FABULOUS LANDSCAPES OF KYRGYZSTAN

Duration: 10 days

This tour is designed for people who are interested to see fabulous gorges, lakes, pastures and culture without big physical activities and prefer staying in comfortable apartments. During the tour we will have short treks and horseback ridings in main places and sights.

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Day hiking trip to Ala-Archa national park
  • Radial trekking to Kol-Kogur lake
  • Off-road trip to Altyn-Arashan valley by Soviet Russian millitary car 4x4
  • Drive through Too-Ashuu pass 3400m
  • Stay at yurt camp in Son-Kol lake 3000m
  • Drive around Issyk-Kul lake
  • Cross Kara-Keche pass 3384m
 
ITINERARY:
Day 1, Bishkek – Ala-Archa – Bishkek, up to 150 km 
Meeting at Manas airport and trasnfer to Bishkek. Few hours of rest in a hotel and after lunch we will drive to Ala Archa national Park. The park includes the gorge of the Ala-Archa River and mountains that surround it, it is a popular destination for weekend picnickers, hikers, horse trekkers, skiers as well as for mountain climbers who look for challenging ice, rocks and mixed routes. We will walk to Ak-Sai waterfall and return to Bishkek. Dinner in a local restaurant.
Day 2, Bishkek – Issyk-Ata gorge – Chon-Kemin, up to 170 km
We will visit Issyk-Ata gorge, it is famous for an old sanatorium with a long history that was opened in 1891 year. You have a chance to walk around the sanatorium and walk to waterfall. After that, we will drive to Burana tower. The tower with grave markers, some earthworks and the remnants of a castle and three mausoleums remains the ancient city of Balasagun, which was established by the Karakhanids at the end of the (XI - XIII вв.) century. Arrival to Chon-Kemin village, dinner and accommodation in Ashu guesthouse. It’s a unique place where Kyrgyz traditions harmonize with a high level of service.
Day 3, Radial trekking to Kol-Kogur lake
We will make a radial trekking to Kel-Kogur Lake, which is hidden deep in Kungei Ala-Too Mountains. The nature around Kol-Kogur is untouched and natural, there are forests of fir and wild animals such as Turkestan lynx, marals, and golden eagles also live there. We will cross the river by horses in the beginning and continue our trek by walk or by horses (optional), it is isolated lake and possible to get only by foot. Arriving to lake, picnic and return back to Ashu guesthouse.
Day 4, Chon–Kemin – Semenov gorge – Karakol, up to 350 km
Moving to Semenov gorge, which is located on the north Shore of Issyk-Kul Lake. After arriving to valley radial trekking to Sut-Bulak lake. Picnic at the picturesque lake and continue our trip to Karakol. After arriving short city tour in Karakol. Accommodation hotel 3*.
Day 5, Karakol – Altyn-Arashan – Karakol, 70km
We will visit beautiful valley “Altyn Arashan”. The Russian 4wheel car will bring us to Altyn-Arashan valley by impassable but very beautiful route along Terskey Ala-Too, half road we will walk through picturesque gorge. This valley is praised by tourists from all over the world. Altyn-Arashan is located 30 km away from Karakol. We will take hot bath with radon water and excursion to wild hot springs. Back way on car to Karakol and dinner at local restaurant. Accommodation in hotel 3*.
Day 6, Karakol – Djety-Oguz – Tamga, 160 km
We are visiting popular gorge Djety-Oguz that means Seven Bulls. Most famous sight of that place is Seven Bulls and Broken Heart rocks. We will walk for panoramic view of mountains and continue our trip to Lady’s Plat waterfall located at Kok-Jaiyuk valley. Lunch in yurt camp Golden Yurt. Dinner and accommodation in guesthouse in Tamga village.
Day 7, Tamga – Fairytale canyon – Son-Kul lake, 300km
We will visit great Son-Kul Lake where you can feel spirit of nomads. Before that visit Fairytale canyon located on south shore of Issyk-Kul lake. Amongst the weird rock formations, there is a ridge, which resembles two walls of fortification, something like the Great Wall of China, rising vertically out of the surrounding sandstone. In summer some of the local people who live in the villages, leave their homes to go up to the green and luscious meadows of Son-Kul lake. Here during the warm summer months, they graze their cattle in the summer pasture live and in small farmsteads, which are called jailoo. You could see rest of real nomads only Son-Kul Lake, men all day long they ride horses and graze the cattle, which they collected from close villages. Women taking care of children and do housework: clean, cook, bake bread, make delicious butter and other dairy products from cow and horse milk. In the summer pasture, almost all the food is of natural, local products: meat, milk, butter and airan (local yogurt). Here you can see a lot of horses that graze and breed on their own. These noble animals are a particularly nice fit into the Alpine-like meadows. Accommodation and dinner at Yurt camp on Son-Kul lake.
Day 8, Son-Kul lake – Kyzyl Oi village, up to 150 km
We will have 3 hours horseback riding to top of mountain in order to see panoramic view to Son-Kul lake and then after lunch we proceed further to Kyzyl-Oi village via Kara-Keche pass, which is on the altitude of the 3384m. This pass is popular for cyclists and off-road lovers. Kyzyl-Oi is a mountain village located at the altitude of about 1800 meters above sea level in the valley of the mighty river Kekemeren. Here you can see an extraordinary landscape of majestic mountains surrounding the village. Accommodation and dinner in family CBT guest house in Kyzyl-Oi. Big groups will be divided to few guesthouses.
Day 9, Kyzyl-Oi – Bishkek, 250 km
We proceed to natural treasure of Inner Tian-Shian, to Suusamyr valley. Suusamyr is one of the best grasslands in Kyrgyzstan. The pass attracts many alpinists, ski lovers and simply people who love fresh mountain air. Further, our road will pass through majestic Too-Ashuu pass, it lies at the altitude of 3400 m. That road connecting the north and south capitals. You could see amazing landscapes and good few to Suusamyr valley. Arrival to Bishkek. Festive dinner in ethno restaurant Supara and folk show. Accommodation in hotel 3*.
10 day, Bishkek – airport Manas, 60km 
Short city tour in Bishkek and lunch. After lunch driving to airport Manas. End of service.

MAP
Map of tour
 

INCLUSIONS

Transfer during the full period of tour 
English speaking guide 
Full board 
Hot springs in Altyn-Arashan 
Admission fee in museums and other sights. 
Festive dinner in traditional Supara restaurant (except alcohol drinks) 
Accommodation and dinners in hotels, guesthouses and yurt camps (4 person in 1 yurt) 
Folklore show
Horseback riding on Son-Kul lake, Chon-Kemin 
 
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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