June, July, August, September
The Kyrgyz were tied to their traditional way of life as nomads more than any other Central Asian people.This tour will show you the hospitality of Kyrgyz people when you visit them at yurts where they live; introduce to nomadic way of life: milking mares, cooking food on fire…and taste homemade national dishes.
Upon arrival to Bishkek Airport, meet your local driver who will transfer you to city. Flight details are to be confirmed – standard check-in to hotel at/after 14:00. Afternoon guided city tour of capital’s main highlights: Ala-Too Main Square, open air Art Gallery where you can see paintings of local artists, Oak Park, Panfilov Park, walk through the Erkindik boulevard where you can meet urban people of all ages, Youth Alley, the Statue of Manas - the founder of the Kyrgyz nation is located in front of the Kyrgyz State Grand Philharmonic Hall. The Alley is surrounded by two main universities and it is crowded by students during the semester. If there is time, finish the tour with visiting to colorful Osh Bazaar where it is possible to feel the real scent of Central Asian culture: you can visit fruit, dry fruit and souvenir sections. Overnight stay at hotel.
In the morning, meet your guide/driver and depart to Chon-Kemin Valley, a popular tourist destination for its beautiful unspoiled nature. Along the way, you can stop to visit historical Burana Tower, a minaret from the 11th century and an open air museum of Balbals (stone warriors). You can climb to the top of the minaret and enjoy the view of the valley. Arrival to Chon-Kemin, check-in to a charming guesthouse run by a local family where you can feel home-oriented warm atmosphere. After lunch, spend time on the day hiking to Kalmak-Ashuu Gorge. In the evening, you can take a walking tour to area next to the guesthouse and get to know lifestyle of the local people. In particular, you can observe how they take care of livestock, dairy cows and cook food.
Available activities at request:
- Boorsok show (small pieces of dough fried in oil, Kyrgyz national bread)
- Horseback riding
Meals: B, L, D
After the breakfast, go to Karakol across the Issyk-Kul lake. Spend some time in Cholpon-Ata near the lake and visit Ruh-Ordo cultural center, open air Petroglyphs Museum. Enjoy the scenic road to Karakol located at Far East of the lake. Upon arrival to Karakol, check-in to a guesthouse.
In the afternoon, short tour around the city: visit beautiful Russian Church made entirely of wood (built without nails), the Dungan Mosque (Dungan’s are minority group of Chinese Muslims living in this region and they originally come from Western China), the museum of Przewalski, who was renowned Soviet explorer of Central and East Asia. Further, visit one-village-one-product local shop for handmade souvenirs made by local women.. This shop is run by the association of local women who produce wide range of products starting from wild berry jams, handicrafts, herbal soaps and other souvenirs, all using products and materials found in the Issyk-Kul region.
Meals: B, L, D
It is possible to visit Sunday Animal Market (functions only on Sundays) which opens early in the morning. After the breakfast, drive to Jeti-Oguz, a lush valley with some striking red sandstone rock formations including the “Seven Bulls” from which the valley takes its name. After some sightseeing, we proceed to Kok-Jayik (the Valley of Flowers). Accommodation at yurt camp. In the afternoon, (after lunch at yurt camp) hiking tour to surrounding mountains and waterfall.
Meals: B, L, D
After the breakfast at yurt camp, you will drive through the Southern shore of the Issyk-Kul Lake to Kochkor village. Along the way, excursion to Barskoon valley. Rare shrubs and steppe grasses grow at the beginning of the Gorge. Huge Tian-Shan spruce trees rise on both slopes of the Canyon. Along the away, there are unusual monuments passing through the Barskoon gorge, such as the Soviet truck on the platform and the bust of the first cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, who after his space flight rested on the southern shore of Issyk-Kul lake.From the gorge you can see the snowy peaks of the surrounding mountains, the highest and most beautiful one is the Peak of Panfilov Heroes (4610 m) and the Peak of the World Peace Council (4310 m). Barskoon Gorge is famous for its cascading waterfalls. The most picturesque have interesting names: Tears of a Bars, Beard of an Old Man, Splashes of Champagne and Cup of Manas.
Afterwards, visit Skazka (Fairy Tale) Canyon. Lunch-boxes. The canyon was named after its bizarre rocky landscape, which for many years has been transformed by wind into various sculptures and formations. Some structures have been named for their similarity to the well-known objects and places. For example, one set of ridges in the canyon is called the "The Chinese Wall" due to its similarity to the Great Wall of China. Visitors can also see the statues of the hippopotamus, snakes, dragons, sleeping giants and even entire castles. Stones have not only different forms, but also different colors.
Arrival to Kochkor village and accommodation at a family run guesthouse. If there is time, you can visit Altyn-Kol (Golden Hands) - a cooperative shop of women from the surrounding villages where they sell the felt products they make. Depending on time, today or the next morning, participate in a felt craft show with some local women.
Meals: B, L, D
After the breakfast, go to the Song-Kul Lake. Song-Kul Lake lies at an altitude of 3016 m and has an area of about 270 km² and volume of 2.64 km³. Lake's maximum length is 29 km, breadth about 18 km, and depth 13.2 m. It is the second largest lake after the Issyk-Kul Lake and the largest fresh water lake in Kyrgyzstan. The name means “following lake.” There are broad beautiful pastures and mountains surrounding the lake. Dinner and overnight stay at the yurt camp.
Note: Accommodation conditions at yurt camp are very traditional, it means that person will be able to share toilet outside of the yurt and be able to experience Kyrgyz rural lifestyle firsthand. Single accommodation is not available, 3-6 pax per yurt.
Meals: B, L, D
Full day rest at the area of Song-Kul lake and hiking to nearby mountains. You can visit Kyrgyz nomads and their families and get to know true nomadic lifestyle, watch how they milk cows and mares, prepare dairy products from the milk and a national Kyrgyz drink - Kymyz (fermented mare’s milk), cook food and take care of households. Even if local people do not speak your foreign language, they will try to show their hospitality and be nice, invite you into their yurts and offer bread with Kymyz. Overnight stay at yurt camp.
Meals: B, L, D
After the breakfast, drive to Kyzyl-Oi village. Overnight stay at a local homestay.
Meals: B, L, D
Transfer to Bishkek through Too-Ashuu mountain highway Pass (3586 m). Stop at the Suusamyr Valley to taste Kymyz (fermented mare’s milk). The road from Bishkek to Suusamyr is one of the most stunning in the country. The road goes up and down through several mountain passes above 3500 meters before opening to the green pastures of the Susamyr valley, where the shepherds and their flocks are located. Arrival to Bishkek. In the afternoon, free time for rest, shopping and independent exploration of the city. Overnight stay at a hotel.
Meals: B, L
Departure day. Transfer to the Airport for the departure flight.
|GROUP SIZE||PRICE IN KGS (USD)/PER PERSON|
|2||99 750 (1 425 USD)|
|3-4||78 400 (1 120 USD )|
|5-6||58 100 (830 USD)|
|7-8||49 350 (705 USD)|
|Supplementary pay for single accommodation||4 900 (70 USD)|
*Tour price in USD will be re-calculated according to the KR National Bank’s exchange rate on the payment day
|Twin based accommodation||Bishkek - 3* hotel (2 o/n)|
Chon-Kemin - homestay (1 o/n)
Karakol - guesthouse (1 o/n)
Jeti-Oguz - yurt camp (1 o/n)
Kochkor - guesthouse (1 o/n)
Song-Kul - yurt camp (2 o/n)
Kyzyl-Oi - guesthouse (1 o/n)
|Side note:||Accommodation conditions at yurt camp are very traditional, |
meaning that person will be able to share toilet outside of the yurt and be able to experience Kyrgyz rural lifestyle firsthand.
Usually 3-6 pax per yurt (during the high season). Single accommodation can be arranged if there is some vacant space.
|Transport||Comfortable air-conditioned vehicle|
|Guide services (Eng/Russ)||Included|
|Meals||Meals mentioned in the program|
|Entrance fees||According to the program|
|Visa/Invitation letter to Kyrgyzstan (if required)|
|Early/late check-in/check-out on arrival/departure days|
|Meals not mentioned in the program|
|Horsebackriding in Chon-Kemin|
|Boorsok show in Chon-Kemin|
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