Karakol - Alakul Lake and Song-Kul lake 9 DAYS
Kyrgyzstan is a land-locked country in Central Asia, located along the ancient Silk Road, a crossroad for people of various origins and traditions, yet the prevailing culture is that of a nomadic lifestyle shaped by the natural surroundings. Kyrgyz shepherds move around with their flocks of animals according to seasons, living in tent-like homes called yurts; there’s a saying that goes “only in death, when he is buried, that a Kyrgyz stops wandering”. Kyrgyzstan rewards visitors with unspoiled nature, hospitality, and free spirit of nomadic traditions. In summer, high plateau pastures (jailoo) and lakesides are ted with nomad tents, it is the best season to experience nomad lifestyle.
Bishkek – Karakol – Ala Kul lake – Altyn Arashan – Bokonbaevo – Skazka canyon – Kochkor – Kilemche – Song Kol lake - Bishkek
DAY 01 : Airport - Bishkek – Karakol (405km)
Meet from airport. Drive to Issyk-Kul region, Karakol. En-route visit an important point on the ancient Silk Road — the Burana Tower architectural complex, dated back to the 10th century, monuments include a minaret, remnants of a castle, and ancient warrior cemetery. Enjoy home cook meal near Burana at a Kyrgyz family home. Overnight at home stay in Karakol.
DAY 02 : Karakol – Kurgak Tor Gorge – Sirota (Trekking)
Drive to Karakol Valley. On the way to Alps Camp in several hours, we will proceed from the steppe foothills to mountain forest, woodland, to subalpine and alpine meadows and even to the realm of eternal snow with bare rocks and glaciers.
DAY 03 : Sirota – Ala Kul Lake (Trekking)
In the morning we take the breakfast and we continue our walking to Ala Kul Lake. The lake lies in the glacier valley of the left riverhead of Kurgaktor River, at an altitude of 3532 meters above sea level with beautiful views of the snow-capped peaks. You will be amazed by this extraordinary lake. Ala-Kul Lake is a rock-dammed and hidden treasure between lofty Terskey Ala Too Mountains. Lunch by the Ala-Kul Lake. Dinner overnight in tent.
DAY 04 : Ala Kul Lake – Altyn Arashan (Trekking)
After breakfast we go up to pass 3600 m. Picnic on the way we will descent to Altyn-Arashan Overnight in a hut, enjoy the serenity of the mountains, and counting stars at night.
DAY 5 : Altyn-Arashan Valley – Karakol(Trekking)
A leisure morning at Altyn-Arashan, explore the surroundings. Later, trek down to the foothill, then transfer by car back to Karakol. Free time to explore the town, such as visit local market, stroll around the old residential quarters to admire wooden architecture. Overnight in Karakol home-stay.
DAY 06 :Karakol – Bokonbaevo - Kochkor – Kyzart village
After breakfasr transfer to Kyzart. Lunch in Kochkor, visit a handicraft workshop, and learn how Kyrgyz felt carpets ( ala kiyiz ) are made. Drive to Kyzart. Overnight at home stay in Kyzart village, enjoy home cooked meal.
DAY 07 : Kyzart village – Kilemche(Horse riding)
After breakfast start trekking to Kilemche. Picnic on the way. Arrival in Kilemche. The name means “like a carpet,” and this swathe of grass covers whole mountain ranges, with shadings as subtle as any shyrdak (shyrdak is a Kyrgyz felt carpet). Dinner in a yurt.
DAY 08 : Kelimche – Song Kul lake (Horse riding)
Spend the morning climbing to Jalgyz Karagai pass (3400m), enter the lake basin. The trek offers superb views of grassland and mountain ranges. After lunch at Jaman Echki, follow the lakeshore east to, and meet the host family of Kyrgyz shepherds. Overnight in yurt，enjoy typical local food, such as fermented mare’s milk and grill fish from the lake.
DAY 09 : Song kol lake – Bishkek
After breakfast transfer by car to Bishkek (6 hours), upon arrival check in to Hotel. Later, explore the capital city of Kyrgyzstan, visit the downtown square and surrounding sites of interest; feel the local city life and vibes. Evening free and easy, dine out at restaurant.
Standard cost for the 9-day tour is (USD):
2 people = $1100 per person
3,4,5 people = $ 850 per person
6,7,8,9,10,11,12 people = $690 per person
- Transportation, driver, Fuel, Petrol
- Porters (in Ala Kul lake)
- Horses guide
- Guide translator
- Parks, museum, tickets
- Mineral water
- Tent, sleeping bag, gas, dishes
Price doesn’t include
Tax of bank,
For a confirmed booking, a deposit of (10%) is required. Deposit is paid by credit card (secure payment via Stripe, no credit card fees). The remaining balance can be paid in cash upon start of the trip - unless Host & Traveler agree on different payment methods.
Cancellations can be made free of charge up to 30 days prior to the beginning of the booked service. The deposit (10%) is only refundable if the booking is canceled at least 30 days in advance.