Kyrgyzstan. Lakes, Valleys, Canyons and Nomadic life

Price
$956
+ flight to Bishkek and back home
Duration
11 days

What you get

Bishkek, Osh
and wild nature
Transportation
During the entire trip
Guiding
Professional tour leader - traveler
Breakfasts
In some places
Accommodation
10 nights
Physical grade
Level 2 (easy) out of 5

Kyrgyzstan. Lakes, Valleys, Canyons and Nomadic life

Forget about asphalt, electricity and mobile coverage. We are going to the pristine mountains of the cleanest country in Asia!

  • Swim in the famous Issyk-Kul Lake, one of the largest lakes in the world
  • Enjoy the hot springs in Issyk-Ata with views of the mountains covered with eternal snow
  • Watch the ancient petroglyphs of Cholpon-Ata, which were left by people who lived in these mountains thousands of years ago
  • Wander in the grass up to your waist on the shores of the protected lake Sary-Chelek
  • Sleep in yurts with shepherds, ride horseback, taste trout, mountain honey and kumis
  • Walk through Central Asian bazaars and enter the mosque at the top of the sacred mountain Sulaiman-Too

Trip code
ARTD
Kyrgyzstan. Lakes, Valleys, Canyons and Nomadic life

Departures

2021
Price
Book
21 July, Wed 31 July, Sat
$ 956

Day 1

Bishkek Ala-too square Osh bazaar

We arrive in Bishkek and check into a friendly hostel in the center, where travelers from all countries usually stay. We begin our small group trip to Kyrgyzstan with a walk to the central Ala-too square. All the famous Kyrgyz revolutions took place here. Let`s admire the the monument to Manas, the hero of the longest epic in the world! 

We walk to the Osh bazaar, known as the biggest in the country. Here you can not only observe local life, but also try traditional horse sausage and authentic cold drinks - bozo and maksym. But do not overdo it! After all, for dinner we head to an authentic restaurant of Kyrgyz cuisine outside the city.

Day 2 - 3

Hot springs of Issyk-Ata Burana tower Issyk-Kul lake

We wake up early in the morning and take a rented bus to Issyk-Ata (an hour and a half on the way). This small resort village is located 2400 meters above sea level. We will check into a hotel and go for a walk through the picturesque meadows to the waterfall. Let`s enjoy the hot springs, a riot of grasses and flowers and stunning views of the mountains covered with eternal snow. 

The next morning we leave for Karakol (6-7 hours on the road). On the way, we will visit the ancient minaret of the 10th century, known as the Burana tower. Here we will see many idols cut from stone by the ancient people. We reach the famous Issyk-Kul lake. The water here is so clear that every grain of sand is visible at the bottom. And what is it on the horizon?.. Weightless clouds, or snowy mountains? We get to the town of Cholpon-Ata, check into a hotel and visit the open-air museum of Saka petroglyphs - ancient rock paintings.

Day 4 - 5

"Seven Bulls" gorge Kyzylsu hot springs. Salt lake

In the morning we leave for the "Seven Bulls" gorge of Jety - Oguz (about 3 hours on the way). We walk along the red sandstone rocks, and reach the waterfall. Those who wish can ride on horseback. We reach the Kyzylsu hot springs. While we are relaxing in the blissful waters, restless ones can wander through the mountain forest. In the evening we visit the house of a local residents at an altitude of about 3000 meters above sea level. We will spend the night here, after enjoying delicious pilaf and tea, and the traditional bath. By the way, there is no electricity or mobile communication here. Our guided tour to Kyrgyzstan has taken us to a paradise! 

In the morning we drive to the snow-covered plateau and the lakes at an altitude of about 4000 meters. Only eternal snow and naked tundra - makes one wonder about similar landscapes on planets far from the Earth... We are heading back to Issyk-Kul, then resting by the “dead” salt lake, which is known in the country for its healing waters. We spend the night at a hotel in Kochkor.

Day 6 - 7

Son-Kel lake Night in a yurt with shepherds

We move further and further away from the asphalt and the so-called civilization. On a dirt road we reach the Son-Kel lake, admiring the views of the snow-covered passes (2 hours on the way). We walk around the lake, ride horses and donkeys. In the evening we settle in a yurt with local shepherds, where delicious pilaf and tea await us. Yes, people live in such wild places! They graze herds of horses in these virgin pastures... 

In the morning we continue our group trip to Kyrgyzstan and leave for the south. We will drive for about 10-12 hours, stopping to admire the beauty along the way - the gorge of the Koko Meren mountain river, the Susamyr valley. We reach the asphalt road and check into a hotel in Toktogul for the night.

Day 8 - 9

Sary Chelek lake Boating

After breakfast we drive further south. Approximately 6 hours - and we are in the Arkit village near the Sary Chelek National Park. It is here that we continue our guided tour to Kyrgyzstan and settle in a house by the river. In the morning we head to the most beautiful high-mountainous lakes in Kyrgyzstan. And it's not just words! 

We pass through a lush meadow with grass up to the waist, admiring mountain flowers. And suddenly below, between the austere hills, we see a huge mirror of perfectly blue color. What a view! Let`s spend this day, walking and boating, breathing in the silently stunning beauty around us.

Day 10 - 11

Osh Sulaiman-Too mount

We leave for the second city of the country - Osh, the southern capital of Kyrgyzstan (4 hours on the way). We walk around the city, get to the top of the sacred mountain Sulaiman-Too to admire the views of the Fergana Valley. Now this mount boasts an old mosque and baths. But in time immemorial, the Zoroastrian saint Zarathustra lived in the caves of this mountain. At least that's what the local legend claims! We spend the night at the hotel. 

Next morning we fly to Bishkek, and then back home. Our group trip to Kyrgyzstan has come to an end. Thank you for exploring with us!

Tour leader

Yevgeniy Ikhelzon
co-founder, tour leader
Sergiy Pylypenko
tour guide

Подходит ли вам это путешествие?

This trip is suitable for people with average health. It includes short jeep rides and visiting natural spots, most of them far from main roads and civilisation. We will walk a lot and endure below zero Celsius temperatures at night and +25 Celsius during days. We will also visit a mountain pass of 4000 meters above sea level. Accommodation in simple hotels, guesthouses, houses of locals and yurts. In hotels and guesthouses we will have hot water and wi fi. In houses of locals we will be using traditional saunas.

Стоимость путешествия включает:

  1. Flight Osh-Bishkek
  2. Accommodation during the entire trip
  3. Some breakfasts
  4. All transportation
  5. Professional guiding services

What is NOT included:

  1. Flight to Bishkek and from Bishkek back home. (Let us know if you need help finding the best deals)
  2. Entrance tickets to parks, museums and other places of interest ($30)
  3. Food ($10-12 per person per day)
  4. Insurance (mandatory)
  5. Visa to Kyrgyzstan.

Visa

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. 

Additional options

3G mobile internet in Kyrgyzstan
Price: + $20
Prepaid local sim card with unlimited internet for 14 days

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