcountry) accompanied by our skilled guides.


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Reference:
http://www.parus87.com/Chimgan.htm

Gur Emir Mausoleum in Samarkand

The Gur-Emir-Mausoleum (Persian گور امیر; Uzbek Go’ri Amir, from gur, “grave”, and the Emir, “sovereign”, “ruler”) in the Uzbek city
Samarkand is the tomb of Tamerlane, some members of his family and other persons in the environment of the ruler, including
Ulugh BegShah Rukh and Mir Said Berke – the teacher of Tamerlane.

It was built in 1403/04 and is regarded as the finest example of art of building of the Timurid’s epoch, with its azure ribbed dome on a high Tambour.

It occupies an important place in the history of Persian-Mongolian Architecture as the precursor and model for later great Mughal architecture tombs, including Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi and
the Taj Mahal in Agra, built by Timur’s descendants, the ruling Mughal dynasty of North India.

History

Initial part of the complex was built at the end of the 14-th century to the orders of Muhammad Sultan Tamerlane’s heir apparent and his beloved grandson. The construction of mausoleum (Qubba) itself began in 1403 after the sudden death of Muhammad Sultan. The Mausoleum was completed before Timur’s death on 14-th February 1405, so it must be either end of 1404, or the beginning of 1405. His own resting place, Timur had prepared in his home city Schahr-i Sabs near to his Ak-Saray palace. However, when Timur died in 1405 on campaign on his military expedition to China, the passes to Shahrisabz were snowed in, so he was buried here instead. Later Ulugh Beg, another grandson of Tamerlane, had completed the complex in whole. Under the aegis of Ulugh Beg in 1434
Ivans and minarets was built. During his reign the mausoleum became the family crypt of the Timurid Dynasty.

Unfortunately, since the end of 17-th century the long period of decline of Samarkand has begun. The city has lost the status of capital which has been transferred to Bukhara. The great Silk Road bypassed the city, meanwhile great historical monuments stood empty and forgotten. Only after the Second World War extensive restoration work in Gur-Emir has begun. In the 1950s the dome, main portal and minarets were refurbished. By that time majolica tiles mostly fell away. The 1970s, was followed by the restoration of the interior. Neither the Madrasah nor the Khanaka of initial Muhammad Sultan’s complex were reconstructed. With the resurgence of the interest to Tamerlane after the founding of the Republic of Uzbekistan in 1991 it intensified the care of his places of worship.

In 1740, king Nader Shah of the Afsharid Empire tired to carry away Tamerlane’s sarcophagus. Nader idolized Timur. He imitated Timur’s military prowess and, later in his reign, Timur’s cruelty, but
in the process of removal the sarcophagus broke in two. This was interpreted as a bad omen. His advisers urged him to leave the stone to its rightful place. Tamerlane’s tomb was opened shortly before the German Invasion into the Soviet Union, although the inscription on his tomb threatens great misfortune to any of his rest breaker. Exhumation of Timur in 1941 was made under the direction of Soviet scientist and anthropologist Mikhail Mikhaylovich Gerasimov who was able to reconstruct Tamerlane’s facial features from his skull, and it was also confirmed that he was 172 cm in height and would have walked with a pronounced limp. Also it is rumoured that Soviet Union won a victory in the Battle of Stalingrad owing to the re-burial of Timur’s bones, according to Muslim rites in 1942.

Architecture

All the extensions of Ulugh Beg’s time are attributed to the architect Muhammad ibn Mahmud from Isfahan. Through the main portal (Ivan) of 12,07 m height one can enter in courtyard. On the right on the courtyard once the Khanaka, and on the left the Madrasah were located. Now only remnants of the foundations of these former buildings exist.

The courtyard measures are 29.5 x 30.4 m. Across the courtyard contrariwise the main portal one can see the second Ivan with the Pischtak of 11.8 m high, which framed the real entrance into Mausoleum together with decorated arcade-walls that adjoined to the Pishtak from the left and the right.

At present time only two of four minarets rise a bit behind at flanks of the second Pishtak. The entrance portals of Gur-Emir Ensemble are richly decorated with carved bricks and various mosaics.

Outwardly the Mausoleum itself is a one-cupola building. It is famous for its simplicity of construction and for its solemn monumentality of appearance. It is an octahedral building crowned by an azure fluted dome. The exterior decoration of the walls consists of the blue, light-blue and white tiles organized into geometrical and epigraphic ornaments against a background of terracotta bricks. The dome (diameter – 15 m, height – 12.5 m ) is of a bright blue color with deep rosettes and white spots. Heavy ribbed fluting gives an amazing expressiveness to the cupola.

Inwardly the mausoleum appears as a large, high chamber with deep niches at the sides and diverse decoration. The interior of the mausoleum has a square plan enlarged with four niches that created a cross-shaped space. One can see that the internal dome is neither by the form nor by the height corresponds to the dome from outside. Reason for this is that between inner ceiling and outer cupola is the hollow space.

The interior is lavishly decorated. The lower part of the walls covered by onyx slabs composed as one panel. Each of these slabs is decorated with refined paintings. Above the panel there is a marble stalactite cornice. Large expanses of the walls are decorated with painted plaster; the arches and the internal dome are ornamented by high-relief papier-mache cartouches, gilded and painted.

The ornate carved headstones in the inner room of the mausoleum merely indicate the location of the actual tombs in a crypt directly underneath the main chamber.

Under Ulugh Beg’s government a solid block of dark green jade was placed over the grave of Tamerlane. Formerly this stone had been used at a place of worship in the Chinese emperor’s palace, then as the throne of Duwa (a descendant of Genghis Khan) in Chagatay Khanate. Next to Tamerlane’s grave lie the marble tombstones of his sons Miran Shah and Shah Rukh and also of grandsons – Muhammad Sultan and Ulugh Beg. Tamerlane’s spiritual teacher Mir Said Baraka, also rests here.

The way to the actual burial place, under the main chamber, passes not via the doorway-ivan, but is vented on one side of the gallery.

Nearby monuments

Some consider the Gur-e Amir (Gur Emir), Ruhabad mausoleum and Aksaray mausoleum as a combined ensemble because of their closeness.

Ruhabad (14th c.) is a small mausoleum and is said to contain a hair of Prophet Muhammad. The one storey madrasah now accommodates craftsmens’ shops. There is a functioning mosque next door to the madrasah. All three combine into one
good-looking shape.

The Aksaray mausoleum (15th c.), unrestored, located on a quiet street behind Gur-e Amir (Gur Emir).

Reference: http://www.pagetour.org/samarkand/Gur-Emir.htm

The mosque Bibi Khanym (Persian: مسجد بیبی خانم; Uzbek: Bibixonim Masjidi; Russian: Мечеть Бибиханым; German: Bibi Khanum Moshee; also: … Khanom / Hanum/ Chanym / Hanim, etc.) is one of the most important monuments of Samarkand. In the 15th century it was one of the largest and most magnificent mosques in the Islamic world. By the mid-20th century only a grandiose ruin of it was survived, but now major parts of the mosque have been restored.

Origin and Meaning

Bibi Khanym Mosque was built between 1399 and 1404 by order of the Central Asian ruler
Timur (Tamerlane). Previously Timur had expanded his power in several successful campaigns from Syria to India and had risen to become the most powerful ruler of the Islamic world. The construction of the new Friday Mosque (Great Mosque) in Timurs’s capital Samarkand is probable the claim to put the sign of his power in political and religious life of vast region of Asia.

Though Timur personally monitored and corrected the construction of the building, it was not quite completed until his death in 1405.

Soon after the building became a huge place of worship, it began to collapse and fall into ruin. The original impulse of its creator was perhaps too impertinent, as he attempted to accomplish what was at the time an almost unreal architectural idea. But perhaps there was a more deep reason of its collapse. It is commonly known that rulers often build temples in an attempt to please God. The Bibi-Khanym might have been intended as a huge thank-offering by the Emperor Timur after his successful Indian campaign. Or was it perhaps built in atonement for his many sins? The capture of Delhi was remarkable for its excessive cruelty. When Tamerlane over-ran India, he left a trail of carnage all the way to Delhi, where he reduced the city to rubble and massacred 100,000 inhabitants. The truth will always remain a mystery. At least it looks as if God rejected the bloody offering, whatever kind it was.

To the true story of origin of the mosque was later implicated a romantic legend in which Bibi Khanym, the favorite wife of Timur, is presented as a builder of.

 

Architecture

The mosque follows the basic type of the courtyard mosque. Its outer walls enclose a rectangular area which measures 167 by 109 m and runs along roughly from northeast to southwest – the
Qibla accordingly. However the size of the site vacant of covered galleries was only 78 by 64 meters.

One who enters the Mosque from the northeast through the vast, about 40 m high, parade portal gets in the courtyard. A monumental dome above square base, around 40 m high, rises on the opposite site of the courtyard. The dome is the largest cupola of the mosque. Nevertheless, the dome cannot be seen from the courtyard, for whole building is covered up from inside by the grandiose pischtak, which framed a monumental, deeply embedded Iwan. The Iwan does not allow getting inside the underlying construction supporting the dome; this can only be done from the sides. Two other domes associated with the Iwans, more modest in their size, are facing at the center of the long sides of the courtyard. Thereby, the Bibi Khonym Mosque implements the classic Persian-Islamic architectural type of the “Four-Iwan scheme”.

Into the perimeter of the courtyard in former time there were open galleries of 7.2 m high. Their cover was formed from the juxtaposition of many small, flat brick vaults and domes supported by a forest of more than 400 marble columns and buttresses. Today, only hints of the galleries can be seen.

Four minarets at their outer corners of the site are already restored. Four other, more majestic minarets that flanked the Portal arch of the entrance and the Pischtak of the main domed building are not completed yet.

In the middle of the courtyard is located the stone pedestal – the huge Quran stand from ornate marble blocks, this remarkable sight is also from the time of Timur..

The huge BIbi Khonym Mosque with its three domed rooms, the covered galleries and the open courtyard was intended to gather the entire male population of Samarkand city for the joint Friday prayers.

Artistic design

In the construction of three domes of Bibi-Khanym mosque, sophisticated in Timur’s time, one important innovation was applied, it is Two-fold construction, where the internal dome hall neither by the form nor by height corresponds to the dome’s shape from outside. Reason for this is that between inner ceiling and outer cupola is the hollow space. This dome construction allowed main hall of the mosque to be committed to the proportions and the aesthetics of the 30 m high interior above the mihrab, meanwhile 40 m high outer dome of the main building could be designed towards maximal impression and visibility. This scheme was applied also to the lateral dome structures that allowed making modest buildings the figuration tower-like structures with elegant melon-shaped and longitudinally ribbed outer domes. When construction was completed in 1404 it gripped minds of many poets. The Bibi-Khanym was compared to the beauty and brilliance of the Milky Way. Unfortunately the beauty of interior in Bibi-Khonym mosque is almost completely lost, however one can get an idea of how it might
look like by visiting the Gur-Emir mausoleum, where was used same technique.

In the decoration of the Bibi-Khinym Mosque all the traditions of Central Asia and Persia and even architectural ideas from India were used. One can see there elements of mural incrustation, decorative marble panels, stucco decorations and mural painting. Especially glazed ceramics can be found here in all of its forms such as the turquoise large main dome, the geometric mosaic of large wall surfaces, the multicolored ceramic to the frames of the arches and the ribs of the side domes; the delicate mosaic of countless interwoven by arabesques, elegant Thuluth font frieze on the cobalt blue and ornate gold faience on the drum under the great dome.

The interior of the dome rooms still shows traces of colored Al-secco painting and decorative elements made of paper mache, decorated with gold leaf and also blue – the latter an invention of that time. Also the some elements of the encrusted marble pedestal have been preserved.

Fate and current state

When Timur had returned from his military campaign in 1404 the mosque was almost completed. However Timur was not happy with the progress of construction, therefore he had immediately made various changes, especially concerning the main cupola.

From the beginning of the construction, problems of statistical regularity of the structure revealed themselves. Various reconstructions and reinforcements were undertaken in order to save the mosque. However, after few years the first bricks had begun to fall out of the huge dome over the mihrab. It forced
Timur to retaliate often beyond the structural rules. His builders were certainly aware of that, however he didn’t want to accept their opinion and reality.

Late 16th century the Abdullah Khan II (Abdollah Khan Ozbeg) (1533/4-1598), who was the last Shaybanid Dynasty Khan of
Bukhara, from 1583 until his death, had cancelled all restoration works in Bibi Khonym Mosque. [8] After that, the mosque came down and became a ruins gnawing at the wind, weather and earthquakes. The inner arch of the portal construction was collapsed in 1897. During the centuries the ruins were plundered by the inhabitants of Samarkand in search of building material especially the brick of masonry galleries along with the marble columns.

In the 20th century the ruins of the Mosque Bibi Khanym still impressed those visiting the city with its huge dimensions and still recognizable precious refinements. A first basic investigation and securing the ruins was made in Soviet times. Late 20-th century the Uzbek government began with the restoration of three dome buildings and the Main portal. The decoration of domes and facades was extensively restored and supplemented. Work on the mosque restoration last up till now.

Name

It is unclear when the name Bibi Khanym Mosque arose. In the Middle Ages the Mosque only as great mosque or Friday mosque was mentioned.

Historically, Bibi Khanym (خانم بیبی, Persian: Madam Bibi) has not been used as the name of a wife of Timur. In Persian Bibi is also more of a general honorific name with the meaning of highly respected woman, particularly as respectful form of address for the paternal grandmother.

But Bibi Khanym Mosque has a nexus to Timur’s principal wife Sarai-Molk Khanym. While Timur was years in his military campaigns, his wife (was already an elderly lady) was most probably overseeing the work on the mosque, the most important new development of capital. What is certain is that under the
aegis of Sarai-Molk Khanym directly opposite the mosque Bibi Khanym one in the same time a madrasah had been built. [12] Only one dome structure of former madrasah has remained today, which has been mistakenly handed down by fame as the mausoleum of Bibi Khanym.

Reference: http://www.pagetour.org/samarkand/Bibi-Khonym.htm

Central Asia is one of the 10 best places travellers should visit now.

A visit to Central Asia is a trip back in time, according to Rahman.

“This area is steeped in antiquity, with a lasting legacy from ancient warriors and emperors,” she says.

“Some of the oldest cities in the world are found here such as the legendary Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva, each one boasting a glorious architectural legacy.”

The most popular destinations in this patchwork of countries include Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, both rich in historic sites. Be aware that facilities tend towards the simple end of the scale. Further afield lie the wild mountain landscapes of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan, where the capital city, Astana, is filled with hyper-modern architecture.

NEED TO KNOW Both men and women should dress conservatively. Shaking hands is only acceptable between men.

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