Beauties of South Kyrgyzstan, 7 Days

Visit South Kyrgyzstan. Easily conquer a mountain peak 4,000 meters high above sea level. Enjoy the silent inaccessibility of KelSuu, the most beautiful lake in Central Asia. Immerse yourself in the calling purity of the Issyk-Kul lake.


KelSuu lake


We are pleased to offer a seven-day tour on Southern Kyrgyzstan from July 14 to July 20. We tried to gather the best natural attractions of Kyrgyzstan in one trip, the tour program will be rich and informative. As usual, we will start a trip from Almaty, then cross the border near Korday village and finally return to Kazakhstan through the beautiful Karkara mountain valley.


Orto-Tokoy reservoir


We will visit high mountain lakes Sonkel and KelSuu, enjoy the landscapes of Aksai and Kok Kya rivers' valleys, walk along the high-mountain plateau with the eastern name "Arabel", see the Barskoon and Zhety Oguz gorges.
We repeatedly visited Kyrgyzstan, a short video in July 2017, which fully gives an idea of the locations of Kyrgyzstan.



Country: Kyrgyzstan
Type of trip: Travel. Adventure. Expedition. Mountain Trekking
Type of vehicle: SUV
Requirements: the usual physical form. Registration of permissions to the frontier zone of Kyrgyzstan with China 4 weeks before the date of visit
Group size: unlimited
Group leader: Azamat
Duration: 7 days
Dates: July 14 - July 20, 2018
Price of the tour: 560 USD for one guest (80 USD/day), for a group of tourists consists of 3 persons
The price includes rent of SUV with English-speaking driver, guide services, rental of necessary equipment (chair, table, karemat, tent, sleeping bag), camp food, preparation of food by drivers, registration of permissions to the frontier zone, national park eco-fees of Kyrgyzstan
Price for two guests in SUV is 1 470 USD (105 USD/day per guest), for a group of tourists consists of 2 persons
Route details: Almaty - Lake Sonkel - Kok Kya valley - Aksai valley - KelSuu lake - Fairy Tale canyon - Barskoon gorge - Arabel plateau - Zhety Oguz gorge - Almaty


Road to Naryn village


Expedition itinerary


Day 1 (July 14). Departure from Almaty to Lake Sonkel. We will pass border control at the Karasu post, then refill fuel in the Boom gorge, and, having bought fresh and tasty corn, we will leave for the valley that leads to Lake Sonkel. Fast lunch, arrival to the shore of Lake Sonkel in the evening. Walk along the shore of the lake, dinner will be prepared by guides-drivers, overnight in tents.


Sonkel lake


Day 2 (July 15). Early rise, breakfast at 7 am. Descent on the pass of 33 parrots, a visit to Kazherty waterfall. We will buy food in Naryn village, pick up permissions to the border zone and refuel the cars before the main stage of the expedition - the conquest of KelSuu lake . Lunch near the village of Akmuz, then pass border control, visiting the panoramic site of Kok Kya Valley. Dinner and overnight are near the bridge in the Aksai valley, overnight in tents.


Kok kya river


Day 3 (July 16). Breakfast in the valley of Aksai River. We pass a ford of the river and reach the Kok kya river valley. 
Lunch will be in .... when we finish the assault. :-) When we reach the shore of Lake KelSuu, we will set up a camp, prepare meal, dinner and overnight in tents.


KelSuu lake


Day 4 (July 17). We wake up in silence, slowly get up and open the threshold of the tent and this landscape view will appear.



After breakfast, walk along the lake and around. Lunch, departure to the village of Naryn. Dinner, overnight in tents.


Day 5 (July 18). Breakfast, we will move to the southern shore of Lake Issyk-Kul. Then we will visit "Fairy Tale" canyon on the way, stop on the sandy spit "Quiet Bay", spend the rest of the day in the form of relaxation, bathing in the purest water of the south of Issyk-Kul. Dinner, overnight in tents.


South shore of Issyk Kul lake


Day 6 (July 19). Breakfast, visiting of Barskoon gorge. We will gain altitude from 1 700 meters above sea level to 4,000 meters, climb to Suyek pass, stop for lunch. We stop at the plateau of Arabel.


Arabel plateau


After lunch we will go down to the lake Issyk-Kul, then we leave towards Karakol city. We will visit  Zhety Oguz gorge, climb to "Devichye Kosy" waterfall. Afterwards we drive in the direction of Kyrgyzstan-Kazakhstan border, stop for the night, dinner and overnight in tents.


Day 7 (July 20). After breakfast, we will cross the border, stop in Karkara valley, lunch in Bayseit village and leisurely return to the city of Almaty.


Please note that the itinerary is preliminary. The weather always leaves the last word behind it. If necessary, the route of the expedition can be changed by the leader of the group depending on the external conditions.

Tour starts and ends in Almaty town, South Kazakhstan. Tour is available on 14-20 July.

Also, we inform you that the booking is made by paying 100% of the tour cost, in parallel we carry out the registration of permissions to the border zone for visiting Lake KelSuu, the valleys of the Aksai and Kok Kya rivers.

Number of days: 7
Covered regions:
Bishkek City
Osh City
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
What to bring: 1,5-2 liters of drinking water, a mandatory sun hat, sunglasses, anti-bug repellents.
Transport: SUV 4x4
Tour season:
Tour categories:
Private tours
Cultural tours
Adventure tours
Offroad tours
Sightseeing tours
Winter tours
Special Event tours
Wildlife tours
Highlight tours
Photo tours
Hiking tours
Horseback riding tours
Circle tours
Short tours
Budget tours
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.