Experience for yourself the legend that is Central Asian hospitality, with stays in local homes and guesthouses, and plenty of home cooked meals. Stay overnight in yurts at beautiful Son-Kol, where nomadic herdsmen watch over their flocks of sheep and goats. Travel round the shores of Issyk-Kul, the largest alpine lake in Asia and second largest in the world. Enjoy hikes through canyons and to waterfalls in Jeti-Oguz, Baskoon and the ‘Valley of the Fairytales’
Yurts, mountains, canyons, waterfalls, alpine lakes, Soviet history, legendary hospitality – these are just the tip of the iceberg on this special Kyrgyzstan expedition. Starting in Bishkek, take the adventure to the next level with three days at the famous World Nomad Games, a spectacle quite literally worthy of Steven Seagal – or perhaps it is the other way around. This unique annual event celebrates the nomadic heritage of Central Asia with a slew of competitive sports you never knew existed: horseback ‘goat polo’, stick wrestling, bone-throwing, eagle hunting and more. It largely takes place near the shores of Lake Issyk-Kul, with the dramatic Ala-Too mountains as a backdrop. Suffice it to say this is an Intrepid adventure that more than lives up to its name.