Up to the celestial mountains

Description

Kyrgyzstan is home for the magnificent Tien Chan mountain range, which offers many trails for lovers of trekking.  Hiking through the valleys, forests and mountain trails is a great way to spend a vacation and explore the natural beauty of the country.

What's included
  • All transfers in comfortable and air conditioned vehicle
  • Professional driver
  • English peaking local guides during the treks and walks (days 3,4,5,6,8,9,10,11)
  • Accommodation described in the program in twin /double room/tents/yurt
  • Breakfasts (apart of the treks)
  • Visits described in the program
  • Tents (2 pax per tent)
What's excluded
  • International flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Single room supplement
  • Insurance
  • Tips for guide, driver etc.
  • Optional activities
  • Early check in
  • Alcohol drinks
  • Sleeping bags and mats
  • Porters during the treks
  • Cook during the treks

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. You can have a rest in cozy and comfortable rooms after the flight.

After breakfast in the hotel, we start our city tour. 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 – Chon Kemin (ca. 200 km, 3h)

Day 2. Bishkek – Burana – Chon Kemin (ca. 200 km, 3h)

After breakfast in Bishkek, we go towards Burana Tower located about 80 km from the capital. Burana Tower is an ancient minaret in the Chuy Valley in the north part of Kyrgyzstan. It is close to the city of Tokmok. The tower with funerary monuments, earthworks, remains of the castle and three mausoleums – it’s all that last out of the ancient Balasagyn town that was founded by Karakhanids at the end of the ninth century.

Lunch on the way.

After we keep our way towards Chon Kemin valley. It is a unique place thanks to its unbelievable beauty and its rich diversity of fauna and flora. You will have the opportunity to walk in the gorge and enjoy the beautiful alpine views.

Dinner and overnight in the guesthouse.

Meals included: breakfast

Accommodation: Guesthouse (Kemin Guesthouse or similar) 

Optionally: horse riding, national horse games demonstration, folk show

Day 3. Chon Kemin – Toru Aigyr (Trekking)

Day 3. Chon Kemin – Toru Aigyr (Trekking)

After breakfast, transfer to the starting point of trek near the Chon Kemin River. From here we start our trek of 4 days.

The slopes of the mountains are covered with fir forests. We have a picnic on the road.

Then we continue to cross the forest to the pastures of Toru Aigyr. Here we set up the camp.

Dinner and overnight in a tent.

Trekking: 10 km, +750 m, 4 h

Meals included: breakfast

Accommodation: Tent

Day 4. Toru Aigyr – Kol Kogur Lake (Trekking)

Day 4. Toru Aigyr – Kol Kogur Lake (Trekking)

After breakfast, we start hiking towards Kol Kogur Lake at 2 550 meters. This mountainous lake has a unique trapezoidal shape.

On the shore of the lake, we set up the camp and enjoy the wonderful sceneries around us.

Dinner and overnight stay in a tent.

Trekking: 11 km, +300 m, -320 m, 5 h

Meals included: no meals included 

Accommodation: Tent 

Day 5. Kol Kogur Lake – Kyzyl Aska (Trekking)

Day 5. Kol Kogur Lake – Kyzyl Aska (Trekking)

After breakfast, we leave the lake and climb to the 3400 meters pass.

We take a picnic on the way.

Afternoon we descend to the pasture of Kyzyl Aska. We set up tents near the river. Dinner and rest in the tents.

Trekking: 14 km, + 880m, -800m, 5-6h.

Meals included: no meals included

Accommodation: Tent

Day 6. Kyzyl Aska – Tamchy / Issyk Kul (Trekking)

Day 6. Kyzyl Aska – Tamchy / Issyk Kul (Trekking)

Today is the last day of the trek. We go towards Issyk Kul Lake, the pearl of Kyrgyzstan.

Our driver picks us up and drives us to the shore of the lake. We go to the guesthouse where you can take the shower and have a rest.

Later you can enjoy the lakeside and swim in refreshing waters of the lake after the trek.

Overnight and dinner at the guesthouse.

Trekking: 11 km, -500 m, 3-4h.

Meals included: no meals included

Accommodation: Guesthouse (Tamchy Guesthouse or similar)

Day 7. Tamchy – Grigoriev and Semienov gorge – Karakol (ca. 215 km, 3-4h)

Day 7. Tamchy – Grigoriev and Semienov gorge – Karakol (ca. 215 km, 3-4h)

After 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 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, you can taste the typical dish of this region “ashlan fu”, Dungan traditional cuisine.

Meals included: breakfast 

Accommodation: Guesthouse (Jamilya Guesthouse or similar)

Optionally: boat trip, dinner with Dungan or Uighur Family

Day 8. Karakol – Karakol gorge – Sirota camp (Trekking)

Day 8. Karakol – Karakol gorge – Sirota camp (Trekking)

Today you start your 4 days trek.

After breakfast, we drive you to the gorge of Karakol where you start your trek with the local guide. You walk towards the Sirota tent camp located at altitude of 2,800 meters.

Following your trail along the Karakol River, you will see the yurts the pastures with horses and other beautiful landscapes that strike your eyes.

The night you will pass at Sirota Camp in the tents.

Trekking: 11 km, +700 m, 5h.

Meals included: breakfast 

Accommodation: Tent

Day 9. Sirota camp – Ala Kul lake (3 500 m) – Ala Kul Pass (3 900 m) – Keldike (Trekking)

Day 9. Sirota camp – Ala Kul lake (3 500 m) – Ala Kul Pass (3 900 m) – Keldike (Trekking)

Breakfast. Departure.

The trail takes us along the river and small waterfalls. After a few hours of hiking, you get Ala Kul Lake, the glacier lake that changes its colors according to the weather.

When you reach the pass, you will have a spectacular view of the lake and mountain peaks around you.

After the road go through a gentle descent into the Keldike valley (3000 m).

Trekking: 12 km, +1100 m, -900 m, 6h.

Meals included: no meals included

Accommodation: Tent 

Day 10. Keldike – Altyn Arashan (Trekking)

 Day 10. Keldike – Altyn Arashan (Trekking)

Today, our goal is to reach the hot springs of Altyn Arashan.

The 4 hours walk is very fascinating and exciting. You admire the rich vegetation, the luminous carpet of flowers and the emerald grass.

Arriving at the beautiful Altyn Arashan gorge, which is situated at 2500 m above sea level.  You can relax in the hot springs after hiking.

Trekking: 9 km, -500 m, 3-4h.

Meals included: no meals included

Accommodation: Tent 

Day 11. Altyn Arashan – Karakol (trekking)

Day 11. Altyn Arashan – Karakol (trekking)

Today is the last day of your trek. Enjoy and admire the rich vegetation, the luminous carpet of flowers and the emerald grass.

The driver is waiting for you after 4 hours of hiking down. Transfer to Karakol. Lunch at the restaurant.

In the guesthouse, you take the shower and have a rest after the trek.

Trekking: 10 km, -500 m, 3-4h.

Meals included: no meals included

Accommodation: Guesthouse (Jamilya Guesthouse or similar)

Day 12. Karakol – Jety Oguz – Barskoon – Tamga (ca. 135 km, 2-3h)

Day 12. Karakol – Jety Oguz – Barskoon – Tamga (ca. 135 km, 2-3h)

After breakfast, we keep our road 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. The especially romantic look has the rock “Broken Heart” located at the entrance to the gorge. There we take a walk to the waterfall.

After we visit the Barskoon Gorge with impressive nature. At the end of the road, you can see the waterfall called Tears of Snow Leopard.

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

Dinner and overnight in the guesthouse.

Meals included: breakfast 

Accommodation: Guesthouse (U Pavla Guesthouse or similar)

Day 13. Tamga – Skazka – Bokonbaevo – Kyzyl Tuu – Kochkor (ca. 170 km, 3h)

Day 13. Tamga – Skazka – Bokonbaevo – Kyzyl Tuu – Kochkor (ca. 170 km, 3h)

Breakfast in the guesthouse.

In the morning, we go towards Kochkor village by the south shore of the lake.

On the road, 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 Bokonbaevo, we will meet the real eagle hunters who demonstrate the talent of their birds of prey (option).

We get Kyzyl Tuu village where the local family reveals the secrets of yurt production. This family is engaged in this unique art from generation to generation (option).

Dinner and overnight in the guesthouse.

Meals included: breakfast

Accommodation: Guesthouse (Umosh Guesthouse or similar)

Optionally: felt show, eagle hunting, yurt show

Day 14. Kochkor – Son Kul (ca. 150 km, 3h)

Day 14. Kochkor – Son Kul (ca. 150 km, 3h)

Today we keep our road to 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 yurt camp, you get to know the hospitality of the nomads, their lifestyle and their customs.

We will have dinner and sleep in the yurts.

Meals included: breakfast

Note: yurt capacity 6 people. But during the low season, you can be accommodated 2 pax per yurt according to availability

Accommodation: Yurt camp 

Optionally: horse riding, demonstration of horse games

Day 15. Return to Bishkek (ca. 315 km, 5-6h)

Day 15. Return to Bishkek (ca. 315 km, 5-6h)

The road to Bishkek passes through Boom gorge.

You can take pictures of these beautiful and breathtaking sceneries.

After lunch in a local restaurant, we will have time to visit the local markets and buy some presents. You will not leave the bazar unsatisfied; you will surely find something that you were looking for reminding you about Kyrgyzstan and your unforgettable trip here.

Dinner in the restaurant in Bishkek.

Meals included: breakfast

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

Day 16. Bishkek - Airport - Departure (ca. 30 km, 40 min)

Transfer to the airport. Departure.

Meals included: breakfast 

 

 

Private tour
Season June - September
Duration 16 days/ 15 nights
Group 2 - 10 pax
1835 USD 2 pax
1110 USD 4 pax
897 USD 6 pax
770 USD 8 pax
685 USD 10 pax