Karakol city KAZAKHSTAN
Meeting at the border with Kyrgyzstan, border formalities. Pick up at Karkara border point, followed by ride to Karakol city, center of Mountain Tourism of the Central Asia. The day consists of a short city tour, visiting famous heritage of the pre-Soviet architecture (e.g. Russian Orthodox Church, Dungan Wooden Mosque). The tour ends with dinner at local Uyghur family, trying authentic local cuisine and experiencing the folklore.
Overnight at local guesthouse/hotel
After breakfast we forward from Karakol to Altyn Arashan which means “Golden Springs”. For this day you are going to have mostly free time, trying the Springs and preparing for next day hike to Ala-Kol lake (3532 m).
Overnight in local guesthouse
The main goal of this day is to hike through the Ala-Kol Pass (3860 m.) towards most beautiful lake of the Central Tian – Shian, the Ala-Kol lake. The views from the hills are truly amazing, you are able to recognize a number of peaks as Karakol (5281 m.), Oguz-Bashi (5168 m.) and Zhigit (5170 m.) Staying overnight in camp by the lake Ala-Kol would be one of the most fantastic experience you have in Kyrgyzstan.
Early morning kick off back to Altyn Arashan. Once back, we have some food and depart to Kochkor via South Shore of Issyk-Kul lake. We will have a lunch at Bokonbaevo village and then move forward. Once arrived, we will stay at local guesthouse.
We begin that day with horses. But before that we will have transfer to Kyzart village, from where we will start our horse riding activity. There we meet with our local guides and continue our horseback tour. The route is not difficult with minimum landscape change. Lunch will be on the way but dinner and following overnight will be at the Kilemche pasture Yurt camp.
On this day we will cross the Zhalgyz-Karagai pass (3437 m.) on horseback. You will be delighted to view amazing panoramic view of Son-Kul lake and the behind Kilemche pasture. We will continue our riding and stop by one of Son-Kul Yurt camps.
After breakfast, we have some free time at the Son-Kul lake and then start our journey to Bishkek via the Kalmak-Ashuu Pass. On the way to Bishkek we will visit the Medieval Burana Tower, remained after once glorious Balasagun city of Karakhanid Empire. Once arrived to Bishkek, we will have some rest and free time. However, our guide may show you some key places to see and visit.
Early morning departure to Almaty via Kordai (“Ak-Zhol” border pass).
2 pax - 1482 USD per person (for a group of 2 pax)
4 pax - 1157USD per person (for a group of 4 pax)
6 pax - 1144 USD per person (for a group of 6 pax)
8 pax - 1105 USD per person (for a group of 8 pax)
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.