Through this 8 days tour you will explore both: the northern and southern shores of lake Issyk Kul and Son-Kul lake. All it has to offer: the beautiful nature and landscapes, local peoples' nomadic culture and traditions. Also this program includes traditional historical-cultural tourism where you will visit all main sights in Issyk-Kul, Chyui Region and Naryn Region. You will have a great opportunity to try horse riding and mare milk Kymyz, staying in Nomad Yurt. During this 8 days trip, you will have a great opportunity to experience Kyrgyz traditions, Nomadic culture and visit the main natural places with amazingly beautiful nature and historical sights.
Day 1. Airport Manas - Bishkek – Ala Archa National
Welcome to Kyrgyzstan! Our driver-guide will meet you at Manas airport and transfer to Bishkek. Transfer to Ala Archa National Park with amazing nature in the mountains. It is an alpine national park in the Tian-Shan Mountains of Kyrgyzstan, located 30 km south of the capital city of Bishkek. We will have a walk in the Park, enjoying the nice views and fresh air. Transfer to Bishkek. In the afternoon we will have a city tour in Bishkek. The tour includes Osh Bazaar, Panfilov Park, Ala-Too Square with the History Museum, and monuments to national hero Manas.
Garden, Green City Hotel or similar.
Day 2. Bishkek - Cholpon Ata (Issyk Kul Lake)
Departure to Cholpon Ata through the north shore of Issyk-Kul lake via Boom valley where the Great Silk Road caravans used to pass.On the way visiting we will visit Burana Tower, which was the capital of the Karakhanid Empire in the 9th century.There is also a small collection of balbals, or kurgan stelae, near the tower. Lunch in Kyrgyz family near the tower, here we will eat Kyrgyz National dishes. Depart to Cholpon-Ata. We will visit Cholpon Ata historical museum and petroglyphs. Dinner in a local restaurant in Issyk-Kul lake.
Simiram Resort Hotel or similar.
Day 3. Cholpon Ata – Grigoriev gorge - Karakol
In the morning, we set-off to Karakol via Grigoriev gorge This gorge is one of the most famous and beautiful natural sights of Issyk-Kul Lake. This picturesque place is located 70 km from the town of Cholpon-Ata. Enjoying the beauty of the mountain slopes, covered with red poppy and sound of mountain water, here you can also see beautiful Tien-Shan spruce. Horse lovers can ride on horseback, enjoying the beauty of the mountain landscape. You will have an opportunity to walk around in a beautiful valley. Departing to Karakol. Karakol is the largest city in the Issyk-Kul region. Karakol is one of Kyrgyzstan's major tourist destinations, serves as a good starting point for the excellent hiking, trekking, skiing and mountaineering in the high central Tian Shan to the south and east. Visiting Prjevalski museum in Karakol.
Caravan hotel or similar.
Day 4. Karakol – Jety Oguz – Fairy Tale Canyon – Almaluu Yurt camp
After breakfast city tour in Karakol. Sightseeing: Dungan Mosque, Russian Orthodox church and local bazaar. Lunch in a local restaurant in Karakol. We move from Karakol to Djety-Oguz valley with main attractions such as Broken Heart and Seven Bulls. The picturesque Jeti Oguz gorge is located 28 km southwest of the town of Karakol. Its name in Kyrgyz means 'seven bulls,' referring to the seven large red-brown cliffs, reminiscent of seven fierce bulls. The Broken Heart Rock is located at the entrance to the gorge, is especially aesthetically romantic. The Jeti Oguz Health Resort, located in the gorge, is well known for its geothermal springs.
After that we will visit the Fairy Tale Canyon is located on the southern shore of Issyk-Kul Lake, 4 km from Tosor village. This is a true natural wonder. Water, wind, and sun have produced whimsical, fabulous shapes here. While some resemble mythical creatures (dragon ridge), the others look like other ordinary animals (camels, hippos, and elephants), while others portray amazing intricate structures such as castles, towers, and even China’s Great Wall. Move to Almaluu Yurt camp. Yurt Camp Almaluu is situated near apple orchards and the shore of Lake Issyk-Kul in Ton Municipality a few kilometers from Bokonbaevo. Folk Show in Almaluu. Dinner.
Overnight in Almaluu Yurt camp
Day 5.Almaluu Yurt camp – Son-Kul lake
After breakfast we depart towards another mountain lake – Son Kul. Lake Son Kul is a mountainous lake on the altitude of 3016 meters above the sea level. The nomads pass their summer on the “jailoo” (summer pasture) with their animals. You can see herds of horses and sheep grazing on meadows full of Edelweiss. Here we can organize for you horses, and you can try to ride a horse. Accommodation and dinner will be in a traditional Kyrgyz yurt. You can taste “kymyz” (mare’s milk) and observe the shepherd’s wife preparing bread and cheese. It is the best opportunity for people who would like to experience the real nomadic life and culture. Dinner.
Overnight in Kyrgyz yurts.
Day 6. Son-Kul lake – Kochkor - Chon Kemin Nature Park
After breakfast departure to Chon Kemin, valley is a unique natural environment with diverse flora and fauna that features beautiful landscapes, from semi-deserts to glaciers. Natural Park occupies an area of 500 hectares, its height gradually increases from 1400 to 2800 m. It is a very interesting villages and perfect place to discovery rural life of local. Your route will go high in the mountains and you will even ride horses through a mountain forest. On the top you will see the panorama view of the gorge. Dinner and overnight in a local Guest House. Lunch in Kyrgyz Family in Kochkor. Dinner in Chon-Kemin Guest house.
Overnight in Chon-Kemin Guest house.
Day 7. Chon-Kemin - Kegety gorge and waterfall - Bishkek
After breakfast departure to Kegety gorge. Kegety Gorge is home to numerous streams, alpine meadows, and spruce forests. One stream in particular crescendos into a beautiful waterfall that is one of the most visited features within Kegety Gorge. The falls are 20 meters high and are located just 100 meters from the main road in the gorge. Back to Bishkek.
Garden, Green City Hotel.
Day 8. Bishkek – Manas airport
Meeting at the hotel, then we go to airport Manas. End of the service. We hope you enjoyed your trip to Kyrgyzstan and will return soon to discover more places in this beautiful part of the world!
· 2 pax – 897 $ / per person
· 3 pax – 736 $ / per person
· 4 pax – 665 $ / per person
· 6 pax – 595 $ / per person
- All accommodation (4 star Hotels in Bishkek and Resort Hotels in Issyk-Kul lake)
Green City, Garden in Bishkek or similar (2 nights),
Resort Hotel in Issyk-Kul lake, Simiram or similar, (1 night)
Caravan hotel in Karakol or similar (1 night)
Almaluu Yurt camp (1 night)
Son-Kol lake Yurt camp,(1 night)
Chon-Kemin Guest House (1 night)
- Meals: Full Board Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
- All transfers during the tour, comfortable air-conditioned vehicle (including meeting and drop off in the airport of Bishkek)
- English speaking guide/driver
- All entrance fees to the natural or historical sights
- Horse riding in Son-Kul lake (1 hour)
- 1 L water per person/per day
- English speaking support 24/7
- Helping with luggage
- International air ticke
- Any other services not mentioned above
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.