Day as a Nomad, Kyrgyz-Ata
Experience horse games, a yurt lunch, hiking, and more!
Leave the bustle of the city behind for a day and experience life as a Kyrgyz nomad at Kyrgyz-Ata National Park. After stopping at a local village, you'll enjoy a traditional Kyrgyz feast in a yurt. On a nearby jailoo (high pasture), you'll watch in wonder as lively nomadic horse games unfold amid a backdrop of lush green hills and snowcapped peaks. Before you get too comfortable, get ready for participatory game of tug-of-war, Kyrgyz style! You'll also have the opportunity to enjoy a short hike to work off lunch and immerse yourself — and disconnect — in nature and the mountains.
Enjoy multiple days of experience, endless memories and amazing photographs in just this one day!
- Experience a traditional Kyrgyz village and lunch* in a yurt with local musicians.
- View — and possibly participate in — traditional Kyrgyz nomadic horse games and other sports.
- Short hike in Kyrgyz-Ata National Park to enjoy the views of mountain peaks and lush valleys.
* Please inform us in advance (upon booking request) if you or anyone in your group is vegetarian or has any food allergies.
Day as a Nomad in Kyrgyz-Ata
Full Day | from 2,000 KGS
- Transportation to/from Kyrgyz-Ata
- Entrance fee to National Park
- Local English-speaking guide
- All food, tea, and local drinks
- Music and folklore show
- Traditional nomadic Kyrgyz horse games
- Short hike
Not Included in Price:
Juice, soda, or alcoholic beverages
What Others Say About This Tour
Kyrgyz nomads have called the mountains of Kyrgyzstan home for many millennia. Likewise, the rich traditions of colorfully outfitted yurts, hearty mountain food, traditional folk music, and fascinating horse games have developed over time. This day tour pulls together the region's most notable nomadic traditions into a full day spent living as a nomad. You'll feast in a traditional yurt to the sounds of traditional music — wonder at the beautiful sound of a komuz as musicians share with you traditional sounds of the nomads.
Horses remain an important part of Kyrgyz life to this day and after lunch you'll marvel as the make their way across the mountains in a lively display of traditional horse games. Other games are also selected as an immersive and interactive experience of the region's best nomadic games. These games and sports are still practiced at local festivals, weddings, and events. During this experience, travelers are invited to try their hand and join the fun. Afterwards, the hiking nearby is suitable for hikers of any skill level, from gentle strolling to a short-but-challenging hike to a nearby vista.
Since many of the activities of the day will be outside and in the mountains, be sure to dress in warm, comfortable clothes and shoes suited for the outdoors. This is also a full day in nature, so bring your cameras fully charged. We'll pick you up just after breakfast, and you'll have a full day outside of town, enjoying the rich traditions of the Kyrgyz nomads. By the time you return to your guesthouse that evening (in time for dinner!), you'll have a trove of memories and photos to enjoy.
Tour Location and Meeting Point
This tour will pick you up at your accommodation in the morning, so be sure to indicate the name of your hotel or guest house when booking. From there, we will provide transportation to Kyrgyz-Ata where the rest of the tour will take place.