Women Tour In Kyrgyzstan, Experience Village Life-8 Days

Women-only travel is a fast-growing tourism industry that has even a greater potential for Kyrgyzstan, especially for Jalal-Abad region; due to its rich diversity in natural sightseeing, culture, tradition, and women lives. Jalal-Abad has famous destinations such as Sary-Chelek or Arstanbap for instance, which could be easily accessible for women travelers. These destinations have variety of traditions, cultures, or cuisine. Accordingly, there is a big contrast in women lives and gender equality in Jalal-Abad. As of today, no tour operator professionally promotes “women-only travel” in Jalal-Abad to show these diversities and varieties to the women tourists. By creating “women-only travel” tourism product (segment) in Jalal-Abad, the project is to “develop sustainable economic opportunities for women particularly in rural areas”.  Women Fam Tour 2022 is implemented within the project “Women travel in Jalal-Abad region” within the GIZ program “Integrated Regional Development” co-financed by the European Union and the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

Day 1

Morning transfer to Kyzyl-Kol village (the nearest village to Sary-Chelek lake, on the way we will cross Too-Ashuu pass (3576 m a.s.l.), Suusamyr valley, Toktogul water reservoir. Have a lunch at guest house in Toktogul town. Upon arrival to guest house, have a rest, dinner and accommodation at guest house.

Day 3

Morning start trekking tour around lakes of Sary-Chelek National park. Before noon we will cross Kotormo pass and come to Iri-Kol lake, where picnic lunch will be waiting for us. Then continue trek around the small 6 lakes with ending at Sary-Chelek lake, where car will pick up us and transfer to guest house for dinner and accommodation.

Day 5

Morning start 1-day hike to the wild wallnut forests and small waterfall of Arslanbob with a late afternoon arrival back in Arslanbob. Lunch during hike. After coming back to guesthouse, you will be participating in making a “plastina” – dried fruits. (The women of Arslanbob is making plastina for the tourist season). Dinner, bed and breakfast at a home-stay.

Day 7

After breakfast, we will depart from Jalal-Abad to Saty village (approximately 30 min), where you will embark on a 3-5-hour hiking tour and through untouched walnut forests. Inside the walnut forest, we will enjoy a picnic lunch. After lunch you will be transferred back to Jalalabat, there you will participate to making a national cuisine. Dinner and B&B at guesthouse.

Day 2

After breakfast at guest house trek to Kara-Kamysh lake, on the way we will cross big waterfall, make photos there, continue trek to the lake, about noon tasty lunch will waiting for us. Have a rest after trek, then boat will be waiting for us. Dinner will be surrounding the fire where will be national dances and music. Accommodation will be in tents.

Day 4

After breakfast transfer to Arslanbob village. Upon arrival to Arslanbob village, dinner and accommodation at local home stay.

Day 6

After breakfast transfer to Jalal-Abad, upon arrival to the city, accommodation at guest house. Have a lunch at local café. Afternoon transfer to Barpy (approximately 30 min), where there is a sewing workshop called “Azem”. Here, you can watch and participate in a master class to learn to make Kurjun, a traditional bag for horseback riding. In this class, you will see how thread is spun from cotton and dyed, to see how kurjun is made from a finished thread on the loom with which our grandmothers weaved. You will also learn about accessories needed to properly saddle a horse (Terdik, er, kopchuk, kurjun).

Day 8

After breakfast transfer to Bishkek