March 14 - 28
Homestays & Hotels
Take a flight so as to arrive Bishkek by afternoon. Today we will be walking to the Osh Bazaar, see the Ala-Too square and I shall explain to you the various protests that took place at that point. Today is story day : about Kyrgyz people, about mongol domination, Russian empire and soviet era. We will also teach some basic Kyrgyz. For started: Hi is Salam.
Today we start our epic road journey through this Ex-Ussr country.The road has stunning natural scenery of mountains, valleys, and alpine lakes. Today is the day you will get to witness Issyk-Kul ( 2nd largest saline lake in the world ) . To give you a context of its size.
Our stay for tonight is in this cute and amazing hotel amidst the mountains .
DID YOU KNOW?
One of the best mixed martial arts fighters in the world is from Kyrgyzstan- Rafael Fiziev.
This will be our first and major hike in the country . The 15 kilometre hike is not too difficult and can be covered in 6-7 hours with enough breaks. The people who don’t want to hike can opt for an additional 4X4 vehicle that will take you there in 2-3 hours.
After a long day, Plunge into the hot springs of Altyn Arashan. The stay in the valley is straight out a fairy tale: You will be staying in Yurts , the facilities will be basic but you will not have anything to complain looking at the place we are at.
DID YOU KNOW?
The Epic of Manas is a longer poem than Homer's Odyssey. Every city you visit you will see a Manas statue indicating their love for poetry.
Trace our way back to hotel and get ready to resume our road trip next day. This itinerary is such designed that you get to see the natural landscapes as well as most of the cultural aspect of the place
DID YOU KNOW?
If Scrabble allowed place names Kyrgyzstan would give 30 points second to only Mozambique at 34.
Pack your beachwear today, as we will getting into the famous Issy-kul. Today we complete a circle of the lake. We will also go see the Old petroglyphs (around 1500 BC ) , imagine looking at a drawing someone drew 3520 years before (that’s 58 lifetimes ).
Post that, you will see for yourself how felt carpets are made. This is a women-run organisation where, if you buy things from them. It goes into employment of more women in the region.
DID YOU KNOW?
The ancient trading route *The Silk Road* runs through Kyrgyzstan. The silk road sites comprise one of the country’s three UNESCO heritage sites.
Today you will witness one of the most beautiful lakes in the world : Song Kul. There will be very less hiking today , we will be using a vehicle to reach Song Kul. Song Kul is at a height of 3016 m above the sea level. We will staying in yurts here today. I recommend carrying only essentials and keep remaining in the hotel locker room. The road is going to be very bumpy so dress appropriately.
Kochkor used to be a stop for merchants going to and from Kashgar, on the other side of Torugart Pass in China.
Today is our last day in the country so let's hit some nice pub. Carry one pair of clothes accordingly for a club.
DID YOU KNOW?
Horse Milk is Kyrgyzstan's National drink. That rhymed, an ode to manas.
Today we will be crossing the border and entering Kazakhstan.
Back in the days when vyshakh first travelled to the region , he had attempted doing this. He said it was humiliating to know that Indians weren't allowed to cross border back then. Now , all of it has changed and we too will be crossing the border with a passport that slowly gaining some power.
Today is also Nauryz festival in Almaty. Nauryz is a very important holiday for Kazakhs, which marks the beginning of a new year. It is celebrated several days starting from 21st of March, the day of the spring equinox.
Nauryz means ‘new day’, it is celebrated in the Great Steppes from ancient times.
DID YOU KNOW?
Bread is considered holy in Kyrgyzstan and should not be wasted. Be conscious when you place your order!
Let's try some Uzbek food for Lunch . Manti, Plov, Samsa, Lagman , Shahlik are some of the dishes you should try in any UZBEK restaurant.
Today we will start our day with big Almaty lake. The lake is closed for tourists since 2020 , but since you are travelling with us. Let's just say we know where to pull the strings. We will have the whole lake to ourselves and will have a private tour to the lake.
For dinner, Let's head to a Georgian Restaurant. Kubdari, Kachapur, Shkmeruli , Pkhali, Ajika and Tkemali are some of the dishes you shouldn't miss . Almaty has a lot of Georgian restaurants and i love that about this city.
First, we will head out to the infamous Ski resort just 30 mins away from the town . Its so cool to reach there as you listen to just 5 tracks via the Gandola.
we will be back in the city by evening to check out the Green bazaar. This takes about an hour or so only. Once done we will head to see Palfinov park and Republic square. Just like how we did in Bishkek, today we will take you through the history of Kazakhstan.
Today we are trying Kazak food for Dinner : Kurt, Kuurdak ,Beshbarmak, Tandyr Nan are some of the dishes you should try in any Kazak restaurant.
Today after a quick Nap in Sati, we will head to kolsai lake 1. Whoever wants to hike up to kolsai lake 2 can join us and the remaining people can take a walk around Lake 1 and relax at the cafe there.
The hike is about 15km , both the side.
Today evening, our team will be split into different Homestays. You will be staying with the locals and Kazakhstan participants. I believe this will give us a chance to talk with the locals and get to know them better.
We will also have a campfire and some games with our Kazakhstan group.
Today is happening day, You will see lakes, Steppes, and Canyons and all in just 6-8 hours. Isn't that awesome?
I am not writing many things in detail here as many companies have been copying our itineraries exactly the same. So I will leave the intricate details for the people who sign up for the trip 🙂
Head out from the hotel after breakfast and head to Singing Dunes. This heap of Sand is a mystery. No one knows how in the middle of flat land, this dune came to being.
Today we will have to carry something to eat because there are no options to eat out. Click here to see stories
How does singing dune make sound?
When the wind takes the sand away or if something touches the sand, it starts to fall, and the dune begins its song. Its one of those things you gotta witness to believe.
What does the Myth say ?
Some people say it's of a Devilish creature who fell asleep for so long that it turned into a dune and some say that the sounds are of a buried city which once existed in the region.
After a picnic in the steppes , we will head to the Aktau mountain ranges to see the array of shades play over the mountains.
I know a lot of people might not be into seeing Barren lands but trust me this is Mars like feeling. I was one of the people who wasn't fascinated by these terrains but boy, how wrong was I 😀
Next day, we will start heading to Almaty, which is 3 h 30 min away (320 km) . This route Is not on the tourist map but since we are doing a roadtrip, I want you to see the real backcountry lifestyle in small Kazakh towns.
Today is all about remembering how different our perspectives were about central Asian countries in general.
We will also stop at a man main reservoir which also acts as a beach. A quick dip would with our group would be super cool , What say !
Note : The pictures shown are from both winters and Summer. Winters will of course have more snow and a different view of course.
It was a good decision to choose oneintheorangejacket. I have done Nepal and Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzthan duo trip , both ended with such great memories and exhilarating views.The latter destination is unique from other travel companies and would definitely recommend it to others .
SLOTS AVAILABLE :
1290 USD / Person ( Before Feb 15 )
1310 USD / Person ( After Feb 15 )
655 USD / Person ( Only Kazakh )
Note: Indian trippers can pay using todays conversion rate from INR-USD
Write to us if you only want to do 1 country
You are loosing Rs.1000 by not referring this trip to your friend ( Refer to 2 friends who might join you & all of you gets Rs.1000 off each while you book together )
You can block the slot by paying a token amount of 10,000 INR for this trip either by UPI , credit card/ EMI or by Bank transfer.
Be Proud Of You. A Trip Is Gift To Self. When Was The Last Time You Gifted Yourself ?
You are loosing Rs.1,000 by not referring this trip to your friend ( Refer to 2 friends who might join you & all of you gets Rs.1,000 off each while you book together )
1. Homestay/ Lodging/ Hostel
2. Ski resort entry
3. Transportation : Bishkek Airport to Almaty Airport
4. All Breakfast
6. Local Transportation
7. Visa assistance
8. A Trained Outdoor leader to keep you safe. I Promise
1. Cost of any Extra Day
2. Lunch and dinner
3. All flights
4. Any expenses due to deviation from itinerary
5. Kyrgyzstan Visa ( 45$ ) and letter of invitation( 50 $ ) How to Apply
Sure . Here are the bank details:) : once done , don’t forget to email us on : [email protected]
BANK DETAILS :
A/C HOLDER’S NAME: Orange Jacket Adventures LLP
A/c No : 169105000957
RTGS/NEFT IFSC CODE : ICIC0001691
BANK NAME AND BRANCH: ICICI , Thoppumpady
Account type : Current account
UPI : 9746721789.ibz@icici
Before 45 days of trip, there will be 20% cancellation charge.
Before 30 days and within 44 days of arrival, there will be 30% cancellation charge.
Before 15 days and within 29 days of arrival ,there will be 50% cancellation charge.
Within 14 days of trip there will be 100% cancellation charges. All this been said if you or me can find a replacement for the slot. I will be happy to refund the entire amount. 🙂
Winter packing list
1. Thick winter jacket/Parka jackets - 1
2. Warm hoodies - 2
3. Synthetic/cotton pants - 3
4. Full sleeves tees/shirt - 4
5. Sunhat - 1
6. Woolen head-scarf/muffler - 1
7. 2 pairs of thermals - 2
8. Woolen monkey cap/balaclava - 1
9. Warm merino wool socks - 3
10. Swimwear (for Sauna) - 1
11. Wind and water-resistant pants for skiing - 1
12. Waterproof hiking boots - 1
13. Long boots for cities - 1
14. Sandals/flip-flops - 1
15. Towel - 1
16. Very warm scarf - 1
17. Gloves - 1
Regular packing list
1. Warm hoodies ( 1 nos )
2. Synthetic / cotton pants/ Bottom ( 3-4 nos )
3. Full sleeves tees/ shirt/ Top ( 7 nos )
5. Swimwear ( For Sauna ) .
6. Hiking boots
7. Comfortable shoes for sightseeing
Most people come alone for my trips. About 25% of the people bring a friend or partner.Honestly It really doesn't matter. I have seen on all the batches I have lead. Most people really gel with everyone, even the ones who thought wouldn't gel up, surprise themselves always with the way they got comfortable with everyone.
Each trek/ trip is rated according to the number of days we spend outdoors . If you aren't sure where to start, go with an easy trip or trek.
I dreamed of trips where we could go out hike , get exhausted , come back to hotel and have a great evening. This is exactly why some of my trips have Day hikes in it. It is a perfect chance for people who have never hiked in their entire life. Don't worry, We are there :).
you can start with Sandhakphu or Chandrashila . You can also benchmark yourself for the treks.
1. If you can run for 30 mins and cover around 3-3.5 km , then you can go ahead with an easy trek
2. If you can run for 30 mins and cover around 3.5-4 km , then you can go ahead with an moderate trek
3. If you can run for 30 mins and cover around 4-5 km , then you can go ahead with an difficult trek
If you have never done a high altitude trek, then start with a easy or Easy- moderate trek. That way you will understand how your body reacts to high altitude and you can check you cardio strength too.
Usually, most batch sizes are between 12-20 people who are aged between 16-38. Most people come alone or with a friend. The trip would feel like you are travelling more with college friends than strangers. We tend to do more outdoorsy things than regular trips .
For example : If we find a very pretty waterfall/ a beautiful sunset / Rainbow on the way. We would stop the vehicle right away to catch the beauty of it.
We usually sleep very late on these trips as we play a lot of group games and most people feel they will miss the precious time with the group members and decides to stay awake.
Flights are not included, but we'll be your travel genie and here are all details : Here! ✈️🧞♂️
We have 3 optional hikes in the trip. Kolsai Lake , Sand dunes and Altyn Arashan national park . Those who don’t want to hike can avail vehicle service for a small cost in Kolsai Lake and Altyn Arashan national park . Get those hiking boots ready! Mountains await! 🏔️💪🥾
Our team lead will be there, speaking fluent English and decent local language to save the day. Let's break down those language barriers together! 🧙♀️🌟
We embrace solo travelers like long-lost superheroes. Prepare to meet fellow solo explorers, create lifelong friendships, and unleash your inner wanderlust warrior.
Oh, you better believe it! We've strategically carved out some free time for you to indulge in leisure activities and retail therapy. 💃💸
Whether you're a couch potato or a fitness guru, we'll ensure you have a blast and create memories that will make you flex those muscles with pride! 💪😄. No fitness level is required for this trip
Yes . we have a session of that too 🙂
Well, we will be meeting the eagles and getting to know how to hold them but hunting isnt happening on this trip 🙂 🦅✨
Credit cards are accepted . Note that all cards will have a transaction fee and make sure your card is active.
In Kazakhstan, it's the Kazakhstani tenge (KZT), and in Kyrgyzstan, it's the Kyrgyzstani som (KGS). 💵💰
Kyrgyzstan requires you to have a E visa that needs to be applied before. You need to get a Letter of invitation from us for that. Kazakhstan is Visa free for Indians.
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