Four Lakes Tour

South tourThis trip is special in the way that it shows two very different parts of Kyrgyzstan: the north with nomad culture on beautiful djailoo and the south with extensive walnut forest, culture and language with Uzbek influences and a warmer climate. The route passes by four lakes and this is where the name of the tour derives from. The tour starts with the visit to the Issyk-Kul Lake, the second largest high mountain lake in the world. Further, the route goes to Son Kul at 3000 meters, where nomads graze their cattle on summer pasture. The third is the Toktogul water reverse – the largest hydropower of Kyrgyzstan. Finally, you will visit beautiful Say-Chelek Lake surrounded by mountains and forests where you can find the rare alpine plants and birds. Then, we visit Arslanbob and Osh. Osh is the oldest and ancient city in Central Asia. This trip can be extended with either one or more days of trekking / horse riding around of the Issyk-Kul or with a festival visit in the south, for instance.

 

 

Price: 
1420 € p.p. for group of 4 persons
1575 € p.p. for group of 3 persons

Days Route Altitude Short description
1 Manas – Bishkek  900 m Arrival in Bishkek. Have a rest. Get brief information about the whole tour, about places to be visited.  After lunch make a city tour, visiting open air gallery, historical museum, Osh market etc. Have a welcoming dinner at the restaurant. Overnight stay in hotel.
2 Bishkek – Chyrpykty 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  1700 m Breakfast, go to beach and have a picnic and swim. Dinner and accommodation are at the local family in Chyrpykty.
4 Chyrpykty – Kochkor – 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.
5 Son Kol 3050 m Spend the day enjoying refreshing and well-earned rest at the lake side. Watching and/or participation 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 is kind.
6 Son Kol – Kyzyl Oi (Suusamyr)  2500 m Have an early breakfast and head to Suusamyr valley. It is also a valley in highland. Lunch en route. Accommodation and meal is by local family.
7 Kyzyl Oi (Suusamyr) Breakfast up to your wish. Walk around the village, communicate with local people or ride a horse. Accommodation and meals are by local family.
8 Kyzyl Oi – Kara Suu CBT Early breakfast and long drive via Suusamyr valley, Ala Bell pass, Toktrogul water reservoir to Kara Suu village. Lunch en Route. Accommodation and dinner is by local family.
9 Kara Suu – SaryChelek After breakfast go to Sary-Chelek Biosphere Nature Reserve and be there whole day. Sary-Chelek Lake lies between rocky slopes rising dramatically from the water. It is surrounded by walnut and fruit forests and more than 1000 species of plants, 160 species of birds and 34 species of mammals can be found in this relatively small and unspoiled park.  Have a picnic in the nature and come back to home stay evening.
10 Kara Suu CBT – Arslanbob Early leave to Arslanbob. Lunch en route. Arrive to Arslanbob afternoon.
11 Arslanbob After breakfast walking in the forest Arslanbob. The main treasure of the forest is the walnut tree. The forest lives up to 1000 years, reaching enormous size and fructifying abundantly. Accommodation and meals are by CBT.
12 Arslanbob – Uzgen – Osh Early breakfast and drive to Osh city, on the way visit Uzgen town. It was once a major trading point on the Great Silk Road, Uzgen Minaret and Mausoleums dating from  11th -12th centuries are unique architectural sites of medieval Central Asia. Lunch en Route. Arrive to Osh afternoon. Accommodation is by CBT. Dinner at the café.
13 Osh Breakfast, do the city tour. Osh is the oldest and second largest city in Kyrgyzstan. In 2009 Suleiman Mountain was included in the World Heritage. On the top of the mount you`ll have wonderful panoramic view to the whole Osh city. Accommodation is by CBT. Lunch and dinner at the cafés.
14 Osh – Bishkek Transfer to Osh airport, fly to Bishkek. Farewell dinner is at restaurant. Overnight is in hotel.
15 Departure Transfer to Airport and say goodbye to Kyrgyzstan!

 

The price includes all services such as full pension, transport and guidance from arrival at airport till departure, EXCEPT the costs for flights and alcoholic beverages.