Excursion to Burana and Shamsi

Excursion to Burana and Shamsi

In the morning the group gather on the Old Square of Bishkek near to the Lenin’s Monument. Today we are going to one of the most beautiful places in Kyrgyzstan, the Shamsi Valley. There are huge fir trees and tall pine trees growing in Shamsi, also this place is used as a zhailoo (summer pasture). This is one of the most wonderful places to ride horses. On arrival, we meet the local guide, take our horses and enjoy the beautiful scenery on horseback.

After horseback riding tea at local guest house. On the way back to Bishkek we will visit the ancient city of Balasagun. One of the capital of the Karakhanid Kingdom. We will see the most beautiful Burana Tower, visit a small museum on the territory of the complex, as well as a collection of kayrak (gravestones), balbal and hand mills.

When you return to Bishkek, we will bring you to the same place from which we picked you up, the Old Square.

Group size: 4-12 people Season: All year around Trip duration: 1 day

Short description

The Shamsi Gorge is located 120 km from Bishkek and is considered to be the most picturesque place in Kyrgyzstan. The gorge is crossed by the river of the same name with a lot of stony thresholds.

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Activities


Includes:

  • Guide service
  • Transport
  • lunch at the guest house
  • Entering tickets to Burana complex.

Not included:

  • Accommodation
  • Personal expenses

Important

Recommendations: Since the weather in the mountains is quite unpredictable, we advise you to take with you on the trip, warm clothes, comfortable shoes, sunglasses and sunscreen, and snack

P.S. There might be some small changes in the program due to unforeseen circumstances (weather,road repair etc.)

We hope for your understanding.

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Bishkek – Shamsi – Burana – Bishkek

The Shamsi Gorge is located 120 km from Bishkek.After horseback riding tea at local guest house. On the way back to Bishkek we will visit the ancient city of Balasagun. One of the capital of the Karakhanid Kingdom. We will see the most beautiful Burana Tower, visit a small museum on the territory of the complex, as well as a collection of kayrak (gravestones), balbal and hand mills.

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    Som (Kyrgyz som) is the monetary unit of the Kyrgyz Republic. One som is equal to one hundred tyyns. Kyrgyzstan was one of the first countries of the former Soviet Union (and the first in post-Soviet Central Asia) to adopt its own national currency. The average exchange rate is about 85-95 KGS per dollar, or 95-105 KGS per euro. You can review the most recent exchange rate in: https://www.nbkr.kg/index.jsp?lang=ENG You can do it in a bank branch, but also in the center of Bishkek there are a huge number of exchange offices. When exchanging banknotes, they must be in very good condition and without any marks. Small denomination bills are exchanged at a slightly lower rate.
    In large cities, almost in any store you can pay for a purchase or service by credit card, but still cash is more welcome. As for the small villages and settlements, there is only cash.
    There are several mobile network operators in Kyrgyzstan. You can choose any of them: Beeline, Megacom, O! You can buy a SIM card in any shopping center, there are branches of various mobile operators. When you register you will be asked for your passport and offered the most convenient and advantageous tariff for you.
    For sure you would like to make a lot of photos and that's ok. In case of closed places or if you want to make photos to local people, ask first for permission, and remember to show a respectful attitude.
    There are mainly three types of public transport. Buses, trolleybuses and minibuses. The fee ranges from 11 to 15 som. (Less than 20 cents of euro). There is also a very good taxi service, with multiple companies and very affordable. An average trip by taxi can cost between 100 and 200 soms, that is, between 1 and 2 euros. There are shuttles between towns and cities. The cost depends on both the frequency and the distance.
    You can drive with your international permit and you can rent cars if you wish. But you can't taste a drop of alcohol. The traffic police can stop you at any roadblock and check your alcohol level. The tolerance is zero. If you have drunk, however little, you will have problems and you will have to pay a fine.

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