What kind of trip is Kyrgyzstan on a motorcycle?
This trip to explore Kyrgyzstan by motorcycle is a mixed route (asphalt and mountain tracks) through this fascinating Central Asian country. Our carefully planned motorcycle tour in Kyrgyzstan combines paved roads and mountain tracks, offering an enriching experience for adventure lovers on two wheels. Meticulously designed, this trip aims to provide a complete and authentic view of Kyrgyzstan and southern Kazakhstan, exploring its landscapes and discovering its hidden treasures. It is an ideal choice for motorcyclists looking to explore new destinations and enjoy the thrill of riding in varied environments.
How do we get to and return from Kyrgyzstan?
To get to and from Kyrgyzstan, there are regular flights operated by Turkish Airlines and Pegasus Airlines from many capital cities in Europe to Manas International Airport in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan. These airlines offer convenient and frequent connections, for reasonable prices (around 500-600€ round trip). Arrival in the country is at your own, although the reception at the airport is included in the cost of the trip.
Is the plan for everyone to fly together, or is the meeting point in Kyrgyzstan?
Regarding the flights, although the meeting point is at the reception hotel in Kyrgyzstan, we will do our best to facilitate coordination so that participants fly together as much as possible. Since participants may have different departure points, we will coordinate schedules and flights so that the largest possible grouping can be achieved. This will allow the group to travel together and enjoy the experience from the beginning. Our goal is to provide comfort and facilitate interaction among participants, creating a cohesive environment from the beginning of the trip.
Who can participate in this trip?
This trip is open to all those who wish to participate and feel motivated to do so. Although it does not require a high level of motorcycle riding skill, it is recommended to have some experience in motorcycle routes and to have tried off-road riding on hard terrain (mountain trails).
What types of motorcycles are available for rental?
Our partners in Kyrgyzstan have a selection of trail and enduro motorcycles for this route. The trail bikes, although not the latest models, are in good condition and offer comfort and versatility on different types of terrain, making them an ideal choice for touring Kyrgyzstan’s mixed roads. In addition, enduro bikes are also available for those who wish to experience more agile off-road riding (although it may be less comfortable on the asphalt parts). It is important to note that bike options will be subject to availability at the time of registration, and the options still available will be offered so that participants can choose the bike that best suits their preferences and abilities.
Can debit or credit cards be used in Kyrgyzstan? Can EUR or USD be exchanged?
In Kyrgyzstan, debit and credit cards can be used in many establishments, especially in urban and tourist areas, although it is advisable to carry cash in Kyrgyz som (KGS) for transactions in smaller places. In addition, euros (EUR) and US dollars (USD) can be exchanged at banks and authorized exchange houses, preferably carrying paper money in good condition and smaller quantities. However, outside urban areas, it may be more difficult to find places to exchange currency, so it is advisable to do so in areas with greater access to financial services (e.g., upon arrival in Bishkek).
What type of hotels will we be staying at?
During our motorcycle trip in Kyrgyzstan, we will stay in a combination of mid-range hotels and charming yurt-camps. These accommodations have been carefully selected to provide comfort and an authentic experience. The hotels will offer modern comforts, while the yurt-camps will allow us to immerse ourselves in the nomadic culture of the region and enjoy the natural beauty of Kyrgyzstan in a unique way. Both hotels and yurt-camps are designed to ensure a pleasant and memorable stay for all trip participants. All accommodations include dinner and breakfast. In the hotels you will sleep in a shared double room (except for those who have paid the optional single supplement), while in the yurt-camps you sleep in shared yurts of about 4 people. The yurts are spacious and, although there are no toilets in the yurt itself, there are toilets in adjacent yurts.
Are we going as a group, riding solo, or exploring on our own?
We will travel in a group coordinated by our road leader. The pace of the trip may vary during the day, but as we follow the same itinerary and spend the night together, we will always regroup in the afternoon. In addition, we will have an assistance vehicle that will follow the end of the group, ensuring that the trip is a success.
Can this trip be done with a pillion on the motorcycle, an additional passenger?
Yes, this trip can be made with a companion. However, it is important to keep in mind that off-road areas require experience and specific driving skills. At the time of registration, a pre-assessment will be conducted to determine the ability and safety of each participant wishing to travel with a companion. This ensures that both of you are prepared and can enjoy the adventure safely. For the driving areas on paved roads, no additional experience is required.
What is the weather like in Kyrgyzstan in July? Temperature, rainfall…
In July, Kyrgyzstan offers warm and pleasant weather, with daytime temperatures ranging from 25 to 35 degrees Celsius in the lower areas, such as Bishkek and Lake Issyk-Kul. In the mountainous regions, temperatures are cooler, around 15 to 25 degrees, and at night it can be cold. This month is generally dry, with little rainfall, providing ideal conditions for enjoying the scenery and traveling by motorcycle. It is advisable to bring adequate clothing for the warm weather, sun protection and some warm clothes for the cooler nights in the mountains.
How is the traffic in Kyrgyzstan?
Traffic in Kyrgyzstan varies depending on location. In major cities, such as Bishkek, there can be congestion during rush hour, although compared to larger cities, traffic tends to be less intense. In rural areas and roads outside cities, traffic is generally lighter and smoother, allowing for a quieter drive. It is important to respect local traffic regulations, use caution in mountainous areas and watch out for slow vehicles, such as cattle or horses in some rural areas. Overall, a relatively comfortable driving experience can be enjoyed in Kyrgyzstan, with the need to adjust to traffic and road conditions in every situation.
What documents do I need for this motorcycle trip to Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan?
To travel to Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, you will need some essential documents. First, make sure you have a valid passport with at least six months validity from the date of departure. Fortunately, it is not necessary to obtain a visa to enter these countries if you are a citizen of many countries, including several countries in Europe, North America and Latin America. However, it is always advisable to check the updated entry requirements to Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan prior to your trip, as regulations may change. In addition, it is advisable to have travel insurance to cover possible medical emergencies during your stay. Remember to bring with you any other specific documentation that may be required.
Can you buy a phone SIM card to have internet during the trip?
In Kyrgyzstan, it is possible to purchase a telephone SIM card to access the Internet while traveling. Prepaid SIM cards can be purchased from different telecom operators in authorized stores. It is advisable to carry your passport to register your SIM card. Once obtained, you can recharge with credit and use mobile data, messaging and calling services according to available plans. It is advisable to verify coverage, tariffs and phone compatibility prior to purchase.
What languages are spoken in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan?
In Kyrgyzstan, the official language is Kyrgyz, which belongs to the Turkic language family. However, Russian is also widely used and is considered a de facto official language. In Kazakhstan, the official language is Kazakh, which also belongs to the Turkic language family. However, Russian also has official status and is widely spoken and understood in the country. In addition to these languages, English speakers can be found in both nations, especially in tourist areas and among the younger generation. It is advisable to use translation applications if you do not speak the local languages.
Do the guides who accompany us speak Spanish or English?
Both the GR11 Viajes team and our collaborators in Kyrgyzstan speak Spanish, English and Russian, ensuring smooth communication and an enriching experience.