Explore the hidden treasures of Kyrgyzstan
Tour Type: auto/trekking
Level of Difficulty: medium
Maximum Altitude on the Trip: 3 400 meters ASL
Start and End Point: Bishkek
Transport: jeep/minivan/minibus depending on the size of the group
Best group size: 4 -10 persons
Day 1 This day meeting with all participants over coffee. Meeting and instruction..
Day 2 Morning transfer to Talas via Suusamyr gorge and Too-Ashuu pass. On the way make a stop at Manas Ordo. The mausoleum looks similar to other monuments from the 14th century, with kufic script around the outside edge of the monument. Continue transfer to Talas, arrival by late lunch time, lunch, dinner and overnight will be at home stay in Talas.
Day 3 After breakfast start 3 days trekking tour to Besh-Tash lake, do a trek under the pass. Lunch will be in a picnic style in a wild. Dinner and B&B in tent. Trek time: 5-6 hours
Day 4 Continue your trek through Itagar pass, today you will cross it than descend the gorge Itagar where you can have a camping with a tent. Dinner and overnight in tent. Trek time: 6-7 hours
Day 5 Today trekking down along the river Itagar until the gorge Chychkan where your driver meets you and transferring to fishing place, where you will enjoy mountain fish. Than car will pick up you and transfer to Kyzyl-Oi village. Dinner and overnight will be at home stay. Trek time: 3-4 hours.
Day 6 Transfer from Kyzyl-Oi village to Kyzart pass. Arrival at Kyzart pass, meet your guides team and start the tour. Within sight of the road, cross Kyzyl-Kiya jailoo, an enormous, relatively flat sea of grass. Continue over the Chaar-Archa Pass (3 061 m) into the Chaar-Archa Valley and eat a tasty lunch by the racing river, with views of holy 4400 m Baba-Ata Mountain. Sated, ford the river and follow the trail over verdant hills to Kilemche Jailoo. 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). Dine and sleep in a yurt, naturally.
Day 7 After breakfast at Kilemche, spend the morning climbing to Jalgyz Karagai pass (3400 m), over the Song-Kol Mountains and into the lake’s basin. The morning climb affords wonderful views of Kilemche jailoo, and the pass itself is rocky and exciting. From the pass, Song-Kol is still distant, but as you traipse down the slopes, it gets larger and larger; the mountains on the other side get higher and higher, until finally the lake fills most of your field of view and the southern mountains tower above it. After lunch at Jaman Echki, car will pick up you and transfer to Batai-Aral yurt camp.
Day 8 Spend the day enjoying refreshing and well-earned rest at the lake side. Watching and/or participation in everyday life of shepherds: milking mares; making national milk products like kymyz (a fermented mare’s milk) or airan (a sour dense milk product); tending cattle. Eat a delicious lunch here, stroll along the lakeshore, and hope the legendary Song-Kol weather is kind. Meals and accommodation at Song-Kol Lake.
Day 9 Morning transfer to Tash-Rabat Caravanserai via Mels Ashuu. Have a lunch in Baetovo village at cafe. On the way make a coffee break. Upon arrival walking at surrounding area and in Tash-Rabat Caravanserai. Dinner and B&B at yurt camp.
Day 10 Morning transfer to Kol-Suu lake via border zone make a coffee break on the way in Ak-Say valley. Upon arrival to yurt camp, have a lunch and rest at yurt camp. Dinner and overnight at yurt camp.
Day 11 After breakfast make 2 hours trek to Kol-Suu lake. Make a picnic lunch at Kol-Suu lake. Walk at surrounding area. Optional: horse riding. By lunch time return to yurt camp. Than transfer to Naryn town. Dinner and B&B at home stay.
Day 12 After breakfast transfer to Bokonbaevo village. Make a stop at Orto-Tokoy reservoir. By late lunch time arrive to Bokonbaevo village and have a rest. You can swim at lake or just relax under the sun. Dinner and B&B at Bel-Tam yurt camp.
Day 13 After breakfast short transfer to Jaychi yurt camp where you can join the Agro Festival (for June departure) or Birds of Prey Festival (for August departure) arranged by CBT Bokonbaevo. Dinner and B&B at yurt camp.
Day 14 Julymorning transfer to Bishkek. On the way make a stop at Burana tower architectural complex (10-11th century, an important point on the Great Silk Road), 15km from the main road, upon arrival to Bishkek, end of the tour.
Accommodation and meals according to the program
English speaking touring guide
2 days trek from Besh-Tash Lake to Chychkan Gorge
2 days trek to Song-Kol Lake
1 day hike to Kol-Suu Lake
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.