Tour Program Off-road explore of Kyrgyzstan | VisitKarakol

Program: Off-road explore of Kyrgyzstan

This tour is designed for self-driving on SUV with technical support and staff (guide, cook and mechanic). This tour passes through the picturesque and rough places, that’s why tourist should have 3 years of driving experience and age over 25 years. Provided cars are insured. 

Duration: 9 days 

Period: July – September 

Level: Light – Medium


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

Meeting at Manas airport and receiving vehicles from Car Rent Company, signs insurance and agreement. After receiving vehicles moving to Bishkek to check in to hotel and have a breakfast and rest few hours. Driving 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, 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. Walking around in park and picnic. Driving back and city tour in Bishkek, we will visit Osh market, Main square and walk in Oak Park. Accommodation at hotel of Bishkek (Asia Mountains/Garden Hotel/Futuro). Dinner at local restaurant. 

2 day, Bishkek – Kyzyl-Oi – Son-Kul Lake, 350 km 

We will have long day drive to Son-Kul lake through Too-Ashu pass, Susamyr valley and arriving to Son-Kul lake through Kara-Keche pass. Too-Ashuu pass is a majestic place, which is 135 km away from Bishkek and lies at the altitude of 3400 m. The road which connects the north and south capitals. This place has amazing landscapes, which will take your breath away. After the Too-Ashu pass, we proceed to natural treasure of Inner Tian-Shian, to Suusamyr valley, which is between Kyrgyz and Talas Ala-Too ranges. The Suusamyr valley is located on the altitude of 2000-3200 m and its length is 155 km. Arriving to Son-Kul lake, which is located on altitude 3016 meter. Dinner and accommodation in yurt camp.


3 day, Son-Kul lake – Tash-Rabat caravan saray, 180 km 

Demonstration of national equestrian games Kok-Boru, Kyz-Kumai and Tyiyn-Enmei. Further, we will drive through several high and steep mountain passes, such as the Moldo-Ashu 3346m and Mels 3340m. Along the way, you will see many interesting landscapes, mountain rivers and unique in its beauty the mountains, one of the most beautiful is the mountain Kalkagar. Visit complex Tash-Rabat. This is a carefully restored stone building, which was used as caravan saray on the way of Great Silk Road. The date of appearance is not certain, but the archaeological facts give reason to believe that even in the 10th century this place already existed. Dinner and accommodation at yurt camp.


4 day, Tash-Rabat – At-Bashy – Naryn, 120 km 

Moving to At-Bashy town, we will visit main attraction of that place monument Head of Horse. At-Bashy translating as Head of Horse. Continue driving to Naryn town. We will have felt show, local masters will show to the group process of preparation national carpet – Shyrdak. Shyrdak is a stitched and often colorful felt floor or wall covering, usually handmade in Central Asia. Kazakhs and Kyrgyz alike traditionally make shyrdaks, but especially in Kyrgyzstan, the traditional is still alive, and many of the products selling to tourists. Dinner and accommodation at hotel.


5 day, Naryn – Tosor pass – Tamga, 230 km 

We will have exciting off road tour by highland road, which connects Issyk-Kul and Naryn regions. On the way, we will pass through Tosor pass, which is located on Terskey-Ala-Too range at altitude 3893m, where amazing view on Issyk-Kul Lake opens. Tosor pass is difficult enough for passing, steep descent and stony snowy pathways. On the way to Tosor pass, there is a village and encampment of ancient people, where probably different tools were produced. On arrival main highway, we will move to Tamga village accommodation and dinner in family guesthouse.



6 day, Tosor - Karakol, up to 150 km 

Falconry hunting demonstration on the rabbit, additionally famous hunter Mr. Ishenbek will tell in details about the hunting on wild animals with the help of falcon. Next point is Djety-Oguz. On the way, we will visit famous rocks Broken Heart, Seven Bulls, brief walking in Djety-Oguz Canyon, which looks like small Grand Canyon. Further, we will proceed by cars to Kok-Jayik valley and then walking to the waterfall which name is Lady’s Plat (40 min). Reaching Karakol town, accommodation and dinner in hotel Green Yard/Amir/Altamira/Tagaytay/Argo.

7 day, Karakol – Altyn-Arashan, 60 km 

We will visit beautiful valley “Altyn Arashan”. The Russian Military truck will bring us to Altyn-Arashan valley on bumpy road. Tourists from all over the world praise this valley. Altyn-Arashan is located 30 km away from Karakol by impassable but very beautiful route along Terskey Ala-Too. We will take hot bath with radon water and excursion to wild hot springs. Peak Palatka 5020 m is visible from Altyn-Arashan. Back way on the car to Karakol and dinner. We will have folk show of popular local group Azem after dinner, who will play on the national instruments and sing national Kyrgyz songs with explanations. Accommodation at hotel Green Yard/Tagaitay/Altamira/Amir.


8 day, Karakol – Cholpon-Ata, 180 km 

On the way to Cholpon-Ata along the north Shore of Issyk-Kul Lake, we will visit Semenov gorge with further proceeding to Grigoriyev and Simenov gorge and visit small mountain lakes. Lunch at restaurant in Cholpon-Ata town. Check in to hotel. Afternoon free time to swim in Issyk-Kul Lake. Dinner at hotel. 

9 day, Cholpon-Ata - Bishkek, 270 km 

Set off to Bishkek. Arriving to Bishkek through Boom valley, accommodation in hotel Asia mountains/Garden Hotel/Futuro. Cleaning and preparation of cars and give it back to car rent company. Festive dinner in traditional Kyrgyz style restaurant Supara. 

Day 10. Bishkek- Manas airport 

Meeting in the hotel. Transfer to the airport Manas. Finish of service.


Price including: 

  • Meeting at the airport and transfer back to the airport at the end of the program 
  • Vehicle rent (SUV) during the full period of tour (Toyota 4runner/Sequoia/GX470) 
  • English speaking guide, mechanic and cook on technical SUV 
  • Three meals a day during the tour according to the program 
  • Festive dinner in traditional Supara restaurant (except alcohol drinks) 
  • Double or Twin accommodation and dinners in hotels and guest houses 
  • Accommodation at yurts (four people in 1 yurt) 
  • Admission fee in national valleys, museums and sights 
  • Folk show in Karakol
  • Felt show in Naryn 
  • Falconry hunting demonstration in Tamga 
  • Demonstration of national equestrian games in Son-Kol lake 
  • Petrol


In addition you need to deposit 500 $ to the car rental company, in case of detection of small defects on the car obtained during the tour, the amount of money proportionate to the amount of maintenance will be deducted. In case of absence of defects, the full sum will be returned. In case of serious damage of the car due to your incorrect actions and other circumstances which caused serious damage or complete unsuitability of the car, you will need to pay additional $ 1,000 , the rest expenses will be covered by insurance company. At least 3 years of driving experience and age over 25 years is required. 

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