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Fabulous landscapes of Kyrgyzstan 

Duration of tour: 10 days 

Fixed dates: Tours starts 29th June and end early morning at 8th July 2018.

Minimum groups size is 8 people, tour can be cancelled, if we will have less than 8 people in a group. We will let you know 1 month before tour start, however we will make our best to make a tour as it is planned even with less participants.

Description: This tour is designed for people who is interested to see fabulous gorges, lakes, pastures and culture without big physical activities and with staying in comfortable apartments. During tour will be short treks and horseback riding to main places and sights.

 

Program: 

1 day. 29 June. Bishkek – Ala-Archa – Bishkek, up to 150 km 

Meeting at Manas airport and moving to Bishkek. Few hours rest in hotel and after lunch driving to Ala Archa national Park. 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 looking for challenging ice, rock and mixed routes. Walking to Ak-Sai waterfall and back way to Bishkek. Dinner at local restaurant. 

2 day. 30 June. Bishkek – Issyk-Ata gorge – Chon-Kemin, up to 170 km 

We will visit Issyk-Ata gorge, which is famous with old sanatorium, which was started at 1891 year, and it has long history. Walking around sanatorium and walking to waterfall. Further, we will drive to Burana tower. The tower, along with grave markers, some earthworks and the remnants of a castle and three mausoleums, is all that remains of the ancient city of Balasagun, which was established by the Karakhanids at the end of the (XI - XIII вв.) century. Arriving to Chon-Kemin village, dinner and accommodation in Ashu guesthouse. It’s a unique place where Kyrgyz traditions harmonize with high level of service. 

3 day. 1 July. Horseback riding in forest of Chon-Kemin National Park 

We will have horseback riding in forest of Chon-Kemin National Park and pastures. The nature is untouched and natural, there are forests of fir and there living wild animals such as Turkestan lynx, marals, and golden eagles. Picnic and return back to Ashu guesthouse.

 

Altyn-Arashan valley
Altyn-Arashan valley

4 day. 2 July. 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. In the evening, the folklore show from local band Azem will be demonstrated. Accommodation hotel 3*. 

5 day. 3 July. 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 hotel 3*. 

6 day. 4 July. 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, Broken Heart rocks and Lady’s Plat waterfall. 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, which operated by Kyrgyz family. Dinner and accommodation in guesthouse in Tamga village. 

7 day. 5 July. Tamga – Fairytale canyon – Son-Kul lake, 300km 

We will 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. After short walking falconry hunting will be demonstrated, famous hunter Ishenbek will tell in details about the hunting on wild animals with the help of falcon and eagle.We will drive further to great Son-Kul Lake, where you can feel spirit of nomads. 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. 

Too-Ashu pass, which is connecting north and south part of Kyrgyz Republic
Too-Ashu pass, which is connecting north and south part of Kyrgyz Republic

 

8 day. 6 July. 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. (Our group will be devided for few guesthouses, which is located close to each other). 

9 day. 7 July. 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. Accommodation in hotel 3*. 

10 day. 8 July. Bishkek – airport Manas, 30km 

Early depart to airport Manas. End of service. 

 

Price

Price per person is 1400 USD with double accommodation.

Price per person is 1650 USD with single accommodation.

Price including:

  • 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
  • Falcony
  • Horseback riding on Son-Kul lake and Chon-Kemin National Park

  • Not included:

  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Alcohol drinks
  • Equipment

    Equipment and items for tour:

  • 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)
  • Some Diamox pills against potential altitude sickness (if you don’t have altitude adaptation)
  • Pocket knife
  • Important Notes

    WATER

    Bottled water will provided during the tour.

    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. Terms and Conditions
    Notes:
    Not all places in Kyrgyzstan have good facilities to stay, we will stay in family based guesthouses in Tamga and Kyzyl-Oi with common toilets and shower. During overnight in Yurt camp you will feel nomad's culture and style of their life, all facilities in yurt camp is outside.

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