The heart of Kyrgyzstan

Description

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 in comfortable and air conditioned vehicle
  • English speaking driver (2-4 pax)
  • Russian speaking driver (6-10 pax)
  • Accommodation described in the program in twin /double room/yurt
  • Breakfast
  • Visits described in the program
  • Mineral water
  • Transfer on Russian SUV car UAZ Karakol- Altyn Arashan – Karakol
  • Hot springs
What's excluded
  • International flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Single room supplement
  • Insurance
  • Early check in
  • English speaking guide – 890 USD per group
  • Lunches & dinners – 198 USD per person
  • Optional activities
  • Other items not mentioned as included

Itinerary

Day 1. Airport – Bishkek (ca. 30 km., 40 min.)

Day 1. Airport – Bishkek (ca. 30 km., 40 min.)

Arrival at Manas Airport in Bishkek where our team will pick up you and drive you to the hotel situated in the capital.

After breakfast in the 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 we can enjoy a walk in 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.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel 3* (My Hotel 3* or similar)

Day 2. Bishkek – Burana – Cholpon Ata (ca. 290 km., 4h.)

Day 2. Bishkek – Burana – Cholpon Ata (ca. 290 km., 4h.)

Breakfast in the hotel. Departure.

Our journey begins with a visit to 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 that 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.

You will stay in the comfortable resort hotel located on the shore of Issyk Kul lake. You can swim in the lake and relax on the beach.

Dinner in the local restaurant.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel 4* (Kapriz Hotel or similar)

Optionally: boat trip

 

Day 3. Cholpon Ata – Grigoriev and Semienov gorge – Karakol (ca.160 km., 3h.)

Day 3. Cholpon Ata – Grigoriev and Semienov gorge – Karakol (ca.160 km., 3h.)

After breakfast in the hotel, 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 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.

When we get Karakol, we will visit its famous sights as the Russian Orthodox cathedral and Dungan mosque.

At the restaurant for a dinner, you can taste the typical dish of this region  “ashlan fu”, Dungan traditional cuisine.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel 3* (Nomad Hotel or similar)
Optionally: dinner with Dungan or Uighur family

Day 4. Karakol – Altyn Arashan – Karakol (ca.25 km., 2h. one way)

Day 4. Karakol – Altyn Arashan – Karakol (ca.25 km., 2h. one way)

Breakfast in the guesthouse.

This day, we try a special transport (Russian SUV car UAZ) on real broken mountain roads; we have to overcome the enormous rocks, ravines, and pits. This ride should 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 a preview.

Lunch in the guesthouse.

After some hiking, we come back to Karakol by the same vehicle. You can take a walk in the town and take photos of old Russian houses.

Dinner in the guesthouse or in the restaurant.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel 3* (Nomad Hotel or similar)

Day 5. Karakol – Jety Oguz – Barskoon – Tamga (ca. 135 km., 2-3h.)

Day 5. Karakol – Jety Oguz – Barskoon – Tamga (ca. 135 km., 2-3h.)

After breakfast, we go to 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. You can take a walk in the gorge and enjoy the beautiful sceneries and fresh mountain air.

After we visit the Barskoon Gorge with impressive nature. 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 sauna in Tamga.

Dinner and overnight in the guesthouse.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Guesthouse (U Pavla Guesthouse or similar)

 

Day 6. Tamga – Skazka – Bokonbaevo – Kochkor (ca.170 km., 3h.)

Day 6. Tamga – Skazka – Bokonbaevo – Kochkor (ca.170 km., 3h.)

Breakfast in the guesthouse. Then we go towards Kochkor town by the south shore of the lake.

On the road 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 (option).

In Kochkor, the Kyrgyz women show you the process of producing traditional objects made of felt (option).

Dinner and overnight in the guesthouse.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Guesthouse (Umosh Guesthouse or similar)

Optionally: yurt show, eagle hunting, felt show, folk show

 

Day 7. Kochkor – Son Kul (ca.125 km., 3h.)

Day 7.  Kochkor – Son Kul (ca.125 km., 3h.)

Departure after breakfast in the guesthouse.

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 at the yurt camp, you get to know the hospitality of the nomads, their lifestyle and their customs.

Dinner and overnight in the yurts.

Note: yurt capacity 6 people. But during the low season, you can be accommodated 2 pax per yurt according to availability. Toilets are outside. No shower in the camp.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Yurt camp

Option: horse riding

Day 8. Son Kul – Kyzyl Oy (ca.150 km., 3h.)

Day 8. Son Kul – Kyzyl Oy (ca.150 km., 3h.)

Breakfast in the yurt. Transfer to Kyzyl Oy village.

Kyzyl Oy is a mountain village located at an 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 the 20th century. Nowadays some of these houses can be still seen in Kyzyl Oy. Around the village, many wild places with unique flora and fauna and the wonderful ecology allow travelers to relax far away from a big city.

Dinner and overnight in the guesthouse.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Guesthouse (CBT Guesthouse or similar)

 

Day 9. Kyzyl Oy – Bishkek (ca. 200 km., 4-5h.)

Day 9. Kyzyl Oy – Bishkek (ca. 200 km., 4-5h.)

Breakfast in the guesthouse. Departure.

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 yurt camps.

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.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel 3* (My Hotel or similar)

Day 10. Bishkek – Airport – Departure (30 km, 40 min)

Transfer to the airport. Departure.

Private tour
Season late May – September
Duration 10 days /9 nights
Group 2 - 10 pax
1290 USD 2 pax
890 USD 4 pax
715 USD 6 pax
635 USD 8 pax
590 USD 10 pax