DEMOISELLE CRANES & APRICOT SAKURA

Kyrgyzstan 12.04 - 22.04.2023; 11-days birdwatching with Miksture

TRAVEL DESCRIPTION

Duration                                            11-days

Type                                                   Roundtrip with bus/4X4 and English / German                                                                / Scandinavian and German speaking Miksture                                                                Tour Leaders  

Price                                                   From 1.398 USD pr. person in shared DBL room 

Sngl room                                          300 USD           

Deposit                                              500 USD pr. person

Visa                                                     Depending on country of origin. Information                                                                   when booking the tour

Vaccination                                        Yes, against COVID-19 (If no vaccination PCR-                                                                 test might be needed)

 

Keybirds: Himalayan Snowcock, Demoiselle Crane, Black-throated Thrush, Ibisbill, Chukar Partridge, Bearded & Cinereous Vulture, Himalayan Griffon, Golden Eagle, White-winged Woodpecker, Spotted Nutcracker, Red-headed Bunting, Pied Wheatear, Daurian Shrike, Blue-capped, Guldenstadt’s & Eversmann’s Redstart, Black-throated, Brown & Altai Accentor, Azure, Songar and Rufous-naped Tit, White-browed Tit-warbler, Siberian Chiffchaff, White-crowned Penduline Penduline Tit, Brandts and Plain Mountain Finch, White-winged Grosbeak, Brown (Himalayan) and ssp leucogaster (White-bellied) Dipper, Citrine & and Masked Wagtail. 

Habitats Covered

Foothills, high mountains, valleys, pristine spruce forest, alpine meadows, wetlands, marshes, reed beds, lakes and agricultural landscapes 

 

Expected Climate

Generally cool and sunny - cold in the mountains 

 

Group Size

2 - 8 with one Miksture leader

 

Tour Pace & Walking

Relaxed to moderate at times with generally easy walking

 

Accommodation

Comfortable lodging in hotels and guesthouses 

Ease of Birding

Easy 

Other Attractions

Spectacular scenery, pristine mountains, Silk Road history and culture 

Photographic Opportunities

EXCELLENT! Especially the Demoiselle Cranes.

SCHEDULED 2023 DEPARTURE

 

12.04 - 22.04 2023

Tour Leader: Michael Westerbjerg Andersen

Tour price (Per person): USD 1,398 

THE TOUR AT A GLANCE...

 

Day 1.           Departure

Day 2.           Arrival Bishkek. City tour and welcome dinner. O/N                         Bishkek

Day 3.           Bishkek - Karakol. O/N Karakol

Day 4.           Dancing Demoiselle Cranes. O/N Karakol

Day 5.           Karakol. Sunday Livestock Market, Przhevalsky                                Museum and Memorial Set, Dungan Mosque and                            Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Trinity. O/N Karakol

Day 6.          Karakol – Tamga (private chartered bus); Southern                         shore of Issyk Kul, Jeti- Oghuz; red sandstone cliffs -                       Broken Heart & Seven Bulls. O/N Tamga

Day 7.         Easy hiking to Tamga Tash; Tibetan Buddhist                                   inscriptions and afternoon excursion to Barskaun                             mountain gorge; among amazing mountainous                               landscapes Son Kul 

Day 8.        Thermal springs and accommodation for one night in                    comfortable nomadic yurts.

Day 9.        Kyrgyz crafts; Shyrdak, beautiful felt carpets and                              transfer to Bishkek (private bus). O/N Bishkek

Day 10.      Ala Archa National Park; alpine landscapes and wild                       tulips. Mnt birding

Day 11.     Final departures

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FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS:

Costs: $1,398 , excluding international flights to/from Kyrgyzstan

Single supplement:   $300

Deposit: : $500

Group size: minimum 2 and maximum 8   

Availability: Spaces available for 2023    

Leader:   Michael Westerbjerg Andersen

Tour dates, prices, single supplement rates, approximate flight costs and spaces available for this tour are displayed on our website. Please see under IMPORTANT NOTES below.

 

The tour fee includes:

  • All meals from breakfast on day 2 to breakfast on day 11

  • All lodgings;

  • Airport transfers;

  • Ground transportation;

  • Reserve entrance fees;

  • All guiding services (including tips for local guides and services)

  • Local beer & wine for Dinner in restaurants/cafes.

     

  • The tour fee does not include:

  • Visa fees;

  • International flights

  • Telephone calls; and

  • Laundry and other items of a personal nature.

     

  • Single Supplement: The single supplement cost for this tour will be charged if you wish to have single accommodation. If we cannot provide you with a rooming partner for these nights although you choose to share, the single supplement will become applicable. We will make all reasonable efforts to ensure that a rooming partner is found if you do wish to share.

     

  • IMPORTANT NOTES: a) Due to constantly fluctuating exchange rates, we quote our tours in USD. The tour price is however fixed only in the currency printed in bold, and the actual cost in the other currencies listed will be adjusted according to prevailing exchange rates at the time of final invoicing (usually 4 months before the tour.) The same applies to approximate flight and single supplement rates, which are also quoted in the respective fixed currency. b) Rates are based upon group tariffs; if the tour does not have sufficient registration a small party supplement will have to be charged. c) Furthermore, these costs are subject to unforeseen increases in tour related costs and may have to be adjusted as a result. d) Lastly, we may be forced to change or alter the itinerary and / or the designated Miksture leader/s at short or no notice due to unforeseen circumstances; please be aware that we will attempt to adhere as close to the original program as possible.

  • Tipping: As noted above, gratuities (drivers, hotel staff, restaurants etc.) are included on this tour. However, this does NOT include your Miksture leader/s. If, therefore, you feel that he/they have given you excellent service, it is entirely appropriate to tip them.

  • Special Notes:  It is important for the comfort of your fellow travellers that you do not over-pack. Kindly stick to 20kg (44lb) for check-in luggage and 8kg (+-18lb) for hand luggage.  

  • We will spend two nights camping in southern Kazakhsta. The camp is with reasonably sized tents. A sleeping bag is provided, but you may bring your own should you wish. It is perhaps more convenient to bring a sleeping bag liner rather. The camp has a separate kitchen and food tent where meals are served. Washing facilities while camping will be basic. Toilets are simplistic.

  • Much of the tour will be in remote areas with limited medical facilities or hospitals. Please ensure that you have all the necessary medication that you require for the duration of the tour.

  • Although it will be sunny, the temperatures can vary greatly, from comfortable warm days temperatures of 15 to 18 degrees Celsius in the lowlands (but cool in the mornings), to cold with rain and even snow possible at any time in the mountains.

  • Warm clothes, including gloves, woollen hat, raingear, hiking boots and thermals will come in handy for the cooler days.

  • Fitness: In general this tour does not require a high level of fitness, but participants should be in good general health as most of the birding will be done on foot, and may require moderate walking for several hours at a time. Some of the walks in the mountains will, however, be more strenuous. Should you have any physical limitations, please notify us in advance of departure.

  • Central Asian cuisine is relatively limited in variety, but usually, salad, soup and meat form the primary basis of all meals. We will have opportunities to try regional specialities at various locations on the tour.

     

  • ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE DETAILS:
    This tour does not include any International airfares. The main tour will commenced conclude in Manas Airport, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on day 2. As we depart early on this day, you are required to be present in Kazakhstan early morning or the night before the tour starts. The tour will conclude with a transfer to Manas International Airport (Kyrgyzstan) after breakfast on day 11.

    The above information in respect of arrivals and departures is a guide only. Precise arrival and departure information will be sent to you in your Tour Confirmation package once the tour has been officially confirmed. If you wish to arrive early and/or depart late and would like assistance in this regard, kindly contact the Miksture office.

  • FLIGHTS:

    Bishkek International Airport (IATA: FRU) is the main port of entry and exit. The airport are reliably serviced by a few international carriers, including Turkish Airlines, Aeroflot and Pegasus Airlines. Please DO NOT book any flights until you have consulted the Miksture office for confirmation on the status of the tour.

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