the nomadic journey, Kyrgyzstan

14-21 august 2021

ABOUT THE adventure

This 8 day adventure journeys from the north of the country to the shores of the second largest alpine and salt water lake in the world. After this we head across nomadic plains and into the Tien Shan mountains. Epic runs, cultural  immersion and expansive views are the backbone of this trail running adventure. Join us for this undiscovered gem.

overview

TRAIL RUNNING: 100KM OVER 4 DAYS

ASCENT: 6000M 

DURATION: 3-5 HOURS PER DAY

GRADE: ADVENTUROUS

  • 7 nights accommodation at local guesthouses and hotels on a twin share basis​ (upgrade available)

  • All meals included, breakfast and evening meal at guesthouses with packed lunch provided for lunch 

  • 4 carefully curated runs departing from the guesthouse each day. Through several valley passes, over rivers and through quaint villages. These trails are spectacular in every direction. Designed by runners for runners

  • Expert running guides throughout. Qualified Leader & Outdoor First Aider and experienced ultra-marathon runner

  • All transfers during the trip ​

  • Fully supported experience off the beaten track. Your bags (small- backpack style preferably) will be driven ahead of you each day and be waiting at that night's accommodation​

  • Training plan prior to departure

  •  Exclusive Nomadic Runner discount on future trips

  • We plant trees! Instead of providing you with another T-shirt or medal, we mitigate the carbon involved with all are guests flights to the event

  • Small group - max 12 people (min. 6 people)​

PRICE

 £1000-1500 per person 

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itinerary

DAy 1

Arrive into Bishkek and be transferred to your guesthouse. Depending on your arrival time take the opportunity to explore some of the city, check out the Osh Bazaar for a real cultural treat. The guest and team convene over dinner.

day 2

Wake early to breakfast before heading towards Chong-Kermin national park. Here we hit our first trails of the week in a relatively untouched environment of natural beauty. The park is varied in landscape from forest to desert and is home to some rare species including Snow Leopards and even the Golden Eagle. We stay in the area for a night in a local guesthouse. 

day 3

After breakfast, we go out for another run in the national park returning to a different area move again this time in the direction of lake Issyk Kul. We take the northern shoreline as we cross the plains to the East and head towards Karakol, the gateway city to the Tien Shan Mountains and cultural heart of this province. Here you will find the Dungan mosque and Holy Trinity Cathedral as you spend the afternoon in the city before we head a little deeper into the mountains ahead of the next days trail running.

 

Day 4

We navigate up a series of valleys before getting glimpses of the famous Ala-Kul lake. The approach and route taken to get to this point is off the beaten track and does not follow the popular hiking route from Karakol. We drop over the other side of this spectacular mountain lake and find our accommodation, a total of approximately 20km and 1500m ascent.

Day 5

Following a trail out of the camp to the east we are once again off the popular Karakol-Ala Kul trek and properly out in the wilds. We meet our support vehicle at the end of the day and have camp in the wilderness. Approximately another 20km with close to 1250m of ascent.

Day 6

We pick up the Archa Tor pass trail and follow this for it for its duration. Passing below some impressive 4000m peaks Once again we are met by our support vehicle and stay in traditional local camp for the evening. 

Day 7

As we share a final breakfast is a chance to reflect on the journey before leaving the mountains and heading back to Bishkek. We break the scenic transfer back to Bishkek with a final shorter easier run to view another wonder of Kyrgyzstan, Konorchek Canyons. Once back in Bishkek we stay in the same accommodation as on the first night and leave you to explore the city for a couple of hours. An evening meal at a local restaurant provides the perfect antidote for the missing of the mountains.  Your outbound flight should be arranged for the following day.

Day 8

Breakfast in the hotel gives a final opportunity to say by to your new trail running friends and support team. Private transfers back to Bishkek International Airport are arranged for you to catch your outbound flight. 

GETTING HERE

 
Fly:

A number of airlines operate routes between UK and Europe to Manas International Airport, Bishkek. These usually require a short layover en-route. 

Drive:

From the airport all transfers will be included in the price. This includes a support vehicle for the duration. Transfer to Manas airport on day 8 only.

 

ACCOMMODATION

 

These typically family run traditional mountain guesthouse provide the best in local hospitality for our guests. This provides a comfortable base each night but it is by no means 4-star hotel. 

The guesthouse restaurant will provide all meals during the duration of the trip and area able to cater for all..Twin rooms on a sharing basis are the standard booking but limited upgrades are available. 

Our first and last nigh will be in Kutaisi City and are board here will be a hotel.

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Comprehensive Insurance to cover you for this type of activity. 

  • In brief, your trail running kit! We'll provide a breakdown of what this might look like upon booking confirmation. 

  • Flights & any onward travel arrangements

  • Local currency

  • Any necessary visas  

IMPORTANT NOTES

For our cancellation policy please see our terms and conditions.

Not included in booking fee:

  • Any additional costs that are otherwise not stated under the booking

  • Flights and other travel arrangements that fall outside of trip related transfers

  • Additional activities, food and beverages unless otherwise stated

Further Info:

  • https://www.lonelyplanet.com/georgia/the-mountains/svaneti

  • Although we try our very best to keep to the itinerary and accommodation listed under each trip these are subject to change with little notice due to availability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control. We will notify guests of any changes at the earliest possible moment.