Kyrgyzstan Photography Expedition - 12 days

Kyrgyzstan Photography Expedition - 12 days

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Kyrgyzstan Expedition 12 days
Upload date: 2019-01-18 Caption: Kyrgyzstan Expedition 12 days, © Travel Animals

Kyrgyzstan Expedition 12 days
Upload date: 2019-01-18 Caption: Kyrgyzstan Expedition 12 days, © Travel Animals

Kyrgyzstan Expedition 12 days
Upload date: 2019-01-18 Caption: Kyrgyzstan Expedition 12 days, © Travel Animals

Kyrgyzstan Expedition 12 days
Upload date: 2019-01-18 Caption: Kyrgyzstan Expedition 12 days, © Travel Animals

Kyrgyzstan Expedition 12 days
Upload date: 2019-01-18 Caption: Kyrgyzstan Expedition 12 days, © Travel Animals

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What to bring:

The Obvious Stuff:
Passport
Money (US Dollars)
Local Payment (in US Dollars)
Credit Cards/ATM Cards
Travel Insurance
Visas (if required)
Personal Stuff:

A small daypack is useful for short hikes or wandering around.
Two sets of comfortable travelling clothes.
Women should bring a scarf for visiting religious places.
Pair of shorts.
Warm hat and maybe a sunhat.
Sunglasses.
Warm sweater or fleece.
Waterproof jacket (best with a hood).
Pair of comfortable walking shoes or boots.
Pair of sandals or flip-flops.
Underwear and socks.
Swimwear.
Small towel.
Washing kit, toiletries etc.
Head torch or flashlight.
Scans of main passport pages x 4 (may not need them, but just in case).
A pouch or money belt.
Writing materials. (Notebook or diary etc.).
Electrical adaptors for charging cameras/phones/laptops etc.
A PacSafe or similar for your own valuables and security.
Please note: Luggage space is limited on our truck, so we request that passengers only bring one main piece of luggage (maximum 80 litres). We recommend a 'back pack' style main bag.

VISAS AND PERMITS

Depending on your nationality, you may need to obtain visas and permits in advance for your trip. You are responsible for applying for the relevant documents yourself. Please read the following information carefully.

Kyrgyzstan Visa: Most nationalities can obtain their visa upon arrival into the country, but there are a few exceptions to this rule. Please check your home country’s Kyrgyzstan Embassy website for up to date advice.

Tajikistan Visa: This visa has to be in advance, but it’s easy enough to obtain. The application is a simple on-line process which takes a few minutes. You will need to go to your home country’s Tajikistan Embassy website for up to date advice.

Tajikistan GBAO Permit: Anyone who travels on the Pamir Highway in Tajikistan has to have a GBAO Permit. This permit is issued at the same time as the Tajikistan Visa as an additional option during the on-line application process. Please make sure you apply for your GBAO Permit if your trip involves travelling on the Pamir Highway in Tajikistan. If you’re not sure, then contact us for advice.

Please make sure you bring a printed paper copy of all relevant visas and permits with you. It’s much easier to print them in advance at home, as accessing a printer in Kyrgyzstan or Tajikistan can often prove a little tricky.

If you are unsure, or have any questions about visas or permits, please contact us and we will advise you accordingly.

HEALTH

We strongly recommend that you contact your local health centre or website for advice regarding preventative medicine. They will advise you accordingly about necessary vaccinations etc. for travel in these countries. Please read the Terms and Conditions and Booking Conditions for more information. It is your responsibility to take the necessary health precautions for your trip.
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Day 1: Bishkek:Today we’ll gather at midday in the lobby of the hostel, for a welcome meeting. You’ll then be free to do an afternoon city tour around Bishkek. Ready to leave early the following morning.
Accommodation: Hostel
No food included
Day 2: Cholpon Ata:En route to Cholpon Ata we will visit the Burana Tower, a 9th century minaret. Then on to Konorchek Canyon, a stunning red sandstone gorge. Time to chill out in the evening on the shores of the magnificent Issyk-Kul, the second largest saline lake in the world.
Accommodation: Hostel
Food included: Breakfast
Day 3: Jeti Oghuz:Today we visit the famous Broken Heart Rock and check out an eagle hunting demonstration. Time to hike, explore or just chill.
Accommodation: Hostel
Food included: Breakfast
Day 4: Kochkor:On today's drive we will visit Barskoon Waterfall and some unusual abandoned architecture as we skirt the southern shore of Issyk-Kul. Then a visit to Kochkor, where you can explore the town, savour some local cuisine and take in the hustle-bustle of a Kyrgyz street market.
Accommodation: Hostel
Food included: Breakfast
Day 5/6: Song Kul:An engaging drive to climb up to Song Kul in the morning. Here we’ll meet our Nomadic host family and stay with them for two days. Yurts are obligatory, as is eating collectively and being tucked up in bed by our hosts. An opportunity to go horse riding; watch Buzkashi, a traditional Kyrgyz sport (aka Goat Ball), or just be absorbed into the stunning scenery. A truly magical place!
Accommodation: Yurt
Food included: Breakfast and Dinner
Day 7: Naryn:A visit to the town of Naryn, from where the Silk Road heads towards Western China. A relaxing day to explore a simple Kyrgyz town.
Accommodation: Homestay
Food included: Breakfast and Dinner
Day 8/9: Osh :A long drive day, with stunning scenery and challenging roads, we visit Kazarman en route to Osh.
Free time to explore the town, famous for its markets, endless food choice, trades and crafts. There’s even a 3-storey yurt to have a look at. You have a full day here, so immerse your
selves in Kyrgyz tradition and life.
Accommodation: Hostel
Food included: Breakfast
Day 10: Arslanbob:It’s where the famous Arslanbob walnut comes from and still grows! Opportunities for hikes and all things walnutty...
Accommodation: Homestay
Food included: Breakfast and Dinner
Day 11: Toktogul:A drive day as we start to head north, stunning roads and scenery, hugging the shoreline of Toktogul reservoir. We stay overnight in the town of Toktogul.
Accommodation: Homestay
Food included: Breakfast
Day 12: Bishkek:Your final day spent back in Bishkek, time to relax and chill out in the city. On the final evening we’ll have a group farewell dinner.
Accommodation: Hostel
Food included: Breakfast and Dinner
Activities:In addition to the activities listed, there will be opportunities to try your hand at building a yurt, weaving, local crafts, cooking and many other interesting cultural experiences. All dependent on weather, availability, group size and so on. Prices and availability upon request.

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