The Heart of Kyrgyzstan

The Kyrgyz land is a place of the untouched wild nature where the people from ancient times still keep their traditions, customs and culture. In the mountains, you can meet the modern nomads who do not change their lifestyle for centuries. Their simple life can go into the yurt, a felt house that Kyrgyz nomads set so skillfully and decorate it with such love by multi-colored carpets.

A lot of incredible discoveries and positive impressions expect you during this trip.

What's Included?

• All transfers
• Professional driver
• English speaking guide
• Accommodation described in the program in twin /double room
• Full board
• Visits described in the program
• Activities
• Mineral water

Duration

11 days

Destination Covered

Bishkek, Cholpon-Ata, Karakol, Kochkor and Song Kol Lake

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 – Burana – Cholpon-Ata
Our journey begins with a visit of the Burana Tower.
The Burana Tower is an ancient minaret in the Chuy Valley in the north part of Kyrgyzstan. 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.
In Cholpon-Ata, we will discover the cultural and historical complex Ruh Ordo, a spiritual place and monument for 4 main religions of the world.

Accommodation: Guesthouse
Optionally: rafting

Day 3: Cholpon-Ata – Grigoriev and Semienov gorge – Karakol
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 the city of Karakol.

Accommodation: Guesthouse
Optionally: boat trip

Day 4: Karakol – Altyn Arashan
This day, we try a special transport on real broken mountain roads; we have to overcome the enormous rocks, ravines and pits. This ride should to be very exciting and fascinating.
When we arrive at Altyn Arashan, the incredible beauty of these places strikes our eyes.
Later, swimming in the hot springs is preview.

Accommodation: Guesthouse

Day 5: Altyn Arashan – Karakol
After breakfast, we will come back to Karakol.
The road back will be full of unforgettable emotions thanks to terrain and the driver’s talent.
When you get to Karakol, you will visit its famous sights as the Russian Orthodox cathedral and the Dungan mosque.
At the restaurant, you can taste the typical dish of this region ¨ Ashlan fu¨, Dungan traditional cuisine.

Accommodation: Guesthouse
Optionally: boat trip, dinner with Dungan or Uighur family

Day 6: Karakol – Jety Oguz- Barskoon – Tamga
After breakfast, we go 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.

After we visit the Barskoon Gorge with impressive nature, which remembers the mountain highway turning to the height of 4 000 m. At the end of the road, you can see the waterfall called Tears of Snow Leopard.

At the foot of the mountain, you can also enjoy the beautiful Barskoon River. During the summertime, people build yurts here, so you can try the Kyrgyz traditional drink Kymys and enjoy the beauty of the landscape.

In the evening, you will try a real Russian bath "banya" in Tamga.

Accommodation: Guesthouse
Optionally: horse riding

Day 7: Tamga – Skazka – Bokonbaevo – Kochkor
In the morning, we go towards Kochkor town by the south shore of the lake; we visit the 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 Bokonbaevo you will meet the eagle hunter with his bird of prey.
In Kochkor, the Kyrgyz women show you the process of producing traditional objects made of felt.
We will listen to the national music and folk instruments.

Accommodation: Guesthouse
Optionally: yurt show

Day 8: Kochkor– Son Kul
The goal of the day is to reach Son Kul Lake, so we should overcome a mountain pass called Kalmak Ashuu. From the pass, the lake seems very small, but as we go down and approach it, it appears as a big and gorgeous lake.

When we arrive to yurt camp, you get to know the hospitality of the nomads, 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 9: Son Kul – Kyzyl Oy
Kyzyl Oy is a mountain village located at the altitude of about 1800 meters in the valley of the river Kekemeren. Here you can see an extraordinary landscape 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. Around village, many wild places with unique flora and fauna and the wonderful ecology allow travelers to relax far away from a big city.

Accommodation: Guesthouse

Day 10: Kyzyl Oy – Bishkek
The road to Bishkek passes through the Suusamyr valley and Too-Ashuu mountain pass. From this pass, there is a clear view over the whole valley with green grass and horses studs.
We will return to the civilization descending from the pass and passing along one of the most important roads of the country.
After lunch, we will have time to visit the local market and buy some presents.

Accommodation: Hotel 3*

Day 11: Bishkek – Airport- Departure
Transfer to airport. Departure.
Not Include:
• International flights
• Supplementary for accommodation in single room

Price quotation:
2pax - 1755$
4pax - 1280$
6pax - 1055$
8pax - 1005$
10pax - 985$
12pax - 910$
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