Kyrgyzstan – Run The Silk Road Marathon

9 May 18

Kyrgyzstan – Run The Silk Road Marathon


Run the Silk Run takes place annually in northern Tian Shan mountains, in eastern Kyrgyzstan, on the shores of Issyk-Kul Lake (1609m). The race route traverse through part of the Silk Route with historic architecture and magnificent alpine views along the run. The race, which is held in May each year, is dedicated to the memory of Satymkul Dzhumanazarov – a Soviet marathon runner from Kyrgyzstan, who took his place as a bronze medalist, on the podium of the Olympic marathon in 1980.

Issyk-Kul Lake, a protected marshland and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, is an endorheic lake, the tenth largest lake in the world by volume and the second largest saline lake after the Caspian Sea. Issyk-Kul means "warm lake" in the Kyrgyz language; although it is surrounded by snow-capped peaks, it never freezes. Aside from the protected marshlands, the lake is also surrounded by two mountain ranges -  Ala-Too (sunny) Mountains to the north and to the south the Terskey (shady) Ala-Too Mountains.Issyk-Kul was a popular stop on the Silk Road. The Silk Road or Silk Route was an ancient network of trade routes that were for centuries central to cultural interaction originally through regions of Eurasia connecting the East and West and stretching from the Korean peninsula and Japan to the Mediterranean Sea.

The 7th international marathon of Kyrgyzstan - Run The Silk Road is held on 12 May 2018



Group size: 6 people

Last Registration: 25 April 2018

Group size package fees:

2 people3 people4 people 5 people 6 people
$1780 per person$1480 per person$1330 per person$1230 per person$1180 per person

DayDescriptionMealsAltitude at Rest Point
Day 1Arrive Bishkek. If there is time, take an afternoon easy hike in Ala Archa Natural Park.-/-/D800m
Day 2Bishkek – Issyk Kul Lake (Bosteri Village /280km)

En route visit 3 historical sights listed in UNESCO in 2013:

- Nevaket ancient settlement/ Krasnaya Rechka
- Suyab ancient settlement/ Ak Beshim
- Balasagyn ancient settlement/ Complex Burana
Day 3Marathon registration and race pack collection.

Visit to Petroglyphs Museum and Ethnographical Museum
Day 4Race dayB/L/D1609m
Day 5Issyk Kul Lake (Bosteri Village) - Karakol town

With visit to:
- Przhevalski Museum, easy hike in Karakol Gorge, Dungan Mosque, Russian Orthodox Cathedral and
dinner in a local Uigur/ Dungan family.
Day 6Karakol town – Bishkek (450km)B/L/D800m
Day 7Depart BishkekB/-/-


  • Return airport transfer in Bishkek
  • All land transfer as indicated in itinerary
  • Sight-seeing tour as indicated in itinerary
  • English-speaking guide
  • Twin/Trip sharing accommodation
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary
  • Full/half marathon/10km race registration fee, race pack, race t-shirt and souvenir medal


  • International airline taxes and fuel surcharge
  • Visa Fee (If needed)
  • Single Supplement
  • Entrance fees to sight-seeing places like monasteries etc
  • All beverages except boiled drinking water during trek
  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • All tipping
  • Personal porters
  • Personal travel insurance (mandatory to cover agent insolvency and running race - Full/half marathon or 10kn run)
  • Personal expenses like shopping, laundry etc
  • Personal travel & trekking gear
  • Emergency evacuation and medical expenses
  • Compensation for damaged or lost of personal items (eg: travel gear and equipment, cameras and any valuable items etc)
  • Any expenses including accommodation, meals & transfer outside the stipulated  itinerary – i.e. any person leaving the group for personal travel, illness/injury or any form of extension of stay

Support from Ace Adventure Expeditions

We provide pre-trip support to prepare you for the run:
1. Trip briefing and information kit
2. Gear list and gear discount from selected Singapore outdoor outfitters
3. Training guideline kit (For trekking/mountain climbing trips)
4. Rope skill workshop (For mountain climbing trips that require rope up and/or fixed rope skill)

We carefully select and establish strong working relationship with our local operator to ensure safe participation by everyone. Our local partner is one of the biggest and most established adventure operators in Kyrgyzstan.


Training: Regardless of your level of fitness and physical conditions, it is advisable to train prior to embarking on a marathon.

Focus your training effort in the following primary elements of marathon training, assuming that you are in good health and injury-free:

  1. Base mileage. Build your weekly mileage over time, running three-to-five times per week.
  2. The long run. Do a long run every 7–10 days so your body can adjust gradually to long distances.
  3. Speed work. Practice intervals and tempo runs to increase your cardio capacity.
  4. Rest and recovery. Adequate rest helps prevent injuries and mental burnout.

Most marathon training plans range from 12-20 weeks. Beginning marathoners should aim to build your weekly mileage up to 50-80km over the four months leading up to race day.