Route of program day by day:
Day 1. Airport – Bishkek
Briefing on the planned itinerary. City tour. Today we will visit Bishkek’s principal attractions as Ala -Too Square, State Historical Museum, the Oak Park and others. You can enjoy Soviet-style architecture as well as modern monuments and buildings. 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. For dinner we go to one of the best restaurants in Bishkek where you can taste delicious Kyrgyz national dishes
Day 2. Bishkek – Chon Kemin (cycling trek)
Transfer to the Chon Kemin valley where bicycle trek starts. Lunch at the guesthouse. We keep our road towards the gorge of Chon-Kemin. Chon Kemin National Park is located in the valley with the same name. It is unique place thanks to its unbelievable beauty and its rich diversity of fauna and flora. Encounter with the local population, overnight in tents. Distance on bicycle: ~ 20 km
Day 5. Chon Kemin – Orto Tokoy - Tamga (cycling trek)
In the morning, the car brings us to Ortho-Tokoy pass. Today our trek starts from this point of 2 300 m and we move down the mountain serpentine road to Issyk-Kul lake. We go along the southern shore of the biggest lake in Kyrgyzstan towards Tamga village. Distance on bicycle: ~ 40 km
Day 6. Tamga - Barskoon – Tamga
After breakfast, 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, Kumis, and enjoy the beauty of the landscape. In the evening, you will return to Tamga village.
Day 7. Tamga – Jety Oguz – Karakol
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. Jety Oguz is also famous for the place named Kok-Jayyk, Valley of Flowers full of poppies in spring. At the upper part of Jety Oguz there are also mountain lakes and waterfalls. We will have a walk towards the waterfall. In the evening, we get Karakol city.
Day 8. Karakol – Grigoriev and Semienov gorge – Cholpon-Ata
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. Optionally : hot springs
Day 9. Cholpon-Ata – Ruh Ordo – Kochkor
After breakfast, we visit the cultural and historical complex Ruh Ordo, a spiritual place and monument for four main religions of the world. Then, we go to Kochkor village where we will go shopping in the market and become familiar with the life of the local people. Kyrgyz women show you the process of producing traditional objects made of felt. We will listen to the national music and folk instruments.
Day 10. 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, Son-Kul Lake seems very small, but as we go down and approach the lake, it appears as a big and gorgeous lake. When we arrive in the yurts camp, you get to know the hospitality of the nomads, their customs and traditions.
Day 11. Son-Kul
A pleasant day at Son Kul Lake. Today you will ride the Kyrgyz horses on the large meadows with an unforgettable view of the lake. The horses are very calm so you can enjoy the wonderful landscapes around you. You will share the simple lifestyle of Kyrgyz families and feel yourself a real nomad.
Day 12. Son-Kul – Kyzyl-Oy
Kyzyl-Oy is a mountain village located at the altitude of about 1800 meters in the valley of the river Kokemeren. 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.
Day 13. 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.
- Acquaintance with the culture and traditions of the local people
- Kyrgyz traditional music show
- Felt production show
- Hot springs
- All transfers
- Professional driver
- Accommodation described in the program
- Full board
- Visits described in the program
- Bicycles, helmets