Participant Travel Plans


Travel Tips

Kyrgyzstan's international airport is Manas Airport in Bishkek (airport code FRU). Standard routes to/from Bishkek are via Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO) on Aeroflot Russian Airlines or Istanbul Atatürk Airport (IST) on Turkish Airlines. Other transit locations include Dubai (DXB) in the United Arab Emirates, Urumqi (URC) in western China, or Almaty (ALA) in Kazakhstan. NOTE that we have heard bad reviews of the low-cost Turkish carrier, Pegasus Airlines!


You must arrive in Bishkek by early morning the day before your tour start date, and plan your departure for two days after your tour end date. The same applies to self-guided bookings if you opted for the transport and lodging package. As an example, for the WK1 January 29-February 4 dates, you would need to arrive Bishkek the morning of January 28 and depart Bishkek the morning of February 6. As you'll find, most flights arrive and depart Bishkek in the predawn hours.

To confirm you're on the right track with your planning, please consult the "Tour dates" dropdown on our travel plans form.


Please confirm your planned travel itinerary with us before booking your flights.


Please do not hesitate to contact us with any travel related questions.

PLEASE NOTE! If you are traveling together as a group, we ask that you designate a single group member to submit your travel plans.

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Please let us know if there's anything else we should know about your travel plans - if you're planning to arrive earlier or stay later than the required dates, etc. We are happy to put you in touch with the guesthouse we work with in Bishkek to arrange airport pickup (if arriving early) and extra night(s) accommodation direct through them. If planning to stay longer in the Karakol area after leaving the yurts, PLEASE NOTE that the entire group must be on the same schedule! You have paid for group transport between Bishkek-Karakol-Bishkek, not for transport according to your individual schedule. If you plan on staying extra nights in Karakol as a group, please let us know and we will happily request additional night(s) accommodation at our partners' guesthouse, which is where you will stay the night that you ride out from the yurts.