Self-drive off-road tour around Issyk-Kul lake - 12 days
Self-drive Off-road around Issyk-Kul lake on UAZ Hunter with guide services, off-road training, technical support. We will accompany you on another vehicle – TLC Prado 95 with set of tools, spare parts and etc. Difficulty level - middle.
Announcement: The Tien Shan mountain system in Central Asia covers the territory of 5 countries. Most of it lies on the territory of Kyrgyzstan. The most picturesque part of it is - the ranges of Kyungoy Ala-Too and Terskei Ala-Too covers the Chui and Issyk-Kul valleys and Naryn region of the Kyrgyzstan.
You will get great off-road driving experience in mountain. Our rout is like a stretched circle - through Chuy region, around Issik-Kul lake and loop in Naryn Region. So, this tour passes through the most beautiful places of nature in Kyrgyzstan, such as beautiful gorges like Altyn-Arashan and Jety-Oguz, Barskoon and Suusamyr plateau , Fairy Tale and Konorchek Canyons, Song-Kul and Kel-Suu lakes and etc.
The tour program includes visiting of historic places and museums, meeting with local people and culture, participate in local holiday events, horse riding, eagle hunting, bathing in hot springs, overnight in yurt and homestay, hiking in the mountains, skitour at wintertime and etc.
Day 1 - Starting from Bishkek to Chong-Kemin National Park (150 km). By the we will visit Burana tower museum (10-11 century a.c.). Horse riding in Chong-Kemin to Kol-Kogur lake. Overnight in guesthouse.
Day 2 - Drive to Konorchek Canyon (50 km) which looks like a little version of Grand Canyon in USA. Short driving there and hiking for 2-3 hours. Departure to Cholpon-Ata city (130 km), lunch and petroglyph open-air museum and History museum at will. Overnight in guesthouse or yurtcamp on the Issik-Kul lake shore.
Day 3 - Drive to Georgievskiy gorge (30 km). Driving and hiking to lakes. There 3 beautiful lakes, 2 lakes open for visit, but for 3d lake you should get border permit. Offroad drive to the Kyrchyn gorge, where was World Nomad Games. Drive to Altyn-Arashan gorge (150 km). By the way short cultural and food program in Karakol city. Hotsprings and overnigth in yurt.
Day 4 - Ala-Kul lake trekking through most beautiful places of Altyn-Arashan gorge. Horse riding till Ala-Kul pass, than climbing to lake. Comeback and hotsprings again :). Overnigth in yurt.
Day 5 - Departure to Jety-Oguz gorge (110 km), most scenic and beautiful gorge in Kyrgyzstan. Drive and hiking around resort and red rocks there. Hiking to waterfall. Overnight in yurt.
Day 6 - Driving and hiking to Oguz-Bashy glacier, looks like an unreal magic mountain. There we can see Eltcin and Karakol peaks. Comeback and overnight in yurt.
Day 7 - Departure to the Barskoon gorge and Ara-Bel plateau (130 km). Trip through the pass Barskoon (3900 m) to the high mountain lakes and pastures. Return to the gorge and excursion to the waterfalls. Trip and excursion to Fairy Tale Canyon (80 km). Overnight in the yurt camp on the shore of the Issik-Kul lake.
Day 8 - Drive to Naryn region (220 km). It is a most difficult, but very wild beauty part of road. We will drive through Tosor pass and along up tributary of Naryn river. Naryn river - one of the general river in Tyan-Shan that gives rise to a Syrdarya river. So, you can see the inception of this great rivers.Overnight in yurt or guesthouse in Naryn.
Day 9 - Drive to Kel-Suu lake (150 km). Hiking there and swimming at will. Overnight in yurt.
Day 10 - Drive to Chatyr-Kul lake (150 km), then Tash-Rabat history complex. This caravan-saray (15 century a.c.) was one of the pitstop on Silk Way Between China and Europe. Located at an altitude of 3,200 meters. By your will, you can make a horsetrek from Chatyr-Kul lake to Tash-Rabat through the pass and valley. Overnight in yurt.
Day 11 - Driving to the Song-Kul lake (160 km) through the Moldo-Ashuu pass. Hiking and boating in Song-Kul. Overnight in yurt.
Day 12 - Departure to the Bishkek (360 km). Our road goes through very scenic places along Kokomeren river to Suusamyr Valley - it is a high plateau in the center of the Western Tien-Shan and the largest jailoo (pasture) in Kyrgyzstan. Here you will see huge herds of sheep and horses and you can drink the best koumiss in the country, possibly in the world :). By the way short stops in Kyzyl-Oi and Kojomkul villages in museum and viewpoints. Then we will drive through picturesque and lively Too Ashuu pass by the part of Bishkek-Osh road. This road connect North and South of Kyrgyzstan. Short stop at will for lunch in Kara-Balta city. This pretty city was a succesfull city in USSR time under Moscow control. So, if you want see a frozen soviet industry town as it is, well maintained - Kara-Balta best example of this.
Additional information: Tour of the program for 12 days, but can be extended up to 13 days depending the situation on the mountain roads.
To realize all points of tour you should get a border permits (paid separately). You should send me a full copy of your passport at least 10 days before. Urgent option also possible, write me for discuss.
The total distance of the tour path is 2100 km.
The team of one car can be 2 person. Cost for extra passenger – 600 USD.
The cost of the tour includes accommodations and meals 3 times a day, fuel, insurance for car, lunch maybe like snacks, fee antrances, horseback riding.
Program and route for winter time is different and shorter: many passes are closed, from the programm excluded larger half of Naryn region, Ala-Kul and Song-Kul lakes, Jety Oguz gorge and Eagle hunting.
Self-drive vehicle – UAZ Hunter 2012.
Support Vehicle - TLC Prado 95.
Requirements for drivers:
- Driver's age shall be between 21 and 65 years old;
- Driving experience shall be 3 or more years;
- Security deposit - 350 USD.
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.