Welcome to Central Asia, land of the Silk Road, Pamir Mountains, Tian-Shan (Celestial) Mountains, the open spaces of high plateaus and paradise of green valleys. Come and enjoy the nomadic way of life of the Kyrgyz people and discover this magical land with Shepherd’s Way Trekking. The founders of the company are Ishen, Gulmira and Rash Obolbekov.
We are the descendants of traditional Kyrgyz shepherds. We take visitors on odysseys through the hidden valleys and verdant meadows of the Tian-Shan Mountains. The Tian-Shan landscape is our home. We spent our childhood summers on horseback in the ancient Kyrgyz fashion, herding our family’s flocks to the summer pastures hemmed in by snow-capped peaks. Now, with the aid of excellent English skills, we share expert knowledge of the area and people with visitors from around the world.
While with us, you will be warmly welcomed and feel like a member of our traditional Kyrgyz family. Our main base is located in Barskoon village, on the southern shore of Lake Issyk-Kul, which is still relatively undeveloped and unspoilt – offering magnificent scenery.
Barskoon is an ancient Silk Road village of around 9,000 inhabitants. The locals are friendly and make you feel very welcome. Mahmud-al-Kashgari (also called al-Barskani) lived here during the 11th century. He is best known as the author of the first ever comparative dictionary of Turkic languages, written in Baghdad during 1072-74 and includes specimens of pre-Islamic Turkic poetry. He travelled widely and his map of the known world at that time shows Barskoon as “the centre of the world”.
We specialize in providing horse treks throughout Kyrgyzstan, which allows you to see an abundance of wildlife and to meet and stay with authentic Kyrgyz nomads.
Once clients have visited Kyrgyzstan with Shepherd’s Way Trekking, like a magnet it pulls them back. We have clients that have not just visited us once, but return annually. Some have been returning for the last 10-15 years!
Over the past 17 years, we have received visitors from different parts of the world – such as Switzerland, France, UK, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Ireland, Austria, Czech Republic,Hungary, Poland Russia, USA, Canada, Australia, Japan and China. We have successfully organized more than 700 treks to different parts of Kyrgyzstan. We continue to develop new routes and presently can offer our clients more than 20 itineraries around Kyrgyzstan.
In short we belong to the unique Kyrgyz land, called by many people the “Switzerland of Asia”.