THE BEAUTY OF KYRGYZSTAN 2

DURATION: 11 days

This tour is made for people who are interested in seeing main sights, culture and who love taking amazing pictures of picturesque landscapes without big physical activities. 

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Hiking in a new canyon Konorchek which looks like Grand Canyon
  • Excursion in museum of Petroglyphs, which is called “Stone garden”.
  • City tour in Karakol city
  • Off-road trip to Altyn-Arashan valley by Soviet Russian millitary car 4x4
  • Day off-road jeep tour to Sary-Jaz valley (pre-border zone)
  • Panoramic view to Khan-Tengri peak 7000m
  • Visit Jety-Oguz valley
  • Overnight at yurt camp in Son-Kol lake 3000m
 
ITINERARY:
Day 1: Airport Manas – Ala-Archa – Bishkek, up to 150 km 
We will meet at Manas airport and move to Ala Archa national Park. The Ala Archa National Park is an alpine national park in Tian-Shan Mountains of Kyrgyzstan, which was established in 1976. The park is located approximately 40 km south of the capital city of Bishkek. The park, which includes the gorge of the Ala-Archa River and the mountains surrounding it, is a popular destination point for weekend picnickers, hikers, horse trekkers, skiers as well as mountain climbers who look for challenging ice, rocks and mixed routes. We will walk around and have a picnic. We will drive back to Bishkek where we will have a short city tour and lodging in a hotel. Dinner at a local restaurant. 
Day 2: Bishkek – Konorchek canyons - Cholpon-Ata, 300 km 
We will move to Cholpon-Ata city after breakfast, on the way there we will visit Konochek canyons. Amazing landscape of Konorchek canyons resembles the Grand Canyon in the USA, but at the same time they carry a significant particle of the unique nature of Kyrgyzstan. This fabulous place is located 125 km from the capital of the country, in Boom gorge. Further we continue our road to Cholpon-Ata via Boom valley where the Great Silk Road caravans used to pass. Upon arrival to Cholpon Ata, we will have an excursion in Petroglyphs museum, which is called “Stone garden”. Accommodation and dinner in a hotel.
Day 3: Cholpon-Ata – Karakol, 200km 
We set-off to Karakol via Grigorievsky and Semenovsky valleys, then visit several small lakes in Grigorievsky valley. Picnic at the lakes. After arrival to Karakol, we will  have a city tour. Karakol is the largest city in Issyk-Kul region. "Karakol" means "Black Hand", and it was named after the eponymous name of the river on which it was located. The town itself boasts a number of places that would be interesting to tourists, for example, a very pretty wooden mosque that was built by Chinese artisans for the local Dungans between 1907 and 1910 and it was made entirely without metal nails and a similarly appealing wooden Russian Orthodox church, the Holy Trinity Cathedral, completed in 1895. Dinner at Dastorkon ethno-restaurant that is made in a national style. Accommodation at a hotel.
Day 4: Karakol – Altyn-Arashan - Karakol, 70km 
We will visit a beautiful valley called “Altyn Arashan”. A Russian Military Truck will bring us to Altyn-Arashan valley, which will take us around 1.5 hour on rugged road. This valley is praised by tourists from all over the world. Altyn-Arashan is located 30 km away from Karakol by impassable but very beautiful route along Terskey Ala-Too, it is open since 1963 year. We will take a hot bath and an excursion to wild hot springs. We will go back by a car to Karakol and have a dinner at a local restaurant. We will have a folk show of  a popular local group Azem after  we finish eating dinner, they will play on national instruments and sing national Kyrgyz songs. Accommodation at  a hotel. 
Day 5: Karakol - Sary-Jaz - Karakol, up to 350 km 
This tour is perfect for people who would like to see High summits and wild nature of Tian-Shan Mountains, beautiful landscapes and pristine nature. You have a unique possibility to take perfect photo shoots. We departure by all-wheel comfort jeeps toward Sary-Jaz through Too-Ashuu pass, the height of the pass is 3822m, Sary-Jaz is located on the altitude of 2700m-3600m. On the way there, we will visit the Ak-Chunkur cave. You can see summit of famous Khan-Tengri peak (7010) if the weather is cler. After lunch we move to Karkyra through the Turuk pass. This place is 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 Tamerlane’s troop used to pass. After that we return back to Karakol through the Basharin pass. Accommodation and dinner at a hotel.


Day 6: Karakol - Jeti-Oguz – Tamga 170km 
Our next point is Djety-Oguz. On the way there, we will visit main local attractions such as the Broken Heart, Seven bulls,will have a brief walking in Djety-Oguz Canyon, which looks like a small version of the Grand Canyon. Further, we will proceed to Kok-Jayik valley and then walk to the waterfall which name is Lady’s Plat (40 min). After arrival to Tamga, we will have dinner and accommodation at a local family guest house. You can enjoy swimming in Issyk-Kul lake  in afternoon. 
Day 7: Tamga – Fairy tale valley – Kadjy-Sai – Kochkor, 200km 
Our next point is Kochkor village. On the way there, we will visit the Fairytale canyon. Among weird rock formations there is a ridge which resembles two walls of fortification which looks like the Great Wall of China that rises vertically out of the surrounding sandstone. On arrival to Kadjy-Sai we will have a falconry (eagle) hunting demonstration, by a very famous hunter Ishenbek, he will tell  us in details about wild animals hunting with the help of a falcon. After show, we have lunch. After arrival to Kochkor, we will be lodging and having dinner at a family guesthouse. 
Day 8: Kochkor – Son-Kul lake, 120km 
In the morning, we will have an opportunity to see a felt show, which will be shown by local masters, we will visit souvenir museum/shop of local producers. After lunch, we departure to Son-Kul lake. It is the second largest lake after Issyk Kul Lake, and the largest fresh water lake in Kyrgyzstan. It is surrounded by a broad summer pasture and beautiful mountains. Accommodation and dinner at Kyrgyz national house “Yurt”.
Day 9: Son-Kul – Kyzyl-Oi, 150km 
We will have 3-4 hours of horse riding around Son-Kul lake, while horse riding you will get to see shepherds who take care of their cattle (horses, sheep, cows) that they bring here for summer time collecting the cattle from close areas. After that, we will have lunch in a Yurt camp and then depart to our next point Kyzyl-Oi village. We will proceed further to Kyzyl-Oi village via Kara-Keche pass, which is on the altitude of the 3384m. This pass is very popular for cyclists and off-road lovers. Kyzyl-Oi is a mountain village located at the altitude of about 1800 meters above the sea level in the valley of the mighty river Kekemeren. Here you can see an extraordinary landscape of majestic mountains that surround the village.Accommodation and dinner in CBT guest house in Kyzyl-Oi.
Day 10: Kyzyl-Oi – Bishkek, 250 km 
After breakfast, we depart to Bishkek. After Kyzyl-Oi we proceed to natural treasure of Inner Tian-Shian, to Suusamyr valley. The Suusamyr valley is located on the altitude of 2000-3200 m and its length is 155 km. Suusamyr is one of the best grasslands in Kyrgyzstan. Further our road will pass through Too-Ashuu pass. The Too-Ashuu pass is a majestic place, which is 135 km away from Bishkek and lies at the altitude of 3400 m. The road connects the north and south capitals. Arrival to Bishkek. Brief excursion in Bishkek. Dinner in a popular ethno restaurant called Supara. Accommodation in a hotel. 
Day 11: Bishkek – airport Manas, 30km 
Meeting at the hotel, then we will leave to the airport Manas. End of the service.
 

INCLUSIONS

  • Transport 4x4
  • Meal
  • Accommodation
  • English speaking guide
  • Payment for national parks
  • Border permits
  • Equipments
 
Equipment

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

    WATER

    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.

    LUGGAGE ON TOUR

  • 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.

    TRECKKING GRADE

    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.

    INSURANCE

    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.

    MEAL

    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.

    TIPPING

    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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