Open your heart to the culture and way of life the Kyrgyz people. Stay at their houses in different villages, where you will visit several workshops and witness the process of making felt. You can learn felting by making your own small traditional Kyrgyz carpet such as “Alakiiz” or “Shyrdak.” Depending on your wishes, you can decide which “oimo” (a pattern) you want on your carpet since each carries a different meaning. Moreover, you can also choose to make a small souvenir which you can take you as a beautiful memory about your unforgettable journey.
Besides the felt making, you will have enough time for various outdoor activities (e.g. walking, swimming, etc.) to enjoy the magnificent Kyrgyz nature. Nomad culture inherited through generations, historical sites and shamanic practices which were deeply rooted in Kyrgyz household will be explained and interpreted by our experienced guides.
Best time for travel: end of May – September
Price: 1250 € p.p. for group of 4 persons
1425 € p.p. for group of 3 persons
|1||Arrival in Bishkek||900 m||Arrival in Bishkek. Get a brief information about tour and places to be visited. City tour walking in parks, visiting an open-air art gallery, historical museum, etc. Welcoming dinner at restaurant. Overnight stay in hotel.|
|2||Bishkek||Breakfast, visiting art shops and Osh bazaar and learn to make a felt souvenir. Lunch and dinner at café.|
|3||Bishkek – Burana – Kyzyl-Tuu – Bokonbaevo Almaluu Yurtcamp||Breakfast, leaving for Bokonbaevo village on the southern shore of Issyk-Kul lake. On the way, visiting the Burana tower (15 km from the main road), an architectural complex of the 10 – 11thcenturies (the Great Silk Road). Lunch en-route. In Bokonbaevo visit a shop where Kyrgyz Yurt – an ancient dwell is made. Arrive by dinner in yurt camp. Overnight in yurt camp.|
|4||Bokonbaevo Almaluu Yurtcamp||After breakfast, visit local workshops, witness process of making Kyrgyz national carpets and other handcrafts made by local people. Start to make your own Alakiiz at workshop. Accommodation is at yurt camp.|
|5||Bokonbaevo Almaluu Yurtcamp||Breakfast, relax, go to the lake, beach time, and swim. Walk around, communicate with local people. Continue your work and start to make your own small shirdak.. Accommodation is at the yurt camp.|
|6||Bokonbaevo – Skazka – Saruu||In the morning head to Saruu with an en-route visit of fantastic place called Skazka (Fairytale). Mysteriously shaped clayish-sandy rocks made by nature – wind, rain, sun throughout centuries. You will have an impression of being in a tale, if you give a freedom to your imaginations! Meals and overnight by local family.|
|7||Saruu||After breakfast leaving for Juuku – Suu Gorge, to hot mineral springs. This is a popular place among local people. Hiking to waterfall through pass covered with fir trees and rocky mounts along a stormy mountain river. Enjoy the peaceful nature during the picnic lunch. Come back to village in the afternoon. In village you canalso visit a small local felt shop. Accommodation is at local house.|
|8||Saruu – Jeti-Oguz – Karakol||After breakfast, head to Karakol. On the way with an en-route visit to Jeti – Oguz Gorge (30 km from the main road). Walk and picnic in the Kok – Zhaik area (a Valley of Flowers), climbing to waterfall. Arrive in Karakol in the afternoon. Visiting local bazaar, shopping. City tour: visit the Dungan Mosque styled as a Chinese pagoda, the Russian Orthodox Church with a special architecture. Dinner is at restaurant. Overnight is at CBT guesthouse (Community Based Tourism Association)|
|9||Karakol – Cholpon-Ata – Chyrpykty||After breakfast, drive to Chyrpykty with an en-route visit of historical museum in Cholpon – Ata. Lunch at café. Arrive at Chyrpykty in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight is by local family.|
|10||Chyrpykty||Breakfast up to your wishes, go to lake. Picnic at beach. Come back by dinner. Overnight is in the village by the local family.|
|11||Chyrpykty – Kochkor||Drive to Kochkor, the heart of felt production where you will visit the biggest felt making shops “Altyn – Kol”, “Kyal” of Naryn oblast. Take a part at workshop. Accommodation is at CBT guesthouse.|
|12||Kochkor||Have a breakfast and then participate at workshop. Complete your work. Lunch and dinner in café. Overnight is at CBT guesthouse.|
|13||Kochkor – Bishkek||Breakfast, head to Bishkek. Lunch en route, arrive in Bishkek 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 full pension, transport and guidance from arrival at airport till departure EXCEPT the costs for flights and alcoholic beverages.