Kyrgyzstan is a land-locked country in Central Asia, located along the ancient Silk Road, a crossroad for people of various origins and traditions, yet the prevailing culture is that of a nomadic lifestyle shaped by the natural surroundings. Kyrgyz shepherds move around with their flocks of animals according to seasons, living in tent-like homes called yurts; there’s a saying that goes “only in death, when he is buried, that a Kyrgyz stops wandering”. Kyrgyzstan rewards visitors with unspoiled nature, hospitality, and free spirit of nomadic traditions. In summer, high plateau pastures (jailoo) and lakesides are ted with nomad tents, it is the best season to experience nomad lifestyle.
Bishkek – karakol – Ala Kul lake – Altyn Arashan – Zheti Oguz – Bokonbaevo – Skazka canyon – Kol ukok lake – Kilemche – Song Kol lake - Bishkek
Day 1 airport - Bishkek
Arrival in Bishkek. Transfer to the hotel. First entire day would be dedicated to an advanced Bishkek City Tour. Tour includes in itself the visiting of such places of interest as: Ploshad Pobedy (Victory Square), Duboviy Park (Oak Park), Ploshad Ala-Too (Ala-Too square), the History Museum, National philharmonic and many others places upon your request. It is not a real city tour without visiting real central-Asian Bazaar. We will show it for you today and you'll be able to make a lot of photos in there. Osh and Orto-Sai bazaars are very colorful and noisy. People sell there all kinds of goods.
DAY 02 : Bishkek – Karakol (405km)
Drive to Issyk-Kul region, Karakol. En-route visit an important point on the ancient Silk Road — the Burana Tower architectural complex, dated back to the 10th century, monuments include a minaret, remnants of a castle, and ancient warrior cemetery. Enjoy home cook meal near Burana at a Kyrgyz family home. Overnight at home stay in Karakol.
DAY 03 : Karakol – Kurgak Tor Gorge - Sirota
Drive to Karakol Valley. On the way to Alps Camp in several hours, we will proceed from the steppe foothills to mountain forest, woodland, to subalpine and alpine meadows and even to the realm of eternal snow with bare rocks and glaciers.
DAY 04 : Sirota – Ala Kul Lake – Altyn Arashan
In the morning we take the breakfast and we continue our walking to Ala Kul Lake. The lake lies in the glacier valley of the left riverhead of Kurgaktor River, at an altitude of 3532 meters above sea level with beautiful views of the snow-capped peaks. You will be amazed by this extraordinary lake. Ala-Kul Lake is a rock-dammed and hidden treasure between lofty Terskey Ala Too Mountains. Lunch by the Ala-Kul Lake. After lunch we will descent to Altyn-Arashan Overnight in a hut, enjoy the serenity of the mountains, and counting stars at night.
DAY 05 : Altyn-Arashan Valley - Karakol
A leisure morning at Altyn-Arashan, explore the surroundings. Later, trek down to the foothill, then transfer by car back to Karakol. Free time to explore the town, such as visit local market, stroll around the old residential quarters to admire wooden architecture. Overnight in Karakol home-stay.
DAY 06 : Karakol – Bokonbaevo
Drive to Jeti-Ögüz Gorge (Seven Bulls), named after huge flaming red rocks that resemble the shape of bull . Visit the Kök-Jaik area (Valley of Flowers), picnic lunch on summer pasture. Later head to the southern shore of Issyk-kul, on the way visit Skazka canyons, admire rock formations shaped by wind erosion. Overnight at a yurt camp, after dinner, enjoy a folklore show.
DAY 07 : Bokonbaevo – Kochkor
Eagle hunting demonstration in the morning, learn how local hunter trained eagle as partner. After lunch at yurt camp, drive to Kochkor Village, visit a handicraft workshop, and learn how Kyrgyz felt carpets ( ala kiiz ) are made. Overnight at home stay in Kochkor, enjoy home cooked meal.
DAY 08: Kochkor – Kol Ukok lake
Transfer from Kochkor to Isakeev village (30 min) where we will start our trekking .Luch On the way Ters Tor pasture. Arrival the Lake you can do fishing. Stay near the lake in a yurt camp (3000m)
DAY 09: Kol Ukok lake – Kol tor lake - Kochkor
Next day in the morning we will climbing another lake the Kol-Tor (3400m) after lunch we go down to Isakeev village, here our transport will take us back to Kochkor. Dinner & Overnight in a guesthouse.
DAY 10 : Kochkor – Kilemche Jailoo (Horse riding 5-6hours)
Transfer to Kyzart pass, the starting point for 2-day horseback trip to Song Kul. Cross Kyzyl-Kiya jailoo (summer pasture for nomads). Continue over Chaar-Archa Pass (3061m), picnic lunch by the river, with views of the holy Baba-Ata Mountain (4400m). Follow the trail to Kilemche Jailoo, dine and sleep in yurt camp.
DAY 11 : Kelimche – Song Kul (Horse riding 5-6 hours)
Spend the morning climbing to Jalgyz Karagai pass (3400m), enter the lake basin. The trek offers superb views of grassland and mountain ranges. After lunch at Jaman Echki, follow the lakeshore east to Batai Aral, and meet the host family of Kyrgyz shepherds. Overnight in yurt，enjoy typical local food, such as fermented mare’s milk and grill fish from the lake.
DAY 12 : Song Kul
Rest and relax by the lake side. Watch or participate in everyday life of shepherds: milking cows; making national milk products like kymyz (fermented mare’s milk) or airan (a sour dense milk product); tending sheep and cattle. Enjoy home cook meals, stroll along the lakeshore, play local sports. Overnight in yurt camp.
DAY 13 : Song Kul – Bishkek
After breakfast transfer by car to Bishkek (6 hours), upon arrival check in to guesthouse. Later, explore the capital city of Kyrgyzstan, visit the downtown square and surrounding sites of interest; feel the local city life and vibes. Evening free and easy, dine out at restaurant.
Standard cost for the 13-day tour is (USD):
1 person $ 1950 for one person
2 people = $1570 a person
3 people = $1350 a person
4 people = $1150 a person
5 people = $950 a person
6,7,8,9,10,11,12 people = $760 a person
Price includes :
- Transportation, driver, Fuel, Petrol (Drivers waiting time)
- Horse guide,
- Horse guide assistant,
-Porters (in Ala Kul lake)
- Guide translator
- Rent of horses.
- parks, museum tickets
- Mineral water
-Tent, sleeping bag, gas, dishes
Price doesn’t include
Tax of bank,
Additional services not mentioned in the program.