A special group tour led by conservationist, charity founder and photographer, Joan Pollock
Apart from running this charity, Joan Pollock works in the travel business. On 19th June she is taking a special tour to Kyrgyzstan to see the Textiles of the Nomads. This includes visits to museums, Women’s co-operatives, practise carpet making, see the eagle hunters and how they work. Visit some ancient sites that go back over 2000 years. Stay on the edge of Son Kol Lake in a Yurt and enjoy nature.
Experience the sublime landscapes and fascinating nomadic culture of Kyrgyzstan this summer on a special TransIndus group tour. Devised and led by Central Asia expert Joan Pollock, the route covers the most rugged, mountainous stretch of the old Silk Road between China and Uzbekistan – a region of sun-lit snow peaks, vast blue-green glacial lakes and pastures dotted with yurt encampments.
Joan has timed the trip to coincide with two of the country’s great cultural events: the weekly livestock market at Karakol, which attracts herders from a wide area; and the annual Shyrdak Festival of Felt Art, where you’ll be able to buy the finest quality Kyrgyz rugs and carpets, and watch them being made by the country’s top artisans.
In additional to seeing some of the most spellbinding vistas in Central Asia, you’ll also get to experience life in a genuine nomads’ camp, sample traditional Kyrgyz and Uyghur cuisine, and learn about the region’s Russian colonial legacy through its art and architecture.
Accommodation throughout will be in comfortable, well run hotels and luxury yurt camps set up in glorious locations. The weather in late June and early July is optimal, with warm, mostly dry and sunny weather, and night-time temperatures comparable with those of northern Europe.