In the footsteps of the Silk Road

Following in the footsteps of the Great Silk Road, you get closer to the culture of Kyrgyz nomads. This tour goes really off the beaten track. The freshness of Kel Suu Lake and the snowy peaks of Tosor pass will offer you unforgettable positive memories.

What's Included?

• All transfers
• Professional driver
• Off-road comfortable car
• English speaking guide
• Accommodation described in the program in twin /double room
• Full board
• Visits described in the program
• Activities
• Permit to enter the frontier zone with China for Kel Suu lake
• Tents
• Mineral water

Duration

12 days

Destination Covered

Bishkek, Song Kol Lake, Naryn and Karakol

Best Suited

All
Day 1: Airport – Bishkek
Arrival to Manas Airport in Bishkek where our team will pick up you and drive you to hotel situated in the capital.
After breakfast in hotel, we start our city tour in Bishkek. We will visit the heart of the city, Ala-Too Square where the State Historical Museum is located. After the tour in the museum, we can enjoy a walk in the Oak Park, one of the favorite places of local people. Bishkek is known as the greenest city in Central Asia thanks to its countless parks and alleys making the city a great place to live.
After lunch, we will have time to visit the local market Osh bazar. Here you can appreciate the creativity and talent of local artisans. Just as you step the market, you plunge into the real oriental atmosphere: an interminable stream of people, a big variety of goods and colors.
In the evening, we go to one of the best restaurants in Bishkek where you can taste delicious Kyrgyz national dishes.

Accommodation: Hotel 3*

Day 2: Bishkek – Kyzyl Oy
At the beginning of our journey, we will have to overcome two mountain passes Too Ashuu and Alabel. We cross the wonderful Suusamyr valley, a paradise for nomads and their cattle. Despite the summer’s period, we guarantee that we get into a real winter here.

Later we change the highway to the off-road; our road will run along Kokemeren River (one of the most challenging rafting in the country).
We get Kyzyl-Oy, a mountain village located at the altitude of about 1800. Here you can take a picture of extraordinary landscapes of majestic mountains surrounding the village.
Especially colorful is the red clay covering the mountains from bottom to top. This clay was used as material for house building since the beginning of 20th century. Nowadays some of these houses can be still seen in Kyzyl Oy.

Accommodation: Guesthouse

Day 3: Kyzyl Oy – Son Kul
From the village our road leads again to the gorge, we will drive the serpentine road along the mountain river. The goal of the day is to reach Son Kul Lake, so we have to overcome another mountain pass, which runs through the coalmine Kara-Keche

When we arrive in the yurt camp in Son Kul, you can value the hospitality of the nomads; get to know their lifestyle and their customs.
Note: yurt capacity 6 people. But during the low season you can be accommodated 2 pax per yurt according to the availability.

Accommodation: Yurt camp
Optionally: national horse games demonstration, horse riding

Day 4: Son Kul - Tash Rabat
The goal of the day is to reach the caravanserai Tash Rabat, so we should overcome a mountain pass called Moldo Ashuu.
Tash Rabat is a historical monument founded by monks in the 10th century. During the Silk Road history, Tash Rabat has lost its religious significance and the main function of the monastery was providing a stay for caravans and travelers.
Note: yurt capacity 6 people. But during the low season you can be accommodated 2 pax per yurt according to the availability.

Accommodation: Yurt camp
Optionally: horseback riding

Day 5: Tash Rabat – Kel Suu Lake
In the morning, we visit the Tash-Rabat caravanserai.
After we pick our way towards the Chinese border in order to reach the Kel Suu mountain lake. This mesmerizing lake is located at an altitude of 3 400 meters. Surrounded by steep rocks from all sides, this lake has many caves, grottos and stone islands. We will take a walk and have a picnic.
At the end of the day, we will have a rustic dinner on the shore of Kel Suu Lake.

Accommodation: Tent

Day 6: Kel Suu Lake
We will spend a whole day on the area of the mountain lake. Try yourself as a speleologist, explore the ancient caves and meet rare animals such as Marko-Polo, mountainous sheep.

Accommodation: Tent
Optionally: boat trip

Day 7: Kel Suu – Naryn
In the morning, we continue our trip towards Naryn city, the center of the region. On the way, we pass Kyrgyz traditional jayloo, the summer pastures with yurts camps of nomads.

Overnight at guesthouse.
Accommodation: Guesthouse

Day 8: Naryn –Bokonbaevo- Skazka- Tamga
In the morning, we go towards the biggest lake of the country Issyk Kul, the pearl of Kyrgyzstan. We go by the south shore of the lake.
On the road, in Bokonbaevo we meet eagle hunter with his bird of prey.
Later, we visit Skazka canyons, which signify Fairytale. Here you can find objects of surprising shapes and sizes. A real skyscraper or an animal may appear in front of you.
In the evening, when we get Tamga you will try a real Russian bath "banya".

Accommodation: Guesthouse
Optionally: yurt show

Day 9: Tamga – Jety Oguz – Karakol
After breakfast, we go towards Jety Oguz valley. Its name means “Seven bulls”. The name is symbolic, because there are seven huge red-brown rocks resembling ranked furious bulls standing together.
Especially romantic look has the rock "Broken Heart" located at the entrance to the gorge.
When we get Karakol, we will visit its famous sights as Russian Orthodox cathedral and Dungan mosque. At restaurant, you can taste the typical dish of this region ¨ ashlan fu¨, Dungan traditional cuisine.

Accommodation: Guesthouse
Optionally: horse riding, boat trip, dinner with Dungan ou Uighur Family

Day 10: Karakol – Grigoriev and Semienov gorge – Chon Kemin
After the breakfast, we go towards Grigoriev and Semienov gorge.
They are located on the northern shore of Issyk-Kul Lake, 60 kilometers from Cholpon-Ata.
These places are considered as the most famous attractions of the Issyk Kul region. We drive to the the first lake at Grigoriev Gorge and we will have a picnic on the shore (if the weather is nice).
You can have a walk, enjoy the wild nature around you and have a pleasant pastime in this beautiful place.
In the evening, we get Chon Kemin gorge.

Accommodation: Guesthouse
Optionally: horseback riding, folk show, yurt show

Day 11: Chon Kemin – Burana - Bishkek
The road to Bishkek passes through the Boom gorge.
On the road, we visit Burana Tower located about 80 km from the capital. The tower with funerary monuments, earthworks, remains of the castle and three mausoleums – that’s all what last out of the ancient Balasagyn town that was founded by Karakhanids at the end of the ninth century.
After lunch, we will have time to visit the local market and buy some presents.
In the evening, we will have the farewell dinner at traditional Kyrgyz restaurant.

Accommodation: Hotel 3*

Day 12: Bishkek – Airport- Departure
Transfer to airport. Departure.
Not Included:
• International flights
• Supplementary for accommodation in single room

Price quotation:
2pax - 1940$
4pax - 1490$
6pax - 1325$
8 pax -1190$
10 pax - 1170$
12 pax - 1075$
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