8 days tour in Kyrgyzstan with family
Ala-Archa Walking tour
Cooking master Show
Kyrgyz Food Tour
Eagle hunting show
Naturally gorgeous, culturally captivating and steeped in mysticism, Kyrgyzstan makes for a wonderful introduction of nomads life and life of people after collapsing of Soviet Union. Embark on a 7-day family tour and discover high mountains in Tyan-Shan range, the second largest alpine lake in the world. Expose your family to different ways of life while driving through peaceful villages and seeing shepherd life in the mountains. Wonder at nomad life when you go to Son-Kul lake (altitude 3016 m. over see level) to overnight. You are going to see eagles, yaks, sheep, horses. Chill out by the beach in Yssyk-Kul lake while the young ones are playing on the beach and making the castle from the sand. Educational, active and leisurely paced, this trip is everything you could want in a family getaway.
Ala-Archa National Park and cooking master show in local house (35 km from Bishkek, 45 minutes - 1 hour)
Kyrgyzstan is famous for mountains. Just 50 minutes from Bishkek we have beautiful National Park - "Ala-Archa" Enjoy views of the Ala-Archa that is 30 km from Bishkek, where you will see glaciers on the top of mountains. By the way to National Park, you can also see the life of people that live in a city and in a village. After arrival at National Park Ala-Archa, you are going to forget the noisy city and relax in a piece. After 1 hour walking in Ala- Archa we are going to drive to the village and visit one family that lives in a village. The family will prepare for you lunch, however before you are going to see the way of cooking of traditional dish with explanation and learn how to cook Kyrgyz traditional food. Maybe after coming back to your homeland, you will cook traditional Kyrgyz food to your friends. Local families will also glad to make excursion to their farm and garden. Come back to your hotel with a good memory.
Bishkek – Cholpon-Ata (263 km, 4.5-5 hours of driving)
After breakfast drive to Cholpon – Ata. On the way visit Burana Tower (the main historical complex from 11 centuries on the Silk-Road). While driving to Issyk-Kul lake you are going to pass boom gorge. Have lunch en route in buffet and drive to have felt carpet show. (supplementary). After excursion around museum drive to Resort to take a rest and there is a possibility to swim (in July and august temperature of the water is good for swimming)
Cholpon-Ata – Karakol ( 144 km 2 -2.5 hours of driving )
After breakfast drive to Karakol. On the way visit Ruh-Ordo (open-air museum in Cholpon-Ata). Have a lunch in Cholpon – Ata and drive to Karakol. Have a city tour in Karakol and visit the museum of antiquarian belongings, orthodox museum, and Dungan mosque. After the city tour has a rest in Guesthouse. And in the evening we have dinner in the Dungan family. This minority group came to Kyrgyzstan after conflict in China and have been living in Karakol since the 19th century.
Karakol – South shore of Issyk-Kul lake (150 km 2 -2.5 hours of driving)
Today we are going to take a rest in south shore of Issyk-Kul lake. After breakfast, we will leave Karakol and drive to the Jeti-Oguz Gorge. It is a lush, picturesque valley with some striking red sandstone rock formations, including the “Seven Bulls”. It is located 28 kilometers west of the city of Karakol along the southern shore of Issyk-Kul. The name "Jeti-Oguz" (translated as " bulls") came from a chain of weathered red rocks, similar to bulls lying on the ground, and became a visiting card of the gorge. The local point of interest is the rock "Broken Heart", near which you can always make incredibly beautiful photos.
For 25 km on both sides of the gorge, there are blue spruce trees that are included in the red book of Kyrgyzstan. In the gorge at an altitude of 2200 m, there is a resort Jeti-Oguz, known for its healing geothermal springs. You will spend there enough time to explore the area, to walk in the forest and have lunch in a local house. By your wish, there is a possibility to hike up to the waterfall. After we are going to visit Skazka (“Fairy Tale”) Canyon. The canyon, the beauty in the south of Issyk-Kul lake, was named after its bizarre rocky landscape, which for many years has been transformed by wind into various sculptures and formations. Some structures have been named for their similarity to the well-known objects and places. For example, one set of ridges in the canyon is called the "The Chinese Wall" due to its similarity to the Great Wall of China. Visitors can also find what appears to be the statues of hippopotamus, snakes, dragons, sleeping giants and even whole castles. Not only do the rocks have different shapes, but also various colors.
Overnight in yurts on south shore of Issyk-Kul lake.
South shore of Issyk-Kul lake - Son-Kul (290 km, 4,5-5 hours of driving)
Today we are going to Son-Kul. En route, we will have lunch in Kochkor and drive to Son-Kul. Son-Kul is a mountain lake in the central Tian Shan, virtually in the center of Kyrgyzstan. The name translated from Kyrgyz as -the last lake. Son Kul lies at an altitude of 3016m above sea level. Son Kul is Kyrgyzstan's second-largest lake. The average temperature is only -3,5C. in summer +11C. In the summer Son Kul is still relatively chilly because of the high altitude, with temperatures averaging only 11C and dipping below freezing at night. there is no electricity and running water up at the jailoo, this makes Son-Kul a prime destination for those wanting to live like a nomad for a couple of days. Yurts are filled with thick mattresses and blankets, and there are outdoor toilets not far from yurt camps.there are yurt camps that are specifically organized for visitors and there are also the yurts of local shepherds who live at Son Kul.
Overnight in yurt.
Son-Kul lake - Kochkor ( 190 km, 3-4 hours of driving)
Today you are going to spend day in Son-Kul lake. There is a possibility to make walking or horse riding. After lunch drive to Kochkor. Short tour in Kochkor and overnight there.
Overnight in the guest house.
Kochkor - Kegety gorge (172 km, 3-4 hours of driving)
Today after breakfast we are going to drive to Kegety gorge and short walking there. Kegety gorge differs from other gorges on the Kyrgyz ridge because of its unusual width and spaciousness. Being one of the longest gorges on the Kyrgyz ridge (≈27 km), Kegety has a very interesting relief and a lot of beautiful places: for instance, Kel-Tor Lake in the right tributary of the Kegety River, two waterfalls, a forest of the Tien-Shan spruce and the Kegety Pass (≈ 4000m), thru which it is possible to get to the Eastern Karakol Valley.
Overnight in guest house of Kegety gorge.
Kegety gorge - Bishkek (100 km, 1.5-2 hours of driving)
Today we are going to drive to Bishkek. Have lunch after arrival to Bishkek.
Accommodation for 6 days
Meals (8 lunches, 7 dinners)
If you need a child seat we will also provide it to you.
If you need a person that will take care of children while you traveling we can also provide it for extra charges.
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.