from$ 1122
Duration 10 days
Season May - October

We offer to visit the unique caves of Kyrgyzstan and admire their beauty. On the way to the caves you will also be able to see incredibly beautiful landscapes that will stay in your memory forever

For many people this is news that there are quite enough caves in Kyrgyzstan. They are all different. Some caves have historical and archaeological value; others are filled with various sagging and geological formations. Some are inhabited by colonies of the Red Book bats. We offer to visit the unique caves of Kyrgyzstan and admire their beauty. On the way to the caves you will also be able to see incredibly beautiful landscapes that will stay in your memory forever

1 Day

Arrival in Bishkek.Meeting at Manas International Airport. Transfer to Bishkek. Accommodation in a hotel.Free time.Briefing after dinner.Guests’ wishes.

2 Day

Bishkek – Aravan settlement.

Transfer Bishkek – Osh city – Aravan settlement. Today we have a very early departure, approximately at 5 a.m. The road will take at least 10 hours. On the way we will have lunch on the bank of the Toktogul Reservoir. We will stop a lot for photo shooting of landscapes, various reliefs and nature monuments. Upon arrival in Aravan, we will set up a camp and cook a light dinner. Overnight in tents.

3 Day

Visit to the caves. After breakfast, visit to the Duvahon-Unkur (Pass-through) Cave, located in the eastern tip of Chil-Ustun Mountain. The cave is of interest from a historical point of view, but most importantly it is one of the central clusters of the rare bats species large colonies listed in the Red Book of Kyrgyzstan. The cave is famous for having two entrances, one of which was closed by a slab of limestone and it lies nearby. The through passage leads to the plateau of Chil-Ustun Mountain, from where a magnificent view of the Aravan Valley can be observed. The length of the cave is about 110 m.

The Pass-through Cave was used by Basmachis (bandits) as a shelter in due time. It contained artifacts of that time, as well as more ancient ones: clay lamps and fragments of ceramic dishes.

Transfer to the Charvak relic grove and visit to the Ashkhona Cave next to the famous Chil-Ustun Cave formed by karst processes. It is assumed that the Ashkhona Cave is a continuation of the Chil-Ustun Cave. According to legends, it served as a venue for Muslim holidays, and therefore bears the name, which translates as «dining». Here you can see the marble onyx of red and black tones. It is also known for archaeological findings. The length of the cave is 123 m.

After the caves of the Chil-Ustun Massif, we will visit the Sculpture Cave in the Keklik-Too Massif. The cave is easily accessible. In the cave there are formations of various calcite forms. From the entrance of the cave there is an excellent view of the valley with its agglomeration puzzle

4 Day

Visit to the caves. After breakfast, the excursion to the Tuya-Muyun Plateau to the Fersman Cave-mine, the deepest in Kyrgyzstan (depth - 240 m). Geological and historical introduction into conditions of the mountain range hydrothermocarst caves formation, as well as a narration about the history of mineral resources extraction in the cave. Amateurs of mineralogy can find various minerals in the mine dumps.

After not long traverse along the plateau, visit to the Azhyadar-Unkur Cave (Dragon's Mouth). The length is about 80 m. The cave is known for bat colonies. Archaeological excavations of the ancient man’s site were also conducted here. The cave is surrounded by legends and has its own history. One of the legends tells about Ajyadar dragon, who lives here and guards the hidden jewels.

The visit to the famous Great Barite Cave (120 m long), located next to the previous cave. It was discovered by E. Fersman, academician. The cave got the fame because of the large barite deposit discovered inside, crystals of which almost completely covered its walls. The descent into the cave will be organized through a natural vertical well with a depth of 20 m using belay equipment. The excursion through the cave and exit via a hundred-meter tunnel.

After lunch, we will have an excursion along the picturesque Dangi Canyon (narrow gorge) to the Surprise Cave, which is 150 m long and has a total length of 350 m. The path to the cave runs along the canyon about 1,000 m long. The belaying will be organized on the hard parts above the raging Aravan-Sai River.

Light extreme in the canyon will be rewarded by a cave, where you will see large calcite crystals, needle, corallite and other formations created by thermal underground waters. A fascinating tour of the cave and canyon ends at the gallery, forming a waterfall, where you can take a refreshing shower. Return to the camp. Dinner.Bonfire. Overnight

5 Day

Excursion to the Bel-Uryuk Plateau. Transfer to the Abshir-Ata Gorge. After breakfast, packing up the camp.Excursion to the barberry gorge on the Bel-Uryuk Plateau. The plateau overlooks the Naukat Valley. On the plateau there are several small deposits of various minerals, such as: rock crystal, morion, agate, marble onyx and others.

Descent from the plateau to the Osh-Kyzyl-Kiya highway to the vehicle and transfer to the Abshir-Ata Gorge with the famous vaucluse-waterfall. The height of the waterfall is about 30 meters, but it is unique due to its creation by drained groundwater from the entire karst massif, forming a drainage canal, which is an underground water-filled cave.

This place is religious. Here, in the small water filled cavities or pits local people clear away their sins by plunging into cold water. Near the waterfall there is an impressive grotto arranged for praying. Further, we will set up the camp above the waterfall in a picturesque place. Dinner. Overnight.

6 Day

Abshir-Ata – Uluu-Too Mountain massif. Transfer and visit to the cult Uluu-Too Cave. Once the cave was a unique geological sculpture gallery of cave formations, which was barbarously plundered in the 90s. But even now the cave is of interest to photographers and researchers of bats. There are various forms of calcite formations in the cave. Also a variety of different stone forms and formations of aragonites, stalactites, stalagmites and stalagnates can be found there. Walls and ceiling are in red-gray stains, concentric patterns and lines of onyx flows. The length of the cave is 145 m. After the cave the transfer to Kadamzhai village in the Kadamzhai antimony plant recreation area. Here are swimming ponds, which are filled with water from mineral springs draining the karst massif. Setting up the camp. Relaxation, bathing. Dinner. Overnight

7 Day

Kadamzhai - Madygen. In the morning, after breakfast, transfer to the Madygen Tract. Our way will pass by stony deserts and fertile oases. We will drive through Batken town and Samarkandyk village and the Tort-Kul Reservoir.

In the area of Ak-Turpak village we will attend the religious cave formed in gypsum rocks. The cave is also known for the presence of gypsum-selenite deposit and colonies of bats. The length of the cave is 120 m. It is located in a picturesque area on the right bank of the Sokh River.

Lunch in Batken. Moving further to Madygen via the rainbow hills looking like the Martian landscape. Along the way, amateurs of mineralogy and paleontology can gather various minerals and fossils that remained in the Sarmatianpaleosea for their collections. Thick strata of clay sediments that form multi-colored hills became the basis for “great sculptors” of the Earth, who created fantastic shapes. Setting up the camp. Dinner. Overnight

8 Day

Madygen - Osh. After breakfast, our journey will continue through the natural landscapes on the way back. We will observe a place with ancient melting furnaces (dating back to the 7th century), where, according to the technologies of the past years, ore was melted. They separated various metals from each other, such as lead and silver, mined in the Kan-i-Gut Cave-mine and brought by pack animals. Why exactly here? Because there is a deposit of thin layers of coal in the area of the furnaces, which served mainly as fuel for heating them and melting metals, contained in the ore. Further, in continuation of the historical and archaeological complex study, we will visit the famous Kan-i-Gut Cave-mine (the largest underground cavity in Kyrgyzstan), where silver and lead ore had been mined for almost 1,500 years. A visit to the hall with a stone “camel”. The length of the cave is more than 6 km.

Transfer to Osh. In Osh, visit to the sacred Suleiman-Too Mountain and religious objects. In the evening, dinner in a cafe.Tasting local dishes.Overnight at the hotel

9 Day

Osh - Bishkek. After breakfast we will move to Bishkek. On the way we will attend the architectural and historical complex of the 9th-11th centuries in Uzgen town, the capital of the Karakhanids. In the area of Jalal-Abad town a short-term visit to the resort with hydrogen sulfide springs. Arrival in Bishkek. Farewell dinner

10 Day

Departure.After breakfast transfer to the airport

  • Camping (tents, mats, special belaying gear)
  • Meals
  • Kitchen and dining equipment
  • Transport with professional driver per itinerary
  • English Speaking guide services
  • Accommodation in hotels in Bishkek, Osh; in a guesthouse (or apartment) in Mailuu-Suu
  • Visa costs and processing
  • Single supplement in a tent (you can rent a tent)
  • Rent of personal gear (sleeping bag and other)
  • International air tickets
  • Portages at airports and hotels
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Any services not included in the above itinerary

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