Silk Road#1. Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan

Category: culture 

Duration: 12 days

Season: end of May – October

ITINERARY

Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan

In the morning transfer to the border through Taldyk Pass (3600 m), stop at the pictures of the Alay range mountains. Continue the route to the border Kyzyl Art (245 km, 6 hours). Crossing the border to Tajikistan. Meet by Tajik guide and driver. Transfer to Karakul village. On the route stop near Karakul Lake for the nice pictures with Lenin Peak (7154 m).  Transfer to Murgab – a small city in Alichur valley, through the Ak Baytal Pass (4652 m). This valley is located at more than 3000 m altitudes and surrounded by high snow-covered mountains and inhabited by Kyrgyzs and Pamir Tadjiks people. From here you will enjoy a high summit of Muztagh Ata Peak’s (7546 m). Walking to discover the city and its traditional market and can test Kyrgyz delicious dishes. Overnight at-home stay.

Meals: Breakfast

The route to Khorog – the center of Gorno Badakhshan autonomy region the small town Murgab via Khargoush Pass (4344 m). Accommodation upon your arrival. Little walking to discover the city and its central park on the bank of Panj river. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight.

Meals: Breakfast

The route to Kalaykhum – a little town on the Pamir Highway. This day you will cross through the magnificent views and across the Khoburobod Pass (3252 m), from where you can have views to the Pamir Mountain range. And then will pass along Tavildara canyons. Accommodation at a homestay.

Meals: Breakfast

Breakfast, visiting Afgan bazaar. Transfer to Dushanbe – the capital of Tajikistan. Kallaikhumb- Dushanbe

Breakfast, after breakfast departure, to aside of Dushanbe city via Kulyab town

On the road visiting:

Kulyab town Tomb of Mir Said Alii Hamadoni then departure to aside of Dushanbe.

Arrival late afternoon. Dinner, overnight. Hotel «Sheraton Dushanbe».

Meals: Breakfast

Transfer to the airport. Flight to Almaty. Arrival in Almaty. Meeting with a driver and transfer to the hotel. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast

Breakfast in the hotel.

10:00 the tour starts with sightseeing in central part of Almaty. You will know more about history and development of the Southern capital of Kazakhstan and see its major attractions. You will visit a popular place for townpeople – the Green Bazaar, where it is impossible to refrain from shopping. It is the great chance to experience an atmosphere of the real eastern market, its colors, smells and crowds. There you can obtain famous Oriental sweets, but do not forget to bargain…

Then the tour will continue in one of the oldest Almaty parks – Panfilov Park, where one of the most beautiful wooden buildings in the world – Zenkov Cathedral is located. You will also visit the Memorial of Glory and Eternal Flame, dedicated to the memory of the fighters who died for freedom and independence of the country.

After exploration of sport, cultural and business areas of the city you will get to the Medeo Gorge, well known due to the highest mountain skating rink in the world and the dam, protecting the city from dangerous mudflow.

The next destination is the Kok-Tobe hill where the tallest TV tower in the world is located (if to count from sea level) and where you will get by the picturesque winding mountain road. In Kok-Tobe Park, you can stroll along the winding paths of the park, admire the magnificent panorama of the city from the special observation deck and visit the shop of national souvenirs.

The tour ends with a short ride from the top of the hill to the center of the city by the famous Almaty cableway.

Transfer to the hotel. Overnight.

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch

The tour starts with driving to the Big Almaty gorge, where at an altitude of 2,510 m above sea level located the Big Almaty lake – one of the most picturesque lakes in Trans-Ili Alatau. The lake is very beautiful, especially when its blue surface is absolutely calm, and it reflects the sky and surrounding mountains. The Big Almaty lake was formed as a result of the movement of an ancient glacier. Thanks to the high-mountain location the water in the lake is always cool – even in July the water temperature does not exceed 10 degrees.

The lake is a source of potable water for Almaty city, that is why the access of tourists to the lake is limited. The tour route lies higher the Big Almaty lake to the altitude of 3300 meters above sea level, where scientific premises for astronomical and space researches have settled down. Here, on the basis of the Big Almaty peak, you can enjoy a fascinating panorama of mountains and the Big Almaty lake, surrounded by the picturesque mountain peaks covered with Tian-Shan fir-tree, aspen, and juniper.

On the way back to the town you will visit the Falcon Farm, where you will enjoy a spectacular show with specially trained hawks – hunting with them is one of the most unique features of the Kazakh way of life.

Transfer to the hotel. Overnight.

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch

Transfer to the airport. Fly home.

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