Trip Kyrgyzstan - Kazakhstan - Uzbekistan

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1. Posted by FranBaldewijns (First Time Poster 1 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Hey everyone,

For a project for school, my friends and I have to put together an original trip to destination we can choose. We chose to make a tour to Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan (see itinerary below). However, we were wondering if you could help us improving this trip by responding the following questions:
- What do you find the strongest aspect of this trip?
- What could we improve?
- What would you change?
- What are you still missing?
- How big should the groups in which we travel be?

Thanks in advance!

Itinerary
Day 1
Brussels - Bishkek
We will take a flight from Brussels (or alternatives) to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Overnight in the Interhouse Bishkek.
Day 2
Bishkek
Paragliding with the ‘Seventh Heaven’. Dinner is free to choose, but we recommend the Supara-ethno complex. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 3
Kol-Tor
We will travel with a rental car. Trip to Kol-Tor lake, also known as the turquoise lake. There you will have the possibility to swim. You can also join a beautiful tour around the lake. Overnight in the Kegety guest house.
Day 4
Issyk-Kul
We will drive further near the Issyk-Kul lake and meet up with an eagle hunter. We will go along on a hunting session with him and watch an eagle show. Meal and overnight stay in a Yurt.
Day 5
Balykchi – Almaty
We will drive to the town of Balykchi (near the Issyk-Kul lake). There we will go rafting on the Chu river (choice for beginners or advanced). Afterwards we will drive to Almaty in Kazakhstan. Overnight stay in the D’rami hotel.
Day 6
Charyn Canyon
Drive to Charyn Canyon. Enter the park to visit and climb the singing dunes. Overnight stays in tents.
Day 7
Charyn Canyon
In the morning, drive to the Aktua mountains and climb them. In the afternoon, we will go to the Kakutau mountains. Overnight stay in the Charyn Canyon in tents, bungalows or yurts.
Day 8
Charyn Canyon
Go through the canyon with 4x4. See the valley of castles. In the evening, return to Almaty. Overnight stay in the D’rami hotel.
Day 9
Alma-Ata
Rent a bike in Almaty and ride +/- 25km into the mountains. Go to the Big Almaty Lake and ride back down to Almaty afterwards. Overnight stay in the D’rami hotel.
Day 10
Almaty - Tashkent
Drop the car off in Almaty. Fly fom Alma-Ata Airport to Tashkent Airport. Pick up the new rental car in Tashkent and drive to Lake Charvak, where we can hike and water ski. Overnight stay in a tent (on a place at the beach specially reserved for this).
Day 11
Tashkent - Samarkand
Go back to Tashkent and take the train to Samarkand, where we will have a city tour. This is a more relaxing and cultural activity to end the trip.
Day 12
Samarkand - Brussels
Take a taxi to the airport of Samarkand and fly back to Brussels (or alternatives).

[ Edit: Edited on 10-Oct-2018, at 10:12 by FranBaldewijns ]

2. Posted by Andrew Mack (Respected Member 443 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

At school... rent a car.. OK, but renting a car in many places requires a minimum age well above school age.
No allowance for jet-lag.
Too much exhausting activity and very little site seeing.
No mention of the month, but some of those places get rather hot.
Possibly too hot for exhausting activities every day.
Is Samarkand really the only city worth seeing?
It all looks rather expensive in very inexpensive countries.
Maybe you'd be better off planning an adventure holiday in the Ardennes and saving money.

[ Edit: Edited on 10-Oct-2018, at 12:53 by Andrew Mack ]

3. Posted by Teoni (Respected Member 601 posts) 4w 1 Star this if you like it!

The biggest issue is your one way car rental. You cannot hire a car in Kyrgyzstan and drop off in Kazakhstan. The Stans are not like Europe, the borders are not as open and there is a lot of bureaucracy getting a car across the border, that rental companies don't want the hassle of bringing it back. If you did find a company willing to allow drop offs in another country the fee they would charge as compensation would make it uneconomical.

Also I would recommend starting in Almaty as flight connections are much better than Bishkek.

[ Edit: Edited on 10-Oct-2018, at 17:17 by Teoni ]

4. Posted by UliS (Respected Member 104 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Andrew Mack

At school... rent a car.. OK, but renting a car in many places requires a minimum age well above school age.
No allowance for jet-lag.
Too much exhausting activity and very little site seeing.
No mention of the month, but some of those places get rather hot.
Possibly too hot for exhausting activities every day.
Is Samarkand really the only city worth seeing?
It all looks rather expensive in very inexpensive countries.
Maybe you'd be better off planning an adventure holiday in the Ardennes and saving money.

Or get quite cold (when i arrived in October the weather was agreeable, a few days later everthing was snowcovered). Crossing borders with a rental car might not be possible, the main border (Kordai) between Kirgistan and Kasachstan is a real mess, other borders are only for local people or not all year open (Karkara valley).

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