Tour Beauty of Issyk-Kul Lake | VisitKarakol


Active Combined Tour «Beauty of Issyk-Kul»

Duration of tour: 10 days 

Period: May – October 

This tour is focused for active and energetic people who want spend vacation (time) with benefit for health during the tour, participating in a large number of active events. 

Day 1.  Airport Manas – Bishkek – Kadjy-Sai, 320km 

Meeting at the Manas airport, taking to Burana Tower. Burana Tower is one of the good example of respect for the cultural heritage of the Kyrgyz people is the creation of the republic archaeological and architectural museum "Burana Tower". The museum was opened on the territory of Burana ancient settlement which is located 12 kilometers south of the present city of Tokmak city. Our next point is Kadjy-Say village via Boom valley, where ancient caravans of Silk Road used to pass. We will travel along the south shore of Issyk-Kul Lake, you will enjoy picturesque and interesting landscapes. On arrival to Kadjy-Say, we will have lunch and accommodation in guesthouse and then falconry hunting demonstration, famous hunter Ishenbek will tell about the hunting on wild animals with the help of falcon. You will have some free time and you will have an opportunity to swim in Issyk-Kul lake, it is the biggest lake in Kyrgyzstan. It is the tenth largest lake in the world by volume (though not in surface area), and the second largest saline lake after the Caspian Sea. It is second largest mountain lake in the world behind Lake Titicaca in South America. 

Day 2. Kadjy-Sai – Djety-Oguz, 140km 

In the morning, we move to to Kyzyl-Suu village, meeting with horse guide and start our horse riding in the mountains of Kyzyl-Suu valley. The nature and landscapes are extremely beautiful.  After 3,5 hours of horse riding we will reach 3700m above the sea, where the panorama of Issyk-Kul lake opens.  Lunch-boxes will be provided for the lunch, having rest and walking in the valley. We will return back to the camp by another road in this valley. Our next point is Djety-Oguz, dinner and accommodation in yurts at Kok-Jaiyuk valley. 

Day 3. Djety-Oguz – Karakol, 70km 

After breakfast a small excursion around Kok-Jayik valley and to the waterfall Lady's Plat. We will visit The Broken Heart and Seven Bulls rocks on the back way to our next destination Karakol. Lunch and town sightseeing, we will visit Dungan Mosgue, The Holy Trinity Church and souvenir shops. Coffee lovers will have an opportunity to visit Coffee shops and have some coffee. Preparation for trekking and meeting with mountain guide. Dinner and accommodation in hotel 3*. 

Day 4.  Karakol – Ala-Kul, 30km (21km by car, 8km by walk, +1000m) 

We start 3-day pedestrian trek to wonderful mountain lake Ala-Kul, which is located at the altitude of 3533m. In the morning we departure from Karakol by car deep to Karakol valley up to the end of the road. Then we start climbing to Ala-Kul lake. It will take probably 3-5 hours, depends on physical training of a tourist. Camping at Ala-Kul lake.

Day 5. Ala-Kul lake - Kelgike valley – Altyn-Arashan valley, 14km, +300m, -1300m, 5-6 hours of trekking  

Climbing to Ala-kul pass (3860m) where you will have an opportunity to enjoy with inexpressible view of summit of the mountains of Terskey Ala Too. Further, descent to Altyn-Arashan approximately in 3-4 hours. (Golden springs). Slopes of the gorge are covered by pine and leafy forests. Altyn-Arashan is famous for it’s curative hot springs. You will have an opportunity to relax in hot springs with radon water, to take a shower and ride a horse. Dinner and accommodation at yurt or guesthouse in Altyn-Arashan. 

Day 6. Altyn-Arashan - Karakol, 10km, -450m, 3-4 hours of trekking 

Altyn-Arashan has few wild hot springs, we will visit them in the morning.  Then 3-4 hours of descending to the beginning of the Altyn-Arashan gorge, meeting with car and transfer to Karakol. Dinner and accommodation in hotel 3*. In the evening, folklore show from local band Azem will organized.  

Day 7. Karakol - Sary-Jaz - Karakol, up to 350 km 

This day will be perfect for people who would like to see High summits and wild nature of Tian-Shan Mountains, beautiful landscapes and pristine nature. Unique possibility to take perfect photo shoots for photographers.We departure by all-wheel comfort jeeps toward Sary-Jaz through Too-Ashuu pass, the height of the pass 3822m, Sary-Jaz is located on the altitude of 2700m-3600m. On the way, we will visit the Ak-Chunkur cave (which means «white hole») which is on the height of 3150m in 7 km to the east from Echkili-Tash. You can see summit of famous Khan-Tengri peak (7010) in clear weather. 

After lunch moving to Karkyra through Turuk pass. This place well known for its green diversity. We will visit Tamerlane’s stones. Not far from Santash village, there are kurgans and remains of the Caravanserais, where the Tamerlane’s troop used to pass.  Returning to Karakol through Basharin pass. Accommodation and dinner in hotel 3*.


Day 8. Karakol – Chon-Ashuu village, up to 350 km 

Transfer to Boom valley along the north shore of Issyk-Kul lake, where the rafting along the Chu or Chon-Kemin river with a professional team will be organized. Duration of rafting 1.5-2 hours, length- 25 km. Tourists will be provided by professional guides and all necessary equipment (rafts, catamarans, diving suit, helmets and life jacket). After rafting- transfer to Chon-Ashuu village, accommodation in “Ashuu” hotel- it’s a unique place where Kyrgyz traditions harmonize with high level of service. It’s a perfect place for those seeking peaceful and joy. Accommodation and dinner in Chon-Ashu village’s guesthouse. 

Day 9. Chon-Ashuu village - Bishkek, up to 150 km 

After breakfast, we arrive to Bishkek, on arrival city tour in Bishkek , lunch in a popular traditional cafe «Faiza», accommodation in hotel Asia Mountains/Green City/Deluxe Hotel. Dinner in ethno-restaurant «Supara».


Day 10. Bishkek – Manas airport, 30 km 

Transfer to the airport. Finish of service.

Price including

  • Transfer furing the full period of tour 
  • English speaking guide
  • Full board 
  • Hot springs and accommodation in Altyn-Arashan 
  • Equipment for trekking (tent for 2 person, mats, table equipment) 
  • Admission fee in museums and other sights. 
  • Festive dinner in traditional Supara restaurant (except alcohol drinks) 
  • Accommodation and dinners in hotels and guesthouses  
  • Folklore show in Karakol 
  • Demonstration of hunting 
  • Rafting, equipment for rafting 
  • Border permission to get to Sary-Jaz  


Not included in price:

  • Insurance 
  • Souvenirs 
  • Tips 
  • Horseback riding in Altyn-Arashan

Equipment and items for trekking part:

  • Sleeping bag up to 0 C
  • Good trekking boots with high proper ankle support and good thread. Extra shoes or pair of sandals, in case if main became wet during the rain and etc.
  • Waterproof rain jacket and trousers
  • Warm closes and extra closes to exchange
  • Hat and cap, sun glasess, high factor sun cream
  • Daypack 40-50 litters and rain cover. It is also good idea to line your daypack with a quality plastic bag
  • Head-torch
  • Bottle for water
  • Quick drying towel
  • First aid kit, if you have some disease
  • Recommended to have

  • Walking sticks
  • Toiletries
  • Insect repellants (for lower elevations)
  • Water purification tables or a water filter (more details in Notes)
  • Some Diamox pills against potential altitude sickness (if you don’t have altitude adaptation)
  • Pocket knife
  • Important Notes


    While on a trek, you are in the wild to enjoy the nature and the thrill of it. Its very important that you stay healthy and do not take ill on the trek to have a joyful experience in the wild. Water is important during trekking, we are providing boiled water or tea/coffee during breakfast, lunch, dinner, however boiling the water is limited, and it is not enough if you will need to fill up your bottles for next day. Water can be a cause of stomach problems on a trek. On the other hand, you need to drink lots of water to stay hydrated. Water in some hills are also the source of water for animals and wild animals on the higher area. Always fetch water from running streams. The faster the better. Stagnant water has high risk of bearing pathogens, irrespective of the cold surrounding. Whereas, as fast gushing water has very low chances of bearing pathogens in it. It even has less particulate materials. You will be able to fill up water from natural springs, it’s the best as it acts as a natural filter and has very less chances of having particles in it. Local people same as a lot of tourist don't have a problems to drink water from the source, however if you are not sure please bring water cleaning pills with you for the trek from your homeland. You will not be able to find water cleaning pills in Kyrgyzstan.


  • Main Baggage:
  • The item of luggage used to carry all your belongings in the hold of the plane and used to store all of the items you don't need on trek. This can be left behind at the group hotel used prior to the trek.
  • Luggage to the porters:
  • Almost all of our standard programs designed for not too long hikes, usually 4 to 8 days. We are providing as default 1 porter to 1 person, which carry 15 kg, that weight including food, tents, cooking staff and private things of clients, usually around 3-5kg first days. Everyday weight of food dicreasing and you will have possibility to give extra weight to the porter. You can order extra porter, if you having some big weight items as camera with lens, special equipment and etc. You will need to pay extra 30 euro per porter per day.
  • Daysac/Rucksack:
  • 30-40 liters recommended. During the course of a trekking day, you do not have access to the luggage, which is being carried for you by the porters. In mountain region, the weather can change very fast and you must be equipped for this eventuality. Your day sac should therefore be large enough to carry waterproofs, fleece jacket, long trousers (if walking in shorts), warm hat and gloves, sun cap, sun cream, water bottle and other staff which you need during the trek. On a few occasions, it is also necessary to carry your own packed lunch.


    You need to have a good level of fitness and previous trekking experience is recommended. Trekking days are generally longer, challenging and at higher altitudes up to 3800 meters. Terrain may be difficult and ascents and descents are often demanding, especially during rain or snow.


    Travel insurance is NOT included. We recommend that clients have their own travel insurance against illness, injury, loss/damage to personal belongings. In case of emergency our staff will make all the best to delivery you to hospital or other point and solve your problem, insurance will cover your charges, if you don't have insurance, you will be required to cover charges by yourself.


    Breakfast: consist some of following dishes: Porridge, omelet, omelet with fried sausages, pancakes, scrambled eggs with sausage, boiled eggs and etc + bread, jam, butter, honey, sweets, tea/coffee. Lunch boxes or lunch: Dried fruits, chocolate, yogurt, juice, cheese, sandwich, vegetables/fruits and tea/coffee. Dinner: Our cooks is preparing european and asian cuisine You need to let us know if you are vegetarian or have some preferences, so we will be able to make special menu for you.


    Service of local staff is included to the program; however, it is polite to tip to local staff if the service has been very good. Also at your discretion, you might also consider tipping your tour manager in appreciation of the efficiency and service you receive.

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