Tour Around Eye of Asia 2
Route: Bishkek – Issyk-Kul- Karakol – Sary-Jaz- Kadjy-Sai – Bishkek
Duration: 5 days
Period: May - October
This tour is oriented for lovers of beautiful gorges, valleys, landscapes and nature.
Day 1. Bishkek – Cholpon-Ata, 300km
Meeting at the airport and departure to Issyk-Kul lake, Cholpon-Ata city along the northern coast of Issyk-Kul lake. On the way stop in Burana tower, which is, located about 80 km to the east of Bishkek, near Tokmok town. The tower with grave markers, some earthworks and the remnants of a castle and three mausoleums are everything that remain of the ancient city of Balasagun, which was established by the Karakhanids at the end of the (XI - XIII вв.) century. An external staircase and steep, winding stairway inside the tower enables visitors to climb to the top. Further on the way, we will visit Konochek canyons. The amazing landscape of Konorchek canyons resemble the Grand Canyon in the USA, but at the same time, they carry a significant particle of the unique nature of Kyrgyzstan. It's a fabulous place located 125 km from the capital of the country, in Boom gorge. We continue our road to Cholpon-Ata via Boom valley where the Great Silk Road caravans used to pass. On arrival to Cholpon Ata town accommodation and dinner in a hotel.
Day 2. Cholpon-Ata – Karakol, 170km
We will visit Semenov gorge with further proceeding to Grigoriyev gorge and visit small mountain lakes. Continue our trip towards Karakol town. Lunch in a local ethno restaurant Dastorkoon. City tour. We will visit Holy Trinity Cathedral, Dungan’s mosque. A local folklore concert in the evening, local group Azem will play on Kyrgyz national music instruments and sing Kyrgyz national songs. Dinner and accommodation in a hotel.
Day 3. Karakol - Sary-Jaz - Karakol, up to 350 km
We will move to Karkyra through Chon-Ashuu pass, further to Sary-Jaz valley (Echkili-Tash). This tour is perfect for those who would like to see High summits and wild nature of Tian-Shan Mountains, beautiful landscapes and pristine nature. A unique possibility to take perfect photo shoots for photographers.Early morning 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 (which means «white hole») which is located on the height of 3150m in 7 km to the east from Echkili-Tash. The length of this cave is 70m, the height is 10m. The traces of ancient men and cave paintings were discovered in this cave. In this mountainous kingdom many animals such as argali, ibex and others inhabit. In Echkili-Tash you can see many snow peaks of Sary-Jaz range. You can see summit of famous Khan-Tengri peak (7010) in clear weather. After lunch we move to Karkyra through 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 the Tamerlane’s troop used to pass. The legend has it that they were composed by the army of Tamerlane. When the commander went on his campaign, he ordered each soldier to take a stone with them, and here, at the pass, they all laid these stones into a large mound. Upon return, soldiers who survived took a stone each from the mound and placed it by their side. Therefore, there are now two mounds made of stone, one of which became a monument of the victims who died on a foreign land. We return back to Karakol through Basharin pass. Accommodation and dinner in a hotel.
Day 4. Karakol – Kyzyl-Suu – Kadjy-Sai, 150km
We move from Karakol to Chon-Kyzyl-Suu village to have a horse riding. After that we will with a horse guide to get instruction on how to ride horses. During that day we will pass by beautiful Kyzyl-Suu gorge with further proceeding to the top of mountais to see panoramic view of Issyk-Kul lake from altitude 3300m. We will come back and move to Kadjy-Sai village. On the way there, we will visit famous and popular Fairytale canyons. There are sandstone cliffs they have been shaped by centuries of wind and melting snow into an ensemble of columns, canyons and crag, ranging in color from deep red to bright orange. The most recognizable landmark of the Valley Fairy Tales - of course, a long chain of rocks, called the Chinese wall. Accommodation and dinner at a guesthouse.
Day 5. Kadjy-Sai - Bishkek, 320km
In the morning, we will have a falconry. Falconry is a traditional art of the Eurasian steppes, particularly defined as "Horse Riding Falconry" or "The Eagle Falconry". A local master Ishenbek will show and explain us how eagle/Falcone hunts rabbits. Return to Bishkek. We will travel along the south shore of Issyk-Kul lake, you will enjoy picturesque and interesting landscapes. After arriva; to Bishkek. we will have festive dinner in a traditional Kyrgyz style restaurant Supara. End of the service.