Best season: mid June - mid September
Duration: 6 days
Level of difficulty: Easy to medium
Group size: 2-12 people
Transport: Jeep or Minivan (2-6 pax); Minibus (6-12pax).
Requirements: trekking boots, weatherproof warm clothes, hat, mat, sleeping bag, sunglasses.
Arrival at Manas airport/ hotel. Pick up and transfer to leave for Chong-Kemin valley (3 hours drive). On the way, visit the Burana tower architectural complex (10-11th century), 15km from the main road. Lunch will be in Chon Kemin, after lunch walking around the village/ free time. Dinner, bed and breakfast at local guest house.
Continue the drive to Karakol (about 4 hours). On the way make a stop in Cholpon-Ata town to visit an open-air museum (petroglyphs, rock painting) gallery (4km from Cholpon-Ata town, heading to the mountains. Lunch en-route in a cafe. Afternoon arrival in Karakol followed by a city tour: visit the Dungan Mosque and the Russian Orthodox Church. Dinner, bed and breakfast at local guest house.
Morning transfer to the Altyn-Arashan resort, which is situated 2450 m above sea level. Camp at this wonderful place which is surrounded by magnificent rocks and from where a lot of streams begin from the glaciers. A great panoramic view of the the snow-capped Peak Tashtanbek, 4600 m. Overnight is available in a mountain hut or in tents.
At the Altyn-Arashan resort is possible to take a thermal water bath. You will never be able to forget the sight of the snow on Peak Palatka (Tent) 5260 m or "Swallow's Nest Pool", nestling beneath the open sky. After breakfast walk from Altyn Arashan resort down by Arashan Gorge (4 hours). Drive to Karakol (30 minutes). Dinner, bed and breakfast at local guest house.
After breakfast, transfer to the Jeti-Oguz Gorge (Seven Bulls), 1 hour. Visit the Kok-Jaik area (Valley of Flowers), 2-3 hours. Lunch will be in the yurt camp. Continue to the southern shore of Ysyk-Kol Lake (3-hour drive). Dinner and overnight stay at a yurt camp near Bokonbaevo village.
Morning departure to Kochor Village (Naryn region, about 3 hours). Arrival by noon, lunch. Afternoon – learn how “ala kiiz” – Kyrgyz felt carpets – are made. After that transfer to Bishkek (2.5-3 hours). Arrival in Bishkek, end of the tour.
Per person: 555$
Is included: Guide, transportation from/to airport, B&B, meals, trekking tour to Altyn Arashan gorge, beverages.