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Off-road tour «Land of Nomads»

Duration: 18 days

Period: May – October 

This tour is oriented for people who want to explore whole Kyrgyzstan and see different nature, people and lifestyle. 

1 day, airport Manas – Ala-Archa – Bishkek, up to 150 km 

We will meet at Manas airport, then go to Ala Archa national Park. The Ala Archa National Park is an alpine national park in the Tian-Shan Mountains of Kyrgyzstan, established in 1976 and located approximately 40 km south of the capital city of Bishkek. The park includes the gorge of the Ala-Archa River and mountains that surround it, it is a popular place 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 aroud and then have a picnic. After Ala-Archa we go back to Bishkek, accommodation in a hotel of Bishkek. Dinner in a local restaurant. 

2 day, Bishkek - Burana - Cholpon-Ata, 300 km 

We leave from Bishkek to Burana Tower, it is one of a great examples of how the cultural heritage of the Kyrgyz people is respected. There is a 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. Further, we continue our road to Cholpon-Ata via Boom valley where the Great Silk Road caravans used to pass. On arrival to Cholpon Ata we will have lunch in a restaurant and then have an excursion in Petroglyphs museum, which is called “Stone garden”. Accommodation and dinner in a four star hotel either Karven Four Seasons/Raduga/Caprise Akmaral or Akun. 

3 day, Cholpon-Ata – Karakol, 200km 

Set-off to Karakol via Grigorievsky and Semenovsky valleys, visit small lakes in Grigorievsky valley. Picnic at the lakes. After arrival to Karakol,  we will have a city tour. The Karakol is largest city in the Issyk-Kul region. "Karakol", which means "Black Hand", was named after the eponymous name of the river on which it is located. The town itself boasts a number of places that would be interesting for tourists; fo example, a very pretty wooden mosque built by Chinese artisans for the local Dungans between 1907 and 1910 entirely without metal nails and a similarly appealing wooden Russian Orthodox church, the Holy Trinity Cathedral, completed in 1895. Dinner at Dastorkon restaurant made in a national style. Accommodation and dinner in a 3 star hotel.

 

4 day, Karakol – Altyn-Arashan - Karakol, 70km 

We will visit beautiful valley “Altyn Arashan”. A Russian Military Truck will bring us to Altyn-Arashan valley, it will take us around 1.5 hours to get there. Altyn-Arashan is located 30 km away from Karakol by impassable but very beautiful route along Terskey Ala-Too. We will take a hot bath and have an excursion to wild hot springs.  Transfer back to Karakol by car. Dinner and accommodation in a 3 star hotel. 

5 day, Karakol - Jeti-Oguz – Tosor, 170km 

Our next point is Djety-Oguz. On the way there, we will visit main local attractions such as Broken Heart, Seven bulls, will have a brief walking in Djety-Oguz Canyon, it looks like a small version of Grand Canyon. Further, we will proceed to Kok-Jayik valley and then have a walk to the waterfall that is named Lady’s Plat (40 min). Arrival to Tosor, dinner and accommodation in a private comfortable wooden cottage with all facilities on a beach oriented up to 6 people (double accommodation). In the afternoon you could enjoy swimming in Issyk-Kul lake. 

6 day, Tosor - Barskoon Gorge – Tosor, 100km 

We will drive to Barskoon gorge, visit famous waterfalls, monument of Yuri Gagarin and will drive to Ala-Bel pass 3819m that leads to Kumtor gold mining company and Akshyirak valley. Kumtor is the third largest deposits of gold in the world. Gold deposits are estimated at 700 tonnes. "Kumtor" - the latest high-altitude mine in the world. We will visit yurt manufacture in Barskoon that makes famous national Kyrgyz houses “Yurt” , to go back we will pass through Ala-Bel pass. Return back to the wooden cottage in Tosor and dinner. You can enjoy evening swimming in Issyk-Kul lake.

 

7 day, Tosor – Fairy tale valley – Kochkor, 200km 

Next point is Kochkor village. We will visit the Fairytale canyon. Among weird rock formations there is a ridge that resembles two walls of fortification, which looks like the Great Wall of China, it rises vertically out of the surrounding sandstone. The rocks vary in color from a sandy yellow to red and orange, there are colorful striations visible in places, which show the different chemical composition of the rocks. Further we move to Kadjy-Sai, we will have  falconry/eagle hunting demonstration, by a very famous hunter Ishenbek, he will tell and show hunting on wild animals in details with the help of falcon/eagle. Lunch and departure to Kochor, lodging and dinner in a family guesthouse. 

8 day, Kochkor - Eki-Naryn – Naryn, 130km 

We will visit Eki Naryn valley after we leave Kochkor. The name of the valley Eki Naryn translated from Kyrgyz language as "Two Naryn." It is located 44 km away from the town of Naryn, where merge large and small tributaries of the most powerful river Naryn are. The valley is situated at the altitude of over 2000 m. A national park has formed there, where  tall pine forests grow, bears, wild boar, mountain goats and snow leopards live. Near the valley, there is a settlement, that is also called Eki-Naryn. We will have a felt show in Naryn. Dinner and accommodation in Khan-Tengri/Celestial Mountains/Ala-Too hotel. 

9 day, Naryn - Tash-Rabat, 120km 

Tash Rabat is a well-preserved 15th century stone caravanserai in At-Bashy district, Naryn Province located at the altitude of 3,200 meters. As early as in 1888, a Russian doctor and traveler Nicolay Lvovich Zeland suggested that it was originally a Nestorian or Buddhist monastery. Researches undertaken in the end of 1970-s and beginning of 1980-s by the Institute of History of the Kyrgyz Academy of Sciences concluded that Tash Rabat was originally built as a Nestorian monastery in the tenth century, although no artifacts sacred to Christians have been found during excavations. Tash-Rabat is located somewhat east of the main north-south highway. To the south is Lake Chatyr-Kul and Torugart Pass. To the north is Koshoy Korgon, a ruined fortress of uncertain date. The area is a center for hiking and horse-trekking. You will have dinner and stay in a kyrgyz house which name is “boz-uy” (Yurt).

Kalkagar Mountains on the way from Tash-Rabat to Baetovo
Kalkagar Mountains on the way from Tash-Rabat to Baetovo

 

10 day, Tash-Rabat - Baetovo - Son-Kul, 190km 

We will explore ancient caravanserai Tash-Rabat and move to Son-Kul Lake through few amazing valleys and high passes which will bring us to Baetovo village. Son-Kul is an alpine lake in northern Naryn Province, 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 then mountains. Accommodation and dinner in a yurt camp at Son-Kul lake. 

11 day, Son-Kul lake (horse riding 1-day tour) 

During this day we will ride horses on the beach and area of the Son-Kul lake and feel ourselves as we live nomadic life. While riding roses you will see shepherds who take care after their cattle (horses, sheep, cows), they bring them here for summer time from close areas. Accommodation and dinner in a yurt camp at Son-Kul lake.

12 day, Son-Kul - Kazarman - Jalal-Abad, up to 280 km 

We proceed further to Jalal-Abad city through Kazarman village. Kazarman is a village which is located on the east part of Jalal-Abad region, 157 km from the city of Jalal-Abad near the biggest river in Kyrgyzstan, Naryn River. The village is situated at an altitude of 1310 meters and is a popular destination for travelers who want to visit Saimaluu-Tash (a museum of petroglyphs). We will arrive to Jalal-Abad after we cross few high and long passes, dinner in a local restaurant and lodging in a hotel. 

13 day, Jalal-Abad - Osh city, 100km 

We will have a city tour in Jalal-Abad and after that move to Osh city. Osh is the second largest city in Kyrgyzstan, located in the Fergana Valley in the south of the country and often referred to as the "capital of the south". It is the oldest city in the country (estimated to be more than 3000 years old), and has served as the administrative center of Osh Region since 1939. Osh is a lovely place with the largest and most crowded outdoor market in Central Asia , it was a major market along the Silk Road. It is named as the Great Silk Road Bazar in reference to its historical importance. Dinner in a local restaurant and lodging in a 3 star hotel. 

 

Panoramic view from Sulaiman Too, Osh
Panoramic view from Sulaiman Too, Osh

14 day, Osh city – Arslanbob, 130km 

We move to the next tourist destination Arslanbob. Arslanbob is a village, sub district, valley, mountain range, and a large wild walnut (Juglans regia). Picturesque and unique walnut and fruit forests of Arslanbob are located 50 km to the north of the city of Jalal-Abad. These forests cover an area of 608 hectares and they are the largest walnut area on the planet. According to a legend, Alexander the Great during his campaign to Fergana Valley in 329 BC saw the forests and brought one of the walnut trees home to Greece, after which they became known as "Greek walnuts". Dinner and accommodation in a CBT guest house. 

15 day, Arslanbob – Arkit village (Sary-Chelek lake), up to 250km 

We will continue our trip to Arkit village, Sary-Chelek lake. The lake itself is situated some 1873 meters above sea level, the shoreline is deeply indented and lined by steep forested slopes – which descend into the depths of the lake. Dinner and accommodation in a family Guest House in Artik village.

16 day, Sary-Chelek – Chychkan, up to 300km 

We will start from Sary-Chelek lake to Chychkan gorge. The name of the gorge translated from Kyrgyz  language as "a mouse", because many field mice inhabit there. On the slopes of mountains, that surround the valley Chychkan  juniper, spruce, wild blackberries and barberry grow. The natural world of the gorge is extraordinarily diverse and presents many opportunities for those who likes to travel. Dinner and accommodation in Oson hotel.

 

Sary-Chelek lake
Sary-Chelek lake

17 day, Toktogul - Kara-Bulak resort, up to 300km 

On the way to Kara-Bilak resort, we will drive through Suusamyr valley, which is located between Kyrgyz and Talas Ala-too ranges. The Suusamyr valley is sitauted 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. This place has amazing landscapes, they will take your breath away. Arriving to Bishkek and proceeding to Kara-Bulak complex (hotel) in Chunkurchak valley. Picturesque valleys are in 45 km from Bishkek. Complex is at the altitude of 1800 m. Accommodation and dinner in Kara-Bulak complex (hotel). 

18 day, Kara-Bulak – Bishkek, 70km 

We will have a short excursion to a waterfall, which located closer to Kara-Bulak complex. We will move further by Chunkurchak valley by SUV with  proceeding to Kashak-Suu valley. We will walk around and have picnic. Closer to evening we will get to Bishkek and stay in a hotel. End of the service.

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