Around the Issyk Kul Lake and to Tash Rabat Caravanserai. Your trip starts with the pearl of Central Asia – the Isskkul Lake where you will witness various landscapes without driving far and local people converging prices for watermelon, yoghurt and bucket of apricot on oriental bazaars. The trip will continue to a high mountainous region to visit Tash Rabat, an architectural construction on the Great Silk Road.
Further, you go to Son Kul for two nights to witness nomad sheperds grazing their cattle on a summer meadow. In this two-week-tour, you will experience a lot of beautiful sites of Kyrgyzstan. Moreover, it is possible to extend the tour with few days of trekking or horse riding. Look also at our Tien Shan Tour.
Details of the trip:
Transportation: by car or minibus.
Group size: up to 6 people.
The whole trip you’ll be accompanied by the interpreter / guide.
Overnight by local families or in a yurt.
Best time for travel: according to your wish
Price: 1270 Euro p.p. for group of 4 people
1625 Euro p.p. for group of 2 people
|1||Manas – Bishkek||900 m||Arrival in Bishkek. After lunch a brief information about tour and places to be visited. Then Bishkek city tour – walking in the park, visiting open air gallery, historical museum etc. Welcome dinner at a restaurant. Overnight stay in hotel.|
|2||Bishkek – Burana – Chyrpykty||ca 1650m||Breakfast, leaving for Chyrpykty village (220 km, 4 hours drive) on the northern shore of Issyk-kul lake. The tour includes a visit to the Burana Tower (15 km from the main road), an architectural complex dating back to 10 – 11th centuries (the Great Silk Road). Lunch en route. Arrive in the afternoon. Stay at home with a local family.|
|3||Chyrpykty||Breakfast, go to beach and have a picnic and swim. Dinner and accommodation are at the local family in Chyrpykty.|
|4||Chyrpykty – Cholpon-Ata – Karakol||After Breakfast, head to Karakol. On the way stop in Cholpon – Ata city to visit historical museum and an open – air petroglyph (rock painting) gallery (5 km from Cholpon – Ata). Arrive in Karakol in the afternoon and visit local bazaar, some shopping. Moreover the city includes a visit to the beautiful Dungan Mosque styled as a Chinese pagoda, the Russian Orthodox Church with a special architecture. Lunch and dinner at café. Overnight is at a guesthouse.|
|5||Karakol – Djeti-Oguz – Saruu||Breakfast, then transfer to Djeti-Oguz Gorge, seven large red rocks known as “Seven Bulls” and the “Broken Heart” a huge rock in a form of a broken heart with plenty of ancient legends about a sad love story. Here you can also visit a sanatorium of Soviet period. Have a picnic in area of Kok Jaiyk after which you can also hike up to a waterfall. Arrive in next destination – village Saruu by dinner time. Overnight is by a local family.|
|6||Saruu||Breakfast up to your wishes, go to the lake. Today you can decide either to go to beach with picnic or go for Juuku – Suu Gorge, to hot mineral springs. This is popular among local people. Hiking to waterfall through pass covered with fir trees and rocky mounts along a mountain river. Enjoy peaceful nature during the picnic. Come back to village for dinner. Overnight is by the family.|
|7||Saruu – Skazka – Bokonbaevo Almaluu jurtcamp||Breakfast up to your wishes, head to Bokonbaevo with an en-route visit of a fantastic place called Skazka (Fairytale). Sandy clay rocks shaped mysteriously by nature – through wind, rain, sun, throughout centuries. You will have an impression of being in a tale if you give a freedom to your imaginations! Arrive in Almaluu yurt camp by the lunch time. Afternoon go to the beach and have a swim. Stay in the yurt camp.|
|8||Bokonbaevo Almaluu jurtcamp||Breakfast, go to the beach and have a picnic and swim or go to the village where you will visit local workshops, witness process of making Kyrgyz national carpets and other handicrafts made by local people, which you also can buy. Dinner and accommodation is at yurt camp.|
|9||Bokonbaevo – Son Kol||Breakfast. Head to Son Kol, on the way visiting the biggest felt making shops “Altyn – Kol” and “Kyal” in Kochkor. Lunch in café. Arrive to Son Kol, the mountain lake on 3016 m altitude, afternoon. Overnight and dinner in the jurt.|
|10||Son Kol||3050 m||Spend the day enjoying refreshing and well-earned rest at the lake side. Watching and/or participating in everyday life of shepherds: milking mares; making national milk products like kymyz (a fermented mare’s milk) or airan (a sour dense milk product); tending cattle. Eat a delicious lunch here, stroll along the lakeshore, and hope the legendary Song-Kol weather stays kind.|
|11||Son Kol – Tash Rabat||Breakfast, an early transfer to Tash – Rabat, Caravanserai (15th AD) which was constructed on the ancient trade route from Central Asia to China and was a resting place for merchants, ambassadors, travelers. It is the largest Central Asian stone-built construction of that epoch. Lunch en route. Dinner and overnight in yurt camp.|
|12||Tash Rabat – Koshoi Korgon – Naryn||After breakfast head to Koshoi- Korgon, an old fortress (9 12th AD) and museum. Then continue the trip to Naryn, the center of the oblast. Make city tour, visit local mosque, art gallery. Dinner is at cafe. Overnight at guesthouse.|
|13||Naryn – Bishkek||After an early breakfast leave for Bishkek. Lunch en route, arrive in Bishkek in the afternoon. Farewell dinner at restaurant. Overnight in hotel.|
|14||Departure||Transfer to Airport and say goodbye to Kyrgyzstan!|
The price includes all services such as accommodation, transport and guidance from arrival at airport till departure, except for flight and alcoholic beverages.