Kyrgyz Cuisine Tour

Traditional and national cuisine is one of the interesting themes to explore during traveling in other countries. We invite you to taste traditional food in Kyrgyzstan, try to cook it together with a local hostess and share with recipes. That would be a new challenge to bake bread Kyrgyz Nan, pull home-made noodles for Lagman and chop meat for Beshbarmak.  However, modern Kyrgyz food is a mixture of traditional, Central Asian, Russian and Western Cuisine. In addition, during traveling in Kyrgyzstan, you would enjoy nature, light treks and horseback riding and Kyrgyz Hospitality. Join the Kyrgyz Cuisine Tour!

  • Itinerary: Bishkek -ChongKemin – Tamchy – Karakol – AltynArashan – Barskoon – Kochkor – Bishkek
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Best Season: June – mid-September
  • Category: combined –auto
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy to Medium
  • Group Size: 2 – 24 pax
  • Highlights: Traditional foods, AltynArashan, Horse riding in Chong-Kemin, Barskoon, Picnics in nature, Market visits
  • Requirements: weatherproof warm clothes, trekking boots, hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.

ITINERARY

Early morning transfer from Bishkek to Chong-Kemin valley. Visit Burana Tower on the way, famous Minaret dated from IX-X century, the main trading center of Karakhanid Dynasty on the Great Silk Road. Meet with a local family. Lunch. The afternoon starts cooking Kyrgyz Nan – traditional bread, as villagers get accustomed to baking it. Parallel start make preparations for cooking Kuurdak (meat dish roasted by potato and spices) for Dinner.

Breakfast with the family. Morning 1-2 hours horseback riding at the territory of the National Park Chong-Kemin. Transfer to Tamchy, a village at the northern shore of the Issyk-Kol Lake. Lunch. Afternoon we will start preparations for Boorsok, traditional fried dough food. For this day dinner, we will cook Kulchotai (Gulchotai) – Kyrgyz favorite food made of meat, vegetables, and home-made pasta. Family dinner. Accommodation at guesthouse.

Breakfast at the guesthouse. Transfer to Karakol town. On the way visit Cholpon-Ata town with the local ethnographical museums. Lunch at a cafe “U Rybaka” with fresh fish soup. The afternoon after meeting your family, we will start cooking Central Asian food Lagman ( homemade pulled noodles with vegetable and meat soup) for dinner. Tea time. Accommodation at guesthouse.

Today we will have a day tour to Altyn-Arashan Hot Springs, part by old Russian Jeep UAZ and part by trekking. Picnic lunch at high mountain Plato Altyn-Arashan. Late afternoon transfer back to Karakol. Dinner with Dungan family. Accommodation at guesthouse.

Transfer to the village at the South shore of the Issyk-Kul Lake. On the way visit famous Jety-Oguz Gorge. Lunch. In Barskoon village we will cook Manty (Dumplings) for tonight. Dinner and accommodation with a local family.

Morning transfer to Kochkor village. This day we will cook Besh Barmak – Kyrgyz National dish, translated as “five fingers” because nomads eat this dish with hands. Fresh boiled meat, chopped, added with homemade thin noodles and boiled sauce with spices and onions. Family dinner. Accommodation at guesthouse.

Early morning transfer to Bishkek. In Bishkek meet the local chief and visit a cooking club. Share with ideas. Visit local Osh bazaar. City tour in Bishkek. Farewell dinner and accommodation at the hotel.

FAQ

The tours start upon request, please contact us. The itineraries can be adjusted individually to fit into your schedule and provide you with the best experience. Furthermore, we are happy to create tailor-made tours according to your wishes.

After having solved all the questions and programs confirming we issue an invoice for payment. You can make a bank transfer or pay upon your arrival time in Bishkek before the trip starts.

The price of the tour depends on the number of people and the season. According to the request and interest, we can negotiate the optimal price for your budget.

Clothing for hiking in temperatures from +25C to -0C. A detailed kit list will be sent to you when you book on.

We offer hospitality local guest houses, homestays in the villages Chong-Kemin, Karakol, Barskoon, Kochkor. In the cities Bishkek you will have a hotel. Twin rooms.

Kyrgyzstan have a free-visa entry for many countries.

For more information about Kyrgyzstan visa link to http://mfa.gov.kz/en/visa/index

The basic hints for travelers.

  • During your travel time, please respect local culture, customs, traditions, and religion.
  • Try to buy local products and make a benefit for the local economy.
  • Always give fair prices for lodging, food and other services.
  • Take off your shoes, when entering home or yurt stay.
  • Smoking is prohibited at home.
  • Please share your ideas on food and accommodation preferences.
  • Ask people for photographing them.
  • Be friendly and try to get in contact.
  • Be careful during the evening and night time and aware of mass meetings.
  • Be careful with your documents, money and valuable items.
  • Be aware of pickpockets and strangers at bazaars and streets.
  • If someone asking for documents, wallets or cameras, saying that they are from the police, ask them to go police together.
  • Never give your belongings to strangers.
  • Wear good hiking shoes for outdoor activities.
  • Bring warm waterproof clothes even in summer.
  • Have your torch sunscreen and repellent.
  • Do not drink very cold water from unknown sources.
  • Drinking alcohol at high altitudes is unsafe.
  • If the food fat or not acceptable for you can taste a bit and say thanks.
  • Do not drink cold water after eating out, better hot tea or c It helps in high altitude digestions cases.
  • Wear warm clothes in the mountains, usually after eating out.
  • Bring your medicines and first aid kit.
  • If you feel unsafe or have issues to discuss, please share with your staff, host or tour manager.
  • Collect your litter. Pack up all non-biodegradable rubbish.
  • Please don’t drop cigarette butts or litter.
  • High altitude vegetation is very fragile. Save the environment.
  • Use toilets in nature wherever available. Where are none, stay at least 40-50 m from streams and water sources and bury all waste and paper.
  • Leaving footprints, take just your photographs.

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