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Kyrgyzstan: Lakes, Valleys, Canyons and Nomadic life

Kyrgyzstan: Lakes, Valleys, Canyons and Nomadic life

Kyrgyzstan: Lakes, Valleys, Canyons and Nomadic life

Kyrgyzstan: Lakes, Valleys, Canyons and Nomadic life

Price
$622
+ flight to Bishkek and back home
Duration
12 days
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We will drive around the second largest saline lake in the world - Issyk Kul, swim in the hot springs in Issyk Ata, see 3,000 years old ancient petroglyphs and explore the stunning Sary Chelek nature reserve. We will also visit colorful Central Asian bazaars, holy Sulaiman-Too mountain with its mosques and caves and live a true nomadic life - horseback and donkey riding, wild honey, sauna, lamb, fresh trout, nights in yurtas with shepherds and an endless sky with millions of stars above.

  • Day 1
    Arrival in Bishkek, checking into a lovely hostel famous among foreign travelers. Walking in the city center, visiting the Ala Too square, a bustling city bazar and an authentic restaurant of Kyrgyz cuisine.
  • Day 2
    Early in the morning we take a bus to Issyk Ata, hot springs 2700 meter above sea level. We will swim in the springs, explore shepherd’s paths to the waterfall and the ancient carving of Buddha Sakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism. Night in a simple hotel near the springs.
  • Day 3
    Departure to the town of Karakol (6-7 hours), near the Issyk kul lake, via the picturesque Bom canyon. We will walk around one part of the picturesque lake, those interested can swim in the lake (water is about +15 Celsius). Then we walk to the nearby Museum of ancient petroglyphs. Night in a local hotel.
  • Day 4-7
    We continue our drive around the Issyk kul lake, turn to the snow covered mountains near the Barskoon river and arrive in a stunningly beautiful plato with lakes 4000 meters above sea level, to permafrost mountains and lifeless mountain tundra. We will walk near the lakes, then drive down to 3000 meters and spend the night in a small family run hotel. This place has no mobile coverage, asphalt or electricity. But the family has a good sauna and make delicious plov. Next morning we move to the Oto-Tokoy water reserve where camels graze, and proceed to the town of Kochkorka. If we arrive late we will spend the night in a local hotel. If we arrive earlier we will proceed to the mesmerizing Son-Kul lake (2 hours) and spend the night in the yurt with local shepherds. Next morning we take off to explore the lake and the beautiful meadows with mountain rivers and ride horses and donkeys. We spend another night in yurts, heated by a small stove, and enjoy local food and tea. Next morning we take off to the village of Chaek. During 10-12 hours trip we will visit canyon of Koko Meren mountain river with breathtaking landscapes and go through lifeless Suusamyr valley. We spend a night in a small hotel in Toktogul or Karakol where we will enjoy mare's milk - kumis, and fresh trout cooked on the open fire.
  • Day 8-9
    In the morning we drive further south and have lunch near the Toktogul water reserve. After about 6 hours we arrive in Sary Chelek national park, famous for its blue lakes. Here we spend the night in a simple house near the river. Next morning we ascend to the main lake where we spend a relaxing day, and might ride boats. Those interested can swim in unbelievably clear waters of about +15 Celsius. Night in the same house near the river.
  • Day 10-11
    In the morning we go to the city of Osh (4 hours) where we will visit the holy Sulaiman-to mountain with the medieval mosque and bathing houses on top. According to local legends, in one of these caves, lived Zarathoustra - the famous zoroastrian prophet. In Osh airport you bid farewell to the guide and fly back to Bishkek where you check into the same hostel. Free day in Bishkek (This is a reserve day which we might not have if any unexpected developments keep us longer on the way to Osh).
  • Day 12
    Flight back home.
Kyrgyzstan: Lakes, Valleys, Canyons and Nomadic life Kyrgyzstan: Lakes, Valleys, Canyons and Nomadic life
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At a Glance
Second largest saline lake in the world, Jeti -Oguz rock formations, Hot springs, Ancient petroglyphs, Stay with locals, Central asian bazaars
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Dates Availability
2018
25.05 - 05.06 Available for booking
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2018
25 May - 05 June Available for booking $622 $112 Rus.,Ukr.,Eng. Book
Departures 25.05.2018 - 05.06.2018
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Price $622
Deposit $112
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Group size 12 persons.

We will drive around the second largest saline lake in the world - Issyk Kul, swim in the hot springs in Issyk Ata, see 3,000 years old ancient petroglyphs and explore the stunning Sary Chelek nature reserve. We will also visit colorful Central Asian bazaars, holy Sulaiman-Too mountain with its mosques and caves and live a true nomadic life - horseback and donkey riding, wild honey, sauna, lamb, fresh trout, nights in yurtas with shepherds and an endless sky with millions of stars above.

Is this trip for you? 

This trip is dynamic, of medium difficulty level. It consists of short jeep rides and visiting natural spots, most of them far from main roads and civilisation. We will walk a lot and endure sub-zero Celsius temperatures at night to +25 Celsius during days. We will also visit a mountain pass of 4000 meters above sea level. Accommodation in simple hotels, guesthouses and yurts, some will have hot water and wi fi internet.

Cost of the trip includes:

  • Flight Osh-Bishkek;
  • accommodation in budget hotels, hostels and yurts during the entire trip;
  • transportation by buses, rented vehicles and public transportation during the entire trip;
  • professional guide.

To be paid separately:

  • Flight to Bishkek and from Bishkek back home;
  • entrance tickets to parks, museums and other places of interest ( $30);
  • meals ($10-12 per person per day);
  • medical insurance (mandatory).
  • visa to Kyrgyzstan.
At a Glance
Second largest saline lake in the world, Jeti -Oguz rock formations, Hot springs, Ancient petroglyphs, Stay with locals, Central asian bazaars
Have a question?
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Dates Availability
2018
25.05 - 05.06 Available for booking

We will drive around the second largest saline lake in the world - Issyk Kul, swim in the hot springs in Issyk Ata, see 3,000 years old ancient petroglyphs and explore the stunning Sary Chelek nature reserve. We will also visit colorful Central Asian bazaars, holy Sulaiman-Too mountain with its mosques and caves and live a true nomadic life - horseback and donkey riding, wild honey, sauna, lamb, fresh trout, nights in yurtas with shepherds and an endless sky with millions of stars above.

Have a question?
Ask us.
Dates Availability
2018
25.05 - 05.06 Available for booking

Citizens of many countries do not need a visa to enter Kyrgyzstan. 

Citizens of countries who need a visa should apply in the country of residency before the trip. 

We provide free visa consulting for clients. 

At a Glance
Second largest saline lake in the world, Jeti -Oguz rock formations, Hot springs, Ancient petroglyphs, Stay with locals, Central asian bazaars
Have a question?
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Dates Availability
2018
25.05 - 05.06 Available for booking
3G mobile internet in Kyrgyzstan
  • Price: + $20
Prepaid local sim card with unlimited internet for 14 days
At a Glance
Second largest saline lake in the world, Jeti -Oguz rock formations, Hot springs, Ancient petroglyphs, Stay with locals, Central asian bazaars
Have a question?
Ask us.
Dates Availability
2018
25.05 - 05.06 Available for booking