8 days 7 nights
The Eight-Day Kyrgyzstan Tour “Highlights of Kyrgyzstan” is specially elaborated to represent all cultural, historical and natural treasures of Kyrgyzstan. During the trip you will see and experience many aspects of the ancient nomadic lifestyle that is still vital amongst the Kyrgyz people. At the same time you will get familiar with many interesting historical sites and monuments and, for certain, admire magnificent panoramic views of the beautiful Tien Shan Mountains
CITIES TO BE VISITED: Bishkek, Chon Kemin, Karakol, Kochkor, Son Kul
*Bishkek – 3 nights (Hotel Plaza 4* or similar 4*)
*Chon Kemin – 1 night (Home stay)
*Karakol – 1 night (Guesthouse “Green Yard or similar)
*Kochkor – 1 night (Home stay)
*Son Kul – 1 night (Yurts)
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL: 10 July – 20 September ***if other dates without Son Kul
Home stay: 3-4 rooms, 2 people in 1 room, 1 toilet and 1 shower inside house.
Yurts: 4 people in 1 yurt, 2 toilets outside for the whole camp. Beds are in yurts.
Season: 10 June – 20 September. If other dates – we can make a program without Son Kul.
Book a tour to Kyrgyzstan if you love a country combining both historical places and a beautiful nature, mountains. You’ll have an opportunity to fall into nomadic life staying in traditional Yurtas and home stays in villagers. You can’t stop yourself taking photos and selfies in a beautiful landscapes, mountains, rivers and forest. By the time, you leave your Kyrgyzstan tour, you will have an extra piece of baggage and a lot of unforgettable memories!
Arrive in Bishkek. You will be met by your driver and guide. Early hotel check-in with breakfast. Free time for rest after flight. Dinner at city restaurant.
The first half of the day is dedicated to a guided tour of Bishkek. It includes visiting Pobeda Square (Victory Square), Duboviy Park (Oak Park), Central Ala-Too Square, Old Square, National Philharmonic, and many others places of interest. In the afternoon we will visit Ala Archa gorge. It is a Natural Park. At the Soviet Time only V.I.P. people had permission to go for a walk here. The Ala Archa gorge is on a spur of the Tien Shan mountain range. It is just 45 km from Bishkek. You can have a short hiking tour to see a panoramic view of the gorge. Afterwards we return to Bishkek. This overnight will be in a hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel
Today you will be transferred to Chon Kemin gorge. On route to the gorge you will visit Burana Tower (an 11th century minaret) and an open air museum of Balbals (stone warriors). After an interesting excursion and climbing on the top of the tower is transfer to Chon Kemin gorge. In the afternoon we will have 3 hours of horse riding. 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. The night will be in a home stay.
Breakfast at guesthouse
Today you will drive to the celestial Issyk Kul Lake, the second largest alpine lake in the world (1608m.above sea level). The lake is called "the pearl of Central Asia". For more than 1 500 years local people considered the lake to be a sacred one. You can come up to the lake and to see mountains all around it. Today you will drive along the whole northern shore and arrive to Karakol town. Also we will visit today a place with ancient stone patterns – petroglyphs. In Karakol we will visit the Dungan mosque. It was built in Chinese style without using a single nail. It will be followed by the visit of an old wooden Orthodox Church. Night is in a guesthouse.
Breakfast at guesthouse
Today we will drive to Jeti Oguz gorge. It’s famous for its red rocks formations that have a name Seven Bulls – Jeti Oguz. Also you will see there the Broken Heart Mountain. If you want it is possible to go on a top of a mountain (20 minutes) to see a panorama view of the gorge. Then we continue our trip, breaking in Bokonbaeva village, where we will meet a local eagle-hunter. He hunts hares and foxes with the help of eagles (a traditional way of nomadic hunting). When we arrive at Kochkor village you will meet a family who will show you how to make national woolen felt carpets. Night is in a home stay.
Breakfast at guesthouse
After breakfast we start our drive to the second largest lake in Kyrgyzstan – Son Kul Lake. This lake is surrounded by mountains and it is the highest alpine lake in Kyrgyzstan, situated at an altitude of 3013 meters above sea level. Kyrgyz nomads started to come to this wonderful area with their families for rest and relaxation. Herders of the Naryn region come to the lake to use it as a pastureland. After our arrival, you will be free to explore and enjoy the virgin nature of the lake and its surroundings. Overnight is in nomadic collapsible dwellings - yurts. They are made of a wooden skeleton, covered with felt coverings.
Breakfast in the Yurt
After meeting with locals, we will drive to the capital of Kyrgyzstan – Bishkek city. The road to the city goes through the southern part of Kyrgyzstan. During your transfer be prepared for amazing views of impressive mountains and gorges. Today you will see panoramic views of Tue Ashuu pass which is more than 3000 meters high! This road is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Kyrgyzstan. You will have many photo stops so that you will remember this day. Fantastic roads, amazing views, nomads, high mountains; ensure your memories of Kyrgyzstan will last a lifetime. Night is in a hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel (if time of flight permits)
Check-out from the hotel till noon. Free time until transfer to Manas International Airport. Departure. End of the tour.