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The 3rd World Nomad Games in Issyk-Kul

6 days

≈ $122 per day

$732

COUNTRY

Kyrgyzstan

STARTS / ENDS IN

Cholpon-Ata / Bishkek

DESTINATIONS

3 (Cholpon-Ata, Kyrchyn, Bishkek)

TOUR TYPE

Festivals & Thematic

TOUR GROUP

Fixed date

START DATE

01 September 2018

END DATE

06 September 2018

SEATS LEFT

7+

AGE RANGE

10 to 85 year olds

Other Services

  • Single occupancy

    $165
  • Upgrade to 4* in DBL (only for Bishkek)

    $24
  • Upgrade to 4* in SGL (only for Bishkek)

    $47

Guide's Language

  • English
  • Arabic
  • Russian
  • German
  • Turkish

Available Months

  • January
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  • September
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  • November
  • December

Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Cholpon-Ata

    We will meet you at the airport “Manas”. Afterwards you will go on a comfortable bus to the city of Cholpon-Ata which is located on the picturesque mountainous lake Issyk-Kul. The road passes through the Boom Gorge, the Chu river and Balykchy town. After 2 hours drive from the Airport you will be able to enjoy the variety of terrain in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan. Breakfast in the local cafe on the road. Continue the way to the Cholpon-Ata city. Check in at the hotel and free and rest time. In the evening you can stroll along the lake walking in the beach, swimming, optional to arrange boat cruise. Choose one of the restaurants for dinner. Return to the hotel for overnight stay.

  • Day 2
    Cholpon-Ata

    After breakfast we will go to explore the city. You will visit the cultural center “Ruh Ordo” named after the famous writer of Kyrgyzstan Chingiz Aitmatov. The center brings together the history and spiritual heritage of different cultures and nationalities of the world.The ideological concept of the cultural centre is striking in its depth: the complex of five white chapels, located exactly the same distance from each other. The only external difference between the chapels - the symbols of different world religions.
    "Ruh Ordo" is famous not only for its unusual architectural monuments, but also because of the most beautiful pier on the lake.
    Then you will visit the petroglyphs, located between the Northern and North-Western part of the city Cholpon-Ata and the southern part of the Kungei Ala-Too. On the square from East to West is 4 km long and 2 km wide, there are dozens of stones (boulders) transported by mudflows of the gorges of Kungei Ala-Too. Petroglyphs of Cholpon-Ata, constitute a temple under the open sky, where the religious rituals were performed associated with the spiritual world and life of the nomadic population of Issyk-Kul.
    There are drawings of the various goats, deer, bulls, horses, dogs, wolves, etc. There are scenes from the life of predatory animals, numerous images of people and their activities.
    Most of the petroglyphs of Cholpon-Ata belong to the II Millennium BC. However, there is also a legacy dating back to the 7th-3rd centuries BC.
    Optional to visit historical Museum, built in 1935, located close to the petroglyphs. The main exposition of the Museum presents the history of the Issyk-Kul region from ancient times to the present days, shows its nature and the lives of the Kyrgyz people. After we will stop for lunch in one of the cafes and afterwards you will have free time for walks on the beach and get ready for the opening ceremony of the 3rd World Nomad Games. The first Nomad Games were held in 2014 and again in 2016. The aim of the games is to revive and preserve historical and cultural heritage of nomadic people in the world. Games are held every 2 years and only in Kyrgyzstan. During the games, guests have the opportunity to see the grandeur of nomadic civilization, values, culture and way of life of each ethnic group in the world, nomadic sports in their original form, all the wealth of the nomadic people in the world. Representatives of 80 countries and various mass media are involved and the event will be broadcast in many different countries. This evening we will watch the spectacular opening ceremony, which includes many famous entertainers from the participating countries and around the world.
    Return to the hotel in the evening for overnight stay.

  • Day 3
    Cholpon-Ata

    After breakfast we head to watch the competitions in the ethnic sport games, such: Kok-Boru means “Blue wolf”(recognized as UNESCO Heritage from 2017), Ordo or Salburun - the hunting with eagles, and etc.
    The most of the horse games are held in the hippodrome, and the rest cultural ethnic games are held in the beautiful gorge Kyrchyn. We will be able to visit both locations during the entire day to dive in the ethnic sport and nomadic culture.
    Optional to stay for Nomadic Fest “Universe of Nomads” with concert performance and bazaar.
    Return to the hotel in the evening. Rest and free time. You can walk in the beach or visit one of the restaurant in the territory of resort/city.
    Note:
    Kok-Boru - the history of the game is quite interesting : in the past, when men went hunting, women and children stayed at home. Wolfs used to attack them and take cattle constantly. When men returned and saw this situation, they used to hunt those wolfs and catch one, and playing with wolf as a ball. This deed shows how people took revenge on the wolves. Of course, now this is not happening. During game they use only killed carcass of a sheep or calf. The game “Kok-Boru” was included in the UNESCO list from Kyrgyzstan in 2017 and recognized a world intangible heritage.
    Ordo - one of the most common games of the Kyrgyz, which have survived from ancient to modern times. The word "Ordo" means "Khan's rate, Khan's palace". The game reproduces the battle for the capture of the bet. Ordo was a kind of military map, with the help of which the soldiers were trained how to defeat the enemy. The circle depicted on the ground meant the territory of the state, and rivals worked out a battle plan. Knocking out the “Khan” meant the overthrow of the ruler's throne. At the heart of the game is also the ability to maintain a proper internal policy, which is characteristic of the observance of caution while already inside the circle, i.e. in power.
    Salburun, the hunting for wild animals using eagles..Eagle hunting is an integral part of Kyrgyz nomadic culture, hunters have hunted using eagles over the centuries and this culture still exists today. Eagle hunting has a huge history which has been built upon for thousands of years. Hunters steal chicks from the mother bird and train them from an early age to hunt wild animals. Thus, eagle learns to hunt from the day it is taken up until 20-22 years later. After the eagle has served his owner for this time, he will be released again into the wild. The ceremony of release is very spectacular. Today Salbuurun exists in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia

  • Day 4
    Kyrchyn

    After the breakfast we will go to spend all the day in the Kyrchyn Gorge, where colorful performances of different cultures will take place. You will be able not only watch the different sport games, but also enjoy the culture, ethnic dances, songs, crafts and food. There will be open ethnic fair for the guests and as well you will have the chance to see and participate in the amazing nomad fest “Universe of Nomads”. This evening you can choose to stay in the Yurt for overnight to feel the nomadic lifestyle inside (optional on prior request) or return to the hotel. Rest time and Overnight stay.

  • Day 5
    Bishkek

    On our fifth day of our trip, we will go to Bishkek. On the way we will stop in the city of Tokmak and visit the tower of Buran. Tokmak is located 60 km from Bishkek and its oldest name is Suyab (this was the name of the Karakhanid kaganate). And the place where Burana is located was called Balasagun. Burana is a tower-minaret, which was built in the 10th-12th centuries under the Karakhanids. Today the Burana Tower is a UNESCO heritage site and Kyrgyzstan. You will also be able to see the balbals that are located around and were created by ancient Turkic tribes. Visiting the whole territory will help you to feel the atmosphere of the 12th century and see firsthand the most ancient artifacts near the Burana tower. After the visit, we will stop for lunch in one of the cafes on the road. After arrival in Bishkek we will check in the hotel and after short rest we will take a tour around the city. Today we will visit the Osh bazaar, which is one of the largest open markets where you can find dry fruits and nuts, kurut, fresh fruits and vegetables, sweets and local desserts. Everything is very colorful and you can take some fantastic photos while you are trying some of the local products. In this market there is a special shop for souvenirs - Kyal, where you can buy small gifts at quite reasonable prices. Then we will visit the Ala-Too Square and the Manas monument. Manas is a national hero, about whom an epic composed of three parts is written, the length of the Manas epic is greater than the epic of the Iliad by several times, and as of 2009 it has been included in the UNESCO list of intangible heritage. After we will walk through the oak park, passing by the Opera and Ballet theatre and finishing our city tour in the Victory Square. Then you will have a dinner in one of the famous cafes of the city. Return to the hotel. Rest time.

  • Day 6
    Bishkek

    Early morning departure from the hotel and transfer to the airport "Manas".

What's included

  • Transfer

    Return Airport transfer

  • Hotel

    Accommodation in 3* hotel with breakfast Night in Yurt (optional) Bishkek Centrum Hotel 3* Baikhan Hotel 3* My Hotel Bishkek 3* Futuro Hotel Bishkek 3* Rich hotel 4* Club Hotel Bishkek 4* Grand Hotel Bishkek 4* Green City Hotel Bishkek 4* Garden Hotel 4* Cholpon-ata (villages near Cholpon-ata): Raduga Resort Ak-Maral Royal Beach Kapriz Issyk-Kul Resort

  • Guide

  • Transport

    Transportation according the program

  • Excursions

    Excursions and entrance fees according the program Entrance ticket for WNG2018 Opening Ceremony

  • Breakfast

  • Water

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