Kyrgyzstan tour & World Nomad Games Sep 2018

“Discover the traditions of nomadic peoples from over 40 countries at the World Nomad Games against the backdrop of Kyrgyzstan’s majestic Tian Shan Mountains.”

Highlights

World Nomad Games 2018 | Bishkek | Burana Tower | Son Kul | Yurt camp | Tash Rabat | At Bashy | Naryn | Hot springs | Karakol | Djety Oguz Gorge | Issyk Kul | Cholpon Ata |

Description of Kyrgyzstan tour & World Nomad Games Sep 2018

Held every two years on the shores of Lake Issyk-Kul in Kyrgyzstan, the World Nomad Games showcases the skills, cultures and traditions of nomadic people from as far afield as China, the United States and Afghanistan. Watch as competitors take part in daring nomadic sports including eagle hunting, wrestling, mounted archery and kok-buru (polo, but using a goat carcass instead of a ball), and immerse yourself in the colourful and celebratory atmosphere.

You’ll join this small group tour in the capital, Bishkek, and travel via Son Kul, the country’s largest freshwater lake, the ancient Silk Road caravanserai Tash Rabat, and Naryn, overnighting in yurt camps by rivers and hot springs. En route to Issyk-Kul, there will be several days given over to hiking or horse riding through the magnificent mountainous scenery, and exploring historic sites such as Tash Rabat and the city of Karakol.

The tour arrives at Lake Issyk-Kul in time for the opening ceremony, where tribal people from across Central Asia, the Siberian Steppe, Persia and beyond will be gathering at Cholpon Ata. It’s a fantastic ambience, enhanced by the aromas of ethnic food stalls dotted all around. Riders fire arrows from the saddle with great accuracy, players toss shagai (the ankle bones of sheep and goat), and birds of prey soar watchfully in the sky for their opportunity to strike.

This is a unique opportunity to experience cultures and traditions that have been preserved for thousands of years.

Note that some departures will involve itineraries that run in reverse.

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Responsible tourism: Kyrgyzstan tour & World Nomad Games Sep 2018

Environment

We have a strict environmental policy to make sure that the environments we visit are not damaged in any way. Our “Leave No Trace” ethic is applied to each one of our trips, and as a responsible tour operator, it is something we are careful and steadfast about promoting. Each one of our guides are trained to uphold, promote and put into practice such responsible behaviour, especially in wilderness areas or whilst traveling to UNESCO heritage sites, which many of our trips undoubtedly do. We have a strict no plastic bottle waste policy.

We attempt to reduce plastic bottle use wherever possible by promoting use of reusable and filtered water bottles. Our partnership with Water-To-Go provides a discount on filtered water bottles to our clients. We do not provide water from plastic bottles to our clients in country but always ensure there is regular access to drinking water on our tours.

By keeping the group size to a maximum of 12, we can also minimise the human impact on the fragile sites and ecosystems we visit.

On this particular tour, we will be staying in traditional yurt camps. These accommodations are mostly family run and are low emission. We ensure to promote staying in accommodations that contribute to the local economy of the region. Especially in Tash Rabat, where our long term partner Jergel and his family open up their five yurts to visitors, where they also prepare a delicious spread of traditional dishes.

When you take one of our tours, we make a contribution to ‘Carbon Clear’ – an organisation devoted to ‘offsetting’ or ‘neutralising’ harmful greenhouse gas emissions caused by your flights. This is done by funding projects across the world that will reduce greenhouse gases on our behalf through sustainable energy or rain forestation.

Community

In Central Asia we have developed unique relationships with many of the semi-nomadic peoples of the region and through our form of interactive, socially conscience tourism have helped them adapt to the modern, changing world by providing important income opportunities.

Wherever possible we stay in locally owned accommodation, eat in locally owned establishments and purchase supplies from the local nomads.

With the eagle hunters on the shores of Lake Issyk Kul, or Noorgul, a shepherdess from the pristine Son Kul, or Nazira and her family at Tash Rabat, we have been responsible for introducing them to the homestay market, helping them to provide good, clean and interesting accommodation which in term allows them to educate their children, improve their standard of living and look after their ill.

The wonderful thing about this kind of interactive tourism is that everyone gains – the nomads financially and us with the wonderful welcome and experience they give us. On this trip, we work exclusively with the fine horse-man Anar Bek, who along with his family and members of the local community, ensure that the horses we trek with are well treated, well fed and well looked after.

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