This tour is similar to our Kyrgyz Lake Country Tour (details listed below,) except that we would add an additional 2 days so that you can see a few other historic sites. Also, the first day would be spent in Bishkek seeing Burana Tower, necessitating an early departure on Day 2 to arrive in Saruu by lunch time. Between day 2 and 3, we would add a day visiting Karakol and seeing the Przewalski musuem. That afternoon could be spent in and around Karakol, or back in Saruu possibly fishing or relaxing. The final addition to the tour would be adding a day at the end driving to and visiting Tash Rabat. The 9th night is spent at Khan Tengri hotel, Naryn city. On the 10th day, we would drive to Bishkek, lodging there before our clients fly out early the following morning.
Itinerary for Kyrgyz Lake Country Tour:
Day 1: Arrive Bishkek, travel via automobile to Saruu guest house, spend night. Alternative: arrive Bishkek, go see Burana Tower, stay in Bishkek guest house that night, leave for Saruu early the following morning.
Day 2: See demonstration game of Ulak Tartysh (a local game of “goat polo,” also known as Kok Boru) and participate as well (Don’t worry, this team is very good at gently helping foreigners get some of “the basics” of the sport); horse ride to hot springs in nearby mountains, Ulak dinner (Yep, same goat – turns out really tender!); drive back to guest house, stay 2nd night. Note: this stay could be extended by a day or two if the client wanted to go fishing in the river near Saruu. One of our guides told me there’s trout in the river, and I’ve seen local gentlemen fishing there.
Day 3: Drive to Kyzyl Tuu guest house, where clients will spend 3rd night, stopping to see “Fairy Tale” canyon en route; spend the rest of the day relaxing at the lake – a very popular destination for Kyrgyz and Kazakh summer vacationers.
Day 4: Witness yurt-making process during the day, participate as well. Spend 4th night, again at Kyzyl Tuu guest house.
Day 5: Drive to Kochkor. Witness shyrdak (local felt rug) making process, participate as well. Spend 5th night at Kochkor guest house.
Day 6: Horse trek day 1, on the 6th night there will be a stay in a yurt. This night will be in a “jailoo,” a high alpine pasture – quiet, beautiful, and “off the beaten path.”
Day 7: Horse trek day 2, yurt stay for the 7th night will be by Song Kol lake. The sizable lake will likely have other travelers visiting one of several scattered yurt camps, but by far the most numerous inhabitants are the sheep flocks brought up for summer grazing.
Day 8: Return to Bishkek via automobile, lodging in Bishkek.
Day 9: Fly home from Bishkek airport.
(summertime, roughly mid-May to mid-September)
Total, 11 days and 10 nights in Kyrgyzstan: $1700 US Dollars per guest (about $150 per day.)
Note: Prices are based on 1 traveler. There will be a discount for multiple guests, as the cost of the guide and vehicle can be divided among the party. Please let us know how many travelers there are in your group, as parties of more than 3 adults may necessitate an additional vehicle and guide. Also, any and all ‘expedition packages’ are merely suggestions of what is available in Kyrgyzstan, they can be customized in any number of ways.
Our expedition packages do not include:
- Travel to and from home country, or excess luggage fees.
- Alcoholic beverages (clients may provide their own at their own expense, but are requested to please be respectful of local customs regarding consumption. ie. there is some alcohol consumption locally, but you should still be in control of yourself and stop before you are intoxicated. )
- Any kind of insurance, medical or otherwise.
- Visas or other legal documents needed to enter Kyrgyzstan (although we can provide an “Invitation Letter” for clients at an additional fee, if required.) Most countries have a free 60 day tourist stamp agreement with Kyrgyzstan. See the Visa policy of Kyrgyzstan and Visa policy of Kazakhstan.
- Meals and optional touring while in Bishkek.
- Any other expenses of an incidental or personal nature, including telephone calls and shopping for souvenirs.
Breakfast and dinner are provided for guest house stays, and lunch is included as well for yurt stays, featuring local cuisine with the specific menu selected by your hosts. If you have specific food concerns, e.g. an allergy, please let us know in advance and we can make appropriate arrangements as needed. If the client wishes to go fishing, they are responsible for bringing necessary tackle. Also, while our tours involve several multiple-hour horse trips, the pace is gentle and the guides are very good at monitoring client safety, and even comfort. In particular, the horse trip to the hot springs near Saruu can be shortened, or even omitted, if the client requests and a vehicle can be used to arrive at the hot springs. Suggested packing lists and general descriptions of climate and terrain can be provided upon request.
Lastly, please rest assured we will do everything in our power to ensure a safe and enjoyable (and hopefully even educational!) journey for our clients. If you like what we do, tell your friends. If for some reason you don’t, then tell us – and we’ll do what we can to “make it right.”