2 DAY WINTER TOUR around Issyk-Kul lake


Escape into the natural landscape across Fairy Tale canyon and Barskoon gorge to examine several prominent landmarks on your journey to the charming mountain lake. Also, make several stops along the way to get a taste of local cuisine and stay in the guesthouse of a local family for a night.





DAY 1. Manas airport-Skazka canyon (4-5hours) - Barskoon gorge (40-50 min)- Karakol city ( 2-2.5 hours)

Your Kyrgyzstan tour guide will pick you up you from the airport to a 3-Star hotel where you can have a rest if your flight reached midnight or very early in the morning.
After some hours we will drive to the supermarket where you can buy some snacks for your breakfast.

On the first day of the trip, travel to Karakol city (Issyk-Kul province), on the way you will visit Burana Tower, Fairy Tale canyon and Barskoon gorge.

Your first big stop will be at the Burana complex. Visit the tower, which dates back to the X-XI centuries. Burana is one of the oldest structures in the territory of Kyrgyzstan. We will explore all the interesting places within the historical complex and then continue to Issyk-Kul.

Around noon, arrive at a local cafe where you will try fresh fried Kyrgyz bread "Kattama"  or have lunch. 
After the meal, proceed to the Fairy Tale canyon. 

Located 40-50 minutes from Fairy tale canyon is one of the most beautiful gorges – Barskoon gorge, where we will visit a waterfall called “Tears of snow leopard ". The road to the gorge is the direction to the biggest gold mine in Kyrgyzstan. Also, you will see the monument of the first spaceman -Yuri Gagarin who, according to a local legend, landed there.
Later this evening, reach Karakol, and have a taste of various Dungan dishes at a Dungan family home and learn about the Dungan people who settled down in Karakol in the 19th century.


Accommodation: Dungan family's guesthouse 

Meals: Lunch - at a local cafe, dinner - food tour

Breakfast- Not included


DAY 2. Karakol (city tour) - Cholpon Ata (Ruh Ordo Complex) (2.5-3hours) - Bishkek (4 hours)

After breakfast, leave the guest house and take a walk in the city of Karakol, which is very interesting with attractions like Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Dungan Mosque, and charming souvenir shops. 

Leave Karakol city by the northern shore of Issyk-Kul lake.
In Cholpon- Ata, head to the cultural complex, Ruh Ordo, known as the Museum of Five Religions.

After exploring the museum, go for lunch and in the evening drive to Manas airport. If it is a private tour then you will have time to make a stop in Bishkek at a coffee shop, from where a taxi will take you to the airport. 


Meals: Lunch and dinner - local cafe




  •  All transfers
  • Accommodation: yurt camp and guesthouse
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner, except for the last dinner
  • A driver
  • A tour guide
  • Mountain guides to accompany in horse riding and hiking
  • Horses



It is possible to change the tour upon your request.

If you have any questions or proposals you are always welcome!

Included services:
Accommodation (Hotel/Guesthouse)
Accommodation (Homestay)
Entrance tickets (e.g. museums, parks etc.)
Beverages (non-alcoholic)
Car (with driver)
Fuel, Petrol
Bus/Train tickets
Domestic flight tickets
Not included: Accommodation in Bishkek, Last dinner in a cafe; Consular fees for Kyrgyzstan tourist visa; • Kyrgyzstan visa support; • International flight tickets before and after the tour; • Personal insurance.
What to bring: Sleeping bags; Rain-coat; Warm hat; Warm jacket; Sweater/fleece; Wind-stopper; Enough t-shirts and with long sleeves; Hat (remember – the sun can be violent); Sun-screen cream; Insect repellent (skin + clothes); Good trekking boots for easy hikes in the mountains; Personal first aid kit (most likely problems: blisters, sunburns, allergy, diarrhoea, sore muscles after hikes. Take painkillers, anti-histaminic, antibiotics of general action, and anything you need for your usual medical conditions); Personal hygiene kit (disinfection gel is highly recommended) + some toilet paper; smaller backpack, except for your normal suitcase; Flash light (torch); Money exchange – if you plan to exchange dollars /евро/ to KGS, we recommend to take the notes of 50, 100 USD without stamps, inscriptions and other any damage, because damaged banknotes are not accepted by banks and exchange offices.
Transport: SUV 4x4
Payment Method

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.

Cancellation Policy

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.