Kyrgyzstan - The Shepherd's Way
Here are what some of our customers have had to say about our Kyrgyzstan - The Shepherd's Way cycling holidays...
Carol Hubberstey & Clair Wakefield, Victoria BC, Canada
This was our first organized bike tour - we usually organize our own bike trips - but we wanted to do something different and redspokes offered Kyrgyzstan! The trip did not disappoint: the vistas were stunningly beautiful and the cycling was appropriately challenging, mostly due to very rough (i.e. unpaved) surfaces, which we were not accustomed to as road cyclists. We had so much fun with the off road parts as well as with the downhill portions. We loved the semi-nomadic culture and our time at Son-Kol lake and the yurt camp. The local team was excellent.
One caution is to be sure to take proper clothing for cold, wet weather at high altitude.
Douglas Pulleyblank, Vancouver, Canada
Данияр (Daniyar) and the support crew were great -- not only did I love Kyrgyzstan, I loved the fact that they all did too. They dealt with the inevitable issues that arose smoothly, were always in good spirits (even on the days when we hit wind, rain, hail...and yeah, we had a couple of those), made great food, and were excellent guides into Kyrgyz language and culture. If I ever toyed with the idea of getting into the support van, I knew that Данияр would support that -- but was really hoping we could just keep cycling. Another memorable Redspokes trip. Кооз жаратылыш!
Vicky Seymour, La Rippe, Switzerland
This is an excellent trip - The guide was probably one of the best I have ever had on any tour, nothing was too small or too much to be achieved. The quality of food and accommodation is very good, I was particularly impressed with the range of vegetarian food available. I loved staying with the local families and in the yurts. All the people involved were highly welcoming and hugely enhanced the enjoyment of the trip.
The riding is challenging, but not overly so - the scenery is spectacular and the route has been well-considered to offer sufficient challenges without being tortuous! The bikes available for rent are perfectly adequate for the job and the support is highly professional, competent and reassuring.
Ruth Murphy, Wellington, New-Zealand
Our redspokes trip to Kyrgyzstan exceeded our expectations. The pre-trip communication was efficient and helpful. The trip was well-organized and the itinerary exposed us to different landscapes and aspects of Kyrgyz life. Our Kyrgyz crew were wonderful and helped us gain an insight into their intriguing and beautiful country. The cycling is challenging due to the roughness of the roads but the rewards far outweigh the difficulties - it is a truly stunning country that is only just starting to be discovered!
Stuart Hill, Kurnell, Australia
One of the most rewarding incredible adventures I have ever had the pleasure to experience! Would definitely do this again!
Floyd Christofferson, California, USA
The Kyrgyzstan tour was a phenomenal way to see this very beautiful country. From the challenging climbs, exhilarating descents, and the many interactions with people along the route, it was a very satisfying tour.
In particular, our tour organizer Aikokul was a constant source of information and context. She and her small team did a phenomenal job of managing to keep everything on track.
Dave Mooney, California, USA
We had a wonderful trip in Kyrgyzstan with redspokes. The country is beautiful of course, but the cultural experience was the best part of the trip. The people are wonderful and happy to see tourists on bikes. The homestays made the experience even better.
Holly Notcutt and Ed Anderson, Norfolk, UK
Our trip to Kyrgyzstan was unforgettable. The scenery took our breath away, our fellow travellers were great company, and the local hospitality was second to none. The trip was my biggest cycling challenge yet, and yet has left me excited for more!
Aniki and Henk, Utrecht, Netherlands
This was the first time with redspokes and was in every way a success. Especially my thanks to Kyrgyzstan guide Aikokul, who made our time even more interesting and enjoyable with her enthusiasm, knowledge and humour!
Becca Davis, London, England, United Kingdom
A wonderful experience in Kyrgyzstan! The cycling was tough but the beautiful scenery made it worth it. Aikokul was the most amazing guide, a veritable fountain of knowledge/ resourcefulness/ kindness and wit!
The people, food and landscape of Kyrgyzstan surpassed all expectations and we all fell in love with the country. Thank you redspokes for an unforgettable trip!