4 days tour in Issyk-Kul region.
Category: Trekking or Horse Riding and Cultural Tour
Duration: 4 days combined trip
Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Best season: Beginning of June – end of September
Day 1: Bishkek city – Burana tower - Cholpon Ata town (the northern shore of Issyk-Kul region)
We take you from the hotel and start our trip to Cholpon-Ata. On the way to Cholpon-Ata we visit Burana tower, an 11th century minaret which is one of Kyrgyzstan’s best known archaeological sites. Burana is also home to a museum of important archaeological pieces that tell the history of the Silk Road and Kyrgyzstan’s place on it. Further, lunch will be in Boom gorge on the way to Cholpon-Ata.
We visit “Ruh Ordo” cultural center, the gallery of Cholpon-Ata and, the open-air museum of petroglyphs. After coming to the guesthouse in Cholpon-Ata you can have a rest and enjoy the lake on the Shore of Issyk-Kul Lake, swim in the lake and stay in the hotel. Dinner will be in the hotel. Lunch is in Boom gorge and dinner is in hotel of Cholpon-Ata
Driving: 3h 30min
Day 2: Cholpon-Ata – (40 km) Semenov gorge – (150 km) Karakol city
After having breakfast on the way to Karakol we visit Semenov gorge surrounded by picturesque landscape of the mountains Kungey Ala-Too covered with majestic Tien Shan fir trees and the river Ak-Suu which flows with crystal-clear glacial water there. We will have nice picnic in the stunning nature. Further, keep our way to Karakol, the biggest city and administrative center of Issyk-Kul region located on the foothills of Terskey-Alatoo ridge in the creek of Karakol river (in 13 km from east coast of Issyk-Kul lake). In Karakol we will visit Russian Orthodox Church of XIX century, which is the graceful building with wooden walls and freakish ornament strongly stands on the stone base, then Dungan Mosque which is one of the greatest constructions of dungan architecture amazes with its architectural originality and painting. Dinner in one of the local cafes and family’s homestay.
Have a picnic in the gorge in lunch time
Sightseeing of Karakol: 1-2 h
Day 3: Karakol city – (28 km) Jeti-Oguz gorge – (33 km) Skazka canyon – Salt Lake(Dead Lake)
On the way to Song-Kol we will visit stunning nature of Jeti-Oguz gorge where the romantic majestic rock called “Broken Heart” is located. Skazka canyon filled with fantastical sandstone shapes that give the spot its name, which means fairytale in Russian will be the next visit. Lunch is in the café. Then drive to Dead Lake. Dinner and sleep in the yurt.
Visit duration: Jeti-Oguz gorge: 30 min-1 hour; Skazka canyon: 1-1.5 hours
Driving: 1h 30min
Day 4: Salt Lake (Shor-Kol/Dead Lake) - Bishkek
After good home breakfast continue our tour to swim / free excursion around the lake. Lunch picnic somewhere on the way in the nature. "Shor-Kol" is the saltiest lake in the world. The lake is unique value as a natural. In Summer time a lot of people come to this lake for swimming and having a mud. After picnic lunch, departure to Bishkek.
End of the tour!
Accommodation & meals:
* 2 nights in yurt
* 4 lunch
* 3 dinner
* from 1 to 12
* trekking boots,
* weatherproof warm clothing,
* Guide service
* All meals and beds in yurts
* Horse rental
* Medicaments of first aid
Does not include
* International flights
* Travel insurance
* Alcoholic beverages
* Any charged activity not mentioned in the program
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.