There are two important events planned in this group travel: we visit two cultural festivals. Moreover, the trip includes a combination of various activities e.g. three-days trekking.
The first festival will take place in the Suasamyr Valley, one of the most popular and beautiful valleys in Kyrgyzstan. During this festival, you will witness national nomad horse games. These games have always accompanied important Kyrgyz events since ancient times.
The second festival will be in Chon Kemin. This festival is all about the national dishes, traditions and customs of the Kyrgyz people.
The three-days trekking can be done on either a horse or foot. The trek starts in Chong Kemin and goes over Kungei Ala Too Mountain towards Issyk Kul lake. On the way, you will pass by a beautiful alpine lake Koltor. From top of the pass, you will have a breathtakingly stunning view to the second largest high mountain lake – Issyk Kul.
|08.08||Arrival in Bishkek||900 m||Arrival in Bishkek. Have a rest. Lunch, then make a city tour visiting open air gallery, historical museum, Osh bazaar etc. Before dinner get brief information about the whole tour, about places to be visited. Welcoming dinner is at restaurant. Overnight stay in hotel.|
|09.08||Bishkek – Burana – Ak Sai||Breakfast, then head to Ak Sai, south part 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. Arrive afternoon to the Ak Sai via sandy-claysh canyon. Stay at home yurt by local family.|
|10.08||Ak Sai – Salt Lake
|ca 1600 m||Breakfast and go to the Salt lake (12 km one way), popular place among locals, because of cure ability of salt lake from different skin diseases, have a picnic at the beach. Come back afternoon. Stay at local family.|
|11.08||Ak Sai – Bokonbaevo Almaluu yurt camp||Breakfast, head to Bokonbaevo. Have a lunch in Bokonbaevo and visit local workshops, witness process of making Kyrgyz national carpets and other handicrafts made by local people, which you can also buy. Arrive in Almaluu yurt camp afternoon. Dinner and overnight is in yurt camp.|
|12.08||Bokonbaevo “Birds of Prey Festival”
|After breakfast take part in a Festival Birds of prey, where you`ll see a demonstration of hunting with a Golden Eagle; folklore show; exhibition and sale of handicrafts and souvenirs; tasting of Kyrgyz cuisine. Dinner and overnight is in yurt camp Almaluu.|
|13.08||Almaluu yurt camp – Skazka – Saruu||Breakfast, head to Saruu. On the way make a stop to visit fantastic place called Skazka (Fairytale). Mysteriously shaped clayish-sandy rocks made by nature – wind, rain, sun, through the centuries. You will have an impression of being in a tale, if you give a freedom to your imaginations! Arrive to Saruu to the lunch time. Accommodation and meals are by local family.|
|14.08||Saruu – JuukuSuu||ca. 1800m||After breakfast leaving for Juuku – Suu Gorge, to the hot mineral spring. This is popular among local people. Hiking to waterfall, through pass covered with fir trees and rocky mounts, along the river. Enjoy with peaceful nature during the picnic lunch. Come back to village for dinner. Overnight is by local family.|
|15.08||Saruu – JetiOguz – Karakol||Breakfast, then transfer to Djeti-Oguz Gorge, seven large red rocks known as “Seven Bulls”, as well as see the Broken heart, Sanatorium of Soviet period and have a picnic in area Kok Jaiyk, where you can walk to the waterfall. Dinner is at restaurant. Overnight is at the CBT guesthouse.|
|16.08||Karakol – Altyn Arashan||Breakfast and transfer to Altyn Arashan gorge to the sanatorium, where you can take a bath with mineral warm waters. Arrive in Karakol afternoon, city tour: visit the Dungan Mosque styled as a Chinese pagoda, the Russian Orthodox Church and museum. Dinner is at restaurant. Overnight is at the CBT guesthouse.|
|17.08||Karakol – Grigorevka||Have a breakfast and transfer to Grigorevka – Bel Zhan yurt lodge. Meals and overnight there.|
|18.08||Grigorevka – Cholpon Ata – Chon Kemin||After Breakfast, head to Chon Kemin valley, a national Park since 1997. On the way make a stop in Cholpon – Ata to visit museum. Arrive to the village Karal-Dobo afternoon. Dinner and accommodation are at local family.|
|19.08||Chon Kemin||1900m||Breakfast up to your wish. Walk around the village, communicate with local people or hike to the forest in the mountains or to the river. Afternoon prepare for forthcoming trekking. Accommodation and meals are by local family.|
|20.08||Chong – Kemin – Toru-AigyrJailoo
Begin of trekking
|ca 2800 m||Breakfast and start the trekking heading to the east, to the jailoo (alpine pasture) Chym Bulak. The way is along the river Chong Kemin and Bai-Kichi, Toguz-Bulak and Chym-Bulak gorges. Flanks of hills are covered with fir trees. Lunch in the nature. Continuing along the forest till the pasture Toru-Aigyr. Put up tents. The trekking will last about 5-6 hours.|
|21.08||Toru-AigyrJailoo – Koltor lake||2600 m
|This day you`ll head to the Koltor mountain lake, it has a form of trapezium and about 2600 m above the sea level. You`ll go up and down several times before reaching the lake. It is a wonderful place for camping. Lunch in the wilder nature and dinner is on the shore of mountain lake. Overnight is in tents. The trekking of this day will take also about 5-6 hours.|
|22.08||Koltor See – Atchyk-TashJailoo – Chyrpykty
End of trekking
|Have an early breakfast. Today is a harder day, because you will go over the Tamchy Pass (3400m). You`ll go only up till the pass. Lunch is by shepherds on the pasture Achyk-Tash after crossing the pass. This is a point where a car will be waiting for you to pick you up to the next destination. End of trekking (will take about 5 hours). The car will bring you to village Chyrpykty. There you`ll have a rest. Accommodation is by a local family.|
|23.08||Chyrpykty||Breakfast, have a well earned rest, go to the lake, beach time, swim. Walk around the village, communicate with local people. Lunch, dinner and accommodation are at local family.|
|24.08||Chyrpykty – Kochkor – Son Kol||Breakfast, transfer to Kochkor village. Visit the biggest felt making shops “Altyn – Kol” and “Kyal”. Have a lunch at the café and then transfer to Son Kol, the mountain lake on 3016 m altitude. It is a beautiful valley with a lake in the middle. It is a paradise for people as well as for the cattle. However the weather here is unpredictable and you can witness all 4 seasons. Meals and accommodation is in yurt.|
|25.08||Son Kol||3050m||Breakfast, have a rest, spend a day – time at the lakeside, ride a horse around. 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. Meals and overnight is in yurt|
Festival of national horse games
|Breakfast, you will take part at Festival of National horse games: Ulak Tartysh, Kyz Kuumai, Tyiyn enmei, Er Enish; folklore show; taste kyrgyz dishes. Accommodation is in yurt.|
|27.08||Son Kol – Bishkek||Have a breakfast, transfer to Bishkek. Lunch en route. Farewell dinner is at restaurant. Overnight is in hotel.|
|28.08||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 for flight and alcoholic beverages.