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T9. Self-Drive Kyrgyzstan

Days: 
14
Route of program day by day: 
Day 1. Arrival – 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.
Accomodation: 
Hotel
Day 2. Bishkek – Kyzyl-Oy
Meeting at the hotel, Pick-up cars at 08:30: Starting of Self-Drive tour at 09:00 At the beginning of our journey, we will have to overcome mountain pass Too Ashuu (3500m). Then 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.
Accomodation: 
Guesthouse
Day 3. Kyzyl-Oy – Toktogul
In morning, we will see the Kok-Boru - National Traditional game of Nomad people. This day we are driving through the mountain rarely used road to Toktogul, the highest point of the road is Kubuk-Suu pass (3220m). The road is very attractive, and have a lot of turns. Approximately time of driving 4-5 hours.
Accomodation: 
Guesthouse
Day 4. Toktogul – Sary-Chelek
Today we are driving by the M41 road, it is one of the most beautiful asphalted roads through the Rock Mountains and the biggest river in Kyrgyzstan Naryn is going near to the road. Departure early in the morning and our goal is to get the unique Biosphere Reserve of Sary Chelek. Sary Chelek Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes situated at 1800 meters above the sea level. It was created because of a strong earthquake. The valley has also another six small lakes and wide river network. Here you find out the majestic mountains with snow-capped peaks touching the sky.
Accomodation: 
Guesthouse
Day 5. Sary Chelek - Arslanbob
After breakfast, we will have a walk in the reserve respiring the fresh air and relax in the shore of the lake. After we will continue our trip towards Arslanbob, the unique walnut-fruit forest in the world.
Accomodation: 
Guesthouse
Day 6. Arslanbob - Kazarman
The next pass on our way is located at altitude 3030m. In the evening, we get Kazarman. You will be positively surprised by the hospitality of the local population. It is generally known that the people in the south part of the country are very welcoming and friendly.
Accomodation: 
Guesthouse
Day 7. Kazarman – Son-Kul
The goal of the day is to reach Son-Kul Lake, located at an altitude of 3 000 m. Therefore, we will pass through the beautiful places we can see yaks and other animals. When we arrive in the yurts camp, you get to know the hospitality of the nomads, their lifestyle and their customs. 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. Note: yurt capacity 6 people. But during the low season you can be accommodated 2 pax per yurt according to the availability.
Accomodation: 
Yurt camp
Day 8. Son Kul – Tash Rabat
The goal of the day is to reach the caravanserai Tash Rabat, so we should overcome a mountain pass 3100m. 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.
Accomodation: 
Yurt camp
Day 9. Tash Rabat – Kichi Naryn
New adventures are waiting for us! After breakfast, we will be en route to the Kichi Naryn valley, where Naryn River, the most important river of Kyrgyzstan, originates. We will have lunch on the way. In the evening, we will set up tents have and have a dinner on the riverside.
Accomodation: 
Tent
Day 10. Kichi Naryn – Tosor – Tamga
This day is the off-road driving test. On our way we have to overcome Tosor Mountain Pass of 3 900 m. Here even during the hot summer, you can plunge into a real winter. Breathtaking glaciers, mesmerizing views of mountain lakes. Later we reach the pearl of Kyrgyzstan, Issyk-Kul Lake.
Accomodation: 
Guesthouse
Day 11 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. When we return to Karakol, we visit its famous sights as Russian Orthodox cathedral and Dungan mosque.
Accomodation: 
Hotel
Day 12. Karakol – Semenov & Grigoriev valley – 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.
Accomodation: 
Guesthouse
Day 13. Chon-Kemin – Burana – Bishkek
The road to Bishkek passes through the Boom gorge. Then on our way the Burana Tower, it is an ancient minaret in the Chuy Valley in the north part of Kyrgyzstan. It is located about 80 km from the capital Bishkek, close to the city of Tokmok. The tower with funerary monument s, 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 the evening, we will have the farewell dinner.
Day 14. Bishkek – Airport – Departure
Transfer to the airport. Departure.
Activities: 
  • Folklore show  
  • Horse riding  (Tash-Rabat)
  • Banya (Sauna)
  • National game "Kok Boru" (Kyzyl-Oi)
Price includes: 
  • Cars (2 pax per car)
  • English speaking guide
  • Accommodation described in the program in double/twin room*
  • Full board (3 times per day)
  • Visits described in the program
  • Mineral water
  • Airport transfers
  • Activities