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Aside from the IAF meetings and the conference, the week includes daily activities to let us experience Kyrgyz hunting heritage and nomadic culture up close.

On Monday 4th September there will be a colourful celebration of falconry heritage in an International Festival of Young Falconers, with participants from Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Mongolia, and Qatar, as well as an archery competition, demonstration of taigan hounds, and artisan fair.

An evening concert on 4th September will take us into the world of Kyrgyz music and folklore.

Photo: Dennis Keen

Lake walks and a boat trip are offered on Tuesday 5th September between the two Council of Delegates sessions.

On the morning of Wednesday 6th September, those not attending the Saker Conference can attend a specially arranged ‘mini-Salburun’ festival of exciting hunting games and national sports.

Photo: Dennis Keen

In the afternoon we will all take a winding road up to a nomadic yurt camp in the spectacular Kyrchyn Gorge, described even by some seasoned travellers as the most beautiful place on Earth. Here we will get a taste of the nomadic lifestyle, meet with the elders, sample traditional dishes, and enjoy the natural surroundings together. An evening bus will be provided for those departing Bishkek early on the 7th.

On Thursday 7th September, those not taking part in the conference will have the whole day free, with an optional visit to the Falcon Rehabilitation Centre in the village of Tyup, or a snow leopard rehabilitation centre.

Besides these planned activities, there will of course be free time to explore Cholpon-Ata and the shores of Issyk-Kul. You can swim in the lake, search for petroglyphs, shop at the colourful market, and spend time with old and new friends in a spectacular setting.

Airport shuttle buses will be provided on the 7th, 8th and 9th September, so you may wish to stay for an extra day in Cholpon-Ata on 8th September.

Additional activities, such as horse riding or other excursions, can be arranged at extra cost.

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