Discovery winter around the "Issyk Kul"
Alex at Indy Guide welcomes you to explore the fascinating region perched in the middle of the Tien Shan Mountain Range.
Kyrgyzstan, a country of nomads, in the heart of Central Asia, largely unexplored mountains offers a wonderful playground for all nature lovers and virgin lands. The Kyrgyz people which has preserved its tradition of hospitality lives peacefully in a surprising variety of landscapes and made this country the pearl of Central Asia: steppes, prairies, deserts but also canyons, high alpine valleys, lakes and turquoise lakes. We invite you to discover in winter the great lake Issyk Kul, at over 1600 meters altitude.
Day 1 Transfer Bishkek – Bel Tam
Meeting in Bishkek, direct transfer to the south shore of Issyk Kul.
Visit of Burana tower site, on the ruins of the ancient Karakhanid’s capital, Balasagyn.
Lunch in Tokmok, today we have a chance to taste real Dungan food.
After the last cup of tea with your hosts, you will make your way to Konorcheck Canyons for a 2-3-hour trek into the dry canyon with great views.
Later in the day, you will be able to see the amazing Lake Issyk Kul with its crystal-clear water and countless snow capped peaks all around you.
After the sun sets, you will be able to enjoy a Kyrgyz national dish with your hosts. Overnight in the yurt.
Trekking time: 2-3 hours
Driving time: 5 hours
Driving distance: 300 km.
L, D included
Day 2 Bel Tam – Ak Tash Yurt camp
In the morning, make sure you have your camera ready for a great local experience. We meet with a berkutchi, an eagle hunter who will tell us about his passion and show his eagles, he will share his traditions and techniques of hunting with Golden Eagles.
Then, you will make your way to another hidden valley in Issyk Kul, Chon Kyzyl Suu valley. Its name "the big red water" the gorge got because the water in a river at the bottom of it seems to be red. The reason for this phenomenon is red clay coloring the water.
Lunch in the village Kyzyl Suu, today you will enjoy a Uighur cuisine.
Upon arrival to our cozy Ak Tash yurt camp, building yurts with your hosts, discover the symbolism of a traditional Kyrgyz yurt and learn the importance of yurts for nomads, then enjoy a tea and snack inside the yurt once you're done! Overnight in the yurt.
Driving time: 3 hours
Driving distance: 120 km.
B, L, D included
Day 3 Yurt camp Ak Tash – Geophysical Station in Chong Kyzyl Suu.
After breakfast, ride on horses that will take us to the old geophysical station of Chong Kyzyl Suu, the old Soviet weather station at the bottom of the valley, built by the Germans in 1948. On the way back you can enjoy a bath in a natural hot springs.
Late afternoon back to the Ak Tash yurt camp. Overnight in the yurt.
Riding time: 5-6 hours
Riding distance: 17 km
B, L, D included
Day 4 Geophysical Station in Chong Kyzyl Suu – Jeti Ogyz valley
After breakfast drive to one of the most famous valleys around Issyk Kul Lake Jeti-Oguz valley. Hiking for 2 hrs. to Kok Jaik Valley (valley of flowers), where we can walk around. We will get back to our guesthouse for accommodation.
Trekking time: 4-5 hours
Driving time: 1 hours
Driving distance: 48 km
B, L, D included
Day 5 Jeti Oguz – Karakol - Bishkek
In the morning we will head to Karakol, formerly Przhevalsk, the fourth largest city in Kyrgyzstan, here we will visit Holy Trinity Orthodox Church. Then Dungan Mosque.
We drive by the north shore of the lake. Lunch at Cholpon Ata. Late arrival in Bishkek. Farewell dinner national restaurant in Bishkek. Night in our cozy guesthouse.
Driving time: 6 hours
Driving distance: 450 km.
B, L, D included
Day 6 Goodbye Kyrgyzstan
Drive to the airport
Flight back home with the head full of memories... at least we hope so!
Price per person:
2- pax: 879 $
3-pax: 724 $
4-pax: 764 $
5-pax: 694 $
6-pax: 645 $
Organization of the stay
All transfers in vehicle
English speaking tour guide
Full board incl. drinking water
Accommodation described in the program
Carrying luggage during horse riding
All the visits indicated in the program
Entry fees at national parks or nature reserves
Entry fees at museums mentioned in the program.
Price does not include:
Insurance repatriation and CR insurance
International airfare and taxes
International banking fees
Alcohol or sweetened mineral water;
Additional services not mentioned in the program;
Rental of personal equipment (Sleeping bag, helmet, water bottle, flashlight, etc.)
Tips (always optional, but always appreciated)
Additional costs due to personal problems (health, loss of luggage, etc.).
Since July 27, 2012, the visa is not anymore required for the persons of Swiss, EU, US, Canadian and Japanese nationalities (in total 44 new countries, for more information visit this page; passport should be with a minimum of 6 months validity for a period of 60 days maximum. Vaccination is not mandatory.
This is a draft program. It can be changed due to changes of flight schedules, safety reasons, weather conditions, and other imponderable or unforeseen conditions. Only our tour guide is authorized to take the necessary decisions. Prices are calculated daily and are subject to change in case of wide fluctuations in prices or exchange rates.
Though Kyrgyzstan evidenced caravans over 3000 years it is still a young developing country and the infrastructure of villages is not at a very high level. Refusing hospitality might be offensive and in order to avoid misunderstanding one had better to read some guidebooks and other books about Kyrgyzstan before getting prepared to visit.
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.