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Alpine Lakes: the Jewels of Kyrgyzstan

This tour allows you to travel around and to 2 of Kyrgyzstan’s beautiful alpine lakes: Lake Issyk Kul and Lake Song Kul, while also getting a taste of Kyrgyz culture.  Visit historical sites and cities, remote villages, mountain passes, and gorges along the way.  Speak to a yurt maker, an eagle ...

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Cycling through the Tien Shan “Heavenly” Mount...

This cycling tour takes you on an adventure through the heart of Kyrgyzstan.  Take trails that are off the beaten path and soak in Kyrgyzstan’s incredible scenery, full of life and color.  Cycle through villages, mountain passes, valleys, and canyons.  You’ll visit an ancient Silk Road carava ...

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The Glorious Countryside of Kyrgyzstan

This tour offers travelers a chance to experience the widely varied landscape of Kyrgyzstan via car, horseback riding, and hiking. Visit bustling cities, serene valleys, flower-filled meadows, massive gorges, quiet local villages, breathtaking forests, mountain rivers and passes, high altitude lakes ...

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Trekking in the Terskey Ala Too Mountain Range

This tour is designed for trekkers, but you don’t have to be an extreme trekker to take this trip.  Expect an average of 6-7 hours of hiking a day with trails of moderate difficulty.  You’ll hike to altitudes of over 3,800 meters, terrain varying from areas of dry, red rock to the frozen glaci ...

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Cycling through Celestial Mountains

This tour is designed for cyclers who would like to see Kyrgyzstan’s countryside.  You’ll visit gorgeous places, quiet villages, historic sites, and get a taste of Kyrgyz culture. Cycle through canyons, mountain passes, valleys, gorges, and meadows as well as visit alpine lakes and rivers.  Yo ...

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Kyrgyzstan: South to North

Get a comprehensive look at Kyrgyzstan starting with the southern capital of Osh. From Osh you’ll travel all the way up to the northern part of the country, stopping at a plethora of places along the way.  Visit Arslanbob and its walnut forests, Jalal-Abad, national parks, villages, Lake Sary Che ...

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Tracing the Steps of Silk Road Caravans & Explorer...

On this tour, you’ll follow in the footsteps of Marco Polo through stunning mountain passes of the ancient Silk Road via horseback. This unforgettable journey will take you to high plateaus that used to serve as markers to separate the East and West during ancient times.  Sure-footed Kyrgyz mount ...

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Lake Song Kul & Kel Suu

Visit 2 of Kyrgyzstan’s most mesmerizing lakes in one trip!  Lake Song Kul is a quiet, peaceful lake located at the top of a pristine mountain pass where nomadic families herd their animals in the summer.  Lake Kel Suu is located near the Chinese border and is remote, gorgeous, and mysterious.  ...

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Bokonbaevo, Karakol & Cholpon Ata

This trip gives you a glimpse of Kyrgyzstan’s stunning natural beauty, Kyrgyz history, and Kyrgyz culture all in one trip.  Visit colorful rock formations, canyons, gorges, waterfalls, and hot springs. Learn about Kyrgyz traditions and hunting techniques.  Also visit a Silk Road monument, museum ...

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Into the Heart of Kyrgyzstan

This trip takes you to a variety of places within the heart of Kyrgyzstan.  Start off by exploring and soaking in the beauty of Kyrgyzstan’s Chichkan Gorge.  Spend the night in a yurt when you visit the 2nd largest alpine lake in Kyrgyzstan, Lake Song Kul, perched on top of a mountain pass. Yo ...

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Exploring Kyrgyzstan's Alpine Lakes

This trip showcases some of Kyrgyzstan’s most gorgeous alpine lakes: Song Kul, Kel Suu, and Issyk Kul.  Lake Song Kul is a peaceful lake located at the top of a mountain pass whose pastures are used by nomadic herders in the summer.  Lake Kel Suu is an extremely remote lake located near the Chin ...

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A Sweeping Tour of Kyrgyzstan

This tour takes you to the southern part of Kyrgyzstan back to the north in a grand sweep of beautiful and memorable places. You’ll visit remote villages, larger cities, numerous gorges, the world’s second largest alpine lake, and several historic sites.  This trip also affords an opportunity t ...

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A Taste of Everything in 9 Days

This 9-day tour takes you through Kyrgyzstan’s gorgeous wilderness, historical sites, quaint villages, and bustling cities.  Visit the remote, picturesque village of Kyzyl Oi tucked away in the mountains, the spectacular alpine lakes of Song Kul and Issyk Kul, the historic city of Karakol, two Si ...

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Lake Issyk Kul: the Pearl of Kyrgyzstan

This trip takes you to several places around Lake Issyk Kul, the world’s second largest alpine lake (6,236 km²).  Start by visiting a national park then drive along the shores of Lake Issyk Kul, spending each day visiting a different area around the lake.  You’ll see an ancient Silk Road monu ...

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Sightseeing in Kyrgyzstan

Explore destinations of unparalleled beauty in this tour that’ll take you from Kyrgyzstan’s Chichkan Gorge in the south to the town of Kemin in the north.  During this tour you’ll see the world’s largest naturally growing walnut forests, a Silk Road monument and caravanserai, a spectacular ...

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Exploring Lake Issyk Kul

This trip takes you to several destinations located all around Lake Issyk Kul, the world’s second largest alpine lake (6,236 km²): Chon Kemin, Cholpon Ata, Karakol, Altyn Arashan, and Tamga.  Enjoy swimming in Lake Issyk Kul, go for a horseback ride, go fishing, rafting, or even take a boat rid ...

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Kyrgyzstan’s most beautiful destinations

This week-long trip through Kyrgyzstan takes you to a historic Silk Road site, the world’s largest naturally growing walnut forests, and a pristine alpine lake nestled in the middle of a nature reserve.  You’ll see waterfalls, stunning mountain vistas, and go on 2 horseback rides through some o ...

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A Taste of Everything in 12 Days

This trip has everything needed for a true off-road adventure!  Enjoy Kyrgyzstan’s pristine natural beauty by visiting alpine lakes (Lake Song Kul and Lake Sary Chelek), the huge walnut forests of Arslanbob, the Jeti Oguz Gorge and its vibrant red rock formations, and historic Silk Road monuments ...

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Lake Issyk Kul: Southern Shore

The beautiful scenic views around Lake Issyk Kul’s southern shore are beyond compare. On this trip you’ll visit the Jeti Oguz Gorge which is famous for its spectacular red rock formations and spruce forests.  The beauty of Jeti Oguz Gorge is so well-known that pictures of the gorge were printed ...

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Skiing & Traveling in Kyrgyzstan

This tour provides travelers with 5 days of skiing at the Karakol Ski Resort as well as 4 days of traveling to different areas around Kyrgyzstan.  You’ll visit Ala Archa National Park, a local museum, an ancient Silk Road monument, and a recreational center. You’ll get a chance to explore Cholp ...

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Journey to Lake Sary Chelek

This 9 day trip culminates in a visit to the stunning alpine lake Sary Chelek.  Lake Sary Chelek is located in a remote biosphere reserve that also houses 6 other lakes as well as unique wildlife.  Lake Sary Chelek is the most visited of all the lakes for its size and beauty.  In autumn, the la ...

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5-Day Adventure in Kyrgyzstan

This tour takes you on an adventure through Kyrgyzstan’s stunning scenery, introduces you to Kyrgyz culture, and takes you to 2 historic sites.  You’ll visit an ancient Silk Road minaret, a petroglyph garden, a stunning gorge and canyon with unbelievable rock formations, a waterfall,  2 alpine ...

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Rafting in Kyrgyzstan

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Welcome to Silk Road Explore! We are a company dedicated to providing the highest quality and best priced tours for travelers that want to tread the paths of the Silk Road in Kyrgyzstan. Kyrgyzstan, a Central Asian country located west of China and south of Kazakhstan, has some of the most surreal and stunning natural beauty in the world. The Tien Shan Mountains (rated one of the top ten most beautiful mountain ranges in the world) meander across the country in an unending serious of snow-capped mountain peaks underscored with vibrant green mountain pastures, hidden waterfalls, blooming meadows, winding rivers, and brilliant blue alpine lakes. Most of the country is remote, untamed wilderness traversed only by quiet nomadic families and their herds. Besides the occasional yurt and small village, most travelers in Kyrgyzstan will simply find themselves face to face with nature. You’d be hard-pressed to find a more peaceful, beautiful location for a vacation. While merchants and travelers on the Silk Road experienced this region mainly by caravan, travelers in Kyrgyzstan today can explore the Silk Road in a variety of different ways. Horseback, trekking, cycling, and 4x4 tours are all available in Kyrgyzstan. For an even more adventurous Silk Road experience, travelers can go paragliding, white water rafting, or diving to name a few. Probably the most unique aspect of traveling in Kyrgyzstan is the culture. Kyrgyzstan’s ancestry is largely nomadic. While many nomadic cultures have planted roots all over the world and settled down, Kyrgyzstan still contains a large number of traditionally nomadic families that continue to roam the mountains. Nomadic culture places a high value on hospitality, hard work, traditions, and an ability to live off the land. Travelers today can take tours that introduce them to Kyrgyz culture and even learn nomadic skills directly from nomadic families. What better way to experience the Silk Road than by learning about the cultures that still call it home? Kyrgyzstan is brimming with beauty, adventure, personality, and possibilities. Browse through our tours and find a trip that’s perfect for you!